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“Concerts and Cocktails” Come To The River

Chris Coogan, Suzanne Sheridan and Mark Krueger are 3 very talented people.

Chris Coogan

Chris and Suzanne — both Westporters — have been musical buddies for 20 years.

Mark lives in Branford, and has an art studio in Wallingford. But he wanted to start a gallery here. He asked his friend Suzanne to help him figure out the ins and outs of our town’s cultural life.

She was happy to help. He opened X.po.zur Gallery at 263 Riverside Avenue a year ago. His out-of-the-box exhibits have gained notice and praise.

Mark’s passion is bringing community together around art in all forms — including music and photography.

Suzanne is a noted photographer, as well as musician. Her recent X.po.zur photo show “The Wisdom Goddess Project” — featuring remarkable women — was a huge hit. (It’s now at the Weston Senior Center.)

As the gallery hummed — and she thought about Mark’s community-building concept — Suzanne came up with a new idea: concerts and cocktails on the river.

She loved the chance of collaborating with Chris to headline a jazz show.

This Thursday (April 11, 6 to 8 p.m.) she’ll perform American songbook standards. She’ll be joined by John Mobilio and Greg DeTroy.

On Thursday, May 9, Chris and Ben Dean play gypsy jazz.

It takes place in an art gallery, on the river. There’s wine and hors d’oeuvres.

“Sounds” like Mark knew what he was doing when he asked Suzanne to help him understand Westport’s cultural bones.

(For tickets and more information, click here.)

 

This Old (Out)House

“06880” readers have been following the Westport Historical Society’s quest to identify a series of old houses — photographed through a 1930s WPA project — prior to an exhibit documenting the changing face of local homes.

This may not be an old house worth saving. It’s actually an outbuilding.

Sue Gold

Okay, okay — it was an outhouse.

We know exactly where, too: Suzanne Sheridan’s property, on North Avenue just north of Coleytown Road.

But Susan Gold — the Historical Society president — is happy to try to save it from being torn down.

Okay, that’s not what she’s trying to do. She was actually being photographed by  Suzanne, to promote her other gig (teaching yoga).

Hey, I thought it was funny.

Bathroom humor, if you will.

Showing Pat Robertson Some Love

The other day, a viewer asked Pat Robertson if it was okay to “like” Facebook photos of same-sex couples.

The “700 Club” host/failed presidential candidate/former Southern Baptist minister crawled out of his cave long enough to reply that Facebook needs a “vomit” button for such pictures.

“You’ve got a couple of same-sex guys kissing, do you like that?” he rumbled.

“Well, that makes me want to throw up. To me I would punch ‘vomit,’ not ‘like,’ but they don’t give you that option on Facebook.”

Then he chuckled, at the absurdity of this wacky 21st-century world. (Click here or below to see Rev. Robertson’s full answer.)

That did not sit well with another religious figure. Rev. Debra Haffner — co-founder and president of the Religious Institute, the Westport-based multifaith organization advocating for sexual health, education and justice in faith communities and society — set up a Tumblr page filled with love, not hate.

“Such comments make it sound as if Rev. Robertson has never seen the love and the joy on the faces of same-sex couples,” the page — called “Show Pat Love!” — says.

The Tumblr invites users to share same-sex couple photos — and promises to forward a link to all submissions to Rev. Robertson’s attention.

Dozens of photos have already been posted. There are male couples, and female couples; white, black, Hispanic, Asian and biracial couples; couples with kids, and couples with dogs; couples posing in churches and temples, atop mountains and on beaches.

In other words: same-sex couples doing just what opposite-sex couples do on their wedding days.

One of the 1st couples to be featured is Suzanne Sheridan and Rozanne Gates. The longtime Westporters posted a joyful shot from their wedding ceremony at the Unitarian Church.

Suzanne Sheridan and Rozanne Gates

The minister is Rev. Frank Hall. Also officiating: Rev. Barbara Fast, of the Danbury Unitarian Church.

Interestingly, Debra Haffner is associated with the Unitarians  too. When she’s not running the Religious Institute, she serves as a community minister at the Westport church.

Where, clearly, there is plenty of love to go around.

And enough to spare, even for a grumpy old man living out a different century in a Virginia cave.

(Click here for the “Show Pat Love!” Tumblr.)