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If you like the music, you’ll like ‘Motown;’ if you want more, well…

March 23, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I’m of two minds when it comes to “Motown the Musical,” which opened Tuesday night at The Bushnell in Hartford. I liked some of it and I had some serious problems with the rest of it. Like most of us of a certain age, I love the classic hits of…

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Jewels on the runway

March 12, 2016
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At the Women’s Health, Beauty and Bridal Expo at the Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun on Feb. 28, Bristol’s Kathy Faber Designs brought out the jewel tones for some of her colorful designs that walked down the runway at the event. In addition, Faber showcased a number of her custom-made bridal gowns for the…

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Sweetness turns macabre, with a good dose of belly laughs

March 11, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Martha and Abby Brewster are the sweetest women you’d probably meet. They have tea time using their fine china. They meet with the local pastor. And they have a disdain for live theater. But there is a secret in the basement… they have a bevy of bodies they have accumulated…

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Talking about women, men… and art

March 4, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The event is called Support Women Artists Now Day or SWAN Day. According to the website of the national organization WomenArts.org, the event – which will be held locally on March 5—“is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.” The event begs the question,…

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It’s new. It’s now. It’s Southington artist Clinton Deckert

February 26, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A Southington artist is new and now, according to the powers-that-be at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Clinton Deckert, who has seen his surrealist abstract art hang all around the globe, is now the subject of the New/Now series at the museum. The show opened on Feb. 20…

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Carousel Museum open for season

February 25, 2016
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The New England Carousel Museum will reopen to the public on March 2 with summer hours scheduled from Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. The museum is available to rent at any time for receptions, weddings, showers, meetings, dances, birthday parties, or events. The…

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Eye-popping Op-Art exhibit opens at The Matt

February 12, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR To the casual art observer, Victor Vasarely is not as much of a household name as Picasso, Monet, or Warhol. But Cynthia Roznoy, curator at the Mattatuck Museum, explained that in his native Hungary and adopted home of Paris, Vasarely’s work is held in high-esteem. And as the father of…

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McGraw, O’Neal do superb job of conveying ‘Love Story’ in ‘Love Letters’

February 10, 2016
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A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” has long been a dramatic cash cow for community theaters and professional theaters that offered, at face, no muss, no fuss. After all the premise, and production of the show, tends to be pretty minimal. You have two actors on stage, scripts in front of them on a basic set, and…

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Open house, bridal fair at Carousel Museum Feb. 21

February 9, 2016
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The New England Carousel Museum is hosting a free Open House and Bridal Fair on Sunday, Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. The public is invited to visit the museum to see what it has to offer as a location for weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners, and other occasions.From a banquet hall to working carousel, the…

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Mardi Gras: When masks are a legal requirement

February 5, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Just think of it as following the letter of the law. When you think of Mardi Gras, which this year is Feb. 9, you think of masks. After all, it is the tradition. But there is a reason why, according to the official website of New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebrations,…

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