Double the fun: RIFF Oscars gala features two local hosts

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival will launch its 2019 season with its annual Academy Awards screening gala on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m, at Ridgefield’s historic Lounsbury House. While Hollywood couldn’t find a suitable host for the Oscars ceremony, RIFF found not one but two, ensuring a night of laughs and surprises. Storyteller Lisa Lampanelli will co-host the event with … read more

Art without age: Silvermine exhibit highlights aging and creativity

To say things get better with age can be an understatement. Take the exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center opening on Feb. 16, for instance, “ReFRAMING Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts,” which features works by nine well-established artists in their later years, ages 72-87, who are now, arguably, making the best work of their careers. Paintings by a 10th … read more

Maker Faire Westport announces the Great Duck Project

This year Maker Faire Westport is trying something new, they will be attempting to set a record for the world’s largest 3D printed duck. Mark Mathias, founder and president of Remarkable STEAM, Inc., collaborated with the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club and Greens Farms Academy in Westport to launch the Great Duck Project. The project is a global crowdsourcing art and … read more

I’m With Her effortlessly blends vocal harmonies

I’m With Her released its debut album last year and has been touring practically nonstop since. The trio comprises Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, all of whom have earned their musical chops along the way with a total of seven solo albums collectively, have acclaimed work in other well-known bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still) and have picked … read more

ACT adapts Stephen Schwartz’s Working to add Ridgefield flair

If there is one word to describe Working, running at Ridgefield’s A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) of Connecticut Feb. 14 through March 10, it would have to be authenticity. And groundbreaking … but that’s two words. Stephen Schwartz wrote and directed this musical, which made its Broadway debut in 1978, and has been mounted in revised form several times over the … read more

Riki Stevens tours with Mystic Bowie

2018 was an eventful year for Riki Stevens. The Norwalk singer-songwriter’s talent got noticed big-time when she won Wall Street Theater’s first “Connecticut’s Got Talent” competition in March. A few weeks later, she appeared on radio station WPKN, and in the summer she headlined Norwalk’s NICE Festival. She also began working on her debut studio album. Lately, Stevens has been … read more

Weston artist named in CT Magazine’s 40 Under 40

Weston sculptor, Jesse Nusbaum, was included in CT Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2019, a list of Connecticut’s young athletes, politicians, artists, activists, leaders and entrepreneurs.   “To be included in Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40 is a great honor for me to be recognized for my work, particularly when I consider the accomplishments of the other honorees, all … read more

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