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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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The blues are getting pretty ’Heavy’ for Randy Bachman

April 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the original musicians on the Chicago blues scene crafted their sound in the early 20th century, the racism of the time kept their music from being disseminated to the public at large… in particular white audiences. It wasnt until a bunch of young British musicians in the 1960s—such as…

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Swing in on a star and take a ‘Sentimental Journey’

April 17, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s been an annual tradition for 74 years. And this year’s OM Show is reaching back to the music that was popular when the show was just a young buck on the city of Bristol’s arts scene. This year’s show, which is a fund raiser for the OM (Older Members)…

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Celebrating the musical legacy of Queen

April 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you talk to JJ Midnight, he makes it clear the choice was a no-brainer. JJ Midnight, also known as Bristol’s Joe Archambeault, is the lead vocalist of Celebrating Queen, which pays musical tribute to the band… Queen. Celebrating Queen performs this Saturday at the Memorial Boulevard School auditorium on…

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Preparing for a princess’s arrival

March 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On April 19, fairy tale royalty will converge on the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. That’s when the Junior Miss Southington Organization will hold its annual Princess Meet and Greet. The Observer caught up with one of these “Once Upon A Time” royals, her highness Princess K., via email to talk…

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