Arts and Leisure
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Enjoying a Moment After Special Premiere Performance
Playwright A.R. Gurney (l) and “Love & Money” director, Mark Lamos, who also serves as the Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, enjoy a moment tonight following the special premiere invitational performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Familiar Face at the Playhouse
Among those attending tonight’s invitational performance of “Love & Money” at the Westport Country Playhouse was legendary film, theater, and television star Jane Powell, who visited the cast after the play in the theater’s green room. The 86-year-old actress rose to fame as a singer in her home state of Oregon, and signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer while still in her teens. Powell lives in Manhattan and in Wilton with her fifth husband, former child actor Dick Moore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Levitt Shines With Summer Gala
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performng Arts Gala starring Don Felder. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Don Felder Headlines Levitt Pavilion Gala
The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight presented “Don Felder –- An Evening at the Hotel California.” A four-time Grammy Award winner, Felder is a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of the 1970s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Full House for Levitt Gala
It was a full house tonight for the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts first summer gala in its new home. Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, was the featured performer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Enjoying a Concert Picnic From the Outside
Danise Talbot of Westport (l) and friend Sylvia Halderman of Norwalk enjoy a riverside picnic tonight outside the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as they listen to the music of the summer benefit concert starring Don Felder. Tonight’s was a ticketed event to raise funds for the more than 50 nights of free entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Party Time at Levitt Pavilion Gala
About 300 persons turned out tonight for a VIP party prior to the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Gala. The party, in a tent on Taylor Place and inside Tiffany & Co., preceded the concert “Don Felder: An Evening at the Hotel California,” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Among those attending a VIP party tonight as part of the Levitt Pavilion Gala was Mimi Levitt. The arts facility is named after her and her late husband Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Toes were tapping today and heads were keeping time to the beat as Westporter native Heather Hardy played on her violin at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. Her group included T. J. Swan on guitar and Wayne Sabella on keyboard. Hardy returned to the Center by popular demand. A Staples grad, she attended Manhattan School of music. She formed the “Lil Mama Band” in 1998 and was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.The event was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Musician Heather Hardy spends some time with her parents, Neil and Judy Hardy of Westport, before entertaining today at the Westport Centeer for Senior Activities. Heather was brought up in Westport, began studying piano at age six and picked up the violin at nine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Setting Up the Stage
A crew sets up the stage today for the Levitt Pavilion Gala tonight featuring “Don Felder: An Evening at the Hotel California,” which starts at 9 p.m. According to organizers, more than 1,000 persons are expected to attend the ticketed performance. Funds from the event pay for more than 50 free nights of entertainment each summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, July 24, 2015
‘Sweet Sounds of Summer’ Music Silenced
Noise complaints from neighbors have silenced the “Sweet Sounds of Summer” Friday and Saturday night band concerts in the courtyard outside of Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave., in Westport’s Saugatuck Center.
The Dave Kardas quartet entertained last weekend as part of the “Sweeet Sounds of Summer” series at Saugatuck Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First word of the cancellation came in an email tonight to fans from the popular rock band DNR, which had been scheduled to play Friday night. The series cancellation was later confirmed by one of the organizers.
“Sadly, Saugatuck Sweets has just canceled our performance tomorrow night,” the email said.
“They received complaints about ‘noise’ from prior bands and are unable to have music in the courtyard for the rest of the summer.
TV Show Taped at Westport Store Airs Tonight
“What Would You Do?,” the hidden camera ABC-TV show featuring ethical dilemmas, tonight will air an episode taped at Westport’s Groove, a popular children’s clothing and gift store at 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods.
Host John Quinones of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” posed with those involved in the episode taped at Groove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The show, taped last October, airs at 9 p.m. The TV show used actors to set up scenarios to see what bystanders would do or say when faced with an ethical dilemma.
The scenarios involved a mother and her daughter (both actors) shopping for clothes, during which the daughter acted disrespectfully to the salesperson (another actor), threw clothes on the ground and displayed entitled, obnoxious behavior.
In several scenarios, the mother was also rude and disrespectful, while in other cases, she was consumed with a cell phone call and ignored her daughter’s behavior altogether.
Landscape Photog Guests at the Westport Arts Center
Westport landscape and architectural photographer Stacy Bass was the special guest at today’s ArtCafé at the Westport Arts Center. She participated in a book signing and discussion about her “Gardens at First Light” collection. She is pictured with Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Best Selling Author Amy Bloom Draws Library Crowd
Best selling author Amy Bloom (r) was interviewed tonight at the Westport Library by Westporter Sybil Steinberg, Publisher’s Weekly editor-at-large, before a packed audience. She discussed her acclaimed novel “Lucky Us,” published last year and just issued in paperback. Bloom, who lives in Durham, Conn., a rural community located about halfway between Hartford and New Haven, taught at Yale University for the last decade and is now Wesleyan University’s Distinguished University Writer in Residence. “I learned to write by being an avid reader,” she told the audience, adding, “My children say that I write about four things: family, sex, death and love.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com