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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

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Stamford Students Develop Potentially Lifesaving Drone Device for Water Rescues

Stamford Students Develop Potentially Lifesaving Drone Device for Water Rescues

It’s called Project Ryptide, and it can instantly deliver a life preserver by drone to a distressed swimmer.

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'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

Will Nick Fradiani now make the Top 8 on 'American Idol.' Tune in April 1 to find out.

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Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

After 33 years of fighting for justice in the murder of her WestConn friend, Ellen Strauss finally feels vindicated.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

If Fresh Salt's menu is tempting, hearing chef Leslie Tripp break down the dishes takes temptation and kicks it up a notch.

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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Three Connecticut chefs, Tyler Anderson at Millwright's, Joel Viehland at Community Table, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk, are nominated for a James Beard Foundation best chef award.

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New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week will take place from March 22 to 27, offering prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner at 32 of the city's restaurants.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

This weekend's five best bets include an encore performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Neil Diamond, a farm and garden expo in Trumbull and the second annual Hartford Improv Festival.

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'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

Stephen Sondheim has said that Roger Berlind is the best kind of producer.

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Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

On the first weekend of spring it may still look like winter, especially with a snowstorm forecast for Friday, but fear not—the snow and cold simply can't hang on much longer. And anyway, the "hot" stuff happening across the state this weekend will warm you up.

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Style & Shopping

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

William Helburn’s eye is unsurpassed and he was born to photograph beautiful women.

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At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, features reclaimed industrial items repurposed as unique pieces for the home.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

Highlights from the auction include the leather chair and clock from main character Nucky Thompson’s office, as well as his birthday cake, hundreds of Boardwalk signs, 1920s liquor crates and more.

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Health & Wellness

Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Independence Day Clothing is a line of fashionable, comfortable, reversible clothing designed by one Madison mom to give her son, and all others with disabilities, the independence to dress themselves.

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Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Maria Bruscino Sanchez used the celebration of the bakery’s milestone to launch the “Cakes for Kids” initiative, which will benefit patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

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“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

The collaboration between photographer Mike Marques and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter called "i am a MoSaic" aims to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The exhibit will be on view at the Old Stamford Town Hall from March 10-May 10.

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History

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

A small community of outcasts in the woods served as a beacon to others.

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New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

150 spectacular artifacts are on display in “Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,” an exhibit at the Yale Peabody Museum that opens March 28 and runs through January 3, 2016.

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Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Professional appraisers will be on hand to evaluate your attic treasures, family heirlooms and other vintage objects.

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Salsa Lessons

Mar 27, 2015 - Dec 4, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Friday.

Salsa Lessons for beginners, Intermediate and advanced learners. Fun music, friendly environment and experienced instructors. Every Friday from 7:15-8:15 pm No partner or experience necessary and walk-ins always welcome. Great time for singles and couples! Lots of restaurants nearby to extend a wonderful evening...

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Vance Gilbert In Concert

Mar 27, 2015

An American singer/songwriter who has been active on the folk music scene for over twenty years, Vance Gilbert started as a jazz singer, switched to folk music, and became a regular on the open mike circuit in Boston and toured with Shawn Colvin. Shortly after beginning his career in Boston in the early 90s, Gilbert released his debut recording Edgewise in 1994 and quickly established himself...

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The Brothers Grimm & A Showgirl!

Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015

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

Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents this original musical for the entire family! The Brothers Grimm are live on stage presenting their best loved fairy tales with the assistance of a glittering Showgirl! The ridiculously entertaining musical features spoofs and goofs of Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rapunzel and many more! Performances Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2...

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Spring Faculty Dance Concert - “Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins”

Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015

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

Artist in Residence Patricia Beaman presents two exhilarating world premieres. Ms. Beaman and renowned Baroque soprano Christine Brandes embark on a seminal collaboration of their own making, Women of Myth Unleashed. By juxtaposing the traditional form and mythological subject matter of the Baroque era with 21st century modern movement and contemporary issues, they bring the iconic mythological...

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Stand-Up Legend and “Rescue Me” Star Lenny Clarke Headlines Comix at Foxwoods Beginning Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015

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

Comix at Foxwoods will play host to stand-up comedy legend and “Rescue Me” star Lenny Clarke for a hysterical three-night, four performance stand-up event starting on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. The legendary Lenny Clarke, a Cambridge, Mass. native, was the notoriously, and famously, known as the "saloon comic" in Boston during the 1980s, the heyday of the Boston...

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WCSU Opera - 'The Tender Land'

Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015

MAR. 27 - MAR. 29          OPERA - "THE TENDER LAND": The WCSU Opera Ensemble will present "The Tender Land" by Aaron Copland at 8 p.m. on March 27 and 28, and 3 p.m. on March 29, in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in...

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Omnia Hegazy

Mar 27, 2015

Singer-songwriter Omnia Hegazy combines guitar-driven American pop/rock and maqam-based Arabic folk with charged lyrics about women’s rights and political freedom, her faith, and the struggle to combat perceptions of Muslim women. The daughter of an Italian-Catholic mother and an Egyptian-Muslim father, she was born in California and raised on Staten Island. At Wesleyan, Ms. Hegazy will...

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The Outlaws

Mar 27, 2015

With Special Guest The Sundown Band For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies, The Outlaws have earned a formidable reputation as...

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Pat Donohue Live @ AcousticMusic.Org

Mar 27, 2015

Pat Donohue, one of the most listened-to finger-style guitar players in the world, will perform at AcousticMusic.Org on Friday, March 27th @ 8:00pm.  Pat Donohue is a regular performer on A Prairie Home Companion.  Pat does a limited number of solo performances around the country each year and has agreed to join us at AcousticMusic.Org for an evening of new, old and original stories...

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Jimmy Webb: Songs & Stories in Concert

Mar 27, 2015

If you've listened to the radio in the last 50 years, chances are there's a Jimmy Webb song on your playlist. His hits include "Worst That Could Happen," "Wichita Lineman," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "MacArthur Park," and "Up, Up and Away” among many others.   Hearing the songwriter perform these iconic songs, and tell you the...

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