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Arts and Leisure

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bows for “Barefoot” Image
A large audience tonight applauded the cast of “Barefoot in the Park” on its opening weekend performance at the Westport Community Theatre in Town Hall. Pictured (l-r) are Martin Ripchick of Westport, Rosanne Nelson of Fairfield, Richard Cummings of Norwalk, Merrie Trout of Fairfield, Marc Hartog of Westport, and John Pyron of Fairfield. The revival of Neil Simon’s 1963 play is directed by Scott Brill of Shelton. The play runs through Oct. 11 on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sound of Blues and BBQ Music Image
Westport’s second annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival got under way today at the Levitt Pavilion. Thousands attended the event during the day, enjoying good music, food, and drink. The festival continues on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Those Behind “Years in the Making” Image
Some of those responsible for the new documentary film “Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity” paused today for a photo following the first local showing of the film which depicts 50 Westport/Weston visual artists over 70 and still actively pursuing their creative endeavors. Pictured (l-r) are: Keir Dullea, narrator; Martin West, executive producer/director and photographer; Ada Lambert, producer; Ann Chernow, artist and writer who was responsible with Martin West for the original concept; Kristin Fox, producer, and Paul Alan Levi, composer. A special showing of the documentary will be screened for film donors on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the general public is invited to a free 7 p.m. showing at Town Hall. The film has already won two awards and is expected to be distributed to theaters nationwide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer (one of the featured artists) for

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Community Theatre Presents “Barefoot in the Park” Image
Richard Cummings and Merrie Trout rehearse their roles tonight in the Westport Community Theatre presentation of “Barefoot in the Park.” The revival of the 1963 Neil Simon play runs from Friday through Oct. 11 on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. The cast includes Westporters, Marc Hartog and Martin Ripchick as well as the play’s producer Kevin Moore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Talking About Julia Child Image
Author Laura Shapiro, prize winning culinary historian, today addressed a Westport Public Library audience about book “Julia Child.”  “The movie, ‘Julie and Julia’ has been a great help to me as I do my book tour,” said Shapiro, a former Newsweek food editor. “Julia Child was as fascinating in her approach to cooking as her inspired recipes were nourishing. She was the Metropolitan Opera to a lot of people—TV was the place that set her apart.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Woodruff Talks of Life as a Busy Mom Image
Monday’s Y’s Women of Westport Weston guest speaker was Lee Woodruff, a family life contributor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In her second appearance before the group, she read excerpts from her latest book “Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress.” The collection of 17 brief, plainspoken essays is about being a busy mother to four kids and a loving wife, daughter and friend who doesn’t always know the right answers. It is a solo follow-up to her memoir of healing, “In an Instant,” coauthored with her husband, Bob Woodruff, an ABC journalist who was gravely wounded in a bomb attack in Iraq. Pictured is Judge Fredericka Brenneman buying a book from the author after her talk at the Unitarian Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Westport’s Lynsey Addario Wins $500,000 “Genius Award” Image
Lynsey Addario: 1991 Staples grad wins MacArthur Award. NY Times photo
Photojournalist Lynsey Addario, a Westporter and 1991 Staples High School graduate, is among the 24 recipients of the $500,000 “genius awards” to be announced on Tuesday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times said tonight.

All will receive $100,000 a year for five years, no strings attached, according to the newspaper.

Addario, 35, a Turkey-based photojournalist whose work in war-torn countries has appeared in The New York Times and National Geographic, shared in the Times’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize won by a team for International Reporting. 

Her photographic work was part of coverage of the war in Afghanistan for The New York Times Magazine cover article Talibanistan, Sept 7, 2008.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Westport Arts Center Presents Chamber Music Concert Image
In a special afternoon season-opener today at the Pequot Library in Southport, the Westport Arts Center presented a chamber music program featuring the conductor (and Westport Arts Center artistic advisor) Alexander Platt and the pianist Frederic Chiu. Joining them for a part of the program were The Knights. The concert was sponsored by the Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation in her memory. Frederic Chiu won the prestigious Heida Hermanns Competition for Piano in 1986. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Talking Music Image
The Westport Arts Center kicked off its chamber music series today with a concert at the Pequot Library in Fairfield. Alexander Platt, conductor and Westport Arts Center artistic advisor, chatted with pianist Frederic Chiu before the program. The concert featured piano sonatas by Haydn and Szymanowski along with a performance of the chamber version of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor with members of The Knights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Noted Westport Illustrator Bernie Fuchs Dies at 76

Bernie Fuchs, a Westport illustrator whose influential work ranged from presidential portraits to classic racing cars, died Thursday of esophageal cancer at a care facility in Fairfield, the Washington Post said today. He was 76. Image
Bernie Fuchs: balanced art and commerce. File photo

His work appeared in many magazines from Cosmopolitan to Sports Illustrated and seamlessly blended qualities of traditional narrative with hints of abstract composition, the newspaper said.

Among his portraits was one of President John F. Kennedy, now in the Kennedy Library permanent collection,. “I spent a half hour with him,” Fuchs recently recalled. “When I walked out, I was literally in a daze. I just couldn’t believe I was just with the president of the United States.”

Fuchs was adept at balancing art and commerce. “He met the needs of mass-circulation magazines accustomed to Norman Rockwell-style realism, but he injected a fresh vitality and impressionism that became hugely popular and transformed the illustration field,” the Washington Post said.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Playhouse Nov. 2 Gala will Salute Richard Rodgers Image
Planning was under way today for the Westport Country Playhouse benefit gala on Monday, Nov. 2. The event, “An Enchanted Evening – The Music of Richard Rodgers,” will include special guests Christopher Plummer and Stephen Sondheim. There will also be performances by James Naughton and his daughter-in-law Kelli O’Hara who recently starred in the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” The evening will honor Elisabeth (Liz) S. Morten, chairman of the Playhouse. Conferring about the event are (l-r) Co-Chairs Ann Sheffer and Cindy Vaccaro and Honorary Co-Chair Anne Keefe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Checking Out the Library Image
First graders from Green’s Farms Elementary School were this year’s inaugural visitors today to the Westport Public Library in a program that will see all 420 Westport public school first graders visit the library by school bus and obtain library cards. The youngster got to pick out books to read and check them out and later were treated to a story. They visited every part of the library, including the adult sections. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Taking Home Library Treasures Image
First grade students from Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School board a school bus back to school today after a visit to the Westport Public Library. For some youngsters, it was their first library visit. They got a tour, obtained library cards, and checked out books. Eventually, more than 400 first graders in the Westport public schools will make the same trip.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Time Magazine Book Critic: “I Don’t Do Nasty Reviews” Image
Lev Grossman, author and Time Magazine senior writer and book critic today spoke about his latest book, a fantasy titled, “The Magicians,” at the Westport Public Library. Asked about how he handles reviewing a book that is bad, he replied: “I don’t really do hatchet jobs any more. I did at the beginning with humor. Those nasty reviews have been the only time I got fan mail. Now I see how an author feels when a review is very nasty so I just don’t do them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Winners Image
Seventh grader Jaime Pettit and third grader Kaitlin Reif won “The Matching Game” contest at the Westport Historical Society. Volunteer Gayle Ferensz presents them with gift certificates for matching the most Heads and Hands at the Years in the Making little gallery exhibit. They were inspired to take two hours to solve the puzzle because of their love of history and the Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for

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