Arts and Leisure
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Westport Soprano Performs Rodgers & Hart
Westport soprano Lucia Palmieri performs “Jupiter Forbid” in the Connecticut Playmakers production of the best of Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway songs in a fully-staged song and dance musical “Rodgers & Hart A Celebration” at the auditorium at First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich through Oct. 26. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Said Palmieri: “Though I have sung Italian opera to crowds of 40,000 people in Central Park, I enjoy the intimate way we connect with the audience in Old Greenwich with the sparking American songs of Rodgers and Hart.” For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by David Rauch
Preservation Award Winner: 97 Hillspoint Road
The house at 97 Hillspoint Road is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 . The HDC said the award to Lynne and Stephen Goldstein, owners of the circa 1860 house, is in recognition of “the outstanding addition to the original Italianate-style structure. Their respect for the architectural integrity, scale and massing of the core structure is evident in the appropriate rear addition.” It noted that “owners are continuing the important role of stewards of this historic property, which had been moved from across the street in 1960 to accommodate Hillspoint School.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Local Realtor ‘Unzips’ Westport
The New York City-based videography company Show Doctor has been shooting a documentary about Westport this week, according to Westporter Tracy Chevrier, a principal of the company.
The new series was shooting at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today with (l-r) cameraman John Houghton of New York and Westporters Mar Jennings and Tracy Chevrier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Chevrier said the production, entitled “Unzipped Westport” and hosted by another Westporter, Mar Jennings, is being created for Higgins Group Real Estate located on Westport’s Post Road East.
She said the four one-minute productions of Unzipped will highlight Westport restaurants, its schools, shopping and other aspects of the community.
She said the intention of the documentary is to provide both Westport residents and out-of-towners a chance to a chance to view episodes of Westport.
Preservation Award Winner: 59 Roseville Road
The house at 59 Roseville Road is among the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Award winners to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. “The award is being given to its owners, Jennifer and Eric Sydor, in recognition of the preservation and maintenance of a representative example of the popular, gable-ended picturesque vernacular dwelling that dominated in the 1880-90s,” the HDC said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 13, 2014
Restaurant ‘Week’ in Second Week
Westport’s Da Pietro Restaurant, 36 Riverside Ave., offered its usual fine cuisine to diners tonight at the start of the second week of the annual Restaurant Week celebration sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. Chef Pietro Scotti reviews the menu and its restaurant week specials with Weston residents John Lang and Suzanne Novik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Spanish Afternoon at Library
The Westport Library Music Committee in coordination with the Westport Library today presented a flamenco program of guitar music played by Paul Jared Newman, flamenco songs sung by Jose Moreno, and flamenco dancing by dancer-choreographer Deirdre Towers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Mansion Clam House Closes
The Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., is closed. Multiple phone calls to the restaurant are answered with a recording that the mailbox is full and cannot take messages. The sign over the front door is gone and the shades are drawn. The ownership of the iconic restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck section attracted notoriety in 2012 when a now former owner, Soozie Folsom, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from three charitable foundations when working as a financial manager of a Westport-based accounting firm. (See WestportNow Aug. 1. 2013) According to the restaurant website, which makes no mention of it being closed, the restaurant has been there since 1958 on the site of a former “fried clam shack.” The property, which includes the adjoining Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, changed hands in April for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 11, 2014
‘Intimate Apparel’ Opens at Playhouse
The Westport Country Playhouse tonight staged the opening night performance of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nattage’s “Intimate Apparel” to an enthusiastically appreciative audience. The play, a love story that confronts race and religion, was directed by Mary B. Robinson and runs through Nov. 1. The play’s main character was portrayed by Nikki E. Walker (4th l). Taking bows with her were (l-r) Leighton Bryan, heather Alicia Simms, Tommy Schrider, Isaiah Johnson, and Aleta Mitchell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from tonight’s opening night of “Intimate Apparel” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Entertaining at Voices Café
Vance Gilbert, singer-songwriter and entertainer, performed tonight at the cabaret-style Voices Café at The Unitarian Church in Westport. His talent had the audience laughing and cheering raucously at his humor, or listening carefully to his songs that told stories. GILBERT has recorded 10 albums, and the tonight’s appearance was part of a tour promoting his newest CD, “Bad Dog Buffet.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Susan Fisher Plotner a Staples High School graduate who received her first Westport Library card as a young girl in 1962 has been asked by the Library to exhibit her “Every Day Photography” in the library’s Great Hall. There will be a reception Friday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m., abd the exhibit will run through Jan. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 10, 2014
Sybill Steinberg Updates Her Best Books List
Westporter Sybil Steinberg updated her best books of 2014 list at the Westport Library today to a full house. Steinberg, who edited the book review section of Publishers Weekly for several decades and is now a contributing editor, said she “only have had time to read 47 books” since her last list update in June (see WestportNow June 12, 2014) “And I did not like all of them,” she said, “And I am not going to recommend all of them. So if you count the books on your list, there are only 36.” She will present part two of her updated list at a later date. Steinberg’s list is on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Westporter’s Sculptures Auctioned off in Stamford
Westport artist Nina Bentley shows off two of her bench art pieces auctioned off Wednesday night in Stamford as part of the 21st annual sculpture exhibit, “Street Seats in Stamford Downtown. The benches among 40 on display this summer on Stamford streets and were auctioned off to support local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“Rearview Mirror” by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs was one of the sculptures auctioned off Wednesday night in Stamford as part of the 21st annual sculpture exhibit, “Street Seats in Stamford Downtown. Hundreds of bench ideas were solicited from artists last winter, from which a few dozen were selected by the Stamford Downtown Association to be decorated by the artists and displayed on Stamford streets all summer, culminating in the auction as a fundraiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Art, Politics and the Environment Converge at Arts Center
By James Lomuscio
A full house packed the Westport Arts Center (WAC) tonight to hear a conversation between world renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, currently the administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP.)
Tonight’s conversation featured Edward Burtynsky (l) and Helen Clark (r). It was moderated by Helen Klisser During (c). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The topic was humankind’s negative impact on the environment. It was also the subject of “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks,” the artist’s huge color, as well as black and white, landscape photographs taken around the world and arrayed at WAC.
“All of these have been altered by man negatively,” Burtynsky said at the cocktail reception before tonight’s segment of WAC’s “In Conversation” series began. “These are looking at how we change the landscape.”
Industrial overkill in China, Portugal, Canada, Bangladesh, even the United States with scenes from Los Angeles and Vermont, are all fair game for Burtynsky’s lens.