Arts and Leisure
Friday, November 21, 2014
Magic at the Arts Center
Well know professional magician Michael Chaut dazzles guests at the Westport Arts Center tonight with magic tricks at the opening reception for the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” The exhibit, with magic as its theme, features 40 works, including photographs, mixed media, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and engravings. It runs until Jan. 10.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Up Close Look
Peggy Shore of Westport (mother of exhibiting artist Jake Shore ) takes a close look at New York artist Liz Neilson’s “Cattail Electron” and “Castle Rocket,” two of 40 artworks on display at the Westport Arts Center tonight as part of the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Jurors and New Artistic Director
Jurors Elizabeth Koehn (l) and Julia Mechtler (r) of New York’s David Zwirner Gallery get together with Helen Klisser During, newly named artistic director of the Westport Arts Center, tonight at a reception marking the opening of the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” Klisser During, director of visual arts since 2010, was honored at the event on her new appointment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Arts Center Opening Reception
Scenes from tonight’s reception marking the opening of the the Westport Arts Center’s annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Rosewater,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber To’
By Susan Granger
Writer/director Damiel Chazelle draws on memories of his music student days to create “Whiplash,” a compelling, coming-of-age drama about a prodigy who yearns to be a celebrated drummer.
Enrolling at a prestigious Manhattan conservatory, Andrew (Miles Teller) impresses embittered Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an impatient, sadistic perfectionist who belittles his pupils and pits them against one another. Succumbing to Fletcher’s monstrous “practice” imperatives, Andrew relinquishes all semblance of a normal life.
On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Whiplash” is an abusive yet electrifying 8, defining the parameters of artistic sacrifice.
On a three-month hiatus from Comedy Central, Jon Stewart made “Rosewater,” adapted from Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari’s memoir, “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Historical Society to Celebrate Saugatuck’s Proud Past
Nineteenth century Saugatuck, bustling with manufacturing and river commerce, is the centerpiece of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit opening Sunday.
Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin’s wall mural “Saugatuck in the 19th Century” will anchor the exhibition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The exhibition titled “Saugatuck @ Work—Haven of Community, Commerce and Innovation” is scheduled for an opening reception from noon to 2 p.m.
According to WHS officials, the late Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin’s meticulously researched wall mural “Saugatuck in the 19th Century” will anchor the exhibition.
Created for the Westport Bank & Trust Company’s Saugatuck branch when it opened in 1970, the painting measures 6 by 10 feet and depicts the various types of vessels that plied the river over the course of the century.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Westport Arts Center Names Artistic Director
The Westport Arts Center has announced the appointment of Helen Klisser During to the position of Artistic Director. “We are delighted to honor Helen with this appointment, for her artistic vision and dedication to the arts in Westport and especially to what she has achieved for the Westport Arts Center,” said Executive Director Peter Van Heerden. Klisser During, pictured during a recent visit to Coney Island doing research for an exhibit opening in January, has been Director of Visual Arts since January 2010. (She is also a WestportNow contributing photographer.) She will be honored at a reception marking the opening of the annual juried members exhibition “Perception, Illusion, Magic “ on Friday 6 to 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Installation Complete of ‘Perception, Illusion, Magic’
Installation was completed today of the Westport Arts Center’s annual juried members exhibition “Perception, Illusion, Magic “ opening Friday with a reception at 6 p.m. Elizabeth Koehn (l) and Julia Mechtler (r) of New York’s David Zwirner Gallery served as jurors, working with Helen Klisser During (c), WAC artistic director. There were 198 applications for the exhibit, from which 27 artists were selected, including eight from Westport. The exhibition features 40 works including photographs, mixed media, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and engravings. It runs until Jan. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Duvian Montoya for WestportNow.com
Mezzo Soprano Takes ‘Flight’
Mezzo Soprano Allison Waggener performs “Flight: Songs to Uplift,” a concert today at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Ed Thompson accompanied Waggener on piano The program featured an eclectic mix of 20th and 21st century American composers, including Stephen Sondheim, Craig Carnelia, Marisa Michelson, and Duke Ellington. The final set of songs featured selections from Duke Ellington’s “Second Sacred Concert,” with Ruth Ahlers on saxophone. Contributed photo
Cinema Initiative and Project Return Partner on Screening
Westport Cinema Initiative and Project Return today presented a screening at Westport Town Hall of “A League of Their Own,” a 1992 film about a women’s baseball team as it tours the United States during World War II. The screening was sponsored by Lee Rawiszer (2nd r) of Paradigm Financial Partners of Westport and included a brief talk back that included Meghan Skelton (l) from the Weston Public Schools. With them is Krstin LaFleur, development associate, Project Return, a Westport nonprofit established in 1986 to meet the specialized needs of adolescent girls in crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Back to the Big Band Era With Fairfield Counts
Vocalist Michele Grace and Musical Director Gary Riggiero were back at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today with the popular Fairfield Counts Band. Recreating the Big Band sound of the 1940s, the band played a medley of songs that had some attendees dancing in the aisles. It was the first in the Sunday Indoor Music Series presented by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, programmed by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and made possible by a grant from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Kicks Off Family Festivities Series
The Westport Country Playhouse kicked off its 2014-15 Family Festivities Series today with “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” produced by Omaha Theater Company. Youngsters engaged in pre-performance activities (above). Family Festivities shows are presented on selected Sundays from November through March. Next up is “Frosty,” on Sunday, Dec. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Fairfield Counts Band Back at Senior Center Today
The Fairfield Counts Band returns to the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. The concert is the first in the Sunday Indoor Music Series presented by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, programmed by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and made possible by a grant from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. The series runs monthly from November through March. Doors open at 1 p.m., complimentary refreshments will be served at 1:30, and show time is 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested for this free performance; call (203) 341-5099. Picture is of the band’s 2013 performance at the Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Gala Celebrates Play With Your Food
Performers receive applause tonight at a Play With Your Food gala at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Proceeds went to benefit programming of the lunch time play readings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport