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New Coffee Shop Opens On Hartford's Capitol Avenue

Story and Soil, the newest storefront to open on an emerging Hartford city block, is positioning itself to be more than just a stop for caffeine. The specialty coffee shop, which opened for business Thursday at 387 Capitol Ave., is a partnership between a Hartford married couple and a passionate...

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  • Blues Brews Food Truck Fest

    Blues Brews Food Truck Fest

    The Hartford County Blues Brews Food Truck Fest at Muzzy Field in Bristol was filled with food trucks, vendors and families enjoying the fun this weekend.

  • Monday Night Jazz In Bushnell Park

    Monday Night Jazz In Bushnell Park

    The Paul Brown Legacy Band launched the free Monday-night jazz summer series  at Bushnell Park last night. Remaining performances are by Little Johnny Rivero on July 17; the Joanne Bracken Trio on July 24; Silvia Cuenca Organ Quintet on July 31; Clifton Anderson Aug. 7; and Darius Jones Aug. 14;...

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  • 'Wulu' Up Next Wadsworth Atheneum Summer Film Series

    'Wulu' Up Next Wadsworth Atheneum Summer Film Series

    The Wadsworth Atheneum's summer film series is themed "Morality Clause," and this week's film tells the story of a man who wants to do good and winds up in the midst of people doing bad. "Wùlu" tells the story of Ladji, a young man in Mali who wants to save money to help his sister live a better...

    • 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High' At Area Theaters

      'Fast Times At Ridgemont High' At Area Theaters

      Today Sean Penn is recognized as one of the greatest dramatic actors of his generation, but in 1982 he was a new face in movies. He had made just one film, the military drama "Taps," the year before, in which he played a supporting role. Then came the comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." This...

      • LGBT Classic 'Maurice' At Cinestudio

        LGBT Classic 'Maurice' At Cinestudio

        When "Maurice" was released in 1987, it was noteworthy not just for the quality of filmmaking but also because it was a romantic and sympathetic film about the life of a gay man, which was almost unheard-of at the time. James Ivory's adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel tells the story of Maurice...

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        • A Maine Vacation: From Hiking And Beaches To Adventure And The Arts

          A Maine Vacation: From Hiking And Beaches To Adventure And The Arts

          For me, summer vacation means spending time on a Maine pond where the sound of loons calling is about the most exciting thing that happens all day. But I do venture occasionally from my little paradise to experience other things the state has to offer, whether it's the coast, a mountain hike, a...

            • Lock Museum Opens Adventure Room

              Lock Museum Opens Adventure Room

              Escape rooms have been growing in popularity over the last few years. Groups of people visit a location and are locked inside a room. Knowing nothing ahead of time, they must find clues scattered around the room to figure out how to unlock the door and escape. What better place to set up an escape...

            • 'Uncle Vlad's Summer Spook-tacular' At Ballard Institute

              'Uncle Vlad's Summer Spook-tacular' At Ballard Institute

              The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs presents "Uncle Vlad's Summer Spook-tacular," an all-ages, shadow and hand puppetry show, featuring merry monsters, whimsical werewolves, and groovy ghouls. Performances are Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Institute's theater...

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              • Michelle Branch At College Street

                Michelle Branch At College Street

                Back in April, singer Michelle Branch came out with "Hopeless Romantic," her third full-length studio record. It's the first album she's released since "Hotel Paper" in 2003. The time away from the radio public inspired magazine headlines like "What Happened to Michelle Branch?" upon her return....

              • The Litchfield Jazz Festival Showcases Musical Hybrids

                The Litchfield Jazz Festival Showcases Musical Hybrids

                Jazz has always been a cross-cultural idiom, fusing an African American aesthetic — full of call-and-response, blues and off-beat phrasing — with harmonic structures from European music and elsewhere. This year's Litchfield Jazz Festival showcases more global 21st-century musical hybrids, with...

              • Trombonist Clifton Anderson Up Next At Monday Night Jazz Series

                Trombonist Clifton Anderson Up Next At Monday Night Jazz Series

                Clifton Anderson got his first trombone when he was 7. His uncle, a guy named Sonny Rollins, gave it to him. With a start like that, and a father who was a church organist and choir director, it makes sense that Anderson would end up being a musician. Anderson has worked with Stevie Wonder, Paul...

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              • Newport, R.I.: Indulge In Luxury Living And The Best Of Jazz

                Newport, R.I.: Indulge In Luxury Living And The Best Of Jazz

                If you're looking for a vacation with sights and sounds you won't find elsewhere, Newport, R.I., is hard to beat. Throughout the year, "the city by the sea" as it's called, draws fans of "Downton Abbey" and the Gilded Age, who come to tour spectacular turn-of-the-century mansions, feast on fresh...

              • Saratoga Springs Offers Victorian Architecture, 'Health, History, Horses'

                Saratoga Springs Offers Victorian Architecture, 'Health, History, Horses'

                If you think wellness vacations are a new phenomenon, a trip to Saratoga Springs will prove you wrong. Travelers have been heading to the charming city in upstate New York for more than 200 years, drawn by the purported healing powers of the area's mineral springs. In the mid-1800s, Saratoga was...

              • Fairfield Day Trip: Restored Historic Homes And Nearby Beaches

                Fairfield Day Trip: Restored Historic Homes And Nearby Beaches

                During summer weekends, families may often find themselves wondering, should the kids do something educational today? Or just something fun? Families can do both. Fairfield has two popular public beaches, Jennings and Penfield. Just a few minutes' drive from those Long Island Sound strands is a...

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