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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Young Bridgeport Jazz Musicians Join Westport Performance

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Young jazz players from the Neighborhood Studios in Bridgeport entertained tonight for the first set at Westport’s own Jazz Club at Restaurant 323. The opportunity to play was sponsored by the Jazz Society of Fairfield County. FC Jazz director and saxophonist Rabbi Greg Wall (pictured in back row), and Executive Director of Neighborhood Studios Rita Appel joined the students for a hearty round of applause before two more sets of live jazz regularly presented every Thursday night at the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conributed photo

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‘American Idol’ Winner at Levitt

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Connecticut native Nick Fradiani entertained at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. The singer/musician found fame as the winner of the 14th season of “American Idol” in May 2015. After his victory with his winning song, “Beautiful Life,” he headlined the “American Idol” U.S. tour that summer while beginning work on his debut album, “Hurricane.” It was released by Dot Records in August 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westporter Plays to Hometown Crowd

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Jake Bernard (Jake Yarmoff) , a Staples High School 2010 graduate. was the opening act tonight at the Levitt Pavilion sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. He was followed by another Connecticut native, Nick Fradiani of Gilford, winner of the Connecticut Battle of the Bands and the 2015 “American Idol” winner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Hearing Sybil’s Choices

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly, attracted a full house today at the Westport Library for her talk on the best of summer reading. Steinberg, who said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016, today summarized 31 fiction, four short fiction and eight nonfiction books which included Westporter Nina Sankovitch’s nonfiction book, “The Lowells of Massachusetts.” Steinberg’s list of summer reading books may be found on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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She Speed Reads Through Books So You Don’t Have to

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When Westporter Sybil Steinberg talks books, people listen. The contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly brought out a full crowd today at the Westport Library to hear her summer favorites. In all, she said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Players ‘Working’ Opens Tonight

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The Staples Players cast of the musical “Working” takes its curtain call at its final dress rehearsal of the show on Wednesday. The show opens tonight and runs this weekend only at the air-conditioned Staples High School auditorium. The musical is based on the Studs Terkel book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974),” which has interviews with people from different regions and occupations. Tickets are available at www.Staplesplayers.com or 30 minutes prior to show time subject to availability. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Band Brings Kindle Rock Movement to Levitt

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The Not-Its! entertained a packed lawn tonight at the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion. The Seattle-based band plays original rock/pop music for young children. The band is recognized as part of the kindie rock family music movement nationally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aaron Samuels for WestportNow.com

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The British Were Here

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Wendy Van Wie, who owns the house at 188 Cross Highway with Mark Yurkiw, points to an indentation in the front door that records say was caused by a British-fired musket ball. The house, which received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historic plaque, was built c.1728 by Samuel Meeker and remained in the Meeker family for five generations until 1917, according to Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Maudie,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

World War II’s Miracle of Dunkirk has never been addressed in American cinema. “Dunkirk” details the epic rescue of 338,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France: the biggest evacuation in military history.

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From May 27 to June 4, 1940, the Allies were surrounded on all sides by German forces (never named, just referred to as “the enemy”), while the Luftwaffe repeatedly buzzed and bombarded the beaches.

Since the water was too shallow for destroyers to get close to the beach, brave British civilians volunteered to cross the English Channel in everything from fishing boats to barges to retrieve the troops—while under constant bombardment.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan (the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception,” “Interstellar”) tells the suspenseful survival story from three meticulously interwoven perspectives, based on fictional characters.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WHS Hosts Historic Black Rock Harbor Cruise

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Sunday, July 30 is hosting activities at Captain’s Cove Marina in Bridgeport, including a cruise along some of Black Rock Harbor’s historic sites.

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Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport draws summer crowds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The event sets off at 11:15 a.m. from 1 Bostwick Ave., an announcement said. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register, visit www.westporthistory.org.

In the 18th century, Black Rock Harbor, now known as Captain’s Cove, was used as a trade port and shipbuilding center.

The WHS tour will begin with a visit to the Maritime Museum, a Queen Anne-style Victorian house built by coal dealer Richard Dundon in 1893. 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Bare Spots at Library Book Sale

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There were plenty of bare spots on tables today on the third day of the Westport Library’s annual summer book sale. All items were half price today. The sale winds up Tuesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a $5 charge for a bag full of books, a change from past years when all books on the last day were free.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gypsy Jazz Rhythms at Levitt

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The Caravan of Thieves band performed tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts before a packed crowd. Attendees enjoying a perfect summer evening heard gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass, and violin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Arts Festival & Book Sale Collaboration ‘a Success’

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Organizers of the Westport Fine Arts Festival and the annual Westport Library summer book sale today hailed a new collaboration between the two events as a succcess, resulting in more visitors to each. Book sale organizer Mimi Greenlee said tents on Taylor Place (background above) attracted visitors from the arts festival to cross Post Road East to the book sale along with posters at the book sale promoting the festival. She said the library also had a booth at the arts festival promoting the book sale. “One woman who has lived here 40 years told me she had no idea the book sale and arts festival were on the same weekend,” Greenlee said. She said the book sale attracted 4,200 visitors on Saturday compared to 4,000 on the 2016 opening day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fine Arts Festival Again Draws Large Crowds

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Today’s second day and final day of the 44th Westport Fine Arts Festival drew large crowds, bolstered by sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Book Browsing

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Shoppers check out the books today on the second day of the Westport Library’s annual summer book sale. The sale continues Monday with books at half price. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Celebrating Playhouse Opening Night

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The award-winning contemporary drama “Grounded” by George Brant opened tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. The one-act play starring Elizabeth Stahlmann (l), the play’s sole performer, portrays an F-16 fighter pilot reassigned to directing drone strikes because she is pregnant. After the performance, Stahlmann celebrated with Mark Lamos, Country Playhouse Artistic Director (c), and play director Liz Diamond (r), chair of Yale School of Drama’s Directing Department and resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Rocks With Staples Nostalgia and ‘60s Sounds

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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion rocked tonight with Staples High School nostalgia and 1960s sounds with the Reunion Band. The evening was part of the celebration of the late day Westport screening of the award-winning short documentary “The High School That Rocked” produced by 1971 Staples graduate Fred Cantor. It recalls how six legendary bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame all performed at Staples from 1966-68. Pictured are Mike Mugrage, Rob McClenathan, Brian Keane, and Bonnie Housner Erickson, all members of the Staples class of ’71. Not pictured: Charlie Karp, Bill Sims, Dave Barton, and Julie McClenathanLevitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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School Days Music

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Brian Keane and Charlie Karp perform tonight at the Levitt Pavilion as part of the Reunion Band. The 1971 Staples graduates took part in events celebrating the Westport premiere of the award-winning documentary “The High School That Rocked,” produced by 1971 Staples High School graduate Fred Cantor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Large Levitt Crowd for Reunion Band

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The Reunion Band made up of Staples High School graduates of the class of 1971 perform tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. The performance followed the earlier screening at Town Hall of the award-winning short documentary “The High School That Rocked” which recalls how six legendary bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame all performed at Staples from 1966-68.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Best in Show Winner at Fine Arts Festival

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Mark MacKinnon (c ), a photographer from Wappingers Falls, New York,  today was awarded best in show at the 44th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. The award was presented at a reception at the Design Within Reach store, 154 Post Road East. Pictured with him are Sue Brown Gordon (l), director of the festival, and Randy Herbertson, board president of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, sponsor of the festival. MacKinnon, after a career in advertising and commercial photography, has been exhibiting in art shows since 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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‘High School That Rocked’ Screening Draws Packed Crowd

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There was a packed Westport Town Hall auditorium today for a screening of “The High School That Rocked!” The award-winning documentary short recalls how six legendary bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame all performed at Staples High School from 1966-68. Following the screening there was a talkback moderated by local author and blogger Dan Woog (r) that included (l-r) Casey Denton, director, Staples ’14; Fred Cantor, producer, Staples ’71, and Dick Sandhaus, Staples ’67 class president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: 44th Annual Fine Arts Festival Opens


Scenes from the opening day of the 44th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival on Main Street sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. It continues on Sunday. Dave Matlow and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Thousands at Fine Arts Festival in a Return to Main St. After 9 Years

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The 44th edition of the Westport Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) drew thousands today to Westport’s Main Street. It was a return to Main Street after nine years in Parker-Harding Plaza and adjacent Gorham Island. The WDMA said the switch was made because its members said they were not benefitting by the riverside location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Westport Library Summer Book Sale Opens


Scenes from today’s opening day of the Westport Library annual summer book sale. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Book Rush at Opening

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Andrew Atumere of Boston led the opening rush today at the Westport Library’s annual book sale. The native of Uganda said he was looking for books to send to a professor friend at a university in Uganda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Gallery: Dave Mason Performs at Levitt


Scenes from tonight’s Dave Mason concert at the Westport Pavilion for the Performing Arts. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Back for a Fourth Time

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It was the fourth time tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason. The English singer-songwriter and guitarist first found fame with the rock band Traffic. Over the course of his career, Mason has played and recorded with many notable pop and rock musicians, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney & Bonnie, and Cass Elliot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Large Crowd for Dave Mason Despite Early Sprinkles

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Early sprinkles did not deter a large crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion to watch Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason. It was his fourth time at the Levitt, the ticketed event raising funds for free concerts at the Westport venue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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‘Selects 2017’ Debuts at Westport Arts Center

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It was a packed opening reception tonight at the Westport Arts Center for the “Selects 2017” member artist exhibition. One of the nine selected artists, Xiao Mai Kong of Westport, poses in front of her work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Wet Setup for Fine Arts Festival

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It was a wet setup late today for artists participating in the Westport Fine Arts Festival on Main Street on Saturday and Sunday. Thousands are expected to annual event sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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