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Arts and Leisure

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sherwood Island ‘Islandfest’ Draws Crowd

Scenes from the Friends of Sherwood Island Islanfest tonight. It included a dedication of a tree to the late Allen Raymond and a display of models of Cece Saunders’ educational panels on the history and archeology of Sherwood Island. Among those attending was longtime Westporter Ellwood Betts who shared his first-hand knowledge of the park’s history. Gebe Borio for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying ‘Westpour’ on the Saugatuck

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Tonight was another in a series of culinary events called “Westpour” on the river walk on the west bank of the Saugatuck River at National Hall sponsored by Experience Hospitality, a New York-based management and hospitality company. Experience Hospitality owner Bobby Werhane and Managing Director Kevin Daniel Lalumiere created the events as a place to network with community members and enjoy a fun night out by the water in the heart of Westport. Their newest partner venture is NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails at 6 Wilton Road, the former Vigilant Hose Co. No.3 firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Fun

Scenes from today’s Slice of Saugatuck festival. Christine Lomuscio, Tony Riggio, and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gala Dinner is Fundraiser for Wakeman Town Farm

Scenes from tonight’s Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Dinner. Christy Colasurdo for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Learning About 15th Century Art

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For the second consecutive week, today’s Westport Arts Center ArtCafé, meeting in a private home, featured Westporter Fiona Garland, art historian. Among the works she discussed was the Adam and Eve detail from “The Ghent Altarpiece,” an early 15th century Early Flemish polyptych panel painting. They are said to be the earliest treatment in art of the human nude with Early Netherlandish naturalism. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Playhouse Pre-Gala Reception

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted a reception for donors in advance of its annual gala on Sept. 22. It will honor playwright A. R. (“Pete”) Gurney, who has had 14 of his plays staged at the Playhouse, and Westport’s Arthur Levitt, a valued trustee and longtime Playhouse supporter who will receive the Playhouse Leadership Award.  Welcoming guests at the Steinway Piano Store, 501 Post Road East, were Steinway manager Josh Tuckman (l) and Playhouse managing director Michael Ross . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:18 PM
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Warming Up for Playhouse Gala

Scenes from tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse reception at the Steinway Piano store for about 50 guests in advance of its Sept. 22 gala. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:05 PM
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DNR Band Really Wraps Up Levitt Season

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The popular almost all-physician DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Band played to an enthusiastic audience tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The new Levitt’s shortened season officially ended Sunday but this concert was an add-on to honor Westport EMS and first responders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:45 PM
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A Donation and High Five

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Westport EMS Crew Chief Jay Paretzky tonight accepts a donation from Gavin Nash, 2, (held by grandmother Kris Nash of Westport) and gives a high five at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The popular almost all-physician DNR Band played a special concert to benefit Westport EMS and first responders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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She Opened the Levitt and Was There to Close the Season

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Mimi Levitt, whose philanthropy with her late husband Mortimer has made Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts possible, was there tonight to watch the DNR Band close out the Levitt season. Levitt—pictured with Jack Klinge, president of the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and a member of the Representative Town Meeting—cut the ribbon for the new Levitt on July 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Getting Ready for Next Westport Arts Center Exhibit

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The finishing touches were done today on the next exhibit at the Westport Arts Center, “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks.” The exhibit of large-format color photographs by the world-renowned Canadian photographer opens with a 6 p.m. reception on Friday, Sept. 19 and runs through Nov. 1. Curator is Helen Klisser During (2nd r), WAC director of visual arts. “Profound photographs by Burtynsky reveal the stark reality of human industry on the land,” she said. “The monumental photographs of dramatic, seductive landscapes are a sobering testament to the complex relationship between industry and nature, which speaks loud and clear.” The exhibition is on loan courtesy of the Hall Collection, and has traveled from the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vt. where it was on view from November 2012 to December 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Commendation to Retiring Arts Advisory Committee Member

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First Selectman Jim Marpe presents a commendation to retiring Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) Co-Chair Leslie Greene. Marpe announced that Richard Epstein will replace Greene alongside current Co-Chair Nancy Diamond. Appointed by the First Selectman, the WAAC’s goals are to perpetuate Westport as a thriving center for artistic activity and to preserve its artistic heritage.​ At Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., WAAC will present its first free-to-the-public TEA Talk: Thinkers, Educators, Artists speak on the role of technology in the arts. For information, check westportarts.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Celebrating Book Launch

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Joseph Valero, producer of ESPN-TV “Sports Reporters” for the past 25 years   and a Westporter until a recent move to Norwalk, hosted a book signing launch party tonight at the Saugatuck Rowing Club. It was celebrating publication of his book, “Second to None” about the four Super Bowl appearances of the Buffalo Bills. The attendees included sports journalists Mike Lupica, Bob Ryan, former Boston Globe sports columnist, Sal Marchiano, radio and TV broadcaster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 08, 2014

At 12, She Learned She Had HIV; Now 20, She Writes About It

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Paige Rawl of Indianapolis, Ind. contracted the HIV virus from her mother and tested positive at age 12. Now 20, she spoke at the Westport Public Library tonight about her new book, “Positive.” In it, she tells the story of how she was mercilessly bullied in middle school and how she overcame the ordeal to change her world for the better. “If my book saves one life, it was worth it,” she said. “I am a regular girl, I have friends, I date, I have a normal life.  However, if I ever get a cold or something, I immediately go for an antibiotic—and I don’t allow myself to get overtired.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:45 PM
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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Beatles Tribute Band Closes Out New Levitt Season

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Strawberry Fields, a Beatles tribute band, tonight closed out the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts shortened summer season. A packed crowd filled every bit of lawn and spilled out to the pathways on either side. There will be one more performance at the new venue on Wednesday by the almost all-doctor DNR band to benefit Westport EMS.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:58 PM
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