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Monday, August 29, 2016

Welcome to Compo Mill Cove

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Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, tonight welcomes guests to a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cov home of Robin Tauck (l). Tauck was a sponsor of the WHS exhibit “the beautiful POND” based on the book of the same title by local artist and author Judith Orseck Katz. Like the book, the exhibit features watercolors of the Sherwood Mill Pond and its environs. It runs through Sept. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Actor Gene Wilder, Frequent Westport Visitor, 83

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Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963),  “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Night at Compo Movies

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Some youngsters enjoyed a movie at Compo Beach tonight—the last summer weekend before the start of school on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Closes Out Season

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Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados closed out the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts season tonight with a large crowd in attendance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Large Crowd for Levitt Season Ender

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There were clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts closed out its season with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. Audience members joined in dancing as the concert drew to a close. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Curtain Call for ‘What the Butler Saw’

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An almost sold-out crowd tonight attended the opening night performance of “What the Butler Saw,” a British farce by playwright Joe Orton who died in 1967 at age 34. The show premièred in London in 1969. The play’s director John Tillinger said tonight, “What a pity Joe never got to see the success of this extraordinary play.”  Tillinger said he directed productions of the play four times over three decades, Manhattan Theatre Cub in 1989, London’ Wyndham Theatre in 1991, in Los Angeles in 2014 and this year in Westport. Pictured (l-r)  Julian Gamble, Patricia Kalember, Robert Stanton, Paxton Whitehead, Sarah Manton and Chris Ghaffari. Kalember is a Weston resident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying Post-Performance Reception

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Enjoying a post-performance reception tonight following the opening night of “What the Butler Saw” at the Westport Country Playhouse were (l-r) Paxton Whitehead, director John Tillinger, Chris Ghaffari, Julian Gamble, Robert Stanton, Patricia Kalember and Sarah Manton The Londion Sunday Telegraph said of the play by playwright Joe Orton: “(It) will live to be accepted as a comedy classic of English literature.” CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Final Saturday Night at Levitt

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Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band entertained tonight at the Levitt Pavilion in the final Saturday night concert of the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Headlining at the Levitt

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Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band headlined at the Levitt Pavilion tonight. Sharrard is widely known as the lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band. A prolific songwriter and talented singer, he has also released several soul-influenced albums of his own including three with his first band, The Chesterfields, followed by three solo albums and, most recently, the eponymous release by his current band in 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Night at the Levitt

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The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts presented Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band tonight in its final Saturdy night concert of the season. The Levitt closes out the season Sunday at 7 p.m. with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Final Friday Night Levitt Concert

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Tonight was the final Friday night Levitt Pavilion performance of the season and Terrapin, a Grateful Dead tribute band, drew hundreds to their performance. The Levitt closes out the season on Sunday night with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Grateful Dead Tribute Band Draws Crowd

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Terrapin, a Grateful Dead tribute band, drew a large crowd tonight to the Westport Levitt Pavlion for the Peerforming Arts. Contributed photo

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Musical Exercise

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Some danced, some used Hula Hoops as the Terrapin band performed tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Friday Night Fun

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The Grateful Dead sounds from the Terrapin tribute band tonight whipped up the Levitt Pavilion crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

High Fives at Beechwood Arts Fundraiser

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Tonight’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation concert fundraiser featuring internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell (r) and renowned Westport pianist Frederic Chiu at the Saugatuck Congregational Church was billed as a “High Five” event celebrating five years of arts collaboration by Westport-based Beechwood Arts. While taking final bows, Chiu and Bell traded high fives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Old Friends Perform Again

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Joshua Bell and Frederic Chiu, longtime friends, acknowledge the audience applause tonight at a Saugatuck Congregational Church concert marking the fifth anniversary of Chiu’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation. The Westport-based nonprofit fosters innovation and collaboration across all of the arts and across generations. Also in performance tonight was soprano Larisa Martinez. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fingerprint Art for Joshua Bell

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Prior to their Saugatuck Congregational Church concert tonight, Beechwood Arts co-founder Frederic Chiu presented his friend, violinist Joshua Bell, with a fingerprint artwork of his fingerprint by artist Sandy Garnett. Over the past 25 years, Garnett has collected thousands of fingerprints from which he creates art objects in a continuing series that explores contemporary identity. Chiu obtained Bell’s fingerprint some time ago on a pretext and Garnett incorporated it into Chiu’s gift. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Telling Musical Tales

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Before tonight’s Saugatuck Congregational Church concert featuring world renown violinist Joshua Bell and Westport’s celebrated pianist Frederic Chiu, they discussed their life of music with well known broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest, a Peabody Award Winner heard on WQXR and WNYC in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo

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Pop Up Popsicle Art

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Young guests tonight enjoy Lucienne Buckner’s work, “Popsicle Igloo” at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. Guests were encouraged to take a Popsicle home. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Student Artist With ‘Challenge Yourself’

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A featured student artist at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center was Sebastian Avila. He posed with his work, “Challenge Yourself,” mixed media on paper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Featured Artist

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Featured artist Karen Kent poses next to her works “Courage” (l) (acrylic) and “Jack” (mixed media) at the Pop Up art exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Sketching on the Saugatuck

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Local artist, author and illustrator Elaine Clayton today mentored a group of about 40 aspiring and accomplished artists in the sixth annual Sketching on the Saugatuck event. The class, along the banks of the Saugatuck River adjacent to the Westport Library, is in honor of the late Westport Illustrator Tracy Sugarman. Paper, easels and drawing materials were provided. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Explaining How It’s Done

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Westport artist Elaine Clayton explains the groundrules for today’s Sketching on the Saugatuck event outside the Westport Library. The annual event now honors the memory of the late Westport artist and author Tracy Sugarman, who died in Jnuary 2013.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Trying Their Hand

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Among those participating in today’s Westport Library Sketching on the Saugatuck event were Westporter Linda Gramatky Smith (l) with friend April Aubrey of Prospect. Gramatky Smith is the daughter of the late Hardie Gramatky, painter, author, illustrator of “Little Toot” fame. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Indignation’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Reminiscent of “Unforgiven” and “No Country For Old Men,” “Hell or High Water” is a gritty, contemporary Western, set in West Texas, focuses on the Howard brothers, who concoct a plan to wreak revenge on the greedy bank that swindled their dying mother out of her land.

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Divorced dad Toby (Chris Pine) is determined that his sons inherit the oil-rich family ranch which is under threat of foreclosure. So he turns to his sociopathic, ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) for help.

Toby devises a clever plan to rob several small small-town branches of the Texas Midlands Bank, then launder the money through an Indian-run casino, just over the state line in Oklahoma. With untraceable casino checks made out to Texas Midlands Bank, he can settle their debt.

Wearing hoodies and ski-masks, Toby and Tanner start the heists. Which draws the attention of about-to-retire Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) who surmises that these aren’t your usual bank robbers, not meth-heads or sociopaths, since they take small denomination bills from the cash drawers.

More "Granger at the Movies: ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Indignation’"

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It’s a Wrap for Levitt Children’s Series

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Steve Songs wrapped up the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts with a back to school special show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Dancing the Night Away

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A couple of guests at tonight’s closing children’s concert at the Levitt Pavilion dance the night away to the sounds of entertainer Steve Songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fairfield Counts Star at Levitt

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The Fairfield Counts swing band featuring vocalist Michele Grace delighted a full Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts audience tonight. The band is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Dancing to the Big Band Sound

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Audience members dance to the big band sound of the Fairfield Counts tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tribute to Andrews Sisters

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Tonight’s Fairfield Counts concert at the Levitt Paviion for the Performing Arts included a tribute to the Andrews Sisters and their hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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