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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Hartford Stage postpones return to live, in-person performance until fall 2021 by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has canceled its announced 2020-21 season due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, and also canceled the shows it postponed from the 2019-20 season. The theater does not expect to…

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Movie theaters can open in Connecticut, but most remain closed by Christopher Arnott

A month after most of them were given the go-ahead to reopen, many Connecticut cinemas are still dark. The reasons range from ongoing coronavirus concerns to the lack of fresh films to show.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Hartford Symphony to hold ‘Summer Splash’ concerts starting July 30 by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present a five-concert chamber music series, "Summer Splash!," starting with an HSO Brass Quintet concert July 30 at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center.…

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Bushnell postpones ‘Pretty Woman’ from February 2021 to April 2022 by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell has postponed yet another of the Broadway tours on its 2021-22 season, moving “Pretty Woman” from its originally scheduled February 2021 run to new dates over a year later: …

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Real Art Ways reopens its gallery space, planning outdoor film screenings by Christopher Arnott

Real Arts Ways is reopening its gallery space Thursday July 23, and making plans to offer outdoor film screenings in August.

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Black Lives Matter Mural rises at Swift Factory building by Christopher Arnott

A Black Lives Matter mural is now gracing the walls of the Swift Factory economic revitalization project in Hartford's North End. The mural will be officially unveiled with a ceremony and a …

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Bushnell sets new dates for Blue Man Group and Neil Gaiman by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell has announced new dates for two of the spring shows it had to postpone. Blue Man Group is now coming May 28-30, 2021, and An Evening With Neil Gaiman has been rescheduled for Oc…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

‘Play at Home’ with Long Wharf Theatre program that invites you to act out brand-new plays by Christopher Arnott

The Long Wharf Theatre helped start "Play at Home," an ingenious project which offers brand new short scripts by important American playwrights for people to perform in their own homes durin…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

‘It’s a mixed emotional experience for me’: Black photographers documenting Connecticut’s Black Lives Matter protests share their work and the by Christopher Arnott

Black photographers share their experiences and emotions documenting the recent Black Lives Matter protests, rallies and marches in Connecticut.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Hill-Stead Museum launches multicultural concert series with theater, music and dance ‘From the Porch’ by Christopher Arnott

The Hill-Stead Museum's new "From the Porch" summer series gives opportunities to theater and dance companies whose own spaces are still shuttered. Playhouse on Park, Sonia Plumb Dance Compa…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Margaret Holloway, known as New Haven’s ‘Shakespeare Lady,’ was one of Connecticut’s best-known performers. Last month, she died of COVID-19 by Christopher Arnott

Celebrating the legacy of Margaret Holloway, New Haven's Shakespeare Lady and a true Connecticut theater icon.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Suddenly, next summer: many theaters and concert series postpone their seasons a whole year, but some test the waters by Christopher Arnott

While a few theaters are attempting to stage shows this summer, most are staying closed. Ivoryton Playhouse, Talcott Mountain Music Festival and Westport Country Playhouse are among the perf…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hartford dancer uses classic ballet as protest tool in ‘Dying Black Swans’ by Christopher Arnott

Brian Syms' short video "Dying Black Swans" uses classical ballet and other dance forms to make a strong non-verbal message about black lives, personal identity and survival, in response to …

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Manchester’s Franklin brothers share a cartoon about George Floyd fears by Christopher Arnott

Three teen brothers from Manchester are sharing their fears about the George Floyd cartoon through a political cartoon. Keyon, Korey and Kahari Franklin have self-published several books an…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

’Fatherhood Manologues’ offers unique parenting experiences via video storytelling by Christopher Arnott

The homegrown "Fatherhood Manologues" videos, posted June 21, offer diverse tales of black fatherhood today.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Goodspeed postpones ‘South Pacific,' last remaining show of its 2020 season by Christopher Arnott

With the moving of "South Pacific" to next year, Goodspeed Musicals has now postponed or canceled every one of the shows it planned for its 2020 season.

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Bushnell announces new dates for ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Hadestown’ tours by Christopher Arnott

The Bushnell continues to shuffle its schedule of Broadway tours. "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Hadestown" now have firm dates, but won't be coming to Hartford until over a year from now.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Hartford Public Library to restore some contactless services starting June 15 by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Public Library is restoring several services this month, including patrons' ability to reserve, pick up and return books at the main downtown building.

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Connecticut theaters respond to George Floyd protests with self-examination and a rapid change in programming priorities by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theaters realize that words (onstage or off) are not enough, and are committing to concrete change in their organizations in the wake of the George Floyd protests and calls for a…

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Long Wharf overhauls previously announced 2020-21 season, focuses on coronavirus and ’virus of racism’ by Christopher Arnott

The Long Wharf Theatre has changed its 2020-21 season, relabeled it "One City, Many Changes," and plans to stage shows in "open spaces throughout New Haven.”

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Capital Classics revamps summer schedule for online by Christopher Arnott

Capital Classics, the bard-loving local theater troupe which produces the annual Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival shows at the University of St. Joseph, has dealt with the necessary can…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Anniversary echoes: Artspace explores Black Panther movement 50 years after New Haven trials by Christopher Arnott

New Haven's progressive, community-oriented Artspace has had to postpone aspects of its multi-media exploration of the Black Panther trials that took place in the city 50 years ago. The "Rev…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Bushnell cancels ‘Wicked,’ postpones ‘Hadestown’ due to uncertainty of reopening timeline by Christopher Arnott

Two shows on The Bushnell's fall schedule have been affected by ongoing coronavirus concerns. The multi-week September run of "Wicked" has been canceled and "Hadestown"'s October dates will …

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International Festival of Arts & Ideas finds a new executive director to guide key transition by Christopher Arnott

Shelley Quiala is the new executive director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. She joins the 25-year-old festival after 17 years with the Ordway Center for the Performing A…

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Remembering the polarizing playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer, a writer who always spoke his mind by Christopher Arnott

Larry Kramer, who died Wednesday, was remarkable for how his plays and novels, meant to be outspoken and controversial for the times in which they were written, hold up beautifully today.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Goodspeed’s ‘Greatspeed’ musical memories, and other hot online arts events by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut theaters, dancers, DJs, drag artists and more go online with virtual performances.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

TheaterWorks announces a 2020-21 season that’s prepared to change with the times by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford's 2020-21 season will include two postponed shows from the current season ("Fun Home" and "The Who & the What"), plus "The Sound Inside," "Zoey's Perfect Wedding" a…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

International Festival of Arts & Ideas goes online, starts now by Christopher Arnott

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas has announced key events in its Democracy-themed Ideas series. The festival will be largely online this year, running from late May through the…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hartford Public Library shifts from sanctuary to outreach amid coronavirus crisis by Christopher Arnott

It’s hard to be seen as a shelter, a sanctuary, or a temple of knowledge when your doors are closed. But Hartford Public Library, its buildings shut since March 13, has taken to the air an…

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Connecticut summer theater festivals Arts & Ideas, Five Senses and O’Neill Theater Center reinvent themselves for social distancing by Christopher Arnott

Three major Connecticut summer arts festivals planning to go ahead this summer: two by going online, and one through innovative socially distanced programming.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Handwritten Bob Dylan lyrics, an MLK speech, Mark Twain items among treasures to be sold online in Westport auction by Christopher Arnott

A May 6 auction in Westport displays historical treasures ranging from signed Bob Dylan lyrics to a stock certificate owned by Mark Twain and Jack Kerouac's pajama bottoms.

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