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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Moving to the Music

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Audience members took to the Levitt Pavilion stage tonight to join Billy and the Showmen in some of their R&B songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Swinging Mom

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A mother and daughter swing to the R&B sounds of Billy and the Showmen tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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New Layout for Arts Festival

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In a change this year, the Westport Fine Arts Festival, which opened today, is contained entirely in Parker Harding Plaza. The parking lot of the adjacent Gorham Island office building, which housed some booths in past years, is now designated for festival parking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Passing Glance

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A visitor to the 43rd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival today gives a glance to one of the artists’ booths. In a change this year, all the artists are exhibiting in Parker Harding Plaza and parking is provided in the adjacent Gorham Island buiilding lot, which had housed some booths in years past. The show continues Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tango Art

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Artist Denise Mumm of Staten Island, N.Y. shows off her tango-themed artworks today at the Westport Finr Arts Festival. “I have been dancing Argentine tango socially for about 10 years,” she says on her website.  “I bring my passion for the dance to my art in the form of prints, collages, and paintings using images from the dance.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Library Booth Offers Artists’ Collective Works

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Miggs Burroughs, Westport Library artist-in-residence, was at the library’s booth today at the Westport Fine Arts Festival along with the library’s Chris Timmons. On display were works from the Westport Artsits’ Collective. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Trying to Keep Cool

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Westport Library book sale volunteer Jo Ann Davidson tries to keep cool today as she arranges books in the 90-plus degree heat on the opening day of the sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Honoring Howard Munce

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Mimi Greenlee, Westport Library book sale volunteer coordinator, shows off a poster saying the sale this year is dedicaated to the late legendary Westport artist Howard Munce. Books from Munce’s personal collecton, were amont items for sale in the McManus Room. He died at age 100 in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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His Find

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Bill Harmer, Westport Library executive director, shows off his Led Zeppelin album he found today at the libray’s summer book sale.  Harmer said he collects old vinyl records and was a disc jockey in college at Wayne State University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Book Sale Begins With a Rush

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Westport Library summer book sale enthusiasts crowd the aisles at the the start today of the annual event. Some book lovers were on line since 2:30 a.m. waiting for the 9 a.m. start. There were 400 persons on line at the main tent and about 100 for the main building and its McManus Room sale, said Heli Stagg, who was counting guests for the library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back for Sixth Year

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Steve Atkinson, a book collector from Springfield, Mass., was an early shopper at the opening day of the Westport Library’s summer book sale. He said it was his sixth year at the Westport event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Early Birds

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Book dealers Sue and Frank O’Brien of Westfield, Mass. were first on line today as the Westport Library’s summer book sale began. The couple said they arrived outside the sale tents at 2:30 a.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Levitt Rocks to South Asian Sounds

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DJ Rekha, a London-born musician, DJ, producer, curator, and activist, was the headliner tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. She has been credited with pioneering Bhangra music in North America, the roots of which date back to the early 1980s when several Punjabi bands started experimenting with Western styles as well as traditional Punjabi music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Bhangra Blend at Levitt

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DJ Rekha led the Levitt Pavilion crowd in dancing tonight to South Asian sounds. She performs at a monthly event known as Basement Bhangra at SOB’s on Varick Street in Manhatttan. Since its launch in 1997, Basement Bhangra has popularized the traditional-modern bhangra blend, making the genre a part of the New York City club scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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In the Swing

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Some Levitt Pavilion guests tonight dance to the South Asian sounds of DJ Rekha. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Fine Arts Festival

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Artists set up their booths late today in preparation for the weekend 43rd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. Hours on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival coincides with the Westport Library Giant Summer Book Sale.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Different Kind of Art Form

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Fellow artists from the Doylestown, Pa. area Christopher McCall (l) and Ron Prybycien assemble their exhibit booths late today in preparation for Saturday’s opening of the 43rd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival in Parker-Harding Plaza. MaCall, a still life and floral artist who is exhibiting at booth No. 70, said it is his 20th year at the event. Prybycien said it is his 14th year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 33 Hermit Lane

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The owners of the house at 33 Hermit Lane are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Dick and Nahid Westwood who have lived in Westport since 1996 and recently purchased and moved into the historic house. According to Weingarten, the 1930-built house was designed and built by Frazier Peters for Westporter Helen Marsh. Weingarten noted that 38 of the 41 Westport houses that were designed and built by Peters still exist today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Teen Production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Opens

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The Westport Summer Teen Theatre production of “Bye Bye Birdie” opened tonight at Bedford Middle School auditorium. Additional shows are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  All tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Foley for WestportNow.com

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Tonight’s Levitt Ballet Performance Moved Indoors

Due to the forecast of rain, the Levitt Pavilion will move tonight’s show, Connecticut Ballet, into Saugatuck School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.

Showtime is 8 p.m.

Food and beverages are not allowed in the auditorium, with the exception of water. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ ‘Our Kind of Traitor,’ ‘The Purge: Election Year’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Admittedly, Pixar’s “Toy Story” concocted the fantasy first, but “The Secret Life of Pets,” set in Manhattan, explores the concept of what your pets might be up to when you’re gone for the day.

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Beginning with a merchandising short featuring lawn-mowing Minions from “Despicable Me,” the animated adventure kicks into gear as Katie (Ellie Kemper) disrupts the domestic tranquility of her beloved Jack Russell terrier Max (Louis CD.K.) by bringing home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a shaggy mutt.

Resentment about Duke’s desire for dominance, Max turns to Chloe (Lake Bell), the neighbor’s Russian blue cat, along with his circle of canine pals, including the pug Mel (Bobby Moynihan), dachshund Buddy (Hannibal Buress) and fluffy white Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate), who has a major crush on Max.

One day, when their dog-walker becomes distracted, Duke takes off in the park, clutching Max’s leash. Soon, they’re lost and fall into the clutches of a manic, street-wise rabbit, Snowball (Kevin Hart), vindictive leader of the Flushed Pets, a group of resentful, sewer-dwelling animals.

More "Granger at the Movies: ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ ‘Our Kind of Traitor,’ ‘The Purge: Election Year’"

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Ready for Saturday Sale Start

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Volunteers sorted and put the finishing touches today on the Westport Library Giant Summer Book Sale which begins Saturday. Mimi Greenlee, volunteer coordinator, said 300 volunteeers have worked to organize and stock the shelves with 100,000 books in 70 categories. “We’ve had so many more young teens volunteering than ever before,” she said. “Many are from Builders Beyond Borders, SLOBs, Staples High School football team, NCL as well as adults from the Rotary Clubs and Homes with Hope. In general there are more community groups volunteering this year than we’ve ever had. I’m so proud of our town—they help us get that extra 15 percent we need to raise this year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Book Sale Veterans

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Westport Library book sale volunteer Daniel Delahanty of Westport and Mimi Greenlee, volunteer coordinator, today prepare for the annual book summer sale starting Saturday at 9 a.m. Delahanty, former Town of Westport engineer for 30 years before his retirement, said he has been a book sale volunteer for the 12 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Books Bonanza

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Books were stacked and sorted as far as the eye could see today on Westport’s Jesup Green ready for Saturday’s start of the annual summer book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cinema Initiative Presents ‘The War Within’

The Westport Cinema Initiative will hold a special screening of the 2005 film “The War Within” at the Westport Country Playhouse Barn on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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“The War Within” was written by Ayad Akhtar, a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright whose work brings insights into the Muslim experience in the United States. There will be a talk-back afterward.

The screening is produced in conjunction with the Playhouse production of “The Invisible Hand” by the same author.

The event is being underwritten by the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts. There is no charge for admission but an RSVP is recommended.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gallery: Back to the Garden 1969 at Levitt


Scenes from tonght’s performance by the Back to the Garden 1969 band at the Levitt Pavilion for the performing arts. The band plays music from the 1969 Woodstock Festival. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Remembering Woodstock

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight presented Back to the Garden 1969, celebrating the music and spirit of the Woodstock Festival.  The band performed a variety of classic sounds associated with the now legendary event, including acoustic and electric rock, acid rock, folk music, and soul. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Recreating Woodstock Rain

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Just like at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, rain fell on the Levitt Pavilion crowd tonight enjoying Back to the Garden 1969, celebrating the music and spirit of Woodstock. But unlike in 1969, tonight’s rain amounted only to a passing few drops. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Enjoying Music From 47 Years Ago

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Audience members enjoy the Woodstock Festival music tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Woodstock Era Paint Job

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A vehicle parked outside the Levitt Pavilion tonight recalled the 1969 era as Woodstock Festival sounds filled the air from the Back to the Garden 1969 band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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