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Friday, August 03, 2012

Phantom Pluckers at Levitt

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Fairfield’s Brian Torff and the Phantom Pluckers entertained at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Torff, a jazz double-bassist and composer is Fairfield University’s director of jazz and popular music as well as director of jazz at the Westport Arts Center. The group includes two of Torff’s students—guitarist Jamie Debicella, and drummer Jon Rivers—plus Torff’s son, Jarryd on tenor sax. Torff has performed with jazz legends Erroll Garner, Cleo Laine, George Shearing and Mel Tormé. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Third Time at Levitt—But Always Indoors

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The PBS Kids’ Mr. Steve and his SteveSongs band delighted a large family turnout tonight for the opening performance in the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion, which was held indoors at the Saugatuck Elementary School because of the threat of rain. Referring to the coincidence of rainy weather forecasts, Mr. Steve (Rosnolek) said, “This is the third time that we’ve been booked by the Levitt since 2007 and have never been on the Levitt stage.”  Mr. Steve has a large following attributed to his regular appearances on the television program PBS Kids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Hands On at Arts Center

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Youngsters take part today in the Westport Arts Center’s Build It! summer camp. Attendees dream up imaginative creations – from futuristic buildings to dream machines and life-size robots – and build them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Making Levitt Debut

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The New York based soul-folk musicians and arrangers, Miko & The Musket, tonight made their Connecticut debut at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Led by guitarist and singer/songwriter Miko de Leon (center stage, purple guitar) the Lower East Side group entertained the audience with its pop-infused sound, a blend of bluegrass, folk, indie, pop, and Americana. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Outdoor Art

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Westport’s Grace Salmon Park on Imperial Avenue was the scene today for an art class on landscape portraiture for member artists of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center.  According to Fairfield resident Julie Brown, who has been registered in the Silvermine art classes for 15 years, the summer curriculum includes scenic locations in Fairfield County communities. She said the artistic emphasis is on plein air—a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.  The course instructor, David Dunlop, artist, lecturer and teacher, has been the host and Emmy Award-winning writer of a PBS television series beginning in 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hubble Huddle

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Among those at tonight’s Westport Cinema Initiative sneak preview screening of “Saving Hubble” at the Levitt Pavilion were (l-r) Sandy Lefkowitz, WCI director, Dr. Martin Yellin of Westport. an optical engineer who worked on the telescope when employed by its manufacturer, PerkinElmer Corp. in Danbury, and film director David Gaynes, The 70-minute independent documentary film examines NASA’s decision in 2004 to cancel the famed Hubble Space Telescope and introduces people who united to save it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Perlstein for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Carousel Trio at Levitt

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The Carousel trio, who began producing and playing music together in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music, made their Westport debut tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. The musical group combined the drive of an electro sound with the melodies of indie pop.  A smaller than usual crowd attended the Levitt Pavilion show due partially to the competing schedule of the widely viewed televising of the Olympics opening day ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library Says Thanks


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Public Library reception honoring longtime donors. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Is This How Yves Saint Laurent Began?

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Zac Mathias, 9, of Weston decided to design a mermaid dress Thursday for Westport Arts Center intern Emily Phelan, 18, of Westport. Zac was taking part in a mixed media art class at the Center and thought it would be neat to design a dress for Emily. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Burger Boogy


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center Shake Your Groove 80s dance party fundraiser at Westport’s Shake Shack. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Strike Up the Band

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The 102nd Army Band of the Connecticut Army National Guard performed tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Members can be seen at a variety of concerts, ceremonies, and parades around the nation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Levitt Glow

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An early evening rain shower did not dissuade Levitt Pavilion concertgoers tonight who turned out for a performance by the the 102nd Army Band of the Connecticut Army National Guard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gossip Talk at the Playhouse

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Gossip, eavesdropping, and other aspects of human communication – all highlighted in the current Westport Country Playhouse production of “Tartuffe” – were the subject tonight of the Playhouse’s second event in its new Literary Salon Series in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center. The speaker was John L. Locke (c), professor of linguistics at Lehman College, City University of New York, and author of a book on eavesdropping. Journalist Joe Myers (l) moderated, and Michael Ross, managing director, welcomed the guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Playhouse Adds Performance of ‘Tartuffe’

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The Westport Country Playhouse said today due to ticket demand for its current production of Molière’s “Tartuffe,” an extra performance has been added on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. The Playhouse production, which had been scheduled to run through Aug. 4, updates the comedy to the present day.  Three-time Tony Award-nominated actor Marc Kudisch (r) plays the title role in this scene with Nadia Bowers as Elmire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by T. Charles Erickson

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fine Arts Festival Winds Up 39th Year

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The 39th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival brought one of its most successful years to an end late today. Perfect weather and an expanded range of artists, including those working in digital media, attracted large crowds to the two-day event in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Photographer Wins Best in Show

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Photographer Paul Shatz of Charleston, S.C. today won the Best in Show award at the 39th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. Shatz is a large format black and white fine art photographer and a former darkroom assistant to noted landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Best Watercolor Art

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Artist Linda B. Cromer of New York won top prize in the best watercolor category in the 39th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival which ended today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Best Painting Winner

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Hans Petersen of Rock Hill, S.C. won top prize in the best painting category at the 39th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival which ended today. The Danish-born Petersen was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Art Scenes


More scenes from the first day today of the 39th annual Fine Arts Festival in Westport. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Outdoor Art


More scenes from the first day today of the 39th annual Fine Arts Festival in Westport. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fine Arts Festival Off to Sunny Start

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The 39th annual Fine Arts Festival opened today along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. Sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, the show includes varieties of art as well as entertainment. It runs through Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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High Five in Honor of a 5th Birthday

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Westporter Aidan Zer, who turns 5 on Sunday, gets a high five from a pantomimist at today’s Fine Arts Festival in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Art on the Saugatuck


Scenes from the first day today of the two-day 39th annual Fine Arts Festival in Westport’s center. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Attention Getters

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Members of the Staples Players were getting attention today at the library book sale and fine arts festival as they promoted their production of “Willy Wonka” the musical based on the 1972 movie. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees at Staples High School. Tickets are available at http://www.staplesplayers.com or at the door as available 30 minutes before the show. Pictured (l-r, top row) are Jack Baylis; Nicole Mathias; Nick Massoud; Scott Yarmoff; Carley Powers; Sam Kann, and Kaitlin Brozek; (bottom row) Sarah Quagliariello; Caroline Dideot, and Jordan Goodness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Library Summer Book Sale Begins With a Rush

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The annual summer book sale by the Friends of the Westport Public Library got under way today with a rush of buyers scooping up what they considered the best bargains. Among them was Karen Lamb, a former Westporter who now lives in Weston and teaches sixth graders in Greenwich. “I am very excited as a teacher to be able to load up with these wonderful books,” she said.  She marveled at the quality and efficiency of the sale saying, “It is astonishingly well run.” The sale continues through Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Peek-A-Boo

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Cassidy Davis, 2, of Westport is enjoying “Peek-A-Boo” which was offered at today’s start of the annual Westport Public Library summer book sale. The event continues through Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Haven for Book Lovers


Scenes from today’s opening day of the summer book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Public Library. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Former Westporter Returns to Touch Up Town Art

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Fine art conservator Peggy Van Witt, former Westport resident, cleans, stabilizes and inpaints the Works Progress Administrative (WPA) mural “Arctic Life” (1934) painted by Colcord Heurlin originally for Bedford Elementary School (now Town Hall). Because the mural was severely flaking and too large to transport, Van Witt set up a temporary conservation studio at Coleytown Elementary School where it was on view. Under the direction of Westport’s Arts Advisory Council, Van Witt has spent more than 100 hours this month conserving this mural along with Stevan Dohanos’s “American Heritage” fresco and other paintings in the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. Once her work is completed, the conserved paintings will be hung in the schools in time for the students’ first day. Van Witt, a third generation paintings conservator, today is based in Kansas City where she works in private practice in a state-of-the-art conservation studio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Warhol Signed Book Tops Library Sale Offerings

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This year’s annual summer Friends of the Westport Public Library Book Sale beginning Saturday will feature the single most expensive item the library has ever offered—a 1975 signed volume by Andy Warhol titled “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.” Warhol not only signed the book (10/75), but also sketched the iconic Campbell Soup Can. The book, priced at $1,000, will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Book Sale Laughs

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Miimi Greenlee, (l), chair of the Friends of the Westport Public Library annual summer book sale, shares a laugh today with Dick Lowenstein, donations volunteer, as they prepared for the four-day event which opens Saturday. They said despite having had to stop work during Wednesday’s storms, they are on schedule. Greenlee emphasized that this year more than ever there will be something for everyone at the sale. Of particular note this year, she said, is increased interest in used textbooks already shown by students and book dealers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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