Arts and Leisure
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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
Large Levitt Crowd for Magic of Lyn
Lyn Dillies, who bills herself as “America’s premier female illusionist,” lived up to her reputation of being one of the Levitt Pavilion’s most popular shows each year as she brought her Magic of Lyn show to Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School tonight. The show was moved indoors because the temporary stage at the Levitt could not handle some of the technical aspects of the show, according to organizers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Honoring “tick, tick…Boom!” Players
Westporters Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler, patrons of the arts and sponsors of the current Westport Country Playhouse production of “tick, tick…Boom!,” hosted a party at their waterfront home tonight to thank the cast and production staff for its current successful run which continues through July 18. Actors Wilson Cruz (2nd l), Pearl Sun (2nd r) and Colin Hanlon (far r) pose with (l-r) Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director, host Ann Sheffer, Sheffer’s son Eduard and daughter Betty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Weather Forces Mariachi Sounds Indoors
Former Westporter David Giardina (3rd r) led the Fiesta del Norte Mariachi Band tonight at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. A late afternoon thundershower forced a venue change from the Levitt Pavilion to indoors. Despite a sparse turnout, the audience was enthusiastic and clapped hands to the rhythm of the south of the border beat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Westport Community Band Delights Levitt Crowd
The Westport Community Band, whose scheduled Levitt Pavilion concert was rained out last week, finally got to perform tonight much to the delight of the assembled crowd. The band was under the direction of Sal LaRusso, band conductor at Weston High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Henry Stanley, a recent graduate of Weston High School, played a trombone solo during tonight’s Westport Community Band performance at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Fireworks to Feature For The Heart Musical Revue
Westport’s Independence Day fireworks this year will have a new feature—the Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) will present the musical revue ensemble For The Heart.
The For the Heart ensemble from the Connecticut Music Theatre will perform before the fireworks on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The group will perform from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday by the cannons at Compo Beach. The fireworks will go off at 9:15 p.m. Car passes at $30 are available at Westport police headquarters and the Parls & Rec Department office at Longshore.
Founded in 2005 by MTC student Caley Beretta, For The Heart is a community service group that has been performing classic Broadway show tunes at elderly assisted living facilities as well as special performances for events, including Westport/Weston First Night.
The group started with eight friends and has grown to feature more than 40 performers. Friday’s performance will mark For The Heart’s 25th show.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Flying at the Levitt
Westport’s The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its 36th season tonight with a performance by The Flying Karamazov Brothers, a juggling and comedy troupe who have been performing since 1973. They learned their trade while performing as street artists in Santa Cruz, Calif., and take their name from the Fyodor Dostoevsky novel “The Brothers Karamazov” because they see similarities between themselves and the characters of the novel. None of them, however, is actually blood relatives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport