Don’t miss the opening celebration for the Women of Westport Art Show at the Depot Theatre this Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show itself runs till Jan. 8 and brings together the work of over a dozen local female artists of all ages in all sorts of media, including pottery, photography, paper-making, oils, acrylics, weaving, basketmaking, and jewelry. And it’s all for sale, just in time for the holiday season.
At the opening party you’ll get to meet the artists and enjoy tasty refreshments as you admire the artwork. Support our local artists, have a blast, and find a perfect gift for that special someone, all at the same time.
When I’m not writing this column I also write books, and I’ll be giving a talk on my current book project at the Wadhams Free Library on Wednesday, De. 12, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the library’s Wednesdays in Wadhams series. Entitled “How the Alphabet Changed Everything,” the lecture will sum up the results of a year two’s worth of research on the history of writing systems and how they have impacted culture and thought. The big surprise for me was how different the various writing systems are not just in their approaches, but in what you’re able to say with them.
The other big surprise was that the alphabet was only invented once, and that all alphabets in the world are based on that one model. Which civilization invented the alphabet? And how did this unique invention change how we see the world? What other kinds of writing are there? What are their consequences and how are they different from the alphabet? I hope you’ll come join the conversation. As always at these lectures, my talk is free and open to the public, and your questions will be welcome. And no, you won’t have to put them in writing.
Holiday deadlines have been moved up a little. If you have information you want to see in this column for Christmas edition of the paper, please email it by lunchtime on Thursday, Dec. 20. For the New Year issue, get it to me by Sunday night, Dec. 30.