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Derby Day Parties, Best-Hat Contests In CT

These local spots are hosting Kentucky Derby parties with mint juleps, ornate hats and all the action surrounding the "fastest two minutes in sports." Parties are on Saturday, May 7, unless otherwise noted. Plan B Burger Bar offers Derby specials at all of its locations during lunch and dinner,...

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  • Thread City Hop Fest 2016

    Thread City Hop Fest 2016

    Beerfest fans braved the rain in tents for Willimantic Brewing Company's 2016 Thread City Hop Fest in Jillson Square on May 1. The event had a massive turnout with more than 45 breweries,  food trucks and music from local talent including the bands Phonosynthesis and the Hartford Hot Several.

  • The Chaz & AJ 1986 Prom

    The Chaz & AJ 1986 Prom

    Guests wore costumes from their favorite 1986 movie characters or fashion choices for WPLR's Chaz & AJ Morning Radio Show's 1986 Prom at Villa Bianca in Seymour on Saturday night. Big hits included Pee-Wee Herman, Dee Schneider, "Top Gun," Alex Rose and more. The event also held a moment of tribute...

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  • Screenwriter Of 'Miss Daisy' Fame Re-Creates 'My Paris' For Long Wharf

    Screenwriter Of 'Miss Daisy' Fame Re-Creates 'My Paris' For Long Wharf

    Whose Paris is it, anyway? Alfred Uhry, the playwright and screenwriter, has driven Miss Daisy, abetted the Robber Bridegroom, served Mystic Pizza and shaken up Angel Reapers. Now, at Long Wharf Theatre through May 29, he's painting a picture of "My Paris." The Pulitzer-winning writer is quick...

      • Glass House Installs 'Narcissus Garden' Pond Of Mirrors

        Glass House Installs 'Narcissus Garden' Pond Of Mirrors

        Yayoi Kusama first created "Narcissus Garden" 50 years ago, at the 1966 Venice Biennale. The installation of 1,500 mirrored globes clustered together on the ground created a controversy, when Kusama put up a sign "Your Narcissism for Sale" and started selling the globes for 1,200 lire each (about...

          • Goodspeed's 'Anything Goes' Director Likes Breaking Norms

            Goodspeed's 'Anything Goes' Director Likes Breaking Norms

            When Daniel Goldstein was asked the direct "Anything Goes" at the Goodspeed Opera House, he didn't feel "anything goes" about it. He had conditions. "I refused to do it with an all-white cast," Goldstein recalls. "That was my mandate. Also, I wanted the band to be onstage." Goldstein's sitting...

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          • Abstract Exhibit 'Cardinal Points' At Pearl Street Gallery

            Abstract Exhibit 'Cardinal Points' At Pearl Street Gallery

            A traditional landscape has a horizon line, and all of Lindsey Fyfe's little paintings conform to that rule in a minimalist, stripped-down way. As Fyfe's canvases get bigger, however, she tosses aside the rules. She lets her instinct, her arm and the "velocity" of the paint take over, resulting...

            • Paris In Plantsville Gallery Closing

              Paris In Plantsville Gallery Closing

              Lots of kids grow up wanting to be firefighters or pro athletes. Sean Michanczyk wanted to be an art gallerist. "I remember being in elementary school and visiting galleries with my mother, always out and about," Michanczyk says. "I thought it would be kind of cool to open one." In 2009 he did,...

                • Fine Art & Flowers At Wadsworth Atheneum

                  Fine Art & Flowers At Wadsworth Atheneum

                  The 35th Annual Fine Art & Flowers event, where florists, garden clubs and interior designers create flower arrangements inspired by paintings in the museum's permanent collection, will be at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. in Hartford, from Friday to Sunday, April 29 to May 1. The...

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                    • Trinity Film Festival Of College Shorts At Cinestudio

                      Trinity Film Festival Of College Shorts At Cinestudio

                      The fifth annual Trinity Film Festival, a showcase of short films made by college students from around the country, will be Saturday, May 7, at Cinestudio, 300 Summit St., on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford. One of the filmmakers this year is Jon Alston, a former linebacker for the St....

                        • Movie, Picnic, Wine Tasting Part Of Weeklong Israeli Festival

                          Movie, Picnic, Wine Tasting Part Of Weeklong Israeli Festival

                          More than 30 Greater Hartford organizations present the Second Annual Greater Hartford Israel Festival from Sunday to Sunday, May 8 to 15. An exhibit of work by Israeli artist Dorit Gur will be up at Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, during the entirety of the festival.  Admission...

                            • Cheesy Classic 'Timechasers' Gets RiffTrax Treatment

                              Cheesy Classic 'Timechasers' Gets RiffTrax Treatment

                              "Time Chasers" came out in March 1994 and impressed no one. The cheesy thriller told the story an average Joe who turns his airplane into a time machine, then must fight evil henchmen who want to exploit his discovery. A movie this bad is what RiffTrax is made for. RiffTrax, founded by "Mystery...

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                                • Mother's Day Free Admissions, Discounts

                                  Mother's Day Free Admissions, Discounts

                                  >>Quassy Amusement Park, Route 64 in Middlebury, treats mothers to free rides and free dinner on Mother's Day, May 8. (Moms must be accompanied by a paying child.) quassy.com, 203-758-2913. >>Moms get free admission to Old Sturbridge Village. osv.org. >>Admission is free for Mom at The New Britain...

                                  • Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                    Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                    Crossing the Thames River on I-95, you can't miss a submarine-shaped billboard proclaiming Groton the "Submarine Capital of the World." That's no hyperbole. Groton is home to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, the Naval Submarine School, the Submarine Force Library and Museum; the world's...

                                      • Lake Compounce Opens Season With Phobia Phear

                                        Lake Compounce Opens Season With Phobia Phear

                                        Phobia Phear, a new coaster with speeds up to 65 mph and a cobra roll inversion of 150 feet in the air, debuts at Lake Compounce on amusement park's opening day, Saturday, May 7. The coaster looms 15 stories tall and rumbles forward and backward. Hours opening weekend are 11 am. to 7 p.m. The Bristol...

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                                          • Tony Nominees With CT Credits; Arts & Ideas Continuing Pop-Up Fests

                                            Tony Nominees With CT Credits; Arts & Ideas Continuing Pop-Up Fests

                                            The "Now That's What I Call Music!" series has been around since 1998. (The original British series it's based on began on 1983). "Music!," which collects current pop hits as CD compilations, occasionally does special editions such as "Now That's What I Call Power Ballads!" and "Now That's What...

                                          • Free Family Farm Day In Westmoor Park

                                            Free Family Farm Day In Westmoor Park

                                            Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford, hosts its annual Farm Day, a free family celebration, on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include hay rides, sheep shearing, butter making and farm games. Parking is limited so park officials suggest carpooling. Information: 860-561-8260...

                                          • Wadsworth Atheneum's Second Saturday Takes On Steampunk

                                            Wadsworth Atheneum's Second Saturday Takes On Steampunk

                                            The Wadsworth Atheneum and Museum, 600 Main St., Hartford, turns the May edition of its Second Saturdays for Families series into a steampunk special, playing off of images found in the current Wadsworth exhibition "Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy." Activities include a hands-on...

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                                          • Fly Hartford To Pittsburgh On OneJet; Book Lowest Airfares On Tuesdays

                                            Fly Hartford To Pittsburgh On OneJet; Book Lowest Airfares On Tuesdays

                                            From new non-stop service from Hartford to Pittsburgh to a different type of car rental service, from a discount getaway to the best time to buy your airline tickets, here's a roundup of the latest travel news. >>Business and leisure travelers looking to fly from Hartford to Pittsburgh have a new...

                                          • New York Invites Ghost Hunters To Haunted History Trail

                                            New York Invites Ghost Hunters To Haunted History Trail

                                            NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — One of New York's newest tourism ventures is more dare than invitation. There's the usual guide suggesting places to visit: Inns, museums, restaurants, a winery. Not so usual are claims all may be inhabited by ghosts. The Haunted History Trail of New York State has been unfurled...

                                          • Research Pays Off When Renting A Summer Getaway

                                            Research Pays Off When Renting A Summer Getaway

                                            When daffodils begin appearing in the yard, we start thinking about summer getaways. For many, that means a vacation rental — and these days, with the proliferation of online information and rental websites, finding that perfect spot is easier than ever. (According to a TripAdvisor 2015 survey,...

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