Arts and Leisure
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Historic District Commission Preservation Winners
Recipients of the 2014 Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Awards posed tonight for a group picture with First Selectman Jim Marpe and members of the HDC following the awards ceremony at Town Hall. Owners of seven Westport residential and business properties were cited for their efforts to preserve the town’s character and cultural heritage through their restoration and renovation work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Honored for Making Westport Special
Scenes from tonight’s 2014 Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony and reception at Westport Town Hall. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author Says He Knows ID of 1922 Hollywood Murderer
Author William J. Mann, who has written books featuring such famous divas as Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor, was at the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight promoting his latest book, “Tinseltown”….a story about the movie business in Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s. There were drugs, beautiful women, handsome men and the highly publicized 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. It officially remains a “cold case,” but Mann said readers of his book will find out the identity of the murderer. “I did lots of research and had a lot of help from the FBI files and feel I know who the murderer is,” he said. “I liked tracking down killers. I got tired of writing traditional biographies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Westporters Aid Art Bra Workshop at Yale-New Haven
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Westport Arts Center today held an Art Bra workshop today at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven as part of their WAC Gives Back outreach initiative. Patients and hospital staff worked together to design creative and whimsical bras which featured dreams and wishes from the participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Learning the Art of Art as an Asset
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) tonight was the venue for a panel discussion presented by U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management on “Art as An Asset: Exploring the Aesthetic and Financial Role of Art.” Andrew McGrade, market investment director, U.S. Trust and former WAC board president, was host. Moderator was Peter van Heerden, WAC executive director. Panelists included Ramsay H. Slugg, national wealth planning strategist, U.S. Trust; Dorothy G. Doyle, managing director, U.S. Trust, Helen Klisser During, WAC director of visual arts, and Bonnie Brennan, senior director, Christie’s Americas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marni Katz for WestportNow.com
Preserving Our Heritage: 8 Beachside Ave.
In another recognition of preserving Westport’s heritage, Nicholas Eisenberger (3rd l) and his wife Robin Bates (red dress) today received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) plaque from WHS historian Bob Weingerten (2nd l), adding their 1903-built home at 8 Beachside Ave. to the WHS list of notable Westport homes. Joining the Eisenberger-Bates couple, in addition to their three young children, for the presentation ceremony were members of three of five families who were previous owners of the house. Among them was 11th generation Westporter Peter Jennings (l), descendant of the original owner of the house, Henry A. Jennings. The Eisenberger-Bates family moved to Westport in December from Brooklyn’s Park Slope section. ‘We wanted to move to Connecticut and looked at each town along the coast until a friend recommended we take a look at Westport,” Eisenberger said. “We fell in love with the town and when we saw this house we knew it was for us.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Preservation Award Winner: 44 Church Lane
The building at 44 Church Lane is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to real estate developer David Waldman, owner of the colonial revival, circa 1920 house, is in recognition of “the adaptive reuse of a structure that was originally a single family house built in 1920 on the fringes of the town center business district on a street that was still primarily residential and consolidated the makeshift changes to which the building had been subjected over the years and have distilled it back to a refined version of what the structure had been.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 20, 2014
Arts Advisory ‘TEA Talk’ Set for Sunday
The Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) on Sunday will present its first “TEA Talk”—TEA standing for Thinkers, Educators and Artists.
Gina Rattan: Horizon Award recipient. Contributed photo
First Selectman Jim Marpe will present opening remarks at the session at 2 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. Both the event and a reception to follow at the Westport Historical Society are free and open to the public.
Consisting of three 20-minute moderated conversations on the theme of technology and the arts, TEA Talk features professionals in the visual arts (Thomas Berntsen), music (Nick DiBerardino) and theater (Gina Rattan).
There will be demonstrations of each artist’s use of technology in their discipline in the program to be moderated by a WAAC host, an announcement said.
Preservation Award Winner: 56 Sylvan Road North
The house at 56 Sylvan Road North is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to Jennifer and A. Morris Tooker, owners of the Clark Nash House circa 1790 house, is in recognition of “the meticulous care of this property, purchased by the owners in 2008, coupled with its sympathetic addition to the rear of the property for use as a mudroom and breakfast room.” It noted after a succession of owners, H. Daniel Webster, sculptor of Westport’s Minute Man statue, purchased the house in 1906. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Preservation Award Winner: 111 Kings Highway North
The house at 111 Kings Highway North is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to John Koren and Patti McGovern, owners of the circa 1911 house, is in recognition of the meticulous restoration of this previously abandoned house, which “was restored without departing from the original design and appearance of the house. New exterior items include a new roof, masonry foundation repairs, shoring up the front porch and removing mid-century alterations, and extensive new landscaping, once again a contributing element of the Kings Highway North Historic District.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Preservation Award Winner: 6 Blind Brook Road North
The house at 6 Blind Brook Road North, designed and built by famed local architect Frazier Forman Peters in 1932, is among the seven recipients of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the Barlow Cutler-Wotton Award for Architecture is being presented to Frank Donaldson, owner of the house, in recognition of “the outstanding effort made in preserving and enhancing the essence of this distinguished house through the architectural design and execution of the renovation and expansion.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 17, 2014
Talking Climate Change at Arts Center
Westporter Peter Boyd attracted a standing room only audience to the Westport Arts Center Happy Hour TED Talk tonight where he talked about solving climate change and other related issues. Boyd was integral to the 2009 launch of entrepreneur Richard Branson’s “Carbon War Room.” The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is a self-described “philanthropic initiative” fighting climate change with help from entrepreneurs based on the idea that cutting greenhouse gas emissions can drive long- and short-term profits and is good for the U.S. economy. Host was Helen Klisser During, the Center’s director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Explaining ‘Everyday Landscapes’
Photographer Susan Fisher Plotner addresses guests at a Westport Library reception tonight marking the opening of an exhibit of her photographs, “Everyday Landscapes.” Plotner, who grew up in Westport, is the daughter of artist-author Leonard Everett Fisher and Marge Fisher. The exhibit runs through Jan. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Preservation Award Winner: 3 Gorham Ave.
The house at 3 Gorham Ave. is among the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Award winners to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. The HDC said the Helen Muller Preservation Award for an outstanding property in a local historic district is being given to its owners, Grayson Braun and Jamie Walsh, in recognition of the preservation of the 1930-built house. It said, “In their effort to preserve and upgrade their home, they have devoted sensitivity and dedication to honoring the original character of the house.” Braun is a past member of the HDC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Westport Soprano Performs Rodgers & Hart
Westport soprano Lucia Palmieri performs “Jupiter Forbid” in the Connecticut Playmakers production of the best of Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway songs in a fully-staged song and dance musical “Rodgers & Hart A Celebration” at the auditorium at First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich through Oct. 26. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Said Palmieri: “Though I have sung Italian opera to crowds of 40,000 people in Central Park, I enjoy the intimate way we connect with the audience in Old Greenwich with the sparking American songs of Rodgers and Hart.” For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by David Rauch