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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Visit From a U.S. Senator Image
U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) stopped by the Westport Arts Center today to help with preparations for the Arts Center’s upcoming fundraiser WONDERland, being held on April 26. WONDERland will honor Westporter Ann Sheffer as the “Queen of Arts for her unwavering commitment to the arts.” Tickets on sale now at and (203)222-7070. Pictured (l-r) WAC Executive Director Peter Van Heerden, Murphy, and WAC Board Member Doug Tirola in the Westport Arts Center gallery where “SOLOS 2014” is currently on exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for

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Acqua Seeks Pop-Up Dining for Third Summer Image
The Westport Board of Selectmen on Wednesday will hear an application for a return of pop-up dining at Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo overlooking the Saugatuck River and the Parker-Harding Plaza area. It will be the third year for outdoor dining for the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dallas Brass Performs at Staples on April 23 Image
Staples High School’s music department invites the Westport community to a special concert by the Dallas Brass on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Staples auditorium. The event is being held in collaboration with the Westport PTA Cultural Arts Committee, Staples Music Parents Association, and Coleytown and Bedford Middle PTAs. Tickets are $5 at the door. Westport’s grades 8-12 band students will perform with the ensemble on one piece at the concert. Formed in 1983, the Dallas Brass has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion. Its repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. Contributed photo

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Carole Schweid: Still Dancing Image
Westporter Carole Schweid, co-founder and artistic director of the popular “Play with Your Food” lunchtime play series, was guest at the Y’s Women meeting today and demonstrated she has not lost her dancing touch. Schweid, whp appeared in the original “Chorus Line” and many other Broadway shows, said, “I have found that the techniques you learn you have for a lifetime.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Arts Center Presents Orion String Quartet Image
The Westport Arts Center today presented the critically acclaimed Orion String Quartet at the Seabury Center. The program included Schubert’s Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden,” along with music by Schumann and Haydn. The musicians are known as the longtime resident quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Curator Russell Platt introduced the quartet, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Popular DNR Band Performs at Senior Center Image
The popular DNR band, whose members are mostly area doctors with one lawyer, performed today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Before the program began, guests were advised to turn down their hearing aids and offered ear plugs. Musicians included attorney Fred Ury on the bass guitar; Gnorm Geiss, lead guitar; Kevin Fox, drums; Andrew Parker, ENT; Lynn Padell, flute, and husband, Robert Altman, internist, on keyboard. Dr. Rich Frank, oncologist, is part of the group but was missing today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Recalling Their New Yorker Cover Parents

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE ((adds run extended) Westport’s golden age as an arts community came to life today as the artists’ children recalled what it was like growing up with parents who created hundreds of covers for The New Yorker. Image
Peter Barlow, son of artist Perry Barlow, today looks at a Dec. 23, 1939 New Yorker cover his father did, which sold out on newsstands and later inspired the 1952 hit song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylllis Groner for

The presentation at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) highlighted its exhibit “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” that has an extended run through July 5. It was co-emceed by Dianne Wildman, former News-12 Cablevision editorial director, and historian Eve Potts.

The exhibit showcases many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989.

“They were truly unheralded in their own day, and we have a special need to celebrate their creativity,” said Potts.

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Tales of New Yorker Artists’ Children

Scenes from today’s Westport Historical Society panel discussion with children of New Yorker cover artists. Phyllis Groner for

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Playhouse ‘Season Kickoff Block Party’ Attracts Hundreds Image
The Westport Country Playhouse second annual “season kickoff block party” today was a big hit with young and old alike. The three-hour event attracted about 700 visitors, according to organizers. It featured games, puppets, backstage tours, as well as food trucks and special ticket offers. The party was held in advance of the Playhouse’s 84th season opener, Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight,” directed by Artistic Director Mark Lamos, which debuts on April 29 and runs through May 17. It is a co-production with Hartford Stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Costumer’s Secret: Spray Costumes With Vodka to Freshen Image
Westport Playhouse Playhouse staff member Aimee Kinsman gives visitors to today’s Playhouse “season kickoff block party”  an inside peak of costumes and props in a backstage dressing room. In her talk, she divulged what she said was a costumer’s secret—when costumes can’t be dry cleaned between performances, spray them with a bit of vodka to regain freshness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Little People on Big Stage Image
A highlight for many visitors to today’s Westport Country Playhouse “season kickoff block party” was a chance to go backstage on on stage to see the inner workings of the theater. The Playhouse’s 84th season opens April 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Playhouse Fun

Scenes from today’s Westport Country Playhouse “season kickoff block party.” Dave Matlow for

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Staples Students Honored With Arts Awards Image
Staples High School students Molly O’Shea (fine arts) and Kirk Melhuish (music) have been honored for their exemplary achievements throughout their high school careers at the 19th annual Connecticut High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet by the Connecticut Association of Schools. The event acknowledges highly accomplished students in Connecticut for both performing and visual arts. They were joined by Camille Eskell, Staples Fine Arts Department and Nicholas Mariconda, Staples Music Department.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, April 11, 2014

‘Souvenir’ Opens at Westport Community Theatre Tonight Image
The two-member cast of “Souvenir” performs a dress rehearsal in preparation for tonight’s Westport Community Theatre opening of the play written by Stephen Temperley, directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner, and produced by Joan Lasprogato.  Starring Greg Chrzczon and Priscilla Squiers, it is a light-hearted rendition of the singing experiences of Florence Foster Jenkins whose unlikely career culminated with a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 25, 1944. It runs through April 27 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and on Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Visit for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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‘Fantasticks’ Closes Out MTC Westport 20-Year Run Image
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage concludes its 2013/2014 season —its last in Westport after 20 years before moving to Norwalk—with “The Fantasticks,” a musical with book by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones and based on “Les Romanesques” by Edmond Rostand. Performances are tonight through May 4, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., at MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East (Colonial Green/Lower Level) in downtown Westport. Pictured are (l-r)  Shanna Ossi, Lou Orsone, Jack Doyle and Tony Lawson. More information at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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