Arts and Leisure
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Sicario,’ ‘Pawn Sacrifice,’ Hotel Transylvania 2’
By Susan Granger
Along the lawless border between the United States and Mexico, drug cartels rule, and “Sicario” means hitman. That’s where French-Canadian director Denis Villenueve focuses in this grim, grisly thriller.
After idealistic FBI field agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and her SWAT-team partner, Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya), discover a stash of rotting corpses stashed behind a drywall in an Arizona subdivision, she’s recruited by a shadowy government task force, headed by scruffy, sandal-clad Matt Graver (Josh Brolin).
The covert black-ops squad is led by a burly, vengeful Colombian “consultant,” Alejandro (Benicio del Toro), who cryptically tells Kate as she dons her Kevlar vest: “Nothing will make sense to your American ears, and you will doubt everything we do.”
First on the agenda is an unorthodox trip over the Rio Grande and through the dry, cactus-filled Chihuahua Desert to Juarez to retrieve a prisoner to make him squeal on the Sonora cartel, leading to the capture of businessman Manuel Diaz (Bernardo Saracino) in order to flush out the kingpin, Fausto Alarcon (Julio Cesar Cedillo).
Then and Now of Westport’s Oldest House
A Gift for Owner of Westport’s Oldest House
In connection with its forthcoming exhibition, “Window to Westport’s Past and Present, WPA Images of Historic Houses,” the Westport Historical Society presented Westporter Dutch Wynkoop, owner of the oldest known house in Westport at 187 Long Lots Road, with a lenticular of the home. Created by artist Miggs Burroughs, the lenticular will be included in the exhibit, which opens Nov. 8. Pictured (l-r) are Ellen Naftalin, WHS exhibits coordinator; Ed Gerber, WHS president; Bob Weingarten, curator; homeowner Dutch Wynkoop, lenticular artist Miggs Burroughs; Larry Untermeyer, WHS vice president, exhibits, and WHS exhibits co-chairs Elizabeth DeVoll and Wally Woods. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Inside Stories of New Yorker Westport Covers
Former New Yorker art editor Lee Lorenz (2nd r) was in conversation tonight at the Westport Library with Andrew Bentley and Eve Potts, co-authors of “The New Yorker in Westport.” The book features 50 Westport-related New Yorker covers, some of which are currently on display at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) “Talk of the Town” exhibit. On the screen is a book of a collection of New Yorker covers belonging to Potts with page markers she made indicating a Westport-related cover. She found 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989, which led to a highly successful January 2014 WHS exhibit entitled “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport.“ “The New Yorker in Westport” is an outgrowth of that exhibit. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and the magazine’s cartoon editor from 1993 to 1997. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Rehearsing for ‘Broken Glass’
The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of Arthur MIller’s “Broken Glass” rehearses for tonight’s first preview celebrating the year of the playwright’s 100th birthday (born Oct. 17, 1915.) The play, based on the time of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) in Nazi Germany, when a Brooklyn Jewish couple’s marriage begins to shatter, opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 24. It is directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. Pictured are: Steven Skybell (l) and Stephen Schnetzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Celebrating Restaurant Week
Celebrating Westport’s Restaurant Week, First Selectman Jim Marpe and Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Matthew Mandell, today are welcomed at Positano Ristorante, next to the Westport Country Playhouse, by its owner/chef Joseph Scarpati. Sponsored by the Chamber, Restaurant week is actually two weeks and runs to Oct. 18. Click here for list of participating restaurents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 05, 2015
Celebrating Arthur Miller
A glimpse of a scene from “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s 1996 adapted screenplay can be seen tonight through a door of the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall at the Westport Country Playhouse. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the film was presented in a free screening in partnership with the Westport Cinema Initiative, a prelude to a series of events celebrating Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday. The Playhouse production of Miller’s “Broken Glass” begins previews Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Peter Chenot: for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 02, 2015
A Kiss for His Co-Author
Westporter Andrew Bentley gives a kiss tonight to his co-author Eve Potts of their new “The New Yorker in Westport” book at the opening reception at the Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) “Talk of the Town” exhibit. The exhibit features large blowups of some of the 50-Westport-inspred covers from their book alongside present day photos of the same scene by Westport photographer Michael Goss. The book grew out of a popular WHS exhibit last year showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
‘Talk of the Town’ Exhibit Draws Large Crowd
Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for the Westport Historical Society’s “Talk of the Town” exhibit. A large crowd turned out despite cool, rainy weather.Larry Untermeyer and Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Le Farm Closes, New Restaurant Coming
After an almost six-year run, owner-chef Bill Taibe has sold his pioneering farm-to-table Westport restaurant LeFarm, 256 Post Road East in Colonial Green, to Brian Lewis, former chef and owner of New Canaan’s elm restaurant, reports New Cannaanite.com. “When the opportunity presented itself to pass on LeFarm’s mantle to such an accomplished chef as Brian Lewis, someone who could seamlessly carry on the legacy that LeFarm has forged; it was a no-brainer,” Taibe said in a news release. Taiibe, who also owns the acclaimed The Whelk and Kawa Ni in Saugatuck, said he will retain the LeFarm name. The restaurant opened in November 2009 and frequently drew Martha Stewart back to Westport. Lewis said he is aiming for an early November opening for his new restaurant, according to ctbites.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Preparing for ‘Athens - Tale of a Bailout’ Photo Exhibit
Westport photographer Árpád Krizsán helps out today in installation of an exhibit of his photos, “Athens – Tale of a Bailout,” in the Great Hall of the Westport Library, which opened today. Krizsán traveled to Athens in January as Greece tried to cope with its ever-worsening, never-ending economic crisis. His photographic glimpse of everyday life in the Athens was shot entirely in downtown Athens in a narrow area between the Acropolis and Syntagma Square, which houses the Greek Parliament. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Jan. 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘The Martian,’ ‘The Intern,’ ‘Green Inferno’
By Susan Granger
Back in 1979, Ridley Scott stunned moviegoers with “Alien.” Now the visual storyteller returns to outer space with “The Martian,” a super-suspenseful saga of an astronaut accidentally stranded on Mars.
When a colossal dust storm forces the Ares 3 crew to abort their Mars surface exploration, Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) orders a hasty evacuation, believing their crewmate, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) has been killed by flying debris.
But he’s alive, as satellite photography soon reveals. So it’s up to NASA director Sanders (Jeff Daniels) and his cohorts at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to figure out how to help Watney stay alive in the habitation module and rescue him before his food supply runs out.
Fortunately, Watney is a resourceful botanist and courageous problem-solver. After removing the shrapnel lodged in his torso, he’s faced with basic survival tasks and the necessity of perseverance while facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Poetry Out Loud Competition Announced
The Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities announced the 11th annual Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. In the 2014‐2015 school year, more than 6,700 students participated in Poetry Out Loud statewide, an announcement said.
Connecticut high schools can participate in classroom and school-wide poetry contests during the 2015-16 academic year, with the winners advancing to a state competition on March 15, 2016. The Connecticut State Champion will advance to the National Finals, which will take place May 2-4, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Getting Ready for WHS ‘Talk of the Town’ Exhibit
Final touches were made today to the Westport Historical Society “Talk of the Town” exhibit of covers of The New Yorker with Westport scenes and accompanying current photos of the same scene by Westport photographer Michael Goss (c). The exhibit, which opens with 6 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, celebrates the publication of “The New Yorker in Westport” by Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley (l). The book, with 50 New Yorker covers of Westport, was inspired by last year’s WHS exhibit showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989. The exhibit runs until Oct. 26. At right is Sue Gold, WHS executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 28, 2015
Westport TV Exec Guests at Y’s Women
Westporter Andrew Wilk, executive producer of “Live at Lincoln Center” on PBS, the longest running arts program on television, was guest today at the Y’s Women’s first meeting of the season at the Westport Library. He told anecdotes from his (four) Emmy Award-winning career, which included stints as chief creative officer at Sony BMG Music Entertainment and executive vice president, programming, production and news at the National Geographic Channel. “I love living in Westport otherwise I would not put up with all my commuting into New York,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com