This & That

A few years ago, I witnessed a mass killing from my porch overlooking the Five Mile River in Rowayton. I didn’t report it. But when I heard that it happened again this year, I decided to reveal, in detail, what I saw and learned on that fateful day in November:

UPDATE 9/22/20: Since this story was published, there have been some changes. Due to family obligations, Chef Mazie moved out of Connecticut. Instead of Stella's and Mazie's, the restaurant is now Stella’s African Eatery. For now the hours remain the same, although Chef Stella is looking int…

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…

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!”

Jeanine Basinger begins her book The Movie Musical! by recalling being a child in the small town of Brookings, South Dakota, during World War II and beholding Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on the big screen of the downtown movie theater. The movie was Swing Time. In those days, she writes, …

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 …

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UPDATE 9/22/20: Since this story was published, there have been some changes. Due to family obligations, Chef Mazie moved out of Connecticut. Instead of Stella's and Mazie's, the restaurant is now Stella’s African Eatery. For now the hours remain the same, although Chef Stella is looking int…