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Derby Creator of ‘Defender’ Facemask Sole Survivor of Plane Crash

Derby Creator of ‘Defender’ Facemask Sole Survivor of Plane Crash

The Derby businessman responsible for a baseball catcher’s mask designed to help prevent concussions was the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash last weekend in New York.

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UPDATE: Woodbridge Doctor James Magner Eliminated from 2016 WSOP

UPDATE: Woodbridge Doctor James Magner Eliminated from 2016 WSOP

Dr. James Magner, the Woodbridge doctor profiled here and in the July 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine after finishing 27th in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, winning over $250,000, was eliminated in Day 3 of this year's competition. Here's his story of the 2016 tournament.

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BEACHCOMBING: ‘The History of America in Toys’

BEACHCOMBING: ‘The History of America in Toys’

A colorful history is on display at the Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum in Cheshire. Its 80,000 items are jaw-dropping to behold, especially for the baby boomers who grew up on Howdy Doody, Lassie and Superman.

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Rethinking Connecticut’s First War

Rethinking Connecticut’s First War

Research conducted by Mashantucket Pequot Museum reveals that much of what we thought we knew about the conflict is wrong.

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Arts & Entertainment

Westport Native Courtney A. Kemp Debuts Third Season of Hit STARZ Show "Power"

Westport Native Courtney A. Kemp Debuts Third Season of Hit STARZ Show "Power"

Westport native Courtney A. Kemp combined characteristics from her father and rapper 50 Cent when she created "Ghost" in the popular STARZ show "Power," which comes back for it's third season on July 17.

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Fresh Off a European Tour, Shelton Native Comes Home to Connecticut

Fresh Off a European Tour, Shelton Native Comes Home to Connecticut

Matt Bednarsky, a Shelton native, just brought his self-described sound of “pop rock with elements of folk, jazz and blues” to 24 audiences across six European countries. This summer, he’ll tour North America, including a special stop back home in Connecticut.

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BACKSTAGE: Chita Rivera, Big Premiere for 'Anastasia' & Yale Actor Breaks Out

BACKSTAGE: Chita Rivera, Big Premiere for 'Anastasia' & Yale Actor Breaks Out

Just say one word — “Chita” — to any Broadway baby and there’s a virtual genuflection. From West Side Story to Bye Bye Birdie to Kiss of the Spider Women and last season’s The Visit, the triple-threat has been synonymous with music, dance and perseverance.

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Style & Design

New Luxury Guesthouse Tall Tales Sprouts up at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

New Luxury Guesthouse Tall Tales Sprouts up at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

The original plan was for the new, six-room boutique “beach house” in Old Saybrook to be a bit more diminutive than the elegant Three Stories next door. But flood elevations kept rising, necessitating engineering changes that resulted in a taller-than-expected building.

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Stepping Out: July 2016

Stepping Out: July 2016

Dancing & Dining in the Dark in Hartford's Bond Ballroom, Anything Goes at The Goodspeed, The Bridge Family Center hosts its 17th annual Children's Charity Ball, and more.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Foraging with Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven

Foraging with Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven

To visit with chef Bun Lai is a lesson in locally sourced produce, with no pesticides or flavor or color enhancements. Foraging is “the most natural way of eating… the “gathering” part of the hunter/gatherer."

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Zaragoza Brings Tapas, Cocktails and Sleek Vibe to New Milford

Zaragoza Brings Tapas, Cocktails and Sleek Vibe to New Milford

This new restaurant features small plates, big taste.

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CT’s First Craft Beer-Style Cider House Opens in Wallingford

CT’s First Craft Beer-Style Cider House Opens in Wallingford

This cider house rules.

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One Drink: Wild Blue Too, a Blueberry & Apple Wine from DiGrazia Vineyards

One Drink: Wild Blue Too, a Blueberry & Apple Wine from DiGrazia Vineyards

This unusual wine is perfect for summertime sipping.

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Health & Science

Fighting Zika From Connecticut

Fighting Zika From Connecticut

A Meriden company moves forward with a vaccine as state officials monitor mosquito population

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Bridgeport Non-Profit Homes for the Brave Provides Help to Veterans

Bridgeport Non-Profit Homes for the Brave Provides Help to Veterans

Bridgeport-based organization Homes for the Brave provides housing and support to veterans who served our country.

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2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Jul 23, 2016 - Aug 17, 2016

Wednesday, June 22 Heather McHugh & Sunken Garden Poetry Chapbook Winner Music: The Meadows Brothers   Sunday, July 10 Brian Turner & Doug Anderson Music: Logan Vath Featuring Veterans’ Art Show & Workshop   Wednesday, July 20 Ed Hirsch & Clare Rossini Music: Lords of Liechtenstein   Sunday, August 7 ...

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Embodiment /Exploration textile inspired pottery

Jul 23, 2016 - Aug 5, 2016

"Embodiment/Exploration"  Adero Willard pottery inspired by textile designs -- from American quilts to hand-sewn Indian wedding dresses. Adero Willard plays with surfaces in ways similar to the textile artist: overlap, camouflage, veiling, and decorating. Her newest pieces use a traditional sgraffitto technique,  imagery is carved into the top layer of the paint to...

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“Billions & Billions of Blocks Project” Opening Reception

Jul 23, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016

Danbury, CT – Trailer Box Project will unveil a new solo exhibition by local artist Chris Durante. The “Billions & Billions of Blocks Project” will feature Durante’s drawings as well as his work in process -- a series of numerous mixed media and wood blocks that viewers are encouraged to stack and sort as they see fit. The exhibition opens to the public at 5:00pm on...

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Thursdays on the Dock Free Concert Series

Jul 23, 2016 - Aug 25, 2016

The Connecticut River Museum is proud to once again offer its free series of weekly concerts throughout July and August.  These Thursday evening performances feature a different musical act each week, on the front lawn of the Museum.  Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs and a picnic.  Porky Pete’s BBQ offers food from the grill and the Museum will...

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Freshly Funk: Lauren Skelly

Jul 23, 2016

Skelly forges new rules by combining, collaging, and conglomerating abstract forms that allude to landscape, decorative arts, and a mixed sense of place. Seeing the New York landscape as an organized chaos, she pulls inspiration from both rural and urban environments – from The MET’s china exhibition to the beach on Long Island. Open reception: 7/23/16 Exhibition:...

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Bar-B-Que, Music and Movie

Jul 23, 2016

6:00pm .Bar-B-Que Pot Luck dinner, grills available, please bring a dish to share 6:30-7:30pm Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald by "Two Beers and Accola" 8:00pm Classice Humphrey Bogart movie Casablanca on the Lawn for the whole family. Admission: Donation for the Portland Food Bank RSVP to the church office at 860-342-0458 or trinitychurch.sec.snet.net

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Music Mountain Welcomes jazz pianist Dan Tepfer

Jul 23, 2016

The weekend begins on Saturday, July 23 (6:30PM) with jazz pianist Dan Tepfer offering his remarkable Goldberg Variations / Variations. Saturday evening offers the second of a 5-part series in collaboration with The Catskill Jazz Factory. Brilliant jazz pianist Dan Tepfer performs his critically acclaimed Goldberg Variations/Variation. Following each of Bach’s original Goldberg...

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The Sun Parade/Motion Radio Concert

Jul 23, 2016

JOIN US at Hygienic Art Park Saturday, July 23rd Gates open at 7pm Tickets: $10 Motion Radio will open the evening followed by The Sun Parade!! THE SUN PARADE  The Sun Parade is "crafting the kinds of traditional guitar-pop songs that people might still be singing 50 years down the road (National Public Radio Songs We Love )." The band's latest EP Heart's Out...

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Beauty and the Beast JR

Jul 23, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

New Britain Youth Theater will perform a “Tale as Old as Time” as it produces Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr at Holmes Elementary School, located at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for children, students, and seniors....

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Berkshire Choral International

Jul 23, 2016 - Aug 6, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

For 35 years, Berkshire Choral International has provided audiences with stirring performances of the first rank. Each year BCI brings together a remarkable array of choristers, soloists, conductors and repertoire for voices and symphony orchestra. This summer, enjoy three concerts of glorious choral music that will challenge your intellect and nourish your soul. On July 23, the Chorus will...

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