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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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Monday, August 13, 2018

Fiscally Strapped Artists Collective Needs $1M To Stay Open by Susan Dunne

Artist Collective, the arts-education hub in the North End of Hartford, will close by mid-2019 if $1 million is not raised to pay its debts, Board Chairman Benjamin Foster told The Courant. …

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Old Lyme Midsummer Festival: 2 Days Of Music, Arts, Dining by Susan Dunne

The 32nd annual Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, a weekend of family-friendly activities, is July 27 and July 28 in areas around the Old Lyme Arts District, along Lyme Street. All events are fre…

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Cirque To Go Performing Roller Disco Circus At Ron-A-Roll by Susan Dunne

Every weekend, Ron-A-Roll roller rink in Vernon is packed with skating families. On Friday, July 27, circus performers join the fun. Cirque to Go is a newly formed collective of former circu…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained by Susan Dunne

It isn’t just the inside of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art that is bursting with artworks. The front lawn’s collection of outdoor artworks is growing. On June 21, the first day of …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Outgoing Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin Confronts Illness As Just Another Journey by Susan Dunne

Rennie McQuilkin was born and raised in Pittsford, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester. His mother, Eleanor, was a poet. “I think you have to have somebody in the family preceding you as a poet, t…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Application To Be Hartford's First Poet Laureate Extended by Susan Dunne

The deadline to apply for consideration as Hartford’s first poet laureate has been extended to June 18. The position is open to Hartford residents at least 18 years old who have had origin…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mark Twain House Hosts Larry Wilmore by Susan Dunne

“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” was cancelled in 2016, in the heat of the election season. At that time, the host stated “Our show was at its best when the news was at its worst.…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hartford Actress Part Of LGBT Film Fest's Spotlight On Trans Issues by Susan Dunne

A few years back, the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival was renamed the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival. This year, the “T” in LGBT is placed front and center. The 31st annual Hartf…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Auction Of Items Owned By Rockefellers In Windsor by Susan Dunne

A few weeks back, an auction at Christie’s in New York raised the highest-ever total for a private collection: $832,573,469, from more than 1,500 lots from the estate of Peggy and David Ro…

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'Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage' At Wadsworth Atheneum by Susan Dunne

As a celebrated practitioner of the Hudson River School, Frederic Church was renowned for his sweeping natural vistas and dramatic, cloud-filled skies. But while on a trip to the Mediterrane…

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CT Poet To Share Her Beloved's Journey Through Alzheimer's At Sunken Garden Fest by Susan Dunne

In 1975, Margaret Gibson was teaching English at George Mason University in Virginia and was offered a residency at Yaddo, a retreat in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. At Yaddo, she met fellow poet D…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Summer Full Of Free Things To Do On The Riverfront by Susan Dunne

Riverfront Recapture is gearing up for a busy summer, with its usual variety of free activities on both banks of the Connecticut River and an added bonus of a few new events starting in June…

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A Summer Of Music And Art On The Streets Of Downtown Hartford by Susan Dunne

Music, poetry and art-making come to downtown Hartford starting May 29 with the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s four-week Art on the Streets festivities, plus two summerlong lunchtime conc…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The BlackOut Experience At Wadsworth Atheneum by Susan Dunne

FriendZWorldMusic, a Hartford-based musical collective, presents The BlackOut Experience on April 28 at 6 p.m. at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. in Hartford. Megan Craig, a d…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

State's Gay Men's Choruses Play Back To Back Shows by Susan Dunne

Boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! The state’s two gay men’s choruses are performing back to back: The first performance is a revue of classic pop songs and the other is a play about romance. …

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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Very Busy Adam Rippon Stopping In Hartford With 'Stars On Ice' by Susan Dunne

Adam Rippon is riding high. The figure skater just won a medal at the PyeongChang Winter Games. He’s traveling the country with “Stars on Ice,” which is coming to Hartford April 22. An…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Connecticut Arts Day Features Performances, Speakers, Panels by Susan Dunne

The theme of Connecticut Arts Day 2018, celebrated on April 25 in Hartford, is resiliency. Keynote speaker Bettina Love fits right in. Love has made her name theorizing on a new approach to …

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Hartford Fashion Week To Salute Japanalia Designer Eiko Blow by Susan Dunne

Chango Rosa is known for its unique spin on the cuisine of Mexico. But on April 19 another country will take over the vibe: Japan. A launch party that night in the downtown restaurant kicks …

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Animated Film 'Sgt. Stubby' Pays Homage To New Haven's Most Famous Dog by Susan Dunne

In the summer of 1917, a few months after the United States entered World War I, the men of Connecticut’s 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th division, were training on Yale Field in New Haven. …

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hartford Jewish Film Fest Features West Hartford Actress, New Haven Baseball Player by Susan Dunne

Years ago, Hall High in West Hartford presented a production of “Only in America.” It was one of the earliest acting accomplishments for Pamela Dubin. Dubin went on to the Mark Twain Mas…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Author Matthew Desmond Awarded Stowe Prize For Social Justice Writing by Susan Dunne

Matthew Desmond has been awarded the 2018 Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice, awarded by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, for his 2016 book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in th…

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'N-Word' Exhibit Takes A Hard Look At The Semantics Of Racism by Susan Dunne

Rhinold Ponder, an African-American artist, has hated “the n-word” his whole life. So it may seem strange that his recent series of artworks – on exhibit at Kehler Liddell Gallery in N…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Gothic, Gloomy Worlds Of Edward Gorey At Wadsworth Atheneum by Susan Dunne

The art of Edward Gorey is full of unidentifiable creatures, gloomy adults and children doing who-knows-what, inexplicable shadows, buildings that very well may be haunted. But he was not al…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Finder Of Lost Da Vinci To Tell His Tale At Wadsworth Atheneum by Susan Dunne

For three years, starting in 2008, New York art dealer Robert Simon sat on the art world’s most stunning secret. The cat got out of the bag in 2011: A painting Simon and an associate had p…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

African Slave-Trading Center, Frederick Douglass Inspire Black History Exhibits by Susan Dunne

February is Black History Month, and nothing looms larger in black history than the evil specter of slavery. Three exhibits in the state take on this subject. Two were inspired by a notoriou…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Horror Film 'Winchester' Starring Helen Mirren Based On New Haven Heiress by Susan Dunne

In the 19th century, Sarah Winchester was one of the queens of Connecticut’s armaments industry, as the wife of gun-making scion William Winchester of New Haven. But her most enduring lega…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Atheneum Triple-Feature Pays Tribute To Actress-Inventor Hedy Lamarr by Susan Dunne

Movie star Hedy Lamarr was a dream come true. “She represented a dream beyond reality, in terms of what you could look like if you were a woman or what a woman you love could look like if …

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

'Asking For A Friend': Chion Wolf Advice Show Takes A Serious But Fun Approach by Susan Dunne

Chion Wolf has issues. Some are trivial, like not liking the name of someone’s dog. Some are serious, like whether a person should date their cousin. These issues keep popping up. Wolf dea…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Willimantic Tattoo Artist On 'Ink Master'; 2012 Groton Winner Returns by Susan Dunne

A Willimantic tattoo artist will compete in the new season of the reality show “Ink Master, ” and a Groton tattoo artist who won the show in 2012 will return to mentor a group of new tat…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Era Of 'Kennedy Mystique' On Exhibit At Springfield Museums by Susan Dunne

Fifty-eight years ago, on Jan. 2, 1960, John F. Kennedy announced his intention to run for president of the United States. His campaign, victory and presidency ushered in an era when Kennedy…

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