Saturday, April 29, 2017
Scenes from tonight’s opening reception of the Westport Woman’s Club Art Show. Th exhibit, whose proceeds go toward club scholarships, features works by 14 local artists. It continues Sunday noon to 4 p.m. WestportNow.com photos
Friday, April 28, 2017
The League of Women Voters of Westport and the Westport Library today sponsored a panel discussion “Media Matters 2017: Media & Politics.” Pictured with Pat Porio of the LWV at the podium are (l-r) David Briggs, CNN; Lucina Lopez, Reuters; Nancy Newill Doniger, Easton Courier, and Bill Yousman, director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University. Briggs said, “Fake news is a problem. We receive fake news probably 20 to 30 times a day, but we are determined to tell the truth.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Aux Delices French bakery and cafe today opened its second location in Westport at 44 Church Lane, just in time for warmer weather and sunny skies. As part of the opening celebration, it offered complimentary coffee to customers. The new space was formerly occupied by SoNo Baking Company’s Bakery and Cafe, which closed earlier this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Thursday, April 27, 2017
On hand tonight as the Jazz Society of Fairfield County (JazzFC) celebrated its formation as a nonprofit with an initial concert at Westport’s 323 Restaurant were (l-r) Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, and musicians Richard Epstein and Greg Wall. Marpe and Lavielle read proclamations heralding the group whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of Fairfield County by promoting the performance and appreciation of Jazz music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Jazz Society of Fairfield County (JazzFC) tonight celebrated its formation as a nonprofit with an initial concert at Westport’s 323 Restaurant. Among those performing were singer Melissa Newman of Westport and Greg Wall, known as the “jazz rabbi,” who is a celebrated musician and recording artist. He is rabbi at the Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport. WestportNow.com video by Helen Klisser During
Savannah Bee Company, known for its premium artisanal honeys, honey-based health and beauty products, and mission to educate people about the wonders of the Honeybee and preserving the art of beekeeping, will open in Bedford Square this summer. It will offer daily honey tastings and an extensive health and beauty section featuring luxurious products made with ingredients straight from the hive, according to the Savannah, Georgia-based-company. The Westport boutique will be Savannah Bee’s first store in the Northeast. To date, it has four locations in Georgia, one in Florida, and two in South Carolina, with three more locations opening this summer, including Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Installation was underway today for the weekend Westport Woman Club’s Art Show fundraiser. Curator Miggs Burroughs (2nnd r) worked with participating Westport area artists (l-r) Julie Leff, Dorothy Robertshaw and Nina Bentley for the event, which runs on Saturday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (opening reception) and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of recently deceased local artist Naiad Einsel and features multiple works by 14 artists across an array of media. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was a 1950s and ‘60s look today at a Westport Arts Center (WAC) fashion show. Models walked the runway wearing vintage dresses and accessories provided by Vintage Virtuosa and Vintage by Sue Harmon, in preparation for the Westport Arts Center’s Martini Madness gala on May 20. The backdrop for the event was the “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibition focused on the advertisers and designers of the time period. Pictured (l-r) Price Snedaker, Dana Harmon, Lisa Lampert, Erika Miller, WAC Executive Director Amanda Innes, Orly Angerthal, Leslie LaSala, Deborah Murphy, Xenia Gross and Silvia Durno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Aux Delices French bakery and cafe, 1035 Post Road East, opens its second location in Westport next week at 44 Church Lane, according to owners Greg Addonizio and his wife Debra Ponzek. The new space was formerly occupied by SoNo Baking Company’s Bakery and Cafe which closed this month. Ponzek said the new location is its fifth since opening its first cafe in Riverside in 1995. Other locations are in Greenwich and Darien. She said the Church Lane location features the same range of baked goods and gourmet foods as its other Westport location, which opened in June 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
After a two-year absence, Concours d’Caffeine, a mini-version of the Concours d’Elegance classic car show, is returning to Westport on Sunday.
The event, presented by Jaguar Land Rover Fairfield with Concours Consulting Partners and benefiting the Westport Police Benevolent Association, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Railroad Place.
An announcement said Concours d’Caffeine “combines the excitement of a Concours d’Elegance and the relaxed atmosphere of a Sunday morning cars and coffee gathering of motoring enthusiasts.”
The event is free to owners and show guests alike. Area businesses and restaurants will be open for coffee and lunch to make it a leisurely Sunday enjoyment for all attendees.
Monday, April 24, 2017
The cast of “Lunch Hour” takes a bow tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse following the script-in-hand reading of the play written by the late Jean Kerr. Pictured (l-r) : Mark Shanahan, Kate MacCluggage, James Waterston, Rebekah Brockman, John Skelley and Peter Chenot, program directions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Actors paused today during a rehearsal for tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse Script In Hand reading of “Lunch Hour,” a romantic comedy by Jean Kerr. The play is set in a Long Island beach house in 1980 when two female friends discover their spouses are having an affair. They counter by having an affair of their own. The reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the play reading series. Pictured: (seated, l-r) Mark Shanahan, Kate MacCluggage, James Waterston, Rebekah Brockman and John Skelley; (standing) Anne Keefe, Peter Chenot, stage directions, and Ann Sheffer, sponsor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Country Playhouse said today it is seeking non-Equity extras, male and female, all ethnicities and types, ages 25-70, to play tourists in the season opening production of Peter Shaffer’s comedy “Lettice & Lovage.”
It said the play, directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, needs extras who must be available for rehearsals and performances beginning Friday, May 26 and ending Sunday, June 18.
Extras will appear in the first 10 minutes of the production and “play a range of feelings that go from bored-to-death to interested and finally elated as Lettice Douffet, played by Patricia Conolly, evolves from their inexperienced tour guide to a theatrical tour de force,” an announcement said.
Also in the cast are Playhouse alumni Mia Dillon and Sarah Manton, who play Charlotte Schoen and Ms. Framer, respectively, and Paxton Whitehead, who will reprise his role of Mr. Bardolph from the original Broadway production.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The Westport Chapter of Hadassah will host its annual spring fundraiser at the Inn at Longshore on Thursday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with CNN anchor and Westport resident Alisyn Camerota as guest speaker, organizers announced.
The luncheon will honor Susie Blumenfeld, an entrepreneur and founder of her own event planning business Pink House Productions, LLC. A chapter member for more than 24 years, she has held leadership positions both locally and regionally, an announcement said.
Funds raised will support the Hadassah Medical Center’s groundbreaking work, including stem cell and nephrology research, it said.
At this event, organizers will also collect business attire for the Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County in Bridgeport.
Layla’s Falafel, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine and owned by Trumbull residents Dino and Layla Sakakini, will open at 1537 Post Road East in late May. J.P. Sakakini, the owners’ son, said his parents started the business 17 years ago in Fairfield. He said Westport will be the family’s fifth location, with two in Stamford, and one in Trumbull in addition to the original Fairfield location. “The Westport location is small, only a few tables but our main business is takeout and catering,” he said. “We offer fast, casual food and service and we are definitely not at all like a chain food business—we are truly family owned and operated.” He added, “We’re excited to become part of the Westport community.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 21, 2017
Scenes from today’s seventh annual Westport preschool self-portrait reception in the Higgins Room in the Westport Library’s Children’s Department. The event marking the Week of the Young Child is part of the early literacy outreach program with Westport preschoolers. The preschool artists were very proud of their self-portraits and happily showed their artistic endeavors to their families and friends. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sophia Livecchi, 17, a Staples High School senior, tonight was named winner of the annual Tracy Sugarman Award, named in honor the late Westport artist and illustrator. Jurors Ann Chernow and Leonard Everett Fisher selected her entry, “Woven Terrains,” as best in the third annual High School Student Art Exhibition at the Westport Arts Center. Sophia, who will attend Swarthmore College majoring in art, credited Staples art teacher Camille Eskell for inspiring her work and urging her to enter. The award, sponsored by retired Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas and Janet Nevas, was presented at the opening reception for the Center’s “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Retired Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas (l) congratulates High School Art Exhibit winner Sophia Livecchi, 17, a Staples High School senior, tonight upon her being named winner of the annual Tracy Sugarman Award, which honors the late Westport artist and illustrator. Nevas and wife Janet established the award to honor their longtime friend. Jurors Ann Chernow (seated) and Leonard Everett Fisher (2nd r) selected her entry, “Woven Terrains,” as best in the third annual High School Student Art Exhibition at the Westport Arts Center. The ceremony took place at the opening reception for the Center’s “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Arts Center guests get a closeup look tonight of some of the entries in its “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibit. It examines the history of interplay between art and advertising and the lasting impact in pop culture and fine arts by Westport’s own illustrators of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Julian’s Pizza Bar & Kitchen, 1460 Post Road East, will open in May, according to owner Mike Sayed who also owns Julian’s Pizza, 539 Riverside Ave. He said the eat-in and takeout eatery offers wood-fired oven pizza, burgers made with beef supplied by Fleisher Craft Butchery, vegeburgers, free range chicken appetizers, pasta and a full service bar. Pizza slices are available during daytime hours. “We were the first Westport pizza shop to offer wood-fired oven pizza and we’re expanding that offering in our new location,” he said. The space was previously occupied by Bravo, an Italian cuisine restaurant, also owned by Sayed and, before that, until April 2012, by Munson’s Chocolates for 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Mark Lamos (r), artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, tonight hosted a sneak peek program of the Playhouse’s 2017 season. Seated next to him is actor Paxton Whitehead, a familar Playhouse stage presence who will appear in “Lettice and Lovage,” a 1990 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, written by Peter Shaffer, author of “Amadeus.” It is the season opener, playing May 30 through June 17, with Lamos directing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School second graders were in for a treat today as renowned actors (and Saugatuck parents and grandparent) (l-r) Greg Naughton, Kelli O’Hara, and James Naughton visited the school (pictured with student Owen Naughton). James Naughton narrated the Weston Woods animated adaption of Peter Brown’s “Creepy Carrots!” and his son and daughter-in-law read several of Brown’s books. Award-winning author and illustrator Brown will visit all Westport elementary schools next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Rae Anne Locke for WestportNow.com
Final preparations are underway today for the installation of the Westport Arts Center’s “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibition, opening Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition highlights many of the most significant illustrators, photographers and designers who lived and worked in Westport in the 1950s – 1970s. Simultaneous with the exhibition, the third annual High School Student Art Exhibition will be on view. The exhibition was juried by Ann Chernow and Leonard Everett Fisher. The recipient of the Tracy Sugarman Award will be announced Friday at the reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Tony-winning actress Kelli O’Hara will appear in a concert staging of “Brigadoon” at New York City’s City Center, the theater announced today.
The production of the 1947 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe musical will run from Nov. 15 to 19, beginning with a Nov. 15 gala performance in honor of the theater producer Stacey Mindich.
Christopher Wheeldon, who won a Tony for choreographing “An American in Paris,” which he also directed, will direct and choreograph the concert staging. Steven Pasquale and Robert Fairchild will co-star with O’Hara.
“Brigadoon” centers on a pair of Americans in Scotland who discover a mystical village that appears for only one day every century.
Samantha Atlas, a Staples High School junior trumpet player, recently participated in the National Association of Music Educators All-Eastern Honor Ensembles held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event represents the top performing high school musicians from the eastern United States and is held every two years. Samantha performed in the All-Eastern Band. She is pictured with conductor Dennis Fisher. Recently, for the fifth consecutive year, Westport was honored with the designation among the Best Communities for Music Education from the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
The numbers tell the tale: “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment of this long-running series revved up an estimated $532.5 million worldwide, setting a record for an opening weekend.
Built around muscle cars, drag racing and the importance of family, this high-speed action thriller brings back Vin Diesel as gruff, monosyllabic Dominic Toretto, and it’s filled with spectacular, globe-spanning vehicular destruction.
In Havana, Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) interrupt their honeymoon so that he can race against the Cuban who tried to heist his cousin’s jalopy. Tinkering with the old car, Dom strips down the engine and installs a dangerous nitrous-oxide canister. You can already visualize what happens next.
Injecting vicious fuel, there’s a sociopathic supervillain, an icy hacker known as Cipher (Charlize Theron), who wants Dom to do a job for her. When he hesitates, she shows him something on her cellphone that changes his mind. What is it? We have to wait to find out.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Guests enjoy outdoor dining today at Boca Restaurant & Bar, 43 Main St.. It is the first season for outdoor dining for the eatery, which opened last fall in space previously occupied by Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo. Its wide ranging menu of Italy, Spain and France cuisine includes tapas, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, paella, seafood, chicken and meat plates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Barker today reviewed the 2017 season at the Westport Rotary Club weekly luncheon at Christ & Holy Trinity Church’s Branson Hall. This year there will be a later starting and ending time and with two of the five plays in the fall instead of one as in past years. The season culminates with Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 19 with Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos directing. Barker said special student performances for the classic are already sold out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 17, 2017
Fred Sip & Shop women’s apparel shop has opened at 30 Post Road East at the corner of Taylor Place. It is co-owned by Kelley Frey of Stamford and Shereen Koshnoodi of Old Greenwich. The business also has a location at 236 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich. Koshnoodi said the Westport location is much expanded from the concept in Old Greenwich and features a coffee bar cafe to enhance the shopping experience. She describes the apparel and accessories offerings as “contemporary, mid-price range with brand name new designer fashions.” The Westport space was previously occupied by Soleil Toile, which relocated to 24 Post Road East, then by Walin & Wolff women’s accessories, followed by a pop-up shop for cashmere apparel during the past two Christmas shopping seasons (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Today is the final day for the Sono Company Bakery & Cafe, 44 Church Lane. The space will be occupied by Aux Delicis, which also operate at 1035 Post Road East since September 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com