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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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        • Island Love: Caribbean Festival, Lawn Party In Hartford

          Island Love: Caribbean Festival, Lawn Party In Hartford

          A bit of island spirit breezes through Hartford the first week of August with two separate events celebrating Caribbean culture, food, live music and dance. Up first is the Art after Dark Caribbean Lawn Party outside the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. To...

          • 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...

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              • 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...

              • Dashboard Confessional At Foxwoods

                Dashboard Confessional At Foxwoods

                Fans have been waiting a while for a new one from heartfelt emo alt-rockers Dashboard Confessional. The band, led by singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba, who was born in West Hartford, hasn't released a record of new material since 2009's "Alter the Ending." But Carrabba has been working on a new...

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              • 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...

              • Portsmouth: Where Naval History, Charm Converge

                Portsmouth: Where Naval History, Charm Converge

                Portsmouth, N.H., is the kind of place that if you've already been, you likely want to go back. And if you haven't, then you need to go. With roots predating the Revolutionary War by more than a hundred years, the seacoast city, an hour's ride north of Boston, is a heady mix of culture, charm and...

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