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Halloween is ready to come a-haunting

October 16, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Halloween is creeping up quickly. And children, teens, and adults looking to celebrate the spooky holiday probably are planning the perfect costume for trick or treating or going to a party. But what are the hot trends for costumes this year? Spirit Halloween, which has pop-up stores throughout the state…

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Here’s the scoop: ‘Newsies’ dance up a storm

October 14, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re looking for some athleticism out of your musical theater… and you are a firm believer that there is no “I” in team, I have the musical for you. Disney’s “Newsies”—the musical about a paperboy strike against the newspaper moguls of the early 20th century now playing at The…

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Skin Type Solutions has ribbon cutting

October 13, 2015
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Advanced Dermatology Center had a ribbon cutting on Oct. 8 at its new store “Skin Type Solutions.” Advanced Dermatology Center is the first office in Connecticut to offer the scientifically validated skin care system developed by Dr. Leslie Baumann. Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen 2014, and Miss Wolcott Outstanding Teen 2014, Cynthia Dias, was in attendance.…

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Time to put on the ritz and laugh with ‘Young Frankenstein’

October 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Tighten up your neckbolts, grab your top hat and cane, and get ready to put on the ritz… Connecticut Theatre Company is staging “Young Frankenstein” the musical this month. The stage show was created by Mel Brooks and is based on the 1974 movie, which starred Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman,…

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The Band Perry shines through even when the lights don’t

October 3, 2015
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Joyce E. (Doebener) Ferrier, 92, died on March 2, 2016.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A technical glitch at last Friday night’s concert by The Band Perry actually turned out to be a blessing. It showed what great entertainers the three siblings are. Like many bands in concert these days, The Band Perry’s stage set includes a giant video screen behind the performers. These screens…

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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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