March 2014

'When The New Yorker Moved to Connecticut'; Westport a Hotbed for Covers

04/02/14

'When The New Yorker Moved to Connecticut'; Westport a Hotbed for Covers

Eve Potts was looking through a book of The New Yorker covers and noticed that hundreds had been created by artists who lived in and around Westport, a town where she had lived for many years. Eventually she was to discover that 17 artists who lived in the Westport area produced 767 covers between 1925 and 1989.

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Star on the Web Goes Live to Get Connecticut Musicians Discovered; Other Talent Too

03/31/14

Star on the Web Goes Live to Get Connecticut Musicians Discovered; Other Talent Too

Star On The Web promises to be Connecticut's premiere online talent competition when it launches on April 1.

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Jazz Lives: Photos of Lee Friedlander, Milt Hinton Coming to Yale

03/25/14

Jazz Lives: Photos of Lee Friedlander, Milt Hinton Coming to Yale

From April 4 through Sept. 7, Yale University Art Gallery will be celebrating jazz photography in Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton. The show, Yale says, brings together “extraordinary images that capture the people, spirit and history of jazz.”

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Athol Fugard’s ‘The Shadow of the Hummingbird’ premieres at Long Wharf Theatre

03/24/14

Athol Fugard’s ‘The Shadow of the Hummingbird’ premieres at Long Wharf Theatre

Though Athol Fugard still regards the Karoo desert region of South Africa as his permanent home, he’s spends most of his time in the San Diego area of Southern California to be with his daughter and grandson.

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Ella Fitzgerald to Grace Marlborough Arts Center, as Interpreted by Ashly Cruz

03/20/14

Ella Fitzgerald to Grace Marlborough Arts Center, as Interpreted by Ashly Cruz

Connecticut performer Ashly Cruz will bring the work of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald to life at the Marlborough Arts Center on March 28.

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'Peanuts' Movie Teaser Debuts: Snoopy, Charlie Brown Via Blue Sky Studios of Connecticut

03/18/14

'Peanuts' Movie Teaser Debuts: Snoopy, Charlie Brown Via Blue Sky Studios of Connecticut

Twentieth Century Fox and Connecticut's own Blue Sky Studios are making a feature film based on the late Charles Schulz’s beloved and iconic “Peanuts” franchise, to be released in 2015, marking the 65th anniversary of the debut of the “Peanuts” comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the landmark television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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Connecticut Library Scores Speakers Like Tom Brokaw, AOL's David Shing

03/17/14

Connecticut Library Scores Speakers Like Tom Brokaw, AOL's David Shing

Guest speakers in the Kent Memorial Library's spring series are former news anchor Tom Brokaw, AOL’s digital prophet David Shing and Gary Ross, a Department of Homeland Security special agent and author of “Who Watches The Watchmen.”

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After 'America's Got Talent', Connecticut Dance Troupe Catapult Is In Demand

03/15/14

After 'America's Got Talent', Connecticut Dance Troupe Catapult Is In Demand

Catapult—whether used as a noun or verb—is a word suggesting extreme motion, something being propelled dramatically forward. It was a beautiful bit of branding for veteran dancer and choreographer Adam Battelstein to name his shadow-dance troupe Catapult Entertainment. After making it to the semifinals of the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” last summer, the Torrington-based troupe has been catapulted to fame and a level of demand that has it overbooked—with twin troupes performing simultaneously in the U.S. and Europe. “Forty or 50 million people seeing you on television definitely is a game-changer. So it’s kind of crazy for us right now,” Battelstein said by phone Friday afternoon from Scottsdale, Ariz., where one of...

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Fairfield Murders: Not Real but Plot of Horror Movie by Trinity College Student

03/12/14

Fairfield Murders: Not Real but Plot of Horror Movie by Trinity College Student

Connecticut-based budding director, Erik Bloomquist, releases the concept trailer for his horror flick, Founders Day. He hopes to drum up support so he can begin shooting the feature in October.

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Connecticut Author Chases Ghost (Stories); Latest Book on West Virginia

03/09/14

Connecticut Author Chases Ghost (Stories); Latest Book on West Virginia

“The Big Book of West Virginia Ghost Stories” features more than 100 tales from throughout the Mountain State.

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American Idol Castoffs From Connecticut 'Vote' on the Experience: Yes, Yes, Big No

03/05/14

American Idol Castoffs From Connecticut 'Vote' on the Experience: Yes, Yes, Big No

Three American Idol contestants from Connecticut are using their experiences to advance their careers - two will return to the show for another attempt next year while the third is moving on.

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'American Hustle' Shut Out at Oscars, but Abscam Book It's Based on Still Riveting

03/03/14

'American Hustle' Shut Out at Oscars, but Abscam Book It's Based on Still Riveting

The film was shut out at the Oscars despite about 10 nominations. When viewed in the context of Bob Greene’s book, however, “American Hustle” fills in more than a few blanks regarding what we are taught or not taught about the way government works or doesn’t work.

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