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Butchers & Bakers: A Return To Scratch-Cooking Basics

It's been 11 years since Locals 8 Restaurant Group partners Al Gamble and Shawn Skehan built the first Plan B Burger Bar on Park Road in West Hartford. Since then, the "burgers-beer-bourbon" concept has expanded with two more Hartford County locations, a north-of-the-border restaurant in Springfield,...

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  • 'Heartbreak In Peanuts' At Mattatuck

    'Heartbreak In Peanuts' At Mattatuck

    When Charles M. Schulz was in art school, he had a crush on a red-headed classmate. She didn't feel the same way. Years later, when Schulz was the world-famous creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, he remembered his youthful heartthrob and created a little red-haired girl to captivate, and repeatedly...

  • Artists Take On 'Flight' At MCC On Main

    Artists Take On 'Flight' At MCC On Main

    Jane Rainwater, curator of MCC on Main in Manchester, put out a call for artists to depict the concept of flight. She got a range of responses. The theme was familiar to Tim Murphy of West Hartford, who submitted "Beginner," an oil on canvas of three women flying into a fiery sunset. "I've been...

  • Google 'Street Ghosts' Exhibit To Be Installed In Downtown Hartford

    Google 'Street Ghosts' Exhibit To Be Installed In Downtown Hartford

    An outdoor photo exhibit is going up on Saturday, May 13, in downtown Hartford, and the people pictured have no idea they will be part of an art installation. They may not like it. But that's a risk the artist, Paolo Cirio, is willing to take. The photos are on the internet anyway, so those images...

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    • 'Glory, 'Panique' At Cinestudio

      'Glory, 'Panique' At Cinestudio

      Cinestudio, at 300 Summit St. on the campus of Cinestudio in Hartford, is showing two unique films: a new comedy from Bulgaria and a classic French film noir. "Glory" ("Slava") tells the story of a simple man who is chosen to receive an award from the government, only to have the government official...

      • 'Long Strange Trip' Grateful Dead Movie In Ridgefield

        'Long Strange Trip' Grateful Dead Movie In Ridgefield

        Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, will present a highly anticipated documentary about The Grateful Dead on May 28 before its release on Amazon Prime Video. "Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead" tells the story of the legendary band from its founding to the present day. The...

        • Pilot Episode Of 'Mystic' Screening Free At Beer Garden

          Pilot Episode Of 'Mystic' Screening Free At Beer Garden

          On May 28, a beer garden in Mystic will host a free public screening of the pilot episode of a murder-mystery series filmed in that village. "Mystic" tells a story about a woman who has been murdered, her body found floating in the sound. Any number of unpleasant local residents may be the killer:...

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          • Queer Prom A Safe Alternative For LGBT Teens

            Queer Prom A Safe Alternative For LGBT Teens

            Hartford's Queer Prom was founded in the mid-'90s to let LGBT teens have a romantic prom date with their partner in a welcoming environment. Today same-sex couples are becoming more accepted at mainstream high-school proms. Nonetheless, Queer Prom lives on. "Back then there was a feeling of need....

          • Free Concert At Fort Trumbull Memorial Day Weekend

            Free Concert At Fort Trumbull Memorial Day Weekend

            Visit Fort Trumbull in New London on Sunday, May 28, and you can tour the visitors center for an interactive look at more than 225 years of military history, walk the fort, ramparts and boardwalk overlooking New London Harbor — and enjoy a free concert by the Coast Guard Academy Band at 1 p.m....

          • Quassy Hosts 50-Cent Fridays, $50 Carload Specials

            Quassy Hosts 50-Cent Fridays, $50 Carload Specials

            Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury gets the summer season started with special deals. First, 50-Cent Fabulous Fridays run through Sept. 2, when after 5 p.m., tickets for rides, hot dogs and soft drinks are 50 cents each. (Some rides require two tickets.) Parking is $7. On Saturdays, from 5 to...

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          • Cape Cod Shopping, Dining, Trips For When You're Not At The Beach

            Cape Cod Shopping, Dining, Trips For When You're Not At The Beach

            For nearly 50 years our family has been making the annual summer pilgrimage to the breathtaking National Seashore in Cape Cod, home of the freshest seafood, miles of (hopefully and usually) sunny beaches and high end boutiques and shops that promise to break any wallet. The trouble is I am allergic...

          • 10 Cape Cod Experiences Easy On Your Budget

            10 Cape Cod Experiences Easy On Your Budget

            A Cape Cod vacation can mean salt air, pretty-as-a-postcard villages, and some of the world's most beautiful beaches. It can also mean some big-ticket expenses. A week of lobster dinners, whale watches and souvenir shopping and suddenly your budget is melting faster than a hand-scooped cone at...

          • Navigating Spirit's 'Bare Fares' Requires Some Homework On 'Extras'

            Navigating Spirit's 'Bare Fares' Requires Some Homework On 'Extras'

            Flying doesn't get much love these days, and that's especially true for Spirit Airlines. Passengers complain about delayed and canceled flights, poor service, uncomfortable seats and extra fees for nearly everything including a cup of water. The airline ranked last, for the third year in a row,...

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