Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Westport Country Playhouse will host a forum on a new way to elect the president on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
Sponsors of the event, “The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President,” include the League of Women Voters of Westport and National Popular Vote Connecticut.
Panelists include: Mark Albertson, historian; Hendrik Hertzberg, essayist; Luther Weeks, CT Voters Count, with the moderator,Victoria Bassetti, of the Brennan Center for Justice.
The event will include an opportunity for questions from the public, an announcement said.
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - February Vacation Film: “The Wild Life”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (c) was recently commissioned to create a display of historic memorabilia along with 10 lenticular images from archival photos of the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. The exhibit opened tonight at the Austrian Cultural Forum at 11 East 52 St., New York. At the end of March, the exhibit will go to Vienna to be displayed at its Philharmonic Hall. Burroughs is pictured with Barbara Haws (l), chief New York Philharmonic Orchestra archivist, and Assistant Archivist Gabryel Smith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo<
The Westport Historical Society and TEAM Westport tonight hosted author Adrian Miller to speak about his new book “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas.” The event on George Washington’s Birthday was a high point in both organizations Black History Month programming. MIller, who was a special aide to President Clinton, entertained the audience with little known insider details about presidential meals and the people who cooked them. Known as the Soul Food Scholar, Miller describes himself as a recovering lawyer and politico. He won a James Beard Award for his 2013 book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
After months of work, furniture retailer Design Within Reach opened its doors today at Westport’s 154 Post Road East. Area Manager Kristine Langevin (l) conferred in one area of the 9,000-square foot space on two floors with Rob Goughary, Westport proprietor. An opening party is planned for Thursday, April 13. The space, occupied since the 1930s by the U.S. Post Office, most recently housed the Post 154 Restaurant, which opened in August 2013 and closed in January 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Scenes from the new Design Within Reach store, which opened today at 154 Post Road East in the former longtime home of the U.S. Post Office. One of the store officials said as recently as Saturday someone entered the store with arms full of mail, asking what happened to the post office. The store includes a large patio area, which will open in the warm weather to display patio furniture. Design Within Reach, which formerly had a store on Elm Street, replaced the Post 154 Restaurant, which closed in January 2016. WestportNow.com photos
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Every film year acts as a mirror and reflects the tenor of the times. When the Oscars began in 1929 to celebrate the motion picture industry, the winner was William Wellman’s anti-war “Wings.”
The subsequent Depression years celebrated character studies like “Grand Hotel,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Rebecca.” After the turmoil of Kennedy’s assassination, the Academy chose lighthearted fare like “Tom Jones,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Oliver!” And in 2000, the last time a Republican won the White House, after losing the popular vote, “Gladiator” won the Oscar.
Socio-politics inevitably influence the choices of the almost-7,000 Academy voters and, this year, the Academy inducted 683 new members. How they’ll vote is an unknown factor.
Back when studios had people under contract, they voted in “blocs” for the films of their home studio. As Joan Crawford once said, “You’d have to be an idiot to vote against the studio that holds your contract and produces your pictures.” But the studio system no longer exists.
Because of harassment messages received about its white diversity high school essay contest, TEAM Westport today announced that applicants would be allowed to remain anonymous to the public if they desire.
The contest, sponsored with the Westport Library, received national and international attention after The Associated Press wrote about it last month. (See WestportNow Jan. 31, 2017)
An announcement said the widespread coverage “has provoked verbal and written harassment of some committee members and Town of Westport employees and personnel.
“The majority of this type of correspondence appears to have originated from out of town and, generally, from out of state,” the committee said.
Metro-North workers were on the tracks today at the Westport station repairing a rusty catenary and replacing wiring, according to one of the workers. He said it will require the rest of week to complete. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes stopped by the Westport Arts Center today to make his declaration and have his portrait taken by “As We Are!” exhibition photographer Xenia Gross. The exhibition features portraits of people who have contributed personal material to express their individual views and experiences with labels and the power of words. In response to the prompt, “I am more than___,” Himes wrote:”...the words that I use, often imperfectly.” The Himes photo will be added to the exhibition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
The back of the “I am more than___” form filled out today by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes at the Westport Arts Center and now included in its current exhibit, “As We Are!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
A large crowd today attended a memorial service at Saugatuck Congregational Church for Michael R. Connors of Stratford, longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck, former Syracuse University and Staples High School football player and Staples coach who died Feb. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital at age 58. (See WestportNow Feb. 19, 2017) Among tributes was this from one attendee: “Mike was the only guy I ever knew who could insult you and make it feel like a compliment.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples High School football coach Marce Petroccio was among speakers at today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church service for Mike Connors, former Staples player and coach, former Syracuse University player, and longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck Café. “Mike had charisma,” he said of Connors, who died Feb. 15 at age 58. “He could even make the worst player on a team feel like he was the best player on the team. Mike loved Staples High School football. The only thing in life he liked more was his family.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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