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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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Time to face those ‘Phobias’

April 19, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZ STAFF WRITER Think of your deepest, darkest fear – Is it spiders? Sharks? The dark? Maybe it’s a twisting, turning, looping, roller coaster. Lake Compounce is hoping to expose you to whatever that fear might be this season, with their newest coaster, Phobia. Guests are invited to share what scares them in…

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Spring, will you make up your mind?

April 16, 2016
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Transitional is the key word for spring 2016. As Katy Perry sang, ‘You’re hot then you’re cold.’ So how do you go about picking up a wardrobe to handle an awfully confused Mother Nature. Simply Vera Vera Wang and Princess Vera Wang, available at Kohl’s (with a location on New Britain Avenue and available online…

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Personnel change ignites The Church’s creativity

April 16, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Some bands take years and years to come up with eight to 10 songs to fill out an album. But on its most recent album, “Further/Deeper,” the Australian band The Church pulled together 26 new songs in a mere eight days. The arrival of a new member of the band,…

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A musical connection that has lasted the years

April 15, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a little bit of musical serendipity back in 1976. A young musician, born John Mellencamp, later to be temporarily dubbed Johnny Cougar, was in the studio with his band recording some demos. There was a young intern at the studio who played the guitar by the name of…

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Forget the nostalgia, Duran Duran still a vital musical entity

April 14, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When I headed to the Duran Duran concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena on April 7, I thought about how the last time I saw Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Nick Rhodes was in 1984—30 plus years ago. They were on their “Seven and the Ragged Tour” and…

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Some local names rise among the stars at Tribeca Film Fest

April 13, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Tribeca Film Festival opens in New York City this month, there will be some big names from television and movie showing their work. Danny DeVito, Michael Rapaport, and Matthew Modine are all showing their films. There also are a slew of documentaries, including one on Andy Warhol and…

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From elbow grease to sparkle

April 12, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There’s a lot of elbow grease involved if you want things to sparkle and shine. And the Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant is no different.   Before the doors opened to a full house at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Sunday, the hair was in transition from drab to…

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Singer Carrie Johnson returns for church’s annual benefit

April 8, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Singer Carrie Johnson has become sort of the de facto artistic advocate for the Philippines Mission Fund at the First Congregational Church in Bristol. For the past few years, the Connecticut singer songwriter has returned again and again to offer her musical talents to benefit the fund. She returns April…

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Landmark anniversary for venerable OM Show

April 8, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The oldest variety show in the country is celebrating a milestone this year. And as it looks forward to its future, it’s looking back at its past. The curtain rises on the annual Bristol Boys and Girls Club Older Members Show on April 15 and 16. And this fund raiser…

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