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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Conversation

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Westporter Linda Gramatky Smith enjoys a conversation with Hans Wilheim, an author and Illustrator of children’s books, at today’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature sponsored by the Westport Public Library at Saugatuck Elementary School. Gramatky Smith’s father, Hardie Gramatky, was the author-illustrator of children’s classic “Little Toot.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature Draws Hundreds

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The fifth annual Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature sponsored by the Westport Public Library drew more than 500 attendees today to an all-day session at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Welcome to Westport

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F Joseloff today welcomed more than 500 attendees to the Westport Public Library’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature at Saugatuck Elementary School. Joseloff said the festival was another signature event of the library which has deservedly won acclaim as one of the best in the nation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Mo Willems, Popular Author, Illustrator, Makes School Visit

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Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, in Westport for the Westport Library’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature, today visited Coleytown Elementary School first graders where he read from his books and drew some of his characters. He is best known for his Caldecott Honor-winning picture books “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,” “Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale,” and “Knuffle Bunny Too: a case of mistaken identity.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rabbitt Hill Festival of Literature Opens

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Tonight was the kickoff for the annual Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature at the Westport Public Library. H. Nichols B. Clark, founding director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., opened this year’s festival. He gave an illuminating look at the connections between museum art and picture book illustration using picture illustrations alongside fine art paintings to show the similarities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Documentary on Merritt Parkway Screened

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A standing room only crowd packed the Westport Historical Society tonight to view a special screening of “The Road Taken…The Merritt Parkway,” a new half-hour documentary by Westport filmmaker Lisa Seidenberg (r). Mixing historical information, personal anecdotes and rarely seen footage from Connecticut’s past, the film looks at the Merritt as an artistic work—the unique bridges, the landscaping and those infuriating twists and turns that gives the road its character. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

“Our Town” Screenings Will Honor Paul Newman

The Westport Country Playhouse announced today it will host two screenings next month of its 2002 production of “Our Town” starring Paul Newman as part of a “joyful gathering” for the Westport community to honor Newman, who died Sept. 26 at the age of 83.WestportNow.com Image
“Our Town” aired on Showtime and PBS. Contributed photo

Newman played the part of the stage manager in the the Thornton Wilder play which later went to Broadway and was screened on Showtime and PBS.

The “community gatherings” will be Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Playhouse with the “Our Town” screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., an announcement said.

Tickets are free by phone or in-person reservation, beginning Monday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.

More "“Our Town” Screenings Will Honor Paul Newman"

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Getting Ready for Tonight’s “Funny Mondays”

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Performers ham it up during a rehearsal session for tonight’s reading of the play “The Whore and Mr. Moore” at the Westport Country Playhouse. The play reading is part of the Playhouse’s “Funny Mondays” series curated by Artistic Director Anne Keefe. All tickets are $15. Seated (l-r) are Marsha Mason, Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee and Cassie Beck. Standing is Michael Cristofer, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and award-winning actor, and Laura Porio Silence of Fairfield who performs the on stage narration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Arts Awards Go to Seven Nonprofits

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Anne Keefe, artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, accepts an award today from the Westport Arts Advisory Committee at a Town Hall ceremony. The Playhouse was one of seven Westport nonprofit organizations honored for their significant contributions to the community’s cultural life. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Players Entertain at Arts Awards

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The Staples Players were one of the organizations honored at today’s Town Hall Arts Awards ceremony. Later, four members entertained the crowd with musical numbers highlighting the achievements of the honorees. Pictured (l-r) are: Caley Beretta, Christopher McNiff, David Ressler, and Brittany Uomoleale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Town Hall Auditorum Packed for Arts Awards Ceremony

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Today’s Westport Arts Awards ceremony drew a large crowd to the Town Hall Auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Music Masters

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Westport’s Unitarian Church was the scene tonight of the annual Leon Tec Showcase for Outstanding Young Musicians. The concert, under sponsorship of Fairfield-based Connecticut Alliance for Music (CAM), provides gifted Connecticut high school musicians the opportunity to perform professionally. Pictured (l-r) are Sandra Shaw Murphy, artistic director; Emily Watkins, 18, pianist; Chelsea Starbuck Smith, 16, violinist; Dr. Leon Tec of Westport, and Carlyn Kessler, 17, of Westport, cellist. The three girls met five years ago through CAM, continued their friendship as members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, and later formed the Esprit Trio to capture their spirited mood. Tec and his wife, Nechama, established and underwrite the concerts in memory of Tec’s parents, Sarah and Boris Tec. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

“A Taste of the American Musical” Series Debuts

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Marsha Lanzo sang excerpts from Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” with Art Gang accompanying her on the piano today at Westport’s Toquet Hall as part of a new three-part “A Taste of the American Musical” series. The series is presented by the producers of the popular “Play With Your Food” lunchtime events. The series is sold out in Westport but tickets are available for the Fairfield and Greenwich venues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sounds of Rock, Country and Blues at Library

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Toes were tapping and heads were swaying to the beat of Professor “Louie” and The Cromatix at the Westport Library today in a program sponsored by The Friends of the Westport Library. Professor “Louis” & The Cromatix have been recording and touring nationally for seven years. With Aron Hurwitz, aka Professor “Louie” on keyboard, accordion, and vocals; Marie Spinsosa on vocals and percussion; Gary Burke on drums; Frank Campbell on bass; and Josh Colow on guitar. The group has recorded six CDs on Woodstock Records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Paul Newman Tribute at “Of Mice and Men” Opening

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Tonight’s opening night audience for the Westport Country Playhouse production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” gave a standing ovation to Paul Newman before the curtain went up. Newman, who died Sept. 26, had been set to direct the play before he pulled out for health reasons last May. Anne Keefe, artistic director with Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward, who was not present, paid tribute to the actor and then, in a breaking voice, asked for the audience to rise and give Newman a standing ovation. Afterward she said, “He would have hated that.” Pictured in a scene from the production are Mark Mineart and Betsy Morgan. The audience also gave the actors a standing ovation at the end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson photo

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