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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Westport Arts Center Announces 2010-11 Season

The Westport Arts Center (WAC) today announced its 2010-2011 season, presenting contemporary art exhibitions, jazz and chamber music concerts, film screenings, writing competitions and literary events, and art education programs for people of all ages. Image
Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda is among performers on the Westport Arts Center 2010-11 schedule. He will perform with his trio on Sunday, Nov. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Our visual arts exhibitions will serve as a springboard for related literary, film, and education programs throughout the year,” said Nancy Heller, executive director.

“Jazz and chamber music concerts will incorporate the themes of the exhibitions whenever possible and will introduce audiences to talented young musicians and a variety of music styles.”

Three visual art exhibitions, curated by WAC Director of Visual Arts Helen Klisser During, will explore the theme of storytelling, and will include integrated arts programs that make connections across disciplines.

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“Memory” Exhibit Kicks Off Arts Center 2010-11 Season Image
The Westport Arts Center today announced its 2010-2011 season including an exhibit entitled “Memory,” opening Sept. 24 which will explore the importance and fragility of memory. Sponsored by Pepperidge Farm, the exhibition is intended to complement the Westport Country Playhouse’s fall production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and will feature drawings, paintings, lithographs, film, and sculpture by artists that depict memories of pre- and post-World War II events. Among works on display will be this one, “Purim Play” by Mayer Kirshenblatt, who grew up in Poland before World War II, emigrated to Canada, and taught himself to paint at the age of 73. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Window Painting on Main Street for a Good Cause Image
Westport’s Shoe-Inn on Main Street is one of a number of stores that had their windows painted as part of a fund-raiser for Westport-based Save the Children. The window designs will be on display until Aug. 27. The winning design will be determined by how many $1 dollar votes it receives. People can vote for their favorite storefront window in each store through Aug. 27 and may vote as many times as they wish. Each $1 dollar donated equals one vote. Donations from the competition will go towards supplying child-friendly space kits to children affected by disasters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rotarians On Stage at Playhouse Image
The Westport Rotary Club held its weekly meeting at the Westport Country Playhouse today where Michael Ross, managing director, said the Playhouse had embarked on an effort to make the Playhouse “a gathering place for the community.”  The meeting concluded with a behind-the-scenes tour of its facilities, including a stage visit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Playhouse Becoming a Community Gathering Place Image
Michael Ross, managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse, told the Westport Rotary Club today that the Playhouse has evolved into “a gathering place for the community.” The Playhouse hosted the weekly meeting of the Rotarians which included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Playhouse facilities. Also addressing the group was Sandy DeFeo, president of the Playhouse board, who recounted the history of the 80-year-old Westport landmark. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Posted 08:12 PM
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Playhouse Extends “I Do! I Do!” Due to Popular Demand Image
Kate Baldwin and Lewis Cleale appear in “I Do! I Do!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by T. Charles Erickson
The Westport Country Playhouse announced today that due to ticket demand for “I Do! I Do!”  three extra performances have been added—Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 2 – 4, evenings at 8 p.m. 

The musical journey through the ups and downs of a 50-year marriage that originally opened on Broadway in 1966 stars Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin and Drama Desk Award nominee Lewis Cleale. The musical is written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, composers of “The Fantasticks,“ and directed by Susan H. Schulman.

“We’re thrilled by the audience response to ‘I Do! I Do!’,” said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.

“It’s a delight to watch them watch the show. They’re completely taken with the story and all its twists and turns, and they love the score, and of course Susan has directed a magnificent production with these two wonderful performers.  I couldn’t be happier that the extension means even more people will be able to see it.” 

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Dynamic Piano Duo Performs at Steinway Store Image
Westport’s Steinway store on Post Road East tonight hosted the acclaimed piano duo of Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe. The two, who have been described as perhaps the most thrilling young duo performing today, met in 2000 as freshmen at The Juilliard School in New York and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. The program was open to the public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Uptown Jazz at the Levitt (Indoors) Image
Westport’s Bob Lasprogato and his Uptown Jazz sextet entertained tonight at Saugatuck Elementary School, the Levitt Pavillion’s alternate indoor venue used because of threatening weather. They performed a repertoire that included traditional jazz, Dixieland jazz, big band music and some Cole Porter favorites. Pictured (l-r) with Lasprogato on the drums is Paul Boehmke of Trumbull, clarinet/sax; Greg McCurty, string bass/tuba ; Gim Burton of Ridgefield, guitar; Charlie Freeman, piano, and Fred Mariano of Shelton, trumpet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Westport Sketchbook: Fishing at Burying Hill Beach Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach and found a fisherman. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for

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Sharing the Applause Image
Actors Kate Baldwin and Lewis Cleale share appreciative recognition with musical director Joel Fram at the curtain call following the opening night performance tonight of “I Do! I Do!” at the Westport Country Playhouse. The play runs through Aug. 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Celebrating Image
“I Do! I Do!” (l-r) actors Lewis Cleale and Kate Baldwin celebrate the opening night performance tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse with Susan H. Schulman, director, Tom Jones, who wrote the book and lyrics, and Joel Fram, musical director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

I Do! I Do” Opens Tonight, Proposal Contest Winner Named

The Westport Country Playhouse tonight opens its latest production, “I Do! I Do” starring Kate Baldwin and Lewis Cleale. The show has been in previews since Tuesday, and at Friday night’s performance it was announced that Kathryn and Michael Corbally of Westport were winners of the Playhouse’s “Pefect Proposal Contest.” Michael proposed to his future wife by putting an engagement ring and proposal note in a special ice cube in her drink. The Playhouse also released this video of rehearsals of the production.  Contributed video

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Friday, August 13, 2010

“I Do! I Do!” Creating Buzz at Playhouse Image
“I Do! I Do!” starring Kate Baldwin and Lewis Cleale is creating a buzz among preview audiences at the Westport Country Playhouse in advance of its official opening Saturday night. The Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt play is directed by Susan H. Schulman. The musical tracing 50 years in the life of a married couple opened on Broadway in 1966 starring Mary Martin and Robert Preston. Numerous productions have been produced around the world since, including one in Minneapolis that ran for 22 years with the same actors playing the roles. Photo is from a rehearsal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Words of Welcome Image
Staples High School seniors Neva Sanfilippo (l), chair of the Westport Youth Commission, and Rosie Levinson, co-vice chair, welcome the audience prior to tonight’s Teenflix screening of the blockbuster film “Avatar” at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Author Greets Former Teachers Image
Author Daniel Asa Rose paid tribute to two of his high school English teachers today during an appearance at the Westport Public Library. He posed with them after his talk – Linda Forcellina (l) and Maryjane Pacifico, both retired from Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School. Rose talked about his a stranger-than-fiction memoir known for short as “Larry’s Kidney” but with one of the longest subtitles ever – “Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant—and Save His Life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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