Forever: The mother of a memoir

Playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith is presenting the world premiere of ‘Forever,’ her newest play, Jan. 2-Feb. 1 on Stage II at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. For tickets, call 203-787-4282 or visit longwharf.org/forever

If you could choose your own family, who would be in it? That’s the premise of Dael Orlandersmith’s riveting theater piece, Forever. Jim Morrison, Collette, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Proust, Eugene O’Neill, these, she declares, are her true family. They are the ones who made her what she is. ...

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Fettucine Alfredo — a most appealing dish

Fetuccine Alfredo is an appealing cold-weather treat.

Fettuccine Alfredo bears the name of its creator Alfredo di Lelio who operated a restaurant in Rome. Legend has it that he improvised a basic pasta dish with butter and cheese so that his pregnant wife (who was suffering from morning sickness) would find it appealing enough to eat. Apparently ...

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Dress codes; a widower’s ring

Is a ring forever?

Q.  What does “casual attire” mean on an invitation? A.  This generally means that men wear slacks, not jeans, and an open neck shirt, with a sweater, usually, in the winter; no sport coat necessary. Women wear slacks, not jeans, or a skirt if they prefer, with an informal shirt or top; no ...

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2015 Kia Soul EV: All-electric, decent range

2015 Kia Soul EV.

Kia took a bold leap into the electric-vehicle market by bolting a 109-horsepower electric motor into its second-most-popular model, the Soul. Expected to become available in Connecticut in 2015, the electric Soul has more range than many EVs – 93 miles – so it actually brings a degree of ...

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Reviewer’s ‘Top 10’ from 2014

Looking at back through my files at the shows I really enjoyed the most in the year 2014, means that I look through all the theater reviews that I have written last year. This includes everything from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The list is not broken down into seasons, but overall remained the shows... ...

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Selecting the Oscar nominees

Will Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' be the big winner in Academy Award nominations?

What a good movie year 2014 turned out to be. Until mid-summer, we felt trapped by sequels, remakes and overdone epics, with occasional exceptions. Fortunately the change of seasons brought a fresh roster of films to restore our belief in what moviemakers can create when they look beyond ...

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Some past Oscar nominees on view

Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'Doubt.'

As we near the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations – on Thursday, Jan. 15 – we look to broadcast and cable television for a collection of nominated and films receiving awards. Take a look at what’s available this weekend. The King’s Speech (2010) Sometimes we take leaders for granted. ...

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