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Datsik At Webster, Matsiyahu At Toad's Place

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:07:00 PST

Datsik ($25-$30) returns to the Webster Theater in Hartford on Feb. 1 at 9 p.m., with Space Jesus, RiotTen and Wooli. webstertheater.com

Toad's Place in New Haven welcomes Matisyahu ($25-$139) on Dec. 27 at 8:30 p.m., followed by Opus' Blizzard B-Day Bash 2018 ($10) on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.; and J...




NBMAA, CRIS Installs QR Codes To Enhance Museum Experience For Visually Impaired

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

In the beauteous, orange-walled Thomas Hart Benton room at New Britain Museum of American Art, visitors can view five 1932 "The Arts of Life in America" murals created by the legendary regionalist painter.

Now because of a collaboration between NBMAA and CRIS Radio, visitors also can use a QR code...




Max Restaurant Group Hosts Annual Champagne Gala

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:55:00 PST

Max Restaurant Group hosts its fifth annual Champagne Gala Dec. 1 at the CityPlace Atrium in Hartford.

The event features tastings of fine champagnes, paired with passed hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $49, plus tax, gratuity and Eventbrite fee. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Max Downtown...




Hartford Stage Given Elaborate 'Christmas Carol' Window Display

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:25:00 PST

“A Christmas Carol” is on the stage — and in the windows — of Hartford Stage. An elaborate diorama-style display that originally graced the storefront of the landmark Marshall Field & Company department store in Chicago in 1939 has been given to the theater. It’s a Victorian London street scene...




Winterfest Hartford: Free Skating, And So Much More

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:10:00 PST

Winterfest, Hartford's annual celebration of family activities, was saved from extinction in October by some last-minute corporate and individual donations. The revived series, now in its eighth year, offers free ice skating, skating lessons, carousel rides and other activities in Bushnell Park...




Bandshes' 'Lost Cities' Song Gets A Reboot For Hartford Prints Commercial

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:36:00 PST

In 2014, the Hartford trio Bandshes recorded the song "Lost Cities" on GarageBand, using only a single microphone. The song, from the album "Beautiful World," has been streamed on Spotify more than 1.5 million times.

"Sometimes music is so produced that it loses its charm," says singer-songwriter...




Finder Keepers Scavenger Rock Hunt Returns To West Hartford

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

The WeHa Artists' Emporium, a consortium of artists who live and/or work in West Hartford, presents its annual Finders Keepers rock hunt starting on Dec. 1 to 9.

The artists paint or decorate rocks and hide the rocks in different locations in West Hartford. Those who find them get to keep them.

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Street Photographer Captures 'A Sad And Beautiful World' On Hartford's Streets

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

The last exhibit of street photography at Real Art Ways emphasized the lighthearted, colorful side of Hartford, with pictures of parades, festivals and street parties, their festive participants dressed in all manners of ethnic costumes.

A new photo exhibit at Real Art Ways shows a different side...




'Canaletto And The Art Of Venice' At Wadsworth Atheneum

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

It's all about Canaletto for two days at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. A movie and a special tour will focus on the legendary 18th century Venetian cityscape artis.

"Canaletto and the Art of Venice" is shown Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25 and 26, at 2 p.m. each day. Phil Grabsky's...




Italian-Language Christmas Movie 'La Cena Di Natale' In New Haven

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

New Haven has always been a hub of Italian-American activity in Connecticut. So it's the perfect place to ring in the holiday, Italian-style.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, an Italian-language Christmas movie will be shown at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Marco Ponti's 2016 comedy...




Grand Production Of 'Phantom Of The Opera' Perfect For The Palace

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:15:00 PST

The Palace Theatre in Waterbury is a gleaming monument to early 20th-century opulence. Organ pipes and chandeliers are part of its everyday decor. What better place to see “The Phantom of the Opera”?

The national tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical fits beautifully into the Palace, just as...




Goodspeed Gives Dicken's 'Christmas Carol' A Connecticut Setting

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:50:00 PST

‘A Connecticut Christmas Carol” transports Charles Dickens’ Olde England to a little town called East Haddam in New England. The show, though set at the Goodspeed Opera House, is having its premiere at Goodspeed Musicals’ other performance space: the Norma Terris Theatre in nearby Chester.

The...




Pierce Fulton Talks About His New Live EDM Tour, Stopping At The Warehouse

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:48:00 PST

Though Pierce Fulton's music is deeply embedded with electronica and house, all sorts of influences creep in: contemporary pop, hip-hop, classic rock, metal.

On "Better Places," the Bridgeport native's debut album, he collaborates with NYC singer-songwriter Noosa (on "Autumn Blossom" and "The Sound")...




Harlan Brasserie To Close At Hartford's Goodwin Hotel; New Concept Planned

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:30:00 PST

Harlan Brasserie, the French-American restaurant at Hartford’s revamped Goodwin Hotel, has announced plans to close after normal business hours on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Goodwin Hotel partners Randy Salvatore, founder and owner of Stamford-based RMS Companies, and Charles Mallory, chief executive of...




A Doable Holiday Dessert From Millwright's: Whipped Pumpkin Cheesecake With Salted Pecan Toffee

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:10:00 PST

If dessert is your favorite part of the holiday meal, you’re in luck.

Five Connecticut restaurants and bakeries have shared recipes with us for festive confections, perfect for your holiday table this season. These creations may look fancy and elaborate, but the bakers and pastry chefs assure us...




Grano Arso Restaurant Now Open In Chester

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:30:00 PST

Grano Arso, a seasonally inspired Italian restaurant, is now open at 6 Main St. in Chester.

Chef-owner Joel Gargano "mills native New England grains in-house to create an old-world approach to his pastas and breads," according to a press release. Gargano has worked at New Haven’s Union League Cafe...




Comedian Mike Birbiglia At Foxwoods

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

In the past year you might have seen Mike Birbiglia on "Orange Is the New Black" (as Danny Pearson), or in the movie he wrote and directed and starred in, "Don't Think Twice" (about an improv troupe going through major changes).

Or you may have seen him on a Connecticut stage, working on one of...




A Scrooge Change For 'A Christmas Carol' At Hartford Stage

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

"A Christmas Carol" has been a Hartford Stage standard for 20 years now. The production was brought to the theater by its adaptor Michael Wilson shortly after he became Hartford Stage's artistic director. It originated at the Alley Theater in Houston, which also still does it every year.

The essential...




The Season Of Song: Holiday Music Highlights

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:26:00 PST

If the thought of holiday music makes you want to throw yourself on the yule log, maybe you aren't plugged into the right channels.

Start with the casinos. Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($44-$64) brings its Ghosts of Christmas Eve show to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Nov. 26 at 8 p.m., followed...




From Classics To 'A MeshugaNutcracker', Movies For The Holidays

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

Every Christmas, Connecticut film venues show the classic holiday movies: "It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street," "A Christmas Story." This season will satisfy traditionalists with screenings of those films and other time-honored favorites. Two new films are on the schedule, too, and...




From 'Nutcrackers' To 'Nuncrackers,' Holiday Theater Treats 'Til Christmas

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

You know how some people buy their gifts from nationwide chain stores, while others make them by hand? And both are well worth having?

Connecticut Christmas theater is like that, too.

Just about every nationally touring Christmas show makes a stop in our fair state. Watch out for "A Christmas Story...




Start Making Sense At The Ballroom

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:17:00 PST

Talking Heads defined the post-punk new wave sound in the late-70s and early ‘80s. They mixed a clipped minimalism with a taste for funk, rhythms from the African diaspora, and the possessed-nerd showmanship of frontman David Byrne.

Start Making Sense is a tribute band that honors the Talking Heads...




Larry Willis At The Side Door

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:17:00 PST

Pianist Larry Willis received an early boost from Jackie McLean, getting to play with the jazz great on a Blue Note Records session when Willis was only 19 years old. Willis’s playing is lyrical and relaxed, but he can slide some surprising runs, teardrop splashes, flashes of barrelhouse and expressive...




Ice Nine Kills At The Webster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:16:00 PST

Ice Nine Kills is a curious band, blending emo, pop-punk and thrash metal.

The Boston band has a horror-movie obsession, which is not all that unusual, but they take it a step further, having written material inspired by classic films from the genre. Vocals alternate between bowels-of-the-earth...




98 Degrees At Foxwoods

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:17:00 PST

Boy band 98 Degrees turned 20 this year.

That’s a long time in the boy band universe. They’ve been at it long enough to have taken a hiatus and returned to the stage. (In reality, the group was largely inactive for a good half of their two-decade span.) Perhaps the biggest measure of their maturity...