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Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Friday, August 14, 2009

“Years in the Making” Has Been Years in the Making Image
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight held its monthly Business After Hours event at the Westport Historical Society where the current exhibit is “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art.” They heard from (l-r) documentary filmmaker Martin West, photographer Krisitin Rasich Fox, and artist Anne Chernow about their “Years in the Making” film project that features 50 Westport and Weston artists ages 70 and older whose recent works are on exhibit. The project, itself years in the making (at least three to be exact), challenges the notion that creativity is limited to the younger generation. Raisch Fox’s “Heads & Hands” exhibit in the Society’s Little Gallery is a photographic tribute to these 50 ageless artists. “Years in the Making” will have its first public showing Nov. 8 at Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dancing to a Latin Beat Image
They were dancing in the aisles tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s weekly kids night. The lively beat of Latino rhythms from Cambridge, Mass.-based Sol y Canto (sun and song) reverberated at the indoor venue of the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. It was the seventh time this season that the show had to move indoors, according to Freda Welsh, executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Laughing at the Levitt Image
The crowd forgot about the heat and humidity tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion as they were entertained by three stand-up comedians of the Treehouse Comedy Club. The performers, Rob Falcone of Queens, Scott Papacuri of Long Island and Johnny Rizzo of Bridgeport each presented slide-splitting routines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Playhouse Announces 2010 Season Selections Image
Mark Lamos: “An exciting challenge.” Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse today announced four of the five selections for its 2010 season, its 80th anniversary year. The number is one less than this season.

It will be the first official season of artistic programming by Mark Lamos, who was appointed as the Playhouse’s artistic director in February 2009.

Lamos will direct both the musical comedy “She Loves Me” (April 27-May 15) and Samuel Beckett’s comedy “Happy Days” (July 6-24).

The season will also include the two-character musical “I Do! I Do!” (Aug. 10-28), and the classic drama “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly revised by Wendy Kesselman, (Sept. 28-Oct. 16).

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Insider Arts: Adultery and Guns; Some Laugh, Some Don’t

By Ina B. Chadwick

Special to WestportNow

Does he who laughs last, laugh longest? Or, does he laugh last simply because he’s the last one to get the joke?

During the Westport Country Playhouse’s current run of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves,” I had never been more aware of the disparity over the moments that individual audience members found worthy of their laughter. 

On this particular evening, it was as if each audience member existed on a separate planet receiving messages at different speeds; the chuckles, giggles and guffaws were popping up in an un-syncopated chorus, behind me, in front of me, and often at seemingly inappropriate times.

Seated between my husband and my business partner, I noticed they too reacted at significantly different times, and rarely to the same lines. 

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Singer Don McLean Entertains Levitt Crowd Image
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion was rocking tonight as rock-folk-pop music icon Don McLean entertained the crowd with selections from his 40 platinum and gold records, including such hits as “And I Love You So,”  “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and “American Pie.” Proceeds from the evening make possible the 58 free nights of music at the Levitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Starry, Starry Night Image
More than 1,000 persons turned out tonight for the Don McLean cocnert at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie Image
Some of the crowd on hand tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion to hear Don McLean and one of his most popular hits, “American Pie.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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A Reunion With a High School Buddy Image
Westporter Jack Mulcahy (r) got together tonight with singer Don McLean, a high school buddy of his, before McLean’s concert at the Levitt Pavilion. They attended Iona Prep, a Christian Brothers school, in New Rochelle, N.Y., and had had not seen each other for about 25 years, according to Mulcahy. Mulcahy, professor of business and education at the University of Bridgeport and director of its doctoral studies, brought his copy of the Iona Prep 1963 graduating class yearbook to the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Honoring Artist Frank Bolle Image
Friends and admirers turned out tonight for a reception marking the opening of an exhibit in the Great Hall of the Westport Public Library of works by noted comic book artist and painter Frank Bolle. From water colors of barns to portraits of dogs, Bolle’s distinctive work captures the essence of a variety of subjects. He is shown with wife Lori, a noted area photographer and past president of the Norwalk Camera Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Words of Thanks Image
Weston artist Frank Bolle has some words of thanks tonight at the opening reception of an exhibit of his works at the Westport Public Public Library. Bolle is a member of the National Cartoonist Society and president of Connecticut Classic Arts. Walt Disney Productions is using several of his canine portraits in a forthcoming film. The exhibit runs through September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Tickets Still Available for Don McLean Friday at the Levitt Image
Don McLean: His “American Pie” is one of the top songs of the 20th century. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tickets are still available for “An Evening with Don McLean” at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion on Friday at 8 p.m. 

The rock-folk-pop music icon has achieved 40 platinum and gold records worldwide and a place in the Grammy and Songwriter’s Halls of Fame for such hits as “And I Love You So,” “Castles in the Air,” “Crying, Since I Don’t Have You,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and “American Pie.”

“American Pie” has been ranked as one of the top five songs of the 20th century on a list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Proceeds from the concert, which is sponsored by TD Bank, will help to underwrite the 58 free performances at the Pavilion this summer. For more information, or to charge tickets, visit the Pavilion’s Web site 

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Noted Architect Who Designed Westport Library Dies at 71

Charles Gwathmey, an architect who won wide acclaim for his love of Modernism and passion for geometrical complexity but whose Westport Public Library design drew much criticism, has died, The New York Times said today. He was 71 and lived in Image
Charles Gwathmey: Westport Library design was “problematic.” File photo

The Times said Gwathmey was part of a generation of architects who put their own aesthetic stamp on the “high Modernist” style developed in the early 20th century by Le Corbusier and others. It said many of his best buildings were houses.

The Westport Library was not one of his better designs. Library trustees hired him to design the $4.6 million, 33,000-square foot building that opened in 1986 on a former landfill site. Almost immediately, it was criticized for looking like a factory, not taking advantage properly of the river vistas, and poorly functional as a library.

A library document summed up the issues this way: “It proved to be problematic in terms of space and functionality.”

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Father-Daughter Team Performs at Levitt Image
It was a family affair tonight as the talented father daughter team of Naomi Sommers, 30, and Phil Rosenthal, 60, both acoustical guitarists and composers performed “folk bluegrass” on a warm and humid summer evening at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Rosenthal, who said tonight that as a 12-year-old he “was mesmerized by Pete Seeger, tried to emulate his style but then eventually migrated to bluegrass while retaining the folk element.”  As composers, he said that either he and his daughter composed over half the music in their repertoire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Westporter Publishes His Westport Memories Image
Westporter Larry Aasen, a 46-year resident, has published a new collection of memories compiled from his meticulous set of 14 albums of Westport-related clippings and photos from 1963 to 2009. The publication, “Westport, 1963-2009, Recent History,” covers people and events in the town’s history over the years. Aasen said his compilation will appeal to all Westporters, whether longtimers or recent residents, because “it records the names of Westporters and corresponding anecdotes of people who have made a difference in these past 46 years.” Aasen thanked Woody Klein, Dan Woog, Ann Sheffer, Gordon Joseloff and others who reviewed and assisted him during the development of the content. To order the booklet, send $20 (which includes mailing and handling) to Ellery Press, 31 Ellery Lane, Westport, CT 06880.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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