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Eye-popping Op-Art exhibit opens at The Matt

February 12, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR To the casual art observer, Victor Vasarely is not as much of a household name as Picasso, Monet, or Warhol. But Cynthia Roznoy, curator at the Mattatuck Museum, explained that in his native Hungary and adopted home of Paris, Vasarely’s work is held in high-esteem. And as the father of…

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McGraw, O’Neal do superb job of conveying ‘Love Story’ in ‘Love Letters’

February 10, 2016
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A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” has long been a dramatic cash cow for community theaters and professional theaters that offered, at face, no muss, no fuss. After all the premise, and production of the show, tends to be pretty minimal. You have two actors on stage, scripts in front of them on a basic set, and…

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Open house, bridal fair at Carousel Museum Feb. 21

February 9, 2016
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The New England Carousel Museum is hosting a free Open House and Bridal Fair on Sunday, Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. The public is invited to visit the museum to see what it has to offer as a location for weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners, and other occasions.From a banquet hall to working carousel, the…

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Mardi Gras: When masks are a legal requirement

February 5, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Just think of it as following the letter of the law. When you think of Mardi Gras, which this year is Feb. 9, you think of masks. After all, it is the tradition. But there is a reason why, according to the official website of New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebrations,…

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Keeping that fitness New Year’s resolution alive

February 5, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Heading into the winter holidays, gyms can be lonely places with few people getting their fitness fix as they prepare to indulge in those big holiday meals. But once New Year’s Day rolls around, the New Year’s resolution bug kicks in and the gyms become packed with the newly converted…

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What’s trending for the prom?

January 30, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Girls in their high school senior or junior year are checking the web, reading through the magazines, and doing some window shopping—looking for that perfect prom gown. Dazzle Boutique in Waterbury held a Prom and Pageant Expo at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, which included a runway fashion show. Dazzle’s…

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The drama, and the music, of being ‘13’

January 29, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR So you’re 13 years old and you’re pretty popular and cool, living in the big city. And at the moment, you’re getting ready for the biggest event of your life. Then you find out you’re moving… and not only are you moving, you’re moving to smalltown USA, and need to…

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The art and times of the Tom Tom Club

January 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Husband and wife Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth both attended the Rhode Island School of Design in their younger days, where they were members of a band called The Artistics. From there, Chris, a drummer, and Tina, a bassist, served as the rhythm section for one of the most artful…

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Touring production keeps magic of ‘Cinderella’ alive

January 22, 2016
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Touring production keeps magic of ‘Cinderella’ alive

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The problems in ‘Ragtime’ echo the problems of today

January 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The stories in the stage musical “Ragtime” take place in 19th century America. But Matthew Curiano, who plays one of the lead roles in the stage show based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, said the stories of the main characters still echo in the America of the 21st century. Press materials…

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