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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Guest Conductor

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Luke Rosenberg, choral director at Staples High School, was guest conductor for tonight’s Westport Public Schools Spring Choral Festival concert at Staples High School. Participants were 300 fourth and fifth grade students, members of their school choruses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:00 PM
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In the Spotlight

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Fourth and fifth grade Westport students who are members of their school choruses performed at Staples High School tonight at the Spring Choral Festival. The audience also was treated to special performances by vocal groups from Coleytown Middle School, led by Amy Laurino, and Bedford Middle School, led by Stephen Baranski, as well as the Staples High School Orphenians, led by Luke Rosenberg, choral director. Westport music teachers Sarah Guterman, Anne Hadden, Ellen Hardy, Kerri Kohlun, Barbara Maisonpierre, Meghan Murray, Suzanne Sherman Propp, and Rebecca Faye Squire, under the direction of town Music Supervisor David Winer, helped organize the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:55 PM
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Musical Festival at Staples


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Public Schools Spring Choral Festival concert at Staples High School. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:50 PM
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Monday, April 07, 2014

Gallery Sets “Impressionist ArtTrek” April 26

The Westport River Gallery will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 26 with an “Impressionist Live ArtTrek” involving beret-wearing college students walking Westport’s Main Street with original European impressionist paintings.

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Amy King: “Art can come to you.” Contributed photo

The event, which the gallery hopes will become an annual occurrence, will last for about 45 minutes, said Amy King, program coordinator.

“Why go to a museum or art gallery when it can come to you?” said King in an announcement.

Ken Warren, owner/curator of the gallery at 1 Riverside Ave., added,“This reflects the feeling by many artists worldwide that their art should be enjoyed everywhere, not just on a wall. Many of the originals work of art are from France, and include two physician-artists.”

Posted 04:54 PM
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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Salute to Dave Brubeck

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The Westport Arts Center today sponsored a tribute to jazz great Dave Brucket at the Pequot Libary in Southport. The sold-out event featured Tim Moran, alto sax, Donn Trenner, piano, Brian Torff, bass, and Adam Nussbaum, drums. Brubeck, a Wilton resident, died Dec. 5, 2012 at age 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:22 PM
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Shout Out to Sally at Dave Brubeck Tribute

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There was a loud round of applause from the Southport Pequot Library jazz-savvy audience today for Sally White, owner of Sally’s Place, a Westport Main Street haven for jazz and blues music lovers and musicians for almost three decades before it closed last October. Adam Nussbaum, a musician taking part in the Westport Arts Center’s salute to Dave Brubeck, called her a “wonderful lady,” adding “at least half of my very large collection of records were gotten from Sally.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:17 PM
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Remembering Dave Brubeck


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center salute to jazz great Dave Brubeck at the Pequot Library in Southport. Brian Torff, artistic director For Jazz at WAC, helped arrange the tribute. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:11 PM
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Dick Button Draws Library Crowd

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Olympian champion and expert skating commentator Dick Button drew a large crowd to the Westport Library today where he talked about his new book “Push Dick’s Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century-and a Little Tomfoolery.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:39 PM
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Dick Button: ‘I Don’t Like Secrecy of (Skating) Judges’

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Olympic champion figure skater Dick Button told an overflow Westport Library audience today he did not want his new book, “Push Dick’s Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century-and a Little Tomfoolery,” to be a memoir nor a history of skating. “What I wanted to accomplish is to help the reader understand what it is they are really seeing on TV when they watch competitive figure skating,” he said. Button said there are a few things about figure skating today that he does not like -– including “the secrecy of judges, the cookie cutter skating programs, and many of the rule changes that are defined in this book.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:30 PM
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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Big Crowd for Project Return Birdhouse Auction

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Tonight’s annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction in Wilton’s Rolling Hills Country Club drew a large crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Mixed Media Birdhouse

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Westport artist Nina Bentley shows off her work tonight at the 19th annnual Project Return Birdhouse Auction at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. Her work is an adaptation of Rene Magritte’s famous painting,“Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (This is not a pipe) which she calls “Ceci n’est pas une nichoir” (this is not a birdhouse) in three dimensional mixed media format. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:45 PM
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Spirited Bidding

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There was spirited bidding tonight at the live auction at the Project Return Birdhouse Auction in Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:40 PM
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Friday, April 04, 2014

Honoring “SOLOS 2014” Artists

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Artists represented in the Westport Arts Center’s “SOLOS 2014” exhibit received a yellow rose tonight from Helen Klisser During (r), director of visual arts, at an opening reception. Patricia Hickson, the Emily Hall Tremaine curator of contemporary art at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, who curated the show, said of the 12 artists represented: “This vast and impressive range of work speaks to the many individual voices creating contemporary art today.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 08:09 PM
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Artistic Buddies

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Westport artist Melissa Newman (r) gets together with Helen Klisser During, Westport Arts Center director of visual arts, at tonight’s opening reception for “SOLOS 2014,” the center’s curated member show which runs through June 1. Newman’s porcelain figures are at right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robert Frank for WestportNow.com

Posted 08:05 PM
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Opening Night at Westport Arts Center


Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for “SOLOS 2014” at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During and contributed photos for WestportNow.com

Posted 08:00 PM
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