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These ‘Kinky’ boots are made for loving

July 3, 2015
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By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT I never thought that a pair of boots would get the biggest entrance applause in a show. Well, that’s exactly what happened at the performance of “Kinky Boots” at the Bushnell in the Hartford. I had the pleasure of seeing this amazing musical Tuesday night. Based on the 2005 film “Kinky…

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New Miss CT, Miss CT Outstanding Teen crowned; locals place high in finals

July 3, 2015
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By MOLLY WESTFALL CORRESPONDENT On Saturday, the new Miss Connecticut 2015 was crowned at the Cabaret Theater at the Mohegan Sun. Twenty-two year-old Colleen Ward, a native of Wolcott, took home the crown, representing the Miss Windham County local title. Jjust moments after her crowning, she stated “I am so excited…and super tired. It was…

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Compounce holding fireworks display July 4

July 1, 2015
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Compounce holding fireworks display July 4

On Saturday, July 4, Lake Compounce will host its annual fireworks display over the lake in celebration of Independence Day. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the show beginning with the laser show starts at 9 p.m., and fireworks will be launched from the far side of the lake as well as from barges floating in the lake.…

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Everybody’s talking about ‘Kinky Boots’

June 27, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a buzz even before the musical “Kinky Boots” arrived at The Bushnell in Hartford June 23. A week or so before it opened, The Bushnell powers-that-be informed members of the press that they had run out of press passes to review the opening night performance. Frankly, I have…

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Fashions: The Miss Connecticut contestants show their elegance in evening gown

June 27, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The evening gowns chosen by the contestants for Miss Connecticut is often a closely guarded secret until the night of preliminaries. So the preliminary event is the first chance anyone outside of the contestants closest confidantes have seen the gowns. The preliminary competition was held Friday night at the Mohegan…

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Fashion: The contestants for Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen step out in their gowns

June 27, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Part of the excitement for audiences at the annual Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Competition is to see what evening gowns the contestants have chosen as they vie for the crown. The preliminary competition for the Outstanding Teen contestants was held Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret. This is what…

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And now for something completely different from Fall Out Boy

June 26, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fall Out Boy’s latest album “American Beauty/ American Psycho” doesn’t sound anything like the album that first brought the band to the public’s attention, “From Under the Cork Tree.” But then it’s not as different as you would think “From Under the Cork Tree” fit squarely in the band’s punk…

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Fall looks for this year’s brides

June 15, 2015
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Earlier this spring, designers unveiled their fall bridal collections at New York International Bridal Week at Pier 92 in New York City. For the brides ‘saying yes to the dress’ for a fall wedding, these are some of the designs you will see at your selected bridal shops. PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

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Making music to make a ‘Wish’ come true

June 12, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On Sunday, entertainment will prove to be the ticket to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And the reigning Miss Forestville, Jillian Duffy, will be among the performers that night. The role on stage is an appropriate one for Duffy, who herself, was once helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She will be…

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These rockers prove age ain’t nothing but a number

June 5, 2015
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  By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters told the Irish Times back in November, “Rock and roll is a young man’s game.” He said it as more of an apology since, obviously, he’s still performing rock music into his 40s. But in its earlier days, truthfully, rock and roll was…

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