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  • Trashion Fashion 2016

    Trashion Fashion 2016

    Artists and designers from around Greater Hartford presented fashion designs created from recyclable materials at the 6th annual Trashion Fashion Show held Saturday afternoon, April 23, at Hartford City Hall.  

  • The Elm City's Cherry Blossom Festival

    The Elm City's Cherry Blossom Festival

    New Haven had its 43rd annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Historic Wooster Square on Sunday and people from across the city and beyond gathered for food, music, and entertainment.

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  • Goodspeed's 'Anything Goes' Director Likes Breaking Norms

    Goodspeed's 'Anything Goes' Director Likes Breaking Norms

    When Daniel Goldstein was asked the direct "Anything Goes" at the Goodspeed Opera House, he didn't feel "anything goes" about it. He had conditions. "I refused to do it with an all-white cast," Goldstein recalls. "That was my mandate. Also, I wanted the band to be onstage." Goldstein's sitting...

  • Dianne Wiest Is Happily Waist-Deep In Work In 'Happy Days'

    Dianne Wiest Is Happily Waist-Deep In Work In 'Happy Days'

    Dianne Wiest is waist-deep in work. The award-winning star of stage, screen and (soon) a sitcom, she's tackling the taxing, intractable role of Winnie in Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days." The character spends the play buried up to the waist, then neck, in what the playwright specifies is "an expanse...

      • Riverdance Reels Into The Bushnell For Five Shows

        Riverdance Reels Into The Bushnell For Five Shows

        When the Irish dance sensation "Riverdance" first came to these shores 20 years ago, it played the vast concert stage at the Oakdale in Wallingford. It took several years of touring before the show was revised slightly to fit into theater halls such as The Bushnell and the (much smaller) Shubert...

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          • Abstract Exhibit 'Cardinal Points' At Pearl Street Gallery

            Abstract Exhibit 'Cardinal Points' At Pearl Street Gallery

            A traditional landscape has a horizon line, and all of Lindsey Fyfe's little paintings conform to that rule in a minimalist, stripped-down way. As Fyfe's canvases get bigger, however, she tosses aside the rules. She lets her instinct, her arm and the "velocity" of the paint take over, resulting...

            • Paris In Plantsville Gallery Closing

              Paris In Plantsville Gallery Closing

              Lots of kids grow up wanting to be firefighters or pro athletes. Sean Michanczyk wanted to be an art gallerist. "I remember being in elementary school and visiting galleries with my mother, always out and about," Michanczyk says. "I thought it would be kind of cool to open one." In 2009 he did,...

                • Fine Art & Flowers At Wadsworth Atheneum

                  Fine Art & Flowers At Wadsworth Atheneum

                  The 35th Annual Fine Art & Flowers event, where florists, garden clubs and interior designers create flower arrangements inspired by paintings in the museum's permanent collection, will be at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. in Hartford, from Friday to Sunday, April 29 to May 1. The...

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                    • Trinity Film Festival Of College Shorts At Cinestudio

                      Trinity Film Festival Of College Shorts At Cinestudio

                      The fifth annual Trinity Film Festival, a showcase of short films made by college students from around the country, will be Saturday, May 7, at Cinestudio, 300 Summit St., on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford. One of the filmmakers this year is Jon Alston, a former linebacker for the St....

                        • Cheesy Classic 'Timechasers' Gets RiffTrax Treatment

                          Cheesy Classic 'Timechasers' Gets RiffTrax Treatment

                          "Time Chasers" came out in March 1994 and impressed no one. The cheesy thriller told the story an average Joe who turns his airplane into a time machine, then must fight evil henchmen who want to exploit his discovery. A movie this bad is what RiffTrax is made for. RiffTrax, founded by "Mystery...

                            • 'Tropic Thunder' This Month's 'Dinner And A Movie' Feature In Manchester

                              'Tropic Thunder' This Month's 'Dinner And A Movie' Feature In Manchester

                              Every month, Parkade Cinemas, a second-run theater in Manchester, holds a "Dinner and a Movie" event. This month's event is Saturday, May 7, and the film is "Tropic Thunder." The 2008 comedy, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, tells the story of actors making a war movie who encounter a drug...

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                                • Lake Compounce Opens Season With Phobia Phear

                                  Lake Compounce Opens Season With Phobia Phear

                                  Phobia Phear, a new coaster with speeds up to 65 mph and a cobra roll inversion of 150 feet in the air, debuts at Lake Compounce on amusement park's opening day, Saturday, May 7. The coaster looms 15 stories tall and rumbles forward and backward. Hours opening weekend are 11 am. to 7 p.m. The Bristol...

                                    • XTREME Circus At XL Center

                                      XTREME Circus At XL Center

                                      XTREME sports are the theme for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus that stops at the XL Center in Hartford May 11 through 15. XTREME features BMX freestyle riders, parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack-line gymnastics tricks, clowns, big cats, a caravan of camels...

                                        • Feet to the Fire Festival On Middletown's The Riverfront

                                          Feet to the Fire Festival On Middletown's The Riverfront

                                          Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts and the City of Middletown present the second annual "Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter" on Saturday, May 7, from noon to 5 p.m. The day of environmentally focused activities for families along the Connecticut Riverfront features art exhibits, kids'...

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                                            • Westport Playhouse Season Opens With Plays About Modern Art

                                              Westport Playhouse Season Opens With Plays About Modern Art

                                              The Westport Country Playhouse's 2016 season opens with a colorful blend of two modern plays about modern art. The shows have separate casts and are performed on different days. "Art," the international hit comedy by Yasmina Reza, is about three old friends and their wildly different reactions...

                                            • Grateful Dead Meetup At The Movies

                                              Grateful Dead Meetup At The Movies

                                              The 6th annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies is on May 11, starting at 7 p.m. This year, the guys — Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir — will be seen performing a concert at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on July 2, 1989, in front of 60,000...

                                            • Goodspeed's 'Anything Goes' Sails With A Ship Full Of Talent

                                              Goodspeed's 'Anything Goes' Sails With A Ship Full Of Talent

                                              Nobody, but nobody, can put a dog down his pants the way Stephen DeRosa can. I can think of many shows at the Goodspeed Opera House over the years where the comic relief roles were played by actors who just weren't innately funny. They depended too heavily on a script, or a tradition, or they simply...

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                                            • Fly Hartford To Pittsburgh On OneJet; Book Lowest Airfares On Tuesdays

                                              Fly Hartford To Pittsburgh On OneJet; Book Lowest Airfares On Tuesdays

                                              From new non-stop service from Hartford to Pittsburgh to a different type of car rental service, from a discount getaway to the best time to buy your airline tickets, here's a roundup of the latest travel news. >>Business and leisure travelers looking to fly from Hartford to Pittsburgh have a new...

                                            • New York Invites Ghost Hunters To Haunted History Trail

                                              New York Invites Ghost Hunters To Haunted History Trail

                                              NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — One of New York's newest tourism ventures is more dare than invitation. There's the usual guide suggesting places to visit: Inns, museums, restaurants, a winery. Not so usual are claims all may be inhabited by ghosts. The Haunted History Trail of New York State has been unfurled...

                                            • Research Pays Off When Renting A Summer Getaway

                                              Research Pays Off When Renting A Summer Getaway

                                              When daffodils begin appearing in the yard, we start thinking about summer getaways. For many, that means a vacation rental — and these days, with the proliferation of online information and rental websites, finding that perfect spot is easier than ever. (According to a TripAdvisor 2015 survey,...

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