Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Write Stuff: R.J. Julia Hosts Scott Turow Talk; Tyson At Mohegan by Carole Goldberg

Scott Turow, the author of best-selling thrillers that began with 1987's "Presumed Innocent," will speak May 30 at 7 p.m. at a program at Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road, Madison, pr…

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'King & I' Music Director Reunites With HSO For Bushnell Stop by Christopher Arnott

It's good to be "The King & I." The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that introduced the songs "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," "I Have Dreamed" and "Shall We Dance?" was give…

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Historical 'Before Homosexuals' Closes 9-Day Hartford LGBT Film Fest by Susan Dunne

In its 30 years, the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival has shown scores of documentaries, usually profiles of famous LGBT men and women, tragic stories about AIDS and stories about 20th- and 21…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

'King And I' At The Bushnell For A Week by Christopher Arnott

Rodgers and Hammerstein are busier in Connecticut now than they were 60 or 70 years ago, when their musicals routinely had out-of-town try-outs at the Shubert in New Haven. Tours of "Cindere…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Write Stuff: Authors At RJ Julia; Talk On Southern Belles At Twain House by Carole Goldberg

R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, will present free talks by authors of fiction, memoir and poetry. On May 21 at 10:30 a.m., Shoshana Banana will talk about her fact-bas…

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A Chat With 'Ask Amy' Before Her Visit To The Twain House by Susan Dunne

"Ask Amy" columnist Amy Dickinson and humor writer Gina Barreca have been friends for years. On May 31, the women will get together at Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford to talk about, we…

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True Brothers In Song: Gay Men's Chorus Member Donates Kidney To Director by Susan Dunne

Members of Hartford Gay Men's Chorus call themselves Brothers in Song. Going into this weekend's concert at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the guys have a compelling reason to celebrate brotherly d…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HSO Brings Dog Trainer Bill Berloni On Board For 'Playing With Dogs' by Susan Dunne

People who own dogs know that many pooches cower in fear when they hear very loud noises. People attending orchestra concerts know that symphonic music is very loud. So how will the Hartford…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hartford Stage Takes On Challenge Of Steering Shaw's 'Heartbreak House' by Christopher Arnott

Darko Tresnjak is looking forward to taking a break this summer. Hartford Stage's much-lauded artistic director spent the winter crafting his knockabout version of Shakespeare's "Comedy of E…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pianist Randy Weston Celebrates Jazz As America's True Classical Music by Michael Hamad

Pianist Randy Weston has been a regular visitor to Hartford for more than 50 years, from 1950s jam sessions at Hartford Jazz Society president Art Fine's house in Bloomfield to more recent p…

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Write Stuff: Abdul-Jabbar At College Street; Poet Blanco In Mystic by Carole Goldberg

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame basketball star and all-time leading NBA scorer, humanitarian, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and best-selling author, will give a talk May 17 at 6 p.…

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Poems 'Forged By Joy' From Laura Mazza-Dixon

Laura Mazza-Dixon is an environmentalist, a gifted organizer of artistic events in the Granby, area, a passionate gardener, a hiker who rises early to trek the hills of Granby. She is a musi…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

World Tour Planned For 'Anastasia' by Christopher Arnott

"Anastasia" is on the move again. The producers of the Broadway musical, which had its world premiere at Hartford Stage a year ago, announced plans Friday for the show to be seen internation…

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Talking Heads Alums, Indie Rock Producer Curate Emerging Artist Series by Michael Hamad

It's a great time in history to discover new music — whether it's new to you, new to everybody, or somewhere in-between. DJ-curated streams play day and night on Internet radio stations. O…

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'42nd Street' At Foxwoods, 'Trav'lin' At Seven Angels' by Christopher Arnott

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway. Shuffle off to Buffalo while you're at it. Mostly, enjoy the serendipity of hearing dozens of performers sing "We're in the Money" at a c…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Write Stuff: R.J. Julia Presents NPR Host Diane Rehm by Carole Goldberg

Diane Rehm, the popular NPR host, will speak Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield. Rehm will discuss her memoir "On My Own" (Knop…

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'Most Beautiful Room In New York' Debuts At Long Wharf by Christopher Arnott

You never know who's going to walk into your restaurant. "The Most Beautiful Room in New York," a new musical premiering at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven through May 28, has some fasci…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

'Anastasia' Receives Two Tony Nominations by Christopher Arnott

Anastasia didn't get much recognition from the Tony Award nominating committees Tuesday morning. But her grandmother did all right. Mary Beth Peil was nominated for Best Featured Actress in …

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Alan Alda Ready To Chat About Acting, Writing At CT Forum by Christopher Arnott

"The whole point of communication," Alan Alda muses, "is not about what you have to say. It's about how you say it." The celebrated actor, writer, director, science advocate and activist sha…

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Hartford Attorney Auctioning Enormous Comic-Book Collection by Susan Dunne

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 6, when people all over the country will start or add to their collections by going to comic-book stores and picking out their free prizes. But this mont…

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CT Stores Participating In Free Comic Book Day by Susan Dunne

On Free Comic Book Day, which is Saturday, May 6, about 50 different comic books will be available at stores around the country. Each store has ordered different books; some have ordered the…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Goodspeed Finds A Real-Life 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' by Christopher Arnott

"It's kind of a crazy story." No, it's actually very much like the story of the musical you're starring in. "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which opens Goodspeed Musicals' 2017 season, is the st…

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Divine Tommy Tunes Coming To Foxwoods by Christopher Arnott

Tommy Tune walks among the gods. He's that tall. And he dances so well. I've watched Tommy Tune pace the back of theater on opening night of a show he worked on. I've seen him command the st…

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'The Moth' Founder Part Of At Infinity Hall Storytelling Series by Christopher Arnott

Somebody left a light on at Infinity Hall in Hartford. Moths are circling. George Dawes Green, (pictured) who founded the groundbreaking live storytelling series "The Moth," is a special gue…

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Poets At R.J. Julia, Authors At Bank Square Books by Carole Goldberg

Poetry, politics, rescue and romance will be discussed by authors at free events at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. All require reservations: 203-245-3959 or rjjulia.c…

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Four CT Artists Part Of Global Effort To Set 'Finnegan's Wake' To Music, Poetry by Michael Hamad

Read these words out loud: Yogibogeybox. Mrkgnao. Peloothered. Mumchanciness. Now use "sausage" in a sentence. As a vowel. You've got it, you're there, you're soaking in it: The sound-world …

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Alan Alda Replacing Rob Reiner In Connecticut Forum by Christopher Arnott

The May 6 Connecticut Forum event at The Bushnell will feature Alan Alda instead of the previously announced film director and producer Rob Reiner. The other scheduled guest in the forum, fi…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Botticelli Exhibit At Boston's Museum Of Fine Arts Features Works New To U.S. by Tracee M. Herbaugh

BOSTON — A new exhibition of Sandro Botticelli's paintings, including some never seen in the U.S., will give museumgoers a glimpse into the artist's own search for sanctity. The show, "Bot…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Tweaked 'Anastasia' An Even Stronger Show On Broadway by Christopher Arnott

In its yearlong journey from Hartford to Broadway, "Anastasia" has found itself. When this sweet-natured musical of self-discovery premiered a year ago at Hartford Stage, it was just as lush…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stage Checklist: Shubert Gets 'Rent'; Yale Rep Premieres 'Mary Jane' by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut has welcomed some remarkable tours of the iconic 1990s New York starving-artist rock musical "Rent" over the years. When the first national tour played The Bushnell in 1998, it s…

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'Thirty Something!' Marks Connecticut Ballet's 35th Anniversary by Sharma Piersall

A self-described "dance evangelist" Brett Raphael will continue to crisscross the state of Connecticut this year with his Summer Dance Caravan, designed to promote classical dance with free,…

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