Arts and Leisure
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Curator and Artist
Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center, presents artist Chuck Close with a copy of a postcard promoting the Center’s “Chuck Close: About Face” exhibit which opens Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. Klisser During curated the exhibit. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse, but he continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, and, most recently, tapestries based on Polaroids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Taking a Bow
Members of the Staples Players take a bow tonight after the final dress rehearsal of “Thorougly Modern Millie” which debuts Friday at Staples High School. Performances are Friday and Saturdays, Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23; and on Sundays, Nov. 17 and 23, at 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Post Road West Outdoor Art
Estate Sale Saturday of Westport Artist
These are some of the Items belonging to the late Westport artist Katherine Schwartz which will go on sale Saturday at her former residence at 7 Wilton Terrace, off Wilton Road. According to Brian Vasquez, owner of Norwalk-based New England Estate Sales, the liquidation event will be conducted Saturday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Items for sale include a collection of her paintings, the contents of her studio as well as her antiques, silver, furniture, and other property. See more information here. Schwartz died on Oct 10, 2012 at age 92. (see WestportNow Oct. 23, 2012) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Players Present ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’
Amanda Horowitz is one of the actresses playing “Millie” in Staples Players’ production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Staples Players on Friday open two weekends of performances of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and are dedicating the entire season in memory of Players founder Craig Matheson.
Matheson, a 56-year Westport resident who founded the Players in 1957, died in August at the age of 81.
Performances will take place in the main stage theater at Staples High School on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, and again the following Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
There will also be performances on Sunday, Nov. 17 and 23 at 2 p.m. Senior citizen discounted tickets are available for the two matinee performances.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Installing ‘Chuck Close: About Face’
Installation work began today at the Westport Arts Center for its much-anticipated exhibition, “Chuck Close: About Face.” Opening Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m., it is a dynamic exhibition of photo maquettes, prints, and drawings that span the artist’s career to date. The exhibition will focus on Close’s photo maquettes and their relationship to his larger scale prints and paintings. Helen Klisser During, curator and director of visual arts, and art handler Duvian Montoya placed the works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com
Monday, November 11, 2013
Performing ‘Mister Roberts’
In a Veteran’s Day Observance tonight, the Westport Playhouse presents “Mr. Roberts” as part of its Script in Hand series directed by Anne Keefe. Pictured are cast members (l-r 1st row) Eric Bryant, Michael McCormick, Kevin O’Rourke, Mark Shanahan, Brian J. Carter and Jim Bracehitta; (2nd row) Mike Boland, Ammie Renee Kinsman, Chad Kinsman, Robert Eli, Sean Patrick Reilly and Jake Robards. William Peden missing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Overflow Crowd for Giacamo Gates
An overflowing audience today attended the Westport Arts Center Jazz concert featuring renowned jazz vocalist Giacamo Gates with his accompanying band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Hosts Family Festivities Day
The Westport Country Playhouse today hosted a Family Festivities Kick-Off Party to celebrate the Playhouse’s forthcoming 2013-14 Family Festivities Series, which begins Nov. 17. The Playhouse and community partners presented a variety of activities for youngsters, including an opportunity to dress up and pose on the Playhouse stage. The Family Festivities Series will feature musicals based on children’s classic stories, including “Madeline and the Bad Hat,” and an adaptation of Broadway’s “Seussical,” as well as daredevil acrobatics, magic, puppetry, and glowing electroluminescent creatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday Fun at the Playhouse
Scenes from today’s Westport Country Playhouse Family Festivities Kick-Off Party. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Waiting for Art Garfunkel
Legendary singer Art Garfunkel performed and read mini-essays tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse before a near sell-out crowd. Photo shows the stage before his appearance. Garfunkel, who turned 72 on Tuesday, would not permit photos during his performance or pose with backstage guests afterwards. During the performance, he referenced his appearance Friday on the “Note to Self” series on “CBS This Morning” when he talked about losing his singing voice three years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Art Makes a Difference for Homeless Veterans
As part of its “Give Back” program, the Westport Arts Center this week held an art show at Homes for the Brave, a transitional home for homeless veterans in Bridgeport. Residents participated in a five-week therapeutic art class led by an artist in residence, Jermaine West, a Norwalk graffiti artist. Each of the 25 veterans involved was encouraged to gather ideas and images that speak to them, and practice and refine them by sketching. The therapeutic component encouraged them to work together, to express ideas and to get away from their typically insular behavior, according to Danielle Ogden, WAC’s director of education. See WestportNow Oct. 17, 2013 for more about the program. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Art Garfunkel at Playhouse on Saturday
Legendary singer Art Garfunkel, who turned 72 on Tuesday, will perform Saturday at the Westport Country Playhouse in what is described as “An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Art Garfunkel’s first solo album, “Angel Clare.” Contributed photo
Organizers said the the evening will be “an acoustic rehearsal with songs, anecdotes, prose and a unique audience Q&A session.”
An announcement added: “The open rehearsals have proven to be a wonderful experience for both Art and his audience. Attendance is limited.”
Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the event starting at 8 p.m. All tickets are $50 and on a “first come – first served basis,” organizers said. They are available online at http://www.westportplayhouse.org.
Westport Artist’s Works Up for Auction
Several pieces of original artwork by the late Westport artist and illustrator Bernard “Bernie” Burroughs (1912 -1993) will be auctioned off on Sunday by Black Rock Galleries in Bridgeport with previews beginning today.
One of the works up for auction is this editorial illustration believed to have been done for the Ladies’ Home Journal or McCall’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The preview and auction will take place simultaneously online and live at 1720 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Phone (203)335-0000.
Bernie Burroughs was renowned as a men’s fashion illustrator during the “Mad Men” era of advertising art, with his work for Van Heusen, Fruit of the Loom, Arrow shirts, MacGregor, and many others, appearing in national magazines throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.
Westporter Honored by CT Women’s Hall of Fame
Westporter Andrée Aelion Brooks was honored Wednesday night by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She received the honor at a gala in Hartford attended by 1,100 persons for having founded and served as the first president of the 20-year-old Women’s Campaign School at Yale. She was one of 10 women singled out to be honored this year, in addition to four inductees. Brooks is a journalist, author and lecturer and a former elected official in the United Kingdom prior to coming to the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport