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Brunching at The Whelk for Farmers Market

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The Whelk, 575 Riverside Ave., today hosted a brunch fundraiser for the Westport Farmers Market. Joining First Selectman Jim Marpe and wife Mary Ellen were (l-r) Arik Bensimon, guest chef; Lori Cochran-Dougall, Farmers Market director, and Bill Taibe, Whelk owner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Taking a Women’s Day Play Reading Bow

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Following the one performance script in hand Westport Country Playhouse play reading tonight of “The Revolutionists” in celebration of International Women’s Day, the cast takes a bow. Pictured (l-r):  Jacqueline Guillen, Brenda Meaney, Danielle Davenport, and Mahira Kakkar with Anne Keefe, stage directions and curator of the play reading series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Art Crowd

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There was a large turnout tonight for the opening reception for “Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench” exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. A joint effort of the Center and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, it runs through March 16.  The exhibition features artists who re-imagine and reinvent the Victorian-era conversation bench — also known as a “tête-à-tête,” courting bench, conversation bench, kissing bench and gossip’s chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Deli Owner Soured by Planned Power Outage

By James Lomuscio

The Eversource power outage planned for Sunday from 12:01 a.m. to noon has the owner of the Westport’s Rye Ridge Deli scrambling, not to mention soured at the power company.

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The Rye Ridge Deli is especially busy on weekends. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Not only is Sunday morning one of Scott Martin’s busiest times of the week, he says. He’s worried about spoilage in his deli display cases that could cost his business thousands of dollars.

Located at 159 Main St. in the same space as the former, iconic Oscar’s Deli, Rye Ridge is one of three delis Martin owns by the same name. The others are in Stamford and Ryebrook, N.Y.

The planned power outage is expected to affect businesses and residents along Main Street, Elm Street and the Post Road and possibly Riverside Avenue, even Saugatuck Shores.

Playhouse Hosts Free Women’s Day Playreading

To celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, the Westport Country Playhouse will host a free reading of “The Revolutionists,” an irreverent comedy about four women — a spy, an assassin, a writer, and a royal. 

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Pictured at a rehearsal: (l-r) Jacqueline Guillen,  Brenda Meaney, Danielle Davenport, Mahira Kakkar, Bethany Gugliemino, director, and Anne Keefe, stage directions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The 7 p.m. reading places a comedic spin on contemporary political and social issues as seen through the eyes of four historic women, re-imagined as heroines of the French Revolution.

“The Revolutionists” is written by Lauren M. Gunderson, “the most produced living playwright in America,” according to American Theatre magazine. Director is Bethany Gugliemino, Playhouse artistic and management associate.

“On a day when we celebrate all the women in our lives, this play shares the story of four bold and inspiring women,” said Gugliemino.

Arts Center Launches ‘Tête-à-Tête’ Exhibit Friday

The Westport Arts Center, in partnership with Westport Arts Advisory Committee, Friday opens “Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench,” a new project that combines exhibition, competition and place-making.

The exhibition, which will be on view through March 16, launches with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.

Jurists for the project are John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Patricia Kane (Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery), and Paul Goldberger (Pulitzer Prize-winning American architecture critic and educator).

The exhibition features artists who re-imagine and reinvent the Victorian-era conversation bench — also known as a “tête-à-tête,” courting bench, conversation bench, kissing bench and gossip’s chair.

Myron ‘Micky’ Golomb, Legendary Local Jazz Saxophonist, 87

Myron “Micky” Golomb, a legendary local jazz saxophonist, educator, enthusiast, and mentor to many younger players and major figure on the Westport jazz scene, died March 2 at home. He was 87.

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Micky Golomb: legend on local jazz scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Portrait by Rachel Paxton, 2018

Born Nov. 19, 1931 in Brookline, Massachusetts, he and his family moved from Brookline to New Rochelle in the late 1940s, affording him access to the New York jazz scene.

He was able to hear some of the legendary musicians whose music influenced his own: Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young and Stan Getz, to name a few.

He hoped to become an Air Force flyer during the Korean War, but when an officer found out he played saxophone, he was given the choice of KP duty or joining the Air Force band.

Larry Silver Photos Acquired for London Museum

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“Manhattan Backyard, NY 1952” by renowned Westport photographer Larry Silver is one of four photographs that have been acquired for the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. “The V&A Museum is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums, and I am honored to be part of their photography collection,” said Silver. He said he made these photographs when he was an 18-year-old high school student in New York City. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) ©Larry Silver

‘Wizard of Oz’ Set for March 17 at Playhouse

The Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series will present the classic musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” on Sunday, March 17. The show is produced by Vital Theatre Company.

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There will be two performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Performances are at 1 and 4 p.m., approximately one-hour in length, and appropriate for ages 2 to 7. Tickets are $20 each.

Audiences will rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz, featuring the Munchkins, a flying monkey, and a witch.

The show includes music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, and is directed and choreographed by Clint Hromsco.

Granger at the Movies: ‘How to Train Your Dragon..,’ ‘Lego Movie 2 …,’ ‘A Madea Family Funeral’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World” is the third installment in the animated fantasy franchise that began in 2010, chronicling how teenage Hiccup (Canadian actor Jay Baruchel) befriended fire-breathing Toothless, breaking the Viking tradition of fighting with dragons.

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In the 2014 sequel, Hiccup succeeded his late father, Stoick (Gerard Butler), as tribal chieftain, following the lead of his widowed mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett), a dragon-whisperer.

According to Hiccup, the island village of Berk is now “the world’s first dragon-Viking utopia.” But there are problems — like overcrowding at mealtimes and the unwelcome influx of dragon hunters, particularly a villainous poacher known as Grimmel the Grisly (F. Murray Abraham).

Along with his fiancee Astrid (America Ferrera), Hiccup watches as Toothless, thought to be the last of the inky-black Night Fury species, falls in love with a blue-eyed, alabaster-skinned female dragon, dubbed Light Fury by Astrid.