December 2013

'America's Got Talent' Semifinalist Brings Glow-in-Dark Show to Westport Country Playhouse

01/17/14

'America's Got Talent' Semifinalist Brings Glow-in-Dark Show to Westport Country Playhouse

This isn’t just any laser show—it’s a mesmerizing fantasy of lights, sounds and movement produced by Lightwire Theater and Corbian Visual Arts (the same company that made it to the semifinals on “America’s Got Talent”).

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'American Idol' Has Three Connecticut Singers Hollywood Bound

01/16/14

'American Idol' Has Three Connecticut Singers Hollywood Bound

“American Idol” is full of surprises, the show declares on its web site, and the among the revelations from the two-hour premiere of Season XIII Wednesday night on FOX was the fact that three Connecticut talents won the coveted ticket to Hollywood, and the main competition, in their regional auditions.

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Connecticut Native Makes SyFy Channel's 'Face Off' Season Six

01/13/14

Connecticut Native Makes SyFy Channel's 'Face Off' Season Six

“I would watch a movie and try to replicate something. I would use whatever I had, whether it was tape, cardboard, tinfoil.”

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Connecticut Exhibit Pairs Ammi Phillips Folk Art Portraits With Contemporary Works

01/05/14

Connecticut Exhibit Pairs Ammi Phillips Folk Art Portraits With Contemporary Works

The show will feature five portraits by Phillips paired with contemporary portraits by Duncan Hannah, Pieter Lefferts, Patty Mullins, Robert Andrew Parker, Warren Prindle, Richard T. Scott and Peter Steiner.

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Violin Sensation Bella Hristova to Play for Young Connecticut Audience

01/03/14

Violin Sensation Bella Hristova to Play for Young Connecticut Audience

The 28-year-old musician—who makes magic on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin—is so passionate and devoted to the future of classical music that she is happily transitioning from her third appearance at a major classical music mecca like Carnegie Hall to a concert Jan. 11 at a more diminutive venue, the Pequot Library in Southport.

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Sharks Get a Nicer Image, Myths Erased in New Connecticut Documentary

01/01/14

Sharks Get a Nicer Image, Myths Erased in New Connecticut Documentary

“They are not normally aggressive and have no interest in hunting human beings. It is only when we put ourselves in positions where we are accidentally struck, that so-called shark attacks take place," Scott Tucker says.

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Connecticut First Night Celebrations Ring in New Year with a Bang!

12/27/13

Connecticut First Night Celebrations Ring in New Year with a Bang!

There’ll be jamming in the street all night long in Hartford, Westport and Danbury on Dec. 31.

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Graphic Art of Chuck Close on View at Bruce Museum in Greenwich

12/26/13

Graphic Art of Chuck Close on View at Bruce Museum in Greenwich

At a time when portraiture was considered passé, Close chose the human face as his subject. Or perhaps it chose him. He has a condition called prosopagnosia, which means it is difficult for him to recognize faces.

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'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' Co-Producer, 21, Is From Branford

12/23/13

'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' Co-Producer, 21, Is From Branford

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” has been called a “tour de force” by The New York Times, and “the most fun you can have on Broadway” by Time Out magazine. Entertainment Weekly said it is as “gut-busting as ‘The Book of Mormon.’”

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Shoreline Author's Take on Mistletoe: A Dog Who Wakes Santa Just in Time

12/22/13

Shoreline Author's Take on Mistletoe: A Dog Who Wakes Santa Just in Time

What if Santa Claus fell asleep on Christmas Eve? Fortunately, in Richard Wolf’s charming holiday tale, an affectionate dog named Mistletoe wakes St. Nick just in time to deliver his sleigh full of presents.

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Crèche in Bethlehem, as Rare as Metropolitan Museum of Art's, Welcomes Visitors

12/18/13

Crèche in Bethlehem, as Rare as Metropolitan Museum of Art's, Welcomes Visitors

An 18th-Century Neapolitan Nativity in Bethlehem has its own heartwarming story.

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CPTV Documentary Looks at a Connecticut Version of Santa: Paul Newman

12/16/13

CPTV Documentary Looks at a Connecticut Version of Santa: Paul Newman

Paul Newman’s legacy of changing the world around him and changing lives for the better is the subject of “Give It All Away: Newman’s Own Recipe for Success,” a new documentary premiering Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. on CPTV.

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Avon Native in Cast of Terrific "Fences" at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven

12/15/13

Avon Native in Cast of Terrific "Fences" at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven

“Fences,” the story of a middle-aged black man struggling to provide for his family as a trash collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre on Nov. 27 and will run till Dec. 22.

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Ben Taylor Plays Connecticut; Tells Us Carly Simon Grooved on 'Thriller'

12/12/13

Ben Taylor Plays Connecticut; Tells Us Carly Simon Grooved on 'Thriller'

A snippet from our chat with Ben Taylor as he prepares to play Connecticut: Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Oh man, that song is just perfect.

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Historic Shubert Theater in New Haven Has Ambitious New Owner

12/12/13

Historic Shubert Theater in New Haven Has Ambitious New Owner

“Places like [the Shubert Theater] are important in terms of maintaining a sense of who we are, what we are about, why we are different and why we’re going to be successful,” New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said.

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'Wendell Minor's America' at Norman Rockwell Museum: Glorious Images from Children's Literature

12/10/13

'Wendell Minor's America' at Norman Rockwell Museum: Glorious Images from Children's Literature

“People say that I am pretty lucky. My response is, the harder you work, the luckier you get. I have resolved never to waste a minute.”

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The World According to Greenwich Artist Kees de Waal, 90, in Norwalk Exhibit

12/09/13

The World According to Greenwich Artist Kees de Waal, 90, in Norwalk Exhibit

The man who thinks globally produces dreamlike pieces with an intercontinental/Latin American influence.

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Violin Virtuoso Sirena Huang to Play Sibelius With Hartford Symphony; We're Thinking Epiphany

12/06/13

Violin Virtuoso Sirena Huang to Play Sibelius With Hartford Symphony; We're Thinking Epiphany

It’s not merely Sirena Huang’s talent and musicality that give these Hartford Symphony concerts heightened appeal—it’s so much more than that, which was revealed during a phone interview with Huang this week.

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Connecticut's 'Christmas Town' Tree Lighting; Bethlehem Festival Starts Friday

12/05/13

Connecticut's 'Christmas Town' Tree Lighting; Bethlehem Festival Starts Friday

It all starts with the lighting of the holiday tree on the green Friday evening at 6 p.m., with Santa of course.

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Tom Rush, 1960s Godfather of New England Folk Music, Comes to StageOne in Fairfield Dec. 8

12/04/13

Tom Rush, 1960s Godfather of New England Folk Music, Comes to StageOne in Fairfield Dec. 8

In our web-exclusive Q&A, he discusses his beginnings in Cambridge, Mass., the challenges of songwriting, and how he advanced the careers of James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

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Can Governor, Mark Twain Outglow Greenwich, Woodbury, Suffield, Fairfield With Holiday Houses?

12/02/13

Can Governor, Mark Twain Outglow Greenwich, Woodbury, Suffield, Fairfield With Holiday Houses?

The Mark Twain House decorated for a late 19th-century Christmas will be the centerpiece of the Friends of Mark Twain House & Museum’s Holiday House Tour on Dec. 8.

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This Season, Hartford's TheaterWorks Gives Us Christmas Cheer with a Shot of Wry

11/27/13

This Season, Hartford's TheaterWorks Gives Us Christmas Cheer with a Shot of Wry

Did you ever wonder what happened to those childhood holiday icons Charlie Brown, Cindy Lou Who and Tiny Tim once they reached adulthood? Wonder no more.

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Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce in Bristol: Dazzling Seasonal Festivities

11/26/13

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce in Bristol: Dazzling Seasonal Festivities

Roller coasters may be out of season now, and the Haunted Graveyard has also come and gone—but in the spirit of the bright lights and global sports action of its neighbor ESPN, Lake Compounce these days is an attraction for all seasons.

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Civil Rights Activist's African Art Collection Comes to Yale Museum

11/24/13

Civil Rights Activist's African Art Collection Comes to Yale Museum

The chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Bayard Rustin was honored posthumously this week at the White House as one of 16 Americans awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Canaan Photographer Zetterstrom Shows 80's Images of China at Wesleyan

11/22/13

Canaan Photographer Zetterstrom Shows 80's Images of China at Wesleyan

Zetterstrom captured many portraits of Chinese people in a time before globalization and political riots and only three years after the end of Mao’s disastrous Cultural Revolution and the implementation of Deng Xiaoping’s “Open And Reform Policy.”

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The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Declares Supremacy of NYC Pizza

11/21/13

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Declares Supremacy of NYC Pizza

C'mon now—he must be kidding.

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Connecticut Shoreline Arts Trail Weekend: 34 Studios, 47 Artists, Shopping, Dining Discounts ...

11/20/13

Connecticut Shoreline Arts Trail Weekend: 34 Studios, 47 Artists, Shopping, Dining Discounts ...

The Shoreline ArtsTrail is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, when a community of 47 local artists will participate in a 12th annual Open Studios Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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Bid on a Role in 'The Good Wife,' Help Connecticut's Environment

11/19/13

Bid on a Role in 'The Good Wife,' Help Connecticut's Environment

That’s right, you can buy a role on "The Good Wife" and rub elbows with Margulies, Baranski and the rest of the cast

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LeAnn Rimes Headlines Ridgefield Playhouse Gala

11/18/13

LeAnn Rimes Headlines Ridgefield Playhouse Gala

Much of LeeAnn Rimes’ notoriety comes for all the wrong reasons, and often unfairly, but the visionary folks behind The Ridgefield Playhouse scored the coup of booking her for the gala—and those who attend will get a taste of all the right reasons behind why she is a sensation.

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Hartford Event for Malcolm Gladwell, Big Thinker Who Wants Us to Less in Awe of Power Coming

11/16/13

Hartford Event for Malcolm Gladwell, Big Thinker Who Wants Us to Less in Awe of Power Coming

People may not always agree with Malcolm Gladwell, but he makes them think. The mere fact that his insightful observations about life have taken the world by storm might be a sign that there’s still hope for the human race. Next week, on Nov. 21, he joins the conversation at The Connecticut Forum with historian David Brinkley.

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Wagner's 'Dutchman' Makes Connecticut Premiere Friday in Waterbury

11/14/13

Wagner's 'Dutchman' Makes Connecticut Premiere Friday in Waterbury

On Friday evening, the first fully staged production ever in Connecticut of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" will be presented at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

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How Many Composers Does It Take to Tackle Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' at 100? At Yale, It's Eight

11/12/13

How Many Composers Does It Take to Tackle Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' at 100? At Yale, It's Eight

It’s safe to say that there won’t be any rioting outside Woolsey Hall at Yale University in New Haven on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., when the 85-member Zephyrus Project Orchestra pays tribute to the work with its only performance of “RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.’” Admission is free.

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NBC's “Where Were You?” Documentary on JFK Assassination Has Connecticut Ties

11/11/13

NBC's “Where Were You?” Documentary on JFK Assassination Has Connecticut Ties

There are some human events so shocking that those who live through them never forget. The moment of discovery is so intense that the circumstances are seared into the memory, as vivid 50 years later as on the day they happened. Such was the moment on Nov. 22, 1963, when John F. Kennedy was murdered in front of the entire nation while riding in a motorcade down a Dallas street. It was a day that had featured festive political pageantry and that was imbued with the optimism of a nation experiencing great peace and prosperity. That mood vanished with the muzzle flash from Lee Harvey Oswald’s gun and the nation would never be the same again. The day is being revisited again on Nov. 22, 2013, at 9 p.m., when NBC airs “Where Were You?” It is narrated by Tom...

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Mitch Albom Coming to New Haven to Talk About Phone Calls from the Deceased

11/10/13

Mitch Albom Coming to New Haven to Talk About Phone Calls from the Deceased

Mitch Albom, journalist, author, playwright, radio host, musician and founder of seven charities, brings a wide variety of potential topics to Southern Connecticut State University’s Lyman Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday — one day after the publication date of his latest book, “The First Phone Call From Heaven.”

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Windham Textile & History Museum's Latino Migration Exhibit Charts An Important Legacy

11/08/13

Windham Textile & History Museum's Latino Migration Exhibit Charts An Important Legacy

Take advantage of your last chance to see this Eastern Connecticut State University-curated history, which runs through Dec. 8.

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Vampire Alert: 'Van Helsing of Ipswich' Coming to Litchfield

11/08/13

Vampire Alert: 'Van Helsing of Ipswich' Coming to Litchfield

Michael Medeiros will share a story of his own creation this Sunday when Dickens Books & Art in Bantam commemorates the 166th birthday of “Dracula” author Bram Stoker with an ensemble reading of Mr. Medeiros’ modern-day vampire film screenplay, “Van Helsing of Ipswich.”

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John Fogerty Rocks Oakdale Theater in Wallingford Nov. 9

11/05/13

John Fogerty Rocks Oakdale Theater in Wallingford Nov. 9

On his "Wrote a Song for Everyone" tour, Creedence Clearwater Revival's lead everything (singer, songwriter and guitarist) has shown that revisiting the past can be awesome, indeed.

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Yale Repertory Theatre's First Play of the 2013-14 season, "Owners," Opens Tonight

10/31/13

Yale Repertory Theatre's First Play of the 2013-14 season, "Owners," Opens Tonight

British playwright Caryl Churchill's satirical examination of the political and cultural dynamics of property ownership runs at the New Haven theater through Nov. 16.

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Opening of Quilt Drawings Show Part of New Haven's Ninth Square Buzz

10/30/13

Opening of Quilt Drawings Show Part of New Haven's Ninth Square Buzz

There’s a painting in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art that—while depicting a streetscape in Victorian-era Great Britain—evokes the same moment-in-time feeling, and bittersweet autumnal thoughts, that are occasioned by certain streetscapes around Yale at twilight this time of year. This Friday, at that moment in time in New Haven, an opening reception will be held at a different venue, Reynolds Fine Art, for a very different series of works—but works that share one commonality with the John Atkinson Grimshaw painting, “Evening Glow,” from 1884. (The YCBA is open until 5 p.m. Friday, so why not pay a visit before moving on to the Ninth Square events referenced below? Left: John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1836-1893, British,...

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Fern Berman's Abstract Photography at the New Britain Museum of American Art

10/30/13

Fern Berman's Abstract Photography at the New Britain Museum of American Art

Fern Berman's fascinating photos will make you do a double take to realize what you're looking at.

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Dick Ebersol, Longtime Head of NBC Sports, Stars at New Preston Fundraiser

10/29/13

Dick Ebersol, Longtime Head of NBC Sports, Stars at New Preston Fundraiser

The man who helped invent "Saturday Night Live" and turned the Peacock Network into "America's Olympic Network"—marrying Susan Saint-James along the way—guests at Washington Montessori School's "WMS Presents" Nov. 2.

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Enjoy an Authentic Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner in Old Wethersfield

10/28/13

Enjoy an Authentic Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner in Old Wethersfield

Take a seat at an 18th-century Thanksgiving feast fit for Connecticut aristocracy at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.

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Avon Teen Has a Role in Hartford Stage Company's 'Macbeth'

10/27/13

Avon Teen Has a Role in Hartford Stage Company's 'Macbeth'

Hartford Stage Company is presenting two plays in repertory this fall, La Dispute and Macbeth, and for one cast member, teenager Eric Murphy, the idea of repertory means juggling not two plays but theater, school and more. Amid the run of Macbeth, which is getting strong reviews, the Farmington Valley Times caught up with Murphy.

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At UConn's Benton Museum, Mary Cassatt, Yes, But Also Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora

10/22/13

At UConn's Benton Museum, Mary Cassatt, Yes, But Also Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora

University art museums, like much of academia, purposefully enjoy freedoms that are more elusive in the “real” world, the place where art meets up with commerce, often yielding as a result exhibits that are long on (hoped-for) appeal to the masses and shorter on the exploration of ideas, intellectual curiosity—and the kind of sustenance that encourages growth.

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In Guilford, Shoreline Segway/Characters & Costumes Will Meet Most of Your Halloween Needs

10/22/13

In Guilford, Shoreline Segway/Characters & Costumes Will Meet Most of Your Halloween Needs

Take a private haunted tour of Guilford with Shoreline Segway, then rent the perfect Halloween outfit at C&C.

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Robert Parker's Agent Helen Brann Writes His Last 'Spenser' Detective Story

10/20/13

Robert Parker's Agent Helen Brann Writes His Last 'Spenser' Detective Story

The book, “Silent Night,” that Helen Brann agreed to write is on the market just in time for Christmas. While other Spenser and Jesse Stone novels have since been assigned to other writers, Brann’s book contains the last chapters written by the master storyteller,

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Ann Leary's Novel 'The Good House'  to Become Meryl Streep Movie

10/19/13

Ann Leary's Novel 'The Good House' to Become Meryl Streep Movie

While awaiting the major motion picture of her novel "The Good House," the New Milford author makes several local appearances to promote the paperback (we hope she throws in some banjo on the side). And yes, there's another novel on the way.

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The Yale  School of Music Concert Series: A Study in Virtuosity.

10/17/13

The Yale School of Music Concert Series: A Study in Virtuosity.

Conductor James Conlon leads the Philharmonia of Yale in a tour-de-force performance on Oct. 18.

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Dolls! Dolls! Dolls! All Cultures and Time Periods Converge at "Dolls: No Ordinary Playthings," on View at Bristol's New England Carousel Museum

10/16/13

Dolls! Dolls! Dolls! All Cultures and Time Periods Converge at "Dolls: No Ordinary Playthings," on View at Bristol's New England Carousel Museum

See all your favorites, from Victorian fashion dolls to Raggedy Ann and Andy.

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Bluegrass Queen Rhonda Vincent Coming to Hamden Oct. 26

10/15/13

Bluegrass Queen Rhonda Vincent Coming to Hamden Oct. 26

This month, Chris Wuerth of Hamden marks his 40th concert with bluegrass royalty—Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, performing Oct. 26

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Litchfield Hills Furniture Designer, With Music Stand in MoMA's Collection, Channels the Sublime

10/14/13

Litchfield Hills Furniture Designer, With Music Stand in MoMA's Collection, Channels the Sublime

When asked how he responds to the question, “What do you do?” from a stranger, John Everett Scofield said he takes a simple approach: “Well, I’m a designer.”

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 Steve Martin, Phylicia Rashad, August Wilson and Athol Fugard Play Starring Roles at Long Wharf Theatre in 2013-14

10/13/13

Steve Martin, Phylicia Rashad, August Wilson and Athol Fugard Play Starring Roles at Long Wharf Theatre in 2013-14

Martin's acclaimed adaptation of the 1911 farce "The Underpants" kicks off the revered regional theater's 49th season Oct. 16.

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Chamard Vineyards' Music Fest Sunday Stars Country Artist Nicole Frechette, a Shoreline Native

10/13/13

Chamard Vineyards' Music Fest Sunday Stars Country Artist Nicole Frechette, a Shoreline Native

Nicole Frechette might not be a coal miner’s daughter. But Nashville has still taken notice. As has Billboard Magazine. True, in her Shoreline childhood home, the radio did not play an endless loop of Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. At the dinner table, no one retold Minnie Pearl jokes. The 28-year-old, whose band will headline the Harvest Music Hoedown at Clinton’s Chamard Vineyards Sunday, did not address her parents as Mama and Daddy. Indeed, aside from an aunt she never knew and a grandmother who plays the organ and belts out songs “at the top of her lungs,” the striking blonde said at a recent interview, no one in her family is musical in any capacity. And yet there was Nikki Fresh, as her friends call her, singing since she could speak, singing...

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Hartford Symphony Opens 70th Season Friday; Also Pops!, Music & Art, Even the UConn Drumline

10/10/13

Hartford Symphony Opens 70th Season Friday; Also Pops!, Music & Art, Even the UConn Drumline

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra opens its 70th anniversary season Friday night with a concert that will be bookended by different aspects of a festive food-and-drinks-oriented celebration and features Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony,” Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa with guest artist Wu Man, and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, with the Connecticut Youth Symphony onstage with the HSO. The performance will be repeated Saturday night. “The 70th Opening Night concerts celebrate the Hartford Symphony’s dedication to artistic excellence, community engagement and creating harmony in Hartford,” HSO President & CEO Carrie Hammond said about performances that will be led by HSO music director Carolyn Kuan. “From cultural...

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Tales from Pumpkinlandia Jack-o'-Lantern Wonderland

10/10/13

Tales from Pumpkinlandia Jack-o'-Lantern Wonderland

Intricately carved pumpkins will be aglow in a fairy-tale themed jack-o'-lantern spectacular at Fort Hill Farms.

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Interior Design Talk at New Britain Museum: The Pretty and Proper Living Room

10/09/13

Interior Design Talk at New Britain Museum: The Pretty and Proper Living Room

Holly Holden is an estimable force in the world of interior design. Through her firm, Holly Holden & Company, Ltd., the ASID Allied Member from Farmington serves clients across the U.S. and internationally, bringing them a graceful, genteel style that bespeaks timless understatement—rooms that feel comfortable even as they anchored by a formal gravity. And then, too, there’s a sense of ebullience, in classical mode, given that Holden’s favorite color is pink.

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Get Spooked at the Haunted Isle!

10/06/13

Get Spooked at the Haunted Isle!

The Shoreline Trolley's Haunted Isle will scare the living daylights out of you!

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In Perfect Harmony

10/04/13

In Perfect Harmony

Three extraordinary women of jazz—Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding—perform at the Quick Center for the Arts on Oct. 5.

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Tuned Up

10/03/13

Tuned Up

Symphony orchestras around the state roll out the red carpet for opening night.

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