| Dec 18, 2014
| 3:32 PM
When you go to a performance by contemporary crooner Chris Isaak, you shouldn’t expect a typical concert.
Isaak has performed in sequined and mirrored suits and played a song list that ranges from his 1990s hits “Somebody’s Crying&...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 11:29 AM
I was listening the other day to humorist Jean Shepherd reading the story that inspired the movie classic, “A Christmas Story.”
He was taped on Christmas Eve 1974, when he presented New York's WOR Radio listeners with an abridged...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 7:29 PM
Vin Scully can find his way into our hearts even during the gloomiest winter afternoons, as he proved again Thursday when he unwittingly starred in his own holiday movie.
The Ribs That Saved Christmas.
"I feel like such a dummy," Scully said with a...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Suppose what some call the "Christmas story" is true -- all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don't mean to suggest it is true only for those who believe it to be true, but what if it...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 5:27 AM
I understand how New Year's Day is supposed to work, that it is a time of renewal, for looking forward with promise and hope.
But I go the opposite way. New Year's is the time I look back on the year just passed and think, "Welp, that's 365 days...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 12:30 PM
By now the cast of thousands all know their well-worn roles. And so does the national audience, which has seen this pageant performed again and again. The whole production has become as familiar as an old standard in the repertory of an opera company....
| Dec 7, 2011
| 4:10 PM
Last weekend, Stephanie Bowman experienced the ugly side of humanity when thieves robbed her Orlando charity of a 12-foot trailer — and the hundreds of Christmas toys for needy children that were inside.
Now Bowman is experiencing the holiday flip...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 1:19 PM
There are many holiday traditions in and around Hartford and on Sunday, yet another joined the ranks, the second annual opening of "Christmas On the Rocks" at Theaterworks.
The irreverent tales with a twist about Christmas characters of childhood...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
This in essence is the message of "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras' highly anticipated documentary on Edward Snowden's decision to expose the National Security Agency's ravenous appetite for clandestinely collecting the personal...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 9:06 AM
For all its simplicity and folksy familiarity, the word "storyteller" is a much-overused term in the arts. It's claimed by those less than committed to the art of the raconteur, the craft of the fabulist, the spinner of yarns. But of all the writers out...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 5:30 PM
That Jane Austen failed to write a murder-mystery sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" was an oversight remedied in 2011 by P.D. James with her novel "Death Comes to Pemberley." Like "P&P" and many other Austens before it — and many of James' own works,...