Westport's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/westport Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:32:13 -0500 HamletHub.com Shaping Community: A Creative Placemaking Conference http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45131-shaping-community-a-creative-placemaking-conference-151639170145131-shaping-community-a-creative-placemaking-conference-1516391701 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45131-shaping-community-a-creative-placemaking-conference-151639170145131-shaping-community-a-creative-placemaking-conference-1516391701

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Announces Shaping Community: A Creative Placemaking Conference January 23-24, 2018
Bank of America sponsors conference in support of building thriving communities

Norwalk, CT, January 19, 2018-- The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) is organizing a two-day creative placemaking conference, Shaping Community, January 23-24, 2018 at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, designed to demonstrate and discuss the role of artists, creative businesses and cultural nonprofits in the economic and community development and well-being of coastal Fairfield County towns.

Shaping Community was built on the impetus and results of Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy, a one-day community conference organized by the Cultural Alliance in 2016, in response to calls for action to bring underused real estate into more productive use for the cultural community.

“We are pleased to bring creative placemaking to the next level by not only offering a forum for sharing ideas but also the opportunity to put forth funding proposals aimed at bringing arts and culture to the forefront in our local communities,” said Angela Whitford, CAFC Executive Director. “This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, including Bank of America which is focused on building thriving communities here in Fairfield County.”

Support for Shaping Community comes from Bank of America, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC and The Barnum Museum.

Shaping Community will provide an opportunity to discuss how the arts and culture bring magic, vibrancy and economic vitality to our streets, neighborhoods, towns and cities; what specific improvement and development projects can artists, cultural nonprofits, other nonprofits, citizens, developers and town planners work on collaboratively and more.

Day One (open to the public), will feature demonstrations, discussions, performances in celebration and exploration of the role of the cultural community in shaping our neighborhoods and towns. Keynote speakers include: Patrick McMahon, President and CEO of Connecticut Main Street Center, and Keith Stokes, Vice-President, 1696 Heritage Group.

Panels include:
• Artist Spaces and their Impact on Community Life and Economic Development
• Artists, Public Art and Community Development: examples of public art and its impact
• Artist-in-Residence programs: how can they impact the community?
• Storytelling and our Towns: How to change the narratives of our towns and neighborhoods?
• The Role of Theatre in Creating Thriving Places

Attendees will also enjoy performances from singer-songwriter Kristen Graves; one-act play readings by JIB productions Play with Your Food; and poetry readings by Shanna Melton.

Day Two (invitation only) will be a working day of creating and crafting placemaking projects. Workshop teams will be comprised of 6-8 delegate members representing local town government, cultural and social service nonprofits, local businesses and other organizations, working together to create possible solutions to neighborhood rejuvenation. Many of these ideas came from brainstorming sessions from nine town meetings Greenwich to Bridgeport recently held by CAFC.

During Day Two of the conference, they will work with Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America; Jenn Hughes, Acting Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs, National Endowment for the Arts and Rebecca Cordes Chan, Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to produce some citizen-inspired placemaking proposals for their communities.

Registration is now open at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shaping-community-a-creative-placemaking-conference-and-working-session-tickets-40791113318

Day One: Discussion & Performance Day (Jan 23): $20 includes breakfast and light lunch
Day Two: Invitation Only Working Groups (Jan. 24): $20 - includes breakfast and light lunch
Day Working Group Special (Jan. 23 & 24): $30 - for working group members who also attend the first day.

About the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, assists cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses in Fairfield County through marketing, professional development and advocacy. For more information, visit FCBuzz.org

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meri@buzzmkt.com (Meri Erickson) Charities Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:11:35 -0500
Hunchback of Notre Dame Auditions http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45126-hunchback-of-notre-dame-auditions-151629536745126-hunchback-of-notre-dame-auditions-1516295367 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45126-hunchback-of-notre-dame-auditions-151629536745126-hunchback-of-notre-dame-auditions-1516295367

                                                  Hunchback of Notre Dame - NPT Summer production

REHEARSALS AND SHOWS

Co-directed by Broadway/Film’s - Scott Bryce and Jodi Stevens

Musical Direction by Grammy/Emmy winner- Paul Bogaev

Rehearsals start: July 30 (Monday- Sunday for the first week, Tuesday-Sunday 2nd and 3rd weeks)

Rehearsal Location:  Emmanuel Church - 285 Lyons Plain Rd. Weston

Weekday rehearsals: 12-5pm for youth     6-10 pm for adults 

Weekend rehearsals: 12-7pm ALL cast (but specific calls times TBD) 

Shows: Three shows the weekend of Aug 18t/19th (Saturday matinee and evening and Sunday Matinee) 

Location of shows:  FTC Warehouse theatre 70 Sanford St. Fairfield

                                               * Young people of all abilities may apply

           ADULT AUDITIONS IN APRIL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (Equity and non-equity)

Please sign up for our email list to be informed of those dates (info@nptheatre.org

The Unique Experience

Every year NPT finds a unique way to present the summer production and tie it into another local nonprofit whose mission reflects the show’s theme. 

For OLIVER 2016:  We partnered with The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport as the OLIVER  theme was “Homelessness to Hunger to Hope”.  The cast volunteered at their soup kitchen and raised money for this charity. We included some of their young people in our cast and in our extensive PR.

For PETER PAN 2017 :  We partnered with KEYS (free instrumental lessons for youth in need) and included children from their program on scholarships in the show as well as fund raised during  our Prologue Bazaar before each show for this charity. Once again the cast chose to continue volunteering at the soup kitchen.

For HUNCHBACK 2018 :  This year, for our partnership, we are considering a few non profits that reflect the show’s famous song “God help the outcasts”.  i.e. Bullying, Homelessnes, or those on the fringes of society.  We are sure to, once again, volunteer for the soup kitchen. 

In addition to rehearsals with our pros where young performers get the chance to be directed by and perform onstage with Broadway, film and TV pros, we are offering 8 breakout conservatory-level classes for our youth, in a variety of Entertainment fields (for example: Stage combat, makeup, film and TV, Commercial, Mask creation, NY auditions master classes with Broadway/film and TV professionals). This year there will be specific emphasis on stage movement and characterization work for the Gargoyles and Gypsies. 

Hunchback casting:  There will be many roles for youth and adults in this show as well as “pop out” solos and lines that will be assigned after the callbacks once registration is complete.  Specifically roles within the “Gypsies” and “Gargoyles” will be played by registered youth and teens. 

Any student who registers before Feb 1st may also be considered for one of the following special events:

  1. NY Children’s Theatre and NPT collaborative  “New Works” show in May both in NYC on Theatre Row and in CT. (subject to roles that are needed once shows are chosen) 
  2. Performing in “May day for Mayday” (our own benefit April 29th)  
  3. Performing for the March 1st “Giving Day” event for NPT. 

Youth and Teens  - Anyone new to our theatre will be required to submit an audition video before being approved. 

***Everyone must submit a non-refundable deposit of $200.  This will be applied to your entire payment and is non-refundable.  For those on a tight budget, you may finish your payment in full or you can go on an installment plan that will be billed each month until your payment is complete.  You are guaranteed a spot if you have submitted your deposit but you must complete your full payment by March 1st.  

We are only accepting a limited number of students this year.  NPT has fostered many young professional performers who are also getting roles with other companies from Broadway to local regional theatres.  We take great pride in the training we offer and think that our unique approach of having the students perform side-by-side with the pros, as well as the concept of tying our work into another local community issue, is one of the reasons we turn out these great young leaders. 

The three week training, rehearsals and shows with Broadway, film and TV pros is $799  (roughly $266 per week). Some students may be offered partial scholarships based on need and as determined by the NPT board of directors.  

If you would like to apply for a partial scholarship, please send a detailed cover letter outlining your economic need to info@nptheatre.org.  We only have limited number of scholarships that may be available until March 1st as per our non profit’s mission to serve “in need” youth.  Please be advised that there are no full scholarships provided. 

NPT’s Press and PR each year has included appearances on Channel 8 and Channel 12, stories in all local papers and the CT Post, appearances on radio, and social media posting and blogs. 

New Paradigm Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions.

TO APPLY PLEASE VISIT www.nptheatre.org  and then send an email to: Info@nptheatre.org 

 

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missohiokh@yahoo.com (New Paradigm Theatre) Life Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:11:06 -0500
Westport and Norwalk Businesses Host Mardi Bra Drives to Help Those in Need http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45129-westport-and-norwalk-businesses-host-mardi-bra-drives-to-help-those-in-need45129-westport-and-norwalk-businesses-host-mardi-bra-drives-to-help-those-in-need http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45129-westport-and-norwalk-businesses-host-mardi-bra-drives-to-help-those-in-need45129-westport-and-norwalk-businesses-host-mardi-bra-drives-to-help-those-in-need

The 2018 Undies Project Mardi “Bra” campaign starts January 29th and we need the community’s help and support in the Westport and Norwalk areas.

We are collecting new, and gently used, bras to donate to those less fortunate who are on low incomes.  For them, a bra is a big expense.  We urge the community to take the time to purchase a new bra, or to look in their drawers for gently used, hardly worn bras that they no longer need.  There is always a shortage of bras of all sizes, but in particular, sizes 34-38.

Bras can be dropped off at the following participating local businesses from Monday, January 29th until Tuesday, February 13th:

Aux Délices: 1035 Post Rd E, Westport and 44 Church Ln, Westport

CRUNCH Fitness: 770 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk

Soleil Toile: 14 Post Rd, East Westport

Terrain, Westport is also getting in on the fun and is holding their own in-house Mardi “Bra” drive.

All donations received will be distributed to local organizations that help those in need.

Soleil Toile, Westport will be offering a 10% discount to any customer who donates a bra during Mardi “Bra”.  Pick up a birthday gift or an early Valentine’s gift!

For further information please contact Laura Delaflor or Lucy Langley at info@theundiesproject.org or visit www.theundiesproject.org

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lucy@theundiesproject.org (Lucy Langley & Laura Delaflor) Charities Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:10:18 -0500
Westport Library Hosts Susan Fehlinger and Miggs Burroughs on Jan. 30 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45133-westport-library-hosts-susan-fehlinger-and-miggs-burroughs-on-jan-3045133-westport-library-hosts-susan-fehlinger-and-miggs-burroughs-on-jan-30 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45133-westport-library-hosts-susan-fehlinger-and-miggs-burroughs-on-jan-3045133-westport-library-hosts-susan-fehlinger-and-miggs-burroughs-on-jan-30

In conjunction with painter Susan Fehlinger's current exhibit, "From City to Sea," in the Westport Library's Great Hall, the Library will present the fifth in its series of Artist-to-Artist talks with a conversation between Fehlinger and photographer/illustrator - and the Library's former Artist-in-Residence - Miggs Burroughs on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 6-7 p.m. in the  Great Hall. Inaugurated in October 2016 as part of the Artist-in-Residence program, Burroughs has had conversations with each artist subsequently exhibiting in the Great Hall, including photographer Richard Frank and painters Heidi Palmer and Charles Reid. (Burroughs himself was interviewed during the run on his Great Hall exhibit, "Signs of Compassion," ending his year's residency.)

Susan Fehlinger had to be content with being an occasional painter during her 30-year career as a television producer in New York City. While in New York, she attended art classes at The School of Visual Arts and plein air painting workshops in Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and Maine, but, for the most part, she is a self-taught artist.

In 2003, she moved to Cape Cod, began painting more seriously, using a single palette knife rather than brushes, and soon was exhibiting her work. Gradually she gathered several solo shows under her belt and found representation by four New England galleries. In 2014, she relocated to Fairfield County and began focusing on architecture, cityscapes, and seascapes,depicting familiar, yet abstracted settings or themes. An active member of the Westport Artists Collective, Fehlinger is now represented by Southport Galleries in Southport, Conn.

The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Rd. in Westport. For further information, phone (203) 291-4800, or visit westportlibrary.org.

Photo: "Pearl Paint" by Susan Fehlinger

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Westport Library) Places Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:48:00 -0500
Westport’s Sister-Duo Heather Garson and Raleigh Leahy Join Experience Camps Board of Directors and Advisory Board http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45123-westport-s-sister-duo-heather-garson-and-raleigh-leahy-join-experience-camps-board-of-directors-and-advisory-board45123-westport-s-sister-duo-heather-garson-and-raleigh-leahy-join-experience-camps-board-of-directors-and-advisory-board http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45123-westport-s-sister-duo-heather-garson-and-raleigh-leahy-join-experience-camps-board-of-directors-and-advisory-board45123-westport-s-sister-duo-heather-garson-and-raleigh-leahy-join-experience-camps-board-of-directors-and-advisory-board

Extraordinary Summer Camps Bring Grieving Children Together for a One-Week, Sleep-Away Transformative Experience

Westport residents and sisters Heather Garson and Raleigh Leahy have joined the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, respectively, of Experience Camps, a national non-profit organization (headquartered in Westport) that provides free, one-week camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

Heather and Raleigh got involved with Experience Camps after dealing with their own loss and deciding to channel their grief into something meaningful and positive to help others. 

“Kids who experience the loss of a family member are reminded every day that someone is missing, and the people they interact with every day think they are different and aren’t sure how to talk to them or what they should say,” said Heather and Raleigh. “To be part of an organization that tries to turn a life-changing loss into a positive life experience is a real gift. It’s cliché to say 'if I can change just one person’s life'…but that is the opportunity we are getting by joining the board, so thank you."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 1.5 million children are living in a single-family household due to the death of one parent. Grieving children are at higher risk than their non-grieving peers for depression, anxiety, poor school attendance and higher dropout rates, isolation, behavioral problems, lowered academic achievement, drug and/or alcohol abuse, incarceration or suicide.

For more about Heather and Raleigh’s story, visit Get to Know Experience Camps’ Newest Board Members.

About Experience Camps

Experience Camps help grieving children feel “normal” and supported through friendship, teamwork, camp activities, and the common bond of loss. It is a safe environment where kids can explore their grief, break the isolation they may feel with their non‐camp peers, and have a whole lot of fun. They have the opportunity to meet and connect with kids who are going through similar challenges while getting all of the benefits of the traditional summer camp experience. In 2018, Experience Camps will have more than 500 campers at camps in Maine, California, Georgia, and New York. For more information about Experience Camps, visit http://www.experience.camp. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

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lauriemasonsonpr@gmail.com (Experience Camps) Charities Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:30:46 -0500
WHS Presents On the Front Veterans' Reflections on War, Feb. 4 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45125-whs-presents-on-the-front-veterans-reflections-on-war-feb-445125-whs-presents-on-the-front-veterans-reflections-on-war-feb-4 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45125-whs-presents-on-the-front-veterans-reflections-on-war-feb-445125-whs-presents-on-the-front-veterans-reflections-on-war-feb-4

Westport, CT - Join Westport Historical Society for a panel discussion regarding veterans reflections on their own experiences of war and how the “great war” altered their world on Sunday, February 4 at 3 pm.

In collaboration with the Westport Library’s "WestportREADS" program, WHS will moderate an open dialogue about war and the impacts on the daily lives of people dealing with the aftermath of the first World War, as well as the building tension of the Second World War. Veterans from various backgrounds will discuss their experiences and their thoughts on the conflicts that still arise today. Some of the panelists include veterans from the Vietnam Era, the cold war and Afghanistan.

Please call (203) 222-1424 to reserve your seats; reservations are suggested. A program fee of $10 will be taken at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

On The Front, Sunday, February 4, 3-4pm, Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place across from Town Hall $10 donation. 203-222-1424, westporthistory.org

Photo: Harold Feinstein

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kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Peck) Events Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:55:40 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Donates $5,000 to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45124-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk45124-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45124-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk45124-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk

Ridgefield, CT – January 18, 2018: Fairfield County Bank donated $5,000 to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. The donation will help support the Smilow SoNo Life Center. The Bank will be partnering with the Life Center to offer financial training to their clients and become involved in the Shelter’s activities.

“We are very fortunate to help the Open Door Shelter as they play a vital role in our community by helping others in need,” said Isaac Walcott, Vice President at Fairfield County Bank. “The Life Center will have a lasting impact on Norwalk, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Smilow Sono Life Center will be built in a historic 19th-century factory building. The 19,800 square foot building will be completely restored and house sixteen efficiency apartments, a job training facility and a neighborhood health center that will offer mental health and substance abuse counseling services. The Life Center will serve both individuals and families of the working poor and the homeless community. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:34:50 -0500
A Saturday Night Your Valentine Will Love at The Stamford Marriott http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45128-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott45128-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45128-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott45128-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style at The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

The first-class hotel located in the heart of downtown Stamford is offering a sweet Valentine’s Day overnight package on Saturday, February 10 or Saturday, February 17 ($209/ room, plus taxes). Book your hotel reservation here.

Upon arrival on Saturday, you will be greeted with a complimentary bottle of champagne. Have a romantic dinner inside the hotel at Sam’s American Bistro or hit downtown Stamford for an action-packed evening.

Wake up leisurely on Sunday morning and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two, plus, a late 1:00 pm checkout (think: lounging, working out, or hitting the spa).

Self-parking is complimentary.

Love the weekend even more by indulging in a spa treatment at Agora Spa, a full-service spa that offers body treatments, facials, massages and an invigorating steam room. Learn more about the spa

Book your hotel reservation here.

View the spa packages here.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm.

We are proud to welcome Stamford Marriott to our family of HamletHub sponsors!

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:10:00 -0500
Expert Microblading Artist At Whip Salon Westport http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45121-expert-microblading-artist-at-whip-salon-westport45121-expert-microblading-artist-at-whip-salon-westport http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45121-expert-microblading-artist-at-whip-salon-westport45121-expert-microblading-artist-at-whip-salon-westport

Westport, CT - Ridgefield-based Whip Salon will be opening a sister location in Westport in mid-February and one of the many services it will offer is Microblading. 
 
The Microblading beauty trend is in full swing and sweeping the nation. Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup that can partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair. In the procedure, the artist inserts color pigment into the skin through a set of single-use sterile needles, producing the look of natural hair strokes and enhancing the natural features of the face. This technique can be used to improve or create eyebrow definition, to cover gaps of lost hair, to extend the eyebrows, or as a full reconstruction if the brows have little or no hair. Each stroke is applied individually, allowing the artist complete control of the shape, color and density of the completed eyebrows.

The color choice is patient specific and mixed using a natural selection of micropigments to complement hair color and skin tone. The pigments used at Whip Underground contain iron oxide and glycerine and are cruelty free. Whip Salon Ridgefield has a true expert who will also be taking appointments in Westport starting next month. Here's a bit about her:
 
Microblading Specialist Carolina Villalon (https://www.whipsalon.com/microblading)
Carolina is a Board Certified Derma Technician, having studied at the the Scar Treatment & Recovery Center in Palm Desert, California. She is also a New York City Department of Health licensed Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, and holds an OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Certificate. Carolina is obsessed with eyebrows and microblading, and prides herself on being professional, confidential and friendly.
 
To learn more, visit Whip's website: https://www.whipsalon.com
 
To make an appointment or book a consultation in Ridgefield, go online: https://www.whipsalon.com/book-now or call 203.442.6444.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Amy Pal) Places Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:10:58 -0500
Westport Playhouse Celebrates MLK http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45122-westport-playhouse-celebrates-mlk45122-westport-playhouse-celebrates-mlk http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45122-westport-playhouse-celebrates-mlk45122-westport-playhouse-celebrates-mlk

Westport, CT - Over 500 people attended the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for “Stamped from the Beginning,” about the history of racist ideas in America, on Sunday, January 14, at 3 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse. Kendi’saddress was titled “How to be an Anti-Racist.”

Musical performances were by Chris Coogan and the Good News Gospel Choir, and Weston High School Jazz Ensemble. Students from the Regional Center for the Arts presented a dance piece.

Free-of-charge and open to the public, the celebration was co-sponsored by The Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse, TEAM Westport, and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council.  Complimentary refreshments were served in the Playhouse lobby after the presentation.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American History at American University, focusing on racist and anti-racist ideas and movements. He is a frequent public speaker about the findings of his New York Times bestseller, “Stamped from the Beginning,” and how they can fit into the national conversation surrounding movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and social justice. 

According to Kendi, he embarked on the research for his book under the assumption that the major producers of racist ideas were hateful and ignorant, and that borne from racist ideas were racist policies like slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration. But as Kendi dug deeper, he said he soon discovered that political, economic, and cultural self-interest are behind the creation of racist policies and these policies in turn create the racist ideas that rationalize the deep inequities in everything from wealth to health.

“Stamped from the Beginning” was also named a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and nominated for the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Nonfiction. The book was featured on many Best Books of 2016 lists.  Kendi is also the author of the award-winning book, “The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972.”

Kendi’s address was followed by a moderated audience Q&A and an author signing. Books were available for purchase at the event.

The Westport/Weston Family YMCA provided childcare and activities in the Lucille Lortel White Barn, Sheffer Studio, adjacent to the theater. 

For more information, call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529. Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. westportplayhouse.org.

PHOTOS:

  1.      Keynote speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  2.      Weston High School Jazz Ensemble, Steve Fasoli, conductor (at left)
  3.      Students from the Regional Center for the Arts
  4.      The Good News Gospel Choir

Photos by David Vita

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kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Places Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:56:25 -0500
Downtown Cabaret Theatre Presents A Raisin in the Sun http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45119-downtown-cabaret-theatre-presents-a-raisin-in-the-sun45119-downtown-cabaret-theatre-presents-a-raisin-in-the-sun http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45119-downtown-cabaret-theatre-presents-a-raisin-in-the-sun45119-downtown-cabaret-theatre-presents-a-raisin-in-the-sun

Bridgeport, CT - The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division (Producing Artistic Director, Eli Newsom) continues its 2017/18 season with the beloved play A RAISIN IN THE SUN, by Lorraine Hansberry.

February 2 - February 18, 2018

Fridays @ 7:30pm

Saturdays @ 5pm & 8:15pm

Sundays @ 6:00pm

In Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, an African American woman, Lena Younger, lives with her extended family in a cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. On their unknowing behalf, she places a down payment on a home in Clybourne Park—an affordable white neighborhood. Racial intolerance attempts to derail the family’s dreams in this 1959 masterpiece, which “changed American theater forever” (New York Times) and continues to resonate with generation after generation.

Director Brian Crook, "Black History month is a time when we celebrate the contributions of extraordinary black Americans like Lorraine Hansberry. Mounting a production of A Raisin in the Sun during this special month gets to the core of what I think Hansberry was trying to celebrate in her plays...the black FAMILY.”

The cast includes Jahi Kassa Taharqa as Walter Lee Younger, Noel Ginyard as Ruth Younger, LaMarr Taylor as Lena "Mama" Younger, MayTae Harge as Beneatha Younger, Sana "Prince" Sarr and Ajibola "Keeme" Tajudeen sharing the role of Travis Younger, Avery Owens as George, Garth West as Joseph Asagai, Elijah Manning as Bobo, Eric Dino as Karl Lindner, and Marques Christopher as the Moving Man.  

The production’s creative team is led by Director Brian Crook, with Scenic Designer William Russell Stark, Costume Designer Jessica Camarero, Lighting Designer Phill Hill, Sound Designer Chris Gensur, and Production Stage Manager Alec Smith.

For tickets and information visit MyCabaret.org or call the box office Mon - Fri, 10am – 5pm, (203) 576-1636 Opt. 0.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gisela Wong) Places Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:37:14 -0500
Powerful Beginnings: How to Engage Your Reader http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45115-powerful-beginnings-how-to-engage-your-reader45115-powerful-beginnings-how-to-engage-your-reader http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45115-powerful-beginnings-how-to-engage-your-reader45115-powerful-beginnings-how-to-engage-your-reader

Do you want to craft a story that drives your reader to cling to the page, ignore her phone, and forget to make dinner?

Yes! Join them for this all-genre, all-level, hands-on workshop where you will learn the keys to crafting a powerful first sentence, paragraph and page.

The workshop, Powerful Beginnings: How to Engage Your Reader, will be led by Christine Kalafus on Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport.

The cost for attending the workshop is $95.

Christine's fall workshops sold out quickly- don't delay! Click here to register now.

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amberb@hamlethub.com (Westport Writers' Workshop) Events Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:08:01 -0500
Amis Hosts the Next BAH http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45114-amis-hosts-the-next-bah45114-amis-hosts-the-next-bah http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45114-amis-hosts-the-next-bah45114-amis-hosts-the-next-bah

If you have not tried Amis, this is your opportunity to see what they have got!

Start the New Year off by attending their first Business After Hours of 2018 on Thursday, January 18th from 5:30-7:00p.m.

Enjoy an evening at this wonderful downtown restaurant and network with other members and those interested in business in our community.

Fine fare and 1 drink (wine/beer) is included. (Cash Bar thereafter)

$20 per member (bring a potential member one time free)

$25 non-members and at the door

Register here for the event.

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amberb@hamlethub.com (Westport Chamber of Commerce) Events Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:06:24 -0500
Docent Info Session at Norwalk Historical Society Museum http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45113-docent-info-sessions-151577004645113-docent-info-sessions-1515770046 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45113-docent-info-sessions-151577004645113-docent-info-sessions-1515770046

Are you enthusiastic about local history and education? Join the Norwalk Historical Society for an informal informational session about becoming a docent for our popular Little Red Schoolhouse Program. Docent info sessions will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00am and 1:00pm, and Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:00am and 1:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue Norwalk, CT. 

Please register for your preferred time slot at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3232944 or by calling 203-846-0525.  Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.  The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.  Learn about this exciting program and the important role a docent plays in making history come alive for students.

The Little Red Schoolhouse Program has been enriching the lives of Norwalk's 3rd graders for over 35 years!  Share your love of learning and history!  

For more information visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Neighbors Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:05:07 -0500
Norwalk Historical Society Hosts Valentines For Veterans Card Making Day http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45106-valentines-for-veterans-151562081645106-valentines-for-veterans-1515620816 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45106-valentines-for-veterans-151562081645106-valentines-for-veterans-1515620816

Join the Norwalk Historical Society at the Museum on Sunday, January 28, 2018 for a fun afternoon making Valentines for Veterans! Drop in any time between 1:00pm – 4:00pm to make cards for the brave men and women who fought to keep our country safe.  The event is free and supplies as well as light snacks will be provided.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cards made at the event will be sent to Congressman Jim Himes’ office and then distributed to various Veterans organizations and hospitals in Connecticut. Register at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-846-0525.

If the event is canceled by the Norwalk Historical Society due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 4, 2018.   The Norwalk Historical Society Museum is located at 141 East Avenue. The front entrance is accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue.  The Museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

For more information visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:03:12 -0500