Arts and Leisure
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
Susan Granger Remembers Shirley Temple
(Editor’s note: At the request of WestportNow, Westport film critic Susan Granger today offered these reflections on the death of Shirley Temple Black Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.)
Susan Granger addresses Woman’s Club last September. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Susan Granger
Shirley Temple was our first American princess.
Back in 1936, she was the No. 1 star in the world. On her 8th birthday, she received more than 135,000 gifts from all over the world. She was an industry unto herself, licensing 164 products, from dolls to music boxes. Yet, when she retired at the age of 21, she had only $45,000 left in her trust fund.
I didn’t meet Shirley Temple when I was growing up. She worked at Twentieth Century-Fox, while my father worked at MGM and Columbia. Back then, the studios were like fiefdoms –- and they didn’t often intermingle. Indeed, when she was briefly considered as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” Fox supposedly refused to lend her to MGM, so Judy Garland got the role.
Besides, I was much younger. By the time I met her, she was Mrs. Charles Black, living in San Francisco and an avid Republican, serving as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Following the script-in-hand reading performance of Jean Kerr’s “Mary, Mary” at the Westport Country Playhouse Monday night, Westporter Carole Schweid reignited a friendship with one of the play’s performers, Ross Bickell who played Oscar Nelson, a tax attorney in the comedy. Schweid said, “Ross and I acted together at Boston University where we each studied drama, Except for bumping into each other on the streets of New York around seven years ago, we had not seen each other for over 30 years.” Schweid, the artistic director of the Play With Your Food theater series, said that she plans to invite Bickell to Westport to participate in an upcoming play reading. Bickell is a successful performer on stage, screen and TV. “How gratifying it is to see a friend do so well in this field,” Schweid said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, February 10, 2014
Playhouse Actors Get Enthusiastic Applause
The cast of the one night script-in-hand reading of Jean Kerr’s “Mary, Mary” takes at bow tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse to the appreciation of an enthusiastic, overflow audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
‘Mary, Mary’ Play Reading at Playhouse Tonight
The cast of tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse script-in-hand play reading of the comedy “Mary, Mary,” written by Jean Kerr and directed by Anne Keefe, posed for a photo during today’s rehearsal. “Mary, Mary” is a comedy about recently divorced Mary and Bob, who meet to sort out some tax matters when a Valentine’s Day snowstorm traps them in his apartment with three others: their lawyer, a handsome film hero, and Bob’s young and wealthy fiancé. Pictured are (back row, l-r) Anne Keefe, director; Ammie Kinsman, stage directions; Ross Bickel and Clea Alsip; (front row, l-r) Robert Eli, Geneva Carr and Patch Darragh. According to the box office, advance ticket sales have been brisk and there are limited seats available. For more information and tickets, call the box office (203) 227-4177 or visit http://www.westportplayhouse.org. All tickets are $15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Saying It With Flowers
Westport pianist Dalia Lazar receives flowers after her recital today at the Pequot Library in Southport. She received a standing ovation after performance of works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Puppets Perform ‘Sleeping Beauty Dreams’ at Playhouse
A puppeteer performance of “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” entertained a large audience at the Westport Country Playhouse today. The play, using handcrafted puppets in a U.S. premiere, co-commissioned with the Kennedy Center and Marionetas de Esquina, imagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love—and her true self. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Learning Creative Ways of Sleeping Beauty Dreaming
Prior to today’s 1 p.m. performance of “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” at the Westport Country Playhouse, Westport resident Mina Hartong, a drama teacher for young students at Trumbull’s Regional Center for the Arts, leads a workshop in the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall for approximately 25 children, ranging from 3-9 years old. The workshop guided the children toward creative ways to express a play about Sleeping Beauty dreaming. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Acclaimed String Quartet Performs at Arts Center
The Voxare String Quartet drew crowds to the Westport Arts Center today. The group has been called one of the most acclaimed and innovative young string quartets in the United States. Voxare’s performances have included appearances at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Voxare’s musicians include Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin; Galina Zhdanova, violin; Adrian Daurov, cello, and Eric Peterson, viola. They were introduced by Russell Platt (c), curator of the Center’s Chamber Music Series and a composer, New Yorker music editor, and Westport native. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com