Arts and Leisure
Monday, August 25, 2014
Shuttered Max’s to Host One-Day Pop-Up Art Show
Max’s Art Supplies, scheduled to shut its doors Sunday after 59 years of serving the town’s legendary arts community, is not going quietly into that good night.
Local artist Amy Kaplan said that Max’s, at 68 Post Road East, will reopen its doors for one last time on Friday, Sept. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a “juried, pop-up art exhibit featuring the works of some of the area’s most talented artists.”
Dubbed “Westport Area Artists Celebrate Max’s,” the event has been made possible, says Kaplan, by the support from Shirley Mellor, Max’s owner and Max Kaplan’s widow; Nina Royce, a longtime employee; John Hartwell, chairman of the Westport Town Democratic Committee; the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA); Parkway Liquor; and Rockwell Art and Framing.
“Since 1956, Max’s Art Supplies has offered a comprehensive inventory of quality art supplies along with a place for artists to find encouragement, advice, and each other,” said Kaplan. “They have also offered artists the opportunity to show their work in Max’s front windows at the foot of Main Street and Post Road.”
Playhouse Announces 2015 Season
The Westport Country Playhouse has announced its 2015 season, featuring a celebration of playwright Arthur Miller’s centennial, as well as plays by Alan Ayckbourn, David Ives, and C. P. Taylor, to be staged next year from May through October.
Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, 2015 will mark the Connecticut professional theater’s 85th season.
“Our 2015 season is a particularly rich and satisfying smorgasbord of plays—with a couple extra desserts thrown in,” said Lamos. “We hope to enrich your Playhouse experience with entertainment that ranges from the hilarity of brilliant farce to the striking power of insightful, moving drama. Theater that’s not only worth talking about, but one which engages hearts through laughter, passion, and gripping storytelling.”
2015 subscriptions are now on sale for current and new subscribers. Current subscribers who renew by the Early Bird Deadline of Sunday, Sept. 7, will receive “Concessions Cash,” redeemable for food and beverages in the Playhouse concessions stand, plus a special sweet treat.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Banjo Sounds at the Levitt
Internationally acclaimed banjoist and vocalist Cynthia Sayer is celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world and praised for her “drive and virtuosity by the New York Times. Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band with whom she played and toured for more than 10 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday Night at the Levitt
Presented as part of the Celebration Sundays Series sponsored by Jewish Senior Services, Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Band entertained an overflow crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Swing, Hot Jazz, and More at Levitt
Cynthia Sawyer and her Joyride Band delighted a Levitt Pavilion audience tonight. Performers with her included Dennis Lichtman, clarinet; Charles Giordano, accordion; Larry Eagle, drums, and Jim Whitney, bass. Accordionist Giordano also plays the keyboard in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Levitts at the Levitt
Among the crowd attending tonight’s performance at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts were Mimi Levitt (r) with her niece Helen Johnson from Sherman Oaks, Calif., and her son, Peter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Curtain Call for Playhouse’s ‘Things We Do for Love’
Members of the cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Things We Do For Love” take a bow tonight after the opening night performance. They are (l-r) Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer, Geneva Carr, and Michael Mastro.The play runs though Sept. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
John Tillinger, (2nd l) ,director of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Things We Do For Love,” celebrates tonight after the opening night performance with the cast (l-r) Geneva Carr, Matthew Greer, Sarah Manton and Michael Mastro. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Opening Night
Scenes from tonight’s opening night at the Westport Country Playhouse of of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Things We Do For Love.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Le Vent du Nord Headlines at Levitt
Le Vent du Nord, a Juno Award-winning Canadian folk music group from Quebec, headlined at the Levit Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Its music features progressive folk, with a hard-driving soulful and Celtic edge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Traditional Québécois Music at Levitt
The Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord delighted a Levitt Pavilion audience tonight. The group, together since 2002, consists of four longtime friends who are all singers and multi-instrumentalists: Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet. Some of their songs come from traditional Quebec folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Drawing on the Saugatuck
Westport artist Elaine Clayton (r) led guests in a Westport Library Drawing on the Saugatuck event on the riverwalk overlooking the Saugatuck River. It was the third year Clayton has participated in the event. This year, she paid tribute to the late Westport illustrator and author Tracy Sugarman “for his enormous and important contribution to history and art through drawing as reportage.” Sugarman, also a noted civil rights activist, died in January 2013 at age 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Sweet Remains and Guests at Levitt
The folk rock group The Sweet Remains —Greg Naughton (l), Rich Price (2nd l.), and Brian Chartrand (2nd r.)—performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight, joined by special guests Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award winner James Naughton of Weston. O’Hara is Greg Naughton’s wife and James is his father. Greg Naughton told the audience he and his wife and three children are becoming Westporters, having purchased a home in the Imperial Avenue neighborhood with plans to move in next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Actor James Naughton of Weston poses tonight with fellow actor Kelli O’Hara after they both joined Greg Naughton, James’s son and Kelli’s husband, as he performed with his two fellow musicians in The Sweet Remains folk rock group at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Naughton won his first Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1990 for “City of Angels.” In 1997 he won a second Tony Award with his portrayal of lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago. O’Hara recently created the role of Francesca Johnson in the new musical “The Bridges of Madison County,” for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J. C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sultans of String at Levitt
Sultans of String, SiriusXM Indie Awards 2014 World Artist Group of the Year, performed at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Among the group was Chris McKhool, who also appeared Wednesday night with the FiddleFire! children’s show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport