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Spring, will you make up your mind?

Transitional is the key word for spring 2016. As Katy Perry sang, ‘You're hot then you're cold.’ So how do you go about picking...

Forget the nostalgia, Duran Duran still a vital musical entity

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...

A musical connection that has lasted the years

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...

CT fashion given a Mark Twain spin

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It will be one-stop shopping for history, fashion, and food on April 20 when the Mark Twain House and, Hartford Fashion...

Some local names rise among the stars at Tribeca Film Fest

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...

From elbow grease to sparkle

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...

Landmark anniversary for venerable OM Show

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...

Singer Carrie Johnson returns for church’s annual benefit

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...

‘The Bill of Rights’ in concert; benefit for reporter Steve Collins

BRISTOL – For the first time, Wesleyan composer Neely Bruce’s "The Bill of Rights: Ten Amendments in Eight Motets" will have a multimedia component...

Meet the local Outstanding Teens

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...

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