Arts and Leisure
Friday, November 06, 2009
Buddhist Relic Exhibit Opens Today
Westport’s Unitarian Church is hosting the opening today of an exhibit of rare Buddhist relics. The event, which is sponsored by Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in Redding, begins with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the exhibit continues through Sunday. The collection is of rare relics of Buddhist masters and saints which have been safeguarded in Tibetan and other Asian monasteries for centuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Former Westporter Tells Tales of the Wild
Former Westporter Joanna Greenfield came to the Westport Public Library tonight to speak about her new book, “The Lion’s Eye, Seeing in the Wild.” Subtitled “One Woman’s Illuminating Journey in the Heart of the Wild,” the book is a unique and lyrical account of a remarkably courageous young woman’s experiences following one of the last known populations of wild chimpanzees in politically hazardous Uganda. Greenfield spent 23 years writing and rewriting about her experiences in East Africa following publication in the New Yorker magazine of her story of being attacked by a hyena while working at a wildlife reserve in the desert in Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Insider Arts: You’re on the A List, Send Money
By Ina B. ChadwickSpecial to WestportNow
The envelope arrives and the sensory thrill from touching thick vellum paper, then running our fingers over our names in calligraphy excites us even further. It is an adrenaline rush we don’t get from e-mail.
We tear open the envelope and see we are “invited” and the “pleasure of our company” is requested in such a nice old-fashioned way It is the fall gala season where every invite makes us first feel like we are on the insider track in our community.
Yes, we’re coming. Yes, we will be there to support the arts, social services, the green movement, the kid’s school, the squirrel rescue movement and throw in a disease or two that runs in our family. We want to be there for everything we care about deeply. For this family, it’s mostly the arts.
Suddenly we look at the RSVP card. And then we are stunned by reality. Our company is not so desirable that we don’t have to pay to be in good company. There is a dollar amount on our heads. Take a ticket for a small fortune, or even buy a table and chum up with best friends who share your passion for only $10,000.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Playhouse Gala Marks 80th Anniversary
The Westport Country Playhouse gala tonight celebrating its 80th anniversary attracted many patrons of the arts. They were entertained with a performance entitled “An Enchanted Evening – The Music of Richard Rodgers” that included appearances by composers Stephen Sondheim and Mary Rodgers Guettel, daughter of the late Richard Rodgers, who served as interns at the Playhouse in the 1950s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave MatlowP for WestportNow.com
Appreciative Audience for Playhouse Gala
There was a standing ovation tonight for the Westport Country Playhouse gala performance entitled “An Enchanted Evening – The Music of Richard Rodgers.” It featured performances by Malcolm Gets, Judy Kuhn, James Naughton, Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Loretta Ables Sayre, and Karen Ziemba. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Liz Morten (l), chairman of the board of the Westport Country Playhouse who was honored at its 80th anniversary gala tonight, takes time for a picture with Joanne Woodward. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, November 01, 2009
A Westport Artist’s Gift to Weston
A mural by Westport artist Barbara Lawless (2nd l, white hair) was unveiled today at a ceremony in Weston’s Town Hall. Entitled “Community” and gifted by her to the Town of Weston, the work painted on a canvas depicts contemporary Weston on a fantasy landscape. Her son John of Weston (r, orange sweater) assisted in the unveiling. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Everyone Into the Tent
Chris Lennon and Peter Stephens, design specialists of Southport-based Elegant Effects, worked today to prepare for Monday’s Westport Country Playhouse gala. An estimated 400 guests will attend the event that includes a reception and silent auction in the tent beginning at 5:45 p.m., followed by a star-studded performance on stage at 7:30 p.m., and concluding with dinner and music in the tent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Getting Ready for Monday’s Playhouse Gala
The Westport Country Playhouse Gala co-chairs, Cindy and John Vaccaro (l), Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler and gala honoree Liz Morten (2nd r) reminisce about the 1931 play “Green Grow the Lilacs”at the Dressing Room restaurant where the co-chairs met to review plans for Monday’s gala. “Lilacs” was the inspiration for the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein blockbuster musical “Oklahoma!” The benefit gala, “An Enchanted Evening – The Music of Richard Rodgers,” includes special guests Christopher Plummer and Stephen Sondheim with 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.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Westporter Joseph Califano Brings Home Drug Abuse Message
By Dave Matlow
At age 78, Westporter Joseph A. Califano, Jr. could be taking it easy, remembering his days as a successful lawyer, former U.S. cabinet secretary, and best-selling author.
Joseph A. Califano, Jr. addresses a Bedford Middle School audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
But instead of an easy retirement, he was at Westport’s Bedford Middle School tonight talking to his neighbors about what he has been doing for decades—trying to keep America’s youngsters healthy and away from drug and alcohol abuse.
Less than a month ago, Bedford’s parking lot and adjacent Staples High School grounds were the site of a homecoming celebration that saw at least five teens become intoxicated, prompting a plea from the Staples principal to parents to help him do something about it. (See WestportNow Sept. 30, 2009)
In an event attended by several hundred persons and co-sponsored by the Westport Public Library and Positive Youth Development, the Brooklyn-born Califano talked about his new book, “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents.”
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sally’s Place Owner Honored
Sally White, owner of Westport music store Sally’s Place, was overcome with emotion today as she accepted an award at the 16th annual Arts Advisory Committee awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. Her store has been a Main Street fixture since 1985 and has been where music lovers of all generations go to look for or discuss some particular music of interest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Honors for Westport Music Teacher Suzanne Sherman Propp
Suzanne Sherman Propp, music teacher and choral director at Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School, was among the honorees at today’s Westport Arts Award Ceremony. She and some of her students performed “In Wonderful Westport,” a song she wrote to celebrate Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Surprise Arts Honor for Mollie Donovan
A surprise recipient at today’s Westport Arts Advisory Committee Arts Award program at Westport Town Hall was Mollie Donovan, a longtime member of the committee and volunteer in many Westport arts activities. The committee inaugurated “The Mollie Award” in her honor and said in the future it would be presented annually to a dedicated volunteer for the arts. Committee members Ann Sheffer and David Rubinstein presented Donovan with the award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Packed Crowd for Annual Arts Award Ceremony
The 16th annual Arts Awards ceremony sponsored by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee drew a large crowd today to the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Preparing for Saturday’s “Our Town, Your Playhouse”
Angela Marroy Boerger, education and community program coordinator at the Westport Country Playhouse, applies final touches to the stage costumes that are on display for the “Our Town, Your Playhouse” event Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The free special community celebration will be filled with activities throughout the day for children, families, teens and adults. Events will include storytelling with books featured in the 2010 Family Festivity shows, behind the scene tours, stage combat workshops for young adults and teens, directing workshop with “tick,tick…BOOM!” director Scott Schwartz, and much more. The day will conclude with a 7 p.m screening of the Playhouse stage version of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com