Arts and Leisure
Thursday, May 28, 2015
New Downtown Art
Westport’s downtown is getting some new artwork. Artist Jahmane West and helper Dooli today began spray painting blue waves and seagulls on the construction fence surrounding the Bedford Square Development project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Curtain Call for ‘The Laramie Project’
Staples Players took their bow today for their final dress rehearsal of “The Laramie Project” at the Black Box Theatre at Staples High School. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.staplesplayers.com or at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain, as available. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long
Studio Visit to ‘EAST Meets WESTport’ Artist in Bridgeport
Staff and members of the Westport Arts Center (WAC) today paid a visit to Hungarian artist Márton Nemes (3rd r) at his temporary studio in Bridgeport. Works by Nemes are currently on display in the Project Space of WAC as part of its current member exhibit, “SOLOS 2015.” He is the first artist in the new artist residency program sponsored by WAC and Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institute known as “EAST meets WESTport .” Developer Phil Kuchma donated studio space for Nemes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Arpad Krizsan for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
‘SOLOS 2015’ Juror Gives His Perspective
Richard Klein (l) an artist, curator, and writer who has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield since 1999, tonight provided his perspective and insights on the works he selected for the Westport Arts Center’s current member exhibit, “SOLOS 2015.” He is describing a work by artist Michael Kozlowski (r) of Trumbull. The exhibit runs through June 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Staples Players Present ‘The Laramie Project’
In a production not only meant to entertain but inform, the Staples Players will tackle “The Laramie Project” for its major Black Box production this week.
The Staples Players Black Box production will be performed for four performances beginning Thursday. Pictured are Colin McKechnie (l), Jacob Leaf, and Christian Melhuish in the background,(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long
“The Laramie Project” is based on the story of Matthew Shepard—a gay Wyoming teen whose 1998 hate-crime murder was a dark milestone in tolerance and civil rights.
In a unique twist, next year the Players will produce the sequel to the first play, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” part of what is considered “The Laramie Project Cycle.”
“We feel it’s crucial that students be exposed to—and involved in—theater that has something important to say, and that can cause change and enlightenment in the world,” said David Roth, director of the Staples Players. The Laramie Project continues to do just that, even over 15 years since Matthew Shepard’s death.”
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Art in Clothing
Westporter Jody Brown (l) and Gwyneth Mulliken, a senior at Staples High School, look at the Westport-based “TheTwoOhThree” lifestyle clothing samples created by Roscoe Brown, Staples class of 2014, at tonight;s Art About Town on Main Street. Roscoe founded the company with his sister Tory, Staples class of 2009. Roscoe said the items are available for sale at various locations including Joey’s by the Shore and Bridgeport Hospital. Jody and Roscoe Brown are not related. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zoe Brown for WestportNow.com
Rosie Jon, a British-born Korean living in Connecticut, was born without arms but learned to paint and do everyday things with her feet. Her live art presentation tonight at Art About Town delighted the young and not so young. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Scenes from tonight’s Art About Town on Main Street. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Tomorrowland,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ ‘Hot Pursuit’
By Susan Granger
If you’ve ever visited Disney World’s EPCOT theme park, you’ve had a glimpse of what Walt Disney and his “imagineers” envisioned as the influence of science and technology on the future of mankind. That’s the basis for “Tomorrowland,” which begins with disillusioned scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney).
When he was a youngster, Frank (Thomas Robinson) brought a jet pack he’d invented to enter in a contest at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. While he didn’t amaze the contemptuous judge (Hugh Laurie), a young observer named Athena (Raffey Cassidy) was so impressed by his optimistic ingenuity that she slipped him a small lapel pin marked with the letter “T.”
To his amazement, when Frank touched the pin, he was miraculously transported to an alternative dimension known as Tomorrowland, a shiny, shimmering, serenely futuristic utopia where the impossible becomes possible…
After that prologue, it’s present-day Cape Canaveral, Florida, where too-bright-for-her-own-good Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) lives with her soon-to-be-out-of-work NASA engineer father (Tim McGraw) and little brother (Pierce Gagnon). She, too, mysteriously receives one of those magical “T” pins, catapulting her into Tomorrowland’s hologram.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Library Director Finalists Field Public Questions
By James Lomuscio
More than 100 persons filled the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight to meet and greet and ask questions of the two finalists vying to replace Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis, who is retiring at the end of June.
Finalists: David Hinkley (l), director, Montclair (N.J.) Public Library and William Harmer, director, Chelsea (Mich.) Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The finalists: William Harmer, director of the Chelsea Library in Chelsea, Mich. and David Hinkley, director of the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, N.J.
The big question of the night: “How do you view innovation, and what will you do to bring innovation to the Westport Library?”
The different styles of each was seen in their introductory responses.
Library Director Candidates Meet Westporters
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library forum with two candidates to succeed retiring Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis—David Hinkley, director, Montclair (N.J.) Public Library and William Harmer, director, Chelsea (Mich.) Library. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 18, 2015
Artist Jim Chillington of Newtown was busy painting on the Ruth Stdeinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today. His Westport scenes and others are on exhibit in “Plein Air Now & Then” at the Rockwell Gallery, 236 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Discussing Women Photojournalists in Connecticut
In conjunction with the Westport Library’s Riverwalk Hallway exhbit of “Women Photojournalists of Connecticut,” Town Curator Kathie Bennetwitz (r) tonight moderated a panel discussion of some of the exhibitors—(l-r) Jessica Hill, Keelin Daly, Michelle McLoughlin, Cloe Poisson, and Mara Lavitt. Curated by Westport photojournalist Douglas Healey, a WestportNow contributing photographer, the display features the work of 21 female photojournalists. Among them are Westporter Lynsey Addario, the prize-winning photojournalist who was the honoree last week at the Library’s annual fundraiser, BOOKED for the Evening, and Helen Klisser During, artistic director of the Westport Arts Center and a WestportNow contributing photographer. The exhibit runs through July 16. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Library Sets Presentations by Exec Director Candidates
Two finalists for the position of executive director of the Westport Library will give short presentations and answer questions at a forum Wednesday in the Library’s McManus Room.
The program, which will start at 7 p.m. after light refreshments and a “meet and greet” at 6:30 p.m., is open to the public.
Current Library Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis announced her retirement in January effective July 1.
“The search for a new executive director was extremely comprehensive and thorough,” said Library Board of Trustees President Mike Guthman. “The pool was narrowed to two very strong candidates who are eager to present themselves to Westport. We’re looking forward to hearing from them.”
Westport Author Highlights Life of Louisa May Alcott
Westport author Michaela MacColl today spoke about her sixth book, “The Revelation of Louisa May,” a fictional biographical adventure of the teen years of Louisa May Alcott, at the Westport Library’s annual Middle School Book Expo. In the book, Louisa May Alcott, the future author of “Little Women” and other books and stories, lives with her parents and two sisters in the small town of Concord. Her father, Bronson Alcott, is a writer, speaker and believer in self-reliance, but he barely makes enough money to keep his family alive. MacColl describes her series of novels, aimed at young adult audiences as “literary and biographical intertwined with mystery.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com