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‘Cinderella,’ a fairytale for all ages

January 15, 2016
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Although many will think of the fairy tale of “Cinderella” as a something steeped in child-like innocence, the original Brothers Grimm tale was anything but. For instance, in the original, the evil stepsisters are so eager to win the hand of the prince they take drastic measures to fit into the glass slipper. And when…

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Forward into the past

January 15, 2016
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The Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret, which was held at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol Saturday, celebrated all things ‘Steampunk.’ For those looking to emulate the look, there were plenty of vendors selling accessories. In addition, there was a Steampunk fashion show later in the evening. Here, three local models get into a…

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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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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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