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Arts and Leisure

Arts and Leisure

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Installing Eric Fischl Show at Westport Arts Center

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Installation of the new Westport Arts Center exhibition of photographs and paintings by the renowned artist Eric Fischl was completed today. The show, curated by WAC Artistic Drector Helen Klisser During (l), opens Friday, July 10 with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception. Fischl is considered one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The showcased works are a unique aggregation of his early photographs and paintings from 1982-2008, representing his distinct figurative style. The exhibited works come from the Hall Collection and the Eric Fischl Studio and are a rare opportunity to see the works outside of these collections. The exhibit runs through Sept. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Air National Guard Band of Northeast Makes Levitt Debut

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The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast made its Levitt Pavilion debut tonight. Under the direction of Capt. Joseph R. Denti, the bands, which includes members of the 553rd Air Force Band and Pennsylvania Air National Guard, played a selection of well known tunes ranging from variations on “America: to “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Rise

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Guests at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts stand tonight for the National Anthem played by the The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. The band is making its first tour of Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 08:24 PM
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Evening Children’s Fun at Levitt

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight opened its Melissa & Doug Children’s Series with the Grammy-nominated, seven-time Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zach During for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:11 PM
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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Max,’ ‘Ted 2’

By Susan Granger

When Steven Soderbergh’s over-the-top comedy romp was a surprise hit in 2012, “Magic Mike XXL” was inevitable.

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Three years later, Mike (Channing Tatum) abandons his burgeoning furniture business to re-join the brawny Kings of Tampa for one last road trip to a Stripper Convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In Jacksonville, Mike meets Zoe (Amber Heard), a flirtatious photographer. And when Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello) does an impromptu solo, grinding on a soda machine, just to bring a smile to the face of a glum mini-mart clerk, Mike realizes they all need to come up with some new, erotic moves.

So it’s onto Savannah to find raunchy Rome (Jada Pickett Smith), who runs Domina, a private pleasure palace where black women can indulge their fantasies. While Mike convinces her to become their new Master of Ceremonies, she can’t hold a candle to Matthew McConaughey’s charming zest.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Howard Munce Views ‘Howard Munce at 100’

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Westport artist Howard Munce, who turns 100 on Nov. 27, today visited the Westport Historical Society (WHS) with family and a small group of WHS committee members to view the new exhibit, “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration” in the Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery. Dedicated to Munce’s late wife Geraldine, the exhibit continued through Sept. 14. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, July 12 from 4 to 6 p.m.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:39 PM
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Memories

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Howard Munce, often called the dean of Westport artists, visited the Westport Historical Society today to view its new exhibit, “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebraton.” It runs through Sept. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:34 PM
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Studying His Works

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Westport artist Howard Munce today studies some of his works in the new Westport Historical Society exhibit “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:29 PM
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Paul Newman to Appear on U.S. ‘Forever’ Stamp

WestportNow.com ImageThe U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that award-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman of Westport will be honored on a “Forever” stamp. The stamp will go on sale Sept. 18. The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of Newman accompanied by text that reads “Actor/Philanthropist.” Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.“ (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo/© Steve Schapiro/Corbis
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Smaller Crowd Tonight at Levitt

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The crowd was smaller tonight on the second night of the season of the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts than the Sunday opening. Headlining tonight was the Ken Morr Band starring singer-songwriter Ken Morr, one of the 50 nights of free entertainment at the Westport arts landmark. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zach During for WestportNow.com photo

Posted 08:45 PM
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A Gordon Lightfoot Inspiration

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Ken Morr (2nd r) and his band performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The Levitt schedule said this about his music: “Ken’s song have an elemental quality—water, earth, relationships, seasons, time, change, loss—like the great songwriters who inspired him early on: Dylaan, Simom, Van Morrison, Graham Nash, and especially Gordon Lightfoot.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 08:20 PM
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Hirschfeld’s Paul Newman and Robert Redford

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David Leopold, creative director the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, tonight discusses a work by the legendary theatrical artist depicting Paul Newman and Robert Redford from the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at a dinner celebration of Hirschfeld at the Westport Country Playhouse. It was followed by the showing of an Oscar winning film on the artistry of Hirschfeld’s legendary caricatures of Broadway and film actors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:33 PM
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Celebrating Al Hirschfeld


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse celebration of legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. He died in 2003 at age 99. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dancing at the Levitt on Opening Night

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its second season in its new home tonight. Orleans a pop-rock band best known for its 1975 hit “Dance with Me” (1975) headlined the event and had guests dancing near the stage. Intermittent light rain fell during the performance but most people seemed to have come prepared.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:08 PM
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Turning the Clock Back

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Orleans, formed in Woodstock, N.Y. in 1972 headlined the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Lance Hoppen (r, guitar) was one of the original founders with his brother, Larry, who died in 2012. So was John Hall (l, guitar), who took time off to serve two terms as a congressman from New York. Others on tour include Lane Hoppen (keyboard), Dennis “Fly” Amero (guitar), and Charlie Morgan (drums). The band is best known for its 1975 hit “Dance with Me.” Other hits included “Still the One” (1976), “Love Takes Time” (1979) and the band’s cover of King Harvest’s “Dancin’ in the Moonlight.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:07 PM
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