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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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Our picks for 2018′s top 20 albums by Connecticut musicians by Chip McCabe

In case you hadn’t been able to surmise from all the coverage it received in various places, including this one, the Connecticut music scene had a fantastic year for new music. It wasn’t…

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Our picks for 2018's top 20 albums by Connecticut musicians by Chip McCabe

In case you hadn’t been able to surmise from all the coverage it received in various places, including this one, the Connecticut music scene had a fantastic year for new music. It wasn’t…

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Ivoryton Playhouse announces 2019 season of five musicals, new David Lutken project by Christopher Arnott

Five of the seven shows in the Ivoryton Playhouse’s 2019 season will be musicals — including an unnamed new project from “Woody Sez” creator David Lutken, about a yet-to-be-divulged …

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Monday, December 10, 2018

New musicals about addiction, marriage and gambling getting public readings at Goodspeed by Christopher Arnott

New musicals about addiction, marriage and a lethal gambling club get single readings at the 14th annual Festival of New Musicals, hosted Jan. 18 to 20 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Hadda…

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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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Friday, December 7, 2018

Behind-the-scenes 'Christmas on the Rocks' party at TheaterWorks by Christopher Arnott

To mark six successful seasons of its unique holiday show “Christmas on the Rocks,” TheaterWorks is hosting a “Chaos, Curls & Cocktails” party Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Hartford-based playwr…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Write Stuff: Social justice, Stowe and Twain by Carole Goldberg

Do writings by Hartford’s famous authors relate to the social justice issues of today? On Dec. 12 from 3 to 4:15 p.m., students and teachers in the literature course offered jointly by Cap…

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What you might want to know before the circus spectacle 'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' flies into the Oakdale by Christopher Arnott

Theater producer Neil Goldberg could easily be mistaken for Santa Claus. A producer and director of modern circus entertainments, he delivers magic and wonderment around the country. This mo…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hartford library announces lineup for 2019 Baby Grand Jazz series by Christopher Arnott

Hartford Public Library has announced the 15 jazz acts playing in its free, Sunday-afternoon 2019 Baby Grand Jazz Series, which opens Jan. 6 with a special Three Kings Day concert featuring …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

TheaterWorks 'Christmas on the Rocks' continues a wild and weirdly wonderful tradition by Christopher Arnott

It’s a Christmas miracle that “Christmas on the Rocks” has now entered its sixth season at TheaterWorks. We need its sweet insanity more than ever. The show, conceived and directed by …

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Hartford Stage's 'A Christmas Carol' remains, vivid, lively, intoxicating by Christopher Arnott

Ah, the sights and smells of “A Christmas Carol.” The snow is still falling on the audience. You can still smell the smoke when the Spirit of Christmas Present makes her grand misty entr…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The Bushnell's 'Hamilton' ticket lottery starts today. Here’s exactly how it works.

Don’t have “Hamilton” tickets? You could have a shot at two of them for just $10 each in the Bushnell's daily lottery starting Dec. 9, the Bushnell announced Friday. Forty tickets will…

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Here’s exactly how the ‘Hamilton’ ticket lottery works

Don’t have “Hamilton” tickets? You could have a shot at two of them for just $10 each in the Bushnell's daily lottery starting Dec. 9, the Bushnell announced Friday. Forty tickets will…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Write Stuff: a Gina Barreca reading, poetry at Charter Oak; rebranding Connecticut by Carole Goldberg

Gina Barreca, best-selling author, UConn English professor, Courant columnist, humorist and feminist, will give a free reading at Westminster School, 995 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, on Dec. 7 a…

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'Hamilton' transforms Bushnell's subscriber base by thousands by Christopher Arnott

‘Hamilton” isn’t the only revolution coming to The Bushnell. The show’s popularity has added a virtual army of thousands of new subscribers to the theater's Broadway series. Beth Hyl…

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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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Can you still get a ticket? And 9 other answers to your 'Hamilton' questions by Christopher Arnott

How does a fast-talking, awesome Broadway show — a hip-hop history of the American revolution — still going gangbusters, known around the world, immortal and beloved, find itself in Hart…

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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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Monday, November 26, 2018

Hartford Symphony receives million-dollar grant, boosting $10 million fundraising campaign by Staff Report

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will receive a $1 million grant after meeting a fundraising challenge as part of its long-term $10 million campaign. A group of donors who wish to remain anon…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

The poems of Leslie McGrath: 'an oral historian of the alienated'

When she was a college student, Leslie McGrath, a poet who lives in Essex, majored in Spanish and psychology and immersed herself in literature from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America,…

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Write Stuff: Mark Twain birthday party, books on food culture, the occult by Carole Goldberg

The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, will launch a new annual event on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., when noted author Nicholson Baker will give the first Mark Twain Birthday L…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Lincoln lives in 'A Civil War Christmas' at CT Rep by Christopher Arnott

Paula Vogel had her first Broadway production just a couple of years ago, with “Indecent,” a play-with-music concerning a famous theater censorship trial. But Vogel’s been a major pres…

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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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A new holiday tradition: Ballet Hartford stages Handel's 'Messiah' by Christopher Arnott

Hallelujah! A new ballet company is bringing a new Christmas dance tradition to town — Handel’s “Messiah.” Vivid Ballet, founded in 2016, changed its name recently to Ballet Hartford…

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Write Stuff: Dorie Greenspan dinner, Jan Brett Talk, Jewish Book Festival by Carole Goldberg

Oyster Club and Bank Square Books will present a dinner Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Oyster Club, 13 Water St., Mystic, with award-winning baker and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan. The ev…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Our gift to you: hundreds of holiday happenings in Connecticut

Sometime’s it’s hard to remember amid all the hustle and bustle, but the holidays are supposed to be fun. So whether it’s your favorite “Christmas Carol” or “Nutcracker,” a gin…

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Fresh wrappings for four of Connecticut's 'Christmas Carol' plays by Christopher Arnott

There are some new gifts, as well as a sleigh-full of familiar Christmas comforts, in the Christmas shows returning to Connecticut theaters this holiday season. TheaterWorks' 'Christmas on t…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Long Wharf Theatre announces new artistic director by Christopher Arnott

New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre has selected Jacob G. Padrón, a major force in new play development, especially among minority writers, as its new artistic director. He begins his new job …

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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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