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Inside ESPN’s Billion Dollar Connecticut-Based NFL Football Empire (With Chris Berman)

Inside ESPN’s Billion Dollar Connecticut-Based NFL Football Empire (With Chris Berman)

Football is bigger than ever and so is the Bristol-based sports giant ESPN. We recently got a behind-the-scenes look at the network's new NFL studio and its football coverage.

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 Cheshire Factory to Become Arts Destination With Galleries, Music, Dining and More

Cheshire Factory to Become Arts Destination With Galleries, Music, Dining and More

Three Cheshire natives have banded together as the nonprofit Ball & Socket Arts, Inc. to transform the former Ball & Socket Manufacturing Co. factory into an arts destination with galleries, educational spaces, artists' lofts, a concert space and more.

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Connecticut Malls, Outlets Open on Thanksgiving for Holiday Shopping; Sacrilege?

Connecticut Malls, Outlets Open on Thanksgiving for Holiday Shopping; Sacrilege?

Some of Connecticut’s largest shopping centers say they will be open on Thanksgiving because it is what a majority of the public wants, despite some outcry against the practice.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Meet the New Top Chef at The Whelk in Westport

Meet the New Top Chef at The Whelk in Westport

How does it feel to be hired as the new Chef de Cuisine for one of Fairfield County’s most successful restaurants?

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Craft 260 a New Gem for Craft Beer, Upscale Comfort Food, Great Burger

Craft 260 a New Gem for Craft Beer, Upscale Comfort Food, Great Burger

Craft 260 Beer Bar/Bistro is a new restaurant player in Fairfield, pouring on the flavor and serving extraordinary beers and bourbons.

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Market Place, A Danbury Farm-To-Table Hotspot, Opens New Location in Woodbury

Market Place, A Danbury Farm-To-Table Hotspot, Opens New Location in Woodbury

The new restaurant seeks to build on the reputation of the original Market Place in Danbury which opened two years ago and has been attracting foodies ever since.

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Arts & Entertainment

5 Best Connecticut Things to Do on Weekend: Craft Beer, Balloon Parade, Arts Trail …

5 Best Connecticut Things to Do on Weekend: Craft Beer, Balloon Parade, Arts Trail …

From a craft beer event at the New England Air Museum to a Schramsberg Vineyards wine dinner, the Shoreline Arts Trail and a big balloon parade in Stamford, this weekend looks like a great one in Connecticut.

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Actor Robert Davi Sings Sinatra, Great American Songbook at Foxwoods

Actor Robert Davi Sings Sinatra, Great American Songbook at Foxwoods

Actor Robert Davi has transitioned from "tough guy" movie roles to stage crooner with the release of his album "Davi Sings Sinatra, On the Road to Romance." He will perform the classics at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday, November 22.

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'War' Mines the Past and the Personal at Yale Rep Nov. 21 to Dec. 13

'War' Mines the Past and the Personal at Yale Rep Nov. 21 to Dec. 13

Acclaimed playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will make his Yale Repertory Theatre debut this fall with the world premiere of his latest work, War.

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Style & Shopping

A Shop Like a Mini Barneys or Bergdorf in the Connecticut Countryside

A Shop Like a Mini Barneys or Bergdorf in the Connecticut Countryside

For nearly two decades Abdo Ballester has been the visionary force behind the “gift shop” at a boutique luxury hotel in the Connecticut countryside that’s favored by such influential folks as Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Start Your Holiday Shopping This Weekend in Style at CraftWestport

Start Your Holiday Shopping This Weekend in Style at CraftWestport

The Westport Young Women's League will host their 39th Annual CraftWestport this weekend, an opportunity for shoppers to purchase handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces by local and national artists.

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Kanye West Bought His Luxe Slippers, Not Part of Stubbs & Wootton Company

Kanye West Bought His Luxe Slippers, Not Part of Stubbs & Wootton Company

Black velvet slippers conjure up images of men dressed in tuxedos or tails, ready for a night out on the town wearing their crested shoes. Thanks to Percy Steinhart and Stubbs & Wootton, velvet slippers are no longer just for special occasions.

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Health & Wellness

Local Musicians Raise Awareness for Organ Donation in Benefit Concert

Local Musicians Raise Awareness for Organ Donation in Benefit Concert

A benefit concert at the Elks Lodge in Waterbury raised more than $6,800 for LifeChoice Donor Services and raised awareness for the importance of organ donation.

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‘Baby Sleep Whisperer’ Has Secrets to Help Parents Love the Dark Again

‘Baby Sleep Whisperer’ Has Secrets to Help Parents Love the Dark Again

The Baby Sleep Whisperer, Ingrid Prueher, offers advice to tired parents around the country on getting restless babies to bed from her business based in Westport.

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Connecticut Firefighter With ALS Gives Birth to Baby Girl

Connecticut Firefighter With ALS Gives Birth to Baby Girl

At 7:47 a.m., Nov. 4, Amanda and Chris Bernier welcomed a healthy baby girl, Arabella Grace, into their family at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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History

Oxford Man Receives WWII Medals Almost 70 Years After Earning Them

Oxford Man Receives WWII Medals Almost 70 Years After Earning Them

In 1945 Vahan Hovey and his battalion walked into an enemy ambush. Almost 70 years later he’s being recognized for his actions that day.

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Craft Beer, Burgers and Cigars: Best Connecticut History Event Ever?

Craft Beer, Burgers and Cigars: Best Connecticut History Event Ever?

On Nov. 6 the New Haven Museum will offer its first Burger, Brew and Stogie Stroll.” The event will celebrate New Haven’s brewing, cigar-making and burger history with liberal samples of each.

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Ghosts to 'Haunt' John Downs House in Milford on Halloween

Ghosts to 'Haunt' John Downs House in Milford on Halloween

The historic Milford house, long rumored to be haunted, will be open on Halloween. "Ghosts" are certain to appear.

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Bus Stop (play)

Nov 20, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014

William Inge invited us all to have a picnic at his Bus Stop first in 1955. It was a great and surprising comic turn for a fellow thought of as…dramatic. Like the greatest of American plays, it occurs in a bar/restaurant. This one is a coffee shop diner, a bit the worse the for wear, which is a short stop for the bus lines running through in the middle of howling snowstorm. Cowboy...

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Wicked

Nov 20, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014

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

Back by "popular" demand. Variety calls WICKED "a cultural phenomenon," and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times).   Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet...

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The Richard P. Garmany Series, featuring Calder Quartet

Nov 20, 2014

“Superb” The New York Times   Program: Thomas Ades – “Arcadiana” (one of the group’s signature works) Second piece TBD Intermission Beethoven Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131

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Evening with Guitar

Nov 20, 2014

Students of Richard Provost and Christopher Ladd perform solo and ensemble works for classical guitar.

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WCSU Hosts Exhibiting Artist Lecture

Nov 20, 2014

Exhibiting artist James Grashow, creator of "Corrugated Worlds," will discuss his work at 8 p.m. in Room 108 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8403. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Jazz Jam Session hosted by NB5 @ 9th Note EVERY THURSDAY!

Nov 20, 2014 - Jan 29, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Thursday.

*** The 9th Note Presents *** Every Thursday Night! NO COVER! NB5 Hosts an Open Jam Session The BEST Jazz Jam in Southern CT! ALL instrumentalists/vocalists welcome!!!! Mic, guitar/bass amps, grand piano, and drums provided. Come hang and sit-in at New Haven's best Jazz venue, The 9th Note! *No cover. Just great music, fantastic food, and cool cocktails.* House band includes:...

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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Nov 20, 2014 - Aug 1, 2015

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

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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Evelin Velasquez: Transfigurations

Nov 20, 2014 - Dec 11, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Evelin Velasquez's 1st U.S. solo exhibition, Transfigurations, is open now through December 11, 2014. Velasquez uses canonical imagery, with the backdrop of abandoned space, in her work to bring forth a narrative that compromises the feminine body in states of distress. A mother clutching her deformed children, a woman abandoned in the salt desert, the Virgin Mary grasping the broken...

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CHEM 101: The Science of Photography

Nov 20, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Since the medium’s invention in 1839, photography has often had one foot in the lab and the other foot in the studio, combining the science of image-making with the aesthetics of art-making. “CHEM 101: The Science of Photography” celebrates both sides of the photographic process. This exhibition features the work of contemporary photographers who experiment with...

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Land-Grant Landscapes: Pre-1950 American Landscapes from the Benton Collection

Nov 20, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"Land-Grant Landscapes" showcases works from the Benton Museum's permanent collection of American paintings. As the State Art Museum of Connecticut located on the campus of one of the first land-grant universities established by the Morrill Act, the Benton is uniquely suited to present an exhibition that explores the changing ideologies of land ownership and function in...

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