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Jam on! Monster trucks read to stomp in Hartford

February 6, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Tom Meents is a legend in the Monster Jam Truck series. The driver of the 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, custom-designed truck, Max-D, is the sport’s only 11-time World Champion. He is also the most successful competitor of the Monster Jam World Finals. Additionally, he has six…

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Pop diva Debbie Gibson’s fans are loyal through the decades

February 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as readers of The Observer heard via Facebook that an interview with 1980s pop star Debbie Gibson was imminent, the “likes” and comments began to rain down. It was clear from the tone of the comments and the volume of “likes,” that Debbie Gibson—who gave the world songs…

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Linkin Park takes a turn for the metal on ‘The Hunting Party’

January 31, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The opening moments of Linkin Park’s latest album, “The Hunting Party” leaves no doubt that the veteran act was setting out to do a different kind of record. With the harsh scream and abrasive guitars, you do a double take. Is this really Linkin Park or did you download the…

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Local dancer has, indeed, gotten ‘Nice Work…’

January 30, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Next week, Kevin Raponey, an actor from Bristol, will come full circle when he steps onto the stage of The Bushnell as part of the national tour of “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Raponey, who graduated Bristol Eastern High School in 2005 and trained at local dance studios,…

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All sax, all the time, with The Asylum Quartet

January 23, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This weekend, music fans will get to kick some musical brass at the First Congregational Church in Southington. The Asylum Quartet, which features four saxophones, plays a variety of music from classical to indie rock. And they take the stage on Saturday. We caught up with the Hartt School of…

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Hole in the Wall tackles stage adaptation of heralded Bergman film

January 20, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 film, “Through the Glass Darkly” had an impact on audiences, as evidenced by its Golden Globe award the following year. Then in 2010, the story reappeared, this time as a Bergman-endorsed play written by Jenny Worton, which appeared on the London stage with Academy Award winner Carey…

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Disney characters bring smiles to all at ice show

January 15, 2015
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Who doesn’t like the myriad of characters that populate Disney’s long history of animation? From “Snow White” to “Frozen,” the full-length features from the studio always seem to bring smiles to children and adults alike. Now, if you bring those characters to life, put them on ice, and add top notch ice skating skills and…

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Symphony highlights sounds of silver screen

January 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The sounds of the silver screen will fill the hall of the Belding Theater at the Bushnell starting next Thursday when The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents “Sigal Plays Carmen Fantasie” as part of its Masterworks Series. Sigal is HSO concertmaster and principal violinist Leonid Sigal. And “Carmen Fantasie” is a…

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An evening of style, elegance… and masks

January 1, 2015
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An evening of style, elegance… and masks

Miss Conneticut’s Outstanding Teen program held its fund raising Winter Wonderland Masquerade Ball at the Aqua Turf last Saturday. PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN  

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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

December 21, 2014
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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One of the aspects of the “Legends in Concert” franchise that I have always enjoyed is that the performers never hold back. When the performers step up on stage as Elvis, Michael Jackson, etc., the audience never gets a paint-by-numbers tribute performance. The performers don’t just stand up, offer up…

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