Social hiking vs. going it alone at ‘The Den’

Godfrey Pond in early fall. —Rob McWilliams photo

Hiking can be completely solitary, intensely social, or somewhere in between. There is no right way. I like hiking alone very much. Going at the perfect pace for me is part of it, but solitude also lets the hiker concentrate on the wonders around more than is possible in company. Company scares ...

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

It’s been a great run for Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, introduced 25 years ago and produced nonstop in Japan ever since. The formula Mazda used was deceptively simple: Build a sweet-handling, inexpensive, reliable roadster, build it right, and let the competitors try to do as well. To date, no one has. ...

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Birdman offers visual and emotional wonder

Michael Keaton gives a "brave performance" in Birdman, according to the Reel Dad.

Film is a visual medium. How a director chooses to use the camera defines how the narrative evolves. The same plot can look and feel one way if a camera is static — standing still, rarely moving — or another if the camera moves. At the movies, visual nuance matters. In Alejandro González ...

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Dogs and people behaving badly

Dogs behaving badly?

Q.  The pet store near my house has an open door policy for people to bring their pets with them to the store. I find it odd enough that people do this, but find it worse when their pets, usually dogs, bark and are aggressive to the other dogs that are there. What do you... Read More

Treasures from Altman and Eastwood, plus Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates in 'Misery,' for which she won an Oscar.

Some reel surprises are easy to find on broadcast and cable television this weekend: Movies with stories, characters and stars! So, if you plan to look for a movie to share, take a look at what’s on the tube. Here are a few ideas. Gosford Park (2001) The great director Robert Altman — who ...

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Long Wharf celebrates with ‘Our Town’

Myra Lucretia Taylor as the Stage Manager in Long Wharf Theatre’s production of ‘Our Town.’

Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven has come up with a novel way of celebrating its 50th anniversary year. It has opened its first show of this special season with a big nod to its alumni and to New Haven with Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The entire main cast is made up of actors who... Read More

You may have to dig but gems are there

color of money

Some weekends offer better movie choices than others. This weekend, you may have to dig a bit through the choices on broadcast and cable television. But the gems are there! Here are a few. The Color of Money (1986) No it’s not the best Paul Newman performance even though it finally won him an ...

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