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Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Friday, May 08, 2015

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

Posted 09:16 PM
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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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Getting Ready for SOLOS 2015 Exhibit

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The Westport Arts Center’s SOLOS 2015 exhibition featuring works of its members opens Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pictured are Richard Klein, the juror of SOLOS 2015 and exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, with Helen Klisser During, WAC’s artistic director, helping to install artist Rick Schaefer’s oversized, “Gelbvieh” charcoal on vellum mounted on aluminum (42in x 65in). The exhibit runs through June 27 and is sponsored by the Sun Hill Foundation in remembrance of Westport artist and art patron Susan Malloy, who died last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow. com

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Going Green With David Pogue

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Westport personal tech expert David Pogue marked Green Day today with a Westport Library talk. Host of PBS’s NOVA “Making Stuff” series, he highlighted the episode on “Making Stuff: Cleaner.” He later autographed copies of his newest book, “Pogue’s Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life.” He said it was his first book to make The New York Times best seller list. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Conversations on ‘Healing Through the Arts’

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Nancy Diamond, co-chair of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, today welcomes guests to its second TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. The event, called “Healing through the Arts,” featured professionals in the visual and performing arts who utilize music and art therapy for veterans, cancer patients, and prison inmates and their families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Arts Therapy

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Evie Lindemann (l), associate professor in the arts therapy program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, discusses the healing power of the visual arts today at the TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. With her are Nell Bernegger, Westport artist and mother of three who volunteers at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Jahmane West, an artist who works with Homeless Veterans, Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport and other “WAC Gives Back” programs at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Friendly Whale Stars in Town Hall Screening

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Westport’s Town Hall auditorium tonight hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary “The Whale.” Sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative, which seeks to bring a movie theater back to Westport, and the Staples High School Green Club, it is about a friendly whale who gets separated from his pod at 2 years old and pays frequent visits to residents living along Nootka Sound on the west side of Canada’s Vancouver Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Hearing from the Director

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Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola of Westport Cinema Inititative interviews “The Whale” director Michael Parfit today by Skype following a Town Hall auditorium screening of his 2011 critically acclaimed documentary “The Whale.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 08:25 PM
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Viewing Local Artists at Art Show

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A visitor to today’s first of two days of the Westport Woman’s Club art show featuring local artists looks at works by Susan Malloy. The show was dedicated to the Westport artist who died last month at age 91. Curated by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs, the show continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 44 Imperial Ave. Thirty percent of proceeds go to scholarships for Staples High School seniors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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