The Dish: Former Knicks star spotted celebrating Easter in Greenwich
Scene … Former New York Knicks star John Starks was seen celebrating Easter with his family at Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse on Church Street in Greenwich last Sunday.
On the screen … The Greenwich International Film Festival hosted an advance screening of the soon-to-be-released drama “Beirut” featuring actor Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and actress Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) on Thursday evening at the Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas in Greenwich. A cocktail reception hosted by Theory on Greenwich Avenue was held before the screening. GIFF’s 2018 Opening Night Party takes place June 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, featuring a concert by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill, film awards, cocktails and VIP activities. For more info on upcoming screenings and events — and to obtain passes to upcoming films and tickets to the festival — go to www.greenwichfilm.org or email email@example.com.
Scene … Focus on French Cinema, an annual festival from Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, will be held from April 27 through May 1 in Connecticut and Manhattan, featuring over 20 films. It will include César Award winners and nominees, world and U.S premieres, and short films as well as honor extraordinary women in cinema who work as actors, directors and producers. One of the highlights will be the world premiere of “Arktika Incognita” from Greenwich filmmaker, explorer and author Luc Hardy. His earlier documentary — “The Pursuit of Endurance — On The Shoulders of Shackleton” — had its U.S. premiere at FFC in 2015. Hardy is also co-producer of Thierry Klifa’s “Tout Nous Separe,” starring Catherine Deneuve and Diane Kruger, which will screen at FFC this year for its U.S. premiere. For more info on the festival and all of its films and events, visit www.focusonfrenchcinema.com or call Alliance Francaise at 203-629-1340.
On stage … The Connecticut Playmakers will present “Nunsense,” a musical comedy by Dan Goggin at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 20 Forest St. in downtown Stamford. The play, directed by SUNY-Purchase alumni Dee Jay Lindo and Ethan Brown Jones, will be on stage on the weekends of April 27 through May 13. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets ($25), call 203-977-8627. or go to www.ctplaymakers.org.
Out there… Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong will be appearing at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 20. The famous comedy duo will be performing sketches, original songs and comedy from their 1978 comedy film “Up in Smoke” from director Lou Adler. For tickets and more info, call 914-937-4126 or visit www.thecapitoltheatre.com.
In the crowd … Fairfield County’s Community Foundation hosted a 20th anniversary celebration for its Fund for Women & Girls on Thursday. The “Courage to Create Change” luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich raised over $700,000 to benefit the family economic programs. Tennis legend Billie Jean King served as keynote speaker, lobbing tennis balls into a crowd of over 1,000 attendees after her speech. Previous keynote speakers include poet Maya Angelou, actress Geena Davis, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and activist Gloria Steinem. For more info on the event and to donate, go to fccfoundation.org.
Scene … Famed fashion designer Donna Karan was seen getting off I-95 on Railroad Avenue in Greenwich on Saturday evening with a bunch of birthday balloons in her car.
Out there … Pop superstar Andy Grammer is making a stop on “The Good Parts Tour” at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 8 p.m. Monday, April 9. Grammer will perform his latest song “Fresh Eyes” from his new album, plus some of his other hits, including “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me” and “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” For tickets and more info, go to www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
That’s all for now.
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