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‘The Illusionists:’ Magic for those skeptical about magic

September 25, 2015
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In the year 2015, it’s safe to say, the entertainment art form known as “magic” suffers from a less than glamorous and cool image. Aside from Criss Angel, when I think of magicians I think sleaze and cheese. I think of the opening sequence to the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, where the moose would…

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Pretty in vape

September 24, 2015
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Vapes don’t have to be utilitarian and boring. The electronic devices can reflect the style of the user and can give you a little bit of bling with your smoke. Vaper Venue, 17 Farmington Ave., Plainville offered up some recommendations and some stats on vapes that look fashionable as you send off your plume of…

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What’s next?

September 19, 2015
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Control Sector brought its latest collection of contemporary streetware to Gotham Hall in New York City last Friday for Style Fashion Week. Designers throughout the city unveiled their spring 2016 designs as part of New York Fashion Week. PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

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Freedom Williams ready to make you sweat

September 18, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as the sampled guitars crunch, if you lived through the 1990s, the track was instantly recognizable. And the moment, Freedom Williams starts rapping, “Here is the doe, back with the bass/ The jam is live in effect and I don’t waste time,” you just know you’ve dived into…

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Miss America through Miss Connecticut’s eyes

September 18, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — With two nights of preliminary competitions for Miss America under her belt, and one more night looming, Miss Connecticut Colleen Ward looked well-rested and perky. And that was one of the things that surprised the Watertown, Conn. resident, who received the state crown in June. (The…

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5 Seconds of Summer ready to become household name

September 7, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR 5 Seconds of Summer—the four man band from Australia—is not a household name like Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, or even One Direction–you know, artists that even your grandmother knows because they are so “huge” and grace the cover of every celebrity mag. But although the group has yet to…

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The turmoil lurks beneath Melanie Martinez’s surface

September 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Melanie Martinez’s music is an unexpected mixture of music box melodies, Grade Z movie soundtracks, 1990s alt rock, and jazz chanteuse. The sound on her first full-length album, “Cry Baby” lulls you into moments of contentment,  followed by the chills. Her personal sartorial style underscores a performance artist dipping her…

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All ‘bad things’ end pretty well at Motley Crue show

August 29, 2015
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Audrey “Dee” A. Tomasko, 67, died on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re going to go out, you might as well do it big and go out with a bang. And that’s exactly what metal merchants Motley Crue did on Aug. 16 at the Mohegan Sun. Out on the road for their final tour ever (they’ve signed the legal docs to…

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Hitting the thrift store when shopping for school

August 28, 2015
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Bertucci's
20 Spring St., Southington, CT 06489
Phone: (860) 621-8626
www.Bertuccis.com

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to back to school clothes shopping, convention dictates parents and kids head out to seek brand names at the mall, and if the parents prevail, items will be acquired at a sale price. But, ever consider shopping at thrift store, such as Savers Thrift Store at 657…

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Baring his soul from the heart of Texas

August 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you think about music in Texas, you might think of the blues. Or you might think of Tex-Mex music. Or you might even think of country music. Typically, you don’t think of soul music. But Luke Wade is the exception to that Texas musical stereotype. The former contestant on…

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