What directors choose: Lessons from N.Y. Film Fest

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Each year the New York Film Festival celebrates the magic filmmakers can create when they dare to reach beyond usual approaches. This year’s event reminded us how special film can be when directors push what the medium can reveal. Here are a few lessons to savor. Story Matters. At a time when ...

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2015 K900: Competing in price, but other factors?


Four years after corporate cousin Hyundai soared into the luxury-sedan market with the 2011 Equus, Kia is in the game with the 2015 K900. As of September, it hadn’t caught on, with just above 1,000 units sold — far short of the company’s goal of 5,000. The 2015 Equus was doing better, with ...

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Stamford Symphony’s opening concerts feature cellist Zuill Bailey playing Dvorak

Eckart Preu will begin his 10th season with the Stamford Symphony on Oct. 18-19.

For its 2014-15 season, Stamford Symphony’s opening concerts Oct. 18-19 are especially exciting. Conductor Eckart Preu (pronounced Proy) has chosen one of the premier cellists of the world, Zuill Bailey, to perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, plus Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, “an optimistic, joyful ...

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Fr. Giuliani’s icons of Native Americans share their culture with a wider audience

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Father John Giuliani of the Benedictine Grange in Redding recently returned from Rome, where his paintings depicting Native Americans in an iconographic manner were on exhibition at the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, an Augustinian church on the north side of Piazza del Popolo, one of the ...

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The tale of a willful woman — Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, portrait by Gilbert Stuart.

Women who cherish their independence, defy convention and often change the course of history are the subject of a series of talks at The Keeler Tavern Museum on Main Street in Ridgefield. Strong Women, Strong Legacies is evidence that ambitious women leading rebellious lives have a long ...

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD: No surprises with Toyota quality

2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD

Crisp handling, a firm ride, an efficient yet responsive engine, and up-to-date styling inside and out, assure Toyota loyalists the 2014 RAV4 won’t be another one of those bland, boring compact crossover SUVs. We’ve driven quite a few over the years that fall into that category, but most ...

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A perfect pear offers many possibilities

Fall is the season for pears!

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” —Lauren DeStefano Fall is such a vibrant and exciting time in the kitchen. The lighter flavors of summer give way to spicier ...

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