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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Ready for Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival

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All was ready in the Westport Library parking lot today and adjacent Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for the 8th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Click here for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Inflatables Ready for BBQ Fest

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Inflatables were laid out today in the Westport Library parking lot in preparation for this weekend’s eighth edition of Blues, Views, and BBQ Fest. The two-day event is expected to attract thousands to the Levitt Pavilion and adjacent areas. Click here for details on the fest.  CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Malow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:38 PM
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Inside Story on ‘The New Yorker in Westport’

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Today’s Westport Arts Center (WAC) ArtCafé featured a talk by ‘The New Yorker in Westport’ authors Eve Potts (c) and Andrew Bentley telling the inside story of their new book featuring 50 Westport-inspired covers of The New Yorker. The book grew out of a popular Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit last year showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989. (See WestportNow May 23, 2015) The exhibit will be reprised at the WHS beginning Sept. 25 in a new exhibit, “Talk of the Town.” Today’s ArtCafé was hosted by Helen Klisser During (l), WAC’s artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Artists’ Collective Sets Pop Up Exhibit

Fifteen local artists will be featured at the Westport Artists’ Collective 4th Pop Up exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center.

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Founding members of the Artists’ Collective at the spring pop up show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The one-night event is free and open to the public. 

Artists participating include Amy Bock, Ivanilde Brunow, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Randi Davis, Niki Ketchman, Susan Lloyd, Day Moore, Olivia Munroe, Diane Pollack, Steve Pomerantz, Nancy Reinker, Jill Sarver, Norm Siegel, and Al Coyote Wiener.

The 15 artists who exhibited at this year’s spring Pop Up elected the 15 participating artists. In turn, the artists in this Pop Up will each select an artist to exhibit in the spring 2016 Pop Up, creating an ongoing cycle of artists selecting artists.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘No Escape,’ ‘Meru,’ ‘War Room’

By Susan Granger

The taut thriller “No Escape” focuses on an American family accidentally caught in geopolitical crossfire, just after the prime minister of an unnamed Southeast Asian country is assassinated.

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Exhausted after flying from Austin, Texas, to take a new corporate job, jet-lagged Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Sterling Jerins, Claire Grace) cannot find their assigned driver at the airport.

That’s where they’re befriended by Hammond (Pierce Brosnan), a garrulous British ex-pat who’s also staying at the posh Imperial Lotus Hotel. Several hours after Hammond and his genial taxi-driver buddy deliver them to their rooms, armed rebels begin a violent rampage through the city, determined to kill all Americans.

Trying to survive amid a parent’s worst nightmare, Jack, Annie and the girls run to the hotel’s rooftop, where they’re trapped. Desperate, Jack convinces Annie to jump to an adjoining roof and, literally, throws their daughters across a gap for her to catch.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

In Its New Home

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Work was completed today on the installation of a donated sculpture to Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The 1991 work, “The Couple (Adam & Eve),” by William King (1925-2015), was a gift by the late artist Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91. The man is 12-feet tall, the woman, 10-feet. Looking over the work are (l-r) Tony McDowell, Earthplace executive director, Ann Sheffer, Malloy’s niece, Mark Hawes and Susan Holcombe of Bethany-based Hawes & Holcombe Conservation, and Kathie Bennewitz, curator, Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 12:25 PM
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New Artwork Installed at Earthplace

WestportNow.com ImageMark Hawes, of Bethany-based Hawes & Holcombe Conservation, today puts the final touches on installation of the 1991 artwork “The Couple (Adam & Eve)” by William King at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The work was a gift from the estate of Westport artist Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91. (See WestportNow April 14, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kathie Bennewitz for WestportNow.com
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Levitt Closes Out Summer Season

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Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos tonight closed out the Westport Levitt Pavillon for the Performing Arts summer season.  More entertainment, however, will utilize the Levitt stage in September, including the eighth annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:45 PM
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Large Crowd for Levitt Finale

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The closing act of this year’s Levitt Pavilion season in its new home tonight featured Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. The Levitt opened the season of 50 nights of free entertainment on June 28 with Orleans. Ticketed events include “Don Felder – An Evening at the Hotel California” and the Little Rivrer Band.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:40 PM
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Levitt Last Dance

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The last dance of this summer’s Levitt Pavilion season tonight was to the sounds of Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:35 PM
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‘Bedroom Farce’ Actor: ‘I Admit I Dozed Off’

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Actors in the Westport Country Playhouse current production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy “Bedroom Face” took part today in a post-matinee symposium with audience members led by David Kennedy (l), associate artistic director. In response to Kennedy’s question about whether the actors feel exhilarated or exhausted after performing the physically demanding play, Claire Karpen (r) said, “I’m in bed for most of the second act with the lights out and I admit that I dozed off. So I guess you could say the play is exhausting.” Others taking part included (l-r) Carson Elrod, Sarah Manton, Nicole Lowrance, and Cecilia Hart. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

‘Bedroom Farce’ Opens at Playhouse

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The cast takes a bow tonight following the opening night performance of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Bedroom Farce,” a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by John Tillinger.  “Bedroom Farce” takes place over the course of one intense Saturday evening.  In three separate bedrooms, the roles and relationships of four couples are laid bare, complete with squabbles, bothers, a few bruises, and a touching epiphany.  The play runs through Sept. 13. Picturedl (l-r)  are Paxton Whitehead, Cecilia Hart, Carson Elrod, Sarah Manton, Scott Drummond, Claire Karpen, Nicole Lowrance and Matthew Greer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:14 PM
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‘We’ve Been Married Many Times But Never to Bed’

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Actors Paxton Whitehead and Cecilia Hart, who play husband and wife roles in “Bedroom Farce,” which opened tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse, relax after the performance. Whitehead and Hart said they have played stage roles of husband and wife five times in four plays over the years. “We’ve been married many times but never to bed,” said Whitehead. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Greeting Fans

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Texas pop/soul singer Luke Wade greets fans during a Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts concert tonight. The singer won a wide audience with his appearance on “The Voice,” a reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C.  Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:04 PM
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Up Close

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The crowd pushed toward the stage tonight as singer Luke Wade performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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