Friday, September 22, 2017

Conductor Carolyn Kuan Among 11 To Become U.S. Citizens At HSO Concert by Michael Hamad

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra's season-opening "Eroica" weekend just got even more heroic. On Oct. 7, before the second night of the HSO's "Beethoven's Eroica" Masterworks Series at the Bu…

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'Les Miserables' Tour Brings Some Changes To Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Nick Cartell, who plays Jean Valjean in the new tour of the bread-stealing musical "Les Miserables," respects all those great talents who fashioned this mammoth work into the classic it is n…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

'Underground Railroad' Author Colson Whitehead To Speak At Goodwin by Susan Dunne

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the broadcast of Alex Haley's miniseries "Roots," Goodwin College will host a conference, "Roots at 40: Reflections and Remembrances," on Oct. 6 from 8…

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Hip Hop's Dutch the Dreamer Has A New Album

Meriden hip-hop artist Benjamin “Dutch the Dreamer” Grenier, 23, talks about the impact his hometown Meriden has had on his life and music. Dutch hosts a listening party for his new albu…

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The Tale Behind Mark Twain's New Fairy Tale, In Bookstores Sept. 26 by Susan Dunne

When veteran children's book author Phillip Stead was asked to write a book from 16 pages of notes scribbled by Mark Twain in the 1880s, he wasn't sure he was up to it. "My first reaction wa…

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Christina Baker Kline, Jacques Pépin Among Author Talks

Reservations are requested by Thursday, Sept. 28, for a luncheon and multi-media presentation by bestselling author Christina Baker Kline on Oct. 5, at noon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 42 …

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CT Poets Corner: Joan Seliger Sidney

Joan Seliger Sidney of Storrs reads her short poem "Cousins." You can read more of her poetry here.

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The Poems Of Joan Seliger Sidney: Songs From A Daughter Of The Holocaust

Joan Seliger Sidney grew up with parents who barely escaped the Holocaust, unlike her grandparents and other relatives who did not. Those forebears and her family's hometown of Zurawno, Pola…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

McQueen Bringing His Alt Comedy Mix To Sea Tea Improv by Christopher Arnott

McQueen, the hard-to-pigeonhole multimedia comedy/music improviser, is late for our phone interview because his session with his chiropractor ran late. Which inspires this question: "How phy…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

A Showtune Sendoff For Retiring Trinity Music Prof Gerald Moshell by Christopher Arnott

"Farewell, Old World," Cunegonde sings in the finale to the first act of the musical "Candide." "Kiss today goodbye. Point me toward tomorrow," the hopeful auditioner Diana croons in "What I…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

'Male Intellect: An Oxymoron' Opens Seven Angels' Season by Christopher Arnott

Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury opens its 2017-18 season with the one-man, five-character show "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" by Robert Dubac. The show, which ruminates on the age-old …

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‘Book Of Mormon’ At Shubert; ‘Momma’s Boy’ At Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

"Book of Mormon" makes its fourth visit to Connecticut, Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 at the Shubert, 247 College St., New Haven. The "Book of Mormon" sold out every night of its two-week run at the Sh…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The MOuTH, Story City Take A Relaxed Approach To Storytelling Onstage by Christopher Arnott

What's my story? Stories. I hosted a storytelling series at a club in New Haven for a few years. All that speaking got in the way of my writing, so I took a break. End of story. A few weeks …

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Write Stuff: Writers' Weekend, Mishi-maya-gat, Ann Brashares Talk by Carole Goldberg

The sixth annual Writers' Weekend at the Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, will take place Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a keynote talk at 7 p.m., an…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

'A View From the Bridge,' 'Damn Yankees' At Fairfield County Theaters by Christopher Arnott

Westport Community Theatre opens its fall season with one of the best-known works by longtime Roxbury resident and world-renowned playwright Arthur Miller. "A View From the Bridge" was writt…

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Trevor Noah Returns To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Trevor Noah performs in Connecticut rather often, but it seems that every time he visits he has another recent achievement to tout. This month marks the second anniversary of Noah becoming t…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Distinctive Theme For Darko Tresnjak's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' by Christopher Arnott

If you're going to stage Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," dream big. This is the romantic fantasy in which a magic spell changes lovers' affections, leading to merry chases. A man …

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Even Michaelangelo Heads To Big E by Susan Dunne

The Big E is not the place most people think of to see works of art by the Old Masters. It's a place to listen to live music, eat crazy, indulgent foods, ride the carousel and the Ferris whe…

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Write Stuff: Connecticut Authors Trail Wraps Up

The Ninth Annual Connecticut Authors Trail, a series of free author talks presented by a group of Eastern Connecticut libraries, will conclude with a free event on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6:1…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

#FAKENEWS Improv: Sea Tea Teams With Journalists For Benefit by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Stage has been doing Shakespeare plays since the theater was founded over half a century ago. In recent years, it has reliably done a Shakespeare script every season since 2010 — …

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New York Kings Of Comedy At Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

New York City is a monarchy? No, of course not. Apparently it's a pentarchy, with five concurrent rulers. The New York Kings of Comedy eschew royal titles in favor of ordinary names like Rob…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Write Stuff: Susan And James Patterson Coming To Mohegan For Book Signing

International best-selling author James Patterson and his wife, Susan, will visit the Mohegan Sun Shops Concourse, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. for…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Uncertainty Music Series Saying Farewell In Firehouse 12 Concerts by Michael Hamad

Once a month, the Uncertainty Music Series injects a heady dose of spontaneous composition, white-knuckle improv and electro-acoustic weirdness into the New Haven nightlife scene. This has b…

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What's On CT Stages For Fall: Theater, Dance Comedy by Christopher Arnott

Fall in Connecticut perenially offers familiar scenes and new ones, and it's no different on the state's stages. This autumn, audiences will see major national tours of long-established hits…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Artists To Converge On Hartford Skate Park For 'Graffiti Jam' Makeover by Susan Dunne

For years, Heaven Skate Park in Hartford has been a legal graffiti space. Graffiti artists have covered every visible surface, primarily with text and tags in a variety of colors, artists co…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Comedy At The Casinos: Gabriel Iglesias, Rich Vos, Dr. Dirty by Christopher Arnott

Gabriel Iglesias is back in the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino with a two-night stand of "Fluffy" stand-up Sept. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. The Californian comedian and actor's recent credit…

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A Passionate, Experimental 'Romeo & Juliet' From Elm Shakespeare by Christopher Arnott

See it for the balcony scene. Elm Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet" has some obvious and fairly understandable problems — a cast of wildly differing talents, design concepts th…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Old Church Concerts Provide Intimate 'Listening Room' For CT's Musicians by Michael Hamad

At a small, unassuming church in Rocky Hill, Mike Wilcox hosts monthly concerts featuring some of Connecticut's greatest musical talent, both known and unknown. Now in its second full season…

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Write Stuff: Connecticut Book Awards To Be Presented At Twain House by Carole Goldberg

The 2017 Connecticut Book Awards, which celebrate the best work of Connecticut authors and illustrators who published books in 2016 in or about the state, will be presented Oct. 22, from 2 t…

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Bess Wohl's Silent 'Small Mouth Sounds' Opens Long Wharf Season by Christopher Arnott

Bess Wohl finds depth in high concepts. In her attention-grabbing ensemble drama "Small Mouth Sounds," there is almost no dialogue and very few sounds at all. The play, set at a wilderness r…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Parkville Hosting Renascence Art Festival by Susan Dunne

The Renascence Arts Festival, a two-day arts and crafts market with live performers and food vendors, will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27, from noon to 8 p.m. at the FasTrack station…

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