Monday, May 17, 2021

New Haven Chorale's promising pivot continues


New Haven Chorale sings "Great Day" with soloist Jermaine Woodard, right, and ASL Interpreter Angel Rubinan.

By Joe Amarante

While most arts groups have been suffering for the past 15 months, the New Haven Chorale is claiming some steady victories of hope and distanced performance.

You can check out a recent performance online at

Says Executive Director Alice Hummel, "During the pandemic we've produced a number of virtual performances under the leadership of our director Ed Bolkovac, all available on our YouTube channel, and have conducted weekly rehearsals and music classes on a variety of topics that have been attended by participants across the country and around the world."

In April, Hummel noted the New York Times article on a West Coast choir whose live practice became a notorious superspreader event during the pandemic. 

"From the beginning of the pandemic having excellent guidance from one of our members, Dr. Alan Kliger, the Chorale hunkered down," wrote Hummel in an email. "No in-person rehearsal, no live concerts and yet...after one year, our community is together, rehearsing online and recording individually. We have created some wonderful videos of choral music streaming on YouTube for the public to enjoy. Our music has been heard and seen by thousands of viewers increasing our outreach dramatically." 

Most Choirs have not been singing, ours hasn't stopped," she wrote.

Stay tuned for a return to live performances, as yet unannounced.

Friday, May 14, 2021

 Moments from a weekend trip to Janesville and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and northern Illinois

A monstrous breakfast dish at Alexanders Cafe in Elgin, off I-90.

Part of the Rotary Gardens in Janesville, Wisc., near the location of a moving memorial service for Hamden, Conn., native Jim Gammons. 

 "He who plants a garden plants happiness" at Rotary Gardens in Janesville.

Blogger blends in with local flora at Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford, Ill.

Sinnissippi Gardens features a butterfly room where you can hold a monarch butterfly on your Gatorade stick, if you'll pardon the allusion.

Koi fish and admirers at the Sinnissippi Gardens greenhouse.

The calm waters of Geneva Lake in southern Wisconsin.

By local ordinance, the wealthy (above) and modest homeowners along Geneva Lake must provide access to walkers along the entire lake trail, which takes about a day to complete.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

New Haven Symphony to play live at the Boathouse, 14 times

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will returns to live performances with 14 concerts on the New Haven waterfront between May 21 and July 4, it was announced the other day.

The concerts will feature musicians from the NHSO and guest artists performing in small, socially-distanced ensembles outdoors at the Canal Dock Boathouse on Long Wharf Drive in New Haven. Tickets to the series will be available for purchase beginning April 19 at noon.  


Music Director Alasdair Neale, who will host the series, says, “Words cannot express what it will mean for us to be able to play music together again. We are hopeful that this series signals that our darkest days are behind us, as well as expresses gratitude for the support and generosity of our audience and community this past year.  


The concerts will include music by Antonin Vivaldi, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Felix Mendelssohn, Florence Price, Franz Schubert, Gioachino Rossini, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, John Philip Sousa, Jonathan Moore, Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Bonds, Philip Glass, Rafael Hernández Marín and Scott Joplin. 

Performing side by side with NHSO musicians will be familiar Connecticut artists including tenor Charles Widmer, electric cellist Jonathan Moore, steel pan virtuoso Kenneth Joseph, soprano Lisa Williamson and dancer/choreographer Tavon Dudley, as well as local poets. A full list of concert programs and performers will be posted at 


Tickets ($25) will be available for purchase at or by calling (203) 787-4282. 

An NHSO performance at the Canal Dock Boathouse in October 2020 (photo credit Ben White).

Get inside a professional theater production

Theater fans can go deep on a 2019 production in Westport Thursday evening, via computer of course as the pandemic lingers. 

Westport Country Playhouse’s “From Concept to Curtain” documentary series will present “Telling Mlima's Tale,” premiering Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m., on the Playhouse’s website ( and Youtube channel (WestportPlayhouse). And it's free to see.


You'll observe conversations with playwright, director and artists as “Telling Mlima’s Tale” examines the  visual scope and sweep of the Playhouse’s 2019 award-winning production, “Mlima’s Tale,” written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Lynn Nottage, and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.

The Playhouse’s staging was the first after the play's world premiere at The Public Theater in New York.


“Mlima’s Tale” at Westport Country Playhouse received five Awards of Excellence from the Connecticut Critics Circle, including best play of 2019; Mark Lamos for direction, Jermaine Rowe for his portrayal of Mlima, Yana Birykova for projection design, and Isabella Byrd for lighting design.

From left, Jermaine Rowe as Mlima, Jennean Farmer, and Carl Hendrick Louis in Westport Country Playhouse’s 2019 production of “Mlima’s Tale.” Photo by Carol Rosegg


Wednesday, April 07, 2021

New canned cocktails to try

New to the food and beverage area this month are the Colorado-based Cocktail Squad® products recently gaining distribution in Connecticut and Vermont. Cocktail Squad offers a line of eight sleek, ready-to-drink canned cocktails from the Rocky Mountains featuring four real spirits instead of just malt liquor.

The thin, attractive12-ounce cans -- with a bear, fox and bird logo -- are nice additions to camping, picnics the beach (where allowed of course), around a fire pit or on the deck. We tried them recently and judged them a cut above other canned cocktails, although some flavors were deemed better than others. 

The Bourbon Smash (at 10 percent alcohol with bourbon, blackberries, mint and pressed lemons) was a hit and the Margarita (10% alcohol) was refreshing while the Vodka Lemon (5% alcohol with a little carbonation) had a slight aftertaste. 

Cocktail Squad’s Classy Classics™ contain two servings per can, say the producers, so be advised about that. They are gluten-free or gluten-removed and have an MSRP of $4.99 per can or $20 per four-pack. 

The lower-alcohol Classy Casuals™ contain 0g sugar, 0g carbohydrates and no artificial sugar substitutes and come in two flavors- Whiskey Ginger Soda and the Vodka Lemon Soda. They run $3.49 per can or $13.99 per four-pack.

Here's a list of places you can get the canned cocktails: Al's Warehouse, Fairfield & Norwalk Bruce Park Liquor, Greenwich Cheshire Wine & Spirits, Cheshire Bottle Shop, New Haven JV Wine & Spirits, Killingsworth

New from Rhode Island breadmaker

Calise Bakery has put out a new Sourdough Italian Round Bread, which we tried recently. There's a slightly chewy crust and a distinct flavor that goes well with butter or as a base for a panini.

The bakery is based in Lincoln, R.I., which is between Pawtucket and Woonsocket and not far from the Connecticut line. The bread is available at Connecticut stores such as Stop & Shop, Big Y and IGA, and goes for about $3.69 a loaf -- not bad considering craft breads these days run $6 or more. 

Suggested panini: 2 slices of bread, tomato slices, fresh mozzarella (Mooz), basil leaves from your home herb garden, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper to taste.

Sugar Factory

You can go to Miami Beach, seen here in a recent visit, or you can get sugared up at Foxwoods in Connecticut. We won't discuss the place health-wise, but you can get a salad along with your $39 two-person, bubbling cocktail and massive dessert selections.

Monday, April 05, 2021

 News briefs from arts & entertainment in CT

A script in the hand is worth... something

Westport Country Playhouse will present an online script-in-hand playreading of “Rent Control,” the Off-Broadway comedy based on the true story of a struggling-to-survive actor in New York City who invents a moneymaking scheme that backfires. 

Written and performed by Evan Zes, left, and directed by Mark Shanahan, curator of the Script in Hand series, the broadcast premiere is set for Monday, April 26, at 7 p.m., and on-demand from Tuesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 2. Running time is 80 minutes.

Virtual tickets can be purchased as a $20 Individual, a $40 Pair, and as an $80 Household streaming experience. Each purchase entitles the ticket buyer to one individual link.

Go to, leave a message on the box office voicemail at (203) 227-4177, or email at 

Mohegan Sun lands in Vegas at Hilton property

Mohegan Sun Gaming & Entertainment recently became the first tribal casino presence in the prestigious Las Vegas market, opening a 60,000-square foot gaming venue located within Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, a Curio Collection by Hilton.

Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas officially opened the
gaming venue to the public, welcoming invited guests, celebrities, locals and visitors to the newly reimagined casino-resort on Thursday, March 25.

Coming up: Live renditions of Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Eagles at The Kate

 The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, known to locals as “The Kate," is adding to their live schedule with a weekend of live music April 16 and 17 presented under the State of Connecticut Phase 3 reopening guidelines, which means only 85 tickets will be sold. As of April 5, a handful remained for each performance.
Mimicking the Simon & Garfunkel signature sound, Jeb and Jock Guthrie (right) will perform April 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 8 p.m.

Also coming up: The Beatles' Abbey Road album live July 23, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall July 31-Aug. 1, Eaglemania Aug. 7 (two shows) and the music of Woodstock Aug. 21.

For more information on attendee rules or to purchase tickets, see or call 860-510-0453.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Dining in Connecticut

The yin & yang of Mohegan Sun's new restaurant; TAO to open March 23

By Joe Amarante

The state's restaurant scene could use some good news and a big score for newly optimistic diners after a year-plus of takeout and closings. So here's one in Uncasville.

TAO Asian Bistro and Lounge – the long-awaited replacement for upscale Bobby Flay's Bar Americain restaurant at Mohegan Sun Casino, will open March 23.

We chatted the other day with Mohegan President Jeff Hamilton and Managing Partners of TAO Andrew Goldberg and Paul Goldstein during a quick tour of the lavish new eatery.

TAO's debut has been pushed back a few times due to COVID and the complexities of assembling the lavish set pieces of this Asian food experience – flourishes such as lighting fixtures, small statues, fountains and the big centerpiece, a 16-foot-tall Quan Yin statue in the main dining room with more outstretched arms than the Red Sox bullpen.

“When we were closed,” said Mohegan Sun President Jeff Hamilton, “we kept the construction project going but it slowed pretty significantly. I think COVID has been, from a restrictions standpoint and then even from a materials standpoint, really, really difficult.”

TAO's managing partners said there were targeted vendors such as artists and producers who also had COVID issues. The procurement of the antique doors of the restaurant are an example, said Hamilton. But now the place is ready and the staff has been undergoing training.

“It's almost an emotional experience every time you walk in here,” said Hamilton. “You're just amazed at how beautiful the restaurant is.”

Hamilton said officials didn't hold back the opening due to COVID restrictions and lower numbers of visitors to the resort “but luckily it's timed perfect where we're opening” in a more upbeat moment.

Officials said the first day of accepting calls brought more than 1,500 reservations for the opening month.

Goldberg credited Hamilton with sticking to the plan for TAO despite ups and downs during a tumultuous time for casino and all restaurants.

“For us,” said Hamilton, “I think over the last seven or eight years, what we've done is try to stop depending so much on gaming, right? I mean you think about the Expo Center, the additional hotel tower, more meetings and conventions. I think strategically food and beverage is an area where we want to create more destination (offerings)... experiences that are more and more unique. You're never going to experience anything like TAO in the state of Connecticut.”

Hamilton estimated the cost of the 300-seat TAO build-out, including a 4,200-square-foot kitchen “where the magic happens,” at $8 million.

During the pandemic, Mohegan hosted a bubble basketball tournament and quietly hosted Bellator mixed martial arts and Showtime boxing matches in the mostly empty Mohegan Sun Arena, for nationwide TV. That filled up floors of the hotel with production staffers during the past year.

The busy Expo and Convention Center was gushing business prior to the pandemic, with its last big hurrah being the vast Wine & Food Fest in January 2020. In recent weeks by contrast, part of the facility is being used as a COVID vaccine outlet.

“Just over the last weekend,” said Hamilton, “we did over a thousand (vaccine) shots each day.”

Mohegan's TAO becomes the sixth and latest of the chain, joining two in New York and ones in Las Vegas at the Venetian, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Hamilton said aside from the big TAO opening, officials are looking to reopen valet parking sites before summer begins and (if the situation allows it) the Arena to live shows or events, if at limited capacity. First up is likely is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction events May 13-15.

Asked what makes TAO different from the average Asian cuisine eatery, Goldberg said, “I think it's our people. I think we care so much about the people of this community here. We care about our teammates. I think anybody can make great Chinese food, but I think it's the way we make people feel when they're in the room, that we care about them and that the guest experience is everything.”

The company did takeout and virtual hookups with fans during COVID, like so many other entities, showcasing partner/chef Ralph Scamardella on Zoom making recipes.

Of the cuisine, Goldberg said, “We call it the greatest hits of Asian food. It's not a fusion; it's pan-Asian.”

TAO cuisine chief Goldstein said the food is “authentic Hong Kong, Japanese and Thai. … We don't like the word 'fusion' because we don't infuse it with anything. It's authentic... We have chefs who are from there; our chefs go there quite frequently actually.”

Along with craft cocktails and Asian menu favorites such as Satay of Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Wonton and Peking Duck, Scamardella and Mohegan's Patrick Woodward designed “a great surf-and-turf specifically for this venue,” said Goldstein. “It's a 32-ounce bone-in ribeye, it's called a tomahawk steak...and it comes with a lobster and it's done Chinese style.”

A highlight of the new Mohegan site, which has completely transformed the former (more open) space that was Bobby Flay's Bar Americain on the edge of the attractive hotel lobby, is the dramatic entryway and different spaces of TAO:

  • There's an entry hallway with arches leading to a host or hostess, then the 1,600-square-foot Ink Lounge (with changeable mood lighting and posh furnishings for about 40 people). “As the energy grows,” said Goldberg of the lighting, “it gets darker throughout the night.”\

  • Then there's a water portal, a walkway to the main dining room with water flowing on the glass ceiling and down the exterior of the glass walls.

  • The 3,800-square-foot main dining room also has a secondary bar with seats and four adjacent private dining rooms. Modern music will be at a lively but not overpowering volume for guests conversing, said Goldstein.

  • The original TAO in New York (circa 2000) was the carriage house for the Vandebilt estate, where renovations revealed beautiful aged brick behind some walls that the partners have recreated in all of their venues for a feeling of warmth, they said.

The word Tao in Chinese philosophy refers to the absolute principle underlying the universe, enveloping the ideas of yin and yang and a code of behavior that is in harmony with the natural order. Quan Yin, depicted in the dining room's focal point statue, is one of the major deities in Buddhism (goddess of mercy and compassion) and one of the most popular used in feng shui.

So in a key spot at Mohegan, the neat but comparatively sterile look of Bar Americain has been replaced by a colorful, lush series of Asian-accented spaces.

“It's also one of our favorite things...” said Goldstein. “We've taken over a lot of venues in the past... and what we love to do is to rearrange it so much that people walk in and say, 'Wait, that used to be the front door and that kitchen used to be..., you know? Totally change everything.”

Joe Amarante is a former TV, arts, dining and travel writer and editor at the New Haven Register and Hearst CT.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Robert Daniel Irwin to release 2nd album in April

Robert Daniel Irwin, a school teacher and musician whom we covered early in the pandemic for putting out an album called "Nature Vs. Nurture," has a new album coming out in April called “Chasing the Tone." It will be available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and other streaming music sites, as well as on CD at

Irwin and friends will celebrate the release with a concert and CD release party on April 29 on the outside deck at Best Video Film and Cultural Center in Hamden.

Singer/guitarist Irwin's songs are marked by imagery, wordplay and humor, exploriing what it means to be human, and the strangeness of daily life in general. 

The record showcases 11 original songs, including the hard rock “0 to 10,” the bluesy “Deep in This Hole” featuring Luke Guilmette (Great Hill Mountain Band) on slide guitar, the dreamy Beatles-esque “Let’s Go to the Zoo”, and the satirical hillbilly anthem “Arkansas Jesus," according to a news release. Each track includes studio performances by Logan Sidle (Robot Monster and Dreamfield) on drums, Guilmette on lead guitar, and Suj Patel on bass.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Nine-plus months after the virus came, 
a news rack frozen in time

Thursday, December 31, 2020

 A new transition

Here's the start to my moving-on column the New Haven Register Jan. 3 and online Dec. 31, 2020 and a link to it:

Article in Register

It’s been a wild and quip-filled ride in news    and features; now it’s time to stand up

It’s been a wild and quip-filled ride in news    and features; now it’s time to stand up

By Joe Amarante

After years at The Journal-Courier and New Haven Register - and all the publications that Hearst Connecticut Media has brought with it in recent years - I decided recently to leave the Register Dec. 31. Maybe this challenging year convinced me it’s time for a bit of a change.

Or maybe, in my 60s, it’s just too many hours sitting down, since I have worked from my home during 2020. Health experts will tell you that sitting and typing for long hours is more than just a pain in the butt. It will move up your expiration date.

It’s been a long, strange trip, this job. But I will miss it, partly because journalists are the coolest people I’ve known — curious, funny, more than a bit testy and part of a club with a glorious, ink-stained, booze-soaked past. But also because it’s worthy and even crucial in a democracy.

Most journos are trained to gather and present verifiable truth and attributable assertions, so the last four years it’s been tough to listen to a president call us “enemies of the people.” My affection for news folks doesn’t include the time-killing blowhards on partisan cable TV or syndicated radio; it’s more a reference to local journalism.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ct. connection to 'Star is Born' win at Oscars

Hamden product Anthony Rossomando, second from left, is poses with co-songwriting winners Andrew Wyatt, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga at the Academy Awards, marking best original song for "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born," in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. "'Shallow' speaks to the power of vulnerability," said Rossomando in an email exchange recently. "I'm proud to have written it with friends and deeply touched that it resonates with so many people. An award is icing on a cake."(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Monday, December 10, 2018

It's a cookbook!: Zoning in on a year-end holiday.

2018 is coming to a close and today it feels like we live in the Twilight Zone. Here's our favorite show from a past era   -- before social media, video games, Wall Street greed and talk radio ruined so much.

SYFY’s annual Twilight Zone Marathon will kick off December 30th at midnight and will run until the morning of January 2nd. The schedule, with our top picks in bold:
 12/30/2018    SUN    11:00PM    STATIC
 12/30/2018    SUN    11:30PM    THE PRIME MOVERS
 12/31/2018    MON    12:00 AM    LONG DISTANCE CALL
 12/31/2018    MON    12:30 AM    A HUNDRED YARDS OVER THE RIM
 12/31/2018    MON    01:00 AM    THE RIP VAN WINKLE CAPER
 12/31/2018    MON    01:30 AM    THE SILENCE
 12/31/2018    MON    02:00 AM    SHADOW PLAY
 12/31/2018    MON    02:30 AM    THE MIND AND THE MATTER
 12/31/2018    MON    03:00 AM    THE OBSOLETE MAN
 12/31/2018    MON    03:30 AM    TWO
 12/31/2018    MON    04:00 AM    THE ARRIVAL
 12/31/2018    MON    04:30 AM    THE SHELTER
 12/31/2018    MON    05:00 AM    THE PASSERSBY
 12/31/2018    MON    05:30 AM    THE MIRROR
 12/31/2018    MON    06:00 AM    THE GRAVE
 12/31/2018    MON    06:30 AM    DEATH'S HEAD REVISITED
 12/31/2018    MON    07:00 AM    THE MIDNIGHT SUN
 12/31/2018    MON    07:30 AM    STILL VALLEY
 12/31/2018    MON    08:00 AM    THE JUNGLE
 12/31/2018    MON    08:30 AM    ONCE UPON A TIME
 12/31/2018    MON    09:00 AM    A QUALITY OF MERCY
 12/31/2018    MON    09:30 AM    NOTHING IN THE DARK
 12/31/2018    MON    10:00 AM    ONE MORE PALLBEARER
 12/31/2018    MON    10:30 AM    DEAD MAN'S SHOES
 12/31/2018    MON    11:00 AM    THE HUNT
 12/31/2018    MON    11:30 AM    SHOWDOWN WITH RANCE MCGREW
 12/31/2018    MON    12:00 PM    KICK THE CAN
 12/31/2018    MON    12:30 PM    A PIANO IN THE HOUSE
 12/31/2018    MON    01:00 PM    THE LAST RIGHTS OF JEFF MYRTLEBANK
 12/31/2018    MON    01:30 PM    THE FUGITIVE
 12/31/2018    MON    02:00 PM    LITTLE GIRL LOST
 12/31/2018    MON    02:30 PM    PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN
 12/31/2018    MON    03:00 PM    THE GIFT
 12/31/2018    MON    03:30 PM    THE LITTLE PEOPLE
 12/31/2018    MON    04:00 PM    FOUR O'CLOCK
 12/31/2018    MON    04:30 PM    THE TRADE-INS
 12/31/2018    MON    05:00 PM    HOCUS-POCUS AND FRISBY
 12/31/2018    MON    05:30 PM    THE DUMMY
 12/31/2018    MON    06:00 PM    WHERE IS EVERYBODY
 12/31/2018    MON    06:30 PM    TWENTY-TWO
 12/31/2018    MON    07:00 PM    THE ODYSSEY OF FLIGHT 33
 12/31/2018    MON    07:30 PM    IT'S A GOOD LIFE
 12/31/2018    MON    08:00 PM    THE INVADERS
 12/31/2018    MON    08:30 PM    THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET
 12/31/2018    MON    09:00 PM    NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET
 12/31/2018    MON    09:30 PM    TIME ENOUGH AT LAST
 12/31/2018    MON    10:00 PM    PEOPLE ARE ALIKE ALL OVER
 12/31/2018    MON    10:30 PM    WALKING DISTANCE
 12/31/2018    MON    11:00 PM    THE HITCH-HIKER
 12/31/2018    MON    11:30 PM    THE BEWITCHIN' POOL
 12/31/2018    MON    12:00 AM    THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD
 12/31/2018    MON    12:30 AM    YOUNG MAN'S FANCY
 12/31/2018    MON    01:00 AM    CAVENDAR IS COMING
 12/31/2018    MON    01:30 AM    IN PRAISE OF PIP
 12/31/2018    MON    02:00 AM    STEEL
 12/31/2018    MON    02:30 AM    A KIND OF STOPWATCH
 12/31/2018    MON    03:00 AM    THE LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY
 12/31/2018    MON    03:30 AM    THE OLD MAN IN THE CAVE
 12/31/2018    MON    04:00 AM    UNCLE SIMON
 12/31/2018    MON    04:30 AM    NIGHT CALL
 12/31/2018    MON    05:00 AM    PROBE 7 OVER AND OUT
 12/31/2018    MON    05:30 AM    THE 7TH IS MADE UP OF PHANTOMS
 01/01/2019    TUE    07:00 AM    RING-A-DING GIRL
 01/01/2019    TUE    07:30 AM    YOU DRIVE
 01/01/2019    TUE    08:00 AM    NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU
 01/01/2019    TUE    08:30 AM    THE LONG MORROW
 01/01/2019    TUE    09:30 AM    BLACK LEATHER JACKETS
 01/01/2019    TUE    10:00 AM    FROM AGNES WITH LOVE
 01/01/2019    TUE    10:30 AM    SPUR OF THE MOMENT
 01/01/2019    TUE    11:00 AM    STOPOVER IN A QUIET TOWN
 01/01/2019    TUE    11:30 AM    AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE
 01/01/2019    TUE    12:00 PM    QUEEN OF THE NILE
 01/01/2019    TUE    12:30 PM    WHAT'S IN THE BOX
 01/01/2019    TUE    01:00 PM    I AM THE NIGHT - COLOR ME BLACK
 01/01/2019    TUE    01:30 PM    SOUNDS AND SILENCES
 01/01/2019    TUE    02:00 PM    CAESAR AND ME
 01/01/2019    TUE    02:30 PM    THE JEOPARDY ROOM
 01/01/2019    TUE    03:00 PM    THE ENCOUNTER
 01/01/2019    TUE    03:30 PM    MR. GARRITY AND THE GRAVES
 01/01/2019    TUE    04:00 PM    THE BRAIN CENTER AT MR. WHIPPLE'S
 01/01/2019    TUE    04:30 PM    COME WANDER WITH ME
 01/01/2019    TUE    05:00 PM    THE FEAR
 01/01/2019    TUE    05:30 PM    ONE FOR THE ANGELS
 01/01/2019    TUE    06:00 PM    A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
 01/01/2019    TUE    07:00 PM    A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY
 01/01/2019    TUE    07:30 PM    THE MASKS
 01/01/2019    TUE    08:00 PM    FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN EXIT
 01/01/2019    TUE    08:30 PM    EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
 01/01/2019    TUE    09:00 PM    TO SERVE MAN
 01/01/2019    TUE    09:30 PM    LIVING DOLL
 01/01/2019    TUE    10:00 PM    NICK OF TIME
 01/01/2019    TUE    10:30 PM    THE AFTER HOURS
 01/01/2019    TUE    11:00 PM    A GAME OF POOL
 01/01/2019    TUE    11:30 PM    I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC
 01/02/2019    WED    12:00 AM    MR. DENTON ON DOOMSDAY
 01/02/2019    WED    12:30 AM    THE SIXTEEN-MILLIMETER SHRINE
 01/02/2019    WED    01:00 AM    ESCAPE CLAUSE
 01/02/2019    WED    01:30 AM    THE LONELY
 01/02/2019    WED    02:00 AM    PERCHANCE TO DREAM
 01/02/2019    WED    02:30 AM    JUDGEMENT NIGHT
 01/02/2019    WED    03:00 AM    AND WHEN THE SKY WAS OPENED
 01/02/2019    WED    03:30 AM    WHAT YOU NEED
 01/02/2019    WED    04:00 AM    THE FOUR OF US ARE DYING
 01/02/2019    WED    04:30 AM    THIRD FROM THE SUN
 01/02/2019    WED    05:00 AM    I SHOT AN ARROW INTO THE AIR
 01/02/2019    WED    05:30 AM    THE FEVER
 01/02/2019    WED    06:00 AM    LONG LIVE WALTER JAMESON
 01/02/2019    WED    06:30 AM    NOTHING IN THE DARK

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

AP's interactive look at Oscar-nominated films

Top nominated movies for the 88th Academy Awards

Of the 57 films receiving Academy Award nominations this year, “The Revenant” led the pack, with 12. 
Films with two or more nominations, visualized by number received:

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies


The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs


Sunday, August 16, 2015

DJ Sam Pace to host White Party at Shrine Tuesday night

WHITE PARTY: Shrine Asian Kitchen and Nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino will hold a White Party Tuesday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., hosted by breakthrough female DJ (in a male-dominated electronic dance scene) Sam Pace. Attendees who show up in theme get free admission; advance tickets are available for $10 online at, and will be sold at the door for $20.