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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
See What Top Chefs Are Cooking for Savor Fine Wine, Food Celebration April 10, 11

See What Top Chefs Are Cooking for Savor Fine Wine, Food Celebration April 10, 11

Chefs demonstrated their culinary magic as part of a special media preview Tuesday for the spring event Savor, A celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, to be held April 10 and 11 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

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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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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

Rossiter Gem in Litchfield Hills, Vaillant House, Gloriously Restored and Updated

Rossiter Gem in Litchfield Hills, Vaillant House, Gloriously Restored and Updated

Ehrick Rossiter, though long dead, remains one of the most famous boldface names in Washington, Conn., in which far more than a shaker’s worth of notables are salted among the verdant hills where Bill and Hillary sometimes spend weekends, and where The Rolling Stones famously came to...

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'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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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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Connecticut Magazine

Merritt Parkway : the Road that Changed a Region

Mar 30, 2015

Authors Laurie Heiss and Jill Smyth will be talking about their new book, "The Merritt Parkway : the Road that Changed a Region".   Copies of their book will be available for sale at the event. 

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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Mar 30, 2015 - 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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A Contemporary Look, Pulled and Pressed, Industrious America, and Holding Still

Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015

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

Four exhibitions, each with a different theme, on view in the Association’s beautiful historic galleries. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and by appointment. Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 5-7pm.

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Stand By Your Man

Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 5, 2015

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

Relive the journey of country music legend, Tammy Wynette, from the cotton fields of Itawamba, Mississippi, to international superstardom, including the five husbands she stood by. Among the 26 songs are "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "Til I Can Make It On My Own" and "Golden Ring." Stand By Your Man runs from March 18th to April 5th. Show times are  Weds. & Sun. 2...

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EXHIBITION: NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

Mar 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015

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

Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Lund’s early career as a stop-motion animator often involved the process of creating unique characters for animated short films. Character design is still a passion that has carried over...

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EXHIBITION: New Media: Catherine Ross: Laugh Track

Mar 30, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

New Media artist Catherine Ross frames instances on video that often go unnoticed in their original context. Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, her videos create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. In Laugh Track (2013), she recontectualizes film clips of both men and women laughing. The result is a mini overture in which laughter...

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EXHIBITION: Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm

Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015

This winter, the New Britain Museum of American Art proudly showcases the Hamm’s labor of love in the exhibition, Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm. Ninety-three of the Hamm’s American coastal collection will be on view, including works by noted artists Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), William Braford (1823–1892), William...

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The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015

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

An expression of hope and the life-affirming power of music, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of a young Jewish musician, who was sent from Nazi-ruled Vienna to the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. In this inspirational show, piano virtuoso Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she shares her own mother’s...

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Exhibition: Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Mar 30, 2015 - May 10, 2015

The exhibition features thirty-four works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters, and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America, and Otis Kaye personally, during the first half of the twentieth-century. More puzzling than Kaye’s work, which is steeped...

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Call to Artists & Crafters: Spring Art & Craft Market

Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015

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

Call for Artists & Fine Crafters Artists and crafters may now submit applications for the Coastal Arts Guild of CT’s Spring Arts & Craft Market, to be held Sunday, May 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Guild welcomes applications from fine artists and artisans who create original work from across the spectrum of the handmade arts, including fine artists, makers of...

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