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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Ed Asner kept coming back to Connecticut by Christopher Arnott

Ed Asner, who died Sunday, entertained Connecticut theater audiences for 60 years off and on, starting with a stint in the American Shakespeare Theatre company and ending with a slew of one-…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:32AM
Sunday, August 29, 2021

New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas switches Labor Day weekend theme from ‘Arts for Labor’ to ‘Vaccine and Vibes’ by Christopher Arnott

A free New Haven Symphony Orchestra concert hosted by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas on New Haven Green for Labor Day weekend was switched to a "Vaccines & Vibes" event, …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Megan Monaghan Rivas to lead UConn Dramatic Arts department and Connecticut Repertory Theatre by Christopher Arnott

UConn's School of Fine Arts has named the new head of its Dramatic Arts department: Megan Monaghan Rivas, a playwright and dramaturg who has spent the last seven years at Carnegie Mellon Uni…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:57PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Cancellations, postponements sour start of fall arts season by Christopher Arnott

A spate of cancellations and postponements of concerts and shows — some due to COVID-19, others to Tropical Storm Henri — have marred the lead-in to the fall arts season and a general …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:27PM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Connecticut author Chandra Prasad explores conflicts between teen girls in new YA novel of contrasts in race, gender and time by Christopher Arnott

Chandra Prasad's new Young Adult novel "Mercury Boys" is set in the fictional town of Coventon, Connecticut, but references many real-life places in the state in telling the story of a teen …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Highly Caffeinated Festival in Bethlehem rallies local bands, runners to raise money for Make-A-Wish by Christopher Arnott

The first Highly Caffeinated 5K & Music Festival happens Aug. 21, with the 5K run happening at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by eight music acts, including the Connecticut-based national …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:29PM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Xfinity Theatre, Oakdale, other Connecticut Live Nation venues to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test by Christopher Arnott

Live Nation, which operates some of the largest concert venues in Connecticut, will implement a policy on Oct. 4 requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for staff, artists and audience membe…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:31PM

West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company is creating its own resident dance troupe; looking for dancers of diverse gender, race and body type by Christopher Arnott

Ballet Theatre Company in West Hartford is hiring dancers for a new resident dance company. Auditions are being held Aug. 27 and the dancers will allow BTC to expand its season and the range…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Meet Laiona Michelle, who’s radicalizing the Goodspeed with her Nina Simone musical ‘Little Girl Blue’ by Christopher Arnott

"Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical" is being workshopped before attentive audiences as part of the Goodspeed by the River series at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam through Aug. 29.…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:29PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

TheaterWorks announces 2021-2022 season featuring humor, timely issues and diversity by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford has announced its 2021-22 season of four plays plus the live return of "Christmas on the Rocks."

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:00AM
Monday, August 9, 2021

Review: TheaterWorks’ ‘Walden’ a brilliant mix of environmental themes and the actual environment by Christopher Arnott

To stage Amy Berryman’s relationship drama “Walden,” which is set in a tiny house in a grassy wooded area, TheaterWorks Hartford has built a tiny house in a grassy wooded area on the n…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:48PM

Review: A raucous, ridiculous ‘As You Like It’ brings the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival back to West Hartford by Christopher Arnott

The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival returns with "As You Like It," through Aug. 15 on the University of St. Joseph lawn in West Hartford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:52PM
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Courant arts picks for Aug. 8-14: Podunk Bluegrass Festival, New Haven Documentary Film Festival, Roomful of Blues and centenarians stories by Christopher Arnott

The Courant's art picks for Aug. 8-14 includes three small-cast theater shows, the Podunk Bluegrass festival and several free concerts.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:07AM
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Review: ‘Into the Woods’ a moving, human, earthy fairy story at Playhouse on Park by Christopher Arnott

Playhouse on Park's first Connecticut Shakespeare Festival offers an earthy "Into the Woods" that depends more on emotional truth than special effects.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:24PM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Broadway theaters will require proof of vaccination and masks. Connecticut theaters’ plans vary by Christopher Arnott

Theaters are reopening. Some have COVID safety guidelines thrust upon them by unions and trade associations. Others are figuring it out as they go along.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Monday, August 2, 2021

Funk Flex to perform at Yard Goats game as thank-you to fans for 2021 season by Christopher Arnott

As a gift to fans, the Hartford Yard Goats is hosting a concert by DJ Funk Flex following the final Saturday home game of the season, Sept. 18. Admission to the concert is free with a ticket…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:33PM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Connecticut’s ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Matt Amodio is the show’s ninth highest-earning player in history — so far by Christopher Arnott

As of Thursday night, Yale grad student Matt Amodio won seven straight matches on TV's "Jeopardy!" His $268,800 total thus far makes him the ninth highest earning player in the show's histor…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:59PM

Long Wharf Theatre announces next season, switches to membership plan to be ‘more accessible’ by Christopher Arnott

The Long Wharf Theatre has announced the four mainstage shows in its next season. But you can’t buy a subscription. In one of the biggest changes in marketing and programming that the Tony…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:40PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Garde Arts, eager to see patrons again, offers discount for in-person ticket sales; screening women’s Olympic basketball game and other reopening ev by Christopher Arnott

The Garde Arts Center in New London has reopened its box office with special promotional events like in-person discounts on Tuesday "Golden Hours" evenings. The 1450-seat theater has been dr…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:52PM

The Black-Eyed & Blues Fest is back in Bushnell Park this weekend by Christopher Arnott

The Black-Eyed & Blues Fest returns to Bushnell Park Pavilion July 31 and Aug. 1, with an all-local line-up plus food booths for Black-Eyed Sally's restaurant and Ben & Jerry's.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Monday, July 26, 2021

Fall Hallmark movie wraps up filming on Connecticut horse farm by Christopher Arnott

An autumnal romance TV-movie for Hallmark was filmed last week at Meadowbrook Farm in Marlborough.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:30PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Meet the cast of ‘Walden,’ the new play TheaterWorks is staging in a cabin on the riverfront by Christopher Arnott

TheaterWorks Hartford is presenting Amy Berryman's new play "Walden" in a small cabin on Riverfront Recapture property on the Hartford/Windsor line. The environmental drama has live performa…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, July 23, 2021

Review: Pilobolus’ tranquil, transfixing ‘Bloom’ at Sunny Meadows Farm in Bridgewater by Christopher Arnott

"Bloom," an outdoor "art safari" by the dance/movement troupe Pilobolus, takes place in the ponds, fields and forests of Sunny Meadow Farms in Bridgewater.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 08:55PM

Hartford Stage’s new board president is Jack Sennott; new board members include mayor of West Hartford by Christopher Arnott

At its annual meeting, the Hartford Stage board of directors elected Jack Sennott as its new president.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:45PM

Courant arts picks for July 25-31: Black Crowes, ‘Into the Woods’, Shakespeare, Blues fest and more by Christopher Arnott

Ten arts highlights for the week of Aug. 25-31, including two Shakespeare festivals, the Black-Eyed and Blues Festival and the SHAG Festival.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:07PM

SHAG Festival, a 7-day celebration of community and arts, features Ariana Debose, Alex Newell, Sophie B. Hawkins, Pilobolus by Christopher Arnott

The Spring Hill Arts Gathering (SHAG) is a celebration of modern art, music, ideas and food. Building on the Five Senses Festival which happened on the same location in recent summers, SHAG …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Mark Twain House, Mystic Aquarium, Playhouse on Park get federal grants by Christopher Arnott

Two dozen more Connecticut-based arts venues (or production companies, or promoters or other arts-themed businesses) received Shuttered Venue Operator Grants this week. This is the fourth ro…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:31PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Connecticut Paranormal Convention — with clairvoyants, ghost hunters, exorcists and vendors — to be held in haunted armory by Christopher Arnott

The first Connecticut Paranormal Convention, also known as ParaConn, is happening July 24 and 25 at the Ansonia Armory. The gathering for those interested in the supernatural includes over a…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:10PM

Connecticut graduate student competing on Jeopardy! tonight by Christopher Arnott

A Yale Ph.D. student, Matt Amodio will be competing on "Jeopardy" Wednesday night.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:22AM

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Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
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