Arts and Leisure
Friday, January 07, 2011
Meeting the Author
Author Tom Piazza greets guests after his talk tonight at the Westport Public Library as part of its WestportREADS program. The New Orleans resident, who told of his Katrina experiences, is the author of nine books. They include the novel “City Of Refuge” which won the 2008 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and the post-Katrina classic “Why New Orleans Matters.” His other books include the Faulkner Society Award-winning novel, “My Cold War,” and the short-story collection “Blues and Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for Fiction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Westport Sketchbook: Getting Ready for Skating
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to the PAL ice rink at Longshore Club Park. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com
Friday, December 24, 2010
New Look at Westport Library
There’s a new look at the Westport Public Library.
The new logo (top) replaces the old one (below). Contributed graphics
The library unveiled its new look in its January-February newsletter reaching Westporters today. The newsletter reflects the updated graphics and soon the library will unveil the new look on its website, according to director Maxine Bleiweis.
But in a column in the newsletter, she says the graphics are only part of the story.
“The expression ‘the more things change, the more things stay the same’ is proving true at the Westport Public Library,” she writes.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Broadway Boys Bow
The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage, take a bow following Saturday night’s performance of Broadway and holiday favorites at the Westport Country Playhouse. The group, which will also perform Sunday at 3 p.m., includes Westport natives Justin Paul, musical director and keyboard accompanist; Dan Asher, bassist, and Drew McKeon, drummer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Broadway Boys at Playhouse This Weekend
The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage, will present a concert of Broadway and holiday favorites, today at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse. Three members are Westport natives: Justin Paul, musical director and keyboard accompanist; Dan Asher, bassist; and Drew McKeon, drummer; and a fourth is a Weston native: Jeremy Goldsmith, guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Westporter’s Paris Documentary Debuts Tonight on PBS
She lives a quiet life in Westport and not many outside of the documentary film industry know her name.
Perry Miller Adato: Francophile since high school. PBS photo
But Perry Miller Adato, called by the The Wall Street Journal “one of the great documentarians in the history of cinema,” will gain a little more notoriety tonight as PBS airs her “Paris: The Luminous Years.”
The two-hour film tells the story of the unique role played by the Paris from 1905 to roughly 1930 in the creation of the modern arts movement.
It is a film Adato has wanted to make for 30 years but was told the subject was “too broad.”
“Seasons Readings” Debuts Thursday at Woman’s Club
Play With Your Food Artistic Director Carole Schweid gives notes to the cast before “Seasons Readings” debuts at the Westport Woman’s Club on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The program of holiday-themed short plays and stories, produced by the creators of Play With Your Food, features (l to r) Alison Cimet, Tom Zingarelli, Westport’s Susan Terry, Chris Cafero and Joanna Keylock. Pre-theater prix-fixe dinners are available at DaPietro, Matsu Sushi or Bobby Q’s and the audience is invited to join the cast for eggnog and dessert afterward. For tickets and information, visit www.playwithyourfood.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Jingling with ‘Jingle Bells’
Guests at the Westport Rotary Club annual holiday luncheon today shook car keys to help the Orphenians of Westport’s Staples High School perform “Jingle Bells.” The group, under new director Justin Miller, is marking is 70th anniversary this year. WestportNow.com video
Celebrating a Play Premiere
Westonite playwright David Wiltse cuts a celebration cake following tonight’s premiere performance of his “The Greatest Gift” presented as a “holiday and script-in-hand play reading event” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Westporter Bill Scheffler looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, December 13, 2010
Coleytown El to the Playhouse, Script in Hand
Westport Coleytown Elementary School students Luke Sauer (l), 10, and Orly Salik (2nd r). 9, perform central character roles in tonight’s holiday and script-in-hand play reading event, “The Greatest Gift,” which has its premiere showing at the Westport Country Playhouse. The cast includes Stacie Morgan Lewis (2nd l), Jeremy Peter Johnson, and Howard McGillin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Westport Arts Center’s ‘Studio 51’ Draws Lively Crowd
The Westport Arts Center Saturday night transformed its gallery at 51 Riverside Ave. into a disco-dance club “Studio 51” inspired by the legendary club, Studio 54. The event raised funds for the Center’s education and outreach programs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
More ‘Studio 51’ Photos
More photos from Saturday night’s “Studio 51” fund-raiser at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser during and contributed photos for WestportNow.com
Familiar Face at Candlelight
Former Staples High School Chorale Director Alice Lipson—and current director Justin Miller’s former teacher—joined him and students at the end of tonight’s final 70th Candlelight Concert at the school. Lipson retired last June after 35 years with the Westport schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Another Candlelight Ends
Aumni joined current students at tonight’s final Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Saturday, December 11, 2010
“The Clowns and Mr. Beckett” at Playhouse Tonight
Humor abounds as Bill Irwin and Doug Skinner (at the piano) rehearse for their one-time performance in “The Clowns and Mr. Beckett” at the Westport Country Playhouse today at 8 p.m. The twosome entertain through the art of clowning, the works of Samuel Beckett and the shared passion for classic vaudeville and silent film comedians. Irwin performs extensively in theater, film and TV and has earned numerous theatrical awards. They include a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor for his appearance in the revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” and a 2008 nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film “Rachel Getting Married.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com