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  • Freedom Beer Fest

    Freedom Beer Fest

    The Freedom Beer Fest Saturday, June 18, at the Veteran’s Park in Shelton, featured beer from regional brewers, live music and food trucks.  Proceeds from the event went to benefit Building Homes For Heroes.

  • Night Nation Run Hartford

    Night Nation Run Hartford

    Thousands of runners came out to the Night Nation Run 5k at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Saturday night, June 18. The glow-party race featured black lights, glow sticks and live music. Proceeds from the event go to the Stand Up To Cancer program.

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  • Goodspeed's 'Bye Bye Birdie' Staying True To Original '60s Musical

    Goodspeed's 'Bye Bye Birdie' Staying True To Original '60s Musical

    When Conrad Birdie sings "You've got to be sincere" to his adoring fans, he's not being sincere. The Elvis Presley-esque heartthrob is swiveling his hips and curling his lip in a cool, calculating, decidedly phony and inevitably funny manner. But Rhett Guter, who plays Birdie in the new production...

    • 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...

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            • Fourth Of July Celebrations In CT

              Fourth Of July Celebrations In CT

              Editor's note: Riverfest's annual Independence Day celebration, scheduled for July 9, has been canceled because of budget considerations. The Riverfest Food Truck Festival on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is still running July 7 to 9.   Connecticut celebrates America's birthday with parties, parades...

            • From Cruise Nights To Movies To Sock Hops, Free Family Fun At Ocean Beach Park

              From Cruise Nights To Movies To Sock Hops, Free Family Fun At Ocean Beach Park

              Magicians, antique car shows, live music and more — summer weeknights in Connecticut just got more fun thanks to Ocean Beach Park in New London, which is jammed with free, family-friendly entertainment Mondays through Thursdays. Mondays are Cruise Nights, featuring a parade of antique cars and...

                • Summer Music On The Mountain At Powder Ridge Park

                  Summer Music On The Mountain At Powder Ridge Park

                  Kick back by the bonfire on the mountainside for the hot summer music series at Powder Ridge Park, which launches Saturday, July 2, when Connecticut's Bourbon Chaser plays a variety of covers from rock, folk and country artists. The fun starts at 7 and goes until 10 p.m. at the park, which is at...

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                    • Blue Plate Kitchen Hosts City Steam Beer Dinner

                      Blue Plate Kitchen Hosts City Steam Beer Dinner

                      Blue Plate Kitchen, 345 N. Main St., West Hartford, hosts a City Steam craft beer dinner with brewmaster Sam Pagano on its patio June 30 at 6 p.m. Courses and beer pairings include: Pork belly sliders, espelette mustard, collards on brioche (Broker's Brown Ale)Ostrich chili in a grain bread bowl...

                    • 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,...

                    • 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...

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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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