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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dancing at the Y

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A group of middle school students from China, visiting Westport this week as part of the SPIRAL International Chinese/American Culture Exchange Program, visited the Westport Weston Family Y today. They toured the Y facility and enjoyed basketball in the gym and, for some of the students, a special dance class led by Danette Meigel-Cahr (r). The tour was organized by Kana Higuchi,  a student ambassador for SPIRAL and high school advisory member of the Westport Weston Family Y board of directors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Focusing on Shoe Art

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Forty visiting Chinese exchange students stopped at the Westport Arts Center today as part of their tour of Westport. Among them was Kong Xinyu, 14, from Anhui province, west of Shanghai, who focused on a shoe by Westport artist Nina Bentley. The shoes and watercolors of perfume bottles by photorealist Robert Cottingham are part of the Center’s current “Scents and Soles” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Era for Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Begins


Scenes from tonight’s opening of the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.Helen Klisser During and Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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New Levitt: Cheers, Thanks, Thrills, and Jose

By James Lomuscio

Tributes, thanks, tears of joy and standing ovations marked the inaugural season of the new $9 million Levitt Pavilion tonight—and that was before headliner Jose Feliciano of Weston, donating his performance for free, even took to the stage.

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The lights of the new Levitt Pavilion reflect off of the Saugatuck River at tonight’s opening concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The pavilion itself, named after the late Mortimer Levitt and his wife Mimi, who arrived on a golf cart, was the star, reborn after 40 years of providing free, riverfront summer concerts to more than 1.5 million persons.

A total of 1,800 first come, first served free tickets were made available for tonight; however, a much larger number seemed to fill the lawn between the new entryway replete with restrooms, a concession stand and storage and the new pavilion band shell, its cathedral roof looking like a boat’s sail and reminding some of the Sydney Opera House.

Some would-be concert goers had even set up beach chairs on the new walkway that runs along the perimeter of the peninsula in the Saugatuck River on which the Levitt stands.

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Levitt Lights His Fire

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NIne-time Grammy Award winner Jose Feliciano performed tonight at the opening night of the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The Weston resident said he was honored to be chosen when so many artists live in the area and also could have been asked. The Levitt said he was donating his fee to the Levitt to continue to provide free concert nights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:41 PM
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New Levitt Debuts With Jose Feliciano Concert

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Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts made its debut today with an opening night concert by Jose Feliciano. More than 500 guests packed the new sloped lawn of the $9 million facility to watch a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a concert by the nine-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist, who resides in Weston.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com photo

Posted 07:35 PM
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Emotional Moment

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Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch (l) comforts her mother, Mimi Levitt, as Mimi addressed the crowd at the new Levitt Pavilion tonight.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:15 PM
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Cutting the Ribbon to Officially Open Levitt

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Mimi Levitt reacts with delight tonight after cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The Mimi and Mortimer Levitt Foundation were major contributors to the $9 million renovation cost. Joining her were (l-r) Fred Plotkin, husband of Levitt Pavilion chair Janet Plotkin, Freda Welsh, executive director of the Levitt, former Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, Mimi’s daughter head of the Levitt Foundation, and current First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:54 PM
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Ready to Party at the New Levitt

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More than 1,800 persons settled in at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts late today for a ribbon cutting ceremony and concert by Jose Feliciano. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s made for ideal conditions for the debut of the $9 million facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Packed in at the New Levitt

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There was little room to picnic on the sloped lawn of the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts late today as hundreds packed in for a ribbon cutting and concert by Jose Feliciano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Crowds for Second Day of Fine Arts Festival

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Crowds were out agan today for the second and final day of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s Fine Arts Festival on the banks of the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Taking a Break

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Some visitors to today’s second and final day of the Westport Fine Arts Festival took a break on steps above the Saugatuck River at Parker-Harding Plaza.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:00 PM
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Levitt Looking Good for Tonight’s Grand Opening

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All was ready today at the new Wetport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for tonight’s grand opening and concert by Jose Feliciano. Gates open to ticket holders at 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:54 AM
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Flags Aflutter at New Levitt

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The American and Town of Westport flags flew above the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today in readiness for tonight’s grand opening. The new Levitt features a state of the art sound system, performer dressing rooms, indoor rest rooms, and a concession stand.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Curtain Call for Playhouse’s ‘Nora’

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The cast of “Nora” at the Westport Country Playhouse tonight takes a bow after the opening night performance. They are (l-r)  Shawn Fagan, LeRoy McClain, Liv Rooth, Lucas Hall, and Stephanie Janssen. “Nora,” Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” is a story of love, blackmail, and the little lies people tell. It was translated into the English language by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. It runs through Aug.2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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