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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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PCS Players ask the question, ‘Whodunnit?’

September 30, 2015
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PCS Players is celebrating its 10th anniversary with its production of “Three Murders and It’s Only Monday.” This comedy/murder spoof of old style private-eye movies, written by Pat Cook, features a plot that follows Detective Harry Monday as he investigates three murders at the Peaceful Pines Sanitarium. The twist on the classic “Whodunnit?” will keep…

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Cosplay Event at Lake Compounce’s Haunted Graveyard this weekend

September 29, 2015
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The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce opens for its 25th season on Oct. 2 and is celebrating this momentous year by hosting its first ever Cosplay Event. The Cosplay Event will allow participants to dress up as their favorite fictional characters from a number of genres. The event is also open to the public, so…

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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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