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Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bridgeport Students See NYC Art Highlights Thanks to WAC

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Tenth grade students from Bridgeport’s Bridge Academy charter school today visited New York’s Chelsea art district as part of the Connections program of the Westport Arts Center (WAC). Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director, and WAC staffers Jill Sarver, Rebecca Brown,  and Marni Katz, as well as Laura Spada, a member or the WAC Education Committee, pose with the students in front of artist Takashi Murakami’s work on display at the Gagosian Gallery.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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‘A League of Their Own’ to be Screened Sunday

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Westport Cinema Initiative and Project Return are partnering to present “A League of Their Own,” a 1992 fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis and directed by Penny Marshall, the comedy-drama will be shown Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Westport Town Hall. Tickets are $10 and are available at http://www.westportcinema.org.

The film tells the story of the women’s baseball team as it tours the United States during World War II.  The light-hearted look at early professional female athletes shows just how ground breaking and resilient these early pioneers were in playing the sport that they loved.

The screening is sponsored by Lee Rawiszer of Paradigm Financial Partners. A brief talk back with Doug Tirola of the Westport Cinema Initiative board, and Meghan Skelton, from the Weston Public Schools, will follow. There will also be a pizza supper at Project Return for the first 30 people who RSVP, an announcement said.

Posted 06:31 PM
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Celebrating

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Anne Keefe (l), director of tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse script in hand playreading performance of “Trying” gets together afterwards to celebrate with actors (l-r) Star and Edward Herrmann and Helen Cespedes. The play by Joanna McClelland Glass is based on her real life experience serving as secretary to Francis Biddle (1886-1968), U.S. Attorney General under Franklin D. Roosevelt and, after the war, chief justice at the Nuremburg trials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:05 PM
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Library Hosts Talk on the Ukraine

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The Westport Library tonight presented Ian Brzezinski, foreign policy expert. He spoke on Russian’s invasion of Ukraine and its implications for transatlantic security. The former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy in 2001–2005, who earlier served as a volunteer adviser to the Ukraine, said Russia’s Vladimir Putin wants to slowly take back the former states of the Soviet Union by using troops and quick attacks.“Putin is going to go for more territory….assertive Russian policy is becoming increasing aggressive,” he said. Brzezinski is son of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and was National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. His brother Mark is also a foreign policy expert who just retired as U.S. ambassador to Sweden. His sister is television news journalist Mika Brzezinski, who worked in Hartford before moving to CBS News, then MSNBC.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:31 PM
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In Rehearsal for Tonight’s ‘Trying’

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The cast in rehearsal today for tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse script-in-hand play reading of “Trying.” The play, by Joanna McClelland Glass and directed by Anne Keefe, is based on the author’s experience during 1967-68 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home office in Washington D.C. The play tells the story of a young Canadian girl and an old Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life. Pictured are Helen Cespedes reading the role of Sarah Schorr, Edward Herrmann as Judge Francis Biddle, and Star Herrmann, Edward’s wife, providing stage directions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Dover String Quartet at Westport Arts Center

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The Dover String Quartet peformed to an enthusiastic audience today at the Westport Arts Center. Comprising (l-r) violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, cellist Camden Shaw, and violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, the group was formed in October 2008 while its members were students at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. It and gave its first official performance in February 2009 and has quickly established a burgeoning presence in the music world. Having won a variety of competitions, including the first and grand prizes at the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Dover swept the first and all subsidiary prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:44 PM
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Enthusiastic Reception for Dover String Quartet

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Audience members at the Westport Arts Center today applaud a performance by the Dover String Quartet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:39 PM
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Playhouse Hosts Family Festivities Day

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The Westport Country Playhouse today hosted a Family Festivities Kick-off Party to celebrate the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Family Festivities Series, which begins on Sunday, Nov. 16. The popular series will feature productions based on children’s classic stories, including “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” “The Lightning Thief,” “Dog Loves Books,” and “Curious George.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 04:19 PM
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Sunday Fun at the Playhouse


Scenes from today’s Family Festivities Day at the Westport Country Playhouse. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 04:09 PM
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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Paula Poundstone Headlines Homes With Hope Gala

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Paula Poundstone, comedian, author, actress, interviewer and commentator, known for her distinctive brand of spontaneous observational comedy, tonight entertained an overflow crowd at the seventh annual Stand Up for Homes With Hope gala fundraiser event at the Westport Country Playhouse. Proceeds from the performance benefit the hungry and homeless of Westport and Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:25 PM
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Fundraiser for Needy and Homeless


Scenes from tonight’s seventh annual Stand Up for Homes With Hope gala fundraiser event at the Westport Country Playhouse. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:20 PM
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People for Sale at CraftWestport

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People were for sale by Barbara Lalicich of Niagara Falls, Ontario at CraftWestport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Entertaining at the Senior Center

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It was a full house at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today as the Friends of the Center with a generous donation from AT&T presented the last in the Cultural Series II for this year.  The Theatre Artists Workshop gave a play reading of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a heartwarming and humorous intergenerational play of grandparents and grandson. Pictured (l-r) are director Carole Schweid; Richard Leonard; Nadine Willig; Jeremy Funke; Bob Adrian; Wendy Long and Molly Garbe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:35 PM
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Staples Players Ready for ‘Hello Dolly!’

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Staples Players cast members Jack Bowman, Claire Smith, and Jack Baylis ready for the Players production of “Hello Dolly!” opening next weekend. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 14 and 15 and 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays Nov. 16 and 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Sunday matinees are $10 for senior citizens. For tickets and information, go to www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long Photography

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘St. Vincent,’ and ‘John Wick’

By Susan Granger

With “Interstellar,” visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight,” “Memento”) has created a speculative, mind-bending sci-fi adventure through the celestial space-time continuum.

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Sometime in the future, Earth is dying and famine is rampant. An aeronautical engineer-turned farmer (Matthew McConaughey) is secretly recruited to pilot a NASA spacecraft through a wormhole near Saturn to find a suitable place for Earthlings to colonize.

He’s reluctant to leave his family but leads his crew (Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi) on what becomes a spectacular thrill ride, encountering incredible beauty and inconceivable terror.

As years pass, his now-grown daughter (Jessica Chastain) realizes that in order to see her father again, she must solve an essential equation involving time, gravity and space.

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