Arts and Culture

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The idea that music can be medicine may strike some of you as woo-woo new age piffle. To a degree I had not understood until now, serious researchers all over the world as studying these connections and making astonishing breakthroughs.

Jeffrey Rusch

One guest, twenty minutes, zero preparation… Faith's on the Hot Seat!

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Zoë's self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million Twitter followers.

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Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, this is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allow solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.

The Smith Sisters of Glastonbury

Mar 19, 2011

Women’s History Month is a fitting time to remember and honor Glastonbury’s Smith sisters.  All five daughters of Hannah and Zephaniah Smith were remarkable, but it was Julia and Abby, who became champions of women’s rights and both local and state celebrities.

Chion Wolf

Garrison Keillor has announced that he'll retire in 2013.

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Buffalo Tempeh Wraps with Blue Cheese Dressing

The Hollywood Wrap by Nancy Kennedy                                   

2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

¼ cup 0% plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

8 ounces tempeh, cut into 4 equal squares

1 ½ teaspoons hot sauce

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

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Having arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein would soon rise to the top of his field as a teacher and practitioner. He has worked with a who's who of twentieth-century acting, especially those associated with the Actors Studio, the West Coast branch of which he founded.

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Orchestra New England is committed to quality and innovation, a commitment that has made its artistic achievements possible by generating and nurturing an unusual workplace and a remarkable orchestra.

Since its founding in 1974, Orchestra New England has presented over 700 concerts with a passion for excellence and signature enthusiasm. Most of these performances were presented at ONE’s home base at Yale’s Battell Chapel, with other engagements taking place in concert halls throughout New England and along the Eastern seaboard.

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For many years of my adult life, I rejected Irish-American culture. I don't particularly like the way St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in this country with green beer and bad music. Growing up in the 1960s, I had few exposures to anything deeper and "rootsier" than tacky Irish-American treacle.

New Britain Museum of American Art

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It's Pi Day, and we have to ask, can numbers be sexy?

Doug Henry

Mar 14, 2011

Doug Henry is a three-time national championship winning motocross racer. Throughout the 1990’s Doug amassed a number of career wins and was the first rider to switch from the traditional two-stroke to a four-stroke engine. He was inducted into the American Motocross Association Hall of Fame in 2005. Tragedy struck in 2007 during a crash in a Supermoto race in Florida, after which, Doug was partially paralyzed from the waist down. Known for his relentless determination, Doug has resumed his active lifestyle spending his freetime skiing, snowmobiling, and riding his custom made dirt bike.


Mar 14, 2011
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You can win the peace, win the future, win the game, win the lottery, or if you’re Charlie Sheen you can just be “A Winner.”

You’ve heard variations on the saying, “Winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.”  Motivational, to be sure – but when winning is the only goal, does that make most of us “losers?

The Wearing of the Green

Mar 14, 2011

A huge influx of Irish immigrants arrived in Connecticut during the second quarter of the nineteenth century, driven by political unrest and economic hardship.  Most of them were Roman Catholics and many of them found work as laborers.  While anti-Irish sentiment was widespread, Hartford’s Kellogg brothers, publishers of thousands of brightly colored popular prints, viewed these new Americans as potential customers.