August 2013

He's Mel Tormé's  Son But His Own Man as a Singer, With Connecticut Shows

11/03/13

He's Mel Tormé's Son But His Own Man as a Singer, With Connecticut Shows

The jazz-singing son of the late, great Mel Tormé will be performing all over Connecticut over the next week.

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'America's Got Talent' Over for Catapult, Connecticut's 'Living Shadows' Dance Troupe

09/12/13

'America's Got Talent' Over for Catapult, Connecticut's 'Living Shadows' Dance Troupe

With six spots left up for grabs on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Catapult Entertainment was the last act to learn that it had been voted off the show during Wednesday night’s live results show at Radio City Music Hall.

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New Haven Native Mark Hummel Brings Harmonica Blues Back to Connecticut in Two Shows

09/11/13

New Haven Native Mark Hummel Brings Harmonica Blues Back to Connecticut in Two Shows

Gotta hand it to Bay Area blues harp player Mark Hummel: He really knows how to put together a blues show.

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Music as Hot as Stamford's Downtown Scene at the Palace Theatre This Fall

09/09/13

Music as Hot as Stamford's Downtown Scene at the Palace Theatre This Fall

Great music is one highlight of the Palace Theatre's schedule this fall, and the performers at the Stamford landmark range from Broadway pros to regional musicians who will be integrating the landmark theater into the downtown scene with shows from the Upper Lobby.

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Governor Malloy's Visit Highlights Skitch Henderson's Legacy, New Milford Cultural Treasure

09/06/13

Governor Malloy's Visit Highlights Skitch Henderson's Legacy, New Milford Cultural Treasure

Gov. Dannel Malloy visited Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford Wednesday, as the third destination on his three-stop tour of Connecticut tourist sites.

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East Haven Fall Festival, With Terrific Music, Runs Through Sunday

09/06/13

East Haven Fall Festival, With Terrific Music, Runs Through Sunday

Shortly after he formed East West Productions, an agency for promoting musical artists and entertainers, Mark Gravino’s phone rang. The year was 1995. On the other end of the line was a mentor of his who happened to be involved with the U.S. military. He needed Gravino’s help in sending bands overseas to perform for the troops, he said. For this, the mentor added, he had a substantial budget.

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Comedian, Writer and Musician Dave Hill Visits R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison

09/04/13

Comedian, Writer and Musician Dave Hill Visits R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison

Known best as a stand-up comedian and TV/Internet parodist, Dave Hill is also a writer (for The New York Times, Salon and Huffington Post), longtime musician (his current band, Valley Lodge, releases its first album this month), contributor to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and host of the chat-variety show, “The Dave Hill Explosion,” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles. On Sept. 5, he’ll discuss his book, Tasteful Nudes . . . and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison. On audience reaction to Tasteful Nudes: “It’s been nice because a lot of the book is just funny stories. Hopefully, they’re funny; I guess I leave that...

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Hartford Stage's Visual Brilliance Celebrated in Hartford Public Library Show

09/04/13

Hartford Stage's Visual Brilliance Celebrated in Hartford Public Library Show

Hartford Stage Company has been so good over so many years that devoted audience members and others who have attended plays can't count their own personal highlights on one hand, or two. It's also safe to think that those treasured cultural memories, some surely epiphany moments, likely focus on the tense, dramatic, world-view changing interactions of the characters on stage, rather than on all of the other elements that help turn a playwright's words into production magic on stage. Now, all of those "supporting actors" are getting their moment in the spotlight in a special exhibit at fellow capital city cultural treasure, the Hartford Public Library.

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FBI Sting: If You Bought a Chagall Lithograph from a Madison Dealer, It Might Be a Fake

09/03/13

FBI Sting: If You Bought a Chagall Lithograph from a Madison Dealer, It Might Be a Fake

A former Madison art gallery owner admitted selling fake artwork and pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of mail fraud. David J. Crespo, 59, of Guilford, owned the Brandon Gallery in Madison. He was charged in August 2012 with 12 counts of selling customers fake artwork that he had passed off as original works by Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. According to a press release from Deirdre M. Daly, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the investigation into Crespo dated back to January 2010, when the gallery owner met with an undercover FBI agent who was wearing a wire. Crespo is accused of peddling “original signed lithographs” by Chagall that he said were...

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Peter Eisenman's House VI in Cornwall, a Modern Architecture Icon, on the Market

09/03/13

Peter Eisenman's House VI in Cornwall, a Modern Architecture Icon, on the Market

Down the road from Mohawk Mountain Ski Area is a small house with a sizeable pedigree. House VI, reputedly the second house designed by acclaimed architect Peter Eisenman, is visible from Great Hollow Road, though travelers along the wooded rural way might miss catching sight of it.

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Spit-Roasted Lamb, Odyssey Dancers: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Fest Is On

09/01/13

Spit-Roasted Lamb, Odyssey Dancers: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Fest Is On

If it’s Labor Day weekend, it must be Odyssey time! That’s when the fine folks at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange throw their annual all-out bash, a four-day party that in progress and brings everything Greek to the rest of us.

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Lots of Bands, Great Food, Fun and Heritage at Clinton's 350th Celebration

08/30/13

Lots of Bands, Great Food, Fun and Heritage at Clinton's 350th Celebration

Among Connecticut’s oldest towns, Clinton turned 350 years old this year, and plans to throw a little party this weekend to celebrate.

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Lime Rock Park Flagman John Godfrey Has a Need for Speed

08/29/13

Lime Rock Park Flagman John Godfrey Has a Need for Speed

John Godfrey’s need for speed has helped make him a fixture at Lime Rock Park.

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In Downtown New London, the Provenance Center Enlightens and Educates Through Art

08/29/13

In Downtown New London, the Provenance Center Enlightens and Educates Through Art

"Abstract Recycling," on display through Sept. 21, explores how we can make beauty out of trash—and the damaging ecological footprint that trash leaves behind.

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Arika Kane, the Voice of VH1's 'Hollywood Exes,' Brings Her R&B to Toad's Place in New Haven

08/28/13

Arika Kane, the Voice of VH1's 'Hollywood Exes,' Brings Her R&B to Toad's Place in New Haven

“You’re just a part of my soul. It’s something now I can’t control,” the rhythm and blues chanteuse Arika Kane sings in “Just a Plus.” Masters of the mainstream in the music world, take notice: This softer-voiced Mariah with substance, Connecticut native and marquee artist of the Stratford-based independent label BSE Recordings is part of the soul of a burgeoning fan base and she’s seizing the spotlight ...

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Connecticut's Best Kept Musical Secret, And Force in Fight for World Peace, Has Special Concert Sunday

08/27/13

Connecticut's Best Kept Musical Secret, And Force in Fight for World Peace, Has Special Concert Sunday

Did you know Connecticut is home to a band that—however indirectly—is a weapon in our nation’s fight for global peace and justice and against terrorism and oppression? That’s right, we’re the host state for the “premier band representing …. the Department of Homeland Security,” a band whose mission, in part, is to “preserve and honor the heritage, traditions and history of our nation.”

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Labor Day Weekend Plan: Go to the Goshen Fair, One of the Connecticut's Best Traditions

08/26/13

Labor Day Weekend Plan: Go to the Goshen Fair, One of the Connecticut's Best Traditions

You don't have to go quietly into the autumn of this year. One of the best Connecticut traditions, which happily spreads over the long Labor Day holiday weekend, offers a chance to bid summer farewell with all the sights and sounds of a country fair, including rides, games, entertainment and fair food, and also fireworks, woodcutting demonstrations, a hay bale toss, horse show, parade down the midway, pie eating contest and Vater's Monster Truck Show. And that's only some of it.

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Yale Graduate Trading $13,000 Summer Treehouse for London Design Gig

08/24/13

Yale Graduate Trading $13,000 Summer Treehouse for London Design Gig

Summer is nearly over, and Griffin Collier has to say goodbye to his treehouse. In the next week, Collier, a recent Yale University graduate, heads to London to spend a year working at Heatherwick, a prestigious design studio. It’s a far cry from the weekends he’s spent up in the boughs of a 200-year-old sugar maple at the Yale-Myers Forest.

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Will Honda's Project Drive-In Help Save Beloved Litchfield County Venue?

08/23/13

Will Honda's Project Drive-In Help Save Beloved Litchfield County Venue?

The Pleasant Valley Drive In, what appears to be a large lawn facing an expansive white screen near the Farmington River, has been a Barkhamsted staple since 1947.

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Live Bands, Connecticut Radio Stations, Team Up for Woofstock in Branford Saturday, to Help Dogs, of Course

08/23/13

Live Bands, Connecticut Radio Stations, Team Up for Woofstock in Branford Saturday, to Help Dogs, of Course

The Branford Green is going to the dogs Saturday — as well as cats and the other furry homeless creatures that the town’s Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter cares for — when the inaugural Woofstock takes over from noon to 8 p.m.

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Connecticut Prison Reverses Ban on Wally Lamb Novel After Outcry

08/22/13

Connecticut Prison Reverses Ban on Wally Lamb Novel After Outcry

Oprah Book Club favorite “She’s Come Undone,” by Connecticut novelist and prison workshop leader Wally Lamb, is back on the shelves at the Niantic jail following a public outcry on social media.

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Noël Coward, 'Sexy and Stunning' Ibsen: Westport Country Playhouse's 2014 Season

08/21/13

Noël Coward, 'Sexy and Stunning' Ibsen: Westport Country Playhouse's 2014 Season

Westport Country Playhouse is taking on Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight,” some racy Ibsen, a comedy by Playhouse favorite Alan Ayckbourn and a yet-to-be-named surprise to be directed by the theater's very talented guiding force, Artistic Director Mark Lamos. The season announcement release follows: The Westport Country Playhouse announces its 2014 season of five productions, from acclaimed playwrights Noël Coward, Ingmar Bergman, Alan Ayckbourn, and Lynn Nottage, playing next year from April through October. Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, 2014 will mark the Connecticut professional theater’s 84th season. “It’s a season that will be rich and enriching,” said Lamos. “A rich variety of offerings, each...

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After "X Factor" Try, Sweet-Voiced Torrington Singer, 19, on the Rise

08/20/13

After "X Factor" Try, Sweet-Voiced Torrington Singer, 19, on the Rise

In a TV era partial to introducing new unsung talent to the wide world through such shows as “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “The X-Factor,” 19-year-old Sarah Barrios of Torrington is a fresh young performer who seems to be poised on the verge of a breakthrough.

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Digital Words Got You Dizzy? Beinecke Library at Yale Honors Legacy of Printing

08/20/13

Digital Words Got You Dizzy? Beinecke Library at Yale Honors Legacy of Printing

Digitally created words on a computer screen or smartphone are proliferating at a dizzying rate, but the technology of good old-fashioned printing — ink on paper, ink on just about anything — has still got a lot of life left in it. And for Timothy Young, curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, the legacy that printing has left us through the centuries is a marvel.

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Summer Artists-in-Residence Unveil their Work

08/19/13

Summer Artists-in-Residence Unveil their Work

The New Britain Art League presents stunning illustrations by Greg Shea and Cindy Bassett.

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Clydesdales From Maine Settle In at a Haddam Equine Rescue Facility

08/19/13

Clydesdales From Maine Settle In at a Haddam Equine Rescue Facility

They came from a dairy farm in Maine. They are untamed, and unused to being handled. However, thanks to horse trainer Amy Gardner Anderson, five Clydesdale mares have started the long journey of finding a forever home. After a little over a month at Connecticut Draft Equine Rescue in Haddam Neck, two of the five Clydesdales will now allow Gardner Anderson and the rescue’s barn manager, Beth Bolduc, to lead them.

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Eugene O'Neill's Boxer Shorts for Sale at a Connecticut Bookshop

08/16/13

Eugene O'Neill's Boxer Shorts for Sale at a Connecticut Bookshop

There’s at least one obscure literary link between Litchfield County, Conn., and Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill’s “dirty laundry,” but who knew that some of his actual laundry—a pair of blue boxer shorts—would end up being for sale as a collector’s item in one of Connecticut’s best antiquarian bookshops.

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Rwanda and Actress Connie Britton's Hair? Literary Weave Buoys Connecticut Travel Writer

08/15/13

Rwanda and Actress Connie Britton's Hair? Literary Weave Buoys Connecticut Travel Writer

“I find I’m very afraid of spiders in my home, I’m very afraid of noises in the basement, but I’m afraid of almost nothing when I travel,” says Marcia DeSanctis of Bethlehem, whose travel writing has been anthologized most recently in the 2013 edition of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. Travel has always been part of DeSanctis’ life. Growing up, she accompanied her mother and father, a doctor, to conferences in various cities around the world, and her 15-year career as a network television news producer with Barbara Walters, “60 Minutes,” “Dateline” and Dow Jones brought her to even more destinations.

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Producer of Showtime's 'Weeds' Brings 'Oblivion' to Westport Playhouse

08/14/13

Producer of Showtime's 'Weeds' Brings 'Oblivion' to Westport Playhouse

A coming-of-age story makes us stop and question our beliefs.

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Sexy Sports Cars, Alfa Romeos, Drive a Rural Connecticut Venture

08/13/13

Sexy Sports Cars, Alfa Romeos, Drive a Rural Connecticut Venture

For Keith Goring, owner of Alfas Unlimited in tiny, rural Norfolk on the Massachusetts border, a new car is about 20 years old. Mr. Goring owns a restoration and parts business that specializes in Alfa Romeos, the sexy little sports cars that left Americans drooling in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. No longer imported into this country, the very same cars that set some hearts fluttering in the 20th century are still much in demand among aficionados.

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Bridgewater Fair Nearly Here; So Is Its 'Hot Dog Pig Racing'

08/12/13

Bridgewater Fair Nearly Here; So Is Its 'Hot Dog Pig Racing'

The annual Bridgewater Country Fair that takes place this coming weekend, Aug. 16, 17 and 18, will see some new attractions, such as a mechanical bull ride, and the return of some old ones, like Bingo, and the "hot dog pig racing" contest, of course.

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East Meets West at River Glow 2013

08/08/13

East Meets West at River Glow 2013

Eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island set the river afire for the annual "River Glow" festival.

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Bounty Hunter Turned Star Tenor to Perform in Middlebury; Harkness Show Canceled

08/07/13

Bounty Hunter Turned Star Tenor to Perform in Middlebury; Harkness Show Canceled

When internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera star Carl Tanner is on stage, he sings in a tenor that’s so mighty it could move furniture or tackle defiant fugitives. Well, his voice couldn’t actually do so but his bull-moose frame certainly could. In fact, he used to do such things professionally. The truck driver, the hauler, the bounty hunter—that was another time and a younger man.

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Cultural Survival

08/07/13

Cultural Survival

Indigenous artisans and performers advocate for their native communities.

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