William Gillette and George McLean were two men who knew what they had. Gillette, an actor who built Gillette Castle high above the Connecticut River in East Haddam, expressed the desire in his will that it would never come into the possession of “a blithering sap-head who has no conception …
A maker of doll clothes and accessories, Heather Merrill saw all of her income from craft shows evaporate this year due to COVID-caused event cancellations. Luckily, the 23-year-old Ansonia resident earned $4,000 on Etsy, up from less than $1,000 last year, mostly from selling masks. The fai…
With a pandemic winter looming, theaters and concert venues look to the coming months with a mix of fear and hope.
He might have been one of the best pitchers the world ever saw, but his big-league career ended before it even began.
The CT-based company offers six games that are simple and easy to learn, but with lots of variations for gameplay.
Seven exhibitions are devoted exclusively to women, including 5 solo artists and 2 thematic group exhibitions.
Mystic’s Garlic Festival, which celebrates its 13th year this fall at the Olde Mistick Village, is getting back to basics.
Judith McElhone, Five Points’ founder and executive director, says the nonprofit jumped on the chance to expand.
Billy Koob recalls that whenever his big brother Roger Koob walked into a room or onto the stage, people were “captivated.”
Situated along the Simsbury Art Trail, dozens of life-size bronze sculptures encourage passers-by to slow down and reflect on the little things.
Mike Tyson, Chevy Chase and Dennis Rodman are among the famous faces Patrick Ganino has immortalized.
Bantam Cinema opened in 1927 as the Rivoli Theater in Litchfield. It survived the end of silent film and the rise of the talkies; the onset of television and the birth and then death of video rental stores; and endured, perhaps with a few bruises, the streaming era and challenges of a film i…
With sweeping cancellations of summer concerts and festivals due to COVID-19, audiences are hungry for the arts. Like many organizations, Washington Depot-based dance company Pilobolus has offered online programs in the last few months, but nothing is the same as an in-person arts experience.
Our top picks for events happening around the state this month.
Christopher Rosow couldn’t believe what he was hearing — the biggest radio host in the country was raving about his new book.
When the Pleasant Valley Drive-In of Barkhamsted opened for the season on the second Friday in May, owner Donna McGrane was worried because it was pouring rain. “But we were packed!” she says. On the following night, “There was a crazy blinding blizzard. We sold out!”
The coronavirus pandemic has taken away yet another local music venue.
With locations spanning from New London to Greenwich and north to Hartford, how many of the Connecticut Art Trail’s 20-plus museums and historic sites do you think you can hit up in a day? You can likely count them on one hand. But now, as the pandemic has shuttered museums across the state …
After a few months of home isolation, we asked Connecticut-connected writers where their creative muse was taking them. And what they were doing to keep sane, too. From a dramatic shift in how The Simpsons is produced, to how a Faye Dunaway epic fail led to new inspiration, to Anne Rice’s va…
As an animal-care specialist at the Beardsley Zoo, Bethany Thatcher takes care of the Bridgeport facility's two Amur tigers, Reka and Zeya, sisters born in 2017, as well as its Amur leopards. Unlike the roadside zoos depicted in Netflix’s hit documentary series Tiger King, the Beardsley Zoo …
This interview with actor Brian Dennehy, who died April 15 in New Haven at the age of 81, was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Connecticut Magazine.
Curling up with a good book is on the Mount Rushmore of rainy-day activities. And what’s better than absorbing another 100 pages under an umbrella poolside on vacation?
Plus: It's love at first sight when South Pacific comes to the Goodspeed in East Haddam.
In January, the performing arts conservatory launched its 18-month centennial celebration, Hartt100, featuring more than 650 performances.
“What a story is really about is putting events in context,” says Bill Harley. “When you figure out the context of an event, that’s what defines the meaning of a story.”
(Update: The Connecticut Spring Antiques show has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. No reschedule date has been announced.)
The Storyteller’s Cottage, devoted to books and literary events, proves that print is alive and well and living on Route 10 in Simsbury.
Also: Nick Westrate gives The King's Speech at Hartford Stage; Artistic Director Dexter J. Singleton works with Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew in New Haven; Chad Jennings stars in Every Brilliant Thing at TheaterWorks Hartford.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time in West Hartford. When I was a teenager in the mid-1990s, my brother, who’s about 15 years older than me, started a family and bought his first house in Elmwood Center near the Newington and Hartford lines.
The once-struggling area is now an urban playground, home to hip restaurants, a marvelous maritime museum and a brand-new upscale shopping destination.
Moses Pendleton often sits at home by a roaring fire, listening to classical music and studying how the logs break apart and form abstract shapes. Flames leap and dance hypnotically, almost like the serpentine movements of the dancers who bring his choreography to life.
Mandy Patinkin is hitting the concert trail again with a concert new show; Broadway's Stephanie J. Block, fresh of playing the legendary Cher, comes to the Ridgefield Playhouse
Robert Wolterstorff, the new executive director and CEO of The Bruce Museum, is tasked with overseeing a $45 million renovation and expansion project.
A tablet containing one of the earliest known references to Gilgamesh is one of about 150 objects that make up the new exhibit Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights from the Yale Babylonian Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
The Wood Memorial Library & Museum's free annual celebration is one of the largest of its kind in New England. Plus: Tips for the novice gingerbread house builder
Also: The Love Boat's Ten Lange is back behind the bar at TheaterWorks Hartford's Christmas on the Rocks, and a modern spin on Pride and Prejudice at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre.
It was the day before Carolee Carmello was to take over the national tour of Hello, Dolly! and be in front of an audience for the first time in the title role. And what was most on her mind? “Don’t trip, don’t trip, don’t trip,” she says, laughing on the phone from Kansas City where the late…
In September 1772, a man looked out at a large crowd gathered on the New Haven Green and gave a sermon that placed him among the Colonies’ most notable literary voices.
Wesleyan University professor Amy Bloom discusses her work as a novelist and her role in the inaugural festival, to be hosted by Real Art Ways.