Arts and Leisure
Friday, July 09, 2010
Sketches on Rye
Westport artist Elaine Clayton poses with members of her family and Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s Deli, and his wife after a collection of Clayton’s Westport Sketchbook scenes from WestportNow went on display at the deli. They will remain through July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Playhouse Names New Director of Marketing
The Westport Country Playhouse today announced that David B. Byrd has joined its staff as director of marketing, responsible for all organizational marketing initiatives for the historic theater’s five-play season and surrounding year-round programming.
David Byrd: strong new media skills. Kathleen O’Rourke photo
Most recently Byrd was director of marketing and communications for the American Dance Festival at Duke University in North Carolina.
“David is smart, dynamic and strategic-minded, with not only a strong background in new media, but a firm belief in a one-on-one relationship with our patrons,” said Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”
The Playhouse said Byrd’s responsibilities include the development of seasonal and individual production marketing initiatives; oversight of all communications, with emphasis on branding and social media using Web-based technologies; strategic efforts in audience development, including the organization of detailed audience research; in-depth budget management; and the management of both the marketing and patron services staff.
Staples Summer Theatre Group Presents “Rent” at Festival
The cast of Staples Summer Theatre group Thursday night performed songs from their forthcoming performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning show “Rent” at the Italian Festival. Performances will be held at Staples High School on July 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and on July 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at www.staplesplayers.com or sold at the door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Huey Lewis & The News Headlines Levitt Fund-Raiser
Rocking at the Levitt
Thank You Kiss
A woman who helped out by holding a xylophone at the Levitt Pavilion Annual Summer Gala tonight got a thank you kiss from star Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis & The News. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Chit Chat at the Levitt
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff chats with Mimi Levitt, philanthropist and patron of the arts, at a cocktail party before tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion gala starring Huey Lewis & The News. Levitt’s late husband Mortimer was a millionaire businessman/patron of the arts and benefactor of the Levitt Pavilion (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Juggling Indoors to Beat the Heat
Bounce, Ooo La La & Daniel, family entertainment jugglers, tonight captivated an audience of all ages once again this summer. The performance scheduled at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion was moved indoors into the air-conditioned comfort of Saugatuck Elementary School because of the heat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Levitt Fun But Not at the Levitt
The audience for Bounce, Ooo La La & Daniel had to move tonight with the entertainers from the Levitt Pavilion to the air-conditioned comfort of Saugatuck Elementary School because of the heat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Heat Forces Tonight’s Levitt Show Indoors
Bounce, Ooo La La & Daniel, scheduled to perform tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion, will move indoors into the air-conditioned comfort of Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.
Show time is 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League.
“Happy Days” in Previews at Playhouse
The Westport Country Playhouse production of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” is in previews before Saturday’s opening. Tony Award nominee Dana Ivey (pictured at a dress rehearsal on Tuesday) and Broadway veteran Jack Wetherall star with Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos directing. The play runs through July 24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tiffany & Co. Returns for Third Time as Levitt Gala Sponsor
Tiffany & Co. will return for the third time as the sponsors of the Levitt Pavilion’s Annual Summer Gala on Thursday featuring Huey Lewis & The News. Pictured are (l to r): Charles R. Case, proprietor of The Flower Basket and coordinator of theme and décor for the optional pre-concert cocktail party; Freda Welsh, the Pavilion’s executive director; and Emily Leone, manager of Tiffany & Co., Westport. To charge tickets, or for more information on the concert and the Pavilion’s ’10 season, visit www.levittpavilion.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Jamming at the Levitt
The 1970s acoustic music group Aztec Two-Step drew another large crowd tonight upon their return to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. After taking their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem and recording the first song ever written about Jack Kerouac’s iconic American novel, “On The Road for 35 years Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories as the bridge” to the Beat Generation and instrumental in ushering the music of the 1960s and into the 70s and beyond. Buskin and Batteau (above photo - l-r - David Buskin-keyboard, Marshal Rosenberg-percussion, Robin Batteau-violin) jammed with the Aztek Two-Step group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com