Arts and Leisure
Thursday, February 26, 2009
A panel of four authors of popular teen novels were at the Westport Library tonight to discuss their books and some of their life experiences. Speaking in front of a delighted crowd of parents and young teens, the four women questioned each other and then took questions from the audience, some of whom traveled from as far as Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Pictured (l-r) are: Libba Bray, Cassie Claire, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Many teen girls were in the audience for tonight’s talk by four authors of books aimed at teenagers. The authors included Libba Bray, Cassie Claire, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Congress Honors Newman
Five months after his death, Westport’s Paul Newman has been honored by Congress.
Newman, who died last September of cancer, was given a posthumous honor on Tuesday as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution recognizing the iconic actor’s life and achievements.
Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, introduced the resolution honoring Newman. Rep. Jim Himes, the freshman Democratic congressman representing the 4th Congressional District, including Westport, was among 81 co-sponsors.
Cohen, a longtime admirer of Newman, wanted to honor him when he died but said Congress was out of session at the time. He decided to introduce the resolution when the 111th Congress convened and invited Himes to be one of the co-sponsors. (See WestportNow Jan. 8, 2009)
Westport Center Stage Theatre Company’s new comedy improv troupe Spontaneous Generations will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at Westport’s Seabury Center. Directed by and featuring Heather DeLude of The Second City Conservatory, the troupe also includes Cindy Hartog, executive producer of the Westport Community Theatre, Mat Young, teaching artist at the Westport Country Playhouse, Rob Watts, founder of Fairfield Community Theater, Mike Krysiuk recently featured in “Revolutionary Road,” and Glen Packman of ComedySportz. As part of a promotion, four local restaurants will be offering a free glass of wine with dinner for those attending the performance, including Seminara’s Ristorante, Jasmine, Finalmente Trattoria, and Pho Mekong. The Sherwood Diner will be offering soda and coffee with dinner. Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door. For more information, call Center Stage at (203)341-9659. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Lincoln Scholar Addresses Westport Library Audience
Harold Holzer, one of the nation’s most eminent Lincoln scholars whose output of Lincoln works approaches the three-dozen mark, addressed a packed Westport Public Library audience today. Holzer, a resident of Rye, N.Y., has been busy with events connected with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth as co-chairman of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Westport Library Seeks Board of Trustees Candidates
The Westport Public Library is seeking candidates to apply for vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees. The appointments will be for a four-year term beginning on July 1.
There are 20 members on the Library Board, half of whom are appointed by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and half of whom are appointed by the Library Board itself.
This year, there will be four trustee vacancies: three trustees to be appointed by the RTM and one trustee to be appointed by the Library Board.
More information about the role of the Library Board is available on the library’s Web site. There also is a link to the Library’s Strategic Plan, which guides the library in decision-making and budgeting.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Bows for “Driving Miss Daisy”
The one-act Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy” performed by three seasoned Connecticut actors met with an enthusiastic audience reception Friday night at the show opener. Taking their bows at the end were (l-R) Tim Cronin of Stamford, Cynthia Sepe of Darien, and Gregoire Mouning of North Haven. It was the first Westport Community Theatre appearance at Town Hall for all three. Sepe, 78, last played the lead role of Daisy Werthen 16 years ago. Performances are on weekends only and run through Feb. 15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 30, 2009
Community Theatre Debuts “Driving Miss Daisy” Tonight
The Westport Community Theatre at Town Hall tonight debuts the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy.” It is the story of the relationship between an elderly southern Jewish lady and her African-American chauffeur over a span of two and a half decades. The play written by Alfred Uhry casts Cynthia M. Sepe of Darien as Daisy and Gregoire Mouning of North Haven as Hoke. Tim Cronin of Stamford plays the role of Daisy’s son. The play runs though Feb. 15 with schedule and ticket information on the WCT Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Checking Sybil’s Book List
Westporter Sybil Steinberg (l.) goes over her list of recommended books with Julie Belaga of Westport after a talk today at the Westport Public Library. Steinberg,a former editor at Publisher’s Weekly, reviewed more than 50 books. She also used the occasion to lament the dwindling number of book reviews in newspapers. “It is a very sad time for the reader of book reviews in the important newspapers in the country,” she sad. “Many are stopping the book review sections and firing the staff to save money.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, January 26, 2009
Welcome to the Latest Westport Historical Society Exhibit
Allen Raymond, town historian and a former Westport Historical Society president, welcomes guests today to the latest Society exhibit—“Presidents, Politicians and Popular Heroes.” It was standing room only at the opening reception for the display of 139 folk art wood carvings from the collection of Westporters Ann and Bob Levine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Hot Jazz on a Cold Sunday
With heads swaying and toes tapping, about 100 persons enjoyed listening to the Ralph Lalama Jazz Quintet today at the Westport Public Library McManus Room. All four members are well known veterans in jazz circles and have played on numerous recordings over the years with well known performers. They include (l-r): John Hart, guitar; Joe Corsello, drums; Ralph Lalama, leader, tenor sax, and Rick Petrone, bass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Families Hold Weekend Reunion in Westport
An online search led 30 female members of the O’Hanlon and Courduff families to choose Westport for their bi-annual family reunion this weekend. They stayed at the Inn at National Hall, made reservations at Westport restaurants, shopped, worked out at a special pilates class at the Y, and on Saturday had a special tour of Westport arranged by the Westport Historical Society. The tour ended with a special preview of the “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes” exhibit at the Society opening to the public today with a 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. reception. Bob Levine (with microphone), who, along with his wife Anne own the extensive folk art and wood carvings collection, provided a personal commentary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Westporter Susan Terry (3rd. r)) led a cast of six in the debut performance Friday night of “Mothers and Sons” at the MTC Mainstage Theatre on Colonial Green. Terry, a seasoned Broadway and off-Broadway actress, made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of “Evita” followed by feature roles in “Zorba,” “Anything Goes,” and “City of Angels.” “Mothers and Sons” performances are on weekends through Feb. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 23, 2009
Westport Arts Center Features Latin American Art
The Westport Arts Center hosts a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday to mark the opening of its latest exhibit “Preemptive Resistances: Critical Pointers in Latin American Art.” The exhibition provides a unique perspective on current issues in contemporary Latin American art and continues the Center’s timely examination of art as a form of activism and as an agent of change. Pictured is curator Denise Carvalho with one of the exhibits from the show which runs through March 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
“Mothers and Sons” Musical Opens Friday at MTC
A conservative talk radio host has to come to terms with her son’s announcement that he is gay in the new musical “Mothers and Sons” having its world premiere at Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut on Friday. Kevin Connors, the theater’s executive artistic director, composed the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book with Joe Landry, founder and artistic director of Second Guess Stage/Screen and a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. The cast includes (top row, l-r:) Larry Daggett, Rob Sutton, Tom Stuart (bottom row:) Michael Lowney, Carolyn Marcell and Westport’s Susan Terry. The show runs through Feb. 1 at the MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East in Colonial Green (lower level). Ticket details are available on the MTC Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long