Arts and Leisure
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday Jazz Jam
Scenes from today’s Hartford Jazz Orchestra concert sponsored by the Westport Arts Center at the Pequot Library in Southport. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday Songbooks at Senior Center
There was a large turnout today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to welcome the “Return of Jodi Keogan & Friends.” They performed songs and duets from the Great American and Italian Songbooks. Before the show, there was a pizza party with pizzas supplied by Westport pizza producers. The series is funded by the Friends of the Center for Senior Activities as well as the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and funded by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Music Delight at Christ & Holy Trinity Church
Friends of Music & Arts at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church were treated to a reception and concert tonight with a variety of music performed, from Mozart and Puccini to Charles Ives and Richard Rogers. Section leaders Jason Linden, tenor, Elizabeth James, soprano, Jamilyn Manning-White, soprano, and Matthew Vitti, baritone, sang to an enthusiastic audience. They were accompanied on piano by Michael Burnette, organist-choirmaster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Cantor Plays a Cantor at Westport Town Hall March 29
Two area temples are teaming up to present a unique performance on Sunday, March 29 at Westport Town Hall of one cantor playing another in “Cantor Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher.”
Cantor Arik Luck plays Cantor Moishe Oysher in the one afternoon only performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Temple Israel of Westport and Temple Shalom of Norwalk are sponsoring the 3 p.m. performance about the life of Oysher, an unorthodox cantor of the 1930s and ‘40s who played in Yiddish theater and films. He died in 1958 at age 51.
Oysher’s story struck a chord with Cantor Arik Luck (Beth Emet, Evanston, Ill.) who wanted to be a stage actor before he entered cantorial school at Hebrew Union College in New York.
During his studies, Luck discovered Oysher and his interest prompted him to create a full-length musical revue, “Arik Luck Is … Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People!”
Library Marks 50th Anniversary of Albert Schweitzer Death
In observance of the 50th anniversary of the death of Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, philosopher and medical missionary, the Westport Library today presented a program that included Westporters Clarinda Higgins and her husband, William G. Armstrong, Jr. authors of “Against the Current….How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey.” They spoke of Mark Higgins, a cousin of Clarinda’s, who went to Gabon and later was brutally murdered at age 20 in 1960 in the last violent days of the struggle for independence in the Belgian Congo. They are pictured next to a painting of the hospital established in 1913 by Schweitzer in Lambaréné, Gabon where Mark Higgins worked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Arts Center Celebrates Artist Leonard Everett Fisher
The Westport Art Center’s next exhibit is “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” featuring one of Westport’s most revered practicing artists, now at age 90.
“Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” opens at the Westport Arts Center on Friday, March 27 with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception. Fisher is holding a photo of himself as a youngster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Helen Klisser During
It opens Friday, March 27 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and runs through April 25.
The collection reflects Fisher’s ability to blur the lines between design, illustration and art, and reveals the long-lasting impact that he has made in his lifetime, according to Helen Klisser During, WAC’s artistic director who curated the exhibit.
The retrospective includes 48 paintings, drawings, and illustrations from Fisher’s prolific 70-year career, during which he designed 10 U.S. postage stamps. The exhibition will range from his earliest drawings to his latest works.
Coleytown Company Readies ‘The Addams Family’
Coleytown Middle School students rehearse for the Coleytown Company’s latest production, “The Addams Family,” which debuts on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Other performances are Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 28 at 1 p.m and 7 p.m. The show is directed by Benjamin Frimmer who worked with roster of seasoned theater professionals, including Adam Riegler, assistant director. Riegler, a Westport native and current Staples High School junior, was in the original cast of “The Addams Family” on Broadway. Tickets are available online at showtix4u.com (search term “Westport.”) Pictured (l-r) are Martin Menz, Maggie Foley, Max Herman, JP Patterson, Kristin Amato, Cooper Knapp, Georgia Wright, Anella Lefebvre, Oscar Hechter, and Amanda Samuels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Foley photo
Friday, March 20, 2015
Staples Players ‘Sweeney Todd’ Rescheduled to Sunday
Due to inclement weather, tonight’s Staples Players performance of “Sweeney Todd” has been rescheduled to Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets for tonight’s show will be honored at the Sunday matinee, and the cast originally scheduled to perform tonight will perform on Sunday, an announcement said.
Tickets may also be purchased online at http://www.staplesplayers.com/ and will be sold at the door, as available, on Sunday beginning at 12:45 p.m.
Ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled performance may exchange their tickets for Saturday night tickets at the door only on Saturday at 7 p.m., based on availability.
Comings & Goings: Tierra Restaurant Closes
Two weeks after denying a report that it had closed (see WestportNow March 4, 2015), Westport’s Tierra Restaurant in the basement of the Old Town Hall, 90 Post Road East, has closed, according to Rob Haroun, who owns the building. The restaurant with Latin-inspired cuisine had been open less than one year (see WestportNow May 30, 2014). “We’re sorry to see them leave,” said Haroun. “Meanwhile, we’ve been approached by a number of potential tenants looking to enter the Westport market and would not be surprised if an announcement is made in the next few weeks.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Getting A Close Look
A visitor to the Westport Artists Collective’s Pop Up art show tonight at the Westport Arts Center gets a closeup look of one of the exhibits in the one-night only show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Pop Up Art Show Draws Crowd
Scenes from tonight’s one-night only Pop Up art show at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
Playhouse Hosts Party to Preview Summer Season
The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted a 2015 Season Sneak Peak Party attended by about 250 patrons. The season opens May 5 with “The Liar” by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille and directed by Penny Metropulos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos (r) tonight talked about the five plays in the Playhouse 2015 season with special guests (l-r) actress Maureen Anderman, playwright A.R. Gurney, director John Tillinger, and set designer Michael Yeargan. Gurney, whose new play, “Love & Money,” will have its world premiere during a July 21-Aug. 8 run, said, “I’ve always been impressed that a community the small size of Westport can have and support a theater of this high quality for so many years.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Chappie,’ and ‘Unfinished Business’
By Susan Granger
Based on Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon, or the History of the Glass Slipper” (1698), “Cinderella” is a live-action extravaganza that re-imagines the romantic folk tale for the 21st century.
As the story begins, 10-year-old Ella (Eloise Webb) is living happily with her merchant father (Ben Chaplin) and devoted mother (Hayley Atwell), who urges her to “have courage and be kind.”
Years later, after her mother’s death, Ella’s father marries haughty, mean-spirited Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) who has two vain daughters: Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger).
After he dies on a business trip, now-grown Ella (Lily James) is treated like a scullery maid and banished to the attic where she befriends the house mice. But she doesn’t lack self-esteem, as evidenced by her chance encounter with Prince Kit (Richard Madden) while riding her horse in the forest.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Pop Up Art Panorama
A 360-degree look at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up art show opening for one night only Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport