| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Alternative-movie offerings are plentiful this fall. In addition to festivals featuring indie and foreign films — the Feminist Film Festival, the EROS gay film festival, the Festival of Ibero American Cinema, the Manhattan Short Film Festival...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 2:37 PM
There's a moment in the classic Bette Davis film "Now Voyager" when her character, Charlotte, has gone from ugly ducklilng to beautiful swan and descends a gangplank after taking a cruise. She is wearing a blue suit.
"That's her big moment, her big...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 4:27 AM
The Wadsworth Atheneum has 50,000 items in its permanent collection, so it wasn't easy for Director Susan Talbott to choose 10 of those items to represent the museum's most important holdings. "I could probably give you 50, and if you asked me tomorrow, I...
| Oct 20, 2013
For a tiny state, Connecticut is big on culture. We're home to hundreds of museums featuring fabulous art and artifacts. But in many cases, admissions aren't cheap — which can make them inaccessible to individuals and families on tight budgets....
| Oct 31, 2013
Five-year-old Ruhee Lalla of West Hartford sat at a table recently making a little terrarium with a plastic globe, moss, sticks, rocks, shells and twine. All around her at other tables, other children made terrariums while their parents watched. The...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:37 PM
At a talk at the Wadsworth Atheneum a few years ago, interior designer and lifestyle philosopher Alexandra Stoddard of Stonington described how she keeps calm.
Every morning she starts the day with a "one-flower" meditation, which, she said, leaves her...
| 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...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:16 PM
What brought me to Hartford in 2009 was my desire to do more … with the community, my career, socially … just more.
What I found was that "Hartford Has It" all!
In Hartford, I found an amazing group of young professionals called HYPE...
| 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....
| Jan 10, 2014
When a Hartford merchant puts artworks by local artists on his walls, it's a win-win-win-win situation.
The artist's work gets seen. The merchant supports the region's art community. The merchant rescues his shop from generic decor. And the merchant...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In a remarkable turn of events, a Nazi-looted Baroque masterpiece that turned up on the art market five years ago was returned Friday to its owner, who plans to donate it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The life-size figure of St. Catherine...