Arts and Leisure
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Playhouse Honors Joanne Woodward
The stars were out Saturday night as the Westport Country Playhouse honored Joanne Woodward for her work as artistic director and spearheading its $28 million drive to renovate the old barn into a year-round venue.
Tony Bennett joins Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward at the Westport Country Playhouse salute to Woodward. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
About 600 people, including actors Charles Grodin and Gene Wilder, paid $500 or more to celebrate Woodward’s contribution. Actress Glenn Close, violinist Joshua Bell and singer Tony Bennett entertained.
Woodward said she met for lunch with playhouse staff in 1999 to determine what she could do to help. Within a year, she was running the show.
“And so, Joanne has been paying for that lunch ever since,” said actor James Naughton, who kicked off the performances.
Photo Exhibit Opens
Westport’s Rockwell Gallery tonight hosted a reception to launch Daryl Hawk’s photography exhibit entitled “A Distance to the Sea,” a collection of black and white photos of Connecticut’s coast and islands. The native Westporter and Staples grad is pictured with Lee Greenberg of Westport in front of his “Sheffield Light” photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“Art Strokes for Gulf Folks” at Compo
Artists young and old took part in today’s “Art Strokes for Gulf Folks” Jackson Pollack-type art event at Westport’s Compo Beach to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Haley Burns, 7, of Westport was among those getting some hands-on painting done today at the Compo Beach “Art Strokes for Gulf Folks” Hurricane Katrina fund-raiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Playhouse Play Reading Series Debuts Monday
“Funny Mondays,” the Westport Country Playhouse’s play reading series that invites the audience to participate in the collaborative process, debuts Monday at 7:30 p.m. with “A Marriage Minuet” by David Wiltse.
The five-member cast includes local residents James Naughton and Patricia Kalember of Weston.
Wiltse, also a resident of Weston, is also the author also of “The Good German,” “Temporary Help,” “Triangles for Two,” and “Doubles.”
Joanne Woodward, artistic director of the Playhouse, said the play reading series is an important addition to the Playhouse offerings.
“Nurturing the development of new plays is fundamental to the artistic health of the American theater,” she said.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Conversation and Performance
The Malloy Lecture in the Arts presented Joshua Bell (l) and Frederic Chiu in conversation and performance to a packed auditorium tonight at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sell-Out Crowd for Annual Malloy Lecture
There was a sell-out crowd on hand tonight at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School for the annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts featuring musicians Joshua Bell and Frederic Chiu. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Staples Teacher Hosts Puppet Workshop
Joseph Zeighan, Staples High art teacher and technical director of Staples Players, hosted a puppet workshop for parents and students participating in Staples Players’ November production of “Children of Eden.” The show, written by Stephen Schwartz, composer of Broadway’s “Wicked,” is the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and Noah and his Ark. The family show will feature 40 intricate animal puppets constructed by students, parents and faculty—a project led by Zeighan. Pictured (l-r) are Zeighan, students Rachel Ritter, Julie Taylor and Alex Laska and Players parent Allison Angus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 06, 2005
“Yesterday’s Toyland” Opens Sunday at Historical Society
A trip down memory lane is in store as “Yesterday’s Toyland” opens Sunday at the Westport Historical Society. It runs through Jan. 14.
Memory lane: “Yesterday’s Toyland” exhibit features toys from the Victorian era through the 1940s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
The exhibit features vintage toys and dolls from the Victorian era through the 1940s when television changed family entertainment forever.
Children can visit a hands-on Yesterday’s Playroom, where they can play with reproductions of toys on view and to dress up in colorful reproductions of the vintage children’s clothing on display, an announcement said.
Exhibit curators Ellen Naftalin and Elise Meyer researched and met with more than 25 collectors to gather items for the event.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Arts Award Recipient Praises Staples Arts Faculty
Ari Edelson, 1994 Staples graduate and recipient of the Arts Awards’ Horizon Award, delighted today’s standing-room only crowd at Westport Town Hall with a an appreciative acknowledgement of the arts faculty at Staples High School. “I learned from them that taking risk—making risky decisions—is worth everything,” he said. After Staples, where he was president of the Staples Players, Edelson graduated from Yale University and the Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is now an internationally acclaimed theater director and producer, and recently founded Old Vic/New Voices US/UK. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Arts Committee Honors Shirley Mellor and Max Kaplan
Shirley Mellor and her late husband Max Kaplan of Max’s Art Supplies in Westport were honored with the new Patron of the Arts Award at today’s 12th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. The store on Post Road East has served as a special meeting place for artists since its establishment in 1957. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
A Crowd Pleaser
The audience at Westport’s Town Hall reacted with smiles to words from Ari Edelson, a 1994 Staples grad honored with a Horizon Award at today’s Westport Arts Award ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
John Hanulik Among Arts Awards Honorees
Among those honored at today’s 12th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall was the late John Hanulik, Staples orchestra director and music educator for 37 years. The Stamford native came to Westport in 1957 to teach in the elementary schools. He died last March at the age of 71. Nancy Diamond and John Simon presented the award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Actor James Naughton Honored
James Naughton, a longtime Weston resident acclaimed as a brilliant dramatic actor and delightful musical comedy performer, was among those honored today at the Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Toquet Hall Concert Benefits Hurricane Victims
Teens at Westport’s Toquet Hall today held a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The show featured performances by “Hot Water Variety,” “Kid Ginseng,” “Brandon Mozjer,” “The Locals,” “Joe Soup,” and Omeed Goodarzi. More than 200 students attended the event and the Teen Governing Board raised $1,760 that will be split between the Red Cross and Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport