Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at Saturday Concert

The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at Supper & Soul Concert, Westport, CT
Every Supper & Soul Drive-in Concert of the summer of 2020 sold out, including The Machine Performs Pink Floyd on Saturday. The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce and Westport Library hosted the successful series and will look at the possibility of putting together more shows to be performed indoors or streamed as pandemic rules allow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘The Artist’s Wife,’ ‘The Devil All the Time’

By Susan Granger
Special to WestportNow

The second season of Jon Favreau’s blockbuster live-action Disney+ series, “The Mandalorian,” a sci-fi spin-off from George Lucas’ “Star Wars,” begins on October 30, so you have plenty of time to stream the first season.

Susan Granger at the Movies

Set five years after “Return of the Jedi”—meaning the Empire has fallen and the New Republic is in its ascendancy—this intergalactic adventure revolves around the mysterious, perpetually helmeted bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), an orphan who was rescued and raised by Mandalorian warriors.

When he refuses to relinquish a mysterious prize, the powerful infant known as The Child (Baby Yoda), to The Client (Werner Herzog), Mando becomes its protector, aided by a pig-faced Ugnaught (voiced by Nick Nolte).

Mando’s principal adversary is The Empire’s Warlord Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), who possesses the Darksaber, a weapon popularized on the franchise’s animated incarnation, along with the droid assassin IG-11 (voiced by “Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi) and tricky Fennec Shand (Ming Na Wen).

Senior Center Fall Classes Begin Oct. 1

Because of COVID-19, the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA) remains closed to in-person classes. However, 41 programs are offered via Zoom.

Classes range from health and fitness activities to history, concerts, support groups, and more. A full list can be found at www.westportct.gov/seniorcenter.

Registration can be done online at https://myactivecenter.com/ or by phone at 203-341-5099, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scholarships for Westport residents are available by contacting WCSA Director Susan Pfister at 203.341.5098.

A Jazzy Evening at MoCA Tonight

Fred Hersch Trio at MoCA Westport
The Fred Hersch Trio performed on the outdoor stage of MoCA Westport tonight. Besides jazz pianist Hersch, Trio members include bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. The performance tonight was their first since February 2020. The final MoCA outdoor concert will be an Oct. 2, fundraiser featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Septet with Wynton Marsalis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

Granger at the Movies: ‘Away,’ ‘Togo,’ ‘Infidel’

By Susan Granger
Special to WestportNow

Looking for a new Netflix series to binge? Oscar-winner Hilary Swank stars in “Away,” a cathartic, compelling sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars.

Susan Granger at the Movies

As tenacious NASA Commander Emma Green, she heads an international crew, along with veteran Russian cosmonaut/engineer Misha Popov (Mark Ivanir), Chinese chemist Wang Lu (Vivian Wu), Ghanaian-British botanist Kwesi (Ato Essandoh) and second-in-command Ram (Ray Panthaki), the ship’s Indian doctor.

As the episodes unfold, each astronaut has his or her own personal backstory. Emma’s involves her supportive husband, NASA scientist Matt Green (Josh Charles), and 15 year-old daughter Lexi (Talitha Eliana Bateman), who will face unexpected challenges during Emma’s three-year mission.

Perfectly timed during this worldwide pandemic, the initial 10 episodes capture our current anxiety and paranoia, as viewers can identify with the isolation and poignant emotional dilemmas faced by Atlas’ crew members who communicate with loved ones via video chat/cell phones/texting although they’re millions of miles away.

Wynton Marsalis Performs at MoCA

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis will be performing live outdoors at MoCA Westport on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Their program, “The Sound of Democracy” features new music that will be played in Connecticut for the first time.

Tickets at $200 to $450 are available HERE with the lower priced tickets already sold out..

Attendees can bring their own food/drinks or enjoy the offerings of an on-site food truck. Attendees should bring their own lawn chair seating.

Granger at the Movies: As Emmy Voters Cast Their Ballots

By Susan Granger
Special to WestportNow

Since most people are reluctant to return to theaters until there’s a vaccine and COVID-19 is not as threatening, television viewership has skyrocketed, along with increased interest in the Emmy Awards.

Susan Granger at the Movies

Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20 on ABC and Hulu, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be a virtual ceremony this year, as opposed to its usual star-studded red carpet affair.

Among all acting categories, including voice-over and short-form series, non-white performers garnered 49 nominations out of 118 in total, or 41.5%. In terms of representation and racial diversity, comedy categories fared slightly higher than the drama categories.

While Netflix has the most nominations overall, HBO garnered the most nominations for a single series - 26 for “The Watchmen.” In case you missed any and want to binge-watch, here are the primary contenders: