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Add some jingle to your shimmy with Burlesque-A-Pades

December 19, 2014
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Add some jingle to your shimmy with Burlesque-A-Pades

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This weekend, you’ll be able to wrap up the final approach toward Christmas with a tassle and send it off with a drum rimshot when burlesque powerhouse Angie Pontani and her Burlesque-A-Pades gives the audience a “Christmas Shimmy!” at Bridge Street Live. Angie and her crew, including comedian Albert Cadabra,…

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For the brides, looking for some Vera Wang

December 17, 2014
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For the brides, looking for some Vera Wang

The people at Vera Wang shared this invitation to our readers getting married who want to take advantage of a sample sale in New York City this weekend.

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Hang with the ‘Cool Kids’ in Echosmith Friday night

December 12, 2014
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Hang with the ‘Cool Kids’ in Echosmith Friday night

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR By the time, summer washed into fall, “Cool Kids” by Echosmith was everywhere. Whether it was top 40 radio or on VH1, where the Southern California group was tapped as the “You Oughta Know” artist for October, the group had ingrained itself on the listening public with the catchy tune…

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‘Rudolph…’ is a sweet tale that stays true to original

November 29, 2014
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‘Rudolph…’ is a sweet tale that stays true to original

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is a tendency when creative people take on the job of remaking a classic children’s tale to modernize things. They feel the need to reinvent the story and, often, in the process inject a bit of modern-day cynicism into the final product. “The Grinch” comes to mind, first. The…

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Steeple Players perform ‘Les Miserables’ for next two weekends

November 12, 2014
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Steeple Players perform ‘Les Miserables’ for next two weekends

The Steeple Players of the First Congregational Church, Southington will be staging the musical, “Les Misérables” starting Friday, Nov. 14. The musical is set in 19th century France during a time political unrest. It follows several stories that intertwine with the life of released prisoner Jean Valjean as he strives for redemption through good deeds…

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Southington actor is ‘A Man of Ideas;’ will be directed by his father

November 8, 2014
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Southington actor is ‘A Man of Ideas;’ will be directed by his father

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER A Southington man will be taking the spotlight in “A Man of Ideas,” an Irish comedy play, at the Irish American Community Center in East Haven from Nov. 12 to 16. John Starrs will play Mickey Howlan, a man who is trying to help a young couple get married despite…

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Life’s a circus: The birth of a clown

October 17, 2014
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Life’s a circus: The birth of a clown

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s kind of like the circus version of “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Are clowns born or are they made? The people most in the know to answer that question are the clowns themselves. And as luck would have it, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus’s…

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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

October 10, 2014
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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

The Pelletier Family of Bristol has had its fair share of scares, namely those related to their youngest son, Andre’, being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 11. Crohn’s disease, along with ulcerative colitis, are painful, debilitating, chronic digestive diseases impacting over 1.4 million American adults and children, with as many as 150,000…

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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

October 3, 2014
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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After opening on Broadway 35 years ago in 1979, Evita has been one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows…

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Leader of Immigrant Union speaks his mind

October 3, 2014
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Leader of Immigrant Union speaks his mind

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Brent DeBoer of the band Immigrant Union admits he’s never been a politically minded musician, The lead singer, who also is a member of the band the Dandy Warhols, said in a phone interview from Philadelphia, “I’ve never said anything political.” And in regards to his songwriting, he added, “I’ve…

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