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From ballet to BANG!

May 6, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When you think of ballerinas, many thoughts may come to mind. But you would never think of a ballerina as someone whose ambition is to be shot out of a cannon at the circus. But Nicole Sanders—who started training in ballet at age 3—does just that when she steps into…

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Prom styles fit for a Hollywood starlet

May 6, 2016
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In film, the actress Gene Tierney carried a certain tough, elegant grace. Whether she portrayed the femme fatale in the classic film noir tale, ‘Laura’ or the doomed wife in ‘Leave Her to Heaven,’ Tierney fit firmly in the world of Hollywood glamour. Tierney also had ties to Connecticut, having attended Miss Porter’s School in…

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‘Kwanzaa in May’ celebration held by Queen Ann Nzing Center May 14

May 3, 2016
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To celebrate the culmination of a year of arts enrichment, the Queen Ann Nzinga Center will host “Kwanzaa in May” at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain on May 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will showcase multiple forms of artistic expression. The public is welcome to see children and teens perform skits, sing, dance and…

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On the runway, your garbage becomes style

May 2, 2016
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From our website www.ctfashionmag.com On the runway, your garbage becomes style  

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‘Matilda’ full of magic

April 29, 2016
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Outgoing president Antonio Cusano, right, hands off the gavel to UNICO’s first woman president Rev. Victoria Triano, left.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walking into The Bushnell for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” I really didn’t know what I was getting into. Although I read Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” and “James and the Giant Peach” when I was in elementary school, “Matilda” was one of…

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Transforming the flower girl into a lady

April 29, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Taking a common lump of coal and polishing it into a precious diamond is a common plot in literature and film. Think about how Cyrano de Bergerac, who polishes up the young Christian and tutors the lad so that he may be more palatable to the fair Roxane. Or think…

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Familiar face in Holy Cross’s production of ‘Grease’

April 25, 2016
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Leanne Raymond of Southington has the role of ‘Sandy’ in the Holy Cross High School production of ‘Grease,’ which opens next week.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the musical “Grease,” the character of Sandy is the new girl in town and an unfamiliar face in the halls of Rydell High. But in the production of “Grease,” being staged at Holy Cross High School next week, the character of Sandy will be a familiar face to area…

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Musical ‘Matilda’ powers into Hartford

April 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The title character of the stage musical, “Matilda,” based on the Roald Dahl novel, discovers she has a super power. The young child has the gift of telekinesis. “That’s a lot of responsibility,” said Danny Tieger, one of the actors on the national tour coming to The Bushnell starting next…

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Obituary: Marta Jolan Fekete, 68

April 21, 2016
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Obit - Marta Jolan Fekete

Marta Jolan Fekete of Southington, CT, age 68, passed away from natural causes at home on Wednesday April 6, 2016. Born in Debrecen, Hungary, on November 25, 1947, Marta and her family made the daring escape to the United States during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. They made Los Angeles, California, their home for the…

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Southington Community Theatre brings the ‘Noise’ and brings the farce

April 20, 2016
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The cast  of Southington Community Theatre’s production of ‘Noises Off,’ which runs from April 21 to 23.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR Southington Community Theatre is at it again, hitting the stage with the farce, “Noises Off” The Observer caught up with the show’s director, Amanda Savio, to talk to her about the genre of farce, “Noises Off,” and the cast of the production, which took the stage starting April 21 and continues through…

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