Four must do events at Greenwich International Film Festival May 29-June 2

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The Greenwich International Film Festival returns for its 5th year on May 29th to June 2nd 2019.  We are very excited for the return of the festival not only for its fine slate of films, but the fact the focus of the festival has been to use film to make an impact, create awareness and inspire change.

Over the 5 days of the festival GIFF will be hosting parties, panel discussions, a concert with Kesha, and the screening of no less than  _____ films.  Screenings will include full narrative films, documentaries, and several short film categories including Connecticut Shorts (from local filmmakers), Kids Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and Narrative shorts.  There are so many great films and not enough time! We encourage you to go to the GIFF website and plan ahead so as to experience as much great film as possible.

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As this is our 4th year in a row covering the Festival, we are very excited when this time of year comes around.  Here are some of the Festival highlights we are looking forward to attending.

  • The 5-Year EPIC Anniversary Party with a concert by Kesha, award presentation by actress Connie Nielsen, DJ April Larken, VIP Lounge, Cocktails, and Special Performances!  This year the event is moved to the fantastic Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY which is just over the border with Greenwich.   The party is on Saturday June 1 at 7:30 pm.
  • GIFF will host the 2019 Changemaker Gala on May 30th, with a Meet and Greet cocktail reception at Betteridge from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a black tie awards dinner at L’Escale from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. This prestigious event will honor Celebrity Changemaker, Eva Longoria, for her work with the Eva Longoria Foundation, and Community Changemaker, Bobby Walker, for his work with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. As in prior years, this is a very special event which raises not only awareness but for the charity partners of the Festival.
  • Panel Discussions- The Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library will host several panel discussions featuring writers, actors, directors and more. These behind the scene discussions are fascinating and include some great subject matter and we are interested in are “The Ability in Disability” about the lack of the disabled actors in film, and “Stortytelling to Inspire Change”  with female filmmakers who are using film to create change
  • Films- there are so many to choose from over the festival, so we always plan in advance. On our slate are  several Narrative Films, documentaries, and short films.  The festival programmers have put together a dynamic list of films with something for everyone. As always the festival focus is to bring about positive change in our world and make an impact through film.

This year’s festival will be here before you know it .  For more information and tickets:

http://www.greenwichfilm.org

Greenwich International Film Festival

May 29- June 2 2019

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with the Woodstock Experience at the Winery At St. George on May 8th

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The summer of 1969 was epic.  Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and the famous Woodstock concert took place in Bethel New York.   On Wednesday May 8th at 8pm, a celebration of that famous concert will take place at the Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake.  It promises to be a fun night.

Live music will be provided by the Woodstock tribute band, Back to the Garden 1969.  They will bring some of the epic music of that event to the Winery stage.  If you have not been to the Winery at St. George, you are missing out on one of the best venues to experience live music in the Hudson Valley.  Set inside an old stone church, this venue is the perfect place to  gather with friends, dine, enjoy great wine and listen to talented live acts.

Celebrating  the 50th anniversary , BACK TO THE GARDEN 1969 is a group of seasoned players who have toured, performed, and recorded nationally. The musicians all are multi-instrumentalists, as well as unique lead vocalists. Their common bond is a love for the music of the Woodstock era, and they formed this band for the sheer enjoyment of playing these songs. By performing these well loved favorites, they remind us of the astounding breadth and depth of  the music of the Woodstock generation.

Check them out  at >>>www.BackToTheGarden1969.com

So grab your friends and fire up the VW bus and head to the Winery At St George.

Doors open 6:00pm, Showtime 8pm – Dinner Served Until 10pm 

TABLE SEATS: ($30 minimum food and beverage per person) parties of 2 might share tables. BAR SEATS – ($30 minimum food and beverage per person) GENERAL ADMISSION: Limited Seating on a first come, first served basis, dinner is served in this area ($20 Minimum food and beverage per person) Doors open 6pm, Showtime 8pm – Dinner Served Until 10pm.

For more information and tickets:

http://www.thewineryatstgeorge.com/

Tickets:  https://www.smarttix.com/Modules/Sales/SalesMainTabsPage.aspx?SalesEventId=8650

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The Winery at St. George

1715 East Main Street Mohegan Lake, New York     tel (914) 455 – 4272

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Experience 3 silent comedy films with a live pianist at the Bedford Playhouse, May 5th at 1 pm.

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A fun theater experience is coming to the Bedford Playhouse on Sunday May 5th at 1pm. If you want to experience the history of the silent era of cinema, then this is for you.  A very special event with a live pianist playing along to the three short films.   This is a must for fans of film.

Have you ever heard of “musical onomatopoeia”? This event takes sound effects to an entirely new level!
All ages will delight in this unique intersection of comedy, film and music. Three short silent comedies will be shown consecutively — each with live improvisational piano music by one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, Ben Model. The films include three laugh-out-loud classics:
One A.M. with Charlie Chaplin, The Playhouse with Buster Keaton and Big Business with Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

One A.M. with Charlie Chaplin – A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his house after arriving home late at night.

The Playhouse with Buster Keaton – After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Big Business with Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy – Two Christmas Tree salesmen get into a mutually destructive fight with a homeowner.

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Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 35+ years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre.

Tickets $20 General Admission / $35 Premium Recliners

Tickets at https://bedfordplayhouse.org/movies/three-silent-comedies-with-live-piano

The Bedford Playhouse

33 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY 10506  tel  914.234.6704

“The Night Before” a special author’s lunch with Wendy Walker on May 9th at the Roger Sherman Inn

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Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch with author Wendy Walker in the Roger Sherman Inn’s newly-renovated dining room with panoramic views of the gardens.

Discover how bestselling author and former attorney Walker developed the twists and turns in her psychological thriller “The Night Before.” Her novels have been sold in 23 foreign countries and optioned for film and television.

Elm Street Books will be on hand to sell you an advance copy of her latest novel “The Night Before” so you can be among the first to find out what happens when Laura disappears after meeting up with a man from a dating app.

New Canaan Town Players Jennifer Prescott and Kit Watson will be on hand to bring the characters to life with a theatrical read from the book, which will only be available at the lunch until it is released to the public on May 14, 2019.

The book:

First Dates Can Be Murder.  Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.
Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.
Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.
When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

Get your tickets before they sell out!   Tickets available through May 4th.  This sounds like a great event !

For tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/444376709632815/

or call the Roger Sherman Inn at 203.966.4541

Roger Sherman Inn

195 Oenoke Ridge  New Canaan, CT 06840

Kanopi: high above Westchester, an evening of culinary artistry awaits

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Perched high above Westchester on the 42nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains awaits a dining experience unlike any other in  our area.  Kanopi is a restaurant and event space like that is quite unique.  From the ground level of the hotel guests are escorted to a scenic elevator which whisks its occupants to lofty heights. Here breathtaking views and finely crafted food combine to make a memorable evening.

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The space at Kanopi (the former 42 The Restaurant) has stunning views of  Westchester, the Hudson Valley, Long Island Sound and New York City.   There is a lounge, a long narrow dining area with floor to ceiling windows, a much larger event space, and an intimate private dining table inside the kitchen itself.   We were seated at a table with a view over Long Island Sound.  As dusk approached we witnessed the lights of the shore towns of Long Island illuminate the night.  It was quite the setting.

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And while the views may be the reason to consider Kanopi, it is the kitchen and its chef, Anthony Goncalves.  The diner can expect a very special evening of culinary magic.  Chef Goncalves is not just a chef, but a true artist as each dish is carefully prepared and beautifully presented.

Kanopi  features a 13 course tasting menu which is available with wine pairing.  Chef Goncalves who is from Portugal, has developed a menu of Portuguese and Mediterrean dishes along with Asian influences. At one time Portugal had colonies in Asia including Macau, and the  foods and spices of that region are present in the menu.

With 13 courses on the menu, the evening is refined and each course evenly spaced. Each serving is more or less a sample tasting and not a full portion.  As we relaxed at our table, each dish was served with artistry as it arrived.  It was much like witnessing a well choreographed dance of culinary delights.  Each course is presented with different plates, and is  unique and beautiful as the panoramic views.  It was quite evident the passion for food that is present in the kitchen.

With so many courses,  we will discuss a few of our favorites from the evening.   The Hamachi is yellow tail tuna, with Monterosa olive oil, a touch of lime and pomelo.  Monterosa olive oil is from Portugal is rated one of the finest in the world.  A delicious dish.

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Hamachi

The Kona Kompachi followed and is a flavorful yet light yellowtail served in with a light brushing of roasted seaweed vinaigrette.  The plating of this dish was pure art and was one of our favorites.

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Kona Kompachi

The Small Game Tamale was an interesting dish, with chicken wrapped in a banana leaf.  Opening the leaf like an envelope allows the aroma of the chicken, raisins and prunes to escape.  A fun presentation and delightful course.

The Polvo was a carefully crafted dish and was composed or poached octopus, with a dash of coriander, paprika oil, black olive and pickled serrano chili pepper for that extra boost of flavor. The dish was artfully crafted and the carefully placed  garnish appeared as it was growing from the octopus itself.

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Polvo

Served in an Asian style plate, the Robalo was a portion of light and mild sea bass, truffles and served with Osetra caviar.  The blending of the mild sea bass with the more flavorful caviar was quite a treat.

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Robalo with caviar

Pekin Duck was another interesting dish and a very artistic presentation.  The duck was lightly grilled and place on a black plate with a celery root puree that when viewed from above appeared to be two flowers.

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Dessert is also included with four samples provided.  The Devil Dog was a tasty chocolate concoction but the Fruit Roll-Ups were our favorite.  This is not the snack,  but rather compressed fruits (including grape and pineapple) which are thinly sliced to produce one of the most fun and creative desserts we have enjoyed in some time.

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Fruit Roll Ups

As the scenic elevator slowly pulled away from the 42nd floor and returned us to the lobby, the magnificent vistas we witnessed remained in our minds.  But long after those visions fade, the culinary experience that is Kanopi will linger with us for a long time.

 

Kanopi    (at the Ritz Carlton)

3 Renaissance Square

White Plains New York   

website >>> https://www.kanopievents.com

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