Monday, May 02, 2016
The life of Howard Munce, the “dean of Westport artists,” is set to be celebrated Saturday, May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center (WAC), event planners announced today.
A Westport resident since 1935 and a spry, ubiquitous presence in town arts circles, Munce died at his Westport home on March 5 at 100. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)
He was revered as a painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer, as well as a living link to the town’s time-honored arts history.
“Howard Munce was an incredibly generous and talented man, whose guiding influence helped shape the Westport Arts Center, as well as the larger arts community of Westport,” said said Amanda Innes, WAC executive director.
Sunday, May 01, 2016
The Westport Library today hosted the Altruistic Band performing soul, jazz, gospel, R&B and pop. Altruistic is a band comprised of musicians from many different walks of life. According to the band’s website, its sound “can be described as ‘Gumbo,’ combining the musical styles of Latin, Contemporary, Fusion, and Straight-ahead Jazz with Funk, R&B and Gospel rhythms.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show for local artists opened today in the club’s newly refurbished Bedford gallery. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (above) curated the show, and among works displayed was his lenticular image of Howard Munce, the dean of Westport artists who died in March at age 100. The show, which continues Sunday noon to 4 p.m. , was dedicated to Munce’s memory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs today looks at an image of Howard Munce as a young man in a lenticular work honoring the late Westoirt artist, who died in March at age 100. The work is among those on display at the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show, which opened today and continues Sunday. Burroughs was curator for the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s opening of the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show featuring local artists. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 29, 2016
The kid band, Abby & the Roadsters, entertained tonight at Westport’s 323 Restaurant to the delight of a packed crowd. The youngsters, ranging in age from 11 to 13, started as winners in the 2015 BandJam at Ridgefield Playhouse, where they will appear again on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. The group plays a brand of classic rock that ranges from The Beatles to The Who, Led Zeppelin and others. Members include lead singer Abby Giansiracusa, 13, of Danbury; drummer Vincent Fontenelli, 13, of Danbury; bassist Owen Hughes, 12, of Katonah, N.Y.; lead guitarist Anton Klettner, 12, of South Salem, N.Y.; his brother Joseph, 11, who plays keyboard, and Jack Reynolds, 12, of New Fairfield, who plays rhythm guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Local business owner Dania Carine, born in Cuba, poses tonight at the Westport Arts Center in front of Jacqueline Brito’s “The Fleet (La Flota).” The work is featured in the Center’s new exhibit, “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art,” which opened tonight and showcases contemporary Cuban art from the collection of Terri and Steven Certilman of Greenwich. The works collectively represent the country’s unique artistic talent. Curated by Arianne Faber Kolb, the exhibit will be on display through June 4. The Center will continue to celebrate Cuba at its annual gala, called “Club Havana,” on Saturday, May 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Among those at tonight’s Westport Arts Center reception marking the opening of its “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition were (l-r) Jill Sarver, the Center’s visual arts manager, Steven Certilman, the Greenwich collector who with his wife Terri assembled the works, curator Arianne Faber Kolb, and Amanda Innes, the Center acting executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
A retro automobile supplied by Dragone Classic Motorcars of Westport was outside the Westport Arts Center tonight in support of its “Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition, which opened tonight, and its Saturday, May 7 Club Havana annual gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Westport Woman’s Club volunteers today apply final touches for the club’s Arts Show fundraiser to be held Saturday 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The artwork of 14 Westport area artists will be displayed and available for purchase. Curator Miggs Burroughs said he will display seven art pieces, including his newest one, “Piet Pollack,” a lenticular creation based on a Mondrian and a Jackson Pollack painting. This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of legendary local artist Howard Munce, whose wife, Gerry, was a longtime WWC member and avid community volunteer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The owner of 82 Compo Road South, Judi Koffsky (l), is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian. The circa 1875 house, known as the William Thomas House, is situated on a .9-acre property that borders on Thomas Road. Koffsky bought it in 1983 when she and her late husband moved to Westport from Westchester County. Also taking part in the presentation ceremony was Dunkin Doodle, Koffsky’s 10-year-old golden retriever. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Chronicling an amusing historical anecdote, Liza Johnson’s droll reminiscence “Elvis & Nixon” shows how Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) met President Richard M. Nixon (Kevin Spacey) one afternoon.
In late 1970, watching the news at Graceland, Presley becomes so infuriated with the growing drug problem and moral decline in the United States that he shoots out the TV set with a .45. That’s his first reaction.
His second is to become an undercover federal agent. But – for that – he’ll need a badge from J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Narcotics. And the only way to get one is from the president of the United States.
So it falls it Presley’s long-time confidante, Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), along with Memphis crony Sonny West (Johnny Knoxville), to deliver a rambling, hand-written letter to the White House and convince Nixon aides Egil “Bud” Krough (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters) to arrange an appointment.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Longtime Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, whose honors include a Joseph Pulitzer Scholarship in Art, told the Westport Y’s Women today that art often repeats. Titling his Temple Israel talk “Past is Present—Creative Connections Revealed,” he showed slides illustrating his works and similar parts from works of old masters. Coming from a family of four generations of artists, Fisher, 91, said: “Artists have a little bit of nuttiness … I have been at this since I was 2.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Norwalk Sculptor Chris Crowe today works on his sculpture of a dragon at the Westport Library, which will be displayed at the fifth Mini Maker Fair to be held at the library on Saturday. Crowe, designated by the library as a “maker in residence” and commissioned to create the sculpture, said the final version of the 18- to 20-foot long dragon will have a fiberglass finish and will be moved to the library grounds in time for display at the fair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Artist Jim Chllington of Newtown, who frequently paints Westport street scenes, was along the riverwalk at the Westport Library today painting a Saugatuck RIver scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 22, 2016
The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) Annual Art Show, designed to help local artists to generate sales while raising funds for scholarships, is dedicated this year to the late artist Howard Munce, who designed the organization’s logo.
The show is set for Saturday, April 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from noon to 4 p.m. in the WWC’s Bedford Hall at 44 Imperial Ave., organizers said.
Curated by local artist Miggs Burroughs, the free event open to the public is dedicated to Munce, who died at 100 this year. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)
His late wife Gerry was a longtime WWC member and avid community volunteer. Munce designed many posters for WWC events, and for the organization’s 100th anniversary in 2007, he created its new logo.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
A best-selling author, an entrepreneur and Hadassah’s national vice president will headline the annual spring luncheon of the Westport Chapter of Hadassah on Tuesday, May 3, from 10-30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore, event planners announced.
Keynote speaker will be Cathleen Schine, an international, best-selling novelist who grew up in Westport. Among her works are “The Love Letter,” “Fin & Lady” and “The Three Weissmanns of Westport.” Her new book, “They May Not Mean to, But They Do,” is set for a June release.
Event honoree is Bonnie Marcus, an entrepreneur and founder of the Bonnie Marcus Collection, which encompasses stationery, gifts, books, calendars and accessories. Marcus is a life ,ember of Hadassah and founder of the Westport chapter’s Women in Business group.
Hadassah National Vice President Frieda Rosenberg will be the event’s presenter.
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s magical stories and inspired by Disney’s 1967 animated classic, “The Jungle Book” is an eye-popping, live-action adventure revolving around the man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi).
Orphaned Mogli was found in India’s jungle by the black panther Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) and raised by a family of wolves, led by Akela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito) and Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o).
Observing a truce during the drought, predators and prey live in harmony, gathering around the water hole, until the snarling, vengeful Bengal tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) comes searching for Mowgli. It seems that Shere Khan was burned and scarred by the “red flower” (a.k.a. fire), wielded in self-defense by Mowgli’s late father.
In order to protect him, Bagheera decides to return Mowgli to his own people. But diversions occur along the way, as Mowgli’s caught in the chest-crushing coils of a slithering, seductive python, Kaa (hissed by Scarlett Johansson), and rescued by the honey-hustling bear, Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray), only to be bullied by King Louis (voiced by Christopher Walken), a gigantic orangutan-like ape.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Westport’s prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario appeared at a Save the Children fundraiser in Greenwich tonight and was asked by Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of the nonprofit, if she’s ever been scared snapping her acclaimed war zone photographs. Addario responded, “I’m often asked that question and let me make it clear—I’m always petrified.” The event was a benefit for the Greenwich Leadership Council of Fairfield-based Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario addresses a Save the Children fundraiser tonight in Greenwich against a backdrop of one of her photos. The 1991 Staples High Schol graduate talked about her career in a symposium called “More Than a Snapshot: The Fragile Lives of Children in Conflict.” Addario’s acclaimed book, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” published by Penguin Press, will be brought to the big screen with Steven Spielberg as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 18, 2016
Westport prize-winning photographer Tyler Hicks won another Pulitzer Prize today, his third, this time for images of migrants seeking asylum in Europe.
Hicks shared the prize in the breaking news category with three other New York Times photographers—Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev and Daniel Etter as well as with Thomson Reuters.
In 2014, Hicks won in the breaking news photography category for his coverage of a terrorist attack in September 2013 at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2009, he was part of a New York Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as was fellow Westporter and 1991 Staples graduate Lynsey Addario.
The Westport Library announced today that its BOOKED for the Evening honoree this year is Ron Chernow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of “Alexander Hamilton,” the inspiration for the Broadway hit “Hamilton.”
Chernow, 67, will be honored at the gala event, the library’s main fundraiser, on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m.
The announcement came on the same day that it was announced that the Broadway musical “Hamilton” had won a Pulitzer Prize in best drama category.
Chernow won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for biography and the 2011 American History Book Prize for his book, “Washington: A Life.” He published “Alexander Hamilton” in 2004.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
The Westport Center for Senior Activities today hosted the fifth production of “Try to Remember,” produced by Doris Jacoby (blue jacket), who, with her late husband Frank, originated the show. It starred many local performers and was sponsored by Friends of the Westporrt Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s “Try to Remember” performance at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Patricia Riemersma (l), CEO of the Westport Weston Famly YMCA, tonight presents a surprise gift to Dorothy Curran, president of the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC), of a portrait of Mary Anne Dingee Bedford, wife of Edward T. Bedford, the Family YMCA founder. Riemersma said the Family YMCA had the portrait in its collection, and it was approriately suited for the WWC. It was Frederick Bedford, Edward’s son, who, in 1945, purchased the 1881-built Sidney Watts house and grounds for the club at 44 Imperial Ave. The Bedfords also funded the subsequent move of the 1866-built Sabbath Meeting Hall of the Saugatuck Congregational Church to the Imperial Avenue location in 1950. The building became the club’s meeting hall and last year was officially named Bedford Hall as it underwant extensive renovations. Tonight’s event was called “The 150th Birthday Bash for Bedford Hall.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) tonight held a “150th Birthday Bash for Bedford Hall,” its meeting space at 44 Imperial Ave. that traces its orgins to the 1866 constuction of the Saugatuck Congregational Church Sabbath Meeting Hall, which was subsequently moved to Imperial Avenue where it was annexed to the club’s 1881 Sidney Watts House (purchased for the club by Federick Bedford.) The meeting space underwent extensive renovations in 2015 and was named Bedford Hall. Bob Weingarten, plaque historian of the Westport Historical Society, presented Dorothy Curran, WWC president, with plaques commemorating the buildings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday, April 15, 2016
The new Westport Schools Superintendent, Colleen Palmer, visited the Westport Library today for her “Geek the Library” photo by photographer Pam Einarsen, along with dozens of others. Palmer, the Weston schools superintendent who takes over July 1 from retiring Superintendent Elliott Landon, “geeks” sculling. The library’s “What Do You Geek?” public awareness campaign, launched last week, aims to connect people by highlighting their passions as well as communicate the vital role the library plays in the community. The next photo session is Sunday, April 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to wear a solid black top and bring what they geek. See more photos here. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Einarsen photo
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) is set to present “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art,” an exhibition of work by emerging and established Cuban artists.
An opening reception will be held Friday, April 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibit of works collected via trips to Cuba over the past decade by Greenwich residents Terri and Steven Certilman, runs through June 4.
“The unique political, social and economic conditions in Cuba have combined to catalyze what may be the world’s highest concentration of artistic talent,” said Steven Certilman.
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) will launch a new exhibit “The Beautiful Pond” based on the book of the same title by local artist and author Judith Orseck Katz on Sunday, May 15, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Like the book, the exhibit features watercolors of the Sherwood Mill Pond and its environs.
According to Barbara Peck, WHS assistant director, the circa 1705 mill pond played a pivotal role in the development of the town.
“As the first working mill and first commercial enterprise in what is now part of Westport, the pond’s grist mill gave the area the commerce required to be chartered,” says Peck.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) again this year will mark Tryon’s Raid, the Revolutionary War engagement that began with 1,800 British troops landing at Compo Beach on April 25, 1777.
The raid will be the topic of a WHS lecture by history buff Ed Hynes on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m.
The lecture comes just three days after the 239th anniversary of the British landing for their march to Danbury where Colonists had stored munitions.
WHS officials noted that during the four-day raid, British troops led by Maj. Gen. William Tryon, royal governor of the New York province, burned Patriot supplies, meeting Colonial force resistance with two battles along the way.