Friday, May 30, 2008

Calling all Marilyn Monroe Look-alikes!!

DSSD Marilyn Monroe Look-Alike Contest
June 10, 2008 at the Avon Theatre
272 Bedford Street , Stamford, CT 06901
Deadline to Submit June 4, 2008

For Rules and Regulations click here or please visit, email or call 203-348-5285.

A Grand prize and runner-up will be awarded with cash prizes


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sculpture Installation Begins Downtown

As you look around DowntownThe fifty-three sculptures are positioned in their new place of residence for the summer of 2008 – Stamford Downtown, University of Connecticut Stamford and Stamford Town Center. These sculptures are part of the DSSD’s outdoor summer sculpture exhibit, ENCORE! J. Seward Johnson, A Sculpture Exhibit, which is presented by Stamford Special Services District in partnership with The Sculpture Foundation, National Realty & Development Corp. and Apollo Real Estate Advisors will feature 53 sculptures on loan to the City of Stamford by The Sculpture Foundation.

Photo by Vincent Rodriguez The extraordinary collection of J. Seward Johnson’s works with its whimsical and realistic life-sized characters (and a monumental 25 foot edition of A Turn of the Century) will grace our downtown. Sculptures will be chosen from three of Johnson’s major series: “Celebrating the Familiar,” “Icons Revisited” and “Beyond the Frame.” The “Beyond the Frame” series, Johnson’s sculptures depicting impressionist art, will be on display in the galleries of the University of Connecticut in Stamford Downtown.

Installation began yesterday, Wednesday, May 28 from 5 am to 11 am. It took the city traffic division team, a CRANE, two fork-lifts and a loader truck to install them. Their installation is an event in itself and has drawn crowds with very curious onlookers as each piece is hoisted from the holding area and transported via an open-air truck to its location amid ongoing activity.

On June 9, the DSSD will host an opening reception for ENCORE!, the official kickoff celebration and viewing for sponsors and the public at the Stamford Marriott. A special event this year will showcase one of J. Seward Johnson’s pieces coming to Stamford, Forever Marilyn. On June 10, Stamford Downtown will conduct a Marilyn Monroe Look-alike Contest at the Avon Theatre including an airing of Some Like It Hot.

For more information about ENCORE!, Art in Public Places 2008, call 203-348-5285 or visit


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A "Jazzy" July

Are you a jazz fan? It wouldn't be my first choice radio station, but after this summer, I might change my mind. I'll tell you why....I was proof reading some copy at work, and I noticed that Gato (pronounced with a long "a") Barbieri is coming to town. Well, not being too much of a jazz fan, I was intrigued to find out more about this Grammy Award winner. I was instantly gratified through YouTube, as I had no trouble finding some of his jazz to sample. His score for "Last Tango in Paris" called Europa just took me away. Perhaps most people may have heard it, but it was new to me. He was quite popular in the 60's and 70s. Rumor has it that more babies have been born as a direct result of Europa than any other single song in history.
Well, what an excellent sound--I can understand why. I played it all day in the backround on my computer at work. Being an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist, it is not surprise that his sound just oozes with smoothness. It was so sensual and sexy--can't wait to see and hear him play it at the Alive at Five concert on July 10...


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mexican Tacos at Tacos Guadalajara

It being a great day to take a walk, and it being Cinco de Mayo (Mexican Independence Day?), I ventured out to find a place for a quick taco. Not far from my office, I found Tacos Guadalajara, which is a little place at 217 Atlantic Street, 324-2204. Not too fancy, but I had a tasty lunch of authentic Mexican Tacos("Carnitas" they call them.) Carnitas are pork filled soft corn tacos with cilantro and onions sometimes served with rice and beans. My friend had two tacos, the traditional kind. Equally yummy. Quick and fun; it was an affordable lunch, and celebratory at that! Click here to read more....


Friday, May 2, 2008

Alive @ Five MySpace Keeps Growing

The Alive @ Five MySpace page was launched to promote the FREE concert series, interact with fans and to reach out to an untapped audience. Our MySpace page features the schedule, links to our other websites and a list of growing friends including Stamford residents, music lovers across the country and bands from around the world. Most importantly our MySpace page reaches that audience whom are hearing about the concert series for the first time and now express interest. Similar to other websites our page began small in February 2007 with a couple of friends and visitors. In mid-December we had 186 friends and 762 profile views. In the last couple of months the website has received a lot of attention and now has over 1000 friends and is approaching 10,000 profile views, averaging around 200 profile views a day. The goal is to utilize the MySpace Alive @ Five page in two ways. The first is to further widen the talent margin of all the bands submitting to perform at the concert series, therefore increasing the attendance to the shows. The second is to educate our friends on the series to ensure they come to Stamford Downtown and return again and again.


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