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Art About Town

If you haven’t had a reason to go downtown lately — or in the last few years — this might lure you back.

Art About Town — a display of “original, undiscovered, obtainable art work exhibited in merchant windows” — opens soon.  The event kicks off on Thursday, May 26 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) with an “opening night street festival.”

Main Street will be closed to traffic, “turning downtown Westport into one continuous art gallery for strolling, viewing and purchasing original art.”

Over 50 stores will display artwork.  Student works from the Toquet Hall competition will also be shown.

In addition — I am quoting verbatim here — “Connecticut’s own rockin’ surf party band the North Shore Troubadors will get the crowds moving, and dancers from Frisky a Go-Go will show everyone how to shimmy, shake and hula-hoop.”

If learning how to shimmy is not your bag, you can listen to Bob Lasprogato’s Uptown Jazz band; enjoy “unique and amusing” street performers, and watch artists work in open-air “studios” up and down Main Street.  Peter Rubino will toss, slice and mold a 200-pound mount of clay “to the lilting sounds of a symphony.”  (Recorded, presumably.)

Bobby Q’s and other restaurants will offer food and drinks “al fresco” (though not “free”).  Merchants will be open late, and many will have in-store receptions.

Sounds as if the sponsors — Westport Downtown Merchants Association — have thought of everything.

Including the weather?

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