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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Opening Night


Scenes from tonight’s opening night of “Intimate Apparel” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Entertaining at Voices Café

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Vance Gilbert, singer-songwriter and entertainer, performed tonight at the cabaret-style Voices Café at The Unitarian Church in Westport. His talent had the audience laughing and cheering raucously at his humor, or listening carefully to his songs that told stories. GILBERT has recorded 10 albums, and the tonight’s appearance was part of a tour promoting his newest CD, “Bad Dog Buffet.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com

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Library Landscapes

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Susan Fisher Plotner a Staples High School graduate who received her first Westport Library card as a young girl in 1962 has been asked by the Library to exhibit her “Every Day Photography” in the library’s Great Hall. There will be a reception Friday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m., abd the exhibit will run through Jan. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sybill Steinberg Updates Her Best Books List

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg updated her best books of 2014 list at the Westport Library today to a full house. Steinberg, who edited the book review section of Publishers Weekly for several decades and is now a contributing editor, said she “only have had time to read 47 books” since her last list update in June (see WestportNow June 12, 2014)  “And I did not like all of them,” she said, “And I am not going to recommend all of them. So if you count the books on your list, there are only 36.” She will present part two of her updated list at a later date. Steinberg’s list is on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Westporter’s Sculptures Auctioned off in Stamford

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Westport artist Nina Bentley shows off two of her bench art pieces auctioned off Wednesday night in Stamford as part of the 21st annual sculpture exhibit, “Street Seats in Stamford Downtown. The benches among 40 on display this summer on Stamford streets and were auctioned off to support local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sitting Pretty

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“Rearview Mirror” by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs was one of the sculptures auctioned off Wednesday night in Stamford as part of the 21st annual sculpture exhibit, “Street Seats in Stamford Downtown. Hundreds of bench ideas were solicited from artists last winter, from which a few dozen were selected by the Stamford Downtown Association to be decorated by the artists and displayed on Stamford streets all summer, culminating in the auction as a fundraiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Art, Politics and the Environment Converge at Arts Center

By James Lomuscio

A full house packed the Westport Arts Center (WAC) tonight to hear a conversation between world renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, currently the administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP.)

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Tonight’s conversation featured Edward Burtynsky (l) and Helen Clark (r). It was moderated by Helen Klisser During (c). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The topic was humankind’s negative impact on the environment. It was also the subject of “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks,” the artist’s huge color, as well as black and white, landscape photographs taken around the world and arrayed at WAC.

“All of these have been altered by man negatively,” Burtynsky said at the cocktail reception before tonight’s segment of WAC’s “In Conversation” series began. “These are looking at how we change the landscape.”

Industrial overkill in China, Portugal, Canada, Bangladesh, even the United States with scenes from Los Angeles and Vermont, are all fair game for Burtynsky’s lens.

More "Art, Politics and the Environment Converge at Arts Center"

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Arts Center Conversation


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center conversation on the environment with noted Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Arts Center Talk:  Art, the Environment and Politics

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (l) addresses a Westport Arts Center (WAC) audience tonight during a discussion about art, the environment and politics. The discussion featured Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky (2nd l), whose portraits of industrial landscapes around the world are currently on exhibit at the WAC, and Helen Clark (r), former prime minister of New Zealand and United Nations Development Program Administrator. It was moderated by Helen Klisser During (2nd r), WAC director of visual arts and curator of the current exhibition from the Hall Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for WestportNow.com

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A Look Into Westport’s Past Through Historical Postcards

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A reception was held tonight to mark the debut of an exhibit of 25 Westport historical postcards in the newly redecorated hallways and lobbies of Westport’s historic Colonial Green at 246 Post Road East.  Presented by Marc Nevas Real Estate and Sellars and Lathrop Architects, the postcards feature Westport in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They are from the collection of former Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. Pictured (l-r)  are Marc Nevas, Howard Lathrop, and Franco Fellah looking at an enlarged postcard of Holy Trinity Church as seen c. 1863. The accompanying description says that in 1944 the Christ Church and Holy Trinity Church combined to form Christ & Holy Trinity Church, still at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Church Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Insight Into the U.S. Black Vote

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Author, playwright and New York Review of Books contributor Darryl Pinckney tonight discussed the evolution and impact of the black vote in U.S. society at a talk at the Westport Country Playhouse. Reading excerpts of his book, “Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy,” Pinckney outlined his own journey during an era of unprecedented social change. The event, co-sponsored with the Westport Library, preceded tonight’s preview performance of the Playhouse production of Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel.” The play weaves an intricate tapestry of the joys, sorrows, tragedy and triumph of a gifted but lonely African-American seamstress in early 20th-century Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

‘Intimate Apparel’ Begins Playhouse Previews Tonight

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight begins previews of “Intimate Apparel,” a love story confronting race and religion by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Mary B. Robinson. Opening night is on Saturday and it runs through Nov 1. The six-member cast includes Aleta Mitchell (l) playing the role of Mrs. Dickson and Nikki E. Walker as Esther. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie Back at Arts Center

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Legendary drummer and inventor of the “Purdie shuffle,” Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, 75, returned to the Westport Arts Center today with his band. “His ‘Purdie shuffle’ has been heard on countless recordings from Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan,” said Westport Arts Center Jazz Curator Brian Torff, who performed with him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Inspired by Ancient and Classical Sculpture

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At the Westport Arts Center’s Drink n’ Draw tonight, participants drew from a model in poses that were inspired by ancient and classical sculpture. The next Drink n’ Draw on Dec. 4 will focus on poses inspired by Renaissance art. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com

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Overflow Crowd for WCI Screening of ‘Fed Up’

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There was an overflow crowd tonight in Branson Hall at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for “Fed Up,” an advocacy documentary that focuses on the causes of obesity in the United States. Presented by Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) and the Westport Farmers Market, the film presented evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the obesity problem. Whole Foods of Westport and Fairfield was the sponsor and provided healthy salads and breads to filmgoers. Saugatuck Grain and Grape provided wine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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