| May 4, 2014
| 4:04 AM
The renovation of Hartford's XL Center arena presents plenty of challenges: dealing with season-ticket holders whose seats must be moved to make way for new premium boxes; ordering custom-made parts because heating and cooling systems are so old; and...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:33 AM
There are several recurring themes running through this year's summer film season. The Wadsworth Atheneum puts the focus on food and classic screen beauties. The Connecticut LGBT Film Festival has several documentaries about gay celebrities. Classic...
| May 8, 2014
| 9:14 AM
There’s a lot of fix-ups, re-freshening and upgrades going on at Connecticut theaters in the last few years and this summer but is it simply putting the best face forward on a more serious infrastructure issue?
And even if it is, in a still-...
| Apr 30, 2014
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford has completed the acquisition of 50 pieces donated by the late prominent arts and crafts collector Stephen Gray. The bequest is made up of early Gustav Stickley furniture, metalwork, prints and pottery selected by...
| 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...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:04 PM
The Courant, in celebrating its 250th anniversary year, is looking this month at arts and culture in the state's history. Connecticut has long celebrated the arts, with the nation's oldest public art museum among other claims to leadership.
| Feb 2, 2014
| 4:05 AM
In its early days, many would have doubted that the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art would still be around in 2014. Old Lyme artist Henry White (1861-1952) painted a sorrowful picture of the museum he visited as a boy: "The picture gallery was a...
| 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 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...
| 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...