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Friday, July 25, 2014

Sharing

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Photographer Larry Silver shares a moment and some flowers with his wife, Gloria, tonight at the Westport Historical Society reception marking the opening of its exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions.” It runs through Oct. 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 12:40 AM
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Viewing the Visions

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Westport artist Naiad Einsel (r) views photographs of Larry Silver tonight at the opening of the Westport Historical Society exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 12:35 AM
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Comings & Goings: Qdoba Mexican Grill to Playhouse Square

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Qdoba Mexican Grill will open soon at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, in the space formerly occupied by Pierre Deux, the french country interior design and home furnishings store which closed three years ago. (See WestportNow Aug. 16, 2011)  Described as fast, casual, fresh Mex, Colorado-based Qdoba, founded in 1995 by Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser, has 600 locations in the United States and Canada, including Norwalk and Fairfield. The chain originally opened under the name Zuma, then changed to Z-Teca and, in 1999, adopted the name Qdoba. In 2003, the company was acquired by Jack-in-the-Box. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:13 PM
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Sneak Peek at Qdoba

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A worker today gets the new Qdoba Mexican Grill ready for opening at 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:10 PM
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At the Rope Line

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Youngsters moved to the rope line in front of the Levitt Pavilion stage tonight to dance to the sounds of Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 12:38 AM
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Levitt Fun

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Kristina Hacker (l), 20, and her niece, Skylar Hacker, 7,  of Fairfield enjoy the festitivities tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s opening night for the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 12:33 AM
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Staying Late

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Mimi Levitt stayed late with son, Peter (l), to watch tonight’s opening regular season Connecticut Ballet performance at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, named after her and her late husband, Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 01:25 AM
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Levitt Regular Season Opens With Connecticut Ballet

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There was plenty of room to spread out tonight at the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing as it began its shortened regular season with a performance by the Connecticut Ballet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 12:59 AM
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Ballet Treat

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The Connecticut Ballet company performed at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight to open the shortened regular season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 12:57 AM
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Taking a Bow on New Levitt Stage

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Members of the Connecticut Ballet take a bow tonight as the shortened Levitt Pavilion free concert nights got under way following Sunday’s grand opening with Jose Feliciano.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 12:54 AM
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dancing at the Y

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A group of middle school students from China, visiting Westport this week as part of the SPIRAL International Chinese/American Culture Exchange Program, visited the Westport Weston Family Y today. They toured the Y facility and enjoyed basketball in the gym and, for some of the students, a special dance class led by Danette Meigel-Cahr (r). The tour was organized by Kana Higuchi,  a student ambassador for SPIRAL and high school advisory member of the Westport Weston Family Y board of directors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 09:55 PM
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Focusing on Shoe Art

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Forty visiting Chinese exchange students stopped at the Westport Arts Center today as part of their tour of Westport. Among them was Kong Xinyu, 14, from Anhui province, west of Shanghai, who focused on a shoe by Westport artist Nina Bentley. The shoes and watercolors of perfume bottles by photorealist Robert Cottingham are part of the Center’s current “Scents and Soles” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:50 PM
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New Era for Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Begins


Scenes from tonight’s opening of the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.Helen Klisser During and Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

Posted 02:41 AM
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Aerial View: In Concert

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An aerial view of the Jose Feliciano concert under way tonight at the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Levitt Pavilion photo

Posted 01:45 AM
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New Levitt: Cheers, Thanks, Thrills, and Jose

By James Lomuscio

Tributes, thanks, tears of joy and standing ovations marked the inaugural season of the new $9 million Levitt Pavilion tonight—and that was before headliner Jose Feliciano of Weston, donating his performance for free, even took to the stage.

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The lights of the new Levitt Pavilion reflect off of the Saugatuck River at tonight’s opening concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The pavilion itself, named after the late Mortimer Levitt and his wife Mimi, who arrived on a golf cart, was the star, reborn after 40 years of providing free, riverfront summer concerts to more than 1.5 million persons.

A total of 1,800 first come, first served free tickets were made available for tonight; however, a much larger number seemed to fill the lawn between the new entryway replete with restrooms, a concession stand and storage and the new pavilion band shell, its cathedral roof looking like a boat’s sail and reminding some of the Sydney Opera House.

Some would-be concert goers had even set up beach chairs on the new walkway that runs along the perimeter of the peninsula in the Saugatuck River on which the Levitt stands.

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Posted 01:29 AM
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