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Friday, October 30, 2020

Candy vs. COVID: Safer trick-or-treat options for a Phase 2 Halloween Night by Christopher Arnott

Where can Connecticut kids go trick-or-treating while keeping safe from coronavirus contamination? Businesses throughout the Hartford area are stepping up to the challenge, providing alterna…

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Ten Connecticut rock horrors: A local band Halloween playlist, plus some live musical frights by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut bands scare up some spooky tunes for Halloween, including some creative classical riffs and a couple of online live events.

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In 'Ballads for Ballot’s, Connecticut women’s choir sings women’s words in run up to Election Day by Christopher Arnott

The Consonare Choral Community in Storrs has created a series "Ballads for Ballots" of song videos leading up to Election. The final video is inviting singers from outside the group to parti…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 10:38AM
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Tom Rush back on the road, playing drive-up concert in Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Folk hero Tom Rush returns to New England, playing an outdoor 1 p.m. show Nov. 7 at Bridge St. Live in Collinsville.

Linked From Hartford Courant at 01:16PM
Friday, October 23, 2020

'American Dreams’ is a play about immigration, an interactive game show and a collaboration between all Hartford’s major theaters by Christopher Arnott

"American Dreams" is an interactive political comedy about immigration, structured like a game show, with the play's audience deciding who wins. The online production is being brought to Con…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 02:42PM
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Connecticut arts galas go online, with less schmoozing but more stars by Christopher Arnott

Online arts galas take many forms: a multi-star concert at the Goodspeed, an array of bestselling writers at the Mark Twain House, a Steve Turre sextet for the Hartford Jazz Society and star…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 01:18PM

Review: ‘Russian Troll Farm’ at TheaterWorks a groundbreaking, high-tech portrayal of recurring election nightmare of 2016 by Christopher Arnott

Sarah Gancher's brash, multi-styled social satire about Russian internet misinformation campaigns of 2016 is spun with all sorts of creative online tricks. It's full of visual surprises and …

Linked From Hartford Courant at 01:10PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Political theater rules at Connecticut’s virtual theaters in the run up to the election by Christopher Arnott

Pre-election shows from TheaterWorks, HartBeat Ensemble and other Connecticut theaters touch on such topics as immigration, disinformation campaigns and Donald Trump.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

TheaterWorks offers free passes to ‘Russian Troll Farm’ through Hartford Library by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford has partnered with Hartford Public Library to offer passes to its latest online attraction, the political comedy "Russian Troll Farm."

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UConn’s Jorgensen Center launching four-show fall arts season on ‘digital stage’ by Christopher Arnott

UConn's Jorgensen Center has announced a four show fall season of Pilobolus, Kelli O'Hara, a chamber concert and a kids show about the Day of the Dead.

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Connecticut punk rocker opens record store in hometown by Christopher Arnott

Local hardcore hero Jay Reason has opened his own record store in downtown Milford. Static Era Records carries an array of intriguing vinyl albums, including releases from Reason's own recor…

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Friday, October 16, 2020

‘Russian Troll Farm,' at TheaterWorks revisits 2016 just in time for the election by Christopher Arnott

"Russian Troll Farm" is a harrowing "workplace comedy" based on the real-life activities of those who used social media to try to disrupt the 2016 election. The play by Sarah Gancher, direct…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 12:34PM
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Six theater shows to watch in October from Connecticut theaters by Christopher Arnott

The theater season has begun, largely online, but with great variety. October brings political shows, the classic play "The Gin Game," a Judy Garland tribute and more.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Connecticut clubs and concert halls are able to reopen Thursday: Who’s up for it? by Christopher Arnott

The state is allowing music venues to reopen Oct. 8 but few are able to without some clarification of the new regulations.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Hartford Fringe Festival finds fresh excitement online by Christopher Arnott

Rather than go dark in just its second year, Hartford Fringe Festival has gone virtual during the COVID crisis, with dozens of online offerings. Most of them are theatrical but there are als…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

HartBeat Ensemble season of political theater a direct challenge to Trump administration, ‘dismantling of democracy’ by Christopher Arnott

HartBeat Ensemble has announced an online fall season of political theater, interviews with women musicians, a radio series based on Mohegan tribal tales, an immigration game show and more. …

Linked From Hartford Courant at 11:48AM
Monday, September 28, 2020

More Connecticut theaters move to membership models by Christopher Arnott

Several Connecticut theaters (including TheaterWorks and the Long Wharf) are moving away from traditional season subscription offers and embracing new "membership" plans, where loyal theater…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 03:18PM
Friday, September 25, 2020

Connecticut performers to be showcased in Kennedy Center’s ‘Arts Across America’ by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut dancers, musicians and storytellers will be showcased on an episode of The Kennedy Center's online "Arts Across America" program Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. The University of St. Joseph's…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 08:17AM
Monday, September 21, 2020

UConn’s Connecticut Repertory Theatre offers two online shows for fall: 'Men in Boats’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ by Christopher Arnott

UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theatre has announced its two-show fall season. The comedy "Men in Boats" will have multiple live online performances, while the radio-style Christmas play "It'…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 01:39PM
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Jim Brickman, Suzanne Vega, playing virtual live concerts to benefit The Bushnell and other shuttered theaters by Christopher Arnott

Virtual concerts by Suzanne Vega and Jim Brickman on The Bushnell's fall schedule are designed to benefit the theater while its building is closed due to the coronavirus.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

New civil rights musical at TheaterWorks shows how protesting has changed in 50 years by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford is opening its new membership-based season of monthly online theater shows with a staged reading of a new musical, "At the River I Stand," about the 1968 Memphis Sanita…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Goodspeed’s annual writers gathering drops ‘colony’ from name by Christopher Arnott

Goodspeed Musicals has renamed its annual gathering of musical theater creators. It is now the Johnny Mercer Foundation Grove at Goodspeed Musicals.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Connecticut 4-year-old raises thousands for charity with viral videos recreating Hollywood hits by Christopher Arnott

A 4-year-old Southington resident has seen the shorts videos she stars in, recreating scenes from hit movies, go viral in recent days, raising tens of thousands of dollars for charity.

Linked From Hartford Courant at 10:29AM
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Goodspeed will be able to stream its musicals in 2021 by Christopher Arnott

The Goodspeed Opera House is planning to do a two-show season in 2021, and will be offering a streaming version of each show to ticket holders who don't want to see it live.

Linked From Hartford Courant at 09:43AM

O’Neill Theater Center names new executive director by Christopher Arnott

Tiffani Gavin is the new executive director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford.

Linked From Hartford Courant at 09:42AM
Friday, September 11, 2020

Connecticut’s theater season kicks off COVID-style: Five shows to catch in September by Christopher Arnott

The 2020-21 theater season has begun, largely online, with shows from established local theaters that speak to contemporary issues like immigration, civil rights and presidential elections.

Linked From Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

At Stamford Palace, Blumenthal pushes federal support for theaters in crisis by Christopher Arnott

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited his third Connecticut theater in as many weeks to stump for two federal bills that could bring relief to entertainment venues that have largely been clos…

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Monday, September 7, 2020

For Hartbeat Festival, more than 3 dozen local bands perform from Hartford Riverfront by Christopher Arnott

The Hartbeat Music Festival, which has quickly become one of the biggest local band events in Connecticut, has gone online this year. Over three dozen bands are participating, including uniq…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Autorino Center hosting Pilobolus, 860 MVMNT in dance-heavy 2020-21 season by Christopher Arnott

The modern dance troupes Pilobolus and 860 MVMNT will grace the Autorino Center at the University of St. Joseph during the 2020-21 school year. Performances will range from live shows for sm…

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Hartford Symphony Orchestra violinist survives COVID, plays to fundraise for classical community by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Symphony violinist and Avon resident Gary Capozziello was debilitated by COVID and came out of it wanting to help his fellow musicians who livelihoods had been affected by the crisi…

Linked From Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Night Fall, Hartford’s autumn arts spectacle, shifts to video by Christopher Arnott

The annual Night Fall event, which features dozens of locals artists and giant puppets performing in area parks, has moved online for 2020. The video will stream on Oct. 3.

Linked From Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

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