Friday, July 22, 2005
Westport’s Jesup Green will be the site of a Japanese “Bon Odori” folk dance festival Saturday.
Taiko Masala: Japanese drums highlight Bon Odori. Contributed photo
The Japan Society of Fairfield County is sponsoring the event, which features Taiko drum performances, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Japanese food will be available at the Matsu Sushi Japanese restaurant on Jesup Green. Or guests may bring picnic lunches along with chairs or blankets to sit on. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is nearby.
Taiko Masala, a group of Japanese Taiko drummers from throughout the tri-state area led by Hiro Kurashima, will give two performances at the festival.
Westport physicians Robert Altbaum (r, keyboard) and Fred Kaplan (rear, drums) are part of the “DNR” band made up area doctors who perform tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. WestportNow.com file photo
Zachary Kampler, 22, of Westport, will lead the Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra in a July 30 performance at the Norwalk Concert Hall. The orchestra, made up of local high school and college students, including several from Westport, will perform the children’s favorite “Peter and the Wolf” narrated by Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto” and “Overture to Egmont” by Beethoven. This is the third consecutive year that Kampler, a 2001 Staples grad, has led the orchestra. The 8 p.m. concert will benefit the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and free for children 12 and under. For further information call (203) 454-2556. Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Workers today restored Rocky, the sheet-metal rooster mascot of the Westport Country Playhouse, to his place atop the newly renovated Playhouse building. He received a makeover at Westport Auto Craft, thanks to Bob Martin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
It was a fun night for the entire family at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight as Kevin O’Keefe performed his Circus Minimus one-man-in-a-suitcase show. From his suitcase emerged an entire circus—tent, band, lights, a boisterous ringmaster a magician, and a juggler, among others. Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Two young book fans found space Saturday under a sales table of the Friends of the Library Book Sale on Jesup Green to do some reading. The four-day sale continues today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, July 16, 2005
The 32nd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association got underway today under cloudy skies. Thousands were expected to attend the two-day event featuring 130 artists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Public Library held a celebration Friday night to mark the publication of the latest Harry Potter book. Omar the Magician wondered about the slime potion on Fairfield resident Kei’s head as Westport assistant Emma looked on during the transfiguration class. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
This was the scene at Westport’s Barnes & Noble bookstore early today shortly after JK Rowling’s latest Harry Potter adventure went on sale. Several hundred people were in the store at midnight after earlier receiving wristbands allowing them to purchase the book. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Dr. Seuss is coming to Westport.
The Westport-based Music Theatre of Connecticut will present “Seussical the Musical” Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 at Westport’s Long Lots School. The Friday performance is at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
The show brings to life all of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville.
The fully staged and costumed production is performed by MTC students. Composers are Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who also composed “My Favorite Year,” “Once on This Island,” and “Ragtime.”
Joanne Woodward (c), artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, appeared at the Westport Public Library Monday night to talk about her role as director of “The Member of the Wedding” opening at the Playhouse July 28. She shares a laugh with costume designer Laurie Churba (l) and Ann Keefe, associate artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, July 09, 2005
The Westport Country Playhouse said today it will follow its traditional summer season with a series of three theatrical productions from October
2005 through March 2006.
The newly renovated Playhouse will now serve as a year-round center for performing and cultural arts, including a yearly summer season.
Reflecting the additional programming as well as a succession in artistic leadership, the autumn through spring period is dubbed the “Season of Change,” an announcement said.
Joanne Woodward, who has served as artistic director since 2001, will resign her position at the end of this year to become Playhouse artistic director emeritus.
Longtime resident Joanne Woodward, artistic director of the Wesport Country Playhouse and director of “The Member of the Wedding” opening there later this month, will be keynote speaker Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library.
Woodward will speak at the library’s “Before Act I” program about her role as director and the role that the set and costumes play in the production, set to open July 28.
Library officials said Woodward would be joined by Lori Churba, costume designer for “The Member of the Wedding,” who plans to show her design sketches at the event.
“Before Act I” is free and open to the public. No reservations are required though seating is limited. For further information call (203) 291-4840.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Jack Klugman: cancer survivor. File photoActor Jack Klugman has been selected by the American Cancer Society (ACS) to be the recipient of the first-ever Champions of Hope Award to be presented at its 10th annual “Broadway on Beachside” event in Westport Sunday, July 17, it was announced today.
Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut head basketball coach and a cancer survivor, is scheduled to present the award to Klugman, 83, best known for his portrayal of the slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple” television series.
Karen Rouse, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the ACS’s New England Division, said the award is “for giving voice to the fight against cancer through education and advocacy.
She said that Klugman, who lost a vocal cord to cancer in the early 1990s, has since continued his stage and on television acting while supporting health issues and doing an ACS public service announcement.
J.M. Barrie’s “Dear Brutus” debuted Thursday night at the Westport Country Playhouse. The second production of the summer, it runs through July 24. Pictured are front (l-r): Emma Roberts, Meg Gibson, Noble Shropshire (kneeling), Beth Fowler, and Corinne Chandler. Rear (l-r): Cheryl Lynn Bowers, Curzon Dobell, Christopher Evan Welch, Simon Jones, Allison Mackie, and Patrick Horgan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson/Westport Country Playhouse photo
Evan Hunter, the prolific writer born Salvatore Lombino who wrote under the Hunter name as well as Ed McBain and several others to become one of America’s best-known mystery and crime novelists, died Wednesday in Weston of cancer of the larynx, his agent said. He was 78. In September 2003, Hunter (box) was among those honored by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee at a Westport Town Hall ceremony. He startled the audience with his gravely voice and finger constantly held to a white button on his throat, explaining he lost his vocal chords to cancer and was speaking with a synthetic voice. Hunter ended his brief talk with thanks to Westport and the Arts Advisory Committee for selecting him as an honoree. “Art is all about voices,” he said. “And Westport is all about art.” Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Monday, July 04, 2005
A symposium, “Illusions and Second Chances,” is scheduled to be presented by the Westport Country Playhouse on Sunday, July 10, at 5:30 p.m. following the afternoon performance of “Dear Brutus.”
The whimsical play by J. M. Barrie, the author of “Peter Pan.” is about second chances and paths not taken. A second performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. that day.
Free and open to the public, the symposium features Toni Dorfman, director of undergraduate theater studies and associate professor of theater studies at Yale University, and Lois Spivak, Ph.D, a psychologist and sex therapist with a private practice in Woodbridge.
They plan to discuss Shakespearean illusions and references in “Dear Brutus,” and how second chances in relationships work out in the real world. The play’s title, “Dear Brutus,” comes from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Tonight’s entertainment at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion was provided by The Crawdaddies. The Baltimore-based band was founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work,” according to its Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The U.S.Navy Northeast Showband performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. Music selections included standards by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller as well as a jazzed up rendition of “America the Beautiful.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Honored guest: Jamie Tanzer Contributed photo By James Lomuscio
Jamie Tanzer, a 7-year-old Westporter, recently had an opportunity that few adults, let alone children, do.
She received a special invitation to a ribbon cutting ceremony with U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) at a new elementary school library in Mount Vernon, N.Y
“I kind of felt proud,” said Jamie, who attended the event two weeks ago with her mother Nancy Judson. “When we went to the thing, I was the youngest kid there.”
The honor for Jamie, who will enter third grade at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School in the fall, and her mom, too, stemmed from a newspaper article her mother read.
Monday, June 27, 2005
New Trustees: (top) Hooper and Wachsler; (bottom) Andrade and Velez Contributed photosThe Westport Public Library today announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. John B Hooper and Robert A. Wachsler were appointed by the Library Board, and Eduardo N.T. Andrade and Linda V.Velez were appointed by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
Hooper, 64, recently retired from Eastman Kodak Co. where he was director of research and development. He has a Ph.D from Carnegie-Mellon University, a M.A. from Clark University and has completed a fundraising essentials graduate course at Columbia University.
Wachsler, 71, is a former marketing and market research consultant and has a Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State University. He is vice chairman and one of the founding trustees of The Medici Archive Project of Florence, Italy, and a trustee of The Goodspeed Opera House in Haddam, Conn.
Eduardo N.T. Andrade, 36, is vice president, associate general counsel for Priceline.com Inc., and has a J.D./MBA from the Georgetown University Law Center/McDonough School of Business. He is a trustee and chairman of the executive committee for the Rectory School in Pomfret, Conn.
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion opened its 33rd season tonight with a performance by Dynasty’s Caribbean Fiesta, complete with stilt walkers, limbo dancing, and dancing by the audience. The full season schedule of 50 free performances is available at www.levittpavilion.com or by calling (203) 226-7600. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
Opening night tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion drew hundreds of spectators for the first of more than 50 free nights of summer entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com