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100-feet of holiday spirit

December 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as you walk through the tunnel that takes you into the front entrance of Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, you can’t miss it. Right in front of you, with blazing white lights and shiny red holiday bulbs, a 100-foot tree greets you as you arrive for the…

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Sitting in with his home orchestra for ‘Messiah’

November 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents “Joyful Voices with the Hartford Chorale” starting next Thursday, there will be a longtime fan of the ensemble standing on stage with them. Matt Worth, who is originally from West Hartford, will be the guest baritone as the HSO takes on Fauré’s Requiem, and…

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Half century later, Hot Tuna’s Casady still hot for his vocation

November 22, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fifty years for one career is a long time for any vocation. And to keep plugging along in that career into your seventh decade of life is also an incredible feat. But Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen have been cooking along as musicians since the 1950s when they started off…

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Crowds support veterans by attending pinup show

November 22, 2015
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All American Productions presented ‘Pinups at the Mansion! An All Pinup Fashion Show’ to benefit Honor Flight New England at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. There were a large number of models from the area participating in the runway show, which featured 1940s, 1950s pinup inspired fashions as well as fashions from Connecticut fashion house,…

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The Tenors takes Bushnell crowd on a journey

November 20, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Victor Micallef of The Tenors spoke to The Observer to promote the group’s upcoming Connecticut show, he explained the four man ensemble tries to take its audience on a musical journey via their performances. The purpose of the journey is to ease the stress of our every day lives.…

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Lake Compounce’s ‘Holiday Lights’ opens Nov. 27

November 17, 2015
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Lake Compounce announced its fourth annual “Holiday Lights”, New England’s favorite seasonal holiday themed family event taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings beginning on Nov. 27. Brand new for this season, a 100-foot tall decorated tree will reign over the main gates of the park with hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations.…

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The Tenors take on epic sound of classic Queen

November 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There are some classic rock bands that lend themselves to reinterpretation by other artists. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles are three classic examples of artists who have seen their material performed by others. However, the music of Queen is not a likely choice for a cover song.…

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Jethro Tull: The band, the man… and the rock opera

November 6, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On Jethro Tull’s website (JethroTull.com), there is message directed toward reporters interested in interviewing the band. The web page is labeled “All Too Frequently Asked Questions.” And leading that list is: “How did you get the name Jethro Tull?” For fans of the band, it’s a poorly kept secret that…

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‘Mamma Mia!’ adds new dimension to ABBA’s hits

November 1, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There’s Shakespeare on the written page. And there’s Shakespeare in performance. Although Shakespeare’s work is great in text, you can get a grasp of its poetry and the plot, it doesn’t truly come alive until it’s on stage. A great director blessed with great actors can help the audience understand…

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New hairdressers told to be proud of profession

October 30, 2015
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New hairdressers told to be proud of profession

By MIKE CHAIKEN STAFF WRITER The class of 2015 at the International Institute of Cosmetology were told to be proud of their careers as hairdressers as the students graduated in a ceremony Sunday. The graduation was a mix of awards presentation and fashion show. Students were honored for completing their course work at the school,…

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