Counting down to the Oscars: previous winners

Viola Davis in The Help.

As we count down to Oscar, broadcast and cable outlets offer movie choices with Academy Award pedigrees. Take a look at what’s available on broadcast and cable television this weekend. Funny Girl (1968) When Barbra Streisand traveled to Hollywood, in 1967, to begin filming the movie version of ...

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A whodunnit comedy, emphasis on comedy

Dick Terhune and Holly Martin star in The Thirty-Nine Steps in Torrington.

Whether being chased on the roof of a train or handcuffed to a woman who wants to report him to the police at every possible opportunity, Richard Hannay manages to get himself out of trouble almost as easily as he gets into it in a production of The Thirty-Nine Steps at the Warner Theatre, ...

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Yummm — Chocolate Expo on Sunday

The 2015 Chocolate Expo at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be Sunday, Jan. 25.

Soulful A long-standing tradition, the participation of the Serendipity Chorale in a musical worship service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be repeated on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 at Ridgefield’s Temple Shearith Israel, 46 Peaceable Street. Gigi Van Dyke, who leads the chorale, and ...

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Two winter walks, connected by the Saugatuck

Dawn at Bennetts Pond State Park in Ridgefield. —Rob McWilliams photo

There are no hard-and-fast rules for what makes a hike versus what amounts to just a walk. Many adventurers have called their punishing foot-journeys “walks”. Take John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club. He wrote a book called A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. And there is nothing to say that a ...

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Ring in the New Year — naturally!

Chicken broth is the basis for a delicious and naturally healthy soup.

“Another fresh new year is here… Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt and fear, To laugh and love and give!” —William Arthur Ward There is something so wonderfully restorative about a New Year! The New Year gives us a joyous opportunity to begin anew, to rewind after a hectic ...

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Unwelcome invitations; email etiquette

Questions of email.

Q.  What is the best way to turn down an invitation to something you don’t want to do or somewhere you don’t want to go? A. Honesty is usually, as always, the best policy. “Wow, thanks for thinking of us Ann, but we are amusement park-avoiders, so I’ll say no, but will hope we can... Read More

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

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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