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Southington Observer Entertainment Section

The art and times of the Tom Tom Club

January 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Husband and wife Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth both attended the Rhode Island School of Design in their younger days, where they were members of a band called The Artistics. From there, Chris, a drummer, and Tina, a bassist, served as the rhythm section for one of the most artful…

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Touring production keeps magic of ‘Cinderella’ alive

January 22, 2016
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Touring production keeps magic of ‘Cinderella’ alive

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The problems in ‘Ragtime’ echo the problems of today

January 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The stories in the stage musical “Ragtime” take place in 19th century America. But Matthew Curiano, who plays one of the lead roles in the stage show based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, said the stories of the main characters still echo in the America of the 21st century. Press materials…

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Lamb of God: Rubbing elbows with the establishment

January 21, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Grammys and Lamb of God. The pair don’t seem to go together. The Grammys, which this year will be distributed on Feb. 15, tends to be about the industry honoring the respectable and commercial side of music. Think Adele and Taylor Swift. However, Lamb of God are muscular, sweaty…

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Theater group considered one of best in state

January 15, 2016
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Connecticut Theatre Company, was nominated as one of the best community theaters in Connecticut in the 2015 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards.  The site had a record number of voters and announced on Jan. 13, that Connecticut Theatre Company, in residence at the Repertory Theatre in New Britain, has been named “Best Community Theater Company.” 2015 was…

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Some smiles on ice with your favorite Disney characters

January 15, 2016
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In terms of entertainment for children, you can’t go wrong with anything Disney. Characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse—and films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”—will bring a smile to a child’s face faster than the words, “Let’s go get some ice cream.” So, for parents who want to treat their kids, they…

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‘Cinderella,’ a fairytale for all ages

January 15, 2016
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Although many will think of the fairy tale of “Cinderella” as a something steeped in child-like innocence, the original Brothers Grimm tale was anything but. For instance, in the original, the evil stepsisters are so eager to win the hand of the prince they take drastic measures to fit into the glass slipper. And when…

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Forward into the past

January 15, 2016
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The Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret, which was held at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol Saturday, celebrated all things ‘Steampunk.’ For those looking to emulate the look, there were plenty of vendors selling accessories. In addition, there was a Steampunk fashion show later in the evening. Here, three local models get into a…

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Dancing with a wizard

January 15, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There will be a spark of dance excitement courtesy of a certain wizard this weekend. And at the end of the night, there will be some grateful community organizations accepting the proceeds. On Saturday, The Dance City and the Arts Dance Team are holding a benefit for the United Way…

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A prince on ice celebrates Disney magic

January 11, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER It’s not everyday more than 50 different Disney characters come together for a party. This month, dozens of Disney characters from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Alice and the Mad Hatter to Lilo and Stitch are coming to Bridgeport and Hartford for an action-packed show featuring a magical montage of…

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