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CPTV Hosts Party For New Documentary On Manufacturing

CPTV Hosts Party For New Documentary On Manufacturing

October 22, 2014

There was no red carpet outside and the venue, well, it wasn't deluxe but it was the perfect setting for the premiere of Connecticut's newest movie.

  • Twain Celebrates A Wicked Good Evening With Gregory Maguire and Stephen Schwartz

    October 22, 2014

    The word of the night at the Mark Twain House & Museum Tuesday was "wicked" and it had nothing to do with Halloween.

  • Hartford Symphony Opens 2014/2015 Season

    October 18, 2014

    A summer-like night and a new relationship marked the opening of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season Thursday, the first opening night since the orchestra and the Bushnell entered into a collaborative agreement six months ago.

  • AIDS CT Hosts Runway Fundraiser With Mondo Guerra

    October 13, 2014

    Hartford area designer style and television fashion celebrities teamed up in Hartford Saturday for the 2nd annual "WE CAN With Mondo Guerra" fundraiser benefiting AIDS Connecticut.

  • Connecticut Forum Hosts Reception Before 'Debate'

    October 10, 2014

    The reception talk included comments on latest debate between gubernatorial candidates incumbent Democrat Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley because, well it is election season!

  • Leadership Greater Hartford Presents Polaris Awards

    October 9, 2014

    Besides honoring three women who excel, Wednesday's Polaris Awards dinner featured some other surprises including talent that goes way beyond what some of Hartford's most well-known well-knowns are known for, and a silent auction accoutrement that set a new bar, high or low depending on where you were looking.

  • Actors Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker Help Roberts Foundation Celebrate 50 Years

    October 6, 2014

    When Ned Roberts met Sunny Thorsen during a chance encounter through the former community theater group, the Mark Twain Masquers, it was the start of a Hartford love story and the seeds for a foundation that would benefit many, many arts organizations for years and years to come.

  • Whoopi Goldberg Has No Regrets, Ready For New Season On 'View'

    October 6, 2014

    Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe and Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Whoopi Goldberg is among an elite group of artists who beyond stage and screen is also a co-host of and award-winning talk show — ABC's award-winning "The View." The performer, comic and producer is bringing her very "mature" rated live show to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Oct. 10. Witty, honest and when she has to be, pointedly frank, Goldberg, who had recently lost her dear friends Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, was on hiatus at her home in New Jersey getting ready for a new season of her daily talk show, which she co-hosts with Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace. And in true vacation mode she made some work-related topics off limits during the telephone interview.

  • At 79, Music Legend Herb Alpert Still Driven By His Love Of Playing

    October 2, 2014

    Herb Alpert is an award-winning American musician who, with his Tijuana Brass, brought us such standards as "Taste of Honey" and "The Lonely Bull," as well as his hit single "This Guy's In Love With You."

  • Connecticut Personalities On TV, Launching A New Magazine

    October 1, 2014

    It's autumn and that means well-known Connecticut personalities are back in the groove with new projects that bring new exposure.

  • CT Science Center Holds Annual Green Gala

    September 29, 2014

    Sight because of the art there is in the world to behold, taste because of the food to be savored and hearing because of the music to be enjoyed were all celebrated at the CT Science Center's fifth anniversary Green Gala Saturday at the center in downtown Hartford.

  • Mark Twain's Spirit-Related Programs Include A Talk By 'Picture The Dead' Author Lisa Brown

    September 25, 2014

    It's nearly October and you know what that means, time for ghosts and goblins and spirits that bump in the night. And of course the Mark Twain House & Museum is more than ready to celebrate the eerie and the unexplainable.

  • St. Francis Celebrates Miracles Silver Anniversary

    September 23, 2014

    It was a near miracle some say, when leadership at St. Francis Hospital and Mt. Sinai sat down a little over 25 years ago to hammer out a plan to merge the two medical entities.

  • HBJ Honors 2014 40 Under Forty

    September 23, 2014

    If you have already achieved at 40 and under, what can you possibly do once you are looking at 50?

  • Jay Leno Keeps The Crowds Laughing

    September 21, 2014

    He may be off late night TV but longtime "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno continues doing his nighttime shtick. But he's doing it these days as part of his live tour that comes to University of Connecticut's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Center on Sept. 20.

  • Billings Forge Celebrates With Annual Farm-To-Table Dinner

    September 19, 2014

    When Billings Forge held its first Farm-To-Table dinner in 2009, about 50 people attended to help support the fledgling Frog Hollow cooperative.

  • James Earl Jones Talks 'Star Wars,' Retirement And 'Love Letters'

    June 24, 2014

    For many James Earl Jones is best known as that distinctive voice of Darth Vader in "Star Wars," Mufasa in Disney's "The Lion King" or as the older version of author Alex Haley in the television mini-series "Roots: The Next Generations."

  • Author Jennifer Weiner Comes Home To CT For March Of Dimes Fundraiser

    June 19, 2014

    It's summer reading time and for many, past beach reads have included such books as "Good In Bed" and "In Her Shoes." But what you might not know is the popular author of those best-selling books, Jennifer Weiner, hails from Simsbury and has a hot-off-the-presses new book out for the summer called "All Fall Down."

  • 'Princess Of Broadway' Megan Hilty In Fundraiser At Bushnell

    May 13, 2014

    Performer Megan Hilty has piled up an impressive pile of rave reviews in Broadway roles,  ranging from Glinda in "Wicked" to Lorelei Lee in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" to Doralee Rhodes in "9 to 5."

  • Hartford Stage Memories From Richard Thomas

    November 5, 2013

    Hartford Stage is celebrating its Golden Anniversary and doing it in style with a slew of events, including the celebration Monday, Nov. 4, at the Hilton in downtown Hartford that was a reunion of sorts. Familiar faces who have appeared at Hartford Stage over the past 50 years including Dana Ivey, Kate Forbes, David Patrick Kelly and Bill Raymond were on the guest list for the party that included an evening of performances by the esteemed actors and a dinner. Also on the list was the award winning Richard Thomas, best known for his role as "John Boy Walton" on "The Waltons" television series. Thomas is equally passionate about and a master of Shakespearian theater and proved it in several roles at Hartford Stage including "Hamlet" and "Richard III." He recently Spilled the Beans with Java, before the Hartford Stage gala.

  • Author Sue Grafton Still Pondering What Happens After 'Z'

    October 3, 2013

    Sue Grafton, author of the popular 'alphabet series' that began with "A is for Alibi" and features private investigator Kinsey Millhone, is coming to New Haven's Schubert Theater on Oct. 9. She, along with fellow blockbuster authors Alice Hoffman, Scott Turow and David Baldacci will be featured at the Mark Twain House & Museum's "Mark My Words" benefit that begins at 8 p.m. Grafton, an author and screenwriter before publishing the first of her alphabet series novels, is the daughter of the late detective novelist, C. W. Grafton. Ready to release the newest in the series, "W is for Wasted" the 73-year-old Grafton had just arrived to her Louisville, Ky., home from a book tour when she kicked back and shared Kinsey's story and her plans for her heroine as the end of the alphabet looms and as she Spilled the Beans with Java.

  • Honoring Hartford's Dean Of Sports On His 60 Years In Broadcasting (Archive)

    July 16, 2008

    The "Dean of Sports," Arnold "Arnie" D'Angelo, held court at Maneeley's in South Windsor Monday as his fans feted him on his 60th year in the broadcast business.