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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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A big ‘Deal’ for a big game show fan

October 30, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Mark L. Walberg was a fan of game shows as a kid. Walberg, calling from his home in Los Angeles, said as he was growing up he loved to watch shows like “The Price is Right,” “$10,000 Pyramid”… and “Let’s Make A Deal.” Now Walberg not only can claim to…

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‘Mamma Mia!’ Fans won’t let the songs of ABBA go

October 30, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” and “Take a Chance on Me.” Even though it has been many years since ABBA has released new music—or even performed together—their infectious hits still perk up ears when they come on the radio. “It’s classic music,” said Andrew Tebo of the songs from…

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Halloween is ready to come a-haunting

October 16, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Halloween is creeping up quickly. And children, teens, and adults looking to celebrate the spooky holiday probably are planning the perfect costume for trick or treating or going to a party. But what are the hot trends for costumes this year? Spirit Halloween, which has pop-up stores throughout the state…

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Here’s the scoop: ‘Newsies’ dance up a storm

October 14, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re looking for some athleticism out of your musical theater… and you are a firm believer that there is no “I” in team, I have the musical for you. Disney’s “Newsies”—the musical about a paperboy strike against the newspaper moguls of the early 20th century now playing at The…

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Skin Type Solutions has ribbon cutting

October 13, 2015
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Advanced Dermatology Center had a ribbon cutting on Oct. 8 at its new store “Skin Type Solutions.” Advanced Dermatology Center is the first office in Connecticut to offer the scientifically validated skin care system developed by Dr. Leslie Baumann. Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen 2014, and Miss Wolcott Outstanding Teen 2014, Cynthia Dias, was in attendance.…

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Time to put on the ritz and laugh with ‘Young Frankenstein’

October 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Tighten up your neckbolts, grab your top hat and cane, and get ready to put on the ritz… Connecticut Theatre Company is staging “Young Frankenstein” the musical this month. The stage show was created by Mel Brooks and is based on the 1974 movie, which starred Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman,…

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The Band Perry shines through even when the lights don’t

October 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A technical glitch at last Friday night’s concert by The Band Perry actually turned out to be a blessing. It showed what great entertainers the three siblings are. Like many bands in concert these days, The Band Perry’s stage set includes a giant video screen behind the performers. These screens…

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Orchestra opens season; violinist Caroline Goulding featured

October 2, 2015
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The Hartford Symphony Orchestra opens its new season this weekend. The season’s debut is dubbed “New World Visions” and is part of the Masterworks Series at the bushnell. The season opener features violinist Caroline Goulding , who will solo during the HSO’s performance of “Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.” “Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor…

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