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  • Best Of CTNOW Awards At BAR In New Haven

    Best Of CTNOW Awards At BAR In New Haven

    CTNOW Award Winners who couldn't make it to the Best of Bash at the Oakdale had an opportunity to meet at BAR in New Haven to pick up their award plaques. Brick oven pizza and refreshments were served while guests discussed their recent victories.

  • The Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

    The Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

    The 26th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards show at Hartford Stage, which co-hosted the event with TheaterWorks, on Monday, June 13, recognized the industry's best in the state,  including top honors for Hartford Stage's Broadway-bound "Anastasia" and Yale Repertory Theatre's "Indecent."...

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  • 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...

          • 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,...

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              • 'Cinema Paradiso' Gets Weeklong Run At Cinestudio

                'Cinema Paradiso' Gets Weeklong Run At Cinestudio

                Cinestudio begins a weeklong run of a classic Italian drama beloved by cinephiles. "Cinema Paradiso" tells the story of a little boy who grows up in a small town and makes friends with the local cinema's projectionist. The boy grows up in the movie theater and learns to love movies. The 1988 drama,...

                  • 'Barcelona Christmas Night' Kicks Off Wadsworth Atheneum Summer Series

                    'Barcelona Christmas Night' Kicks Off Wadsworth Atheneum Summer Series

                    It's the middle of June, but it's Christmas night at the Wadsworth Atheneum, which is showing a holiday love story. "Barcelona Christmas Night" tells the story of several couples and their relationships. Carles and Laura are a married couple who just had a baby. Carmen, a grandmother, is introducing...

                      • 'Kiss Me Kate' At Yale Center For British Art

                        'Kiss Me Kate' At Yale Center For British Art

                        The Yale Center for British Art has an exhibit titled "The Poet of Them All," miniature books of Shakespeare works. The title of the exhibit is a lyric from the Cole Porter song "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from the musical "Kiss Me Kate." That film will be shown at the 1080 Chapel St. museum on...

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                          • 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...

                                  • Lobsterfest, Chicken BBQ, Arts And Crafts Show In Niantic

                                    Lobsterfest, Chicken BBQ, Arts And Crafts Show In Niantic

                                    Nothing screams summer more than an outdoor barbecue, so gather your friends and family and head to Niantic for the 38th annual Lobsterfest and Chicken Barbecue on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. The 56th annual Arts and Craft show, featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, carvings, pottery,...

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                                      • 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...

                                      • DJ Pauly D Hosts Foxwoods' Fourth Of July Liquid Sunday

                                        DJ Pauly D Hosts Foxwoods' Fourth Of July Liquid Sunday

                                        Dig out your best red, white and blue swimwear as DJ Pauly D (aka Paul DelVecchio), from the hit MTV show "Jersey Shore," hosts the Liquid Sunday's Fourth of July bash at Foxwoods on Sunday, July 3. Partygoers can swim, dance and relax in the casino's Vegas-style pool from noon to 6 p.m. A fireworks...

                                      • Weekend Deals: West Hartford Sale Days, New Discount Market In Canton

                                        Weekend Deals: West Hartford Sale Days, New Discount Market In Canton

                                         >>West Hartford Center sidewalks will be filled with bargains during the annual West Hartford Sale Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24, 25 and 26. Most of the stores throughout the center participate. There will also will be entertainment and special activities throughout the weekend....

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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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