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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Arts Center Gala to Honor Richard Pauker

In his 40 years in Weston and Westport, Richard Pauker has touched thousands of lives through his passion for and dedication to the Image
Richard Pauker: artist and philanthropist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Helen Klisser During

Pauker, an artist and steadfast supporter of the Westport Arts Center for the past decade, will be honored during the WAC’s 40th anniversary gala at the Westport Country Playhouse on Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m. 

Billed as “The Boys in Concert,” the gala event features members of the original cast of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”

A member of WAC’s board, Pauker served as president of the board from 1998 to 2003. 

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Cartoon Exhibit Opens at Westport Arts Center Image
The Westport Arts Center tonight held a reception to mark the opening of its latest exhibit, “Divine Comedy,” created by Helen Klisser During (l), visual arts director. The exhibit, which runs to May 30, features the work of Roz Chast (r), staff cartoonist for The New Yorker, and R. Crumb. In addition to cartoons on paper, Chast’s cartoons drawn on eggs are on display, including one on the pedestal at left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Cartooning on the Wall Image
Roz Chast (l), staff cartoonist of The New Yorker, chats tonight with Helen Klisser During, visual arts director of the Westport Arts Center, before a cartoon wall Chast created for the Center’s “Divine Comedy” exhibit. The exhibit includes works of Chast and fellow cartoonist R. Crumb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Getting a Closer Look Image
The newly installed art work in the Great Hall of the Westport Public Library features paper collages by Westporter Joan Miller. A colorful and contemporary interpretation of the traditional German art of paper cutting, Scherenschnitte, Miller’s unique pieces employ optical illusion to tease and entertain the viewer. The show, which runs through May 31, will have an opening reception Friday, April 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Katonah, N.Y. resident Neil Ira Needleman, a video artist working in Westport, spent time today getting a closer look at the collages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Words of Theater Wisdom from Anne Keefe Image
Anne Keefe, former artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, today told an audience at First Thursdays, a monthly forum at the Playhouse hosted by the Westport-based networking organization Connections, about her 40 year career in the theater. She started at age 22 as a stage manager at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. She imparted her retrospectively honed philosophy: “a career depends on who you know and what you do when you get there.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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April Fools from Roz Chast Image
This April Fools cartoon by The New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast is one of the cartoons on display at the Westport Arts Center’s “Divine Comedy” exhibit opening today with a reception at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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“Divine Comedy” Cartoon Exhibit Debuts Thursday Image
“Divine Comedy,” which opens Thursday at the Westport Arts Center, is the first in a series of exhibitions that will explore the art of storytelling, using drawing to mirror the ironies of the human condition. Helen Klisser During, WAC’s new director of visual arts and curator, said the “poignant and brutally honest, cartoonists R. Crumb and Roz Chast are fearless provocateurs that will take us on a journey through the complex and ever-changing comedy of life at the beginning of this new century.” An opening reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Chast, staff cartoonist of The New Yorker, will be among the guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Q & A on “Breaking Upwards” Image
Sunday’s Fairfield Community Theatre presentation of “Breaking Upwards,” an award-winning low budget feature film by Westport’s Daryl Wein (l) attracted a large crowd. Answering audience questions were Wein, fellow Staples High School classmate Peter Duchan and co-writer, co-producer Zoe Lister-Jones. The film debuts in theaters this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro for

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Large Turnout for “Breaking Upwards” Showing Image
Part of the capacity audience that turned out for the Fairfield Community Theatre showing of “Breaking Upwards,” a low budget feature film by Westporter Daryl Wein being released in theaters this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro for

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Westport Sketchbook: Fallen Tree at Winslow Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Winslow Park where she spotted a visitor playing on a fallen tree. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Westport’s Daryl Wein Showcases “Breaking Upwards” Image
Westport’s Daryl Wein (r) brings his “Breaking Upwards” award-winning low budget feature film to the Community Theatre in Farifield at 2 p.m. today. The New York Times, in a story on Friday, called it ” Sweat Equity, The Movie.” It said: “There are low-budget films, there are micro-budget films, and then there is ‘Breaking Upwards.’ It may be hard to imagine how someone could make a feature-length romantic comedy in New York City for just under $15,000, but Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones managed to do it.” Following the Fairfield showing, Wein, his co-writer, association producer and Staples classmate Peter Duchan, Westport actor Toby Burns, and co-writer, co-producer Lister-Jones (l) — who is also Wein’s girlfriend — will lead a question and answer session. IFC Films is releasing it in theaters this week and a trailer is available here. Contributed photo

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Celebrating a Successful Exhibit Image
Westport Historical Society members today celebrated their current exhibition, “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot,” with a reception at a residence featured in the exhibit based on Westport’s notable modern houses. Morley Boyd (l), co-curator of the exhibit, expressed appreciation to those who contributed to its success. The exhibit runs through May 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Showing Off Image
The New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast helps a youngster show off his work today at the Westport Art Center’s “Draw On!” children’s cartoon workshop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Chast Chalkboard Talk Image
Roz Chast (r), the prolific staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, chats with Westporter Ann Sheffer today at the Westport Arts Center where Chast drew a “site specific” chalk wall drawing and participated in a “Draw On!” cartoon workshop with an estimated 50-60 invited children and parents. Sheffer is chair of the Betty and Ralph Sheffer Foundation which sponsored the event. The new WAC exhibit “Divine Comedy,” cartoon drawings by Chast and R. Crumb opens on April 1 with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Cartooning Afternoon Image
Drawing cartoons was the afternoon project today for youngsters at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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