Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lewis Black at Palace Theatre

Lewis Black this week at the SCA's Palace Theatre

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - Friday, March 28, 2008
Lewis is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author.
A passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, he's perfected expressing what the rest of us cannot say in polite company. For a MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY

Lewis’ live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. A passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, he's perfected expressing what the rest of us cannot say in polite company. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. How can you not love a man who says, "Republicans are a party with bad ideas and Democrats are a party with no ideas." Will Rogers would have been proud.

Thursday March 27, 2008 and March 28, 2008
Tickets: $45-$50-$55
Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic Street
Stamford, Connecticut


Friday, March 21, 2008


Stamford Downtown Presents ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
in Partnership with National Realty & Development Corp. &
Apollo Real Estate Advisors
Encore! The Works of J. Seward Johnson

The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is accepting submissions from photographers who wish to participate in this summer's public art exhibit ENCORE! The juried photographs will be exhibited in Downtown retail storefront windows. ENCORE! is open to all amateur and professional photographers. Photographers are invited to submit 11'' x 14'' photographs by Friday, April 25. The photographer must agree to donate the photo for sale with the proceeds benefiting local charities.
For rules and an application, click the links below!

Click here to view some of the J. Seward Johnson's Sculptures coming to Stamford Downtown in June!

Photography Exhibit Application


Monday, March 17, 2008

Broadway Kitchens & Baths of CT

Broadway Kitchens & Baths of Connecticut
Opens on lower Summer Street in Stamford Downtown

Just across Summer Street from Burlington Coat Factory is a brand new retailer, Broadway Kitchens & Baths of Ct., located at 388 Summer Street. The attractive showroom carries a large variety of kitchen and bathroom products and is the exclusive distributor of Kohler Kitchens cabinets in the New York Metropolitan area. “We design, measure and install kitchens and bathrooms everyday. Our customers appreciate that we are ‘one stop shopping’ since we take care of all aspects of the kitchen or bath project” states Jeff Chinman, V.P. of Broadway Kitchens & Baths of CT.
Broadway Kitchens & Baths’ flagship store, located at 819 Broadway (12th street) in Manhattan, was opened in 1995. In 2001, to meet their N.J. customers’ needs, a second showroom was opened in Englewood, New Jersey. Following this trend, the owners of Broadway Kitchens & Baths decided to follow their clients to Connecticut, looking to open their 3rd store. Jeff Chinman, explains “I am excited to open this new store and be a part of the retail revitalization of Stamford”. Their focus hasn’t changed in the 12 years, says Jeff: you want to redo your kitchen or bath, where do you start? …Broadway Kitchens & Baths.

Broadway Kitchens & Baths of Connecticut
388 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06901

Call 203-327-8800


Friday, March 14, 2008

St. Patrick's Weekend

St. Patrick's Day is a full weekend this year in Stamford Downtown. Enjoy the Irish themed events happening tonight through Monday, St. Patrick's Day!!

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance
Two performances ONLY
Friday, March 14 (2008) at 8pm
Saturday, March 15 at 8pm

This international Irish dancing phenomenon has performed to sold-out houses in more than 45 countries. Audiences have an opportunity to experience this extravaganza that has helped catapult Irish dancing into the global spotlight and created a new wave of Celtic dance mania.
Tickets: $39-$45-$48
Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic Street
Stamford, Connecticut

Stamford's St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Ancient Order of the Hibernians, an Irish-Catholic social group, organized the 13th annual parade. The parade begins at noon Saturday at Summer and Broad streets. The 80 marching units scheduled to take part will parade left on Bedford Street, left on North Street then left on Summer Street and back to the intersection with Broad Street, where the reviewing stand will be set up. Former Advocate sports editor, Bob Kennedy, is this year's Grand Marshall. Enjoy!!!

186 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 323-2608

St. Patrick's Day!!! Monday, March 17th
Visit many of our wonderful Downtown establishments including Tigin Irish Pub and Tiernan's Bar & Restaurant to celebrate responsibly the Luck of the Irish!!


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Great Dames, Great Cause

I stopped by the LAA (Loft Artists Association), at the end of Canal Street, this past weekend to see the Great Dames sculpture and painting exhibit. The artists are now in their new space after being displaced by the Yale and Towne fire awhile back. Sales of the art will go to Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, and some had been sold (showing the blue dot) when I got there! The "fat cells" were a hoot. It was a fun afternoon, however, we didn't spend that much time in the gallery. The art was pretty unique and we loved the big lofty space. I was told that you can sometimes get a peak of an artist at work in their private spacing surrounding the gallery. I arrived too late, and was not that lucky. Maybe next time.
See below article for more information:

This was an article printed in the Stamford Times on Thursday, March 13, 2008:
'Great Dames' of Stamford share their artwork
Stamford Times Correspondent
STAMFORD — On Friday March 7 at 6 p.m. the Loft Artist Association will be opening their studio doors for the reception of their show, "Great Dames IV" with part of the proceeds from the sales of the artists' works going to Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center.
The event, celebrating Women's History Month, will feature works by more than 30 LAA female associate and studio members in its new building at 845 Canal St., Stamford.
The creator of the show, Dana Scinto of Bridgeport, came up with the idea four years ago when the LAA regularly hung art at the Palace Theatre and Rich Forum, and she needed to come up with something for their March showing.
"It was such a beautiful show with a huge turnout and a great start — (it was) as if the bar had been set and (we had set) a goal to surpass every year" said Scinto. " I think we've done that each year since."
Scinto, an artist herself, has been with the LAA since 2001 and in 2005 became its president. She is an industrial artist with an engineering background who, "likes to experiment with weird material," she said.
She started by replicating pictures, but said she found them flat and wanted to create depth and a box like effect.
"I wanted to create hanging sculptures," she said.
So she began experimenting with epoxy and polymers to create a three dimensional surface.
"Someone should be able to stand in front of it and always have something new to see," said Scinto.
For the Great Dames show, she has created a piece called "Adipose," and it is a layered piece of epoxy with glow in the dark handmade bits that resembles what she perceives fat cells under a microscope looks like.
"I wanted to show how beautiful fat cells can be," said Scinto.
Friend of Scinto and past president of LAA, Lina Morielli of Stamford says the work she is showing in honor of Great Dames is a personal memory piece titled "I Think of Thee" dedicated to her mother.
"It is a reflection on the passage of time," said Morielli.
Morielli, who got a name for herself working with metal, has changed her medium in recent years and said she feels as if she has made a full circle as an artist.
"I was a designer and editor of craft magazines and as a kid, did lots of mixed media," said Morielli.
She now works with collage, gluing and pasting as a way to tell her stories. "I have created a language that allows me to express what I need to say freely, bringing together materials that carry their own messages with imagery that expresses and reveals our common spirit."
Another artist who will be telling a personal story with her art is Margaret Tsirantonakis of Stamford, who also has been experimenting with a new medium. Spending a long time painting what has influenced her work, her Greek heritage, she is now getting back to the basics.
"I have been spending time getting back to the discipline of drawing with simple lines and splashes of color," said Tsirantonakis.
For the last year, she has been focusing on drawing from life and particularly the female face, whether her own or others. The piece she will be presenting at the showing is a portrait of her mother, "Katina."
Experimentation seems to be the running theme in this year's show, as Cici Artist of Stamford also likes to play with her art, moving from watercolor, ink smudges to metal works like copper, painted aluminum, steel and, when she can afford it, bronze.
"I like to play with a little of everything, well, because I can," said Artist.
It is that ability to do what she wanted, when she wanted that brought her to the LAA, where she is one of the newer members.
"When I turned 50 three years ago, I realized, my kids' college was paid for, and I just walked away from the office and devoted myself to art," said Artist.
From sculpture, ceramics to graphite and acrylics, these artistic talents will be on display to the public in support of another South Side organization, the Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center.
"We feel very strongly that art has a very significant role in the healing process for those individuals we work with at the center," said Cathy Malloy, the center's executive director and wife of Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, "and that freedom of expression through art can be incredibly liberating."
Great Dames IV is showing March 7-30 at the Loft Artist Association, 845 Canal St. Stamford. Gallery Hours are Friday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information: www.loftartists.com


The Avon Theatre Event Tonight

And here is the rest of it.The Avon Theatre & Just Books present
PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION:Five Movies and the Birth of a New Hollywood
Join author Mark Harris for a discussion and book signing of his latest work,followed by a special screening of THE GRADUATE
Carte Blanche Members - FREE / Members - $6 / Students/Seniors - $7 / Nonmembers - $10
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: For fifteen years, Mark Harris worked as a writer and editor covering movies, television and books for Entertainment Weekly, where he now writes the back page column “Final Cut.” He has written about pop culture for several other magazines as well. A graduate of Yale University, he lives in New York City with his husband, Tony Kushner.
ABOUT THE BOOK: By the time of the Oscar ceremonies in 1968, the film industry had changed forever. The five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967—Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Doolittle and Bonnie and Clyde—transformed American moviemaking and symbolized a shift from Old Hollywood to New Hollywood. In PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, Mark Harris, columnist for Entertainment Weekly, follows the progress of these five movies from their origination to the creative process to the drama and conflict on set and shares not only an inside look at a crucial time in film history, but a new perspective on the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
Movies were re-inventing themselves for a new, and more demanding audience in the mid 1960s, shattering old taboos, and upending the Hollywood studio system. The violence of Bonnie and Clyde shocked old-guard reviewers and catapulted Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway into counterculture stardom. The astonishing success of The Graduate launched Mike Nichols’, Dustin Hoffman’s, and Simon and Garfunkel’s careers. In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner signified the changing status of race in our country and changed Sidney Poitier’s career forever while Doctor Doolittle’s nomination represented the corruption of the nominating process and a big-budget disaster.
Mark Harris reveals the thousands of decisions and risks and compromises that go into every movie as well as the economic realities, directorial ambition, vanity, and competitiveness in Hollywood . With unprecedented access to the actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, and executives whose movies defined the era, as well as a wealth of previously unexplored archival material, Harris delivers a never-before-seen account of the formation of the movies that revolutionized Hollywood .The portraits of these now famous figures at pivotal moments in their careers puts readers in the middle of the drama and conflict of a key moment in the entertainment industry. PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION is a revealing and entertaining narrative history of a true cultural watershed.

Avon Theatre
272 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: (203) 967-3660


Friday, March 7, 2008

Connecticut Cigar Company

Connecticut Cigar Company, 43 Bank Street, Stamford Downtown

If you enjoy cigars and good company, you need to check out the newly opened Connecticut Cigar Company, located at 43 Bank Street adjacent to Duo, Plateau and g/r/a/n/d restaurants. At this new trendy spot, you are welcome to experience the “lost art” of fresh hand rolled cigars, surrounded by premium name brands such as: Padrone, Fuentes & Rocky Patel and accompanied by fine cigar accessories.
Upon entering 43 Bank Street, you’ll see the Cigar “Roller” in the front window who is available for private parties, corporate events, weddings and golf outings.
Once inside you will catch a glimpse of an attractive lounge in the rear of the store. Memberships are available. The stylish modern lounge offers wide screen televisions, internet access and comfortable leather chairs. This upscale cigar emporium is the perfect complement to Stamford Downtown’s trendy restaurant scene as the owners note “we were looking for a location to attract an aficionado clientele and Bank Street was the perfect fit”.

Connecticut Cigar Company, 43 Bank Street, Stamford Ct. 06901

HOURS: Monday 5PM to 11PM
Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 AM to 11 PM
Sunday – by Reservation Only

For more information call 203-425-9668


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Breakfast is Served! in Stamford Downtown

No longer known only for its “classic” burgers . . . Lucky’s now serves breakfast from 8am to noon, seven days a week. This 1950’s style “malt shop” is now a popular spot to enjoy breakfast classics such as fresh Belgian Waffles, French Toast and the old short stack pancakes all served with powdered sugar and plenty of syrup. For the more health conscious eater Egg Whites only or Spinach & Feta Cheese omelets are available.
Stamford Downtown actually offers quite a few wonderful breakfast venues. So venture out one of these cold winter mornings and enjoy a warm breakfast at one of the following breakfast hot spots: Sundance Café, Blue Rooster Café, napa & co., Starbucks Coffee, Cosi, Curley’s Diner, Katie’s Gourmet, Sandwich Maestro, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Landmark Square Café, Twenty of Stamford and Jenna Marie’s Deli.

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