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Friday, March 06, 2015

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Gathering to Give on Fairfield County Giving Day

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The Westport Arts Center today hosted a brunch for supporters and staff and set up computers to allow them to participate in Fairfield County Giving Day, a one-day initiative to “give where you live.”  Nonprofits from throughout Fairfield County are participating in the event hosted by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and sponsored by Bank of America. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Dining Out at Westport’s Tierra Restaurant

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Despite a report that Westport’s Tierra restaurant, 90 Post Road East in the basement of Old Town Hall, had closed, the restaurant with a Latin theme was very much in business tonight. Southport residents Lucinda Sill Morrison (l) and Amy Waugh Curry were greeted by waiter Haakon Sorenson and manager Christian Hurtado (r). Hurtado said a friend called him today and said he read that Tierra had closed. “I said ‘what?’” he said.” “I called the owner right away and asked am I out of a job?”  “She didn’t know what I was talking about.” Tierra serves dinner from Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., and is closed Sunday and Monday. The restaurant no longer serves lunch but may resume that in the summer, according to the employees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:01 PM
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In Rehearsal

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In rehearsal are Juliet Kimble as Mrs. Lovett and Everett Sussman in the title role of “Sweeney Todd (School Edition): The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which is being put on by the Staples High School Players March. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21. For further information, go to www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Play With Your Food Draws Sold Out Crowd


Scenes from today’s Play with your Food lunchtime play reading at Toquet Hall in Westport, which continues Wednesday and Thursday (sold out), then moves to Fairfield on March 10, and Greenwich on March 11 and 12. Among the actors was Patricia Kalember who was asked about her appearances on the popular CBS series “Madam Secretary.” “Now that I have matured a bit, I am being offered many more roles,” she said. “There are more parts for character actors.” Catering was by Westport’s Da Pietro’s restaurant. For more information, visit http://www.jibproductions.org/ or call (203) 293-8729. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:58 PM
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Report: Jennifer Lawrence to Play Lynsey Addario in Biopic

The memoir by Westport native Lynsey Addario and her exploits as an award-winning war photographer has been out for a month, but the bidding war for its film adaptation appears to be over.

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Reported winners: Director Steven Spielberg and actress Jennifer Lawrence. Deadline.com photos

Deadline.com said Warner Bros. is working on a deal to bring “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” to the big screen with Steven Spielberg as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role.

Film studios began bidding for the rights after excerpts were published in The New York Times Magazine, Deadline said.

Among the reported bidders: Working Title wanting it for Reese Witherspoon, “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky after it for Natalie Portman, and “The Wolf Of Wall Street’s” Margot Robbie and The Weinstein Company, trying for George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

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Ansel Adams Look at Compo

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Contributing WestportNow photograper Andrew Colabella tried for the Ansel Adams look in this photo of blowing snow at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Getting Ready for Birdhouse Auction & Stroll

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Project Return’s 20th annual Birdhouse Auction Gala will be held Friday, March 27 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. It features artwork created by more than 100 artists, according to the birdhouse curators (l-r) Renee Gold, Mimi Van Deusen and Totney Benson. In advance of the event, the annual Birdhouse Stroll on Main Street will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a welcoming session by Eileen Fisher, 160 Main St. The birdhouses in the photo are (l-r): “It’s Only Natural” by Anita Sobelson, Weston; Twisted” by Sean Lynch, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; “House of Blues” by Mona Brown, Westport, and “Inside Out” by Miggs Burroughs, Westport. Visit www.projectreturnct.org to purchase tickets and for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 11:39 PM
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Near & Far Aid Gala to Feature Special Concert

Mitchells of Westport will once again host the Near & Far Aid spring gala on Friday, this time with a special concert by five-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

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Sara Bareilles: five-time Grammy nominee. Contributed photo

The theme for the 20th anniversary event is “Voices of Hope,” highlighting individuals served and the agencies funded by the Southport-based charity. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Near & Far Aid.

It has remained an all-volunteer organization, currently working with more than 100 local agencies that address the causes and effects of poverty, and has granted over $14 million since 2000.

The celebratory fete begins at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy a standing dinner of seasonal epicurean fare and festive signature cocktails and have the opportunity to preview the best of spring fashion before heading into a tent adjacent to the store for the concert performance, an announcement said.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Getting to Know You

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Mathis Iacono, 18 months, of New Canaan offers a friendly hand today to Zoey, a 5-year-old Greyhound retired racer, who is now a certified therapy dog. The get-to-know-you session with therapy dogs took place in the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall at the Westport Country Playhouse following the 1 p.m.  performance of “Dog Loves Books.” It was arranged in conjunction with the Reading to Rover program at the Westport Library. Lynne Perrigo, a children’s librarian and facilitator of the Reading to Rover program, a library staple for the past 10 years, said that as many as 20 certified therapy dogs are brought to the library multiple times each year so that children can improve their reading capabilities by reading to the empathetic therapy dogs.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 05:13 PM
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sam Gault Shows Off His Dancing Energy

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Sam Gault of Westport, president of Gault Energy & Stone, shows off his dancing energy tonight with partner Anastasia Zhitova, dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Norwalk, at the Dancing With the Stars gala benefit at Westport’s Inn at Longshore for Norwalk’s ElderHouse, a not-for-profit adult day center. Gault won the Best Friend to ElderHouse as the most successful fundraiser. Other star dancers included Tony Aitoro, owner of Aitoro Appliance & Electronics, Norwalk; Andrea Coreau, senior vice president, head of retail banking, Fairfield County Bank, Westport; Tina Dragone, owner Tina Dragone, Westport; Terri Polley, president and CEO, Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk; Steve Simmons, founding partner, Sideris Capital Partners, Stamford, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:06 PM
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Dancing With the Stars Gala Benefit for ElderHouse


Scenes from tonight’s Inn at Longshore Dancing With the Stars gala benefit for ElderHouse of Norwalk. The not-for-profit adult day center serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. For more information, visit www.elderhouse.org. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:01 PM
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Mimi Sheraton: Today’s Critics Focus More on Writing Than Food

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An overflow, standing room only crowd gathered today at the Westport Library McManus Room to hear Mimi Sheraton, 89, award-winning author, grande dame of food journalism and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, discuss her newest book, “1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List.” She was in a conversation with Westport-born Matt Storch, partner and chef of both Match Restaurant in Norwalk’s SoNo District and The Chelsea in Fairfield. Sheraton said in 1983, her last year with the Times, she had dinner at home only five times that entire year. Her opinion of today’s food critics? Many of them focus too much on the writing than the food, she said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:27 PM
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Full Plate for Mimi Sheraton Talk

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It was a standing room only crowd today at the Westport Library for a talk by renowned food critic Mimi Sheraton. Asked about her favorite comfort food, she replied “fried eggs—I’ve been making my own since age 7.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:22 PM
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy 91st

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Westport artist Susan Malloy, who celebrates her 91st birthday on Saturday, was surprised with a cake today at the Westport Art Center’s ArtCafé. It featured a Renaissance lecture on Michelangelo by Westport art historian Fiona Garland. WAC’s Jill Sarver served up the cake. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Special Guest for Staples Players

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Staples Players were treated to a visit today by actress, musician, songwriter, and singer Lauren Molina who appeared as the cello-paying Johanna in the original cast of the 2005 critically acclaimed revival of “Sweeney Todd," the Tony award-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Staples Players are presenting “Sweeney Todd School Edition -- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on March 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 3 p.m. in the Staples High School Auditorium. She is pictured with director David Roth. For further information, go to http://www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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