Arts and Leisure
Sunday, April 28, 2013
‘A Place at the Table’ Closes Out Green Day
The Westport Cinema Initiative, in partnership with the Saugatuck Congregational Church and supported by several local religious institutions, today presented a showing of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary film about hunger in America. The closing act for the Staples High School Green Day brought more than 100 persons to the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. A talk back followed moderated by the Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton of the Saugatuck Congregational Church (r) and included (l-r) Kevin Mullins, Community Plate, Bun Lai, chef and owner, Miya sushi restaurant, and Michel Nischan, head chef at Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant and founder of Whole Wave. Contributed photo
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Maker Faire Takes Creativity to New Heights
By James Lomuscio
From a model plane made out of yard signs and household foam insulation soaring high over Jesup Green to a 3-D printer inside the Westport Public Library making a wind turbine to a revolutionary mirror that lets individuals see themselves as they truly are for the first time, the second Annual Mini Maker Faire celebrated innovation today, drawing creators and the curious en masse to the downtown.
Westport Library Director Maxine Bleiweis (l) helps a youngster at one of the displays today at the Mini Maker Faire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Mark Mathias, a school board member who founded the event last year and now serves as its co-chair, said he expected attendance to be double that of last year.
“So far, we’re expecting 3,000 to 4,000 people,” he said he about the event with displays ranging from robotics demonstrations to comic book art and to violin making to showcasing old computers and amateur radio Morse Code.
Mathias credited a close working relationship with the library for making the event a success. He said that after last year’s inaugural Mini Maker Maire, Library Director Maxine Bleiweis set aside a section for “Maker Space,” an area creative minds can work on hands-on projects throughout the year.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Broadway Tribute to Kevin Gray Set for May 13
Kevin Gray and wife Dodie Pettit visit Staples Players in 2007. Contributed photo
The Broadway community will gather Monday, May 13 to celebrate the life and show business legacy of Broadway performer Kevin Gray of Westport.
The event will take place at 2 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, 247 West 44th St., which held a special place for Gray, having starred there in “The Phantom of the Opera,” first as Raoul and later as The Phantom. Titled “A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Gray,” the memorial tribute will be open to the public.
Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. for a pre-show photo and video gallery that will be screened in the lobby before the start of the event. Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. when the house itself opens.
Participants are set to include Phantom director Harold Prince; many of Gray’s former Phantom co-stars including Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Cris Groenendaal, Karen Culliver, Sarah Pfisterer, Lisa Vroman and Dodie Pettit (Gray’s wife); Judy Blazer; Carolee Carmello; Robert Cuccioli; Elizabeth Renihan and Craig Schulman; as well as presentations by members of the casts of the Broadway and national touring companies of “The Lion King,” “Miss Saigon,” “Titanic” and “The King & I.”
‘I’m Just Going to Keep Being Strong Forever’
Today’s Westport Arts Center’s ArtCafe was held in Bridgeport where the Center has a relationship with the Bridge Academy charter school through its Connections progam, now in its eighth year. A reception was held at the Armstrong Gallery where a student art show is on exhibit. The works were created with artist-in-residence Dylan Cotton who asked students to explore their ideas of identity encountered by urban youth. Eighth grader Deonna Wise, 14, said her work (lower left) is made up of “lines going everywhere because no matter how many people try to bring me down, I’m going to keep being strong forever, just like a line goes on forever…” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Readying for BMS Art Exhibit on Wednesday
Teachers and volunteers prepared today for the 10th annual student art exhibition Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. The evening will feature art, music, and poetry. Family, friends and the Westport community are invited to a reception in the Art Café, according to organizers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sold Out at Senior Center
It was a sold out performance today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities for “Try to Remember: Songs and Scenes from a Lifetime of Memories,” a show sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Produced and directed by Doris Jacoby with professional performers donating their time, the program was dedicated to the late Frank Jacoby, Doris Jacoby’s husband, and Pam Naughton, wife of actor James Naughton, who died April 9. A special guest was was Fred Hellerman, one of the original Weavers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s performance of “Try to Remember” at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Honored at Library
Westport artist Susan Malloy thanks attendees tonight at a reception at the Westport Public Library where her drawings of Paris are the Riverwalk display exhibit. The display,“April in Paris: Susan Malloy Draws the City of Light,” continues through April 30. The drawings were published a year ago in Malloy’s book, “A Young Person’s Guide to Paris.” (See WestportNow April 19, 2012) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Guests On Stage at Playhouse Block Party
Almost 600 persons attended today’s Westport Country Playhouse 2013 Season Kick-off Block Party. Guests enjoyed food trucks, special ticket offers, and a look at the Playhouse’s “backstage experience.” The Playhouse’s 2013 season begins on April 30 with A. R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” directed by Mark Lamos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kat Gloor for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Westport Country Playhouse 2013 Season Kick-off Block Party. Kat Gloor for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 12, 2013
Arts Center Hosts Staples Alumn’s Short Film
The Westport Arts Center and Helen Klisser During, director of Visual Arts, tonight hosted an ArtCafe Happy Hour featuring the first screening by director Jared Frank (r) of his 12-minute short film “Kingswood.” The indie filmmaker, Staples High School and NYU Tisch Film School graduate was joined in a question and answer session by actress Juliette Monaco and producer Tony Borden. The film, which will make the festival rounds, is about the housing crisis, teen angst and the crumbling of the American dream. See the trailer here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Art for Auction at Westport Arts Center’s Noir Ball
Artist Eduardo Agelvis (l) of Venezuela, whose work (l) is on display at the Westport Arts Center’s “SOLOS 2013” exhibit, shows off a painting he is donating for auction at the Center’s Art Noir Ball 2013 on May 18 at the Steel Shed in South Norwalk. He is aided by gala co-chair Deb Murtaugh. Agelvis created the work with the help of students at a workshop in Stamford and Greenwich with the participation of underprivileged immigrant children from the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Community Theatre Debuts ‘Mr. Pim Passes By’ Tonight
Cast members David Hartigan playing the role of George Marden and Westport resident Ann Kinner, playing the role of his wife, perform in a preview prior to tonight’s opening of “Mr. Pim Passes By” at the Westport Community Theatre. The 1918 play, created by playwright A. A. Milne, known chiefly as the author of Winnie-the-Pooh books, is the story of a quaint, elderly gentleman, Mr. Pim, who drops into the aristocratic Marden residence for a visit and throws the lives of his host and hostess into complete disarray. The play runs through April 28 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and on Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through the box office (203)226-1983 or http://www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Celebrating Westport’s WPA Art Collection
The ongoing effort to preserve art works in Westport created as part of President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935 was the subject of a talk Wednesday night at the Westport Public Library. The project employed thousands of artists to create commissioned works for schools, libraries and public buildings. Newly named Town Curator Kathleen Bennewitz (2nd l) said the committee overseeing the Westport Public Schools Permanent Art Collection is organizing a tour of many of the works of the artists at the end of October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport