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Friday, March 20, 2015

Staples Players ‘Sweeney Todd’ Rescheduled to Sunday

Due to inclement weather, tonight’s Staples Players performance of “Sweeney Todd” has been rescheduled to Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for tonight’s show will be honored at the Sunday matinee, and the cast originally scheduled to perform tonight will perform on Sunday, an announcement said.

Tickets may also be purchased online at and will be sold at the door, as available, on Sunday beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled performance may exchange their tickets for Saturday night tickets at the door only on Saturday at 7 p.m., based on availability. 

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Comings & Goings: Tierra Restaurant Closes Image
Two weeks after denying a report that it had closed (see WestportNow March 4, 2015), Westport’s Tierra Restaurant in the basement of the Old Town Hall, 90 Post Road East, has closed, according to Rob Haroun, who owns the building. The restaurant with Latin-inspired cuisine had been open less than one year (see WestportNow May 30, 2014). “We’re sorry to see them leave,” said Haroun. “Meanwhile, we’ve been approached by a number of potential tenants looking to enter the Westport market and would not be surprised if an announcement is made in the next few weeks.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Getting A Close Look Image
A visitor to the Westport Artists Collective’s Pop Up art show tonight at the Westport Arts Center gets a closeup look of one of the exhibits in the one-night only show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Pop Up Art Show Draws Crowd

Scenes from tonight’s one-night only Pop Up art show at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During for and contributed photos

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Playhouse Hosts Party to Preview Summer Season Image
The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted a 2015 Season Sneak Peak Party attended by about 250 patrons. The season opens May 5 with “The Liar” by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille and directed by Penny Metropulos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Talking Theater Image
Westport Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos (r) tonight talked about the five plays in the Playhouse 2015 season with special guests (l-r) actress Maureen Anderman, playwright A.R. Gurney, director John Tillinger, and set designer Michael Yeargan. Gurney, whose new play, “Love & Money,” will have its world premiere during a July 21-Aug. 8 run, said, “I’ve always been impressed that a community the small size of Westport can have and support a theater of this high quality for so many years.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Cinderella,’  ‘Chappie,’ and ‘Unfinished Business’

By Susan Granger

Based on Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon, or the History of the Glass Slipper” (1698), “Cinderella” is a live-action extravaganza that re-imagines the romantic folk tale for the 21st century. Image

As the story begins, 10-year-old Ella (Eloise Webb) is living happily with her merchant father (Ben Chaplin) and devoted mother (Hayley Atwell), who urges her to “have courage and be kind.”

Years later, after her mother’s death, Ella’s father marries haughty, mean-spirited Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) who has two vain daughters: Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger).

After he dies on a business trip, now-grown Ella (Lily James) is treated like a scullery maid and banished to the attic where she befriends the house mice. But she doesn’t lack self-esteem, as evidenced by her chance encounter with Prince Kit (Richard Madden) while riding her horse in the forest.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pop Up Art Panorama

A 360-degree look at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up art show opening for one night only Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. Miggs Burroughs for

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Admiring Pop Up Artwork Image
Lacey Angerthal, 6, of Westport today admires Westport artist Sooo-z Mastropietro’s work that is part of   the Westport Art Center’s third Pop Up Show, by the Westport Artists Collective. The one-night show will be Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Project Return Birdhouses at Pop Up Art Show Image
Linn Cassetta of Project Return shows off 20 birdhouses from the past 20 years of Project Return’s Birdhouse fundraiser that will be on display as part of the Westport Arts Center’s pop up exhibition on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. A preview of the “The Art of the Birdhouse - A Celebration of 20 Years” will be held Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Comings & Goings: SoNo Baking Opens Wednesday Image
SoNo Baking Company & Café opens Wednesday at 7 a.m. at 44 Church Lane, according to Patti Jonker (above), partner of owner John Barricelli. She said customers will see some familiar faces among the SoNo staff since SoNo hired several who worked at Java, which occupied the same space before closing at the end of 2014. Hours are 7 a.m-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday. The fare includes hot breakfasts such as waffles and pancakes as well as fresh pastries, cookies and many other menu items, Jonker said. The café is also open for lunch and Sunday brunch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Angels and Devils Promote Arts Center Gala Image
There were angels and devils around Westport today promoting the Westport Arts Center’s May 16 Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil spring gala. Young women from the local National Charity League handed out devilishly good hot chocolate and divinely sweet orange juice in downtown Westport and at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. Among those at the YMCA were (l-r) Cecilia Adams, Allie Avila, Jillian Rogers, Kelley Schutte, and Noelle Amlicke. Tickets go on sale Monday and can be purchased on the WAC website or by phone (203)222-7070. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Getting Ready for Library Book Sale Image
Volunteers get ready today for a Westport Library book sale beginning Saturday through Tuesday. The sale includes a large collection of Modern Library titles and features a collection of post-war jazz records described as in “great condition.” Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m., Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (half price), and Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon (everything free, donations welcome). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Wild Tales,’  ‘The DUFF,’ ‘The Lazarus Effect’

By Susan Granger

Opening with one of the shortest and most amusing segments, Argentinian filmmaker Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” is an unconventional anthology, built around the psychological concept of revenge. Image

“Pasternak” deals with a fateful encounter on a plane, as a suave music critic (Dario Grandinetti) begins a conversation with a beautiful model (Maria Marull). But they’re not the only people in business class with a connection to the model’s ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Pasternak. Think “Twilight Zone.”

“Rats” revolves around a waitress (Julieta Zylbergberg) in a roadside diner who discovers that her only customer (Cesar Bordon) is the loan shark who drove her father to suicide. When the ex-con cook (Rita Cortese) learns the truth, retribution seems inevitable.

As the cautionary “Road to Hell” begins, a rich, arrogant businessman (Leonardo Sbarglia) is driving his shiny, new Audi, rudely giving the finger to a redneck (Walter Donado) in an old Peugeot. Then when the Audi gets a flat tire, road rage takes over.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Standing Ovation for ‘Sweeney Todd’ at Staples Image
The Staples Players cast of “Sweeney Todd (School Edition): The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” takes a bow tonight to a standing ovation at the final dress rehearsal before performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as next weekend. For further information, visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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