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CT LGBT Film Festival Marks 29 Years

At the first Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 1988, two of its co-founders, William Mann and Terri Reid, stood in the back of Cinestudio on the opening night to gauge the audience reaction. "We showed the short films of Kenneth Anger. They were experimental films, just completely weird,"...

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  • Bristol Eastern Prom

    Bristol Eastern Prom

    Bristol Eastern held its Senior Prom Friday night, May 27, at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

  • Manchester High Prom

    Manchester High Prom

    The 2016 Manchester Prom took place at Maneeley's Banquet & Catering Hall in South Windsor on Saturday, May 21.  Students had a fine dinner and danced their night away on a crowded, energetic dance floor.

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  • Photos At ArtWalk Detail Daily Burdens Of Haiti's People

    Photos At ArtWalk Detail Daily Burdens Of Haiti's People

    There is an old Haitian proverb, "If you're old enough to walk, you're old enough to carry water." And Haitians do carry water, sometimes for miles, starting at a very young age, because water is scarce and, when it can be found, the whole family needs to help. "When they're little, carrying water...

      • A Peek At Summer's Arts Scene

        A Peek At Summer's Arts Scene

        The temperatures may be taking awhile to rise, but the list of music festivals, concerts, new exhibits, theater shows at Connecticut venues has never been hotter, which makes for a very cool summer season.

          • Shakespeare, Naked Magic To Set Summer Stages Ablaze

            Shakespeare, Naked Magic To Set Summer Stages Ablaze

            "Summer's lease hath all too short a date," according to a Shakespeare sonnet. The Bard of Avon is well represented on the summer theater schedule, but so are many contemporary playwrights and composers, from Kander and Ebb to Yorkey and Kitt. Art & Our Ladies: The International Festival of Arts...

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              • Nocturnal 'Electric Paris' At Bruce Museum

                Nocturnal 'Electric Paris' At Bruce Museum

                The walls of the main gallery at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich are currently painted a shade of purple so dark that they're almost black. The lighting is muted, like distant stars in the sky. The official reason for this darkness is that many of the works on show are light-sensitive prints. Still,...

                  • 'Woven Narratives' At MCC On Main Gallery

                    'Woven Narratives' At MCC On Main Gallery

                    At "Woven Narratives," an exhibit of fiber art at MCC on Main Gallery in Manchester, Leslie Giuliani's brightly colored work beckons from across the room. Upon closer inspection, the witty visuals stand out. But up close, what stands out is the description of the media: "encaustic, embroidery,...

                    • Eclectic Exhibits For Summer Viewing

                      Eclectic Exhibits For Summer Viewing

                      Wherever you travel in Connecticut this summer, there will be a new museum exhibit to strike the fancy. In the southwest corner, the Bruce Museum will show photography that studies motion. In the southeast, the Lyman Allyn salutes the civil rights era and LGBT artists. In the heart of the state,...

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                        • NHDocs Film Fest: 11 Days Of Movies In Elm City

                          NHDocs Film Fest: 11 Days Of Movies In Elm City

                          The New Haven Documentary Film Fest, also known as NHDocs, has been around for three years; the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven has been around for 21 years. The International Festival always has a documentary series as part of its events. The two doc series have teamed up to...

                            • Southington Drive In Shows Classic Family Films On Summer Saturdays

                              Southington Drive In Shows Classic Family Films On Summer Saturdays

                              Southington Drive-In, at 995 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, begins its summer season, showing classic family-friendly movies every Saturday night until the beginning of September. The drive-in is operated by the town. Southington residents pay $10 a carload, others $15 a carload. Each screening has...

                                • "Men & Chicken," "April And The Extraordinary World" At Real Art Ways

                                  "Men & Chicken," "April And The Extraordinary World" At Real Art Ways

                                  Real Art Ways is showing two films in short runs, one a hit Danish comedy and the other a French steampunk adventure. "Men & Chicken" stars Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal") as a man who, with his brother, goes on a quest to discover more about their late father. The men find more than they bargained...

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                                    • Parade, Festival Del Coqui Celebrate Puerto Rican Pride

                                      Parade, Festival Del Coqui Celebrate Puerto Rican Pride

                                      The Connecticut Institute for Community Development celebrates the pride of the people and culture of Puerto Rico with its annual Greater Hartford parade and Festival del Coqui on Sunday, June 5. The parade steps off at noon from Cedar Street and follows a route through Hartford's main streets...

                                        • Meet The Butterflys At Norwalk

                                          Meet The Butterflys At Norwalk

                                          The riverfront courtyard at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will turn into Flutter Zone from May 28 to Sept. 5, with dozens of exotic tropical butterflies flying free. Also, "Flight of the Butterflies" is one of the movies showing at the aquarium's IMAX theater. Guests can purchase a milkweed...

                                            • 50 Cent Fridays Among Quassy Deals

                                              50 Cent Fridays Among Quassy Deals

                                              Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury kicks off the summer season with special deals: 50-Cent Fabulous Fridays through Sept. 2. After 5 p.m., rides, hot dogs and soft drinks are 50 cents each. Parking is $7. On Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m., through Sept. 3, the park has a $45 carload special. Up to...

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                                                • Dementia Discussion Follows Screening Of 'His Neighbor Phil'

                                                  Dementia Discussion Follows Screening Of 'His Neighbor Phil'

                                                  A movie-and-discussion event in East Haven on Tuesday, June 7, is geared toward educating the community about dementia. The movie, which will be shown at 2 p.m., is "His Neighbor Phil" and stars Daniel Roebuck ("Matlock") as a man whose wife (Stephanie Zimbalist, "Remington Steele") has early-onset...

                                                • Ollie's Bargain Outlet Opening In Manchester

                                                  Ollie's Bargain Outlet Opening In Manchester

                                                  Hartford bargain hunters will have a new off-price shopping option when Ollie's Bargain Outlet opens its second Connecticut location in Manchester on Wednesday, June 1. With a tag line of "good stuff cheap," the chain sells brand name merchandise, including housewares, books, hardware, flooring,...

                                                • Hartford Library To Present World of Sounds Concert Series

                                                  Hartford Library To Present World of Sounds Concert Series

                                                  In addition to the warm weather, the summer also brings free, festive music from the Hartford Public Library's World of Sounds series of seven outdoor concerts from June through September. hplct.org. June 4, noon to 1 p.m., Hartford Steel Symphony (soca, calupso, reggae, pop, gospel, classical,...

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                                                • 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...

                                                • Cats Reign In Growing Cafe Trend

                                                  Cats Reign In Growing Cafe Trend

                                                  NEW YORK CITY — Frances Clift always dreamed of finding true love in a coffee shop. On a Saturday afternoon in March, her wish came true when she met Sherry. "It was something magical," she said. "Something you can only imagine happening to you in New York. You walk into a café with the intention...

                                                • Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                                  Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                                  Crossing the Thames River on I-95, you can't miss a submarine-shaped billboard proclaiming Groton the "Submarine Capital of the World." That's no hyperbole. Groton is home to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, the Naval Submarine School, the Submarine Force Library and Museum; the world's...

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