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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Classical Dancer Featured in Malloy Lecture

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The Westport Puiblic Library tonight presented the 11th Annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts at Bedford Middle School which featured the preeminent classical dancer Jacques d’Amboise. llustrating some dance moves with as much grace as he did when he was danced with the New York City Ballet, the 78-year-old d’Amboise told stories of his career and training. Westport resident Susan Malloy has made these lectures possible. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Chefs Star in Food Discussion at Arts Center

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Therre was a full house at the Westport Arts Center lunch cafe today sponsored by GVI. Helen Klisser During (r), director of visual arts, moderated a discussion about food with Westport chefs Bill Taibe (l) of LeFarm and The Whelk and Michel Nischan of the Dressing Room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tarry Lodge Presents Restaurant Week Dinner Menu

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Michael Cirillo, general manager of Westport’s Tarry Lodge restaurant, shows off the three-course prix fixe Restaurant Week dinner menu for $30.12. The event sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce runs until 5 p.m. on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Blu Parrot Set to Debut on Wednesday

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The opening of the Blu Parrot restaurant, bar and dance floor, 60 Charles St., is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to co-owner and chef Steve Alward (above). The music begins at 5 p.m to 7 p.m. with “Piano Man” Tony Alardo and continues at 9 p.m. with Bill Genario & Destiny in a “tribute to some of the greatest singers and bands of our tiime.” Blu Parrot’s website, which contains its menu and entertainment schedule, says a “nominal entertainment charge” will be added to checks during show times. Westporters Alward and co-owner Adam Lubarsky were the originators of the former Georgetown Saloon, in Georgetown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Historical Society Debuts Postal Exhibits on Friday

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There will be an opening reception Friday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for members and invited guests as the Westport Historical Society celebrates Westport’s visible and influential place in U. S. Postal Service history through two new companion exhibits. One is “U.S. Postage Stamps Designed by Westport Artists,” curated by Westport artist (and stamp designer) Leonard Everett Fisher (above) in the Betty & Ralph Sheffer Gallery. The other is “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present,” curated by Brian O’Leary, in the Mollie Donovan Gallery. The main exhibit showcases 164 stamps and the 17 prominent Westport artists who designed them. Both exhibits will run to Dec. 31. The Pony Express stamp on the poster was designed by Westport noted illustrator Harold von Schmidt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

WACky Family Day Draws Crowd

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A large crowd of children and their parents turned out out today for the Westport Arts Center’s WACky Family Day. The theme was food art to coincide with the Center’s current “Foodies” exhibit. Among parents attending was Doug Bernstein (l, baseball cap) of the Melissa & Doug toy company which sponsored a play area at the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Feminist Look at ‘Raisin in the Sun’

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Sharon Friedman, professor of literature and drama at New York University, appeared at the Westport Public Library today with David Kennedy, associate director at the Westport Country Playhouse, to discuss Loraine Hansbery’s “Raisin in the Sun,” the next Playhouse production. In her talk “A Feminist Lens: Race, Class, and Gender in ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ she examined Hansberry’s drama in the context of her exploration of racial, economic, and political oppression in mid-century America. “When Lorraine Hansbery died at an early age, the entire theater community mourned,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Westport-Bridgeport ‘Raisin’ Connection

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Bridgeport school children today used disposal cameras to photograph their surroundings for an exhibit to be held at the Westport Country Playhouse during its run next month of Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama “A Raisin in the Sun.”  Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center, is curating “Images of Home and Family: a Photographic Exhibit.” She and David Kennedy, Playhouse associate director, spent the afternoon with the children at the McGivney Community Center helping them visually document aspects of their lives and neighborhoods in much the same way that Hansberry used the theater to document aspects of hers. The Playhouse production, directed by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, runs Oct. 9 through Nov. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Comings & Goings: New Restaurant to 125 Main St.

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Westport’s burgeoning restaurant scene will expand in February with the addition of a yet-to-be-named restaurant in the lower level of 125 Main Street (home of Gap stores) with its main entrance at Parker-Harding Plaza.  Co-owner Todd Rose said the restaurant will serve “a variety of globally inspired entrees and small plates of western and Asian cuisine.” He said plans are to seat around 100, a combination of traditional table height and cocktail-level seating with a large bar that features artisanal cocktails. Rose and his business partner, Steve Prokop, are the co-owners of Cuvee, an upscale restaurant in West Hartford. Rose, who is a native of Fairfield County, said the new eatery will be “a nice complement” to the recent influx of restaurants in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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J.K. Rowling’s Adult Novel Goes on Sale

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“Casual Vacancy,” a novel for adults by J.K. Rowling, best known for her Harry Potter series, went on sale nationally today and at Westport’s Barnes & Noble attracted a number of curious customers. Publisher Little, Brown & Co. called it a “blackly comic” tale of rivalry and duplicity in a small English town. Rowling’s seven-volume Potter saga about the adventures of a boy wizard became one of the most successful fictional series in history and led to a series of popular films. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Playhouse Luminaries

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Actor Nathan Lane (l) greets fellow actor James Earl Jones tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse annual gala honoring playwright Terrence McNally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Night of Stars at Playhouse


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse annual gala honoring playwright Terrence McNally. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Playwrights Gather

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Terrence McNally (l), the playwright honoree at tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse annual gala, gets together with fellow playwright Chad Beguelin, whose “Harbor” just ended its world premiere run at the Playhouse. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Playhouse Gala Draws Large Crowd

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Hundreds attended the annual Westport Country Playhouse gala tonight, gathering first for a pre-performance cocktail party and silent auction in a large tent erected in the Playhouse parking lot. Highlight of the evening was “The Full McNally: A Celebration of the Writing and Works of Terrence McNally” which honored the famed playwright. A dinner followed in the tent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sonny Fox Rolls Back the Years at Westport Library

By Phyllis Groner

At 87, Sonny Fox has a smile as bright ever.

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Former children’s TV show host Sonny Fox at the Westport Public Library today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

And for many in the Westport Public Library audience today, his mere presence seemed to roll back the years to when he was a children’s television host and they were 10-year-old adoring fans.

For anyone growing up in the New York area in the 1950s and ‘60s, Fox and his four-hour Sunday morning “Wonderama” TV show on Channel 5 was a weekly ritual.

Now Fox, a former longtime Weston resident currently living in California, was back at the library (his fourth appearance here since 2009) to talk about his new memoir, “But You Made the Front Page!: Wonderama, Wars and a Whole Bunch of Life.”

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shadow Play: Getting Ready for Playhouse Gala

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Michael Ross, managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse, engages in some shadow play at a tent erected for Monday night’s Playhouse gala as David Kennedy, associate director, looks on. Tickets are still available for the event in which many of Broadway’s best and brightest talents will perform.  “The Full McNally: A Celebration of the Writing and Works of Terrence McNally” honors the author of Tony Award-winning plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class,” and books for the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spiderwoman.” The fully orchestrated and choreographed production will be hosted by actors Tyne Daly and Richard Thomas, who have appeared in McNally plays; Daly in “Master Class” and Thomas in “Unusual Acts of Devotion” and “The Stendhal Syndrome.”  Click here for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Giant Flip-Flop Marks End to Summer

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A giant flip-flop appeared on Westport’‘s Compo Beach Friday. Westport artist Tammy Winser placed the art object on the beach along Soundview Drive in a whimsical ode to summer past. Fall begins today at 10:49 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Arts Center Kicks Off Jazz Jam Season

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The Westport Arts Center tonight kicked off its new season of Jazz Thursday jam sessions sponsored in part by Drs. Arthur and Bonnie Ashman of with support from Lance Lundberg. Brian Q. Torff, artistic director for jazz at the WAC, invites musicians to join the group as they play. Future jazz session are scheduled for Oct. 18, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 21, March 14, April 18, and May 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Jazz Beat

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Westport’s Bob Lasprogato added to the jazz sound tonight at the Jazz Jam session at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rooftop Music on Main Street

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Westporter Jon Saxon performed with his MemoryMan Band tonight at BobbyQ’s rooftop garden on Main Street, drawing a large crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

BobbyQ’s Gets MemoryMan Music Tonight

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Westporter Jon Saxon brings his MemoryMan Music to BobbyQ’s rooftop garden tonight. He will be joined by Nick Wells, Steve Chopek, Alison Warren and a special first time live performance by 14-year-old vocalist Bailey B, also a Westport resident. The high-energy group plays a mix of original music and well know cover songs by artists such as Keane, Tom Petty, Damien Rice and Kenny Chesney. The band will play 9 p.m. to midnight. There is a $5 cover charge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Overflow Crowd as Arts Center Debuts ‘Foodie’ Exhibit

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It was an overflow crowd tonight for the opening of the “Foodies” member show at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts, welcomed guests to the reception which included food and wine from local restaurants. Behind her are two of the jurors for the 70-piece exhibit, Bill Taibe of The Whelk in Westport and Pat Callaghan, retired head of Pepperidge Farm. It continues through Nov. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Foodies Converge at Westport Arts Center

By James Lomuscio

Almost 600 persons, each with an appetite for art and hors d’oeuvres, filled the Westport Arts Center (WAC) over a three-hour period tonight to view a juried show that the judges called fun—“Foodies,” an exhibit depicting food in all media including video and photography.

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Bright colors were not only on the walls at tonight’s opening reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

None of the judges was a denizen of the art world, but “foodies” themselves, critics of a more of gustatory bent whose eyes for creativity have been honed by years of creating the right displays or arranging food on a platter.

The judges were: Stew Leonard Jr., Michel Nischan, owner and chef of The Dressing Room next to the Westport Country Playhouse, Bill Taibe, chef and owner of The Whelk and Le Farm, and Pat Callaghan, the president of Pepperidge Farm.

Fitting for the opening, which ran from 6 to 8 p.m., was a reception featuring not only art but food created by local chefs, plus wine and even six-month-old, cask-aged Manhattans courtesy of Saugatuck Grain & Grape.

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Art of Food


Scenes (part 2) from tonight’s Westport Arts Center exhibit opening reception for “Foodies,” which runs through Nov. 4. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Food, Glorious Food (and Art)


Scenes (part 1) from tonight’s Westport Arts Center exhibit opening reception for “Foodies,” which runs through Nov. 4.  Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Preparing for ‘Laughter’

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Cast members (l-r) Steve Yudelson, Frederick Tisch and Jim Santora rehearse today for the Friday opening of the Neil Simon play “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at the Westport Community Theatre.  The play is directed by Westporter Lester Colodny, an Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter. His diverse show business career also includes seven years as Neil Simon’s agent and creation of the highly successful television series, “The Munsters.” The show runs through Sept. 30 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available through the box office (203)226.1983 or www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Inside Arts: ‘Harbor’ Offers More Than One-Liners

By Ina Chadwick

The Westport Country Playhouse has made a bold move. It took a risk on a world premiere of a comedy, which is hard to define in drama. Yet the author of the currently running “Harbor,” Chad Beguelin, has written something that could be a big hit someday. It isn’t perfect yet. 

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There are so many dangers in entertaining the two Playhouse audiences –- the inscrutable subscribers who buy the season, and the individual ticket buyers often looking for a night’s entertainment rather than community.

One group laughs. The other walks out. They’re shocked. They didn’t grow up like this. For them comedy is personal to familiarity. There is no doubt that the bifurcation of ticket holders exists on a generational level. Actually, if there is such a word as trifurcation, it is more accurate.

The baby boomers appear to be the ones who fill most of the seats. The greatest generation, as Tom Brokaw named the depression-era’s children and World War II folks, are indeed dwindling. But they are quite loyal to the theater in the town that they take great pride in having access to its resources.

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Friday Reception Features ‘Foodie’ Art and Night Market

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The invitation to the Westport Arts Center’s Friday reception marking the opening of its “Foodies” exhibit is an attention-getter. The 6 - 8 p.m. event will feature more than 60 member art works selected by a celebrity panel of food judges as well as food samples from the gourmet cheese truck Meltmobile, salads from Du Soleil, signature rolls from Matsu Sushi, savories from SoNo Bakery, and desserts from Sugar and Olives. In addition, Saugatuck Craft Butchery will be offering tastings of premium, cooked meats, and Saugatuck Grain and Grape will have samples of barrel-aged cocktails. The event is open to the public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Dining Out and Sharing Obama Westport Photos

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When Joanne Woodward went to Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant Friday night to hear daughter Melissa Newman sing, she brought along souvenir photos of her moments with President Obama last month in Westport. She was a co-host of the Aug. 6 dinner fundraiser at the Westport home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein (who frequents the Dressing Room and asked restaurant co-founder Michel Nischan to cater the dinner). With Woodward is grandson Henry Elkind. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Joanne and Paul…Best About American Film’

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President Obama, posing at the Aug. 6 Westport dinner with Joanne Woodward, welcomed her in his dinner remarks this way: “And Joanne Woodward—what a treat this is. Joanne and Paul were not only I think what was best about American film, but also just embodied the American spirit in so many ways. And their love story and the way they took so many people under their wing and helped so many people I think made them something more important than just folks in film. And for her to be here, what a great treat that is.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com/White House photo courtesy of Joanne Woodward

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