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  • Best Of CTNOW Awards At BAR In New Haven

    Best Of CTNOW Awards At BAR In New Haven

    CTNOW Award Winners who couldn't make it to the Best of Bash at the Oakdale had an opportunity to meet at BAR in New Haven to pick up their award plaques. Brick oven pizza and refreshments were served while guests discussed their recent victories.

  • The Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

    The Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

    The 26th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards show at Hartford Stage, which co-hosted the event with TheaterWorks, on Monday, June 13, recognized the industry's best in the state,  including top honors for Hartford Stage's Broadway-bound "Anastasia" and Yale Repertory Theatre's "Indecent."...

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  • A Zen Master Speaks: Poems By Dick Allen

    A Zen Master Speaks: Poems By Dick Allen

    This month's featured poet, Dick Allen, was Connecticut's poet laureate from 2010 to 2015. He is the author of eight poetry collections and has received many of poetry's highest honors and most prestigious fellowships. You may have heard him on "Prairie Home Companion" recently. He has been a Zen...

      • The Hidden Meanings Behind The Enormous Inflatable Art At Benton

        The Hidden Meanings Behind The Enormous Inflatable Art At Benton

        What's the difference between a huge Macy's parade-style character balloon and a piece of large-scale inflatable art? It's the hidden meanings. A giant parade Spider-Man is just Spider-Man. There is no angst or subtext. A child, however, can look at an artwork by Momoyo Torimitsu and be delighted...

          • New Play Readings At O'Neill Center

            New Play Readings At O'Neill Center

            We're already onto the third, and biggest, of the four prestigious "conference" workshop retreats at the bucolic Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Writers prepare their new projects with the assistance of directors, actors, dramaturgs and others, taking advantage of the calming atmosphere of the grassy,...

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              • 'Cinema Paradiso' Gets Weeklong Run At Cinestudio

                'Cinema Paradiso' Gets Weeklong Run At Cinestudio

                Cinestudio begins a weeklong run of a classic Italian drama beloved by cinephiles. "Cinema Paradiso" tells the story of a little boy who grows up in a small town and makes friends with the local cinema's projectionist. The boy grows up in the movie theater and learns to love movies. The 1988 drama,...

                  • 'Barcelona Christmas Night' Kicks Off Wadsworth Atheneum Summer Series

                    'Barcelona Christmas Night' Kicks Off Wadsworth Atheneum Summer Series

                    It's the middle of June, but it's Christmas night at the Wadsworth Atheneum, which is showing a holiday love story. "Barcelona Christmas Night" tells the story of several couples and their relationships. Carles and Laura are a married couple who just had a baby. Carmen, a grandmother, is introducing...

                      • 'Kiss Me Kate' At Yale Center For British Art

                        'Kiss Me Kate' At Yale Center For British Art

                        The Yale Center for British Art has an exhibit titled "The Poet of Them All," miniature books of Shakespeare works. The title of the exhibit is a lyric from the Cole Porter song "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from the musical "Kiss Me Kate." That film will be shown at the 1080 Chapel St. museum on...

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                          • Fourth Of July Celebrations In CT

                            Fourth Of July Celebrations In CT

                            Connecticut celebrates America's birthday with parties, parades and festivals through the middle of July and a bit beyond. Events listed in chronological order. Middletown's Fourth of July fireworks festival begins at 5 p.m. July 1 along the riverfront, with seating areas on the city hall lawn...

                          • New Haven First Stop This Summer For Slide The City

                            New Haven First Stop This Summer For Slide The City

                            Get ready to make a splash and relive those childhood memories of wet, hot, summer fun as Slide the City takes over New Haven's Prospect Street on Saturday, June 25. This is the first year the 1,000-foot-long slip and slide takes on the Elm City and it's bringing along a block party with live music,...

                              • Multi-Cultural, Eclectic Latino Fest At Riverfront

                                Multi-Cultural, Eclectic Latino Fest At Riverfront

                                Food will be spicy and entertainment will be hot, hot, hot, at the second annual Latino Fest on Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. The free, multi-cultural celebration features a variety of Latin music, including mariachi, salsa, jazz and bachata,...

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                                  • This Year's Arts & Ideas Intimate, Intense

                                    This Year's Arts & Ideas Intimate, Intense

                                    The main theme of the 2016 International Festival of Arts & Ideas seemed to be the intersection of live performance and live music. Instead, it's even livelier, landing on the intersection of art and reality. At the festival, which began June 10 and wraps up Sunday, June 25, books and stories have...

                                  • Weekend Deals: West Hartford Sale Days, New Discount Market In Canton

                                    Weekend Deals: West Hartford Sale Days, New Discount Market In Canton

                                     >>West Hartford Center sidewalks will be filled with bargains during the annual West Hartford Sale Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24, 25 and 26. Most of the stores throughout the center participate. There will also will be entertainment and special activities throughout the weekend....

                                  • Write Stuff: 'CRUSH' Author Cathy Alter To Speak At Barnes & Noble

                                    Write Stuff: 'CRUSH' Author Cathy Alter To Speak At Barnes & Noble

                                    Cathy Alter, who grew up in West Hartford, takes part in an author's conversation with novelist Matthew Dicks on Thursday, June 30, at Barnes & Noble, 60 Isham Road, West Hartford, in Blue Back Square. Alter's new book is an anthology, "CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power...

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                                  • How To Save On Summer Theater Tickets

                                    How To Save On Summer Theater Tickets

                                    June, July and August in the Northeast means summer stock theater productions, arts performances and other cultural events. But pricey tickets for all that entertainment can eat a hole in your vacation budget. Luckily, there are ways to save — if you know where to look. We've got behind-the scenes...

                                  • Nearby Bargain-Priced Vacations For Fun On A Budget

                                    Nearby Bargain-Priced Vacations For Fun On A Budget

                                    If you're looking for summer fun on a budget — and ways to avoid long airport security lines — here are some free and bargain-priced vacations and daycations within easy driving distance of Connecticut. >>Make a sweet day trip to Fascia's Chocolates in Waterbury, where you can tour the chocolate-making...

                                  • TSA Pre-Check Will Shorten Your Time In Security Checkpoint Lines

                                    TSA Pre-Check Will Shorten Your Time In Security Checkpoint Lines

                                    Having just returned from vacation, I can confirm reports of backed-up lines and longer-than-usual waits at airport security checkpoints — and officials say it's not going to get better any time soon. In fact, it's going to get worse. A record number of passengers flew during the spring, and summer...

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