Songs of the season, and of the spirit

Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray.

If not now, when? It is a question people often ask themselves about things they would like to do “someday,” especially when they learn of the death of someone they know. And so it was for Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield earlier this year. A fourth-generation ...

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A happy, healthy holiday?

Citrus contributes to a healthy life, especially in winter.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” —Agnes M. Pharo Finding peace and good will towards our fellow men and women ...

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A blizzard of Christmas joy in Waterbury

The cast of Christmas Eve at Earlene’s Diner, playing through Dec. 21, at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.

Winds howl and snow flies, as a full-fledged blizzard rages just outside Earlene’s Diner on Christmas Eve. Earlene’s Diner has run into tough times and is about to be demolished but it proves to be a last-minute haven for an entire group of talented performers who are trying to make it to St. ...

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Counting down to Christmas with films

Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck.

What a great way to count down to the holidays than with favorite movies available on broadcast and cable television. There’s something for everyone in this weekend’s lineup. Take a look. The “Sing-along” Sound of Music (1965) Back in 2000, at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, this all-time ...

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Inherent Vice explores the hunger for escape

Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice.

Yes, Paul Thomas Anderson has a sense of humor. After creating one absorbing drama after another — from Magnolia to There Will Be Blood to The Master — Anderson reminds us how funny he can be when he chooses to chill. With the irreverent Inherent Vice, this director in search of meaning ...

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Music, dance, and lots of family fun

The Darien Arts Center dance companies will perform ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 11, 2 and 5, and Sunday at 12 and 3 at the Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road. For reservations, call 203-655-5414 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org. Shown, Juliette Dixon and Ty Hollbrook

Jazz in SoNo Drummer John Cutrone will be joined by organist Rob Aries (Average White Band, John Scofield) and guitarist Bill Bickford (Billy Cobham, Defunkt) for an evening of jazz on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Quartina Trattoria & Vineria, 120 Washington Street, South ...

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Marti, from Adopt-A-Dog, stars in new ‘Annie’

Marti is the canine star of the new 'Annie' movie, opening Dec. 19.

The Adopt-A-Dog shelter in Westchester County is celebrating the holiday season with the heart-warming “wags”-to-riches success story of its former rescue dog resident, Marti. Marti is the canine star of the new Annie movie that opens in theaters this Friday, Dec. 19, and she’s also taken on ...

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