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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Playhouse ‘Season Kickoff Block Party’ Attracts Hundreds Image
The Westport Country Playhouse second annual “season kickoff block party” today was a big hit with young and old alike. The three-hour event attracted about 700 visitors, according to organizers. It featured games, puppets, backstage tours, as well as food trucks and special ticket offers. The party was held in advance of the Playhouse’s 84th season opener, Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight,” directed by Artistic Director Mark Lamos, which debuts on April 29 and runs through May 17. It is a co-production with Hartford Stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Costumer’s Secret: Spray Costumes With Vodka to Freshen Image
Westport Playhouse Playhouse staff member Aimee Kinsman gives visitors to today’s Playhouse “season kickoff block party”  an inside peak of costumes and props in a backstage dressing room. In her talk, she divulged what she said was a costumer’s secret—when costumes can’t be dry cleaned between performances, spray them with a bit of vodka to regain freshness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Little People on Big Stage Image
A highlight for many visitors to today’s Westport Country Playhouse “season kickoff block party” was a chance to go backstage on on stage to see the inner workings of the theater. The Playhouse’s 84th season opens April 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Playhouse Fun

Scenes from today’s Westport Country Playhouse “season kickoff block party.” Dave Matlow for

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Staples Students Honored With Arts Awards Image
Staples High School students Molly O’Shea (fine arts) and Kirk Melhuish (music) have been honored for their exemplary achievements throughout their high school careers at the 19th annual Connecticut High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet by the Connecticut Association of Schools. The event acknowledges highly accomplished students in Connecticut for both performing and visual arts. They were joined by Camille Eskell, Staples Fine Arts Department and Nicholas Mariconda, Staples Music Department.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, April 11, 2014

‘Souvenir’ Opens at Westport Community Theatre Tonight Image
The two-member cast of “Souvenir” performs a dress rehearsal in preparation for tonight’s Westport Community Theatre opening of the play written by Stephen Temperley, directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner, and produced by Joan Lasprogato.  Starring Greg Chrzczon and Priscilla Squiers, it is a light-hearted rendition of the singing experiences of Florence Foster Jenkins whose unlikely career culminated with a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 25, 1944. It runs through April 27 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and on Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Visit for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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‘Fantasticks’ Closes Out MTC Westport 20-Year Run Image
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage concludes its 2013/2014 season —its last in Westport after 20 years before moving to Norwalk—with “The Fantasticks,” a musical with book by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones and based on “Les Romanesques” by Edmond Rostand. Performances are tonight through May 4, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., at MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East (Colonial Green/Lower Level) in downtown Westport. Pictured are (l-r)  Shanna Ossi, Lou Orsone, Jack Doyle and Tony Lawson. More information at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Drink ‘n’ Draw at Arts Center Image
Participants at the Westport Arts Center’s monthly program Drink n’ Draw tonight enjoyed a relaxed night of figure drawing surrounded by artwork of local artists exhibited in “SOLOS 2014.” Basic drawing materials were supplied as well as light hors d’oeuvres. The next Drink n Draw is scheduled for May 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Spring Choral Festival Concert Draws Overflow Crowd Image
An overflow crowd attended tonight’s annual Westport Public Schools Spring Choral Festival concert at Staples High School.  More than 300 fourth and fifth grade students, members of their school choruses, performed under the direction of Luke Rosenberg, choral director at Staples High School, who was guest conductor for the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Guest Conductor Image
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

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In the Spotlight Image
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

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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

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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. Image
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.”

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Salute to Dave Brubeck Image
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

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Shout Out to Sally at Dave Brubeck Tribute Image
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

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