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Southington Observer Entertainment Section

The bloom of love (for jazz)

February 13, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the Nutmeg State, if you’re looking for jazz on the radio, you’d have to engage in a scavenger hunt amoung the schedule of college radio stations or public radio to find someone dipping into the canon of classic jazz for an hour or two… typically in the late night…

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Good times flashing back to the ‘80s

February 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The world was a dangerous place in the 1980s. We were worried about nuclear (and neutron) bombs. We were worried about the Soviets. The economy wasn’t the most stable. And our social fabric was tearing apart as changes were underway. But as unsettled as the world at large was, the…

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‘Nice Work…’ on the screwballs and song and dance

February 6, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The art of the screwball comedy for the most part has been lost. Screwball comedies, which found their heyday on stage and screen, in Broadway’s golden days and when black and white film ruled the roost, were earmarked by over the top characters, lots of physical humor, hints of romance…

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Jam on! Monster trucks read to stomp in Hartford

February 6, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Tom Meents is a legend in the Monster Jam Truck series. The driver of the 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, custom-designed truck, Max-D, is the sport’s only 11-time World Champion. He is also the most successful competitor of the Monster Jam World Finals. Additionally, he has six…

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Pop diva Debbie Gibson’s fans are loyal through the decades

February 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as readers of The Observer heard via Facebook that an interview with 1980s pop star Debbie Gibson was imminent, the “likes” and comments began to rain down. It was clear from the tone of the comments and the volume of “likes,” that Debbie Gibson—who gave the world songs…

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Linkin Park takes a turn for the metal on ‘The Hunting Party’

January 31, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The opening moments of Linkin Park’s latest album, “The Hunting Party” leaves no doubt that the veteran act was setting out to do a different kind of record. With the harsh scream and abrasive guitars, you do a double take. Is this really Linkin Park or did you download the…

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Local dancer has, indeed, gotten ‘Nice Work…’

January 30, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Next week, Kevin Raponey, an actor from Bristol, will come full circle when he steps onto the stage of The Bushnell as part of the national tour of “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Raponey, who graduated Bristol Eastern High School in 2005 and trained at local dance studios,…

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All sax, all the time, with The Asylum Quartet

January 23, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This weekend, music fans will get to kick some musical brass at the First Congregational Church in Southington. The Asylum Quartet, which features four saxophones, plays a variety of music from classical to indie rock. And they take the stage on Saturday. We caught up with the Hartt School of…

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Disney characters bring smiles to all at ice show

January 15, 2015
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Who doesn’t like the myriad of characters that populate Disney’s long history of animation? From “Snow White” to “Frozen,” the full-length features from the studio always seem to bring smiles to children and adults alike. Now, if you bring those characters to life, put them on ice, and add top notch ice skating skills and…

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Symphony highlights sounds of silver screen

January 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The sounds of the silver screen will fill the hall of the Belding Theater at the Bushnell starting next Thursday when The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents “Sigal Plays Carmen Fantasie” as part of its Masterworks Series. Sigal is HSO concertmaster and principal violinist Leonid Sigal. And “Carmen Fantasie” is a…

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