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A musical connection that has lasted the years

April 15, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a little bit of musical serendipity back in 1976. A young musician, born John Mellencamp, later to be temporarily dubbed Johnny Cougar, was in the studio with his band recording some demos. There was a young intern at the studio who played the guitar by the name of…

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Forget the nostalgia, Duran Duran still a vital musical entity

April 14, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When I headed to the Duran Duran concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena on April 7, I thought about how the last time I saw Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Nick Rhodes was in 1984—30 plus years ago. They were on their “Seven and the Ragged Tour” and…

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Some local names rise among the stars at Tribeca Film Fest

April 13, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Tribeca Film Festival opens in New York City this month, there will be some big names from television and movie showing their work. Danny DeVito, Michael Rapaport, and Matthew Modine are all showing their films. There also are a slew of documentaries, including one on Andy Warhol and…

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From elbow grease to sparkle

April 12, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There’s a lot of elbow grease involved if you want things to sparkle and shine. And the Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant is no different.   Before the doors opened to a full house at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Sunday, the hair was in transition from drab to…

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Singer Carrie Johnson returns for church’s annual benefit

April 8, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Singer Carrie Johnson has become sort of the de facto artistic advocate for the Philippines Mission Fund at the First Congregational Church in Bristol. For the past few years, the Connecticut singer songwriter has returned again and again to offer her musical talents to benefit the fund. She returns April…

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Landmark anniversary for venerable OM Show

April 8, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The oldest variety show in the country is celebrating a milestone this year. And as it looks forward to its future, it’s looking back at its past. The curtain rises on the annual Bristol Boys and Girls Club Older Members Show on April 15 and 16. And this fund raiser…

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Meet the local Outstanding Teens

April 7, 2016
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There are several young women from the area competiting for Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen this week. The Observer asked the contestants some questions about themselves. Miss Connecticuts Outstanding Teen 2016 will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret, Uncasville. The competition is for girls ages 13 to 17. The stage…

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Living History tours offer up insider information at Twain home

April 1, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A new program at the Mark Twain House and Museum will allow visitors to receive a little inside information about the Clemens family. The historic home in Hartford, which housed the famous author of “Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” in the late 19th century, has introduced a new Living Tour…

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Compounce wants to know your fears; be among first to ride Phobia

March 30, 2016
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Starting today, Lake Compounce Family Theme Park is inviting guests to share their deepest, darkest phobias with park officials via www.lakecompounce.com/phobiaphearcontest. Twelve riders will be chosen to be the first to experience Phobia Phear Coaster on the park’s opening day, May 7 at 11 a.m. The 12 chosen guests will be highlighted on the park’s…

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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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