| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:33 PM
If you are a lobbyist or the client of one, watch for a consumer alert warning of a political fundraising shakedown. You may get squeezed for as much as $100,000. The squeezer is one-time campaign finance reformer Democratic and Working Families Gov....
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that a gun should never be displayed onstage without a reason. If it is seen in the first act, he advised, it ought to go off by the third.
In other words, writers should not clutter a narrative with distractions...
| Feb 28, 2014
It all started over a collegial luncheon. When Oliver Tostmann visited Hartford for the first time last year to tour the Wadsworth Atheneum's blockbuster Caravaggio show, he accepted as chief curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston an...
| Feb 16, 2014
When Wallace Stevens moved to Hartford from New York in 1916 to work in the insurance business, he was well-known in poetry circles but not yet acclaimed as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.
He had been married for seven years to a woman...
| Feb 23, 2014
Are we inherently a musical state?
At the very least, we seem to have always been a state that likes to sing.
During the Colonial and Revolutionary days, we did most of our singing in church. And we took our church singing very seriously....
| Feb 5, 2014
| 8:55 AM
Ben Watsky was born to sing a cappella. Well, if not born, then certainly bred to it.
The Woodbridge native first learned The Whiffenpoof Song (“We’re poor little lambs who have lost our way, baa, baa, baa….”) in eighth grade,...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The Puritans just didn't have much fun.
Until late in the 18th century, there wasn't much in the way of public entertainment for The Hartford Courant to cover, and certainly nothing in the way of theater.
Oh, there was the time just before the...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Except for the people in the portraits, nobody is a more constant figure in a museum than the guards — and nobody knows more about the day-to-day functioning of a museum. We’ve all wondered what they think about, whether their legs or back...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Creative people — from actors to musicians, and poets to painters — are coming to Hartford. What draws them here? What do they need to flourish? We asked four Hartford residents active in the city arts scene to contribute their thoughts. Three...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:00 PM
In 1990, a local Hartford bank reassured city leaders that plans for an office tower at the corner of Main and Asylum streets were real and the 45-story edifice would be built.
Just one thing stood in the way: the 78-year-old Hartford-Aetna Building, the...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:13 PM
In 1794, the Connecticut Courant's 30th year of publication, there appeared in the paper an advertisement for two stage comedies — "Child of Nature" and "Love Alamode" — being performed by the Old American Company. Doors would open at 6 p.m.,...