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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WN on the Scene: Frieze NY 2015 Art Fair


The Frieze New York 2015 Art Fair opens Thursday at New York’s Randall Island. The fourth edition of the fair brings together more than 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries to the island’s festive surroundings. Helen Klisser During, artistic director of the Westport Arts Center and WestportNow contributing photographer, was among VIP guests today getting a preview. The show runs through Sunday. For ticket information, click here. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Saugatuck Sunday: Cars, Caffeine and a Concours

Car buffs are gearing up for the first Concours d’Caffeine classic car show in Westport’s Saugatuck area on Sunday.

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Winners lined up at the 2011 Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The 8 to 11 a.m event is a mini-version of the Concours d’Elegance returning to Westport after a four-year absence. It is co-sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) and Fairfield-based Concours Consulting Partners.

Held on Railroad Place, the gathering of classic and modern day vehicles will underscore Connecticut’s role in automotive history, as well as Saugatuck’s, according to event organizers. The Board of Selectmen approved the plans on April 8. (See WestportNow April 8, 2015)

Following the event, participants are set to head out on a rally around Fairfield County, ending up in Redding.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Playhouse Talk: Iambic Pentameter and Puns

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Tony Award-nominated playwright David Ives (r) was the guest today at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium following a 3 p.m. performance of his comedy, “The Liar.” They discussed his adaptation of the play from the 17th century comedy by Pierre Cornelle. “My main character in ‘The Liar’ makes up his life as he goes along which is the way I live,” Ives said. He added, “There was a period of time when I fell in love with iambic pentameter. I would translate everything I saw in to iambic pentameter.” Ives said he likes to use puns in his work. “I can tell if the audience is listening if they don’t groan,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Library Honors Addario’s Bravery, Commitment

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Lynsey Addario, the 1991 Staples High School graduate whose passion for photography began at age 8 with a hand-me-down camera, later becoming an award-winning combat zone photojournalist in the Middle East and Africa—even surviving a 2011 Libyan capture and sustained beatings—was honored tonight at the Westport Library’s BOOKED for the Evening gala.

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Lynsey Addario acccepts her BOOKED for the Evening award tonight from Maxine Bleiweis, Library executive director, and Michael Guthman, board president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Family, friends and colleagues were among the hundreds who packed the library’s main floor to celebrate the local woman who donned a burka after the Sept. 11 attacks to penetrate the closed world of Taliban women, photographing and interviewing them, and later oppressed women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dafur and Iraq.

Ivan Watson, CNN senior international correspondent who grew up locally, was one of the many who praised Addario’s courage and commitment to exposing human rights violations and the horrors of war.

“In Baghdad and other conflict zones, during the day we would witness carnage that continues to leave deep emotional scars,” Watson said in a tribute video by Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola.

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Gala Evening Honoring Lynsey Addario


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library BOOKED for the Evening gala honoring Westport award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Night to Honor a Hometown Girl


More scenes from tonight’s BOOKED for the Evening honoring Lynsey Addario. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Opening Night for SOLOS 2015


Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for the Westport Arts Center’s SOLOS 2015 member show. It continues until June 27. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Salt of the Earth,’ ‘Age of Adaline,’ ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’

By Susan Granger

One of the year’s most dazzling documentaries, the Oscar-nominated “Salt of the Earth” chronicles the work of humanistic photographer Sabastiao Salgado –- as seen through the eyes of his son, Juliano, and filmmaker Wim Wenders.

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This unique visual odyssey into “the heart of darkness” begins as Salgado comments on one of his most recognized images, a shot of 50,000 men in the vast Serra Pelada gold mine that formed part of the indigenous “Workers: Archeology of the Industrial Age” series (1993).

Born in the Brazilian mining town of Minas Gerais, Salgado studied economics, working with the World Bank in France in 1969—after the political unrest of Brazil’s military coup. Seeking artistic fulfillment, he left for Niger in 1973, when he launched his concept of picturing nobility amid suffering and deprivation.

“We humans are a terrible animal; we are extremely violent,” Salgado notes. “Our history is a history of war; it’s an endless story.”

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

WAC Hosts Julliard String Quartet on May 17

The Westport Art Center’s (WAC) Chamber Concert series is set to host quintessential American string performers—the Juilliard String Quartet—at the Southport Pequot Library on Sunday, May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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The Julliard String Quartet will perform at Pequot Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

According to WAC officials, the famed quartet’s program is a salute the music of Vienna from modern masterpieces by Webern and Berg, closing with Beethoven’s triumphant final quartet in F Major, Op. 135. 

“The most recent appearance of the Juilliard String Quartet in our series was a sold-out sensation,” said Russell Platt, WAC’s curator for Chamber Music.

“I expect no less this time around, especially since the group, renowned for the depth of its interpretations, is playing music from the Viennese tradition.

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Taking a Bow

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The cast of “The Liar,” the Westport Country Playhouse season opener, takes a bow Wednesday night at a preview performance prior to its formal opening night on Saturday. “The Liar” by David Ives is an update of Pierre Corneille’s 17th century classic comedy. It is directed by Penny Metropulos and runs through May 23. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Best-Selling Author in Library Conversation

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Best-selling author Sue Miller (l) was in conversation tonight with Westporter Sybil Steinberg, Publisher’s Weekly contributing editor, at the Westport Library, They, talked about Miller’s latest novel: “The Arsonist” about a family and a community tested when an arsonist begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town.She said it was based on her experience living in a summer beach community where there were some unexplained arsons.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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‘EAST Meets WESTport’ at Arts Center

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Marton Nemes,  a Hungarian artist and the “EAST Meets WESTport” artist in residence at the Westport Arts Center, shows off some of his works to be displayed in WAC’s project space during the SOLOS 2015 exhibit opening Friday with a 6 p.m. reception. The residency is a collaboration between WAC and Quinnipiac University and seeks to introduce visiting artists to the New York and Connecticut art communities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Federal Grant to Playhouse for Arthur Miller Production

The Westport Country Playhouse has been awarded a $30,000 federal grant to support its production this season of “Broken Glass” by Arthur Miller, the state’s congressional delegation announced today.

The Playhouse was among 15 competitively awarded Connecticut grants totaling more than $1 million from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Oct. 6 – 24 production of “Broken Glass” celebrates the playwright’s 100th birthday. It is a powerful drama about New York Jews suffering from afar as they read accounts of atrocities in Nazi Germany. Director is Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.

The announcement said the grant was awarded “to support a production of ‘Broken Glass’ by Arthur Miller, and a community outreach initiative celebrating Miller’s life and work.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Comings & Goings: Bogey’s Reopens in Norwalk

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The popular Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room, formerly located at 323 Main St., Westport until it closed in August 2011 after 17 years (see WestportNow Sept. 9, 2011) has reopened in Norwalk at 2 Wilton Ave. at the intersection of Cross Street, near Cablevision’s main office. According to James Stablein, (r), co-owner with his brother John, “The new location retains the golf motif atmosphere with an early American, Ireland and Scotland touch. It’s like a grill room of a country club.”  He added that “many of our old customers tell us they didn’t know we just reopened in Norwalk and found out by driving by on Cross Street.” The new Bogey’s seats 110 in the dining room and 62 in the tap room. It is open daily at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A Sunday brunch is planned.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CLASP Homes Hosts Taste of Westport on Thursday

CLASP Homes hosts its 11th annual Taste of Westport event Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westport Inn.

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Neil Fuentes: “singing chef.” Conributed photo

A feature of the event is a pre-party with “The Singing Chef,” Neil Fuentes, a recent winner on Food Network’s “Rewrapped” and executive chef at Jojoto in Branford, described as Connecticut’s only Venezuelan restaurant.

The evening includes tasting specialties from choice area restaurants, accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and cocktails, and ends with desserts, cappuccino and gelato.

The pre-party begins at 6 p.m. and tickets for this party and the full Taste of Westport are a $95 donation to CLASP. The Taste event alone is $75.

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