Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From The Creepy To The Bizarre, Connecticut's Cache Of Odd Artifacts by Susan Dunne

When visitors go to a museum, they expect to see beautiful artworks and important artifacts. What they might not know is that for every gorgeous painting and historic document, there are man…

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International Festival Of Arts & Ideas Announces 2017 Lineup by Christopher Arnott

New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas welcomes The Wailers, Wu Man, "Whitman, Melville, Dickinson—The Passions of Bloom," "We Are Citizens" and "The War Room" this summer. And…

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Write Stuff: Chelsea Clinton To Sign New Book At R.J. Julia by Carole Goldberg

R.J. Julia Bookseller, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, will host a book signing by Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary and former President Bill Clinton, on April 5 at 7 p.m. Chelsea Clinton…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hartford Stage Announces 2017-18 Season: Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, Fugard by Christopher Arnott

Trains. A coal furnace. Apartheid. The lunatic, the lover and the poet. Hartford Stage's wide-ranging, multistyled 2017-18 season was announced today. It follows some familiar patterns for t…

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HSO's New Season Will Offer Favorites, A Few Twists by Michael Hamad

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced its 2017-2018 Masterworks Series Tuesday, offering music lovers a season full of traditional favorites and a few surprises. Music director Carolyn K…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

TheaterWorks Takes On Ambitious 'Next To Normal' by Christopher Arnott

"Next to Normal" may be the new normal at TheaterWorks. Once this would have seemed a highly ambitious project for such an intimate, small theater to take on. But in a season that began with…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Write Stuff: R.J. Julia To Host A Podcast Party by Carole Goldberg

R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, will present free talks about nonfiction books and the store's podcasts. On March 26, at 2 p.m., Dan Slater will talk about his nonfict…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hartford Stage's 'Absolute Brightness' Highlights Sexual Identity, Bullying by Christopher Arnott

He has a warm, gentle voice. A sharp wit. A sense of history coupled with an interest in the here and now. An interest in where the world is going and a concern about how to live in it now. …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Yale Rep Tackles Sondheim's Dark Musical 'Assassins' by Christopher Arnott

Stephen Sondheim has given us the warm nostalgia of "Follies," the contemporary relationship foibles of "Company," the summer magic of "A Little Night Music" and the passion of "Passion." He…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump’s Budget Cuts Worry State’s Arts And Cultural Leaders by Susan Dunne, Mike Hamad, Christopher Arnott

Connecticut cultural leaders reacted with dismay on Thursday to the proposed elimination of federal arts funding to thousands of arts and humanities projects nationwide each year, both small…

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'My Way' Sinatra Tribute Opens Ivoryton Season by Christopher Arnott

From the 1930s into the 1970s, you could find stars such as Groucho Marx, Carol Channing, Bob Fosse, Eartha Kitt, James Mason, Mae West and Ethel Waters at the intimate Ivoryton Playhouse on…

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'Next To Normal' At TheaterWorks,' 'Eurydice' At CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Sarah Ruhl's feminist reworking of the ancient Greek myth "Eurydice" is set in the present day and gives its heroine a firmer hand in deciding her own fate — something she's been denied fo…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

SWAN Day: A Party To Celebrate Women And Their Art by Susan Dunne

SWAN Day CT — SWAN stands for Support Women Artists Now — has been going on ever year for 10 years. Parties are held simultaneously at locations worldwide to celebrate female visual and …

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CT Author Justin Scott Collaborates With Clive Cussler On Isaac Bell Novels by Frank Rizzo

Several times a year a new Clive Cussler book is released, followed by a full-page ad in the New York Times and then a speedy trip to the top of the best-sellers list. The books, with their …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Topical 'Smart People' Brings Political, Lively Drama To Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

Desdemona Chiang says she knew that directing Lydia Diamond's hit drama "Smart People" was going to be challenging. But she also knew that this was the best time to do it. With "Smart People…

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Bushnell 2017-18 Season Includes 'Les Miserables,' 'School Of Rock' by Christopher Arnott

Pledge allegiance to the band. Get on your feet. Own the night. Welcome to the Renaissance. That's what is being asked of Bushnell audiences this fall and next year. The Bushnell announced i…

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Anne Garrels At Simsbury Library; Aphorisms Workshop At HPL by Carole Goldberg

Anne Garrels, NPR journalist and author of "Putin Country: A Journey Into The Real Russia" (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $26), will give a free talk presented by the Friends of the Simsbury P…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

HSO Wants To Make Your Dog A Star For Its 'Playing With Dogs' Concert by Michael Hamad

Britten had a dachshund; Wagner, a Newfoundland named Russ. Pictures reveal that Debussy's collie was probably way happier than its owner. "Playing With Dogs," an upcoming pops concert by th…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Basketball Documentary Kicks Off Hartford Jewish Film Festival by Susan Dunne

As the NCAA basketball tournaments get started and Connecticut dives into its annual obsession with bracketology, the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival celebrates basketball, too. It…

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'Jersey Boy's At Bushnell; 'Assassins' At Yale Rep by Christopher Arnott

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's envelope-pushing 1990 musical "Assassins" offers a nightmarish gathering of men from throughout American history who have one thing in common: They tried …

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Lilt Of Irish Verse: The Poems Of Annie And Ted Deppe

Having lived in Connecticut for many years, Ted and Annie Deppe moved to Ireland in 2000. While living there, Ted Deppe became the director of the Stonecoast in Ireland program in 2006. They…

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Jazz Pianist Keeper Of Mom's Legacy As Little Miss Angie Of 1930s All-Girl Band by Michael Hamad

Toward the end of the Jazz Age, the music world ushered in a new phenomenon: the all-girl band. Connecticut's contribution was the Novelty Syncopators, a New Britain-based group formed in th…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Comedian, 'WTF' Podcaster Marc Maron To Play College Street by Christopher Arnott

He coaxed Norm McDonald into describing the worst moments of his gambling addiction. He patched up an old friendship with Louis C.K., in a conversation that Slate magazine deemed "the best p…

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Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo Coming To Bushnell, R.J. Julia by Carole Goldberg

Local and independent authors and the celebrity known as the Long Island medium will appear at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. Reservations are required: 203-245-3959 …

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Saxophonist Noah Preminger Joins The Protest With 'Meditations On Freedom' by Michael Hamad

Get ready, 2017 listeners: Here comes the protest music. "Meditations on Freedom," a new album by tenor saxophonist and Connecticut native Noah Preminger, recorded in December and released o…

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A New Maria Brings New 'Sound Of Music' To Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Mention to Charlotte Maltby that "The Sound of Music" had its premiere at New Haven's Shubert theater in 1959 and she'll tell you she's heard all about it. Her father, the Broadway lyricist …

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Friday, March 3, 2017

'Smart People' At Long Wharf; 'Harriet Tubman' At Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

'Smart People," Lydia Diamond's drama about psychology and academia had its premiere nearly three years ago at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, just a few miles from the Harvard campus w…

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Hill-Stead, Albano Company Team Up For A Ballet Ball by Christopher Arnott

The Albano Ballet Company celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The Hill-Stead Museum turned 70 last year. These two institutions know something about elegant artistic traditions. On Ma…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Faust Gets A Remake From HSO's Kuan, TheaterWorks' Ort, WNPR's McEnroe by Christopher Arnott

You feel you know Faust? Not so fast. The immortal legend of eternal damnation has taken many forms, including plays, operas and musicals. It'll take a new one March 10 to 12 at Hartford Sym…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Write Stuff: Local Authors In Glastonbury, New London, R.J. Julia by Carole Goldberg

R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, will offer free talks by novelists. On Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m., Durham author Kristan Higgins will discuss "On Second Thought" (Harl…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cirque Du Soleil's 'Toruk' Re-Creates Magic Of 'Avatar' At XL Center by Christopher Arnott

The Omaticaya, Tawkami and Anurai clans live! The Sky People breathe! Pandorian animals frolic! Na'vi is spoken! In Hartford! When James Cameron's science-fiction epic "Avatar" appeared in t…

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