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  • The CTNOW Best Of Bash Red Carpet

    The CTNOW Best Of Bash Red Carpet

    Scenes from the red carpet of the CTNOW Best of Bash at the Toyota Oakdale Theater on Thursday night. The party celebrated the winners of the Hartford and New Haven readers' polls, and the CT Music Awards.

  • Bristol Central High Senior Prom

    Bristol Central High Senior Prom

    Bristol Central High School held their 2016 senior prom at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

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  • CT LGBT Film Festival Marks 29 Years

    CT LGBT Film Festival Marks 29 Years

    At the first Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 1988, two of its co-founders, William Mann and Terri Reid, stood in the back of Cinestudio on the opening night to gauge the audience reaction. "We showed the short films of Kenneth Anger. They were experimental films, just completely weird,"...

  • A Peek At Summer's Arts Scene

    A Peek At Summer's Arts Scene

    The temperatures may be taking awhile to rise, but the list of music festivals, concerts, new exhibits, theater shows at Connecticut venues has never been hotter, which makes for a very cool summer season.

      • Shakespeare, Naked Magic To Set Summer Stages Ablaze

        Shakespeare, Naked Magic To Set Summer Stages Ablaze

        "Summer's lease hath all too short a date," according to a Shakespeare sonnet. The Bard of Avon is well represented on the summer theater schedule, but so are many contemporary playwrights and composers, from Kander and Ebb to Yorkey and Kitt. Art & Our Ladies: The International Festival of Arts...

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          • Nocturnal 'Electric Paris' At Bruce Museum

            Nocturnal 'Electric Paris' At Bruce Museum

            The walls of the main gallery at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich are currently painted a shade of purple so dark that they're almost black. The lighting is muted, like distant stars in the sky. The official reason for this darkness is that many of the works on show are light-sensitive prints. Still,...

              • Eclectic Exhibits For Summer Viewing

                Eclectic Exhibits For Summer Viewing

                Wherever you travel in Connecticut this summer, there will be a new museum exhibit to strike the fancy. In the southwest corner, the Bruce Museum will show photography that studies motion. In the southeast, the Lyman Allyn salutes the civil rights era and LGBT artists. In the heart of the state,...

                  • 'Vaults Of Heaven' At Bellarmine

                    'Vaults Of Heaven' At Bellarmine

                    Turkey is a predominantly Islamic country, but that wasn't always the case. For more than 1,000 years during the Byzantine Empire, Eastern Orthodox Christianity thrived. That empire ceased to exist in 1453, but it left a legacy, in the form of elaborately decorated churches An exhibit up all summer...

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                      • Hamden's Best Video Remains A Gatekeeper Of Film Culture

                        Hamden's Best Video Remains A Gatekeeper Of Film Culture

                        One of the best and most irreplaceable film archives on the East Coast began with a phone call from Hank Paper's father in New Jersey. At the time, in the early 1980s, Paper was living in Santa Monica, managing an apartment building, raising a young family while also shopping screenplays around...

                          • Summer's Diversity On The Big Screen: From Film Fests To Drive-Ins

                            Summer's Diversity On The Big Screen: From Film Fests To Drive-Ins

                            Summertime is the season of superheroes in the cinemas, but for those with a taste for a different kind of movie, local venues and festivals will deliver. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art shows comic romance "Barcelona Christmas Night" June 24-26; Italian comic drama "The Complexity of Happiness"...

                              • French 1946 'Beauty And The Beast' At Cinestudio

                                French 1946 'Beauty And The Beast' At Cinestudio

                                People who have never seen "La Belle et la Bete" owe it to themselves to go to Cinestudio, 300 Summit St., Hartford, sometime between Sunday and Thursday, May 29 to June 2, to feast their eyes on Jean Cocteau's visually splendid 1946 adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast." The French filmmaker adapted...

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                                  • Revolutionary War Encampment In Wethersfield

                                    Revolutionary War Encampment In Wethersfield

                                    History buffs can interact with the 5th Connecticut Regiment in full colonial dress and watch battle re-enactments during the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum's Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. This year will have two sword-wielding, 18th-century horsemen...

                                      • Parade, Festival Del Coqui Celebrate Puerto Rican Pride

                                        Parade, Festival Del Coqui Celebrate Puerto Rican Pride

                                        The Connecticut Institute for Community Development celebrates the pride of the people and culture of Puerto Rico with its annual Greater Hartford parade and Festival del Coqui on Sunday, June 5. The parade steps off at noon from Cedar Street and follows a route through Hartford's main streets...

                                          • 50 Cent Fridays Among Quassy Deals

                                            50 Cent Fridays Among Quassy Deals

                                            Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury kicks off the summer season with special deals: 50-Cent Fabulous Fridays through Sept. 2. After 5 p.m., rides, hot dogs and soft drinks are 50 cents each. Parking is $7. On Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m., through Sept. 3, the park has a $45 carload special. Up to...

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                                              • Ollie's Bargain Outlet Opening In Manchester

                                                Ollie's Bargain Outlet Opening In Manchester

                                                Hartford bargain hunters will have a new off-price shopping option when Ollie's Bargain Outlet opens its second Connecticut location in Manchester on Wednesday, June 1. With a tag line of "good stuff cheap," the chain sells brand name merchandise, including housewares, books, hardware, flooring,...

                                              • Hartford Library To Present World of Sounds Concert Series

                                                Hartford Library To Present World of Sounds Concert Series

                                                In addition to the warm weather, the summer also brings free, festive music from the Hartford Public Library's World of Sounds series of seven outdoor concerts from June through September. hplct.org. June 4, noon to 1 p.m., Hartford Steel Symphony (soca, calupso, reggae, pop, gospel, classical,...

                                              • Hill-Stead Hosts Royal Engagement: The Real Mistress Of 'Downton Abbey'

                                                Hill-Stead Hosts Royal Engagement: The Real Mistress Of 'Downton Abbey'

                                                Hill-Stead Museum hosted a royal engagement Wednesday. The Right Honorable Countess of Carnavon, the real mistress of the castle known as Downton Abbey in the television series of the same name, spoke at a champagne high tea fundraiser and entertained more than 400 "Downton" fans with stories of...

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                                              • 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...

                                              • Cats Reign In Growing Cafe Trend

                                                Cats Reign In Growing Cafe Trend

                                                NEW YORK CITY — Frances Clift always dreamed of finding true love in a coffee shop. On a Saturday afternoon in March, her wish came true when she met Sherry. "It was something magical," she said. "Something you can only imagine happening to you in New York. You walk into a café with the intention...

                                              • Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                                Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                                Crossing the Thames River on I-95, you can't miss a submarine-shaped billboard proclaiming Groton the "Submarine Capital of the World." That's no hyperbole. Groton is home to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, the Naval Submarine School, the Submarine Force Library and Museum; the world's...

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