Monday, September 25, 2017
Westport’s annual Restaurant Week — actually two weeks running from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 15 — will feature 26 eateries from Saugatuck to Southport, according to the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC).
Each restaurant will offer prix fixe meals to accommodate myriad palates and pocketbooks, according to Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director.
Mandell said the event is part of a WWCC ‘Eat Local’ campaign to promote area restaurants, which began two weeks ago with the Slice of Saugatuck.
“Our restaurants have embraced this event whole heatedly making it very robust; people will need the two weeks,” Mandell said.
Friday, September 22, 2017
A visitor tonight views one of the exhibits in the Westport Historical Society’s “06880+50,” a look at how some area architects see Westport 50 years from now. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
There was a large turnout tonight for a Westport Historical Society (WHS) reception marking the opening of “06880+50,” a futuristic exhibit based on area architects’ imaginings of the town 50 years from now. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Laura Eason, writer-producer on the Netflix drama “House of Cards,” will be guest speaker at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium Oct. 1 following a 3 p.m. performance of her play “Sex with Strangers.”
The program is free and open to the public.
According to theater officials, Eason will discuss her play with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.
“Sex with Strangers” explores the complicated new world in which every past relationship lives forever on the web, providing an entertaining, up-to-date take on love in the digital age,” says Patricia Blaufuss, Playhouse spokeswoman.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The book “Principles: Life and Work,” authored by Ray Dalio, founder of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, was released today to bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East. Dalio is one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs. According to the book flyer, “the book shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 18, 2017
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
If you needed proof of the adage “Love is blind,” look no further than “mother!” in which Jennifer Lawrence stars in her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky’s macabre horror/melodrama that’s tinged with increasingly hysterical, pseudo-religious overtones.
Writer/director Aronofsky blends “Rosemary’s Baby” with “Requiem for a Dream,” making the cynical assertion that — for the artist — creative inspiration is more important than love or life itself.
Opening with the image of a huge Victorian country house burning, along with its female inhabitant (Lawrence), it relates the tortured tale of a nameless, archetypal couple (Lawrence, Javier Bardem).
He’s a famous, self-absorbed poet who craves adoration and idolatry. Serving as his self-sacrificing “inspiration,” she’s renovated and restored his idyllic old house, which burned down before they met. Like a radiant Earth Mother, she’s determined to “make a paradise” for him, even while self-medicating.
Almost 15 years after former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell led a Fairfield County coalition opposing a casino in Bridgeport, the possibility of gambling in the state’s largest city took on a new life today.
MGM Resorts International announced ambitious plans for a $675 million casino and entertainment complex in Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor area that it said would create thousands of jobs.
The announcement came despite current state law that bars building a casino in Bridgeport as gaming is currently limited to the two federal Indian reservations. However, the General Assembly has approved a plan for a third casino in East Windsor that would be jointly operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.
That did not seem to dissuade MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Office James Murren, a Bridgeport native, from announcing his plan.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for the Westport Arts Center’s “Vivian Maier - A Lifetime of Photographs” exhibit. Maier was an American street photographer who worked for about 40 years as a nanny, starting in New York City then mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time. She died in 2009 at age 83. J.C. Martin and Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Ten-year-old Aron Hedberg tonight gets a close up view of one of the self portraits in the Westport Arts Center “Vivian Maier - A Lifetime of Photographs” exhibit at an opening reception. The exhibition features more than 70 color and black and white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime. It will be on view through Nov. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library Transformation Project groundbreaking. Dave Matlow and Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Dignitaries take shovels in hand tonight for the symbolic groundbreaking for the Westport Library’s $19.5 milllion transformation project. Construction starts this month and is expected to take 18 to21 months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Westport Arts Center and Westport Farmers’ Market tonight announced and honored the finalists in the third annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition at a gallery-like reception at Sugar & Olives restaurant. Pictured are first place winners in each age group who won an opportunity to co-lead a photo shoot at The Whelk restaurant with renowned chef Bill Taibe (r) and a $100 cash prize. They are (l-r) Lil Dowell (ages 15-18), Samantha Henske (ages 8-10), and Josh Suggs (ages 10-14). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adriana Reis for WestportNow.com
Young Shoots student digital photography competition winner Samantha Henske of Westport (first place and fan favorite winner, ages 8-10) poses tonight next to her photo “One in a Million” at a reception sponsored by the Westport Arts Center and Westport Farmers Market. Samantha is a fifth grader at Kings Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
After the film industry’s weakest Labor Day weekend ever, the release of “It,” the new Stephen King-based thriller made the box-office sizzle, more than doubling the record set by “Hannibal” for the biggest horror movie opening of all-time.
Helmed by Argentinean director Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), it relates Chapter One of a story about a demonic clown that starts in 1989 in Derry, Maine, and will, eventually, end in the present day.
The terrifying tale begins with the disappearance of 6-year-old Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), who vanishes down a storm drain in a town that has a missing-persons rate six times the national average. It’s where “Nightmare on Elm Street 5” is playing at the local theater and, behind closed doors, psychological, sexual and physical abuse run rampant.
Searching for Georgie are his older brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and his misfit middle-school pals who call themselves the Losers Club.
Monday, September 11, 2017
The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted “Falsettos: In Conversation,” the Westport Library’s Susan Malloy Lecture in the Arts. The event featured Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn, Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine, plus the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block. Moderator was Westport resident Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of “Live from Lincoln Center.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
A new eatery, 190 Main, opens early next month at Westport’s 190 Main St., next to Joe’s Pizza. The space was previously occupied by the Vine Wine Room that closed in July and the the Luxe Wine Bar, which closed in April 2016. Owner Steve Garrett (above), a Branford resident, said the new restaurant will offer a small plates menu, featuring seafood tapas. Garrett said he is a career restaurateur who operated Chao on Whitney Avenue, New Haven and another Chao in Sandy Hook, both featured Thai cuisine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Paul Shaffer, who spent 30 years as David Letterman’s bandleader, was among headliners tonight at the Anti Defamation League’s “VOICES: A Concert for Unity” at the Levitt Pavilion. ADL said the concert was designed “to bring people together, foster dialogue and build mutual respect.” Other performers included Plain White T’s, Suzanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys, one-time Staples High School students Alisan Porter (winner of NBC’s “The Voice”), and Adam Kaplan (Broadway star), as well as rap artist Napoleon da Legend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Despite cool temperartures around 60, there was a large turnout tonight for the ADL’S “VOICES: A Concert for Unity” at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Countruy Playhouse gala headlining “Hamilton” Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Jonathan Groff. The gala’s theme “Moonlight Over Venice” evoked the romance and glamor of Italy on the canals. The evening included a cocktail party, followed by a presentation of the Playhouse Leadership Award to Ann Sheffer, a performance by Groff, and dinner. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
Ann Sheffer (r) of Westport tonight receives the 2017 Westport Country Playhouse Leadership Award from Barbara K. Streicker, chair of the Playhouse board of trustees, at the theater’s 2017 Gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Steve Walter
Friday, September 08, 2017
There were plenty of people up and dancing tonight to the sounds of the DNR band at the Levitt Pavilion. The performance by what used to be an all (or almost all) physician band was a tribute and fundraiser for Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
The Westport Community Theatre (WCT) has announced its 2017—2018 season with a new subscription option that includes reduced-price admission to its five main stage productions.
The season kicks off with “A View from the Bridge,“ by Arthur Miller, opening Friday, Sept. 15. A new version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” will run in late November and December.
The Fairfield County premiere of the recent off-Broadway hit play “Annapurna” will be performed in February, and the Connecticut premiere of Steven Dietz’ conspiracy thriller “Yankee Tavern” follows in April.
The season concludes in June with the madcap summer comedy “Shakespeare in Hollywood” by Ken Ludwig, author of “Lend Me A Tenor.”
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The owners of 54 Wright St., in the Kings Highway North Historic District, are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Tricia Wentworth, co-owner of the property with her husband Mark Fagan. According to Weingarten, the barn, known as the Bradley Barn was built in c.1842 behind the Jesse Bradley house built in c.1840. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pop Up artist Howland Blackiston (r) and his wife Joy put the finishing touches today on his work, “Welcome home your lordship,” a silicone and mixed media work that is 67 inches tall It is one of the items in the Westport Artists Collective Fall Pop Up show on Wednesday at the Westport Arts Center. The show opens with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception, and works can be viewed through Saturday. There will be artists’ talk on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 04, 2017
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
There are no surprises in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” a buddy action-comedy. Two established American stars (one Caucasian, one African-American), supported by some stalwart, foreign character-actors, engage in lots of violence, peppered with profanity.
Disgraced Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is an elite private security guard — aka bodyguard — who botched an assignment when a Japanese arms-dealing client succumbed to sniper fire.
So when his former girlfriend, Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Young), asks him to safeguard a witness, promising to restore his “Triple A” reputation, he accepts the assignment.
Bryce is to provide protection for convicted hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), who is going from Manchester, England, to The Hague to testify in International Criminal Court against the deposed “ex-Soviet Union” Belarusian president, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman).
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Scenes from day two of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (r), 14, performed as Taz and Friends today at the second day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. As the longest-running cast member for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock: The Musical,” for over two years, Taz treated audiences to his energized and advanced guitar stylings as the character “Zach.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Rain that fell early in the day gave way to sunny skies late today for the second and final day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo