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Monday, July 27, 2015

Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Incendio Entertains at Levitt

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The veteran Los Angeles-based songwriter/musicians collectively known as Incendio returned to the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. It was the fifth appearance at the Levitt for the group, which plays what has been described as Latin guitar fusion music, combing polyrhythmic swirl of multiple Latin American music forms (boleros, cumbias, salsa, tango, mambo and the indigenous Peruvian valses criollos) with Indian, Arabic and Celtic flavors and a touch of jazz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 08:32 PM
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Insights on Playwriting from A. R. Gurney

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Playwright A. R. Gurney (c) today spoke about his world premiere comedy “Love & Money” at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday symposium following a matinee performance. The conversation with director Mark Lamos (r), who is the Playhouse artistic director, was moderated by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. Both Gurney and Lamos said the 80-minute play is a “work in progress.” Running at the Playhouse through Aug. 8, the co-production with New York’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will officially open there in late August. Gurney said he has already made changes since the first Playhouse performance on Tuesday. “This makes it hard for the actors who have memorized their lines and performed them to have to change what they have memorized,” Gurney said.  “This is not unusual with a new play. As the actors perform, you may see something that needs changing. I want to do that. I don’t want anyone else doing the changing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:41 PM
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

‘Love & Money” Cast Takes a Bow

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The cast of “Love & Money” takes a curtain call tonight at its special premiere invitational performance at the Westport Country Playhouse. The play, a new comedy by A. R. Gurney exploring the trials of class, family, legacy, and race, directed by Mark Lamos, runs through Aug. 8. A co-production with New York’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, it will officially open there in late August. Pictured are (l-r)  Pamela Dunlap, Gabriel Brown, Maureen Anderman, Joe Paulik and Kayhun Kim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:30 PM
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Enjoying a Moment After Special Premiere Performance

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Playwright A.R. Gurney (l) and “Love & Money” director, Mark Lamos, who also serves as the Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, enjoy a moment tonight following the special premiere invitational performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:25 PM
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Familiar Face at the Playhouse

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Among those attending tonight’s invitational performance of “Love & Money” at the Westport Country Playhouse was legendary film, theater, and television star Jane Powell, who visited the cast after the play in the theater’s green room. The 86-year-old actress rose to fame as a singer in her home state of Oregon, and signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer while still in her teens. Powell lives in Manhattan and in Wilton with her fifth husband, former child actor Dick Moore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:20 PM
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Levitt Shines With Summer Gala


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performng Arts Gala starring Don Felder.  J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

Posted 10:15 PM
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Don Felder Headlines Levitt Pavilion Gala

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight presented “Don Felder –- An Evening at the Hotel California.” A four-time Grammy Award winner, Felder is a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of the 1970s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:34 PM
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Full House for Levitt Gala

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It was a full house tonight for the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts first summer gala in its new home. Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, was the featured performer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:29 PM
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Enjoying a Concert Picnic From the Outside

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Danise Talbot of Westport (l) and friend Sylvia Halderman of Norwalk enjoy a riverside picnic tonight outside the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as they listen to the music of the summer benefit concert starring Don Felder. Tonight’s was a ticketed event to raise funds for the more than 50 nights of free entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:27 PM
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Party Time at Levitt Pavilion Gala

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About 300 persons turned out tonight for a VIP party prior to the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Gala. The party, in a tent on Taylor Place and inside Tiffany & Co., preceded the concert “Don Felder: An Evening at the Hotel California,” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 08:27 PM
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Honored Guest

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Among those attending a VIP party tonight as part of the Levitt Pavilion Gala was Mimi Levitt. The arts facility is named after her and her late husband Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 08:22 PM
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Back Home

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Toes were tapping today and heads were keeping time to the beat as Westporter native Heather Hardy played on her violin at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. Her group included T. J. Swan on guitar and Wayne Sabella on keyboard. Hardy returned to the Center by popular demand.  A Staples grad, she attended Manhattan School of music.  She formed the “Lil Mama Band” in 1998 and was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.The event was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 05:50 PM
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Proud Parents

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Musician Heather Hardy spends some time with her parents, Neil and Judy Hardy of Westport, before entertaining today at the Westport Centeer for Senior Activities. Heather was brought up in Westport, began studying piano at age six and picked up the violin at nine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 05:45 PM
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Setting Up the Stage

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A crew sets up the stage today for the Levitt Pavilion Gala tonight featuring “Don Felder: An Evening at the Hotel California,” which starts at 9 p.m.  According to organizers, more than 1,000 persons are expected to attend the ticketed performance. Funds from the event pay for more than 50 free nights of entertainment each summer.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:07 PM
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Friday, July 24, 2015

‘Sweet Sounds of Summer’ Music Silenced

Noise complaints from neighbors have silenced the “Sweet Sounds of Summer” Friday and Saturday night band concerts in the courtyard outside of Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave., in Westport’s Saugatuck Center.

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The Dave Kardas quartet entertained last weekend as part of the “Sweeet Sounds of Summer” series at Saugatuck Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

First word of the cancellation came in an email tonight to fans from the popular rock band DNR, which had been scheduled to play Friday night. The series cancellation was later confirmed by one of the organizers.

“Sadly, Saugatuck Sweets has just canceled our performance tomorrow night,” the email said.

“They received complaints about ‘noise’ from prior bands and are unable to have music in the courtyard for the rest of the summer.

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