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HARTFORD — The police force in this country has evolved from the concept of citizen volunteers to night watchmen to southern slave patrols before it became what we know today: protecting and serving, enforcing the law, preventing crimes and preserving order. The relationship between the poli…

I was especially interested in the science of cookie baking; for example, what makes a cookie crunchy vs. chewy, and how baking soda effects the cracks that form on some cookies.

HARTFORD — The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present “Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert” featuring a screening of the complete film on a 40-foot screen with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 pm. The concerts will b…

Growing older isn’t for sissies. The process can be painful, as in sore joints, or difficult, as in forgotten and unfulfilled dreams and worrisome and troublesome memories. What happens if you look back at your past and want to change your choices? Is there such an act as a do over? For one …

SIMSBURY — The 5th annual Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge, on Sunday, Oct. 20 is quickly becoming bigger and hotter every day. More than 15 registered amateur chefs will try to please the picky palates of the newly announced panel of 16 judges.

WEST HARTFORD — Playwrights on Park will begin the new season on Sunday, Oct. 6. Through this reading series, plays and musicals from emerging and established playwrights are developed and produced. The first play of the 2019-20 season is “Alma Baya” by Edward Einhorn. Sasha Bratt will direct.

WEST HARTFORD — Bring the whole family to the 21st annual Park Road Parade on Saturday, Oct. The one-hour parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., at Ringgold Street and ends at South Quaker Lane.

HARTFORD — For one night only, actor Keir Cutler will present his one-man show adaptation of one of Mark Twain’s wittiest and funniest compositions, “Is Shakespeare Dead?” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mark Twain House and Museum. Tickets are $20 general admission.

HARTFORD — Pearwater Productions announces the launch of the first-ever Hartford Fringe Festival to be held Oct. 17 to 26, at the Carriage House Theatre, 360 Farmington Ave., in Hartford. The 10-day event will consist of 41 performances of 19 unique productions.

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WEST HARTFORD — Mama D’s Outrageous Romp will hit the stage this fall with “The Best Of Mama D’s.” This modern-day burlesque show was conceived by Darlene Zoller, co-artistic director of Playhouse on Park. Seven years of crazy and Mama D is coming back for more. This show is firmly aimed at …

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HARTFORD — Hartford Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 76th season with “Rhapsody in Blue,” starting Friday, Oct. 11 and running through Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and feat…

HARTFORD — Night Fall, one of Hartford’s community traditions, returns for its eighth year on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. As audiences have come to expect, this outdoor spectacular highlights a different Hartford city park each year. For 2019, the show will be alighting in Colt Park, the expa…

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WEST HARTFORD — Orquesta Romántica Milonguera, the new-generation tango orchestra from Buenos Aires that is setting the world’s tango music-loving community afire, will perform Saturday, Sept. 28 at the West Hartford Town Hall Conference Center as part of its first U.S. tour, with a portion …

WEST HARTFORD — The St. John’s Youth and Adult Choirs will present Choral Evensong at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m., as part of Music at the Red Door. Scott Lamlein will serve as choirmaster; Jacob Street, organist. During the service, there will be hymns, readings, Angli…

WEST HARTFORD — Playhouse on Park kicks off Season 11 With Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense,” running Sept. 18 to Oct. 13. Revel in the madness of this hilariously funny musical comedy, featuring a troupe of dancing, singing nuns. “Nunsense” follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sister…

SIMSBURY — One of the most widely attended events in Simsbury is back and bigger than ever this October. The Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge, presented by the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, will feature the region’s most well-respected and experienced chefs, as well as a collection of b…

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HARTFORD — The Musical Club of Hartford opens its 2019-2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 26, 9:45 a.m., with a program of chamber music performed by Musical Club members and guests at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. The concert is free for members of the Musical …

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WEST HARTFORD — Join Poet Laureate Emeritus Maria Sassi for an afternoon of poetry at Noah’s house. On Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., the public and poets alike are invited to listen to readings from J.I. Abbot and Nancy Clarke Otter. Following the readings by Abbot and Otter, there wil…

NEW BRITAIN — Edwin O. Lomerson III, known to many people as Ned, may be a name you might not have heard but his art work is impressive. Born and raised in Glastonbury, Ned was educated in art at Glastonbury High School, Manchester Community College, and The School, Of The Museum of Art in B…

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Even if you’ve never scored tickets for the most hyped show currently on Broadway, as a beggar lady tries to do frequently in the show by asking the playwright, you are sure to be charmed and highly amused by this spoof, skewer, satire, parody, pun, roast, ribbing and barb filled comic show …

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HARTFORD — One of the year’s most anticipated musical celebrations, Guitar Under the Stars, returns to Hartford. Founder and acclaimed guitarist Daniel Salazar is proud to announce that GUTS 2019 will be held in historic Bushnell Park in the Capitol City for the first time, on Saturday, Sept. 7.

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HARTFORD — The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble presents “Home, Sweet Home” on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., in Hartford. Admission is free, and the concert will take place in the air conditioned, handicapped accessible Chapel. There is free, ample…

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It’s no coincidence that nearly everyone I know enjoys food from the grill. The smoky flavor, the golden browned bits, and the ease of cleanup make grilling the summertime impetus for gathering friends to table.

If a one man show can be described as a tour de force for the one man playing one part, what would you term a one man show when the amazing actor awesomely portrays 33 roles? You have the unique and pleasurable opportunity to witness this event first hand until Sunday, Sept. 1 when TheaterWo…

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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. This fourth annual free family-friendly event expects to surpass last year’s estimated crowd of 2,000 participants.

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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.