Too dry for a rainmaker at Sherman Playhouse

The Rainmaker: Jeff Rossman as H.C. Curry, William H. Greenage IV as Noah Curry, Alexis M. Vournazos as Bill Starbuck, Stacy-Lee Frome as Lizzie Curry, and Thomas Ovitt as Jimmy Curry. —Josh Siegel

One could argue that a really good play could easily be performed with no set. And yet sets add so much to the time and ambiance of an era. The same is true for costumes. When you have a really great cast of actors, then you don’t really need costumes. Audiences are so forgiving as... Read More

Some gems on TV, including Cat Ballou

Lee Marvin and his horse in a classic pose in Cat Ballou.

Journeys to outer space, the Wild West, controversies over nuclear power and adjustments to moving from Manhattan to the suburbs highlight the movies available this weekend on broadcast and cable television. Take a look. Apollo 13 (1995) Few experiences illuminate the American spirit as did the ...

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Got a great fishing photo? Could be cover art

Connecticut DEEP is looking for fishing photos.

Pack your camera, dust off your fishing pole, gather friends and family and head to one of Connecticut’s pristine waterways to catch and photograph the most spectacular fish for your entry into the photo contest for the 2015 Connecticut Angler’s Guide.  The winning photo will be featured on the ...

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A toddler’s question requires no apology

Toddler in shopping cart.

Q.  The other day I was in a store with my 2-1/2 year-old in the cart. She suddenly said, in a loud voice, “Mommy! Is that a black man?” The man she pointed at was delightful, laughed, and said, “Why yes, little sweetheart, I am.” I was embarrassed. Should I have apologized? A.  No, there... ...

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 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring: Rugged and ready for rough roads

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring

Subaru’s Lafayette, Ind., assembly plant is a model of environmental sensitivity, but the Japan-based automaker was slow to join the gasoline-electric hybrid movement. It’s in, but not exactly all in, with the 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid, based on the compact Impreza but designed for off-road ...

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Saluting the classy guy, James Garner

James Garner.

He was always one classy guy, a bit of a cynic at times, an eternal optimist at others, frequently flashing a winning smile and speaking with that distinctive voice. For more than 55 years, James Garner — who died last week at age 86 — graced movie and television screens with his patented calm ...

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Some classics from more than 50 years ago

Magnificent Obsession with Jane Wyman.

Checking out the movies on broadcast and cable stations this weekend offers a journey through the history of Hollywood. Take a look at what’s available. Magnificent Obsession (1954) In the 1950s, director Douglas Sirk created a unique visual identify with his stylized approach to stories about ...

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