Roundup: Alcohol in Westport, album cover design, cell tower balloon test…

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“Can I drink if my parents are with me?” “How old were you when you started drinking?” “If pot is legal, how can it be bad?”

If you are a Westport parent, your child may ask you these or similar questions. How would you react?

To help frame your responses, the Westport Prevention Coalition offers “Don’t Wait”. The 52-minute short film helps parents start conversations about substance use.

It’s available free to Westporters throughout March, thanks to a grant. You can watch at home when it’s convenient for you, or join other parents for a virtual group screening. There are also follow-up discussions online.

To watch, click here, then enter promo code PD2022. To register for a group exhibit and/or follow-up discussion, click here.

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In a similar vein, on Thursday, Positive Directions hosted a virtual discussion on “Mindful Drinking: Reimagining Our Drinking Habits and Their Impact on Our Relationships.”

A panel – including professionals, parents, a recovering alcoholic and a student from Staples High School – gave clear and honest accounts of their own drinking experiences in Westport.

The discussion is online and available at all times. Click here; then scroll down under “How will you cope in 2022?” look.

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Interested in seeing how tall the proposed cell tower at 92 Greens Farms Road – 124 feet – actually is?

A “hot air balloon” is scheduled for Monday (February 21) at 7 a.m. It should last about 4 hours.

The tower would be built on a private residence, adjacent to I-95 near Hillspoint Road. (Hat consultant: Don Bergmann)

A cell tower has been proposed for the property on the left: 92 Greens Farms Road. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

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Interested in designing an album cover?

The Westport Library invites artists to submit work to be featured on the upcoming vinyl. He will also be sued for digital and print promotions.

Fairfield County painters, illustrators, designers, photographers, collage makers and all other visual artists are eligible to apply.

The competition is part of the Library program the first of its kind “Verso Records Compilation, Volume 1”. The independent record will feature emerging musicians from across the tri-state in genres ranging from jazz and rock to folk and indie. All tracks are recorded live in the library’s state-of-the-art Verso studios.

The Westport Artist Collective will oversee an independent judging panel. Among them: Neal Smith, founding member of Alice Cooper.

In addition to the honor of designing the cover, the chosen artist will receive $1,000.

12″ x 12″ artwork should be in TIF, JPEG, PNG or PDF format, with a minimum of 300 dpi. The Library Art Department will add text and cropping materials at their discretion.

For more information, click here. The deadline for submission is March 25.

Part of Verso Studios at Westport Library.

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Sarah Bernhard comes to the Westport Country Playhouse.

The actress/singer author presents “Sandra Bernhard: an evening of comedy and music” on Sunday March 12 (8 p.m.). Operating time is one hour; no intermission. Explicit language.

His film credits include “The King of Comedy” starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, directed by Martin Scorsese. TV credits include “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Broadway World says: “Sandra Bernhard takes no prisoners and fires no shots. She will set the place on fire with her white-hot intelligence. She’s genuine, unapologetically pissed off, heartbroken, and, of course, hilarious.

For more information and tickets click here; email [email protected] or call the box office: 203-227-4177.

Sandra Bernhard (Photo/Brian Zeigler)

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AWARE is one of my favorite organizations.

The acronym stands for Assisting Women with Actions, Resources and Education. Each year, members partner with a local non-profit organization. They volunteer with this group, organize an educational event and organize a fundraiser.

Their next event is March 1 (WEST, 117 Post Road East, 7 p.m.). WEST owner Kitt Shapiro will talk about her new book, “Eartha & Me: A Daughter’s Love Story in Black and White.” It’s a memoir of growing up with his mother, Eartha Kitt.

AWARE members read the book this week.

It’s not a fundraiser – just a fun event with AWARE member Kitt. Plus, she gave everyone 20% off merchandise that night.

PS: I’m going to introduce you to Kitt. I am “aware” of what an honor it is!

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Once again, Tyler Hicks has the main photo on the front page of the New York Times.

Photo taken today by the Staples High School graduate/Pulitzer Prize winner shows a

(Photo/Tyler Hicks for The New York Times)

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Last year, COVID forced the Suzuki Music Schools Connecticut Guitar Festival into cyberspace.

It’s back for a 5th year from March 11-13 — both live at the Westport Library and online (free!).

The event opens with a launch concert featuring classical music and jazz greats Paul Galbraith, Adam Levin, Adam Del Monte and Leandro Pellegrino.

It continues all weekend with a guitar expo, “GuitART”, and performances and events with Similar Kind, Matt Rae, Rami Vamos, Benjamin Verdery, CGF Artistic Director and Grammy nominee Mak Grgic, and many others !

For a full list of events, click here. For an overview of the festival and the artists, click here.

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To celebrate its first anniversary, Westport-based FLB Law donated 1,200 cans of soup to the Filling in the Blanks SOUPer Bowl food drive. The Norwalk nonprofit organization provides weekend meals to needy children in Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Other recent FLB initiatives include packing backpacks with holiday treats, toys and dental kit for Filling in the Blanks, and making birthday boxes for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

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Amy Schneider knows the kind of photos I love for our “Westport…Naturally” feature.

So, she asks with a smile, “Did this happen to Compo Beach naturally?”

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

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And finally… Beverly Ross recently passed away in Nashville. She was 87 years old.

You may not know his name. For a time, she was one of America’s most successful pop and rock songwriters – and one of its few wives.

His short career ended when a working relationship with Phil Spector turned sour. She said he stole a riff they were working on and then turned it into “Spanish Harlem” – which he attributed to himself and Jerry Leiber. Click here for a full obituary.

Among his credits: