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Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Monday, May 04, 2015

Comings & Goings: Bogey’s Reopens in Norwalk Image
The popular Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room, formerly located at 323 Main St., Westport until it closed in August 2011 after 17 years (see WestportNow Sept. 9, 2011) has reopened in Norwalk at 2 Wilton Ave. at the intersection of Cross Street, near Cablevision’s main office. According to James Stablein, (r), co-owner with his brother John, “The new location retains the golf motif atmosphere with an early American, Ireland and Scotland touch. It’s like a grill room of a country club.”  He added that “many of our old customers tell us they didn’t know we just reopened in Norwalk and found out by driving by on Cross Street.” The new Bogey’s seats 110 in the dining room and 62 in the tap room. It is open daily at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A Sunday brunch is planned.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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CLASP Homes Hosts Taste of Westport on Thursday

CLASP Homes hosts its 11th annual Taste of Westport event Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westport Inn. Image
Neil Fuentes: “singing chef.” Conributed photo

A feature of the event is a pre-party with “The Singing Chef,” Neil Fuentes, a recent winner on Food Network’s “Rewrapped” and executive chef at Jojoto in Branford, described as Connecticut’s only Venezuelan restaurant.

The evening includes tasting specialties from choice area restaurants, accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and cocktails, and ends with desserts, cappuccino and gelato.

The pre-party begins at 6 p.m. and tickets for this party and the full Taste of Westport are a $95 donation to CLASP. The Taste event alone is $75.

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Getting Ready for SOLOS 2015 Exhibit Image
The Westport Arts Center’s SOLOS 2015 exhibition featuring works of its members opens Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pictured are Richard Klein, the juror of SOLOS 2015 and exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, with Helen Klisser During, WAC’s artistic director, helping to install artist Rick Schaefer’s oversized, “Gelbvieh” charcoal on vellum mounted on aluminum (42in x 65in). The exhibit runs through June 27 and is sponsored by the Sun Hill Foundation in remembrance of Westport artist and art patron Susan Malloy, who died last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow. com

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Going Green With David Pogue Image
Westport personal tech expert David Pogue marked Green Day today with a Westport Library talk. Host of PBS’s NOVA “Making Stuff” series, he highlighted the episode on “Making Stuff: Cleaner.” He later autographed copies of his newest book, “Pogue’s Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life.” He said it was his first book to make The New York Times best seller list. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Conversations on ‘Healing Through the Arts’ Image
Nancy Diamond, co-chair of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, today welcomes guests to its second TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. The event, called “Healing through the Arts,” featured professionals in the visual and performing arts who utilize music and art therapy for veterans, cancer patients, and prison inmates and their families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Talking Arts Therapy Image
Evie Lindemann (l), associate professor in the arts therapy program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, discusses the healing power of the visual arts today at the TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. With her are Nell Bernegger, Westport artist and mother of three who volunteers at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Jahmane West, an artist who works with Homeless Veterans, Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport and other “WAC Gives Back” programs at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Friendly Whale Stars in Town Hall Screening Image
Westport’s Town Hall auditorium tonight hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary “The Whale.” Sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative, which seeks to bring a movie theater back to Westport, and the Staples High School Green Club, it is about a friendly whale who gets separated from his pod at 2 years old and pays frequent visits to residents living along Nootka Sound on the west side of Canada’s Vancouver Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Hearing from the Director Image
Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola of Westport Cinema Inititative interviews “The Whale” director Michael Parfit today by Skype following a Town Hall auditorium screening of his 2011 critically acclaimed documentary “The Whale.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Viewing Local Artists at Art Show Image
A visitor to today’s first of two days of the Westport Woman’s Club art show featuring local artists looks at works by Susan Malloy. The show was dedicated to the Westport artist who died last month at age 91. Curated by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs, the show continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 44 Imperial Ave. Thirty percent of proceeds go to scholarships for Staples High School seniors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Art Show Fundraiser at Woman’s Club

Scenes from today’s opening day of the Westport Woman’s Club art show featuring 14 local artists. It continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 44 Imperial Ave. A portion of the proceeds of the show, revived after a 30-year hiatus, will benefit Staples High School senior scholarship recipients. Lynn U. Miller and Helen Klisser During for

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Getting Ready for Sunday’s TEA Talk Image
Members of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee—(l-r) Nancy Diamond, Richard Epstein, and Miggs Burroughs—prepare for Sunday’s second TEA Talk (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) at 2 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall auditorium. The event and a reception at the Westport Historical Society immediately following are free and open to the public. The TEA Talk features professionals in the visual and performing arts (Nell Bernegger, Judy Dworin, Craig Gillespie, and Jahmane West) who employ music, dance, writing and art therapy for veterans, medical patients, and prison inmates and their families. Epstein, Kristin Fox, and Evie Lindemann will moderate. For more info,”>visit Contributed photo

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Friday, May 01, 2015

Role Reversal for Weekend Woman’s Club Art Show Image
The Westport Woman’s Club this weekend revives a long tradition after a 30-year hiatus –- an art show featuring local artists. Curator is local artist Miggs Burroughs (l), in a rare role reversal pictured with Helen Klisser During, an exhibiting photographer who usually does the curating at the Westport Arts Center where she is artistic director. The show, dedicated to the late Westport artist Susan Malloy, features work of 14 artists available for sale, some in multiple editions. Thirty percent of sales will go toward need-based scholarships for seniors at Staples High School. Opening reception is Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 44 Imperial Ave., with food, wine and music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Final Concert Image
Seniors at Westport’s Staples High School tonight played their final concert. It was the 11th and 12th grade spring concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lawrence J. Zlatkin for

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‘Dine-A-Saur’ Headed to Stamford Exhibit Image
Westport artist Nina Bentley applies finishing touches today to her 8-foot fiberglass “Dine-A-Saur,” which will be transported to Stamford on May 18. It will among 40 fiberglass dinosaurs displayed in Stamford Downtown’s annual outdoor sculpture exhibit. This year’s theme is “Dinosaurs Rule!,” amd the exhibits will be on display from June 1 through August. Bentley said at the end of the three-month exhibit, each of the painted dinosaurs will be auctioned and the proceeds are distributed to charities.  She said this is the ninth time she has had an entry in the annual Stamford Downtown exhibit. Past subjects have included a cow on ice skates, two cars, two cats, two benches, and a horse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Avengers,’ Ex Machina,’ ‘The Water Diviner’

By Susan Granger

Good News: If you’re looking for POW! BAM! SMASH! cartoonish action, you get your money’s worth with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Image

Bad News: Juggling a kaleidoscope of superheroes, as Tony Stark/Iron Man says, “It’s long – Eugene O’Neill long.”

You’d better know your “Avengers” franchise history because this new installment begins mid-mission, as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Bruce Banner/the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) battle a battalion of H.Y.D.R.A. bad guys to capture Loki’s scepter with its powerful Infinity Stone.

What’s Ultron? A sparkly computer program, concocted as a global protection system by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. What emerges, instead, is a rogue, red-eyed, megalomaniacal A.I. colossus, drolly voiced by James Spader, mockingly humming Pinocchio’s “No Strings” anthem as a menacing mantra and viewing humans as the world’s biggest threat.

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