08/24/15

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Venue: Large The Bushnell Hartford, (860) 987-6000 bushnell.org The Bushnell has been central to the Greater Hartford arts scene for more than 80 years, hosting a wide variety of performances from traveling Broadway plays to major musical acts. Upcoming events include Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Oct. 7), Mamma Mia! (Oct. 30-Nov.1) and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (Dec.11-13).   Performing Arts Venue: Small Infinity Hall Norfolk and Hartford, (860) 542-5531 infinityhall.com Located in a historic opera house in scenic Norfolk, the original Infinity Music Hall & Bistro has been hosting diverse musical acts on the original stage for years. In 2014, a second location in...

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08/24/15

Overnights

Hotel: Romantic Getaway Winvian Morris, (860) 567-9600 winvian.com The resort is set on 113 acres, anchored by a 1775 manor house and embellished by 18 stunning architect-designed cottages that reflect key Connecticut themes. There’s an on-site luxury spa in its own gorgeous building, and to cap it all, the Relais & Chateaux property is a Mobile Five Diamond winner for both lodging and dining.   Hotel: City  JHouse Greenwich, (203) 698-6980 jhousegreenwich.com This upscale boutique hotel with beautiful glass and stone work allows guests to stretch out in the 700-square-foot king suite, enjoy a private patio in the patio room, hunker down for a long pampered stay in the double executive room, or enjoy one of the hotel’s other,...

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08/24/15

Nightlife

Live Jazz Sidedoor Jazz Club Old Lyme, (860) 434-0886 thesidedoorjazz.com Owner Ken Kitchings’ passion for jazz can be felt in every inch of his acoustically designed, intimate and cool-as-a-cucumber jazz club. The club is located in a side door space of the Old Lyme Inn (which Kitchings and his wife Christine purchased in 2011) and regularly features great jazz musicians.   Beer Bar Cask Republic/The Ginger Man New Haven, Greenwich and other locations, (475) 238-8335 caskrepublic.com/gingerman.com This family of American taverns has been serving craft beer and bar food for more than a decade. Each location’s drink menu is slightly different, but generally you’ll find around 53 beers on tap plus wines and...

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08/24/15

Food & Drink

Barbecue  Julie Bidwell Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue Hartford and Windsor, (860) 724-3100 bearsbbq.com Owner Jamie “The Bear” McDonald was once the No. 1-ranked Independent Competitive Eater by All Pro Eating and he knows a thing or two about barbecue. Since opening, Bear’s slow-cooked Kansas City-style ribs, brisket and burnt ends (our favorite!) have helped to put Connecticut barbecue on the map and continue to inspire cravings statewide.    Bread  Chabaso New Haven, (203) 562-9007 chabaso.com For more than 30 years, Chabaso’s ciabattas, baguettes, boules, rolls and loaves have been “hearth-baked in European ovens according to Old World traditions,”...

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08/24/15

Casinos

Fine Dining Bar Americain Mohegan Sun, (860) 862-3529 baramericain.com/ct Chef Bobby Flay is known around the world for his bold flavors, culinary expertise and versatility, and his sleek and stylish Bar Americain reflects that, melding his American menu with overtones of a European brasserie. Entrées take simple pleasures and infuse them with Flay’s skill, creating a unique and exciting dining experience.   Entertainment Venue: Large Mohegan Sun Arena Mohegan Sun, (888) 226-7711 mohegansun.com   The 10,000-seat arena has hosted some of the biggest musical acts of all time, from Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and The Who to Jay Z, Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson, as well as MMA bouts, Connecticut Sun basketball and wine fests. Upcoming...

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All Aglow: Stonehill Design Turns Antiques into Modern Treasures

08/24/15

All Aglow: Stonehill Design Turns Antiques into Modern Treasures

Jason Aleksa transforms antiques into modern lamps and home décor through his Fairfield-based company, Stonehill Design.

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The CT Files: The 'Unsolved' Murder of Mary Stannard

08/24/15

The CT Files: The 'Unsolved' Murder of Mary Stannard

Unfortunately, “CSI” was about a century too late to help one murder victim receive justice.

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Sweet Treat Truffle Shots Heads to London for International Chocolate Awards

08/21/15

Sweet Treat Truffle Shots Heads to London for International Chocolate Awards

The ganache-filled shot glasses of Essex-based Truffle Shots will go up against formidable chocolate competitors in the 2015 International Chocolate Awards in London in October.

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Weekend Best Bets: Twelfth Night, ShakesBeer Festival, Willie Nelson

08/20/15

Weekend Best Bets: Twelfth Night, ShakesBeer Festival, Willie Nelson

There's a lot going on this weekend from Elm Shakespeare's production of Twelfth Night to the ShakesBeer Festival.

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Yankees Make Surprise Visit to Prospect Theater in Ridgefield

08/18/15

Yankees Make Surprise Visit to Prospect Theater in Ridgefield

Staff members at the nonprofit theater were thrown a curve ball of a surprise Tuesday morning.

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