Arts and Leisure
Friday, August 21, 2015
Playhouse Announces 2016 Season
The Westport Country Playhouse today announced its 2016 season.
Artistic Director Mark Lamos: 2016 “generous in variety and scale.” Bruce Plotkin photo
It features two Tony Award-winning plays in repertory, an Off-Broadway hit, a new thriller by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a witty comedy by Joe Orton, and a reimagined musical by Lerner and Loewe.
The works will be staged next year from May through October. Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, 2016 will mark the Connecticut professional theater’s 86th season. The 2016 season subscriptions are now on sale.
“Our 2016 season is generous in variety and scale,” said Lamos, the Playhouse’s artistic director since 2009. “Instead of the usual five productions, we’ll be presenting six—two of them, for the first time since the Playhouse’s early years—in repertory.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Swinging at the Levitt
Frannie Southworth with Heart & Soul entertained before a lively crowd tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Local musician Chris Coogan (l) joined the ensemble and so did Joey Levine (3rd l), a Westporter who co-wrote “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I Got Love in My Tummy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Bossy Frog Band Headlines at Levitt
Jeffrey Friedberg & the Bossy Frog Band performed tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts children’s series. The Bossy Frog Band includes Jeffrey on lead vocals, banjo and guitar, Alice the hula hooping fiddler, Joe on bass and costume characters Bossy Frog, Monkey and Crabby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Levitt Children’s Performance Draws Large Crowd
Tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts performance by Jeffrey Friedberg & the Bossy Frog Band drew a large crowd of youngsters and parents. It was part of the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘American Ultra,’ ‘Ricki and the Flash,’ ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’
By Susan Granger
The deranged action comedy called “American Ultra” has two things going for it: Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) and Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”). They’ll probably account for more box office clout than this dreadful stoner dirge deserves.
As it opens, bruised and battered Mike Howell (Eisenberg) is in jail. Why? Flashbacks reveal he’s a clerk at a Cash & Carry who draws a graphic novel called “Apollo Ape” when he’s not busy behind the register.
A laidback pothead, he lives with his supportive girlfriend, slovenly Phoebe Larson (Stewart), who works for a bail bondsman.
Mike bought an engagement ring and planned to take Phoebe to Hawaii to propose marriage but, at the airport, he suffered another one of his crippling, yet inexplicable anxiety attacks.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Treehouse Comedy Club at Levitt Tonight
The Treehouse Comedy Club performed tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The group, which traces its origins to 1983 in Westport, is Connecticut‘s original and first full time comedy showcase. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Jazz at the Levitt
The Tizer Quartet performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. The group was a 2011 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Group. With a multi-genre, multi-national appeal that expands beyond just jazz enthusiasts, Tizer has a diverse resume – including performance slots alongside musicians Jethro Tull, Isaac Hayes, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby and Robin Thicke. Sponsor of the performance was The Nevas Law Group of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michael Mathis for WestportNow.com
Staples 2012 Grad Issues First Full-Length Album
Singer-songwriter Ellen Kempner, 21, Staples High School class of 2012, has released her first full-length album. She is known as Palehound and her “Dry Food” album was given four stars in Rolling Stone Magazine. NPR also favorably reviewed it, noting, “Kempner took to the guitar early, looking for an outlet as a precocious, self-described shy kid who felt like she didn’t quite fit in growing up in a socially claustrophobic New York suburb.” Kempner, who started playing the guitar at 7, had her earliest performances at Coleytown Middle School and performed locally at Toquet Hall throughout high school. The album is available on iTunes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Chad Kamenshine
‘Hamilton’ Author Welcomed
Westporters Ann Chernow (bottom row, c.) and Martin West (top, r.) hosted a dinner party at their home Saturday night to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow (top, c.), whose Broadway musical adaption by Lin-Manuel Miranda of his 2004 “Alexander Hamilton” biography is a smash hit. Ron Chernow, a cousin of Ann Chernow’s late husband, Burt, said he was looking forward to attending the upcoming original cast recording session of “Hamilton.” Among other guests were actors Keir Dullea (top, l.) and wife, Mia Dillon (bottom, r.), and Alison Vanderbilt (bottom, l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Pete Molinari Band Headlines at Levitt
The Pete Molinari Band entertained tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The British-born Molinari (r) has won fans here and abroad with his special sound influenced by American blues and rock. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Bon Odori - Welcoming Ancestral Spirits
The Japanese Festival Bon Odori was held on Jesup Green. (Click upper right corner arrows to enlarge) WestportNow.com photos
Friday, August 14, 2015
Entertaining at the Levitt
The Little River Band entertained at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight in a ticketed event to benefit the 50 nights of free summer programming. The Australian band has had worldwide album and CD sales topping 30 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Packed House for Levitt Ticketed Event
Some Danced Drink in Hand, Some With a Selfie Stick
There was a crowded dance area tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as The Little River Band played some of their top hits. Some danced with drink in hand, some with a selfie stick. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo