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HARTFORD — Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar announces that it will be welcoming Texas music legend Augie Meyers & The Bandoleros on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. The downtown Hartford venue, located at 350 Asylum Ave. is charging $20 for tickets which can be reserved at www.Bla…

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WEST HARTFORD — First Church, West Hartford announces its first two concerts in the Arts in the Center Series for 2019-20. Concerts take place at First Church, West Hartford, 12 South Main Street and are open to the public. Parking is free in the lot accessible from Farmington Ave.

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HARTFORD — The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is partnering with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner and Cafeteria Radio to present Alive! at the Atheneum, a two-part music series. Each event — August 18, and Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. — will be held in the Wadsworth’s outdoor courtyard where a te…

WEST HARTFORD — Select guests and friends of Playhouse on Park were invited for an exclusive night recently, in which Executive Director Tracy Flater and Co-Artistic Directors Sean Harris and Darlene Zoller announced their 2019-2020 Season.

HARTFORD — Papermania Plus, the Northeast’s largest vintage advertising and ephemera show, returns to the XL Center Saturday, August 24. The show has been running continuously in Hartford since 1975 and is one of the biggest shows for advertising, photography, paper and memorabilia collector…

HARTFORD — Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan announce the programming for the HSO’s 2019-2020 POPS! Series, to be presented in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., in Hartford.

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After my recent column about gelato published, a reader asked whether frozen treats can be made without an ice cream maker. Those recipes are somewhat complex for many people, time consuming and require a machine. The question becomes, “Do I want or need another bulky kitchen gadget taking u…

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WEST HARTFORD — This week’s recipes from bartaco and Barcelona Wine Bar are refreshing and cooling for a hot summer day. bartaco’s grapefruit cocktail is a light finish to the day, and Barcelona offers a fresh, cold octopus salad, a perfect complement for any cocktail. bartaco and Barcelona …

WEST HARTFORD — In its 43rd season, the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival presents “Legally Blonde.” Composed by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and written by Heather Hach, “Legally Blonde” made its debut on Broadway in 2007. Sara Demos Avery, West Hartford Summer Arts Festival artisti…

SIMSBURY — The Friends Of Heublein Tower, Inc announces the confirmed bands for Hike to the Mic V — Music and Arts Happening at the Heublein Tower, Talcott Mountain State Park, August 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to sunset with a special Sunday morning jazz segment. This donation suggested event w…

WEST HARTFORD — After performing all over the United States, from Ohio, to Vegas, and Boston to Tampa, the cast of the acclaimed musical comedy, “Spamilton: An American Parody,” arrives in West Hartford to Playhouse on Park from August 14 to Sept. 8. This engagement is a coproduction of The …

AVON — Avon Summer Theater marks their 59th continuous summer production with the smash hit “Mamma Mia!,” July 26, 27 and 28. The enchanting, hilarious story that has become an international sensation is told through Swedish pop group ABBA’s timeless hits and takes place on a magical Greek i…

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford resident Lisa Blumberg has written a novel about a family struggling with the conflict between cultural norms and the values they espouse. “Righting the Hourglass” spans from the Second World War into the Obama era and takes place in England, East Africa, and th…

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WEST HARTFORD — Folks of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a care-free and car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center on Sunday August 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fourth annual free family-friendly event expects to surpass last year’s estimated crowd of 2,000 participants.

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At the farmers market I overheard a customer ask a vendor, “What can I do with this?” while holding up some leafy greens. Another benefit of shopping at these markets, besides the freshness of the produce and supporting local farmers, is the education and ideas on how to turn vegetables into…

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HARTFORD — TheaterWorks Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero recently announced the cast and creative team for “Fully Committed.” Audience favorite Jamison Stern, (”Georgia Mcbride’s” Miss Tracy Mills) returns as Sam an out of work actor manning the reservation line in New York’s hottest…

I had a double whammy the other night: a late board meeting at Old Lyme Country Club (which for some reason doesn’t mitigate at all my obligation to shop for, and make dinner), and a chunk of leftover ham I wanted to use because, well, I am loath to throw away any kind of animal protein beca…

Personally, I can’t go through cherry season without making a clafoutis another simple, but terribly impressive dessert. I use Julia Child’s recipe. But I think she said you only get to make it if you can pronounce it correctly — cla-foo-tee, accent on the tee.

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In 1931, when nine teenage African-American boys, ages 13 to 20, hop in a boxcar in Alabama, and travel North for freedom, adventure and employment, their lives are permanently and irrevocably changed. They are falsely accused of raping two white women, who lie to get out of being arrested t…

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HARTFORD — The Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. with “Come Fly With Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra” at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury. This performance will be led by HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyles. Single tickets are on…

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Summertime is for celebration and relaxation. I find something inherently relaxing about a porch or deck, where you can chill out with friends, family or on your own and watch the world go by while sipping a cool drink, nibbling on delicious snacks or enjoying a frozen treat such as ice crea…

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Hershey Felder, a uniquely gifted actor, pianist, composer, producer, director and storyteller, has the musical ability few others can attain. He can become great composers of the past, creating the stories and music for the world to enjoy once again. In his original performances, he can con…

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HARTFORD — Trinity College’s Summer Music Series will run weekly on Wednesdays throughout the summer, rain or shine, from July 3 to August 7. The series combines two of Hartford’s summer treasures: the Trinity College Summer Chamber Music Series and the Plumb Memorial Carillon Recital Series…

HARTFORD — Stephen Antonakos’s Untitled Neon Canvas (for Michael Krichman), 1986, has been acquired by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art from Stephen Antonakos Studio. This 7-foot-high abstract work is part of Antonakos’s Neon Canvas series — a group of approximately 26 untitled canvases,…

HARTFORD — Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan announce the HSO 2019-2020 Masterworks Series, to be presented at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Concerts will take place on Fridays and Satur…

HARTFORD — TheaterWorks and the Wadsworth Museum of Art are joining forces to present drag superstar Varla Jean Merman in her one-woman comedy cabaret “Under a Big Top” on Sunday, June 23 at 7 p.m. The performance, co-written by Hartford-area playwright Jacques Lamarre and directed by Michae…

SIMSBURY — The Talcott Mountain Music Festival kicks off on June 28. Presented by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the summer concert series begins with Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown Friday, June 28 at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury. This concert will be…