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What’s Happening in Westport This Weekend

WESTPORT, Conn. – Meet one of the masterminds behind the 1968 animated film “Yellow Submarine,” which includes music by the Beatles, this weekend at the Westport Arts Center. Also this weekend, go behind-the-scenes at the Westport Country Playhouse and pick up some gardening tips at Wakeman Town Farm. Here’s a look at some of the events happening in and around Westport.

Friday, April 13

? 6 p.m.: Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” and Bob Ley from ESPN will be the featured speakers on the behind-the-scenes of broadcast journalism. The event at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts benefits FSW, a Bridgeport-based nonprofit. Tickets are $50 for just the show or $100 for a meet-and-greet with the hosts beforehand.

? 7 p.m.: Come out and support the Westport Youth Film Festival and catch a screening of the 1968 animated film “Yellow Submarine." Weston resident Al Brodax, who produced the film, will introduce this award-winning work and talk about its production. The evening and discussion will be moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher, emeritus professor of New York University. The night will also include live music, food and art. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. The screening will be held at the Westport Arts Center.

Saturday, April 14

? 9 a.m. to noon: Learn how to build a better garden at Wakeman Town Farm. A workshop led by Mike Aitkenhead will cover the basics of good soil quality along with soil testing. The workshop will also cover the construction of a framed raised bed and planting. The cost of the workshop is $30, when you register online , and onsite registration is $35.

? 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Westport County Playhouse during the third-annual Playhouse Community Day. The event will include family activities, backstage tours, displays and historic artifacts. It will offer insight on the upcoming season and ticket discounts. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be free snacks and beverages, with more food available for purchase.

? 2:30 p.m.: Meet nature photographer Robert Rattner and discover his work at Earthplace. Rattner has been photographing wildlife for the past 30 years. His work has been featured in national publications such as National Geographic, Discover, Audubon and Smithsonian. Admission is free for members, $7 for adults and children over 12, and $5 for seniors and children under 12.

Sunday, April 15

? 2 p.m.: The Westport Historical Society is marking tax day with a talk about James Otis Jr., a Colonial lawyer whose words helped spark the American Revolution. Otis’s role in Boston’s famed Sons of Liberty in the years leading up to the outbreak of war will be described by Westport resident Nathan A. Allen, author of “Arsonist: The Most Dangerous Man in America.” There is a $5 donation fee.

? 2 p.m.: Westport Community Theatre continues its season with "A Picasso," a taut suspense thriller by Jeffrey Hatcher. The story, set in 1941 occupied Paris, follows eccentric artist Pablo Picasso, who matches wits with a female German interrogator in a dangerous game full of dark humor, sexual tension and suspense. The show, which opened Friday, runs through April 29. Tickets are $18 to $20. For reservations and information, call 203-226-1983.

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