Arts and Leisure
Monday, November 05, 2007
Author Barbara Quick Makes Westport Appearances
Barbara Quick, author of the newly released historical novel “Vivaldi’s Virgins” (HarperCollins 2007) will be making several appearances in Westport this week to promote her book.
Barbara Quick: writes about 18th century Venice. Contributed photo
They will include a talk to the Westport Rotary Club on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore, and a talk and book signing at the Westport Public Library on Wednesday at noon. She will also conduct a workshop on writing an historical novel for the Westport Writers’ Workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Released by HarperCollins in July 2007 and being translated into 11 languages, “Vivaldi’s Virgins” is historical fiction that recreates 18th century Venice at the height of its splendor and decadence.
Quick, who is the author of five other books, lives in Berkeley, Calif., with her teenage son
Friday, November 02, 2007
Paintings and Poetry
The Westport Public Library tonight hosted an opening reception for its exhibit featuring the work of Ann Holmes and Dick Rauh. Both are artists and poets and their many admirers at the reception were treated to examples of their work in both of these genres. In her oil paintings, Holmes adapts works of old masters and reworks them in her own distinctive style. Rauh’s watercolors and poems all have botanical themes. The exhibit runs throiugh November. Rauh and Holmes are pictured in front of Holmes’s painting “Garden of Earthly Delights” and Rauh’s watercolor, “Swamp Loosestrife.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 26, 2007
Author Treat for Coleytown Middle Schoolers
Rick Riordan, multi-award-winning author of the “Tres Navarre” mystery series for adults and the No. 1 New York Times bestselling “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series for children, was among authors visiting Coleytown Middle School today. Riordan is here for the Westport Public LIbrary’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature featuring some of the nation’s best known children’s authors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Rabbit Hill Children’s Literature Festival Kicks Off
The 2007 Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature kicked off tonight at the Westport Public Library with keynote speaker Brooklyn-based author Leonard Marcus, one of children book world’s most respected and versatile writers, historians and critics. The author of a wide variety of books about writing for young people, Marcus said J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” was the greatest influence on writers of fantasy for children. Marcus is one of five featured children’s authors who will participate in a weekend of events, including a 9 a.m. symposium at Saugatuck Elementary School that is free and open to the public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 22, 2007
Westport Schools Join Playhouse in Kennedy Center Program
The Westport Public School District has joined the Westport Country Playhouse and the Greenwich School District as a partner in The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program.
“The Westport Public School District will enable our partnership to reach a greater number of teachers and therefore students through and with the arts,” said Debra Baron, Westport Country Playhouse director of education.
The purpose of the partnerships is the establishment or expansion of professional development programs in the arts for all teachers.
“By welcoming the Westport Public School District into our existing Kennedy Center Partners in Education team, we will increase the number of teachers and students whose classroom experience is enriched by the involvement of creative engagement throughout their curriculum,” Baron said.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Norwalk Symphony Honors Allen Raymond on Sunday
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will honor longtime Westporter Allen Raymond Sunday at a champagne brunch at Birchwood Country Club in Westport.
Allen Raymond: honored for more than 50 years of civic service. WN file photo
Raymond is a past president of the board of the Norwalk Symphony Society and has been active in Westport civic affairs for more than half a century. The brunch begins at 11:30 a.m.
As the former president of the NSO, Raymond, 84, steered the board at a pivotal time in its 68-year history. He continues to guide the NSO on its board of advisors.
Raymond is a former moderator of the Representative Town Meeting, former chair of the Board of Education, former co-president of the Westport Historical Society, former president of the Westport Public Library, and former chair, president and treasurer of Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Making Professional Debut
Gifted high school musicians performed professionally tonight for the first time as winners in the Dr. Leon Tec Showcase for Outstanding Young Musicians at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Westporters Dr. Leon Tec and his wife Nechama established the annual showcase concert in memory of Dr. Tec’s parents 22 years ago. They have helped launch many musical careers. Pictured (l-r) are: Madeleine Wething; violin; Mark Tondi, piano; Nora Murphy, viola; Dennis Caravakis, double bass, and Gabe Beckerman, cello. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Author Addresses Library Audience on Marie Antoinette
Caroline Weber, author and Barnard College historian, addressed a Westport Public Library audience today about her latest book, “Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.” She began her lecture with an illustration of a Vogue magazine cover of October with a woman in a Marie Antoinette-style dress designed by Galliano for Christian Dior. Weber said as Lady Di did, Marie Antoinette influenced the styles of the age using the media of the time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Senior Center Hosts Artist Leonard Everett Fisher
Westport artist and author Leonard Everett Fisher, 83, presented a slide show and lecture today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The talk was sponsored by the Friends of the Center for Senior Activities. Fisher has written and illustrated more than 260 books for children and designed stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. His paintings are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, and other museums and galleries. When asked “Who do you think was the best artist of all time?” Fisher replied without hesitation: Michelangelo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Literature Prize Goes to Nechama Tec
Westport today honored Nechema Tec, professor emerita of sociology, University of Connecticut, Stamford, with the literature award at the Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Town Hall. Two of her books have been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes, and her 1993 book, “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans,” the story of the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II, is currently being made into a film. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Honors “Twilight Zone” Host Rod Serling
Westport today honored one of its best known television writers, Rod Serling, host and author of many of “The Twilight Zone” series. Presenting the award at today’s Town Hall Westport Arts Awards ceremony was Nancy Diamond. Serling, whose TV dramas “Requiem for a Heavyweight” and “A Town Has Turned to Dust” are regarded as classics, died in 1975 at the age of 50. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Large Audience Views Arts Awards Ceremony
Westport’s Town Hall Auditorium was filled with an appreciative crowd today as the Town of Westport and its Arts Advisory Committee held its 14th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony. Since 1994, the town has recognized 149 individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Actor Keir Dullea Honored
An Arts Achievement Award was presented to actor Keir Dullea at today’s Town Hall annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony. Dullea, who won a Golden Globe Award for his role in the 1962 film “David & Lisa,” moved to Westport in 1981 where he and his late wife Susie Fuller founded ther Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport. Dullea now resides in Fairfield with his wife, the actress Mia Dillon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Francesca Zambello, Opera and Theater Director, Honored
Among the recipients at today’s 14th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony was Francesca Zambello, an internationally recognized director of opera and theater. Zambello spent her childhood in Westport and completed her education abroad—an arrangement that prepared her for a versatile international career in music. She is currently preparing a production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” which will open on Broadway this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Arts Award Honors Justin Paul
Today’s Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Town Hall honored Justin Paul, 22, a Westport native and 2003 Staples High School graduate with the Horizon Award, given to young artists. Paul, a professional composer and musical director, is currently living in New York where he is musical director of “The Broadway Boys” while working on several new musicals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport