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Roundup: Fergie, Nicholas Britell, Kids, Animals …


What are you doing at 11 a.m. today? (Or 4 p.m., if you’re in the UK?)

Sarah Ferguson — aka “Fergie” — will read The Sly Fox of the Mind — on her YouTube channel, “Story Time with Fergie and Friends.”

The children’s book is by Westporters Brooke Olstein and Lee Scharfstein. Click here to join the fun.



“06880” missed this a week ago. But — as Tommy Greenwald points out — a recent New York Times Magazine story on Nicholas Britell (“The Composer at the Frontier of Movie Music”) notes that he’s a former Westporter.

Despite winning a Westport Arts Horizon Award in 2012, Britell — who scored “Succession,” “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Underground Railroad,” among others — is often overlooked here.

He graduated from Hopkins School in New Haven in 1998, then headed to Juilliard and Harvard. Click here for the full Times story.

Nicholas Britell.

Nicholas Britell.


This was posted on the corner of Clinton and Fillow Streets.

Because few drivers pay attention to stop signs, residents have taken matters into their own hands.

(Photo/Susan Iseman)


Because we can never (unfortunately) get too much of our Canada geese, here is today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:

(Photo/Paula Schooler)


And finally … in 1792, the New York Stock Exchange was formed. The world would never be the same.


Your Westport Guide To The Oscars

This Sunday, Westport’s eyes will be on Justin Paul. The 2003 Staples High School graduate and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek are up for 2 Academy Awards.  Two of their “La La Land” lyrics — “City of Stars” and “Audition” — have been nominated for “Best Song.”

A 2nd Westporter is also up for an Oscar. Nicholas Britell’s “Moonlight” is among 5 nominees for “Best Original Score.”

Paul — who with Pasek also wrote the music for the current Broadway smash “Dear Evan Hansen” — has gotten plenty of local publicity.

Yet despite winning a Westport Arts Horizon Award in 2012, Britell has gotten less press here.

Nicholas Britell.

Nicholas Britell.

A 1998 graduate of Hopkins School in New Haven (as well as Juilliard and Harvard), he’s a New York-based composer, pianist, and film producer.

He composed and arranged spiritual and work songs, violin performances and dance numbers for “12 Years a Slave,” among many other credits.

Yesterday’s New York Times described how Britell “chopped and screwed” classical music, giving the “Moonlight” score its “otherworldly sound.” Click here for the full story.

Here’s wishing good luck to both Justin Paul and Nicholas Britell on Sunday. Besides growing up in Westport a few years apart, they’ve got another connection: Damien Chazelle. He’s known today for directing “La La Land.” Four years ago, he directed “Whiplash.” The producer was Britell.

(Hat tips: Anne Rutherford and Jeff Wieser. Click here for a full list of nominees for Sunday’s Academy Awards. If you spot any other Westport connections, click “Comments” below!)