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Friday, April 04, 2014

Artistic Buddies

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Westport artist Melissa Newman (r) gets together with Helen Klisser During, Westport Arts Center director of visual arts, at tonight’s opening reception for “SOLOS 2014,” the center’s curated member show which runs through June 1. Newman’s porcelain figures are at right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robert Frank for WestportNow.com

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Opening Night at Westport Arts Center


Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for “SOLOS 2014” at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During and contributed photos for WestportNow.com

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Works From School Collection on Exhibit in Library Great Hall

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Kathie Bennewitz, town curator, welcomes guests tonight to an opening reception at the Westport Library for its Great Hall exhibit ““FACE TO FACE: Portraits from WSPAC As It Turns 50,” The exhibit features more than 20 portraits from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection in celebration of WSPAC’s 50th anniversary year. At left, seated, is artist Ann Chernow, whose late husband Burt founded the collection. The exhibit runs through June 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Staples Emerging Artists Exhibit at Library

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There was an opening reception tonight at the Westport Library for its exhibit “Considering Reality,” a mixed-media show of work by emerging artists from Staples High School. It is on display until July 31 in the Riverwalk Display Case. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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That’s Me!

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There was plenty of excitement today at the children’s section of the Westport Library as pre-schoolers found their self-portraits on display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

BMS Actors Rehearse ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

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More than 90 sixth grade members of Bedford Middle School’s Bedford Acting Group rehearsed tonight for its presentation this weekend of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis. The world of Narnia includes a grand scale puppet—Asian, the larger than life Lion, which takes three students to operate. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Dress Rehearsal Night


Scenes from tonight’s dress rehearsal at Bedford Middle School of the Bedford Acting Group’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to be performed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Sold-Out Audience for Jane Green Book Talk

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Westport bestselling author Jane Green drew a sell out crowd to the Westport Country Playhouse Sheffer Rehearsal Hall tonight for a discussion with Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos about her new novel, Tempting Fate,” which is set in Westport. Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit the writing workshop, Write Yourself Free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Jane Green: Many Women Begin to Feel Irrelevant in 40s

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Westport author Jane Green’s new novel, “Tempting Fate,” is set in Westport, where she discussed the work tonight with Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos (l). The book, her 15th, is about a betrayed marriage. “I’m now in my 40s, the age when many women begin to feel irrelevant,” she said in explaining characters in the novel. “I recall walking down Park Avenue toward Grand Central one dark evening in a sea of men in suits and ties. Not one looked at me. I was invisible.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Work Progressing

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Work is progressing on the new home of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The new facility is scheduled to be ready for the summer season. View today is from across the Saugatuck River on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Jane Green in Playhouse Discussion Wednesday

Westport bestselling author Jane Green will be in discussion Wednesday with Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos about her latest novel, “Tempting Fate,” which is set in Westport.

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Jane Green: new novel set in Westport. Contributed photo

The event in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center Sheffer Studio begins at 7 p.m.

The $35 admission includes a copy of “Tempting Fate,” Green’s 15th book, which has been described as “a powerful portrayal of a marriage rocked by betrayal.”  Additional books will be for sale from Barnes & Noble, and there will be a book signing after the talk.

Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit the writing workshop, Write Yourself Free. Wine and other treats will be provided by Nothin’ But Premium Foods and Cocoa Michelle.To purchase tickets visit westportplayhouse.org (community events page) or call the box office at (203)227-4177.

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Play With Your Food Closes Out Season

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Westport’s “Play With Your Food” lunchtime play readings began its final series of performances of its 12th season today at Toquet Hall in Westport. Director Carole Schweid chatted with the actors during the post-performance talkback with the audience. Food service was by Terrain Garden Café of Westport. Tickets are still available for the Thursday performance at Toquet Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Essay Winners Underscore Westport’s Lack of Diversity

By James Lomuscio

TEAM Westport’s three winning essayists, all Staples High School students, took their hometown to task tonight for offering everything but de facto diversity.

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TEAM Westport essay winners (l-r) Eliza Llewelynn (second place), Megan Root (first place), and Kyle Baer (third place) are flanked by TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey (l) and First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I think Staples’ classes present a lot of the right questions, but the dearth of diversity means there are perspectives I’ve never heard,” writes Megan Root, a junior who won the $1,000 first prize for “Diversity: the Maestro of Innovation.”

Her thesis says that the lack of cultural exposure in a community that is 93 percent white does not “back the egalitarian ideals taught in history class and encouraged by our community.”

“Instead, our relative lack of interaction means many cultures remain unfamiliar to us, and humans tend to fear the unknown,” she said.

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Susan Malloy Honored

WestportNow.com ImageWestport artist Susan Malloy was honored tonight at a Manhattan dinner by Project Kesher as it marked its 25th anniversary connecting women from the United States with women from Russia and the Ukraine. In 2007, Malloy traveled to the Ukraine with Project Kesher and documented her experiences through sketches later exhibited at Hebrew Union College. Project Kesher is the largest funder of Jewish women’s activism in Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, and the Ukraine, as well as in the Russian-speaking community in Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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Library to Honor Nile Rodgers for BOOKED for Evening

Westporter Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, arranger, producer, philanthropist, and writer, will receive the Westport Library’s BOOKED for the Evening Award on May 15, it was announced today.

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Nile Rodgers: won three 2014 Grammy Awards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Rodgers, who has sold more than 100 million copies of his recordings, began his career as a session guitarist touring with the Sesame Street band in his teens He went on to the create the groundbreaking funk band Chic with a string of No. 1 hits.

His collaborators over the years have included Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Michael Jackson. He has composed music for the movies and received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences New York Chapter Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Heroes Award.

In 2005, he was honored at the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York when he was inducted for his many outstanding achievements as a producer, along with former bandmate Bernard Edwards. Rodgers’ bestselling memoir, “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny,” was published in 2011. He is also the subject of the highly rated 2013 BBC documentary “The Hitmaker.”

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