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CT’s Kalimur uses albums to lead listeners on a journey

May 20, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In an age where most independent bands are satisfied with stitching together a couple of songs in the studio and calling it an EP so fans have something to download, Connecticut band Kalimur followed a different path. Rather than just handing fans some appetizers, the three member band handed them…

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Meet the winners of Junior Miss Southington

May 18, 2016
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The Junior Miss Southington pageant crowned its latest collection of queens in a pageant held May 15 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The girls were judged on private interview with judges, talent, casualwear, and evening gown. This year’s winners are: Teen Miss Southington: Katerina Belales. Teen Miss Plantsville: Kaylee Brennan. Junior Teen Miss Southington:…

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Have you got stuff worthy of ‘American Pickers?’ Show comes to CT

May 17, 2016
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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are returning to Connecticut. They plan to film episodes of the series “American Pickers” throughout Connecticut with filming scheduled for this summer. “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they…

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Digging up the archaeology of White Zombie

May 13, 2016
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Excavation at the scene of the hexavalent chromium (Chromium 6) spill at Light Metals Coloring. (File photo)

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When a band hits it big after building up its audience from the ground up, it may find its sound shifting 180 degrees as it works its way to fortune and fame. If all you know of metal, industrial band White Zombie are their songs, “More Human than Human” or…

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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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