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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Who is Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Hartford's first poet laureate? by Susan Dunne

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, an associate professor of English at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, has been named the first poet laureate of Hartford. Knowles is 45 and lives in …

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Four leg injuries later, 'Nutcracker Suite & Spicy' leaps back onto the stage by Susan Dunne

When CONNetic Dance’s “Nutcracker Suite & Spicy” bounds onto the stage at Wadsworth Atheneum for its shows on Dec. 21, 22 and 23, it will be an especially sweet night for four members …

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Art Smart news briefs: a new TV channel from Connecticut Public; iPark open studio, etc. by Susan Dunne

Connecticut Public, which produces Connecticut Public Television, Connecticut Public Radio and Connecticut Public Learning, is introducing a new TV station on Dec. 3 called Create. Create’…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Holiday shopping: Perfect the art of unique gift giving at these local bazaars, festivals and exhibits by Susan Dunne

At Christmastime, popular toys, hot books and the latest heavily advertised thing always catch the public’s fancy. But the mall and Internet are not the sole options for holiday shopping. …

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Tickets for 2019 John Waters weekend at Kent's Club Getaway expected to sell out fast by Susan Dunne

Tickets go on sale Nov. 19 for Camp John Waters, the third annual weekend at the 320-acre Club Getaway in northwestern Connecticut with the cult-film director. The event at the adult camp in…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Blind Boys of Alabama join artists with disabilities to showcase their talents in show at Infinity Hall by Susan Dunne

Jess Nelson didn’t used to be into art. “I never got past stick figures,” says the 35-year-old Burlington native, who has cerebral palsy. Then she tried art therapy at New Horizons Vil…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cellphone-sized Penguin Minis novels even let you 'scroll' up by Susan Dunne

The big news in the book-publishing world is actually quite small. Dutton Books for Young Readers has re-released four titles by young-adult best-seller John Green in a tiny format. Each boo…

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Art Smart news: The Simpsons in a post-apocalyptic world, luxury theater seating, and a gift of Native American art by Susan Dunne

'Antigone' Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company will presenti Sophocles’ drama “Antigone” Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8 at the playhouse at 128 Washington St. in Middletown. Marce…

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From Frederick Douglass to Michael Jackson: African-American puppetry and the tradition of storytelling at the Ballard by Susan Dunne

Puppetry has a long tradition in Africa, with puppets and masks used in sacred and secular ceremonies and as entertainment for centuries. But when kidnapped Africans were trafficked across t…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

From apples to art: Southington challenges you to find these 37 shiny sculptures by Susan Dunne

How do you like them apples? That’s the question of the month in Southington, which has launched a public-art project titled Apples & Arts: Thirty area artists have painted 37, 3-feet-tall…

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Hartford-bound author Janet Evanovich tells why we love Stephanie Plum (and whether Rex will live forever) by Susan Dunne

Stephanie Plum has been a bounty hunter in 24 novels by Janet Evanovich. In her 25th Plum novel, “Look Alive Twenty-Five,” Plum takes on a second, unlikely job: the manager of a deli, su…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Art Smart news: CT Office of Arts accepting grant applications; CHS CEO steps down by Susan Dunne

Money for the arts Connecticut Office of the Arts is accepting applications for the Connecticut Arts Endowment program, fiscal year 2019. Applicants must be Connecticut 501(c)(3) arts organi…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

A Gothic Arts Market and its dark wares extend the Halloween season by Susan Dunne

While the rest of the world is cleaning up after the spooky funfest of Halloween, an arts market in New Haven is just getting started. Gothic Arts Market on Nov. 3 at Lyric Hall Theater is a…

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Who are the artists of Open Studio Hartford? You'll have two weekends to meet them by Susan Dunne

Open Studio Hartford, an annual extravaganza that lets local artists showcase their work and allows art lovers to buy one-of-a-kind creations, is expanding this year from one weekend to two …

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ghanaian Poet To Receive Inaugural Tillou-Venture Smith Book Prize by Susan Dunne

The inaugural Peter Tillou-Venture Smith Book Prize, which was created to honor West African authors writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry in English, will be awarded to Ghanaian poet Kwadwo…

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Dennis Hopper's 'Lost Album' Of Photographs At NBMAA by Susan Dunne

By the time Dennis Hopper shot to international super stardom in “Easy Rider” in 1969, he had been a busy but relatively unknown film actor for 15 years. One of his friends was James Dea…

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Art Smart News: YUPntwk Picks Pitch Contest Finalists; Audible Releasing 'Twain's Feast' by Susan Dunne

The Push! finalists The Push!, a pitch contest sponsored by YUPntwk, has chosen finalists in two categories. The contest challenged Hartford-area millennials to come up with ideas for a publ…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

War Is Surreal, And This Collection Of Artists At Wadsworth Atheneum Proves It by Susan Dunne

The first artwork visitors see when entering the Wadsworth Atheneum’s new exhibit is a painting by Richard Oelze, which shows a group of people walking across a stark, gray no man’s land…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Arts News: Laurel & Hardy At Hill-Stead; 'America's Got Talent' Auditions; New Haven Composer Wins Barlow Prize by Susan Dunne

Composer Wins Prize Tawnie Olson, who lives in New Haven, has won this year’s grand prize in the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition competition, which is administered by the school of …

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Art Smart News: HSO Looking For Young Artists; Tyler Anderson Cooking For Twain Gala by Susan Dunne

Govenor's Arts Awards Five individuals and entities were recently given the Governor’s Patron of the Arts Awards, an annual honor which acknowledges support of the arts. The 2018 winners a…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Pitch Contest Targets Creative Millennials by Susan Dunne

Two creative Connecticut millennials will each be the winners of a $5,000 prize that will allow them to turn their ideas into reality. A contest called The Push! is looking for pitches for s…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A To Z: The Wee Faeries At Florence Griswold Get A Lesson In The Alphabet by Susan Dunne

Faeries have returned to Old Lyme, as they do every autumn, and this year, they’ve got a letter for you. In fact, they have all 26 letters and a few punctuation marks. For 2018, Wee Faerie…

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The Mystery And Myth of Ellis Ruley: 18 Paintings Reflect How This Son Of A Slave Saw The World by Susan Dunne

The paintings are uncomplicated, childlike, inspired by ads, movie stills or magazine illustrations. Simple figures ride horses, play with dogs, climb ladders, pose in a garden, row boats. T…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

NBMAA, HSO Work In Concert On 75th Anniversary 'Pictures At An Exhibition' by Susan Dunne

Modest Mussorgsky composed “Pictures at an Exhibition” in 1874 while grieving the death of his friend Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky created his suite as musical accompaniment to 10 Hartman…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Political Cartoons At Yale, UConn Lampoon The Powerful Of The 18th, 19th Centuries by Susan Dunne

The president’s never-ending battles with the media are reported on the news every day. But if he thinks he invented the concept of “fake news,” he is wrong. For centuries, the powerfu…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Plainville Family Featured On A&E Documentary 'Deaf Out Loud' by Susan Dunne

Rachel Valentino of Waterbury met Mick Posner of Long Island at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Both were deaf but they came from different upbringings: She had spoken all her life, …

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Hartford's 'I Am An Artist Day' Lets You Taps Into Your Inner Creative Self by Susan Dunne

Anyone who wants to tap into their inner artist won’t want to miss the third annual lunchtime “I Am An Artist Day” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when dozens of free events take place in Hart…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Chucky And His BFF Headed To CT Horrorfest by Susan Dunne

Alex Vincent was 6 years old when he was cast as the lead in the horror movie “Child’s Play.” He was a little worried about the crying scene, but his best friend in the movie didn’t …

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Jodi Picoult Coming To Hartford To Speak About Her Latest Book And Its Topic Of Abortion by Susan Dunne

Jodi Picoult likes writing stories that challenge readers’ long-standing beliefs. “I have become known for writing about contentious issues by showing all side of a controversial subject…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Real Art Ways Approved For $1 Million State Grant For Relocation by Susan Dunne

The State Bond Commission has approved $1 million to help Real Art Ways with “planning and acquisition for a new, larger facility” in Hartford, according to minutes of the July 25 meetin…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Paint The City Murals Popping Up All Over Hartford by Susan Dunne

Colorful murals are popping up all over Hartford: a huge image of a toothy-smiled little kid on a community center, a painted collage of city leaders on the side of a school, two mysterious …

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