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The Rocket Summer lets the muse take its time

March 25, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Three-and-a-half years have passed since The Rocket Summer released its last album. But as Bryce Avary, who in the studio is The Rocket Summer but gathers musicians for his live act, explained in a phone interview, he didn’t spend all of that time idle before releasing the new album, dubbed…

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Creativity that you can wear

March 25, 2016
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Fashion, like ceramics, lays somewhere between the realms of utility and art. Fashion is something we wear to fulfill a function, whether it’s modesty or to protect us from the elements. It can be pretty or cool, but the bottom line, this kind of fashion has function. But fashion can fulfill its author’s sense of…

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If you like the music, you’ll like ‘Motown;’ if you want more, well…

March 23, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I’m of two minds when it comes to “Motown the Musical,” which opened Tuesday night at The Bushnell in Hartford. I liked some of it and I had some serious problems with the rest of it. Like most of us of a certain age, I love the classic hits of…

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There’s nothing like the music of The Eagles

March 18, 2016
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The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Pops! series presents ‘The Music of the Eagles’ Saturday.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR As Terry Brock sees it, it’s all about the songs. If you want to know why a collaboration between the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a rock band playing the music of the Eagles works, Brock said it’s all about the music. And asked why he likes to take the role of lead…

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Jewels on the runway

March 12, 2016
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At the Women’s Health, Beauty and Bridal Expo at the Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun on Feb. 28, Bristol’s Kathy Faber Designs brought out the jewel tones for some of her colorful designs that walked down the runway at the event. In addition, Faber showcased a number of her custom-made bridal gowns for the…

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Sweetness turns macabre, with a good dose of belly laughs

March 11, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Martha and Abby Brewster are the sweetest women you’d probably meet. They have tea time using their fine china. They meet with the local pastor. And they have a disdain for live theater. But there is a secret in the basement… they have a bevy of bodies they have accumulated…

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Talking about women, men… and art

March 4, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The event is called Support Women Artists Now Day or SWAN Day. According to the website of the national organization WomenArts.org, the event – which will be held locally on March 5—“is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.” The event begs the question,…

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Entries sought for Amateur Art Exhibit

March 3, 2016
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The third annual Amateur Art Exhibit will again be held at the Plainville Library during the month of April. All area artists are welcome to participate and share their art with the community. The show will start April 1 and run until April 28. A reception is also planned. There is a one-time $5 fee…

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It’s new. It’s now. It’s Southington artist Clinton Deckert

February 26, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A Southington artist is new and now, according to the powers-that-be at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Clinton Deckert, who has seen his surrealist abstract art hang all around the globe, is now the subject of the New/Now series at the museum. The show opened on Feb. 20…

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The ‘mob’ hosting a wacky wedding April 9

February 25, 2016
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The mob’s most anticipated wedding is coming to town. Danny and Donna’s wedding date has been set for Saturday, April 9 and you are cordially invited. That is if you are not packing heat. You can walk in the steps of the mob’s most notorious gangsters and become part of the wildest wedding in years…

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