| Oct 15, 2014
| 6:01 AM
The Hooker Day Parade is a loose and spirited affair that marks the closest Hartford comes to its own Mardi Gras. It’s a celebration of creativity, fun and silliness held in honor of Thomas Hooker, a man who led his congregation through the...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 7:00 AM
Mardi Gras is Tuesday -- do you have your king cake?
At first sight, it may come across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold — there's nothing subtle about it. It might be...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 4:29 AM
Here's a look at upcoming events in the North and Northwest suburbs. Please call the venue in advance. To submit an event for consideration, please visit
Thursday, Oct. 16
"Pleading for the Future: A Play": Watch the production based on the Leopold...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:52 PM
Comedy challenge: Vanessa Hollingshead, a New Yorker who has appeared on "Comedy Central Presents," will headline this weekend's Comedy Challenge at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach). The casino is in the midst of six weeks of...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 1:07 PM
All Booked Up: Hemingway's Girl, 10:30 a.m. at Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive. Free. Call 954-757-4207.
Art Talk: Sunny Bak, 6 p.m. at Forre Fine Art Gallery, 1007 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Concert Series, 6 p.m. at Pine...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 2:01 AM
Cosimo Matassa, 88, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, died Thursday in New Orleans, said his granddaughter Mia Matassa. He had been ailing since he had a stroke in 2009....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Sure, there are lots of bad things going on in the world right now that most of us can't do much to change. On the other hand, there are lots of things going on in our own back yard that we can change.
And this weekend, we can even have fun while we'...
| Oct 24, 2014
By the time the hatchet-wielding, saloon-smashing Carrie Nation rolled into New Orleans in 1907, the city's vice wars were well in progress.
Draped in her widow's weeds and toting her Bible, despite the battle-dress, she admitted to some ambivalence:...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Newington officials caused a stir recently by eliminating all remaining Halloween celebrations from elementary schools.
The justification for the decision — that Halloween parties and costume parades exclude children whose religion prohibits...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 11:06 AM
For one night, it will take only creativity — not the gambling gods — to produce some loot. Mardi Gras Casino's annual Halloween costume contest will take place at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with a $1,000 cash prize for best couple ($500 per...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 12:36 PM
"The Last Fisherman: Witness to the Endangered Oceans"
Abbeville Press, $49.95
Jeffrey L. Rotman is an author, but he is better known for his efforts as an underwater photographer. His work has appeared in National Geographic and on the Discovery...