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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Connecticut teen jazz prodigy Anton Kot wins national honor as his work proliferates locally by Christopher Arnott

Teen jazz prodigy Anton Kot has been honored by the National YoungArts Foundation. This month he's also performing as part of Hartford Public Library's Baby Grand concert series.

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Citing political turmoil in D.C., TheaterWorks postpones next show to ‘take a breath’ by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford has postponed its latest online production so as to process the political turmoil in the U.S. this month and other real-life news events.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Goodspeed names new team to lead theater by Christopher Arnott

Goodspeed Musicals has named its new leadership team: Donna Lynn Hilton as artistic director and David Byrd as managing director.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Hartford Foundation’s Artists of Color Unite! awards $400,000 in arts grants by Christopher Arnott

The new Artists of Color Unite! program of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded $400,000 to three local arts organization and will work with them to fund dozens of projects …

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Connecticut ‘Jeopardy’ contestants recall Alex Trebek as his final episodes as host air this week by Christopher Arnott

"Jeopardy" contestants from Connecticut share their memories of the late Alex Trebek as his final episodes as host of the show air this week.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

TheaterWorks Hartford blazes new trails, creating new theater, and ways to see it, during COVID crisis by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford is in the forefront of theaters who have adjusted to COVID-era challenges by producing its shows online. The theater is now offering a show a month, a big change from i…

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Magical moments of Connecticut theater in 2020 by Christopher Arnott

Memories of the scattered, akilter theater year, 2020.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

State COVID-19 relief arts fund is ‘catch-up money’, with more needed, recipients say by Christopher Arnott

The $9 million in Connecticut's COVID Relief Fund for the Arts grants, drawn from national CARES Act funding, has been distributed to over 150 arts organizations throughout the state. The fu…

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Monday, December 28, 2020

‘Christmas on the Rocks’ continues with ‘Dinner and a Show’ by Christopher Arnott

The tradition of "dinner and a show" has been given a virtual spin with TheaterWorks Hartford's "Christmas on the Rocks." The Hartford Chamber of Commerce and weHartford have arranged for fo…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Playhouse on Park’s ‘All is Calm’ a warm, moving portrayal of 1914 Christmas Truce by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park has made the play-with-music "All is Calm," about a real-life Christmas Eve ceasefire on a World War I battlefield, into an involving streaming production filmed at Auerfar…

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Connecticut musicians hold a ‘Covidtorium’ virtual Christmas benefit for Cafe Nine by Christopher Arnott

Dean Falcone's Vomitorium is a decades-old tradition where Connecticut musicians gather to play obscure and strange rock covers. This year, the Vomitorium has become a "Covidtorium" set of C…

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Community Spanish-language reading of ‘Christmas Carol’ returns for second year at Hartford Stage by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage will host the second year of its interactive Spanish reading of “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 20.

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Virtual 2021 Baby Grand Jazz lineup at Hartford Library ranges from traditional to modern by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Library's 2021 Baby Grand Jazz Series will remain online, with 16 shows planned from January through April on Facebook Live and YouTube.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

TheaterWorks holiday hit ‘Christmas on the Rocks’ gets shaken up for new streaming ‘Quarantine Edition’ by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford has remade its holiday hit "Christmas on the Rocks" for the streaming era, offering fresh and much-needed laughs in a new format. The show is available on demand throug…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Nutcrackers, concerts, lights and more holiday arts events to bring cheer to a COVID-affected season in Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Despite the shutdowns, precautions and regulations, there are still plenty of events and activities (mainly virtual) this holiday season.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Hartford Stage reinvents ‘Christmas Carol’ as free, online ‘Community Carol’ by Christopher Arnott

Unable to stage its holiday staple "A Christmas Carol" for the first time in 24 years, Hartford Stage has created a new virtual adaptation of the Dickens story, "A Community Carol," streamin…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

With 3 grants honoring Hartford woman, foundation to bring Black artists into major institutions by Christopher Arnott

A new fund from the Roberts Foundation will offer residencies to Black artists at three major Hartford arts institutions: Hartford Stage, Hartford Symphony and the Amistad Center. The fund w…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Connecticut arts groups to split $9 million in COVID relief grants aimed at making a difference ‘of survival’ by Christopher Arnott

Over 150 Connecticut arts organizations, from grand theaters like The Bushnell and Shubert to small community arts groups, are divvying up $9 million in COVID relief funds administered by th…

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

‘Up and Down the River’ tells Mohegan history as radio theater by Christopher Arnott

HartBeat Ensemble is premiering the local history dramas "Up and Down the River," a series of short audio plays co-written by Mohegan tribe members Madeline Sayet and Melissa Tantaquidgeon Z…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Hartford Symphony steps up online shows with new monthly ‘Spotlight’ performances by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Symphony Orchestra has upped its online programming, including concerts recorded live around the city, discussion series, and screenings of new music documentaries.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Review: Pakistani family drama ‘The Who & the What’, filmed at TheaterWorks with uneven results by Christopher Arnott

Ayad Akhtar's "The Who & the What," about a provocative novelist whose religious-themed book upsets her father and sister, is streaming via TheaterWorks Hartford through Nov, 28.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

In November, 8 Connecticut theater shows explore death, race, relationships and more by Christopher Arnott

Ten shows -- all kinds, from comedies to musings on death and depression -- coming to a Connecticut theater (or computer) near you.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

‘Sounds like a berry.’ What is the Hartford Courant’s connection to ‘Jeopardy’ and its longtime host Alex Trabek? by Christopher Arnott

Fun fact about a show made up of fun facts: The Hartford Courant has been the subject of at least 15 questions (or answers) on "Jeopardy."

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Monday, November 9, 2020

In time of division, Kristallnacht events revisit stories of overcoming and explores hate through history by Christopher Arnott

Local schools, libraries and others remember Kristallnacht, the "Nights of Broken Glass" in November 1938 when Nazis terrorized German and Austrian Jewish communities. Events range from scho…

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Friday, November 6, 2020

‘Do women have to naked to get into the Met. Museum?’ Maybe. But the Guerrilla Girls have a home at New Britain Museum of American Art by Christopher Arnott

The Guerilla Girls, those masked and anonymous art activists who issue broadsides condemning sexism and patriarchical attitudes major art institutions, are part of the "Some Day is Now: Wome…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Elm Shakespeare series explores ’Race and Shakespeare’ by Christopher Arnott

“Building a Brave New Theater: Exploring Shakespeare & Race in 2020″ is a new free online discussion series devoted to issues facing black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). Th…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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