Westport buzz: Talk of the Town
Updated 7:48 am, Saturday, April 16, 2016
‘Private Lives’ staged by Westport Community Theatre
“Private Lives,” Noel Coward’s comedy about the tumultuous relationship between a divorced couple, continues this weekend and next at the Westport Community Theatre.
The show is performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees at the troupe’s theater space in Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.
Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 203-226-1983.
Variety show set at senior center
“Try to Remember IV,” a production featuring music, dance, comedy and drama, will be presented Sunday at the Westport Center for Senior Activities
The show will take place at 2 p.m. in the center, 21 Imperial Ave. Tickets cost $20 if purchased ahead of time and $25 at the door.
The show, according to producer/director Doris Jacoby, will feature pianist Chris Coogan, who returns as musical director. Nick Stevens is master of ceremonies, and performers include married actors Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon, Carol Schweid, Bill Hall, patriarch of the Hall Family Singers and daughter Emily, and actor Jim Naughton.
“Try to Remember IV” is sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The Center is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For more information or tickets, call 203-341-5099.
Author to discuss ‘Islamism’ at library
Tarek Osman, an author, essayist, documentary maker and political economist, will discuss his new book, “Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World,” on April 21 at the Westport Library.
The free talk is set at 7 p.m. in the library’s McManus Room.
The book addresses what Osman calls a political, social and cultural battle in the Middle East. On one side are the Islamists, those who believe Islam should be the region’s primary identity. In opposition are nationalists, secularists, royal families, military establishments and others who view Islamism as a threat to national security, historical identity and a cohesive society, according to library publicity for the program.
Osman is also the author of “Egypt on the Brink,” published weeks before that nation’s 2011 uprising. He has appeared as a commentator on international news networks and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines worldwide.
For more information, call 203-291-4800, or check www.westportlibrary.org.
Participants sought for Relay for Life cancer fundraiser
Organizers of the annual Relay for Life of Weston and Westport to benefit the American Cancer Society are recruiting fundraising teams for the May 7 event at Staples High School.
Participants are being sought from among families, businesses, schools, houses of worship and the general community for the relay, which will take place in Westport for the first time this year. Teams raise funds through pledges in the months leading up to the event.
Relay for Life events take place around the world to raise money for the cancer charity, attracting approximately 800 people for the Westport-Weston event last year, raising more than $81,000. Worldwide, a total of 4 million participated in 6,000 events in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society.
Nominations open for Youth Commission’s community award
The awards have been presented annually since 1989 as a tribute to the late James S. Bacharach, founder and past-president of the Youth Adult Council, predecessor of the Youth Commission, which Bacharach and others founded in 1974.
“All qualified high school seniors from Westport are eligible for this award,” Barbara Butler, the town’s human services director, said in announcing the nominations. “This honor, given to one or more high school seniors from Westport, recognizes their significant community service contributions in our town.”
To be considered for the award a student “exemplary leadership ability and high standards of community service to Westport,” Butler said. “Either adults or students may nominate a deserving high school senior for their contributions to our community.”
Applications will be available online at www.westportct.gov and will be sent to school counseling offices as well as at Toquet Hall Teen Center, the Westport Library and the Department of Human Services (Room 200) at Town Hall.
The application should be submitted along with a maximum of two references or letters of support attesting to the student’s contributions to the town. Applications, which must be received by May 13, should be faxed to 203-341-1073; e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to Department of Human Services, Attention: Bacharach Awards Committee, 110 Myrtle Ave., Room 200, Westport, CT 06880.
For more information, contact Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155 or e-mail email@example.com.