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Monday, July 26, 2021

Fall Hallmark movie wraps up filming on Connecticut horse farm by Christopher Arnott

An autumnal romance TV-movie for Hallmark was filmed last week at Meadowbrook Farm in Marlborough.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:30PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Meet the cast of ‘Walden,’ the new play TheaterWorks is staging in a cabin on the riverfront by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford is presenting Amy Berryman's new play "Walden" in a small cabin on Riverfront Recapture property on the Hartford/Windsor line. The environmental drama has live performa…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, July 23, 2021

Review: Pilobolus’ tranquil, transfixing ‘Bloom’ at Sunny Meadows Farm in Bridgewater by Christopher Arnott

"Bloom," an outdoor "art safari" by the dance/movement troupe Pilobolus, takes place in the ponds, fields and forests of Sunny Meadow Farms in Bridgewater.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 08:55PM

Hartford Stage’s new board president is Jack Sennott; new board members include mayor of West Hartford by Christopher Arnott

At its annual meeting, the Hartford Stage board of directors elected Jack Sennott as its new president.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:45PM

Courant arts picks for July 25-31: Black Crowes, ‘Into the Woods’, Shakespeare, Blues fest and more by Christopher Arnott

Ten arts highlights for the week of Aug. 25-31, including two Shakespeare festivals, the Black-Eyed and Blues Festival and the SHAG Festival.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:07PM

SHAG Festival, a 7-day celebration of community and arts, features Ariana Debose, Alex Newell, Sophie B. Hawkins, Pilobolus by Christopher Arnott

The Spring Hill Arts Gathering (SHAG) is a celebration of modern art, music, ideas and food. Building on the Five Senses Festival which happened on the same location in recent summers, SHAG …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Mark Twain House, Mystic Aquarium, Playhouse on Park get federal grants by Christopher Arnott

Two dozen more Connecticut-based arts venues (or production companies, or promoters or other arts-themed businesses) received Shuttered Venue Operator Grants this week. This is the fourth ro…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:31PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Connecticut Paranormal Convention — with clairvoyants, ghost hunters, exorcists and vendors — to be held in haunted armory by Christopher Arnott

The first Connecticut Paranormal Convention, also known as ParaConn, is happening July 24 and 25 at the Ansonia Armory. The gathering for those interested in the supernatural includes over a…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:10PM

Connecticut graduate student competing on Jeopardy! tonight by Christopher Arnott

A Yale Ph.D. student, Matt Amodio will be competing on "Jeopardy" Wednesday night.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:22AM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Arts picks for July 12-19: Pilobolus, jazz in the park and Ali Stroker by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's top arts picks for July 12-19, including a Pilobolus Safari, '60s pop star turned top pop producer Peter Asher and much more.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:07PM

Hartford Jazz Society resumes summer concert series, releases first-ever CD by Christopher Arnott

The Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series is back in Bushnell Park. This year, the Hartford Jazz Society, which hosts the series, has also produced a local jazz compilation CD which is being g…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:52AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Review: Playhouse on Park’s raw, in-your-face ‘Kill Move Paradise,’ streams online; next season announced by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park's "Kill Move Paradise," now streaming through Aug. 1, is a harrowing fantasy about young murdered Black men who turn up in a stark netherworld, where they act out scenes of…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:33AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Hartford Stage gets $2 million grant to offset COVID losses, fuel reopening by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has received a federal Shuttered Venue Operator Grant at the same time is announcing the conclusion of its own successful $6 million fundraising campaign. Also among the lates…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:59PM
Monday, July 12, 2021

Real Art Ways’ Creative Cocktail Hour returning with music, art, performances and food trucks by Christopher Arnott

Real Art Ways' Creative Cocktail Hours, a tradition that started in 2002, is returning July 15 with a gallery opening, live music from Red Baraat, performance art, a DJ, a yoga session and m…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:38PM
Friday, July 9, 2021

TheaterWorks, Goodspeed, Infinity Music Hall get federal grants ‘vital to recovery’ by Christopher Arnott

Twenty-one more Connecticut arts venues (or production companies or promoters) have received federal Shuttered Venue Operator Grants, it was announced Tuesday. Among the awardees: TheaterWor…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:06AM
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Arts picks for July 11-17: a jazz fest, an opera, a radio play, Luke Bryan and more by Christopher Arnott

What's happening arts-wise in Connecticut July 11-17, from the "La Boheme" in Burr Mall to the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz in Bushnell Park.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:36PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Pilobolus hosting another ‘art safari’ for summer by Christopher Arnott

Pilobolus has announced that the outdoor arts safari it created during the COVID crisis last summer will return, with a new title and location, in July.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:06PM

July brings a Beatles bonanza to Connecticut, from the 10-band Fab 4 Music Festival to Hartford Symphony’s Classical Mystery Tour by Christopher Arnott

A slew of Beatles-themed events are happening in Connecticut in July, led by a ten-band outdoor Fab 4 Music Festival in Ansonia on July 10 and also including a Hartford Symphony Orchestra "C…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:28PM
Friday, July 2, 2021

Playhouse on Park’s Shakespeare festival forced to move abruptly after Auerfarm gets cease and desist order by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park has had to shift its entire six-week Connecticut Shakespeare Festival from an outdoor location in Bloomfield to indoors at the theater’s accustomed 244 Park Road home —…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:55PM

This week’s arts picks: Outdoor concerts, comedy, dance and a murder mystery by Christopher Arnott

Our pick of the arts events for July 4-10, 2021. An Independence Day "bonanza" in Bushnell Park, a dance concert in Keney Park, a Shakespeare Festival on farmland in Bloomfield and much more.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Connecticut’s Doug Lyons, known for children’s musical ‘Polkadots’, bringing feel-good comedy ‘Chicken & Biscuits’ to Broadway by Christopher Arnott

Douglas Lyons, who grew up in New Haven and attended the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, will see his family comedy "Chicken & Biscuits" produced on Broadway this fall.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:57PM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Goodspeed adds Nina Simone bio-musical to summer concert season by Christopher Arnott

"Little Girl Blue," a two-act one-woman musical about jazz/pop legend Nina Simone, has been added to the Goodspeed by the River tent concert series, Aug. 4-29.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:59PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Yale Repertory Theatre to reopen in January with three-show season by Christopher Arnott

The Yale Repertory Theatre has announced a shortened yet high-impact three-show 2021-2022 season, the first public shows to be produced by the Rep since the coronavirus shutdown. The season …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:23PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A community ‘Godspell’ gives hope, evokes enthusiasm for live theater’s return in Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

A community-based "Godspell" in Shelton gives clues as to what live theater will be like in the next few months.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:44PM

‘Kill Move Paradise,’ a play for the Black Lives Matter era, performed this week in Bushnell Park by Christopher Arnott

The racial injustice drama "Kill Move Paradise" is being staged by Playhouse on Park in Hartford's Bushnell Park through June 25, then will stream in July. The show covers some of the same t…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:08AM
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Civil rights murals, to be unveiled Juneteenth across Connecticut, celebrate heroes of the fight for equality by Christopher Arnott

This year Juneteenth — which commemorates the end of legalized slavery in the United States in the 1860s — will be especially grand in five Connecticut cities, where giant murals have be…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘Ben & Dee’ kick off Goodspeed concert series with pop duets by Christopher Arnott

The “Goodspeed by the River” concert series, which kicked off last week, is the Goodspeed doing what it can do until it can be the Goodspeed again.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, June 11, 2021

Shubert, Waterbury Palace announce 2021-22 seasons, including shared bookings of ‘Anastasia’ by Christopher Arnott

New Haven's Shubert and the Palace Theater in Waterbury have both announced their Broadway seasons, and four tours ("Anastasia," "Waitress," "An American in Paris" and "Beautiful") have land…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 05:28PM

Goodspeed will present Rodgers & Hammerstein revue this fall, but no big musicals by Christopher Arnott

"South Pacific," long promised as the first musical the Goodspeed Opera House would produce when the theater reemerged following the COVID crisis, has fallen off the schedule entirely now. "…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:25PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hartford Stage announces ’optimistic’ 2021-22 season — but no ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage's 2021-22 season will feature "Ah, Wilderness!," "Lost in Yonkers," “Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous” and the new play “Dishwasher Dreams" -- but not the season…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 07:00PM

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