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Liquor Cabinet: The Hop Knot

True to its name, The Hop Knot specializes in pretzels and craft beer, with an impressive lineup of 24 ever-rotating taps and an emphasis on Connecticut breweries. But bar manager Lexi DeRota knew that her beverage menu would need to appeal to everyone.

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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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            • CT Rep Names New Artistic Director; Garde Announces Next Season

              CT Rep Names New Artistic Director; Garde Announces Next Season

              Michael Bradford is the new artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the new department head of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut. An internationally recognized playwright, Bradford's been on the UConn faculty since 2001; his most recent positions were director of...

            • Connecticut Authors Trail Begins; Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund At Hartford Library

              Connecticut Authors Trail Begins; Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund At Hartford Library

              The eighth annual Connecticut Authors Trail begins Thursday, July 7, at Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin, with a free talk by Adam von Gootkin, whose book is "Living Proof: Onyx Moonshine's Journey to Revive the American Spirit" (Career Press, $15.99). The Authors Trail is a series of free...

            • An Adventurous 'Peter And The Starcatcher' At CT Rep

              An Adventurous 'Peter And The Starcatcher' At CT Rep

              It's a story you think you know, performed by some people you've seen play very similar characters at the same theater a year ago. So it's nice to crow that Connecticut Repertory Theatre's new production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" is full of surprises. The national tour of the New York production...

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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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