Arts and Leisure
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Library Sets ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Events
The Westport Library today announced two events related to Harper Lee’s highly anticipated and unexpected new novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”
It will hold a screening of the 1962 award-winning film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on Lee’s best seller, and a conversation about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Library’s McManus Room.
On Sunday, Aug. 29, at 3 p.m., the library will hold a discussion of “Go Set a Watchman,” also in the McManus Room.
Both discussions will be led by Sara Camarro, language arts teacher at Coleytown Middle School, who has taught “To Kill a Mockingbird“ to students for many years and has read the novel more than 40 times, an announcement said. The programs are free and open to the public.
Musical Tribute to a Westporter and His Boat
The 26-foot oyster fishing boat Gloria (pictured at anchor Monday in Gray’s Creek), owned by the late Westporter Alan Sterling, is the subject of a song “Gloria” by Connecticut singer-songwriter Chris Bousquet in his just released five-song EP called “Into the Light Within.” The lyrics include these lines: “When the wind is ending/Like a dredge descending/Gloria, won’t you land upon the bow and lead us home/Gloria, won’t you stand upon the bow and lead us home/Lead us home.” Bousquet said he never met Sterling, who died in July 2014, but was inspired by his story and his aching for his late longtime girlfriend Gloria. The song can be heard here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Monday, July 20, 2015
Staples Players Present ‘Godspell’ This Week
The Staples Players summer production of “Godspell” will be performed this week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.
Jack Baylis (l., as Jesus) and Charles Zuckerman perform “We Beseech Thee” in a “Godspell” rehearsal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long photo
Based on the Gospels of St. Matthew, the family-friendly musical brings to life the parables of Jesus Christ by putting a modern twist on traditional hymns.
“I grew up listening to and loving the music from ‘Godspell’,” said Director David Roth. “But what attracted us to ‘Godspell’ as a summer show was its upbeat message of love and tolerance.
“Some of our most recent productions, for example ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Sweeney Todd,’ were very moving, but were also very dark.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Motown Sound at Levitt
Dr. K’s Motown Revue was the headliner tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, taking the audience on a musical tour of groups ranging from The Supremes to Martha and the Vandellas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
White Gloves to Join in ‘Stop in the Name of Love’
Members of Dr. K’s Motown Revue handed out white gloves to the audience at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight and invited them to join in singing and reaching out to “Stop in the Name of Love.” The 1965 song was recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Getting Into It
Promoting ‘Godspell’ at Fine Arts Festival
Promoting the upcoming “Godspell” Staples High School production today at the Westport Fine Arts Festival were (l-r) Charlie Zuckerman, a sophomore, and seniors Garrick New, Daniel Pauker, and Julia Mandelbaum. They gave youngsters “Godspell” tattoos and stickers. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Heat Turned Up on Book Sale
By James Lomuscio
Neither Saturday’s morning downpour nor today’s heat wave, not to mention the Fine Arts Festival in nearby Parker Harding Plaza, could keep the bibliophiles at bay.
Mimi Greenleee, book sale chair, directs book buyers at Saturday’s opening.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Library’s 23rd annual summer book sale, one of its largest fundraisers, drew an estimated 5,000 persons Saturday to peruse the stacks containing 80,000 books arrayed by subject under the white tents on Jesup Green and inside the Westport Library, according to organizers.
And even with today’s humidity and temperatures in the 90s, 855 book lovers were tallied by 2 p.m.
“There are lots of people here looking for all kinds of stuff, buying children’s books, reference books, fiction, astronomy, and there’s a whole AV tent,” said greeter Robin Welling. “So, things are good. It’s been a steady stream.’
Braving the Heat for Art
Braving clear skies and temperatures in the 90s, crowds were out again today for the second and closing day of the 42nd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association on the banks of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Best in Show
Artist James Carter of Southbury shows off his blue best in show ribbon today at the 42nd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. Carter says of his acrylic paintings: “I strive to give the viewer a fresh, whimsical perspective of familiar,and not so familiar, situations.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Showing the Flag
An enthusiatic Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts guest shows her patriotism tonight as she dances to the sounds of Back to the Garden 1969, a band that celebrates and the music and spirit of the 1969 music festival in Woodstock, N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
SRO at the Levitt Pavilion for Woodstock Music
It was standing room only at the rear of the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight as a packed crowd in 80-degree perfect summer weather rocked to the Back to the Garden 1969 band celebrating the music and spirit of the Woodstock Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Memories of 46 Years Ago
For many in the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts audience tonight the memories of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival came flooding back as they listened to the sounds of the Back to the Garden 1969 band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Greeting Arts Festival Visitors
A couple of dancing flowers today greeted first day visitors to the 42nd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. Stine Moen (l) and Hitomi Nozawa are from Shirdance of New York which describes itself as “a unique living statues performance group that offers an aesthetic visual experience ... by fusing the traditional living statues look with striking colors, costumes, imaginary characters and unique movement technique developed by the performers.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com