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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Opening Night Image
The cast of “Inspecting Carol,” a parody of “A Christmas Carol,” takes a bow following tonight’s opening night performance at the Westport Community Theatre located in the basement of Westport Town Hall. The play runs on weekends through Dec. 13. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Community Theatre’s “Inspecting Carol” Opens Friday Image
The Westport Community Theatre production of “Inspecting Carol” opens Friday and continues weekends through Dec. 13. The parody of the classic play, “A Christmas Carol,” includes a local cast of 11. Directed by David Jackins of Norwalk, the play is by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Theatre Resident Company. Pictured are (l-r): Nancy Sinacori of Stamford, Jeremy Shockley of Norwalk, and Jim Cooper of Wilton. The Westport Community Theatre is located in the basement of Westport Town Hall. Box office phone is (203) 226-1983. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, November 23, 2009

“Annie” Tickets on Sale at Coleytown Middle School Image
Ben Frimmer, drama teacher at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School, is readying students for next week’s production of “Annie,” which opens Thursday, Dec. 4 and has performances Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening. Tickets are $10 and went on sale today at the school cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a repeat sale set for Tuesday at the same time as well as Monday through Thursday of next week. Tickets, if any, will also be available at the door. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Voices of Westport’s Past on Lantern Tour Image
The Westport Historical Society today held its sixth annual Lantern Tour of local cemeteries with this year’s venue the Willowbrook Cemetery on Main Street. Among the graves visited with volunteers playing the deceased were that of Armina Marshall and her husband Lawrence Langner. In 1931, while both were associated with the Theater Guild, the couple founded the Westport Country Playhouse in a picturesque old barn that once housed a Connecticut tannery. Langner died in 1962 while his wife died in 1991. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Sounds of Music at Saugatuck Image
The sweet sounds of music floated out of the Saugatuck Elementary School today as both the Westport Community Band of about 50 to 60 members and the Fairfield County Symphony Society’s 20 to 30 members performed separately and in their last number, together. Pictured is Sal Lurusso leading the Westport Community Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Staples Alumn Returns to Exhibit at CraftWestport Image
The Westport Young Women’s League presented CraftWestport at Staples High School this weekend. Formerly known as the Westport Creative Arts Festival, the show not only had a new name, but an updated, more contemporary look as well. The show featured 150 artists, including 100 who had never before exhibited in Westport. Among the exhibitors was designer Megan Brogden who grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples. Owner of Wilton’s Megan Brogden Studio, she has been designing, creating, and exhibiting her richly colored jewel-toned pieces of “wearable art” for many years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Making Music at the Arts Center Image
The Westport Arts Center was filled with music lovers tonight for a concert by the Jacobsen brothers, Colin and Eric. Colin started the concert playing a violin solo piece and later Eric had his own solo playing the cello. The brothers showed their combined skills playing several duets.  Russell Platt, the WAC curator for chamber music, composed the first piece the brothers played together. The audience gave them a standing ovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Youth Film Premier at Arts Center Image
The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted the premier of a Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) entry called “The Complex,” which is the work of several Weston High School students. Director Alex Fjellberg Swerdlowe (l), a junior, discussed the film with (l-r) producer Ricky Rivera, and professional actors Damien Langan, Gary Betsworth, and Kimberly Lowden. After a tour of the abandoned Gilbert & Bennett factory in Georgetown, Fjellberg Swerdlowe was inspired to write the screenplay and film which takes place during the aftermath of the Great Depression. The WYFF will be held next May. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Grace O’Connor for

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Another Opening, Another Show Image
Artist Howard Munce awaits the crowd tonight at the Laura Barton Designer Frames and Gallery at 56 Railroad Place across from the Westport train station in the Saugatuck area. It was opening night of an exhibition by Munce, 93, a longtime Westporter, and widely considered the dean of Westport’s art community after a long career as an advertising agency art director, graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist, author and well known art teacher. The show runs through Jan. 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Friday, November 20, 2009

CraftWestport Debuts This Weekend

Westport’s Staples High School will be the venue this weekend for CraftWestport sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League and formerly called the Creative Arts Image
Noi Volkov’s “Teapot Cezanne” from the Art History Teapot Collection is among items at CraftWestport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The event’s new identity reflects a new vision which is now being coordinated by Artrider Productions, an art show management team known for creating several of the finest contemporary craft and art shows in America.

No longer a local “arts and crafts fair” CraftWestport is a “fine craft show” featuring some of the nations’ leading contemporary craft artists whose works can be found in museum collections.

In addition, artisans from across the country will be selling a diverse selection of works in all styles and prices. There will be something for everyone from the discerning art collector to the holiday gift shopper.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hey, Rochester:  It’s Jack Benny’s Daughter in Westport

By Larry Untermeyer

A Westport group took a laughter-filled walk down memory lane today with the daughter of one of the 20th century’s most famous U.S. entertainers—Jack Image
Joan Benny of Greenwich regaled the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today with stories about her legendary comedian father, Jack Benny. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Joan Benny of Greenwich regaled the Y’s Men of Westport Weston weekly meeting with story after story about her father and other entertainment world greats.

They included members of Benny’s radio entourage—Rochester, Mary Livingston (Benny’s wife), singer Dennis Day and announcer Don Wilson. 

She also told stories about other celebrities including Benny’s legendary rival Fred Allen and comedian Bob Hope. 

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Learning the Art of Murals Image
Second grade students at Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School Wednesday learned the art of creating a mural through the hands-on instruction of artist Barbara Lawless, a longtime Westport resident and creator of Weston’s Town Hall mural, among many other local artworks. The art lesson was a part of ArtSmart, a program in which Westport parents introduce elementary school children to the wonders of fine art. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Former Restaurant Critic Serves Up NYC Culinary History

By Phyllis Groner

For years, William Grimes ate on the company’s tab. But no Image
William Grimes: His photo was posted in a kitchen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

The former restaurant critic for The New York Times told a Westport Public Library audience today he’s turned into a dinner-at-home guy.

“I don’t go out to dinner very much any more since I have to pay for my own meals,” he said.

Grimes, in Westport to talk about his book “Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York, ” has been at the Times 20 years.

In addition to restaurant critic, he has worked as a magazine writer, culture reporter, theater columnist, book reviewer, and lately obituary writer.

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Storytellers Image
There was “Off the Wall Storytelling” tonight at the Fairfield Theater Company as a number of Westporters joined neighbors for the Fourth Wall Down production hosted by Westporter Ina Chadwick, WestportNow Insider Arts columnist, (front center) and Fairfield resident Simon Billig (seated) The six programmed volunteer storytellers regaled the audience with eight-minute stories of coincidences and were joined by three members of the audience. Pictured with Chadwick and Billig are (l-r) Steve Knowles, Karen Knowles, Joe Limone, Pumfey Silverglide, Rebecca Jarit, Stephen Siegel, Marjorie Kass; (back row) John Lamb, musician, and Rozanne Gates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Telling a Tale of Survival Image
Longtime Westporter and author Nechama Tec today showed clips at the Westport Public Library from the movie “Defiance” she co-produced with her son, Roland, and starring Daniel Craig of James Bond fame. Her book, “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans” published in 1992, was changed slightly for more drama and to fit into a two-hour movie. Based on a true story, “Defiance” takes place in 1941 when three Jewish brothers escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the dense Belorussian forest. There they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger. Today’s program was co-sponsored by the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut. Many survivors were in the audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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