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  • Mark Twain House Reopens Mahogany Suite

    Mark Twain House Reopens Mahogany Suite

    Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford closed the elegant first-floor Mahogany Suite in 2005, and it stayed closed for 11 years. In that time, extensive research was done on the suite, house guests who stayed in it and decor trends when Samuel Clemens' family lived there, from 1874 to 1891. On...

  • Real Art Ways Expands On Concept Of Found Objects

    Real Art Ways Expands On Concept Of Found Objects

    A new set of exhibits at Real Art Ways in Hartford demonstrate various permutations on the concept of "found object art." The object Scott Schuldt found was a cabin in the North Cascades near the Stillaguamish River in Washington state. His friends called it a prospector's cabin. Schuldt suspected...

      • Text Enhances Photography Exhibit At Lyman Allyn

        Text Enhances Photography Exhibit At Lyman Allyn

        A photograph by Carrie Mae Weems hangs on the wall at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London. It shows an African American man smoking, having a drink, staring at a tape recorder with a weary look. On its own, the photo asks a lot of questions: What is he listening to? Why does he look so downcast?...

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        • 'Allegiance,' Rolling Stones Doc At Area Theaters

          'Allegiance,' Rolling Stones Doc At Area Theaters

          Two unique musical events are being shown at area theaters. On Monday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., "The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!" will be shown. The documentary filmmakers followed the legendary rock band in a 10-city tour of Latin America in 2016, including an open-air concert in Havana. "Olé Olé Olé!"...

          • X-Rated John Waters Film 'Multiple Maniacs' At Cinestudio

            X-Rated John Waters Film 'Multiple Maniacs' At Cinestudio

            In 1970, a Baltimore circuit court judge ruled that John Waters' film "Multiple Maniacs" was "obnoxious but not legally obscene." The MPAA ratings board obviously felt otherwise, slapping the film with an X rating. Film distributors seemed to agree with the MPAA: "Multiple Maniacs" was never picked...

            • 'Rigoberta Menchú: Daughter Of The Maya' In Bethel

              'Rigoberta Menchú: Daughter Of The Maya' In Bethel

              In 1492, Christopher Columbus reached the Americas, setting off centuries of oppression of native peoples. Five hundred years later, in 1992, Rigoberta Menchú was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work protecting the rights of the indigenous population of Guatemala. A documentary...

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              • Winter Holiday Happenings 2016

                Winter Holiday Happenings 2016

                It's the hap-happiest time of year, the season with no shortage of entertainment to put you in the holiday spirit. So here's a list, our gift to you, of the joys ahead. Music Nekita Walker and Tuba Christmas: Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. at New Britain Museum of American Art. Christmas concert performed by...

              • Behind The Scenes of Macy's Iconic Holiday Window Display

                Behind The Scenes of Macy's Iconic Holiday Window Display

                It's an unseasonably warm November day in New York. The sky is a resplendent blue and folks strolling past Macy's in Herald Square seem to be walking a bit slower than usual — to get a peek at the retailer's holiday window display in its final stages of completion. Inside, oblivious to both the...

                  • 'Nutcracker Suite & Spicy' At Atheneum Owes Its Magic To An Angel

                    'Nutcracker Suite & Spicy' At Atheneum Owes Its Magic To An Angel

                    "Nutcracker Suite & Spicy," a modern-day adaptation of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet, will give its seventh annual presentation Dec. 9 to 11 in Hartford. But it never would have made it past its first year in 2009 if not for a mysterious occurrence that Carolyn Paine, who created the event, referred...

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                  • 'Other People's Money' At Long Wharf Funny, But More Realistic

                    'Other People's Money' At Long Wharf Funny, But More Realistic

                    In 1928, Antonin Artaud, creator of the "Theater of Cruelty" movement showed his distaste for the French writer and diplomat Paul Claudel by staging one of his plays as a devastating lampoon, with Artaud denouncing the writer onstage as "an infamous traitor." That's one way of reassessing a script...

                  • A Gift List For New Homeowners

                    A Gift List For New Homeowners

                    There's no place like home for the holidays — especially for first time homeowners. But owning your own abode calls for a sleighful of practical items to keep things in good working order. "When you've never owned a home before, there are many things you never realized you'll need," says Stephen...

                  • Engrossing Beatles Documentary At Real Art Ways

                    Engrossing Beatles Documentary At Real Art Ways

                    The Beatles are Scott Freiman's passion. The musicologist, who graduated from Yale University in 1984, once taught a Beatles class at his alma mater and took his Beatles lectures on the road. A documentary opening Friday, Dec. 2, at Real Art Ways in Hartford shows Freiman giving his on-stage deconstruction...

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                  • Save With Mid-Week Discounts At New England Resorts

                    Save With Mid-Week Discounts At New England Resorts

                    Winter sports are just a few snowfalls away and resorts are gearing up for the season. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts some New England areas will experience more snow and colder temperatures this year than last, which means ski areas will be offering plenty of deals to lure folks back to the...

                  • Vermont Ski Resorts Add Recreation Options To Broaden Appeal

                    Vermont Ski Resorts Add Recreation Options To Broaden Appeal

                    Vermont ski resorts say they no longer panic at the prospect of mild, snowless winters thanks to other winter sports and activities many have added to broaden their appeal. Many of these destinations have diversified. From ice skating to snow cat adventures to water parks, northern resorts offer...

                  • Where To Ski In The Berkshires

                    Where To Ski In The Berkshires

                    You don't have to travel far for a satisfying skiing or snowboarding experience. The Berkshires, close to Connecticut, is home to several downhill ski areas that boast new amenities and a throwback feel. And after a nearly snowless winter last year, the ski areas are preparing for a great season....

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