| Aug 15, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The laid-back oak-aged voice of Levon Helm telling stories about catching catfish, smoking boutique weed or talking shit about the music business makes for an entertaining movie. His toothy grin, manic cackle and weathered face add to the show. That,...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:50 AM
The 1973 cult-classic The Harder They Come, which starred up-and-coming reggae star Jimmy Cliff (pictured) as, well, an up-and-coming reggae star named Ivan Martin, has been a staple of weed-smoke-filled midnight screenings for the last 40 years. To...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Even if you never leave the county, there are plenty of opportunities to simulate world travel, time travel, or just have a pleasant getaway inside or near the city of Hartford. This is by no means a complete list, but many of the attractions here are...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 9:24 AM
Music lovers: how often do you get to take a seat at a concert, knowing full well that what you’re about to hear is completely improvised, with three world-class musicians who haven’t so much as joked about what they’re going to play?...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:10 AM
The default stance of the movies towards artificial intelligence, from HAL 9000 to Haley Joel Osment as robo-Pinocchio, is somewhere between mild unease and shrieking terror. So it's not surprising that there's plenty of paranoia hanging over the heads of...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:20 PM
"If there's one thing the banjo needs, it's more notes played on it."
That tongue-in-cheek statement comes from Deadly Gentlemen banjo player Greg Liszt, who, in addition to having a Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT on his wall (and an awesomely...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 6:42 PM
Movies are in Donna McGrane's blood. Many years ago at Pleasant Valley Drive-In in Barkhamsted, her mother worked in the kitchen and her father ran the projectors.
So McGrane was heartbroken Monday when she found out that the drive-in she runs with...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 8:55 AM
What happens when you jam a 30-piece orchestra in a room together without any conventional notation to play from? Will you get music, or do you have a potential Lord of the Flies situation on your hands?
Those questions dissolve if composer/conductor/...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:35 AM
The Odd Ball is more than Hartford's wildest Halloween party. It's an art-house spectacle combining elaborate costumes, bizarre decor, and installation art. The party benefits Real Art Ways and features food from top local chefs, a specialty cocktail bar,...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Genetically speaking, about 70,000 people in Connecticut are living in an informational black hole that could end up killing them.
That's approximately the number of adoptees here, and a Connecticut law passed in 1975 prevents them from finding out...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Night 1: My story begins on July 18, when Justin Bieber performed in Hartford, when I interviewed Stephen King on the stage of the Bushnell, when the Riverfest fireworks, postponed because of the rising river, exploded over the city, when a road race...