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Pilobolus' Five Senses Festival: Music, Dance, Meditative Calm

Pilobolus sees things differently than others do. When the internationally renowned dance/movement troupe decided to start an arts festival in its Connecticut hometown of Washington, it wasn’t about attracting tourism and crowds and noise. Instead, the Five Senses Festival — which spans three weekends...

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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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  • '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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                              • 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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