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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Sophia Blum, 9, of Westport managed a smile tonight despite being rain-soaked and having her face paint run as rain disrupted “The Magic of Lyn” ticketed event at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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A highlight of “The Magic of Lyn” show tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was the surprise appearance of Westport graphic artist Miggs Burroughs who magically emerged from an empty box to thrill the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies performed in “The Magic of Lyn” tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Rain later sent many in the audience scurrying for shelter, but the show went on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Melissa & Doug & Family Image
Tonight ticketed Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts performance of “The Magic of Lyn” was part of the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series at the Levitt. Among those enjoying the performance were the toymaker’s owners, Melissa and Doug Bernstein, with children (l-r) Nate, 6, Setee, 7, and Sydell, 10, and (rear) Doug’s parents, Bob and Bobbie Bernstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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About 40 local artists tonight attended the third meeting of the Westport Artists Collective at the Westport Arts Center. Westport artist Tammy Winser, one of the founding members, addressed the group, which meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Yoga and Art Image
Members iof the National Charity League (NLC ), a mother/daughter group committed to doing philanthropic work in the community and developing leadership skills, learn to relax today with yoga instructor Raquel Marra at the Westport Arts Center This was one of their monthly meetings. The youngsters wanted to learn relaxation and stress reduction techniques since they are all beginning their freshman year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Levitt ‘Magic of Lyn’ Tonight is Ticketed Performance

The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts special ticketed performance of “The Magic of Lyn” starring master Illusionist Lyn Dillies will be performed outdoors tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“This is the first time in over seven years that we are able to once again present this wildly popular show outdoors under the stars,” an announcement said. 

The lawn opens at 6 p.m. for a pre-show lawn party featuring the Melissa & Doug activity tent with goodies and fun for kids -– from balloon-twisting to juggling to face-painting.

Tickets are available on site starting at 4.30 p.m and are also available online at or by calling 866-811-4111.  Lawn party plus show tickets are $20 (child/student/senior), $25 (adult), $15 (member); show-only tickets (7 p.m.entry) are $15 (child/senior/student), $20 (adult), and $10 (member).

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Qdoba Opens to Rave Reviews from High Schoolers Image
Four Staples High School juniors enjoy Mexican cuisine today at Qdoba Mexican Grill at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, in the space formerly occupied by Pierre Deux, the first day the restaurant is open to the public. The 16-year-old students said they each ate at Qdoba in the past few days when attending one or more private events sponsored by Qdoba. “This stuff is great,” according to Reece Armstrong. They are (l-r)  Mike Cusa, Reece Armstrong, Ben Hamer and Ryan Baer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Newman’s Own Launches Salad Dressing Contest

Newman’s Own—the Westport-based brand that donates all profits to charity—today announced a Newman’s Own Salad Dressing “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest. Image

An announcement said the competition empowers salad aficionados to share their favorite salad recipe/dressing pairing and nominate a nonprofit organization to receive another kind of green: a $35,000 donation.

Beginning today, consumers can visit and click on the Greens for Good tab to enter their original salad creation and Newman’s Own Salad Dressing pairing.

“Making good food and pursuing the common good have been at the core of Newman’s Own mission since Paul Newman mixed up his very first batch of great-tasting Newman’s Own salad dressing,” said David Best, executive vice president, Newman’s Own, Inc.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Shuttered Max’s to Host One-Day Pop-Up Art Show

Max’s Art Supplies, scheduled to shut its doors Sunday after 59 years of serving the town’s legendary arts community, is not going quietly into that good night.

Local artist Amy Kaplan said that Max’s, at 68 Post Road East, will reopen its doors for one last time on Friday, Sept. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a “juried, pop-up art exhibit featuring the works of some of the area’s most talented artists.”

Dubbed “Westport Area Artists Celebrate Max’s,” the event has been made possible, says Kaplan, by the support from Shirley Mellor, Max’s owner and Max Kaplan’s widow; Nina Royce, a longtime employee; John Hartwell, chairman of the Westport Town Democratic Committee; the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA); Parkway Liquor; and Rockwell Art and Framing.

“Since 1956, Max’s Art Supplies has offered a comprehensive inventory of quality art supplies along with a place for artists to find encouragement, advice, and each other,” said Kaplan. “They have also offered artists the opportunity to show their work in Max’s front windows at the foot of Main Street and Post Road.”

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Playhouse Announces 2015 Season

The Westport Country Playhouse has announced its 2015 season, featuring a celebration of playwright Arthur Miller’s centennial, as well as plays by Alan Ayckbourn, David Ives, and C. P. Taylor, to be staged next year from May through October.

Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, 2015 will mark the Connecticut professional theater’s 85th season.

“Our 2015 season is a particularly rich and satisfying smorgasbord of plays—with a couple extra desserts thrown in,” said Lamos. “We hope to enrich your Playhouse experience with entertainment that ranges from the hilarity of brilliant farce to the striking power of insightful, moving drama. Theater that’s not only worth talking about, but one which engages hearts through laughter, passion, and gripping storytelling.” 

2015 subscriptions are now on sale for current and new subscribers. Current subscribers who renew by the Early Bird Deadline of Sunday, Sept. 7, will receive “Concessions Cash,” redeemable for food and beverages in the Playhouse concessions stand, plus a special sweet treat.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Banjo Sounds at the Levitt Image
Internationally acclaimed banjoist and vocalist Cynthia Sayer is celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world and praised for her “drive and virtuosity by the New York Times.  Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band with whom she played and toured for more than 10 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday Night at the Levitt Image
Presented as part of the Celebration Sundays Series sponsored by Jewish Senior Services, Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Band entertained an overflow crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Swing, Hot Jazz, and More at Levitt Image
Cynthia Sawyer and her Joyride Band delighted a Levitt Pavilion audience tonight. Performers with her included Dennis Lichtman, clarinet; Charles Giordano, accordion; Larry Eagle, drums, and Jim Whitney, bass. Accordionist Giordano also plays the keyboard in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Levitts at the Levitt Image
Among the crowd attending tonight’s performance at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts were Mimi Levitt (r) with her niece Helen Johnson from Sherman Oaks, Calif., and her son, Peter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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