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'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...

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  • The Great American Boom

    The Great American Boom

    New Britain hosted its annual Great American Boom fireworks display on July 4 at Stanley Quarter Park.

  • Wili Boom Box Parade

    Wili Boom Box Parade

    The 33rd Annual July 4th Wili Boom Box Parade on the streets of Willimantic combines the elements of a classic Independence Day parade with boom boxes and personal radios to replace marching bands.

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  • A Dark, Unrelenting 'Jesus Christ Superstar' At CT Rep

    A Dark, Unrelenting 'Jesus Christ Superstar' At CT Rep

    Jesus Christ is super stressed out, man. Connecticut Repertory Theatre has restored Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s raucous religious rock opera to its 1970s origins, with a chorus of hippies, some soulful Motown-esque interpolations and a relentless anti-authoritarian vibe. It’s a rather dark...

      • 'Pianist Of Willesden Lane' At Hartford Stage Still Resonant And Newly Relevant

        'Pianist Of Willesden Lane' At Hartford Stage Still Resonant And Newly Relevant

        ‘I had the most wonderful mother.” Now there’s a statement you rarely hear in the American theater. It’s how Mona Golabek opens “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” which she has brought back to Hartford Stage for a special summer engagement that runs through July 22. Golabek’s love and respect for...

          • '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....

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          • 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...

              • 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...

                  • Yale Art Gallery Unravels Leonardo Da Vinci Mysteries

                    Yale Art Gallery Unravels Leonardo Da Vinci Mysteries

                    In the 19th and early 20th century, hundreds of paintings were believed to have been the work of Leonardo da Vinci. He didn’t paint them, but “he was so famous that pictures that vaguely looked like Leonardos were called Leonardos,” says Laurence Kanter, curator of European art at Yale University...

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                      • 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.

                              • Double Feature At Atheneum: 'Love Cecil' And 'Gigi'

                                Double Feature At Atheneum: 'Love Cecil' And 'Gigi'

                                Cecil Beaton was an eclectic and troublesome Hollywood legend. A photographer, diarist, war correspondent and film production and costume designer, Beaton gave a touch of elegance to all he did. But he was a snob who resented that he had to work for a living and made no secret of his hatred for...

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                                  • 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,...

                                  • Write Stuff: Mark Santopietro On 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' 'Simpsons' Writer Mike Reiss

                                    Write Stuff: Mark Santopietro On 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' 'Simpsons' Writer Mike Reiss

                                    The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, will offer talks by an author of a book about a book and a writer and producer of “The Simpsons,” as well as a chance to write in Twain’s library. In a Nook Farm Presents collaboration with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, the Twain...

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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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