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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Playhouse Script in Hand Bows

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The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse script-in-hand play reading of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” takes their bows tonight .Pictured (l-r) are Maria Tucci, David Margulies, Matthew Amendt, Nicole Lowrance, Lenny Wolpe and Frances Sternhagen Created by Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro, the play was directed by Anne Keefe who is also curator of the popular script-in-hand series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Staples Players Open ‘Oklahoma’ on Friday

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The show must go on. In spite of Sandy and this week’s nor’easter, Staples Players will open “Oklahoma” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. as planned. Before power was restored at Staples, cast members assembled at The Conservative Synagogue to rehearse. Visit www.staplesplayers.com for tickets and performance information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Foodies See, Foodies Do

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Taking their minds off the storm and power troubles, about 60 persons tonight attended a special dinner, “Souterrain #5,” at the Westport Arts Center. Arranged by Bill Taibe (c. black shirt) of Westport;s leFarm and The Whelk restaurants, the “underground” event is described as a “new and unique dining experience” in which a different location is chosen for each dinner and is announced only 48 hours in advance. The price of the dinner fluctuates depending on market value and availability. Reservations are only taken by e-mail. Tonight’s event coincided with the last night of the “Foodies” exhibit at the Arts Center in which Taibe was one of the judges of the member-only show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 26, 2012

From Westport to Malawi: on Assignment

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Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center (and contributing WestportNow photographer) today visited a remote village in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeast Africa, where she is on a photo assignment for the United Nations accompanying Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme Administrator. Clark, who is on a 10-day mission to Malawi and Rwanda, is a former prime minister of New Zealand. Klisser During is a New Zealand native. Contributed photo

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Foodie Art Explained

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Westport photographer David Kalman (l) explains his entry into the Westport Arts Center current “Foodies” member exhibit at today’s ArtCafé at the Center. Peter Van Heerden, WAC executive director, filled in on hosting chores for Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts, who is on a U.N. photography assignment in Africa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sound Artist at GFA

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Fred Newman, an actor, voice actor, and sound effects artist, perhaps best known for his work on the pubic radio variety show “A Prarie Home Companion,” was guest speaker tonight at the Green’s Farms Academy’s James M. Coyle Endowed Visiting Scholars Program. He told long shaggy dog stories with totally exaggerated sound effects with wild motions. Newman can be seen daily on the PBS reading show “Between the Lions.” for which he has won several Emmy Awards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pen and Ink Zingers


Scenes from today’s Westport Public Library talk by Matt Davies of Wilton, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune and USA Today cartoonist. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Arts Committee Honors Young Achievers

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Staples High School graduates Peter Duchan and Leslye Headland, both making their mark in the film and theater world, were among the Horizon Award winners at today’s 19th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. The Horizon Award was established in 2001 to recognize the achievements of young, emerging artists with strong tries to Westport and Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Posthumous Award to Westport Filmmaker

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The Westport Arts Advisory Committee today presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Doris and Frank Jacoby for their work in filmmaking. John Simon, brushing back tears, announced that Frank Jacoby died Thursday in his wife’s arms at age 87. She was not present, but the award was accepted by Bruce Jacoby, one of the couple’s three sons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Thank You from a Son

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Bruce Jacoby accepts an award honoring his parents, Doris and Frank Jacoby, at today’s Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. Frank Jacoby died Thursday at age 87. He said his mother “wanted to convey just how proud and honored they are to be recognized by you all.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Honoring the Arts


Scenes from today’s 19th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall and later reception at the Westport Historical Society. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 19, 2012

School Arts Collection Gets Donated Works

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The Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection today received a donation of 20 museum quality paintings by the legendary Westport and Works Progress Administration artist Ralph Boyer (1879-1952) and other artists. Accepting on behalf of the town at a Town Hall ceremony was Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who is pictured holding a self-portrait of Boyer. The donation also included works by Boyer’s wife, Rebecca Hunt Boyer (1889-1984); by Rebecca Merilees, Boyer’s daughter, and noted etcher Kerr Eby (1889-1945). With Joseloff are (l-r) Westporter Mark Slater, grandnephew of Merrillees, Kathy Bennewitz, co-chairwoman of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection; Mark Waskow, an independent curator from Vermont and a neighbor of 90-year old Rebecca Merrillees who helped the family make the donation, and Carole Erger-Fass, co-chairwoman of the Westport Schools Permanent Collection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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More Art Treasures Donated by Ann Chernow

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Westport artist Ann Chernow (c) today donated several art works to the Westport Schools Permanent Art collection, founded by her late husband Bert Chernow in 1964. They were displayed at a Town Hall ceremony which also marked the donation of 20 works from the family of Westport and Works Progress Administration artist Ralph Boyer. Carole Erger Fass (l), co-chairwoman of the committee overseeing the collection, holds a lithograph by Victor Brauner (1903-1966), and Joan Miller, a committee member holds “New England Landing” by Luigi Lucioni (1900-1988). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Tribute to Arts Collection Founder

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Members of the committee overseeing the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection paid tribute today to the late Westport artist Burt Chernow, founder of the collection, at a Town Hall Ceremony. Pictured (l-r) are former Westporter Eve Potts, sister of the late Westport arts maven Mollie Donovan; Carol Erger-Fass; Katie Chase; Joan Miller; Kathy Bennewitz, Linda Gramatky Smith, and Ann Chernow, who holds a photograph of her late husband. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Showing Off WFD Art Collection

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A visit to Westport today by a Vermont art curator Mark Waskow (2nd l.) was the occasion to show off eight fire-related paintings by Works Progress Administration artist Ralph Boyer which found a home at Westport Fire Department headquarters thanks to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. Waskow arranged for the donation to the collection of 20 works by Boyer and other artists presented at a Town Hall ceremony today. With him is Westporter Ron Slater (l), a great-nephew of Boyer who had never seen the Fire Department display, and Eve Potts, who with sister Mollie Donovan, found the Boyer fire-related works in 1974 in the basement of what is now Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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“Next to Normal” Opens MTC MainStage Season Tonight

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Pulitzer and Tony-winning “Next to Normal” opens the MTC MainStage season tonight at 246 Post Road East in the Colonial Green shopping area. Westport native Jacob Heimer, Juliet Lambert Pratt of Ridgefield, Elissa DeMaria of Fairfield and Will Erat in the production running through Nov. 4. For details and tickets, visit www.musictheatreofct.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long photo

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Cool Jazz at Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center tonight held another in its series of Thursday night jazz jams. Pictured are Don Mulvaney, Brian Torff; Gene Pina, and singer Sandy Naughton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Doodle Art Admirers

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The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted a “Dinner Doodles” reception to display napkins with doodle art done during Westport Restaurant Week earlier this month. Among those attending were members of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce which sponsored Restaurant Week. Viewing the doodles are Maxine Bleiweis (l), director of the Westport Public Library, and Carleigh Welsh, marketing director of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The one-night only exhibit took place below entries in the Center’s current “Foodies” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Doodle Dolls

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The entry on the right in the Westport Arts Center doodle competition was done by Carleigh Welsh, marketing director of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rehearsing for Arts Award Ceremony

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Westport Arts Advisory Committee members gathered at Westport Town Hall today to rehearse for Sunday’s 19th annual arts awards ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. Pictured (l-r) are Ann Sheffer, Leslie Greene, Richard Epstein, Miggs Burroughs and David Rogers. The event honors the lifetime achievements of Westporters Jak Kovatch (art), Doris Goltzer music), Tyler Hicks (photography), Mary-Lou Weisman (literature), Anne Keefe (theater) and Frank Jacoby and Doris Storm (film and media), as well as rising stars Nick Brittell (music), Peter Duchan (film and theater) and Leslye Headland (film and theater), and arts champions John Franklin and Joan Miller. The public is invited to this free event and the reception immediately afterward at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, October 15, 2012

A Gift for Retiring Earthplace Executive Director

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Westport artist Susan Malloy, an honorary trustee of Westport’s Earthplace, presented John Horkel, retiring executive director, with one of her line drawings in appreciation for his 27 years of service. An event to honor Horkel is planned for Nov. 9. For details, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Remembering 1950s Jazz at Arts Center

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The Grammy-nominated vocalist and trombonist Pete McGuinness performed music from the 1950s Jazz icon Chet Baker at the Westport Arts Center today. A mysterious, romantic matinee idol, Baker was lyrical, aloof and the epitome of cool. This concert featured ballads and Jazz as sung by McGuinness, highlighting his personal vocal sound and musicality. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Standing Ovation for ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Opening

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The audience gave a standing ovation tonight at the end of the opening night performance of the Westport Country Playhouse production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A ‘Raisin in the Sun.” The show directed by Phylicia Rashad runs through Nov. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Relaxing After Opening Night Performance

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“A Raisin in the Sun” stars Susan Kelechi Watson (l), who plays Ruth Younger,  and Lynda Gravatt, who plays role of her mother-in-law, at a post-performance opening night reception tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Westport Artist Featured in Southport Show

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs stands in front of two of his works on exhibit at the Pequot Library in Southport which tonight held an opening reception for its 15th annual art show. In addition, a work by Burroughs was among three items sold in a live auction. The exhibit, “Inside Out/Outside In: Sourcing Inspiration,” continues through Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Juror Exhibits

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The Pequot Library in Southport opened its 15th annual art show tonight with a twist—this year’s show, “Inside Out/Outside In: Sourcing Inspiration,” is its first juried show. Among the jurors was Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center. She and two other jurors also got a chance to show off some of their works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Fashionable Sue

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Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, was among those modeling tonight at the Westport Woman’s Club for the “Dressing Up – Westport Style” fashion show hosted by the two organizations. The program took yesterday’s fashions to meet today’s style. Proceeds support the Westport Woman’s Club scholarship program and the Westport Historical Society’s education programs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Dog Foodies

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At today’s Westport Arts Center ArtCafe, Westport award-winning photographer Larry Silver shows a photograph he did not enter for the Center’s current member show “Foodies.” With him is Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts who curated the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for WestportNow.com

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‘L.A. Law’ Veterans Address Library Audience

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Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry, the married performers who starred as attorneys and spouses Ann Kelsey and Stuart Markowitz on the 1986-94 NBC series “L.A. Law,” addressed a Westport Public Library audience tonight. The occasion was publication of Tucker’s book, ”After Annie.”  They have been together for 40 years and said they have had really high highs and really low lows, but their love carried them through. “I have been Michael’s Muse….it’s not an easy job,” Eikenberry said. Tucker’s debut novel follows three previous nonfiction works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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LGBT Night at Playhouse

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted “LGBT Night Out” for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and allies. The event featuried a pre-show cocktail party in the Sheffer Rehearsal Studio, complete with light foods, drinks, music and door prizes, followed by a performance on stage of “Raisin in the Sun.”  The play by Lorraine Hansberry debuted on Broadway in 1959 and is based upon a black family’s experiences in the Washington Park subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The play, directed by Phylicia Rashad who in 2004 was the recipient of a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress for her performance in “Raisin in the Sun,” runs through Nov. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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