Arts and Leisure
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
A Play With Your Food March Offering
“Baby Food” by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire was among the offerings today at the lunchtime Play With Your Food readings at Westport’s Toquet Hall. Pictured are Brian J. Carter, Kim Squires, Katie Sparer and Allan Zeller. The March performances continue in Westport on Wednesday and Thursday. Catering is by Executive Chef Robert Troilo, formerly of Nicholas Roberts Restaurant in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Inge Maki for WestportNow.com
Monday, March 03, 2014
Arts Advisory Committee Honors John Simon
Members of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) took a break from its monthly Town Hall meeting to celebrate the 85th birthday of one of its founding members, John Simon (c). Established in 1994 by the late artist and educator Bert Chernow, WAAC is is committed to preserving Westport’s artistic heritage and to increasing awareness of the town’s cultural treasures—its artists, artworks and arts institutions. In its 20-year history, WAAC has honored the lifetime achievements of established artists, and recognized the future potential of young artists such as Tyler Hicks, Lynsey Addario, and Justin Paul, who have gone on to achieve success in their chosen pursuits. Contributed photo
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Celebrating Oscars at Oscar’s
By James Lomuscio
Along with pastrami on rye, tuna sandwiches, lox and bagels and an array of deli food, movie trivia was being served up to a packed audience at Oscar’s on Main Street today, as the Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) held its third annual n’Oscars (Not the Oscars).
Leading the Oscar triva contest were (l-r) critic Susan Granger, actor Scott Bryce, and Sandy Lefkowitz of Westport Cinema Initiative. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A warmup for movie lovers as they wait for tonight’s 86th Annual Academy Awards, n’Oscars drew a substantial number town and state officials including state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, a WCI prime mover who donned a tuxedo with a red cummerbund for the event.
Others officials included: First Selectman Jim Marpe accompanied by his wife Mary Ellen; Dewey Loselle, who chairs the Downtown Steering Committee, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, former state Sen. Judith Freedman; and Board of Finance member Jennifer Tooker.
The crowd had its Oscar trivia tested by movie critic Susan Granger and actor Scott Bryce, both Westport residents.
Full House for n’Oscars
There was a full house at Oscar’s on Main Street today for the Westport Cinema Initiative’s third annual n’Oscars (Not the Oscars) event. Film critic Susan Granger (back to camera, r) and actor Scott Bryce (l) led a discussion about the nominees in tonight’s 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Dancing to the Top
Peter Tauck of Westport, co-owner of Tauck, Inc., was named top male dancer tonight in a “Dancing With The Stars” charity event attended by 280 persons at Westport’s Inn at Longshore benefiting Norwalk’s Elder House. He is seen performing a swing number with partner Gina Goethche. Cindi Bigelow, president, Bigelow Tea Company, was named top female dancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
He Can Dance as Well as Cook
Westporter Pietro Scotti, owner of Da Pietro’s Restaurant, performed a foxtrot/mambo with dance partner Cristina Schlegel tonight in a “Dancing With The Stars” charity event at Westport’s Inn at Longshore benefiting Norwalk’s Elder House. He was among three Westporters in seven couples competing. Also competing was Westporter Kathryn Sirico, owner of Greg & Tony Salon, who performed a rumba/hustle with dance partner Matthias Kruschel. Westporter Peter Tauck won top male dancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Definitely Not Tea for Two
Cindi Bigelow of Fairfield, head of family-owned Bigelow Tea Company, won best female dancer tonight at the “Dancing With the Stars” charity event at Westport’s Inn at Longshore. She performed a jive number with Aleksander Vachev. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Special Saturday at Arts Center
Scenes from today’s opening reception—and 90th birthday party—for the Westport Arts Center’s new exhibit “Susan Malloy: In the Studio.” Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Previewing Tunnel Vision
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (r) looks over a temporary banner that will replace an eight-panel mural removed today from the tunnel connecting Westport’s Main Street to Parker-Harding Plaza. Burroughs has been commissioned to create a new art installation in its place to be unveiled during the May Downtown Merchants Association Art About Town event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Readying ‘Susan Malloy: In the Studio’ at Arts Center
Preparations were under way today for the Westport Arts Center’s exhibit “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” opening Saturday with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. It celebrates the esteemed and prolific work of Westport artist Susan Malloy (r) , who turns 90 on Friday. Malloy is a graduate of Skidmore College who attended the Arts Student League in New York City. She is pictured with Ian Berry Dayton, director, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, who curated the exhibit, and Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Arts Center, who organized the show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Rockwell Museum Acquires Famous Artists Art & Archives
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. has announced the acquisition of the art and archives from the Famous Artists School in Westport, nearly doubling the museum’s collections.
Group photo of Famous Artists School faculty: (l-r) Harold von Schmidt, John Atherton, Al Parker, founder Al Dorne (white shirt, on the ground), Norman Rockwell (with painting created for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 film, “Samson and Delilah”), Ben Stahl, Peter Helck, Stevan Dohanos, Jon Whitcomb, Austin Briggs (rear, far right), and Robert Fawcett (front, far right). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Norman Rockwell Museum Archives, gift of Famous Artists School
The gift comprises more than 5,000 un-catalogued artworks, including several original works created by Norman Rockwell, plus an archive of hundreds of thousands of items, an announcement said.
The collection was donated by Magdalen and Robert Livesey, owners of Wilton-based Cortina Learning International, which purchased Famous Artists in 1981, the museum said, adding: “for many years, the large collection languished in a vast Connecticut warehouse.”
With this newest acquisition, a collection that began with 125 paintings Norman Rockwell placed in trust with the museum in 1974 now numbers more than 13,000 artworks, the museum said.
Visitors Crowd Arts Center for Final Days of Addario Exhibit
Seventh grade students from Greens Farms Academy today visited the Westport Arts Center to view its exhibit of photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario, a Westport native, of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The exhibit, “On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion,” has attracted record crowds in recent days, according to the Center. It closes on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 14, 2014
Getting Ready for Library’s Vintage Paperback Sale
Volunteers Dick Lowenstein and Mimi Greenlee ready offerings for the Westport Library’s Vintage Paperback Book Sale on Saturday and Sunday in the McManus Room. Hours on Saturday are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Comedian Sid Caesar Dies at 91
Comedian Sid Caesar, who co-starred with Westport’s Imogene Coca on television’s classic “Your Show of Shows” in the 1950s and performed at the Westport Country Playhouse, has died, friends said today. He was 91. Coca, known for her saucer eyes and fluttering lashes, lived in seclusion in her later years as she suffered the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. She died in her Westport home in 2001 at age 92. File photo
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Westporter Encourages Handwritten Letters
Westport author Nina Sankovitch, the author of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing” to be released by Simon & Schuster in April, told the Westport Rotary Club today of the significance of a personally handwritten letter. She said such correspondence emphasizes, “I’ve taken the time to write this letter and you’ve taken the time to read it.” “Letters are private, protected and saved,” she said, recognizing that “e-mails are the best way to get something done efficiently.” Referring to one of her four children who occasionally sends handwritten letters from college, Sankovitch said, “When I hold and read a letter from my son, I can see signs of where he touched it. I’m touching the same letter he touched.” Sankovitch said her forthcoming book encourages people to write letters to friends and loved ones. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com