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Pics Of The Day #1199

The other day, “06880” photographer Lauri Weiser took a stroll downtown. Here’s what she saw:

(Photos/Lauri Weiser)

Levitt Cancels 2020 Season

Things may inch back to “normal” this summer.

But it won’t be normal on the banks of the Saugatuck River. 

The Levitt Pavilion has canceled the entire 2020 season. The reason, of course, is the coronavirus. 

One view of the Levitt Pavilion … (Photo/Claire Bangser)

The Levitt board says:

This decision is first and foremost based on our commitment to your safety, and the safety of our artists and audiences, staff and stakeholders, and the community at large.

2020 would have marked our 47th summer season under the stars. This will be the first time in our history that we will not produce a season. Sharing this news is difficult — but we know it is the only responsible thing to do.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Levitt Pavilion produces one of the largest and longest-running free outdoor festivals in the nation. We are committed to being able to ensure our future ability to deliver on our mission: To provide abundant free access to the arts, to compensate and support artists at every stage of their careers, and to preserve and cultivate an outdoor destination where people of all ages can come together safely to enjoy the arts, nature – and each other.

… and another … (Drone photo/Brandon Malin)

The Levitt Pavilion is also an anchor organization for a vibrant downtown Westport. We will continue to work to be in a position to light up Westport once more, when it is safe to do so, in our unique way, and to continue to attract thousands upon thousands of people to come back to Westport and support our local businesses, restaurants and our esteemed cultural institutions.

We are working to ensure we can still be here to deliver on our mission in the future, to help serve and rebuild our community, and to help mitigate the effects this cancellation, alongside countless others, has on the artists and team that make our season and special events possible.

To support these outcomes and maintain our very lean operations, we will continue to fundraise. So that we can remain functional, we ask that if you’re able, to please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

… and the view from the stage. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Pic Of The Day #1078

Behind the Levitt Pavilion (Photo/John Videler for Videler Photography)

To order any of John Videler’s Westport prints, click here.

Pic Of The Day #1043

Levitt Pavilion: closed for winter (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Pic Of The Day #983

Heartfelt feelings near the bridge from the Levitt Pavilion to the Imperial Avenue parking lot (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

Photo Challenge #254

Last week’s Photo Challenge showed a spot not far from downtown that most Westporters have never gone.

Though it’s a place everyone should see.

Sandy Rothernberg’s image was of the point at the Riverwalk path behind the Levitt Pavilion where Deadman Brook flows into the Saugatuck River.

It’s beautiful, serene — and open to the public. You’ll get a different perspective there of the water, and our town’s relation to it.

Since the Levitt renovation, the path now winds all the way around — from the library to the Imperial parking lot side. Midway there, you’ll see the scene Sandy captured. Or click here for the closeup.

This one was tough. It took nearly 24 hours before the first readers guessed correctly. Congratulations, Madison Malin and Steve Dopp!

This week’s Photo Challenge, meanwhile, may be our first-ever nighttime shot. If you know where in Westport you’d find this — night, day, whenever — click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Johanna Rossi)

Photo Challenge #248

Fall is here. The Levitt Pavilion is dark.

But for dozens of nights this summer — like every other one — the Levitt lit up Westport with free concerts.

The lights above the stage were last week’s Photo Challenge (click here to see). A couple of readers guessed the Staples High School auditorium or Westport Library — but nearly everyone else nailed it. The Levitt Pavilion has tons of fans.

Congratulations to Matt Murray, Fred Rubin, Andrew O’Brien, Jack Backiel, Les Dinkin, Jay Tormey,. Seth Braunstein, Martin Gitlin, Rich Stein, Bobbie Herman, James Weisz, Seth Goltzer, Darcy Sledge, Jonathan McClure and Joelle Malec– you lit up the answers!

Amy Schneider snapped this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d find this, click “Comments” below.

And if you know who this guy is, we’d love to find out!

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

Pic Of The Day #852

Levitt Pavilion and full moon, from the Saugatuck River (Photo/Nicole vonDohlen)

Pic Of The Day #828

Yesterday’s rainbow, as seen from Bartaco … (Photo/Erik Ostbye)

… and the Levitt Pavilion, for the great concert by Our Native Daughters … (Photo/Claire Bangser)

… and over Cockenoe Island (Photo/Sharon Lipper)

Minstrel History Comes To Levitt

As chair of TEAM Westport — our multicultural commission — Harold Bailey thinks a lot about how our town addresses race.

The topic is everywhere nationally, from politics and policing to religion and sports. Some discussions are superficial; others, quite nuanced.

Westport is not the most racially diverse place on the planet. But we are tied inextricably to the national conversation.

The recent “Remembered…” exhibition at the Westport Historical Society revealed — with stark photos, words and artificats — that kidnapped, enslaved Africans were critical to the founding and growth of this place.

Bailey says that Our Native Daughters do something similar on a national scale, for American music. Conceived by 4 gifted women, and spurred by a MacArthur “genius grant,” the group reclaims minstrel music of the 1800s from the tropes generated by whites wearing blackface. The quartet redefines that music, through its African-American roots.

In the process, Bailey says, “they vividly portray the ways in which the enduring storytelling and bonds from black women have been the bedrock of the African-American family, from antebellum America to the present.”

Our Native Daughters

That’s powerful stuff. This Tuesday (July 23, 7:30 p.m.), Westport gets a chance to see and hear it in an intimate setting.

Our Native Daughters perform a special, ticketed concert at the Levitt Pavilion. TEAM Westport and the WHS co-sponsor the event.

We’re in great company. The next day, the group performs at The Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. On Sunday they’ll be at the Newport Folk Festival.

The Levitt date actually launches Our Native Daughters’ tour. A crew from the Smithsonian Channel will be on hand to film this show.

NPR says Leyla McCalla’s delivery is “characterized by willowy sereneness and subtly jazzy phrasing,” Allison Russell’s by “feathery, softhearted trills and curlicues,” Amythyst Kiah’s by “flintily soulful resonance,” and Rhiannon Giddens’ by “lithe expressiveness and regal bearing.”

Banjos are key. But all 4 women play several instruments.

The Levitt is well known for the variety and quality of its programming. Rock, blues, military bands, kids’ music, comedians — in over 40 years, audiences have seen it all.

Seldom however has there been a concert with historical significance, one that can promote reflection and dialogue at such a fraught time in our nation’s history.

The Levitt is a relaxing, wonderful place of summer entertainment. On Tuesday, Our Native Daughters’ artful, eye- and ear-opening music takes us to a new place.

(Click here for tickets and more information.)