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Carousel Museum participating in CT Open House Day June 13

June 2, 2015
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The New England Carousel Museum will be participating in Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 13. The Connecticut Office of Tourism is sponsoring the 11th annual Connecticut Open House Day, which is a one-day statewide event, designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism. The New England Carousel Museum is offering…

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As White Night looms at museum, activities bustle inside

May 29, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol is throwing open its doors, and sharing its lawn, next month as it offers up White Night Bristol for the third time. White Night at the museum is modeled upon Nuit Blanche, which is an all-nights art event held in Paris, France……

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Review: ‘Once’ enchants and surprises

May 27, 2015
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Lovely, simply lovely. And I mean that in a “wow” kind of way. I really didn’t know what to expect from “Once.” I knew it won awards. I knew it was based on a movie. But I went into the May 26 performance at The Bushnell in Hartford willfully (and maybe, woefully) uninformed. I figured…

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‘Extra’-hold on! It’s ‘Hairspray’ in New Britain

May 22, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Get out your combs and brushes, some extra hold hairspray, brush up your dances moves, and prepare to enjoy a little “Hairspray” this weekend and next. Connecticut Theatre Company continues its performances of the stage musical based on the cinematic satire, “Hairspray” from filmmaker John Waters. The story, told against…

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Family leads children down The Sunshine Road

May 15, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Torrington may be miles away from the shoreline. But there’s going to be a beach party this Sunday, with a whole lot of Sunshine. The Sunshine Road that is. The Sunshine Road will be presenting a “Rockin’ Beach Party” Sunday at the Warner Theater’s Nancy Marine Studio Theater in Torrington.…

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Signed to new label, Todd Rundgren ready to go ‘Global’

May 8, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR After having said farewell to the major labels, Todd Rundgren’s musical output depended on the whims of his inspiration. When he felt like recording, Todd said in a phone interview from Florida, he would do so. And when he had a completed album, he would set out to find a…

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Putting recyclables to good use

May 1, 2015
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Hand me down fashion has a bad reputation. But recycled fashion is another thing entirely. Models walked down the runway– actually the hallway of Hartford City Hall– on April 19 wearing garments artists crafted out of recycled (albeit clean) materials. Creativity was the key word as the eco-friendly fashions floated past the sell out crowd.…

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What’s looking good for prom fashions in 2015?

May 1, 2015
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The countdown is on to find the perfect dress for prom. Kathy Faber of Kathy Faber Designs (KathyFaber.com) on Stafford Avenue in Bristol shared some of her newest gowns that reflect the latest trends in formal wear. Models Brianna Beyers of Bristol, left, Alexandria Palmer of Middletown, and Katerina Belales of Southington romp around the…

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The symphony connects into The Machine

May 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Machine does things differently when it partners up with an orchestra, as it will do on Friday night when it is joined by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In a phone interview, The Machine’s drummer Tahrah Cohen explained that some bands playing with an orchestra tend to use the ensemble…

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This is what happens when the circus gets XTREME

May 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you go to the circus, you expect to see clowns and trapeze artists… and a few animal tricks as well. But when “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME” comes to town this month, there will be an X-Games-type wrinkle to the proceedings. The show includes The…

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