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Psych-Noise Band Headroom Creates An Album Of First Takes

Listening to “Head in the Clouds,” a new album by the New Haven psych-noise band Headroom, feels like eavesdropping on a seance, barging in on a ritual that began a few hours ago. You haven’t witnessed creation: Drones and grooves don’t appear, they’ve been there. Guitars materialize mid-squall...

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  • 'Baraka' At Cinestudio, An Annual Christmas Tradition

    'Baraka' At Cinestudio, An Annual Christmas Tradition

    Cinestudio in Hartford presents its annual screening of what has become a local, alternative celebration of the holiday season. Ron Fricke's 1992 documentary "Baraka” studies human life and the varieties of religious experience by chronicling people all over the world: Indonesia, Nepal, Egypt,...

    • 'MeshugaNutcracker!' At Cinemark

      'MeshugaNutcracker!' At Cinemark

      Hanukkah and Christmas are linked forever for both being festival holidays happening in December. So it’s only natural that Jewish artists would someday co-opt a classic Christmas celebration to tell their own story. “The MeshugaNutcracker! A Chanukah Musical” adapts Tchaikovsky’s traditional “Nutcracker”...

      • Seven-Week Classic Films Series At Farmington Library

        Seven-Week Classic Films Series At Farmington Library

        Farmington Library, at 6 Monteith Drive, is staring a new series of classic films to run from early December to late January. The lineup includes many little-known gems featuring legendary stars. Showtime is 2 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is free. farmingtonlibraries.org. Here’s the rest of the...

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        • Goodspeed's Announces 2018 New Musicals Fest; Idina Menzel Performing At Hartford Hospital Gala

          Goodspeed's Announces 2018 New Musicals Fest; Idina Menzel Performing At Hartford Hospital Gala

          Goodspeed Musicals has announced the three musicals-in-progress that will get hearings (in lightly staged concert versions) at the 13th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals. The weekend event, a major gathering of musical theater professionals and that special breed of composers and theater...

        • NoRA Cupcake Closing West Hartford 'Pop-Up' Store At End Of Month

          NoRA Cupcake Closing West Hartford 'Pop-Up' Store At End Of Month

          NoRA Cupcake Company has announced it will close its West Hartford location on Dec. 30, which started as a pop-up shop in Blue Back Square in the fall of 2015. Owner Carrie Carella says the Blue Back store, NoRA’s first expansion beyond its flagship in Middletown, was originally intended to be...

        • 86'd Culinary Collision Hosts Finals Monday

          86'd Culinary Collision Hosts Finals Monday

          86'D: A Culinary Collision, a series of friendly battles featuring Connecticut's top chefs, wraps up Dec. 11 with a finale battle at West Hartford’s Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen at 9:30 p.m. Chef Chris Sheehan from Max Downtown in Hartford faces Xavier Santiago from Trattoria Toscana in Manchester...

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        • Après-Ski: The Fun Begins When The Skiing Ends At These New England Destinations

          Après-Ski: The Fun Begins When The Skiing Ends At These New England Destinations

          Ooh, la la. It’s hardly a surprise that it’s the French who coined the term, “après-ski” considering they’re among some of the first Europeans to have widely embraced the sport back in the 1900s. “After ski,” as it translates, describes the imbibing, merriment, and social activities that follow...

        • When It's All About The Hotel, Not The Destination

          When It's All About The Hotel, Not The Destination

          For many travelers, hotels are nothing more than a generic place to sleep and store their luggage while they spend their days exploring exotic locales. In some cases, however, the accommodations steal the show. From doing jail time to sleeping in a treehouse, these unique hotels and inns from New...

        • Why Delray? A Beautiful Beach And A Bustling Avenue

          Why Delray? A Beautiful Beach And A Bustling Avenue

          In the 1980s Delray Beach was sadly saddled with the nickname “Dullray Beach,” reflective of a reputation as a dowdy, rundown Palm Beach County ocean side Florida town full of vacant buildings, high crime, racial tension, dysfunctional politics and a crumbling infrastructure. The list of problems...

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