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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Le Vent du Nord Headlines at Levitt

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Le Vent du Nord, a Juno Award-winning Canadian folk music group from Quebec, headlined at the Levit Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Its music features progressive folk, with a hard-driving soulful and Celtic edge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Traditional Québécois Music at Levitt

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The Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord delighted a Levitt Pavilion audience tonight. The group, together since 2002, consists of four longtime friends who are all singers and multi-instrumentalists: Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet. Some of their songs come from traditional Quebec folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Drawing on the Saugatuck

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Westport artist Elaine Clayton (r) led guests in a Westport Library Drawing on the Saugatuck event on the riverwalk overlooking the Saugatuck River. It was the third year Clayton has participated in the event. This year, she paid tribute to the late Westport illustrator and author Tracy Sugarman “for his enormous and important contribution to history and art through drawing as reportage.” Sugarman, also a noted civil rights activist, died in January 2013 at age 91.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Sweet Remains and Guests at Levitt

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The folk rock group The Sweet Remains —Greg Naughton (l), Rich Price (2nd l.), and Brian Chartrand (2nd r.)—performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight, joined by special guests Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award winner James Naughton of Weston. O’Hara is Greg Naughton’s wife and James is his father. Greg Naughton told the audience he and his wife and three children are becoming Westporters, having purchased a home in the Imperial Avenue neighborhood with plans to move in next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Singing Family

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Actor James Naughton of Weston poses tonight with fellow actor Kelli O’Hara after they both joined Greg Naughton, James’s son and Kelli’s husband, as he performed with his two fellow musicians in The Sweet Remains folk rock group at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.  Naughton won his first Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1990 for “City of Angels.” In 1997 he won a second Tony Award with his portrayal of lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago. O’Hara recently created the role of Francesca Johnson in the new musical “The Bridges of Madison County,” for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J. C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sultans of String at Levitt

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Sultans of String, SiriusXM Indie Awards 2014 World Artist Group of the Year, performed at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Among the group was Chris McKhool, who also appeared Wednesday night with the FiddleFire! children’s show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FiddleFire! Delights Youngsters at Levitt

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Canadian entertainer Chris McKhool’s FiddleFire! delighted youngsters tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The program has long received rave reviews as an introduction for world music to young audiences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Fun at the Levitt

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Ryley Filush (l), 7, of Trumbull and Skylar Hacker, 7, of Fairfield enjoy tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Children’s Series performance by FiddleFire! The series is sponsored by Melissa & Doug toymakers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Capturing the Moment

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A young fan of FiddleFire! captures the moment digitally tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Children’s Night at Levitt


Scenes from tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Children’s Series featuring Canada’s FiddleFire! Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Levitt Screens First Film

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The new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts screened its first film tonight, Martin Scorsese’s “Shine A Light.” Sponsored by Westport Cinema Initiative, the film presents a 2006 performance by the Rolling Stones at the legendary Beacon Theater in New York City with some friends in which they played some songs never performed live before.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Rehearsing for Preview of ‘Things We Do for Love’

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Geneva Carr (l) in the role of Barbara and Sarah Manton as Nikki rehearse today for tonight’s opening of previews of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Things We Do For Love,” a 1997 play by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn and directed by John Tillinger. The comedy is about a woman who begins an affair with her best friend’s fiancé, only for this new relationship to swiftly descend into violence. Opening night is Saturday, and it runs through Sept 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Max’s Readies for Aug. 31 Farewell

By James Lomuscio

With most of the store’s inventory gone and a closing date set for Aug. 31 after 59 years in Westport, owner Shirley Mellor sat at her desk today in the rear of Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East, and thought about the past and her future.

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Shirley Mellor (c) earlier this year with longtime employees Jay Cimbak and Nina Royce.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Well wishes, nostalgia and raw sentiment from the few customers near the the register echoed off the pressed-tin ceiling to where Mellor sat surrounded by tangible memories, most of them framed.

One was a stately painting her her late husband Max Kaplan who founded the store, once an iconic meeting place for scores of nationally known artists. Also surrounding Mellor’s office was original artwork from syndicated cartoonists who 1979 wished Kaplan a happy 65th birthday, “Max’s coming of age party,” Mellor said.

And there was the huge 1981 black and white photograph of the once famed arts community’s legends in front of the store for its 25th anniversary.

More "Max’s Readies for Aug. 31 Farewell"

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Westport Outdoors: Rive Bistro

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Rive Bistro, 299 Riverside Ave., is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months. The outdoor cafe, seating 45 customers features its signature cuisine such as New York strip steak with a black peppercorn sauce and french fries, according to co-owner Eric Sierra. Along with Mimi Torres, he opened the restaurant in March 2013 at the site of the former River House Tavern, which closed in January 2013 after a 10-year run. Overlooking the Saugatuck River, the restaurant hours are lunch Sunday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., dinner Monday through Friday until 9 p.m, and Saturday until 10 p.m., and dinner on Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vince Giordano and Nighthawks Headline Levitt

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Grammy Award recipient Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks entertained tonight’s overflow crowd at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. It was part of the weekly Celebration Sundays event sponsored by Jewish Senior Services. Giordano, whose music evokes the height of ballroom perfection, has played in New York nightclubs and has appeared in numerous films and on television programs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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