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'The Bodyguard' Protects Whitney Houston Legacy

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:45:00 PST

I’ll admit to having no nostalgia for the movie on which “The Bodyguard The Musical” is based. In 1992, I was listening to grunge, punk and Swedish death metal, not Houston’s gospel-throated dance pop. I didn’t see the film until years after it was released and had forgotten most of the plot when...

Sherlock Holmes And 'Baskerville' Get The Ludwig Comic Touch At Long Wharf

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:15:00 PST

Alex Moggridge has become a familiar face in Connecticut regional theater. Now he’s playing one of the most famous characters in all of literature.

Moggridge is Sherlock Holmes in “Baskerville,” playwright Ken Ludwig’s comic take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1901 detective story “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”...

Smashing Pumpkins, Dua Lipa, Imagine Dragons Announce CT Summer Dates

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:40:00 PST

The Smashing Pumpkins ($55-$95) head to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on July 29 at 7 p.m.

Dua Lipa ($32.50-$35) performs at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on June 20 at 8 p.m., followed by the 50th Anniversary Tour of Jethro Tull ($45-$125) on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m....

Percussionist Sameer Gupta Opens Instrument Portrait Series At Real Art Ways

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:55:00 PST

Every so often, you crave the middle: The heart of an artichoke, the center of a Tootsie Pop, the halftime show.

In music, that could mean the stuff between the intro and outro; a groovy bridge section; the inner voices of a Bach chorale; the gut-level register that’s neither high nor low; the...

Banh Meee Opens On Capitol Avenue In Former GoldBurgers Spot

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:25:00 PST

Banh Meee opened softly on President’s Day at 399 Capitol Ave. in Hartford, serving Vietnamese pho, noodle dishes, banh mi sandwiches and traditional beverages.

The 26-seat restaurant will be in a soft-opening phase for about two weeks, followed by a grand-opening celebration in early March, says...

'Water Warriors' At Real Art Ways

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:35:00 PST

Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Hartford, will show an environmentalist documentary on Sunday, Feb. 25, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

“Water Warriors” tells the story of a rural community in New Brunswick, Canada, where citizens fought a Texas energy company whose quest for a natural...

'Paston Treasure' Film Series At Yale Center For British Art

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:40:00 PST

The new exhibit at Yale Center for British Art, “The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World,” focuses on an old English noble family and its mania for collecting objets d’art. A film series at the New Haven museum will complement the exhibit, telling stories from old England.

All four films...

Queer Punk Band Space Camp Carving Out Its Own Scene

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

One night the members of Space Camp — drummer Sam Usifer, bassist Cameron Lovett and keyboard player June Violet Aino — were booked to play at an American Legion in Connecticut.

They loaded in. “This dude from the bar was basically heckling us,” Usifer says. “We usually dress like freaks at the...

Make National Margarita Day Memorable With These Specials

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Tequila, lime, salt or sugar, on the rocks, frozen: However you like your margaritas, there's one waiting for you on National Margarita Day at Connecticut’s restaurants and bars. All specials are available Feb. 22 unless otherwise specified.

On the Border in Orange and Rocky Hill offers its classic...

Ken Ludwig's Lighthearted, Comic-Take On 'Murder On The Orient Express' At Hartford Stage

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

Ken Ludwig is ubiquitous. He’s in Hartford. He’s in New Haven. He’s on a train. His game is afoot.

Ludwig’s one of the most popular playwrights in the world today. This month, two major Connecticut theaters are loading up with Ludwig works. First up is his lighthearted new adaptation of Agatha...

What Else Is Onstage? 'The Crucible' At CT Rep; 'Ada/Ava' at Wesleyan

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:00 PST

There are lots of reasons to revisit Arthur Miller’s retelling of the Salem Witch Trials, “The Crucible.” McCarthyism and other political witch-hunts — the metaphorical underpinning of Miller’s play — are a hot topic again. January marked the 65th anniversary of “The Crucible”’s debut. This year...

'N-Word' Exhibit Takes A Hard Look At The Semantics Of Racism

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:05:00 PST

Rhinold Ponder, an African-American artist, has hated “the n-word” his whole life. So it may seem strange that his recent series of artworks – on exhibit at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, with an opening reception Feb. 21 – are filled with repeated usages of that hateful word: painted, collaged,...

A 'Hogwarts Celebration Of Science And Sorcery' At CT Science Center

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:45:00 PST

The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford is all about science, things that can be proved. The “Harry Potter” books and movies are all about fantasy and magic, things that can’t be proved.

Still, there are some overlaps. The science center will explore them in a two-day event Feb. 24 and 25 titled...

Two Connecticut Chefs Semifinalists For James Beard Foundation Awards

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:25:00 PST

Two Connecticut chefs have been nominated as semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation’s annual awards in the Best Chef: Northeast Category.

Tyler Anderson, the chef-owner of Millwright’s in Simsbury and co-owner of The Cook and the Bear in West Hartford, has been nominated for the fifth straight...

Deaf Documentary 'See What I'm Saying' At NBMAA

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

New Britain Museum of American Art’s current exhibit by Francisca Benitez focuses on deaf culture. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum has presented a lively selection of films on deaf culture. The latest will the shown Thursday, Feb. 22.

“See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary”...

LGBT Coming-Of-Age Film 'Torrey Pines' In New London

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

‘Torrey Pines” is many things. It’s a transgender-epiphany story. It’s a tale of dealing with parental mental illness. It’s an animated story created from hand-cut paper and puppets. And it’s a live musical event as well as a movie.

“Torrey Pines” tells the story of an episode in the childhood...

Banff Mountain Film Fest In Hartford, New Haven, New London, Fairfield

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Banff Mountain Film Festival, the annual evening of outdoor adventure-related short films, will be presented in four Connecticut locations from Feb. 24 to March 11.

The Shubert Theater, 247 College St. in New Haven on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $20 to $36.

Garde Arts Center, 325 State...

Estonian Thriller 'The Fencer' At Wadsworth Atheneum

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s “Consequences” film series, which features characters that must endure the aftereffects of their actions, continues this week with “The Fencer.”

Klaus Härö’s historical drama, based on the life of Endel Nelis (1925-1993), tells the story of a fencer who must flee...

Photos Of CT Quarries Among 'Quarry' Exhibit At Real Art Ways

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Andrew Buck is fascinated by quarries.

“They are just this vast open space. It is so quiet. It feels and looks like another planet,” Buck says. “There really isn’t anything you’re likely to come across that looks remotely like this.”

The Farmington photographer has spent years creating images of...

A Family's Mania For Collecting: 'The Paston Treasure' At Yale Center For British Art

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

In November 1662, Sir William Paston knew that he was dying. He was worried that his eldest son, Robert, and his second wife, Margaret, would fight over the family’s collection of artworks and artifacts. So Paston added a sly element to his will: Upon his death, Margaret would decide how the collection...

FrogWatch USA Needs Connecticut Volunteers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:00:00 PST

Can you tell one type of frog from another by the sound of its call? If so, FrogWatch USA needs you. If not, the group will teach you how.

Connecticut chapters of FrogWatch USA, a nationwide initiative to monitor and record the number and variety of frogs and toads around the country, are holding...

Woody's Hot Dog Joint To Close After 40-Plus Years In Hartford

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:55:00 PST

The walls at Woody’s in Hartford, once laden with orange-and-aqua Miami Dolphins memorabilia, are now nearly bare. Many of the nameplates along the bar, belonging to the restaurant’s “season ticketholders” who paid for their designated seats, have been removed.

Woody’s, a Hartford hot dog institution,...

Big Sean Announces Mohegan Date; Thirty Seconds To Mars To Play Xfinity

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:20:00 PST

Thirty Seconds to Mars ($34.50-$104.50) plays Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on June 9 at 8 p.m., with Walk The Moon, MisterWives and Joywave opening.

Big Sean ($39-$49) performs at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on May 19, with Playboi Carti, Shy Glizzy and GASHI opening, followed...

'The Bodyguard' A Suspenseful Stage Musical For Whitney Houston Fans

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:15:00 PST

Editor’s note: In the wake of the high-school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week, singer/actress Deborah Cox is unable to perform at Tuesday night’s opening performance of “The Bodyguard The Musical” at The Bushnell. Cox will perform as planned for the rest of the show’s Hartford run. Understudy...

Tal National Performs At Cafe Nine

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Tal National is from Niger in north Central Africa. The country’s location gives it cultural ties to both North and West Africa. Fans of desert blues might think they know what to expect from having heard bands like Tinariwen and Bombino, but Tal National brings a different mix to its Saharan sound....