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Where To Celebrate National Tequila Day In Connecticut

Get the salt and limes ready: These Connecticut restaurants and bars are here to help you celebrate National Tequila Day (all events July 24 unless otherwise noted). SolToro at Mohegan Sun offers a variety of specials, including $3 off Partida tequila shots, $3 off Partida tequila margaritas and...

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  • ConnectiCon 2018

    ConnectiCon 2018

    Comic-book fans and costumed guests gathered at the Connecticut Convention Center for the annual ConnectiCon convention July 12 to 15. The event had celebrity guests, live shows, and gaming experiences surrounding the trade show floor.

  • Fireworks On The Riverfront

    Fireworks On The Riverfront

    Thousands attended the Hartford Riverfront Recapture's fireworks display and food truck festival Saturday, July 14, at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. 

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  • 'Oliver!' Rough And Ready At Goodspeed

    'Oliver!' Rough And Ready At Goodspeed

    Kids scramble up ladders and across bridges. Muttering, mutton-chopped authority figures wave their staffs (or even their spoons) menacingly. There are drinking songs and horseplay and expressions like “Wot? Fisticuffs!?” But as a nimble Goodspeed revival proves, “Oliver!” is not all fun and games....

      • 'Hand To God': Hanging Out With An Unhinged, Satanical Hand Puppet At Theaterworks

        'Hand To God': Hanging Out With An Unhinged, Satanical Hand Puppet At Theaterworks

        ‘Hand to God” is a harrowing, hilarious, hand-wringing comedy with tragic elements about a young man whose life is changed — and endangered — by an unhinged, demonically possessed hand puppet named Tyrone. TheaterWorks is presenting Robert Askin’s outrageous social satire July 20 through Aug. 26....

      • The Poems Of Vivian Shipley: Bearing Witness To Struggle

        The Poems Of Vivian Shipley: Bearing Witness To Struggle

        Vivian Shipley, a Connecticut State University distinguished professor, has published 10 books of poetry. Her 11th collection, “An Archaeology of Days: Old & New” is due out later this year. Her poetry is featured in 70 national anthologies. Along with many other honors and awards, she has been...

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      • The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained

        The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained

        It isn’t just the inside of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art that is bursting with artworks. The front lawn’s collection of outdoor artworks is growing. On June 21, the first day of summer, a new sculpture — the 25-foot-tall “Monolith (Optic)” — was added. During the week of July 4, a second...

          • Vernon Exhibit Honors Hometown Boy 'Gene Pitney: The Rockville Rocket'

            Vernon Exhibit Honors Hometown Boy 'Gene Pitney: The Rockville Rocket'

            An exhibit in Vernon, “Gene Pitney: The Rockville Rocket,” is a historical overview of the career of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as well as a love letter to Pitney’s devoted hometown. Pitney, born in Hartford and raised in Rockville, formed a band, The Genials, while still at Rockville High,...

              • An Eye For 'The Built Environment' Fuels Exhibit At Real Art Ways

                An Eye For 'The Built Environment' Fuels Exhibit At Real Art Ways

                In his day job, Noah Loesberg is a woodworker, constructing cabinetry for homes and art institutions, and has become acquainted with what he calls “the methods of the built environment.” “An architect might draw a cube but the builder has to decide how to build that cube using standard materials...

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                  • Tickets On Sale For Met Live Opera Season That Includes Darko Tresnjak Debut

                    Tickets On Sale For Met Live Opera Season That Includes Darko Tresnjak Debut

                    Tickets are on sale now for the 2018-19 season of Met Live in HD, the ongoing series of live and recorded performances by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, shown in cinemas nationwide. Among the offerings is the Met directing debut of Hartford Stage artistic director Darko Tresnjak: Saint-Saëns’ “Samson...

                      • Free Family Films In Hartford, New Haven Parks All Summer

                        Free Family Films In Hartford, New Haven Parks All Summer

                        Summertime is here, and that means free outdoor movies in the parks in the cities. Both Hartford and New Haven begin their family-movie seasons on June 8. Hartford All movies are shown at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets. Friday, June 8: “Casablanca,” the 1942 wartime romance with...

                          • Free And Cheap Movies For The Kids All Summer

                            Cheap And Free Movies For The Kids All Summer

                            Movie theaters around the Hartford area are beginning their summer-morning kids-movie series of G- and PG-rated movies for a reduced price or even free.

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                              • 'World's Biggest Bounce House' Coming To Greater Hartford

                                'World's Biggest Bounce House' Coming To Greater Hartford

                                If the parties of your dreams feature no shoes, the world’s largest bounce house and eight-foot pink gorillas, you’re in for a great time when Big Bounce America comes to Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Big Bounce America will be at Pratt & Whitney Stadium from Aug. 17 to 19, and it’s billed...

                              • Old Lyme Midsummer Festival: 2 Days Of Music, Arts, Dining

                                Old Lyme Midsummer Festival: 2 Days Of Music, Arts, Dining

                                The 32nd annual Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, a weekend of family-friendly activities, is July 27 and July 28 in areas around the Old Lyme Arts District, along Lyme Street. All events are free except participation in the 5K. The festival begins on Friday at 7 p.m. with a concert by Otis and the...

                                  • Compassionfest: A CT Gathering Of Like-Minded Vegans

                                    Compassionfest: A CT Gathering Of Like-Minded Vegans

                                    Hamden’s Whitneyville Cultural Commons becomes a gathering haven for vegans on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Compassionfest describes itself as a festival for “like-minded people that believe in the values of being just, kindness, equality and compassion.” Highlights include vegan food,...

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                                      • Thrown Stone Theatre Offers Welcome, Well-Staged New Works

                                        Thrown Stone Theatre Offers Welcome, Well-Staged New Works

                                        If you want to find new works and new ideas in the summer theater season, you sometimes need to travel a fair distance. On two consecutive Thursdays this month, that quest has taken me to the outlandishly quaint town of Ridgefield, where Thrown Stone Theatre Company has holed up in a large room...

                                      • Movies, Big And Small, Playing In Hartford Area

                                        Movies, Big And Small, Playing In Hartford Area

                                        OPENING FRIDAY The Equalizer 2: Denzel Washington film version of TV show about a justice seeker. Wide release. PG-13. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: Sequel to ABBA musical starring Meryl Streep. Wide release. PG-13. Unfriended: Dark Web: Sequel to “Unfriended,” in which a laptop spies on its owner....

                                      • Cirque To Go Performing Roller Disco Circus At Ron-A-Roll

                                        Cirque To Go Performing Roller Disco Circus At Ron-A-Roll

                                        Every weekend, Ron-A-Roll roller rink in Vernon is packed with skating families. On Friday, July 27, circus performers join the fun. Cirque to Go is a newly formed collective of former circus performers living in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. At different times throughout the night,...

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                                      • Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination

                                        Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination

                                        An inordinate amount of confetti lined the streets of Philadelphia this winter after two championship parades celebrated the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win and the Villanova Wildcats’ victory as champions of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. The title-starved masses were sated. The nation’s...

                                      • 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...

                                      • Walking in Memphis, visitors retrace Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps

                                        Walking In Memphis, Visitors Retrace MLK's Steps

                                        Shortly after noon, as Sunday services at Memphis’ abundant churches conclude, another gathering of the faithful is getting underway at a restaurant popular for its soul food.

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