Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Words That Changed The World Club Talks Desmond's 'Evicted' by Carole Goldberg

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is among the acclaimed poets who will appear when the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival presents its 26th season outdoors in the beautiful gardens on the ground…

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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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Friday, May 18, 2018

'Love Never Dies' Revisits Phantom's Story by Christopher Arnott

Love may never die, but voices can change. Actress Karen Mason plays Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to his greatest hit, "The Phantom of the Opera." In "Phantom," Giry is the he…

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'Chicago' Stops For Three Days At Shubert by Christopher Arnott

“Chicago” is a model of urban redevelopment. The musical, based on a 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins (based in turn on actual sordid events that occurred in Chicago while Watkins was…

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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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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

Steve Almond To Give Writing Workshop, Eric D. Lehman To Discuss 'Connecticut Vanguards' by Carole Goldberg

Steve Almond, the best-selling author known for his clever wit, thorough reporting and strong political opinions, will give a writing workshop and a free talk on Thursday, May 24, at The Mar…

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Melodrama 'Flyin' West' Opens Westport Playhouse Season by Christopher Arnott

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2018 season opens with the popular melodrama “Flyin’ West” by famed feminist novelist, playwright and essayist Pearl Cleage. The play — May 29 through …

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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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'A Night With Janis Joplin' At Ivoryton Playhouse by Christopher Arnott

Janis Joplin’s life was short but packed with incident. She fronted a few different bands, had two hit albums and appeared at Woodstock, Monterey and other major rock festivals, all in the…

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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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Monday, May 14, 2018

TheaterWorks Remounts Westports's 'Invisible Hand' by Christopher Arnott

Ayad Akhtar's follow-the-money hostage drama "The Invisible Hand" continues to strike Connecticut theatergoers. The play had a successful production at the Westport Country Playhouse in the …

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

TheaterWorks Announces Its 2018-19 'Renovation Season' by Christopher Arnott

‘It's the renovation season," declares Rob Ruggiero, TheaterWorks’ producing artistic director. Which means it's also the relocation season. Theaterworks has announced five of the six sh…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Photojournalist Steven G. Smith, ESPN's Mike Greenberg To Give Talks by Carole Goldberg

Steven G. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, will give a free talk at Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, on Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m., about his book, “Under the D…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New Musical 'Rock 'N' Roll Redemption' Debuts At Seven Angels by Christopher Arnott

Who’s still on the short list of rock and roll stars who haven’t had a musical written about them? Dion DiMucci, who in September of 1961 introduced us to “Runaround Sue” and then tw…

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Hartford Symphony's Love Stories At The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has regularly turned to Broadway musicals for its concert content. On May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall, the affectionate topic is “Lov…

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Drag Queen Trixie Mattel To Doll Up The Bushnell by Christopher Arnott

Trixie Mattel, who recently won on the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” has released two albums in the past two years. Last year she started a web series called “UNHhh…

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Fugard's 'A Lesson From Aloes' Ends Hartford Stage's 2017-18 Season by Christopher Arnott

In February of 1961, South African playwright Athol Fugard jotted down in his diary an eight-paragraph description of an argument he’d witnessed during “a party at the flat of a Catholic…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, Blanche McCrary Boyd To Give Book Talks by Carole Goldberg

Authors will give free talks about their latest books at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. Registration is required: 203-245-3959 or On Tuesday, May 8, at 6…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett To Star In Goodspeed's 'Cyrano'

‘Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage and film actress Haley Bennett ("The Girl on the Train" and "Thank You for Your Service") will star in the new musical "Cyrano" at Goodspeed Musicals…

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Trevor Griffiths 'Comedians' At Hole In The Wall Theater by Christopher Arnott

‘Comedians” is a cunning sociopolitical drama from 1975 by British playwright Trevor Griffiths. The drama is set in a class for aspiring comedians, and the second act shows the students …

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'Polkadots' At Playhouse On Park by Christopher Arnott

‘Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical” is an allegory about segregation and dealing with prejudice. The story, which is also about friendship and being accepted by one’s peers, concerns an…

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Connecticut Ballet's 'Russian Classics!' At Bushnell, Palace by Christopher Arnott

Connecticut Ballet calls its spring concert “Russian Classics!” but also notes that two of these three classics have not been danced in Connecticut before. Old and famous, then, but perh…

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'Motown The Musical' Stops At The Palace by Christopher Arnott

The national tour of the Broadway hit “Motown the Musical” played The Bushnell in the spring of 2016, then returned to Broadway shortly afterward, where it added another few weeks to its…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Overlooking Creativity Of Children Itself An Epidemic by Teresa M. Pelham

It makes sense that a parenting columnist would fall down a rabbit hole of TED Talks on education by Sir Kenneth Robinson, rather than get sucked into a “Sneaky Pete” marathon like the r…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Arts & Ideas Festival Announces 2018 Lineup With Immigration Theme by Christopher Arnott

Radicals. Choirs. A billion nights. A big read. Whodini. Ruth B. Kaki King. A dance to the Beatles. Stories from survivors. Five merchants of Venice. The International Festival of Arts & Ide…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Margot Singer Named Wallot Award Winner by Carole Goldberg

Author Margot Singer has been named the 2017 Wallant Award winner for her novel, “Underground Fugue,” and Rachel Hall is the runner-up for her debut story collection, “Heirlooms.” Th…

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Stand-Up Comedian Rob Santos Abandons N.Y. For Hartford And A New Show by Christopher Arnott

Rob Santos lives two lives. They’re both pretty funny. You can glimpse both of them May 3, when two episodes of the local comedian’s new web series “Beige on Both Sides” premiere in …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Ballet Theatre Company Dancing 'Cinderella' At USJ by Christopher Arnott

Ballet Theatre Company recently brought on new artistic director Stephanie Dattellas, who is choreographing a new production of the Prokofiev ballet “Cinderella” as its big spring produc…

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'The Full Monty' Plays A Week At The Warner by Christopher Arnott

Those who love David Yazbek’s current Broadway hit “The Band’s Visit” might want to check out his first — and very different — musical, “The Full Monty.” It’s based on the …

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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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