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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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An evening of style, elegance… and masks

January 1, 2015
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An evening of style, elegance… and masks

Miss Conneticut’s Outstanding Teen program held its fund raising Winter Wonderland Masquerade Ball at the Aqua Turf last Saturday. PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN  

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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

December 21, 2014
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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One of the aspects of the “Legends in Concert” franchise that I have always enjoyed is that the performers never hold back. When the performers step up on stage as Elvis, Michael Jackson, etc., the audience never gets a paint-by-numbers tribute performance. The performers don’t just stand up, offer up…

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Chuckling holiday stress away with Burlesque-A-Pades

December 21, 2014
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Chuckling holiday stress away with Burlesque-A-Pades

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the standing room audience at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville last Friday, the stresses of the holiday melted away. And it was all thanks to Burlesque-A-Pades’ “Christmas Shimmy,” featuring Angie Pontani, Helen Pontani, the Maine Attraction, Albert Cadabra, and special Connecticut guest Dot Mitzvah. I, for one, didn’t stop…

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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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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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