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Dancing with a wizard

January 15, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There will be a spark of dance excitement courtesy of a certain wizard this weekend. And at the end of the night, there will be some grateful community organizations accepting the proceeds. On Saturday, The Dance City and the Arts Dance Team are holding a benefit for the United Way…

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A prince on ice celebrates Disney magic

January 11, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER It’s not everyday more than 50 different Disney characters come together for a party. This month, dozens of Disney characters from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Alice and the Mad Hatter to Lilo and Stitch are coming to Bridgeport and Hartford for an action-packed show featuring a magical montage of…

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Forward into the past at Steampunk event

January 1, 2016
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Tracksters Gabi Napoli, left, and Sean Garrison, center, sign NCAA Division I National Letters of Intent during a ceremony at the high school.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR What if the future happened in the age of Queen Victoria instead of the 21st century? Well, you can find out on Jan. 9 when the Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret returns to the New England Carousel Museum for another celebration of everything known as Steampunk. The genre has been…

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Children welcomed to ‘Winter Wonderland’

December 26, 2015
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER From animation drawings to carousel design art to cartoon film showings, the Winter Wonderland Children’s Adventure event at the Bristol Historical Society will feature something for all children. The free event will take place on Monday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a variety of…

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Fear not the pop, Grace Potter is still Grace Potter

December 26, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When a musical artist is known for a particularly left-of-center style— and word arrives that their newest recorded effort is “pop”— trepidation ripples through the ears of their hardcore fans. Has their favorite artist sold out to the corporate world and the lure of the almighty dollar? So when the…

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Museum offers up an artistic love letter to Andy Warhol

December 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When renowned artist Andy Warhol’s name pops up, many times thoughts will turn to his famous day-glo screen prints of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. But, typically, you don’t think of cats and dogs or pencil sketches. But the new exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum offers up a new dimension…

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After all these years, Martin Barre gets a case of the blues

December 19, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITORWhen Martin Barre hits the stage in Hamden this weekend, fans of the former Jethro Tull guitarist will get a taste of the blues (as well as tracks from his new album and Tull). But, although, Barre is getting his blues licks in as a solo artist (Jethro Tull is no…

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Straight No Chaser hits the musical iron while it’s still smokin’

December 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Most music albums have the gestation period of an elephant. Often, the time that passes between conception to release is months and months and months. So, it’s often hard for a group itself to keep its finger on the pop music pulse. But Straight No Chaser’s new album, “The New…

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100-feet of holiday spirit

December 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as you walk through the tunnel that takes you into the front entrance of Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, you can’t miss it. Right in front of you, with blazing white lights and shiny red holiday bulbs, a 100-foot tree greets you as you arrive for the…

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Sitting in with his home orchestra for ‘Messiah’

November 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents “Joyful Voices with the Hartford Chorale” starting next Thursday, there will be a longtime fan of the ensemble standing on stage with them. Matt Worth, who is originally from West Hartford, will be the guest baritone as the HSO takes on Fauré’s Requiem, and…

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