Arts and Leisure
Thursday, July 24, 2014
At the Rope Line
Kristina Hacker (l), 20, and her niece, Skylar Hacker, 7, of Fairfield enjoy the festitivities tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s opening night for the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Mimi Levitt stayed late with son, Peter (l), to watch tonight’s opening regular season Connecticut Ballet performance at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, named after her and her late husband, Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Levitt Regular Season Opens With Connecticut Ballet
There was plenty of room to spread out tonight at the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing as it began its shortened regular season with a performance by the Connecticut Ballet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Taking a Bow on New Levitt Stage
Members of the Connecticut Ballet take a bow tonight as the shortened Levitt Pavilion free concert nights got under way following Sunday’s grand opening with Jose Feliciano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, July 21, 2014
Dancing at the Y
A group of middle school students from China, visiting Westport this week as part of the SPIRAL International Chinese/American Culture Exchange Program, visited the Westport Weston Family Y today. They toured the Y facility and enjoyed basketball in the gym and, for some of the students, a special dance class led by Danette Meigel-Cahr (r). The tour was organized by Kana Higuchi, a student ambassador for SPIRAL and high school advisory member of the Westport Weston Family Y board of directors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Focusing on Shoe Art
Forty visiting Chinese exchange students stopped at the Westport Arts Center today as part of their tour of Westport. Among them was Kong Xinyu, 14, from Anhui province, west of Shanghai, who focused on a shoe by Westport artist Nina Bentley. The shoes and watercolors of perfume bottles by photorealist Robert Cottingham are part of the Center’s current “Scents and Soles” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
New Era for Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Begins
Scenes from tonight’s opening of the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.Helen Klisser During and Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
Aerial View: In Concert
New Levitt: Cheers, Thanks, Thrills, and Jose
By James Lomuscio
Tributes, thanks, tears of joy and standing ovations marked the inaugural season of the new $9 million Levitt Pavilion tonight—and that was before headliner Jose Feliciano of Weston, donating his performance for free, even took to the stage.
The lights of the new Levitt Pavilion reflect off of the Saugatuck River at tonight’s opening concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The pavilion itself, named after the late Mortimer Levitt and his wife Mimi, who arrived on a golf cart, was the star, reborn after 40 years of providing free, riverfront summer concerts to more than 1.5 million persons.
A total of 1,800 first come, first served free tickets were made available for tonight; however, a much larger number seemed to fill the lawn between the new entryway replete with restrooms, a concession stand and storage and the new pavilion band shell, its cathedral roof looking like a boat’s sail and reminding some of the Sydney Opera House.
Some would-be concert goers had even set up beach chairs on the new walkway that runs along the perimeter of the peninsula in the Saugatuck River on which the Levitt stands.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Levitt Lights His Fire
NIne-time Grammy Award winner Jose Feliciano performed tonight at the opening night of the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The Weston resident said he was honored to be chosen when so many artists live in the area and also could have been asked. The Levitt said he was donating his fee to the Levitt to continue to provide free concert nights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
New Levitt Debuts With Jose Feliciano Concert
Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts made its debut today with an opening night concert by Jose Feliciano. More than 500 guests packed the new sloped lawn of the $9 million facility to watch a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a concert by the nine-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist, who resides in Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com photo
Ready for Ribbon Cutting
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