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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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No Popcorn Here

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Whole Foods presented a healthy salad bar for guests at tonight’s screening of “Fed Up” at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Java Café Hosts Artists Collective

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In partnership with the Westport Arts Center’s Artists Collective, the Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will host a new JavArt exhibit each month beginning Friday from 6-9 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with a display of 18 artworks by seven local artists. Pictured with some of the art in the background are (l-r) Java Assistant Manager Daniel Recinos, participating artist Joyce Thompson, co-curator Nina Bentley, and Store Manager Breanna Brandon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Helping to Restore Minute Man Statue

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Sam Gault, president of Gault Energy and Stone, today placed capstones on the Minute Man statue’s fieldstone wall in a ceremony marking the advanced stage of the restoration of the 114-year-old monument. Gault, whose family has a Westport presence going back 151 years, has donated fieldstone to the effort. Francis Henkels, Historic District Commission chairman, and Kathie Bennewitz, town curator, were among those who helped mark the mid-stage of the local landmark’s larger ongoing restoration project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gathering Around the Minute Man

Scenes from today’s Minute Man statute restoration ceremony. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

TV Exposure for Westport Library Robots

New York’s Fox 5 today featured the new robots at the Westport Library. Myfoxny.com video

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Long Lots Painting Marks Start of ‘Art of the Month’

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Members of the Long Lots Elementary School community today inspect “Arctic Night” by Colcord Heurlin that spent the summer being repaired and restored thanks to a $500 donation from the school’s PTA. It is part of a series of paintings Heurlin created while living in Westport during the early 1930s. In celebration of the painting’s return and in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Westport Schools Art Collection (WSAC),  Long Lots will be highlighting this painting and artist throughout the month of October. The painting also marks the start of a “Art of the Month” initiative in which each Westport school will display a picture from the collection. Pictured (l-r) are Melissa Signorile and Candace Banks, Long Lots PTA co-chairs; Rex Jones, Long Lots principal, and Maija Krasts, co-chair WSAC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jose Villaluz for WestportNow.com

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A Winner

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Westporter Tom Seligson, along with CBS News “48 Hours” teammates, received an Emmy Award at a ceremony Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City for “Caught,” the special they produced on the Boston bombing . He is pictured with colleague Charlotte Fuller. This is Seligson’s fourth Emmy Award, and he has also been nominated three other times. Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pirate Party at Library

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The children’s library at the Westport Library was overflowing today for a “pirate party.” Australian educator and author Hugh Kingsley (l) read passages from his book “Pirates in the Yard.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Pirates Ahoy at Library

Scenes from today’s “pirate party” at the children’s library at the Westport Library. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Westport Artist in Amazon Art Collection at Grand Central

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Westport artist Nina Bentley of the Westport Arts Center is among artists represented in the Amazon Art Collectors installation at Grand Central Terminal which opened tonight for one night only with a gala reception in Vanderbilt Hall. Amazon Art recently launched a beta guest curator program called Amazon Art Collections, in which independent curators, bloggers, and designers curate small collections of artworks listed on Amazon Art. Bentley’s work “Corporate Executives Climbing Shoe, 2014,” is in the collection of Linda Kaplan Thaler and is available online at Amazon as part of an edition of 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Playhouse Adds Gurney Premiere to 2015 Season

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Mark Lamos (l) and A. R. “Pete” Gurney at the Westport Country Playhouse gala on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Westport Country Playhouse, which honored playwright A. R. “Pete” Gurney on Monday at its gala, will stage as part of its 2015 season the world premiere of his comedy, “Love and Money.”

Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director and frequent director of Gurney’s plays, will direct the production, scheduled for July 21-Aug. 8. Lamos disclosed the last piece of the 2015 season to the gala audience on Monday.

New York’s Signature Theatre will co-produce the new play, with performances there set for later in August.  Signature Theatre currently features Gurney in its 2014-15 one-year playwright residency program, which explores a series of his plays.

Fourteen productions of Gurney’s plays have been staged at Westport Country Playhouse, including one world premiere.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spoofing Westport and Neighboring ‘Burbs

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Westporter Ina Chadwick tonight performs in her Mousemuse Production, “This Suburban Life - Where Main Street Meets Walls Street,” at the 323 Restaurant, 323 Main St. The production was based on “true tales from Westport and neighboring ‘burbs, a fast-paced review of the towns’ headlines, history, stories, parody and music.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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