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A phone call changed Bea Miller’s summer plans

May 27, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bea Miller was just going about her business, prepping a new album for her fans, when the call came. Selena Gomez wanted her to open her tour, which makes its way to Connecticut on May 29. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Bea in a phone interview when asked what her…

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Photographer to showcase his live concert images

May 27, 2016
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Southington based photographer John Atashian will be displaying a selection of his live concert photographs at the Plainville Public Library on Wednesday, June 1 and continuing through Thursday, June 30. The photo display will include large photographic canvas wrap prints of The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Led Zeppelin, Dolly…

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Cyndi Lauper, Boy George successfully woo Mohegan crowd

May 27, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the stage left corner at the Mohegan Sun Arena, there was a prop pay telephone. And when Cyndi Lauper sang the country/ R&B classic “Misty Blue” (from her new album, “Detour”), the performer used the handpiece of the phone as her microphone. It was an apt metaphor in reverse…

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‘Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner’: ‘Dirty Dancing’ holds up well on stage

May 25, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve attended a stage performance where hoots and hollers greeted the first light cue. Actually, I can count the number of times on one finger. And, I don’t usually hear cheers when a cast member with a well-sculpted chest take…

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CT’s Kalimur uses albums to lead listeners on a journey

May 20, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In an age where most independent bands are satisfied with stitching together a couple of songs in the studio and calling it an EP so fans have something to download, Connecticut band Kalimur followed a different path. Rather than just handing fans some appetizers, the three member band handed them…

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Meet the winners of Junior Miss Southington

May 18, 2016
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The Junior Miss Southington pageant crowned its latest collection of queens in a pageant held May 15 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The girls were judged on private interview with judges, talent, casualwear, and evening gown. This year’s winners are: Teen Miss Southington: Katerina Belales. Teen Miss Plantsville: Kaylee Brennan. Junior Teen Miss Southington:…

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Have you got stuff worthy of ‘American Pickers?’ Show comes to CT

May 17, 2016
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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are returning to Connecticut. They plan to film episodes of the series “American Pickers” throughout Connecticut with filming scheduled for this summer. “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they…

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Digging up the archaeology of White Zombie

May 13, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When a band hits it big after building up its audience from the ground up, it may find its sound shifting 180 degrees as it works its way to fortune and fame. If all you know of metal, industrial band White Zombie are their songs, “More Human than Human” or…

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From ballet to BANG!

May 6, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When you think of ballerinas, many thoughts may come to mind. But you would never think of a ballerina as someone whose ambition is to be shot out of a cannon at the circus. But Nicole Sanders—who started training in ballet at age 3—does just that when she steps into…

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Prom styles fit for a Hollywood starlet

May 6, 2016
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In film, the actress Gene Tierney carried a certain tough, elegant grace. Whether she portrayed the femme fatale in the classic film noir tale, ‘Laura’ or the doomed wife in ‘Leave Her to Heaven,’ Tierney fit firmly in the world of Hollywood glamour. Tierney also had ties to Connecticut, having attended Miss Porter’s School in…

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