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The CONNsumer: Tips on Being a Costco Strategist

The CONNsumer: Tips on Being a Costco Strategist

Warehouse clubs like Costco, Sam's and BJ's are popping up all over the state. Is it worth it to become a member? Are there other ways to get great deals? Here's your guide to decide.

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BEACHCOMBING: Some of the Best Daycations in Connecticut

BEACHCOMBING: Some of the Best Daycations in Connecticut

One daycation destination: The “Little Poland” neighborhood of New Britain, which boasts a large Polish population. If you walk down Broad Street, you will see more than 70 Polish shops, including restaurants, bakeries and butchers.

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Will New Leadership at Connecticut DMV Make For a Smoother Ride?

Will New Leadership at Connecticut DMV Make For a Smoother Ride?

With its computer system upgrade a downer, forcing customers to continually play the waiting game, Connecticut’s DMV is seemingly in freefall. But with a new commissioner comes hope — again.

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Isabella Beecher Hooker: Mother, Medium, Suffragist

Isabella Beecher Hooker: Mother, Medium, Suffragist

She predicted the future, communed with the dead and believed women should have the same rights as men.

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Arts & Entertainment

The New Haven Ballet Takes to the Shubert Theater Stage May 21

The New Haven Ballet Takes to the Shubert Theater Stage May 21

The New Haven Ballet will stage their spring performance at the Shubert Theater on May 21.

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Feel the Bernhard: Comedian Brings her Signature Sass

Feel the Bernhard: Comedian Brings her Signature Sass

Sarcasm and sass are part of comedian, activist, radio show host, author, singer and actor Sandra Bernhard’s signature stand-up style. Find out what she had to say about aging, Mark Twain and Trump.

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Elizabeth Gilbert, Nile Rodgers & Bill T. Jones in Conversation at The CT Forum

Elizabeth Gilbert, Nile Rodgers & Bill T. Jones in Conversation at The CT Forum

Grammy Award-winning musician Nile Rodgers, acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert and award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones will come together in conversation at The Connecticut Forum panel, "Creative Artists," at The Bushnell on May 13.

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Style & Design

Stepping Out: Shakespeare in Bloom, Big Red For the Arts, Wines of March and more

Stepping Out: Shakespeare in Bloom, Big Red For the Arts, Wines of March and more

Shakespeare on the Hartford Stage, the Stamford Umbrella Club's car raffle, the Greater Hartford Arts Council held its annual fundraiser, and more.

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From Ground to Plate: Gardening Promotes Fresh, Seasonal Food

From Ground to Plate: Gardening Promotes Fresh, Seasonal Food

In the rising tide of the "eat local" movement, what is more local than your own backyard? Gardening is a great way to get your hands on fresh, seasonal food.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Long a Bristol Tradition, Greer's Chicken Spreads Its Wings to Southington

Long a Bristol Tradition, Greer's Chicken Spreads Its Wings to Southington

Fried chicken connoisseurs rejoice! Poultry mavens Greer's now has a full-fledged, dine-in restaurant in Southington. It's "just like mama makes."

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Barcade Brings Vintage Arcade Games, Great Food, Beer to New Haven

Barcade Brings Vintage Arcade Games, Great Food, Beer to New Haven

Before I left the bar and restaurant I had developed a Pac-Man addiction, reveled in my newfound ability to maneuver a car at ridiculously high speeds around cartoonish racetracks and decided that kids today are far too distracted by their iPads and smartphones and need to remember what’s really important in life — video games.

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Openings: Gourmet Breakfast, An Arcade Beer Bar &  New Restaurant So Cool You’re Not Invited

Openings: Gourmet Breakfast, An Arcade Beer Bar & New Restaurant So Cool You’re Not Invited

A monthly look at some of what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene

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Burger Report: Chef Geoff Lazlo's Burger at Mill Street Bar + Table

Burger Report: Chef Geoff Lazlo's Burger at Mill Street Bar + Table

CTbites takes a look at the 8oz Pastured Beef Burger at Mill Street Bar + Table in Greenwich.

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Health & Science

Solving Autism’s Puzzle

Solving Autism’s Puzzle

A new book by a UConn professor teaches parents exercises for their toddlers that can jumpstart improvement and, in rare cases, have led to a reversal of the diagnosis.

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Derby Company's Spring-loaded Facemask Reduces Facial Impacts for Catchers

Derby Company's Spring-loaded Facemask Reduces Facial Impacts for Catchers

In what could be a game-changer for several sports, the spring-loaded Force3 Defender might help bounce away concussions for baseball and softball catchers and umpires.

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Carrie Johnson & Julia Russo / Belle of the Fall

May 27, 2016

This special show will open with Belle of the Fall, Carrie Johnson & Julia Russo will follow. Then they will all get together for a rollicking finish!

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Comedian Ahmed Bharoocha

May 27, 2016

Actor and standup comedian Ahmed Bharoocha will perform at COMIX Mohegan Sun for a three-night, four-performance event May 26-28 with shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., ending with a special “Nasty Show” Saturday at 10:30 p.m. Ahmed is a favorite in the Boston comedy scene where he got his start, and still holds residence at the COMEDY STUDIO in Cambridge. Ahmed...

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Friends in the Fields

May 27, 2016 - May 28, 2016

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

A fun spring exhibition of select historic paintings by four colleagues of the Old Lyme Art Colony: Allen Butler Talcott (1867-1945), Frank A. Bicknell (1866-1943), William S. Robinson (1861-1945) and Wilson H. Irvine (1869-1936).   Opening reception on Thursday, April 21st from 5 – 7 p.m.  On view from April 21 through May 28. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday...

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Exhibit Opening: “the beautiful POND”... at Westport Historical Society

May 27, 2016 - Sep 3, 2016

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

Westport Historical Society announces the opening of a new exhibit to celebrate Old Mill Pond on Sunday, May 15, 3 - 5 pm. The charming town of Westport, CT can attribute its very existence, in large part, to the Sherwood Mill Pond. As the first working mill and first commercial enterprise in what is now part of Westport, the pond’s grist mill (c. 1705) gave the area the commerce...

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

May 27, 2016 - Aug 30, 2016

This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other elements of art with teaching artist Margaret Freedman. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and teaches at the Noah Webster House, here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and in pre-K through 8th grade classrooms...

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UConn Summer Horseback Riding Lessons

May 27, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016

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

Registration is now open for the UConn Summer Riding Program!  There are a variety of lessons available including hunt seat, western, dressage, polo and trail for all levels of riders.  Learn more at http://animalscience.uconn.edu/equine/summerRiding.php.

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

May 27, 2016 - Aug 30, 2016

This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other elements of art with teaching artist Margaret Freedman. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and teaches at the Noah Webster House, here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and in pre-K through 8th grade classrooms...

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New/Now: Clinton Deckert

May 27, 2016 - Jun 7, 2016

Join the Museum in welcoming surreal abstractionist Clinton Deckert to the Cheney Gallery as the next NEW/NOW artist. In discussing his work, Deckert describes his process as “exploratory and spontaneous.” He splashes thin paints or loose ink washes over canvas board, blotting with rags and other materials to allow images to emerge on their own. This process permits Deckert to...

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Painting with Paper ~ An exhibition and sale of new mixed media works by Joan Brownstein

May 27, 2016 - May 28, 2016

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

An exhibition and sale of new mixed media works by Joan Brownstein.  Known in the antiques world as a specialist in American Folk art portraiture since 1980, Joan is a highly sought after dealer and expert in her field.  Opening reception on Thursday, April 21st from 5 – 7 p.m.  On view from April 21 through May 28. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through...

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66th Annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition – Call for Entries Deadline

May 27, 2016 - May 27, 2016

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

Art of the Northeast, Silvermine’s signature juried show, now in its 66th year, creates each year a new map of the themes, explorations, and preoccupations of the contemporary art world. 2016 AoNE curator Steven Sergiovanni is an art advisor & curator based in New York City and a former director of Mixed Greens, a gallery established in the late 1990s to support emerging artists so...

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