Arts and Leisure
Saturday, July 18, 2009
“Mom and Dad: Tell Your Friends to Be Ready to Rock”
Former Westporter and 1983 Staples High School graduate Heather Hardy returned (see WestportNow July 26, 2008) to the Levitt Pavilion tonight to perform with her four-piece Lil’ Mama Band. Heather, an electronic violinist and vocalist, told her septuagenarian parents Neil and Judy, who are longtime Westport residents, that “if your friends are coming tonight, tell them to be ready to rock.” Heather, who lives in Tucson since 1997 said her career was influenced by the late Sam Taylor, a popular rhythm & blues singer, songwriter and guitarist who was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1995. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Arts Center Member Show Debuts
The Westport Arts Center non-juried Member Group Exhibition Part 1 opened tonight with an overflowing crowd of more than 300 art lovers in attendance. Works of 88 artists from the tri-state area are represented in the show. Pictured is artist Harriet Diamond of Massachusetts pointing out her sculpture “More Orders” to her father-in-law, Westporter Ted Diamond.The exhibition continues through Aug. 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Showing Off Her Art Work
Hyun Joo Jung, born in Korea, but now a Connecticut resident, stands beside her dramatic painting at tonight’s opening of the Westport Arts Center’s non-juried Member Group Exhibition Part 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Fast Set Up for Fine Arts Festival
Artists had to wait until after 7 p.m. today to move into Westport’s Parker Harding Plaza parking area and Gorham Island to set up for the weekend Fine Arts Festival. Thousands are expected to participate in the event, and the coinciding library book sale, in Westport’s downtown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lee De Monico for WestportNow.com
Friday, July 17, 2009
Community Theatre Presents Free Performance Tonight
The Westport Community Theatre tonight presents an evening of short one-act performances based on the theme “Playing God” and admission is free. The five one-act plays were finalists in the recent Eastbound Summer competition at Eastbound Theatre in Milford. Pictured are Robert Watts and Alex Weston in “Apple” by Trevor Suthers, story editor of “Coronation Street,” of Manchester, England. Treats and coffee with the cast follow the 8 p.m. performance. WCT is located at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Library Sale Includes Valuable Editions
The Westport Public Library summer book sale beginning Saturday will include a number of noted—and valuable—books which the library has segregated into a glass-enclosed display case in the McManus Room. They include an over sized book that depicts almost 400 jewelry creations of the American-born, Paris-based designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal. It was published in 2002 to coincide with the London exhibition, “The Jewels of JAR Paris.” The library has put a $950 price tag on its rare copy, while a dealer on the Internet is asking $4,000 for its pristine edition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Police Question Man in Removal of Placeholder Boxes
Westport police have questioned a Westport man in connection with the removal of boxes and crates lined up by book dealers and others to save their place in line at the Westport Public Library book sale which begins Saturday.
This WestportNow photo published early Tuesday of boxes lined up to save places for Saturday’s library book sale may have led to a man removing some of the boxes, according to a source familiar with the investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
The man, whose identity was not disclosed, was apparently unhappy that people were able to save their place by putting boxes, crates and baskets with their name outside the sale entrance, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The man was spotted by a volunteer library worker today removing U.S. postal crates from in front of the library sale tent, the source said. His license plate was reported to Westport police who later interviewed him about the incident.
The man apparently left a sign saying: “No boxes; if you want to wait in line, wait in line. Thanks.”
Kids Night at the Levitt
Princess Katie & Racer Steve, a children’s rock band, energized the young audience tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Formed in 2006 and performing in Westport for the first time, the band’s performers included Crash the Drummer (Lev Weinstein), Steve Borne (Racer Steve), Princess Katie (Katie O’Sullivan) and Space on Bass (Brian Holtz). The event was sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Young Rock Crowd
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Long Wharf Names Eileen Wiseman as Development Director
Eileen Wiseman: “I’m here to help build support and excitement.” Contributed photoNew Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre has named Eileen Wiseman, a longtime leader at the Westport Arts Center, its new development director, effective immediately.
Wiseman, a Weston resident who joined the Long Wharf Theatre development staff in April, had spent the past eight years as the executive/artistic director of the Westport Arts Center, overseeing 60 programs a year including exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and literature and film programs.
“All my life I’ve been coming to this theater—-it is the place I learned to love live performance, the place that shaped my sense of what theater should be,” Wiseman said.
“Long Wharf Theatre has a strong sense of mission and the artistic and organizational confidence to use this crazy time we’re in to plot an even more interesting, vital path into the future.
Getting Ready for Arts Center Show
Westport Arts Center staff members Terri C. Smith (l) and Maura Frana apply finishing touches to the Group Show: Non-Juried Members exhibition that opens on Friday with a public reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comedy at the Levitt
Comedy reigned at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight as three stand-up comedians of the Treehouse Comedy Club entertained an audience on a clear and low humidity night. Brad Alexrod, a former Westporter and owner of the Treehouse Café and Comedy Club in the Westport Inn from 1983 to 1989, was the producer of the program. Performing at the Levitt for the first time, the featured comedians were Chris Monty, Tom Anzalone and Quentin Heggs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Hamming It Up
Smiles All Around
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Dazzling the Levitt Audience
Lyn Dillies brought her Magic of Lyn show to the Levitt Pavilion tonight—actually to the stage of the Saugatuck Elementary School. Aided by assistant Marc LeBlanc, the performer dazzled the audience of all ages with her magical tricks. The Levitt’s temporary stage was unable to handle the complex technical facilities needed to support the show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport