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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Candlelight Fun

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The traditional production number of Friday night’s 68th annual Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School drew warm applause. The concert can be seen tonight at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Staples Presents 68th Annual Candlelight Concert

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The 68th Annual Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School tonight drew an overflow crowd of all ages. The A Cappella Choir joined their voices under the direction of Choral Director Alice Lipson in a selection of seasonal songs. Behind the choir mostly out of sight is the Staples Chamber Orchestra accompanying them. The concert repeats Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Colorful Art Makes Westport Scene

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Connecticut artist Danielle Mailer, daughter of the late author Norman Mailer, has brought an exhibit of her work to Westport at 135 Post Road East, across from the Westport Post Office. Mailer’s art in this show concentrates on the female body, portraying colorful female figures in various yoga postures. The show has been arranged by the Westport Historical Society Executive Director Susan Gold and Elizabeth Schneider, a fine arts curator. Works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the scholarship fund of WHS and the Westport-based Charter Oak Foundation. The exhibition opened with a reception tonight and can be seen on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Westporter Offers a Different Baby Boomer Book

Bob Liftig of Westport, an adjunct English professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., offers a different and comical perspective about life in the baby boomer era in his new book, “The Baby Bomber Chronicles.”WestportNow.com Image
Robert Liftig: author of “The Baby Boomer Chronicles.” Contributed photo

Published by AuthorHouse, his new novel is a biography of many baby boomers during the Vietnam era.

“All we wanted to do was get around the obstacles and get on with our lives,” Liftig said. “So, we ducked and covered as we were trained to do during the 1950s. One day we protested, the next day we joined the Navy or traveled to Canada on the weekend to see if we could really live in exile.”

In the 440-page book, Liftig tells the life story of the character Bob Bacharach, who dodged the draft by joining a Peace Corps bull castration program and was almost killed in the process.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Changing of Playhouse Guard

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Sandy Walters DeFeo (l) of Westport will head a new slate of board of trustee leadership at the Westport Country Playhouse, the Playhouse announced today. DeFeo has been elected president of the Playhouse board of trustees. Elisabeth Morten (r) of Fairfield, former board president, has been named chairman of the board of trustees. Newly elected board members are James Earl Jones, Arthur Levitt and Joan D. Nevin. Current board members who were newly elected as officers are David Fiore of Westport, vice president; Kate Devlin of Southport, vice president; Richard Slavin of Fairfield, secretary; and Michael Klingher of Weston, treasurer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow photo

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Heida Hermanns Voice Competition Winners

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Westport’s Town Hall today was the site of the final competition for the annual Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, first held in 1973 by the late Heida Hermanns of Westport, a concert pianist and premier music lover and promoter. Pictured (l-r) are first prize ($5,000) winner YohanYi, bass baritone; Doris Goltzer, artistic director and coordinator who gave out the awards (she plays the oboe in the New York City Opera Orchestra); second prize ($2,500) winner Jorge Prego, tenor; third prize ($1,500) winner Rebecca Jo Loeb, mezzo, and honorable mention ($500) winners Steve Ebel, tenor; Chloe Moore, lyric soprano; and David Portillo, tenor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Photographing NY With 19th Century Technology

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There was a reception at Southport’s Pequot Library today marking the opening of an exhibit by Westporter Nate Gibbons of his large format nondigital tintypes photographic images of 19th century New York City scenes converted into 21st century technology. The exhibit, “The Bronx River,” runs until Jan. 10. Gibbons will conduct a talk and discussion on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. Pictured are Gibbons with wife Liz (c) and curator Enid Monroe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Greeting Guests

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Westport artist and illustrator Naiad Einsel greets guests tonight at the opening reception for an exhibit of her works at the Westport Library. The show runs through January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Reception Today for Exhibit by Naiad Einsel

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There will be an opening reception today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Westport Library exhibit of “Design in Illustration,” decorative illustration and contemporary folk art by Westporter Naiad Einsel (r). Fellow artist Neil Hardy helped hang the exhibit. The show will run December and January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Rehearsing “The Nutcracker”

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Ballet Etudes Company of Norwalk presents its 20th anniversary performance of “The Nutcracker” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Westport Country Playhouse. The cast of 90 children ages 6-18, mostly from Fairfield County, also features New York City Ballet stars Sara Mearns and Arch Higgins. Pictured are Westporter Paulina Waski, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, and Alberto Rodriguez Velasquez, 18, of New York rehearsing their roles of Clara and Fritz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Singing Songs of Social Significance

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Caitlin Collins, a 2004 Staples High School graduate, performed today with accompanist Art Gang at Westport’s Toquet Hall the last in the “A Taste of the American Musical Series.” The theme of the the sold-out event was “Sing Me a Song of Social Significance,” covering  early musicals that gave messages of social significance to get America thinking about racism, anti-Semitism, class distinctions, etc. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Iranian Film Festival to Honor Paul Newman

Iran’s 27th Fajr International Film Festival will honor Paul Newman, the secretariat of the festival announced today.

Several films in which Newman starred will be screened during the festival, which will be held from Feb. 1 to 11 at various Tehran theaters, organizers said.

Newman died in his Westport home on Sept. 26 of cancer.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

WCT’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” Opens

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Westporter Judith Kealey (3rd r.) played the role of Lady Bracknell joining nine other actors in the opening night performance tonight of Oscar Wilde’s classic play “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Town Hall in the Westport Community Theatre’s 232nd major production. The play, which premiered in1895 in London, is set in England during the late Victorian era. Its humor derives in part from characters maintaining fictitious identities to escape unwelcome social obligations.The remaining performances are on weekends through Dec. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Full House for Newman “Our Town” Tribute

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There was a full house today for the Westport Country Playhouse afternoon tribute to Paul Newman and the showing of him starring in the Playhouse 2002 production of “Our Town” in which he played the stage manager. The event, which included a “community gathering” in a tent outside with refreshments, was one of five held by the Playhouse. Today’s two-performance schedule was expanded to three earlier gatherings because of the demand for tickets, which were free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

“Listening is an Act of Love”

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Five years ago. radio documentary producer David Isay launched his StoryCorps project to record an oral history of America with the voices of everyday people. He set up recording booths in various places, including Grand Central Terminal. To mark the 10,000th interview, he published a book “Listening is an Act of Love” with excerpts from the interviews and today addressed a Westport Library audience to discuss the book and his work. By now, 30,000 people have shared their life stories, with many of the interviews broadcast on National Public Radio. Fairfield NPR station WSHU co-sponsored his appearance. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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