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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘Me Before You,’ ‘Maggie’s Plan’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

After the endearingly forgetful blue tang won our hearts in “Finding Nemo” (2003), Dory deserved “Finding Dory,” a feature film of her own,

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“Hi, I’m Dory. I suffer from short-term memory loss” is the way she sweetly introduces herself.

Years ago, Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) became separated from her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy), but she suddenly remembers something about Monterey, Calif.

“I can’t find them on my own. I’ll forget,” Dory says, sorrowfully.

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Comings & Goings: Green & Tonic Opens

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Green & Tonic, a health food cafe, opened today at 17 Jesup Road at the corner of Taylor Place and Jesup Road. (See WestportNow June 11, 2016)  Owners Jeff and Cai Pandolfino, Cos Cob residents, announced that two grand opening receptions will be held Thursday and Thursday, June 23 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  with food samplings, beverages and champagne. Pandolfino said he and his wife plan to expand the concept regionally and nationally.  Currently Green & Tonic cafes are located in Darien, New Canaan, Cos Cob, and Greenwich in addition to Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Levitt Season Opens Sunday, June 26

The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts announced today it will launch its 43rd summer season on Sunday, June 26 at 7 p.m. with Desert Highway – A Tribute to the Eagles.

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Desert Highway performing at the Levitt on Aug. 1, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Opening night is presented free and is sponsored by People’s United Bank. Because opening night is traditionally a highly anticipated event, free tickets will be distributed in advance, an announcement said.

They will become available to the public at noon on Thursday online at http://www.levittpavilion.com. No tickets will be distributed at the venue, the announcement said.

It is a return appearance for the Eagles tribute band. Desert Highway performed at the Levitt in August 2014.

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Critics Honor Playhouse’s Anne Keefe

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Anne Keefe, Westport Country Playhouse associate artist, was honored Monday night with the Tom Killen Award at the 26th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. The award, named in honor of the late critic who died at age 33 in 1989, is given in recognition to years of achievement and service to Connecticut’s professional theater. The ceremony took place at Hartford Stage. Guests included representatives of the state’s theaters, as well as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Peter Chernot

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Looking at ‘Blade Runner’ 34 Years Later

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‘Blade Runner,” a 1982 science fiction film that has become cult film, had a Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) screening at Westport Town Hall Sunday night. Following the screening, there was a talkback with one of its stars, Sean Young (l), and Susan Granger, a Westporter who is film critic for WestportNow and numerous other outlets. Young talked about the making of the iconic film, working with co-star, Harrison Ford and Academy Award-winning director Ridley Scott. She also discussed her long film career spanning over 30 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Gallery: Westport Historical Society Garden Party


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Historical Society Garden Party at the Westport Woman’s Club in advance of Sunday’s Hidden Garden Tour. J.C. Martin and Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Comings & Goings: Acqua Successor is Boca

By James Lomuscio

Opening up a new restaurant in Westport’s highly competitive atmosphere is undoubtedly daunting. It’s even more challenging if it’s your first time owning one.

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Revisson Bonfim will live the American Dream when he opens his Boca restaurant in space occupied for 20 years by Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But for Revisson Bonfim, a 42-year-old investment banker who studies emerging markets, the planned opening of his Boca restaurant in August at the site of soon-to-close Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo at 43 Main St. facing Parker Harding Plaza is the American Dream coming full circle. The restaurant, whose name is Spanish for mouth, will offer dishes from Spain, Italy and France.

“I’m originally from Brazil, and I moved to the United States when I was 16,” said the East Norwalk resident. “My very first job in the United States was working at a restaurant in Greenwich.”

The place was Manero’s, the same company that for decades had an iconic Saugatuck restaurant at the site that is now Rizzuto’s.

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

3D Work

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Artist Norm Siegel uses 3D glasses tonight to look at his work “Hostamania 3-D” on display at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up Show at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Larger Than Life’

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Allison Carey, 18, of Fairfield poses tonight with her “Larger Than Life” portrait on display at the Pop Up Show of the Westport Artists Collective at the Westport Arts Center. Allison, who graduated today from Westport’s Greens Farms Academy (GFA) where she won an arts award, intendeds to pursue her interests in art at Dartmouth College. Her subject is one of the studentst taking part in GFA’s Horizons Student Enrichment Program, which addresses the achievement gap in low-income Bridgeport students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Student Neo-Expressionism at Pop Up Show

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Among works on display at tonight’s Pop Up art show at the Westport Arts Center was this one by Sam Agnew, 18, of Westport who graduated from Greens Farms Academy today and shared an art prize with fellow student, Allison Carey, 18. The painting, “Frederick attempts to understand a banana,” is a Neo-Expressionist exploration of the surreal imagery of his dreams. Sam, who will enter the five-year combined degree progam at Tufts University and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the fall, is among 45 high school students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties chosen to exhibit their works at the iCreate exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich beginning Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Pop Up Art Show


Scenes from tonight’s Pop Up art show by the Westport Artists Collective at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Naughton Emcees Staples Concert

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James Naughton, two-time Tony Award winner and Weston resident, tonight served as emcee of the Staples High School pops concert at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The concert featured instrumental and vocal groups from Staples and marked the culmination of the school year and its nationally recognized music program. The Levitt summer season of concerts will begin later this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Packed House

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Every space was taken at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight for the inaugural Staples pop concert. Tickets were free but had to be ordered in advance. Organizers said it was a sell out with 1,600 tickets distributed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joining In

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James Naughton joined in playing in tonight’s Staples High School pops concert at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Making the Strings Sing

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There were 115 Staples High School performers tonight in the inaugural Staples pops concert at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, according to Thomas A. Scavone, Westport K-12 supervisor of music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ice Cream Fuel for the Concert

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A performer in tonight’s Staples pops concert at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts gets some ice cream fuel before going on stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: Staples Pops Concert


Scenes from tonight’s Staples High School pops concert at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Helen Klisser During and Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Frank Deford on the NFL and Coach Molesters

By Phyllis Groner

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Fank Deford addresses a Westport Library audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Sports writing legend Frank Deford returned to his former longtime hometown tonight to promote his latest book, opining on a wide range of subjects ranging from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to coach molesters.

Addressing a Westport Library audience, the popular NPR commentator and Sports Illustrated columnist read excerpts from his latest tome, “I’d Know That Voice Anywhere,” one of 19 books he has authored, and took questions.

Of the NFL and Goodell, he said: ‘He is an ordinary man in an very important position. He looks like a slick selling 76 trombones.”

As to the Super Bowl: “I can’t understand why 16,000 people are recruited to help at the Super Bowl as volunteer,” he said.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Weiner,’ ‘Love and Friendship,’ ‘The Angry Birds’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Perhaps it’s not surprising that in this tumultuous political season, disgraced former Brooklyn-Queens Congressman Anthony “Weiner” is the topical title of a new documentary by his ex-chief-of-staff Josh Kriegman.

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In 2011, Weiner resigned from his seven-term House of Representatives seat because of an infamous sexting scandal. Two years later, ever-ambitious Weiner decides to enter the New York City Mayoral race.

When then-supporters Josh Kreigman and Elyse Steinberg propose chronicling Weiner’s run, they’re given unprecedented access, staying with him once a second wave of sexting revelations breaks.

Central to the salacious story is Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, a steely, self-possessed woman. “She was very eager to get her life back that I had taken from her,” he confesses, taking full blame for the harm he caused.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Getting Ready for Thursday Pop Up Exhibition

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Members of the Westport Arts Center Westport Artists Collective today began installing works for its one-night Pop Up exhibition on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. With 100 percent of proceeds going directly to the artists, the event is a great opportunity to support the arts on a local level, an announcement said. Pictured (l-r) are Mark Gravino, Nina Bentley, Duvian Montoya, Tammy Winser, Amanda Innes, Westport Arts Center acting executive director, and (in front) Miggs Burroughs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Quasi-Karaoke Party Belts Out ‘Hamilton’ Tunes

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Guests at tonight’s “Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along” at the Westport Country Playhouse Lucille Lortel White Barn Center took turns at the microphone singing songs from the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” The quasi-karaoke party with words projected on two large screens attracted guests of all ages, some dressed in Colonial-era garb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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‘Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along’ Guests

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Among guests at tonight’s “Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along” at the Westport Country Playhouse were (l-r) Daniel Racinos of Easton, a lookalike for “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Westport author Jane Green, one of the producers of the event along with Westporter Fiona Garland and Sharon Gittel of New York, and Westport artist Nina Bentley, whose son, Andrew, is married to Garland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Young ‘Hamilton’ Fan

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Kaya Scharfstein, 6, of Westport sings a song from the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton” at the “Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along” tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. The first grader at Saugatuck Elementary School says she has yet to see the play but sings along at home to its original cast recording. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: ‘Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along’


Scenes from tonight’s “Hamiltunes CT -Sing Along” party featuring songs from the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” WestportNow.com photos

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Oldie But Goodie

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Classic car aficionados tonight attended the Greenwich Weekend Auction reception at the Dragone Classic Cars showrooms, 176 Post Road West, in advance of the auction scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Among those attending were Easton residents Joe and Debbie DeLorenzo, who said they are classic car collectors. They checked out a 1938 Talbot-Lago, a French-made vehicle that George Dragone predicts will sell at the auction for $550,000 to $600,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Previewing Saturday’s Auction

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George Dragone (l), president of Westport’s Dragone Classic Cars, talks tonight with a guest next to a red 1940 Buick Super convertible. The Greenwich Weekend Auction cocktail preview, which attracted a number of guests from this weekend’s Cedar Point Yacht Club regatta, was held in advance of Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. auction at 146 Post road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cocktails and Classics

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Guests at tonight’s classic car auction preview cocktail party at Dragone Classic Cars, 146 Post Road West, look over cars in Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. auction. The event was held in connection with this weekend’s Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sybil Steinberg Offers Summer Reading Tips

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly, attracted a full house today at the Westport Library for her talk on the best of summer reading. She is pictured with Westport author Nina Sankovitch (l) and the library’s Jennifer Keller. Steinberg’s list of summer reading books may be found on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Celebrating 75 Years of Playhouse Interns

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The Westport Country Playhouse today celebrated the 75th anniversary of its intern program. Fifteen former interns and eight current staff interns were joined by theater patrons. board members, staff and guests for a celebration in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center. Among the former interns was Westport artist Miggs Burroughs, the eldest of the past interns present, who told the attendees that when he served as an intern in 1964, James McKenzie, the artistic director, handed him a plunger and said, “Welcome to show business.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Baron’s South, Nike Site Structures Win HDC Okay

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The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) tonight voted unanimously to accept a final study report designating two Westport-owned properties as historic structures. They are property and buildings known as Golden Shadows (68 Compo Road South), the guest house (70 Compo Road South) and the carriage house/garage (72 Compo Road South) each located on a portion of Baron’s South at 60 Compo Road South, and properties and buildings known as the Nike Missile Radar Site, 182 Bayberry Lane. HDC Chair Francis Henkels said the next step involves reviews by the Board of Selectmen and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for final approval. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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