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Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Umbrella Music

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Umbrellas were in order for many tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its second season in its $9 million home with the band Orleans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com photo

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VIP Guest

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Among the VIP guests at the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was Mimi Levitt, 94. The The arts facility is named for her and her late husband Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Opens New Season


Scenes from today’s season opener at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Picnic Levitt-Style

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Some picnics were more elaborate than others at the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Westport Arts Center Welcomes UN Visitors

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Guests attending Westport’s 50th anniversary jUNe day today made a stop at the Westport Arts Center on Riverside Avenue, which welcomed them with an outdoor sign and snacks and refreshments inside. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Librarians Honor Bleiweis in San Francisco

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Maxine Bleiweis, retiring director of the Westport Library, was honored in today with the prestigious national Charlie Robinson Award at the American Library Association annual convention in San Francisco.. Several library staff members were also there. The Charlie Robinson Award honors a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Paying Tribute to Susan Malloy

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Friends and family today paid tribute to the late Westport artist Susan Malloy at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director and longtime friend, described the philanthropist and art patron as vibrant and eager to try new things right up until her death in April at age 91. Klisser During showed a slide presentation of scenes from Malloy’s life, including her at age 87 sitting atop the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach, which she had climbed as a youngster. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (r) toasted Malloy, also a longtime friend whom he frequently accompanied to Westport events, and said she enabled him to realize his longtime ambition of becoming a male escort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Champagne and Purple Candy Tribute

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There was a gathering of friends and family at the Westport Arts Center today to pay tribute to the late Westport artist Susan Malloy. Helen Klisser During, artistic director, showed a slide display of scenes from Malloy’s life as champagne toasts were made and guests snacked on candies wrapped in purple, Malloy’s favorite color.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Remembering a Good Friend


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center tribute to artist Susan Malloy, including some of the photos shown in a slide show highlighting her life.. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

Posted 11:15 AM
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Me and Earl & the Dying Girl,’ ‘Testament of Youth,’ ‘Dope’

By Susan Granger

Granted, the title might be a bit of a turn-off, along with the fact that it’s about cancer. But let me assure you that “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is one of the best indies of the year.

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High school senior Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) is one of those painfully shy, self-conscious kids who says he would rather remain invisible and eat lunch alone - or watching Werner Herzog movies in the office of his heavily tattooed history teacher (Jon Bernthal) - than join a cafeteria clique.

Yet, like everyone else, Greg yearns for acceptance. His best-friend is Earl (RJ Cyler), an African-American classmate. Aspiring filmmakers, Greg and Earl make short parodies of classic and foreign films, dubbing them “Senior Citizen Kane,” “Sockwork Orange,” “Breath Less” and “2:48 p.m. Cowboy.”

Greg lives in a middle-class Pittsburgh suburb with his eccentric professor father (Nick Offerman) and overbearing mother (Connie Britton), who forces him to befriend a neighbor’s (Molly Shannon) daughter, Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Screenwriter on the ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan

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Harold Bailey, chair of TEAM Westport (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism), tonight introduces Margaret Nagle, screenwriter of the 2014 film “The Good Lie” about the “lost boys” of Sudan shown at the Westport Woman’s club tonight. The movie starring Reese Witherspoon tells the true story of five Sudanese children orphaned by a massacre of their village during the second Sudanese civil war. “I wrote the screenplay in 2005,” said Nagle. “It took a long time to finally get a producer for the film.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Worth the Wait

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After a one hour and 21 minute rain delay, the Staples High School Orphenians led by Luke Rosenberg sang the national anthem at Yankee Stadium tonight before the Bronx Bombers took on the Philadelphia Phillies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heather Hychko for WestportNow.com

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Orphenians on Yankee Stadium Big Screen

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The big screen scoreboard at Yankee Stadium tonight showed the Staples High School Orphenians singing the national anthem behind home plate. An adjacent big screen identified them as being from Staples High School (without identifying the school’s location—but Westport was mentioned by the public address announcer.)  Anxiously awaited for months by the Staples singers, the appearance was delayed one hour and 21 minutes by rain before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies began. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heather Hychko for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Curtain Call for ‘Country Club’

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The cast takes a bow tonight before an overflow crowd at the Westport Country Playhouse following the script in hand reading of the comedy “Country Club.” One of the loudest laughs in the script by Tony-nominee Douglas Carter Beane referred to the WASP domain where the play takes place that includes houses “that made Martha Stewart forget she was Polish.” Pictured (l-r) are Jake Robards, Rebekah Brockman, Monique Barbee, Kate MacCluggage, Matthew Amendt, Robert Eli, and Amelia Pedlow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:15 PM
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All Laughs

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Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Ross and script in hand curator Anne Keefe celebrate tonight’s performance of “Country Club” with actors Amelia Pedlow and Matthew Amendt, who recently completed a two-month run in the play, “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” at the Red Bull Theatre Company in New York in which they played brother and sister. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:10 PM
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