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Jock Reynolds developed a particularly strong relationship with living artists during his tenure at Yale University Art Gallery, and he was eager to introduce their work to museum goers. Photo courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery

Jock Reynolds Draws New Plans for Next Two Decades

Published May 23, 2018 07:00 a.m.

He may be leaving Yale University Art Gallery, but retirement is nowhere on his agenda or in his consciousness.

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Four New Exhibitions at YUAG Honor Jock Reynolds Legacy

Published May 23, 2018 07:00 a.m.

Four exhibits at Yale University Art Gallery, all currently on display, honor the legacy of gallery director Jock Reynolds, who is retiring in June.

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Photo courtesy of Painted by the Shore

Paint & Sip Night at Bishop’s

Published May 17, 2018 04:53 p.m.

Has it been too long since you’ve had a girls’ night?

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Photo courtesy of Mystic Aquarium

Have Cocktails with the Whales at Mystic Aquarium

Published May 17, 2018 04:51 p.m.

The whales won't be drinking. They're more for moral support.

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Photo courtesy of Rosabianca Vineyards

Are You Over the Brewery Scene?

Published May 17, 2018 04:47 p.m.

It's okay, you can say it.

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Spectrum Art Gallery offers unique events throughout the year. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Art Galleries in the Valley

Published May 17, 2018 08:18 a.m.

It's a fact: The arts scene is flourishing in Connecticut's Lower River Valley.

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Photo by Jessica Hutchinson of North Society Photography

A Taste of New Restaurants in the Valley Area

Published May 17, 2018 07:51 a.m.

Within the past year, several new restaurants opened their doors in the Valley area, including Grano Arso in Chester, Scotch Plains Tavern in Essex, and The Essex in Centerbrook.

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Former Madison town historian Warner Lord, shown here with a low flax wheel, will be processing flax at Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The multi-activity event is free and open to the public with on-site parking. Photo courtesy of Brenda Milkofsky

Follow the Fibers to Bushnell Farm on May 19

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The family members who occupied the 1678 Bushnell House in Old Saybrook were weavers as well as farmers. Each spring,...

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Caroline Callhan of Madison as Annie, Merle of Colchester as Sandy, and Ashley Holt of Westbrook as July in the Madhatters Theatre Company production of Annie.

Photo courtesy of Francesca Webster

All-Ages Entertainment with ‘Annie’ at the Chester Meeting House

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Madhatters Theatre Company presents the family musical Annie at Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester. Performances are Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 2 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of Peter Hawes

Successes and Lessons from the Norwalk River Valley Trail

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Two leaders of an effort to build a pedestrian and bicycle trail between Norwalk and Danbury, Connecticut, will...

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Author Susan Strecker will lead a two-part writers workshop at the Scranton Memorial Library. Photo courtesy of the Scranton Memorial Library

The Seven Essential Elements of a Novel

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison is offering a two-part writing workshop with...

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Hend Ayoub, Ian Lassiter, Sohina Sidhu, and James Cusati-Moyer in Kiss at Yale Rep Photo by Joan Marcus

Is it Farce? Melodrama? Reality TV? ‘Kiss’ at Yale Rep Tries to Be All Things

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

During the first part of Kiss, now at the Yale Rep through Saturday, May 19, you think you know what type of play this is: a melodramatic romantic comedy with some satire thrown into it. But you will quickly realize it is more than just that.

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My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Hamilton! Hamilton! Everywhere! On stage! In books! This particular novel focuses on Alexander Hamilton’s personal life as told by his strong, understanding wife Elizabeth.

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The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

At the local tennis club, 19 year-old Paul, home from university to his London suburb, is recruited to fill out a mixed doubles match

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The Cloister by James Carroll

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The love story of medieval French philosopher and theologian Peter Abelard and his protégée Heloise is now legendary, although it obscures the more provocative teachings for which Abelard was censured during his lifetime.

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The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The sign said, “Yes, We Do Have Chocolate Cream Doughnuts,” but the sign was wrong.

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

You’re going to be shocked when you find out what’s happening beneath the surface of our Great Lakes (hint: it’s not good), and by the time you finish this book you’ll want to join the scientists currently racing to engineer a solution to save the most important bodies of freshwater on the planet.

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Noir by Christopher Moore

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Sammy is a (not-quite-so-innocent) bartender thrown into a weird and dangerous situation in this new favorite from Christopher Moore.

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The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This is for anyone who has ever dreamed of running off to the circus but didn’t have the courage to do it.

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You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

We have all read stories of terminal illness, the challenge of single parenting, foreign travel, and unexpected love, but when put together as Isaac has, in this story, it reminds the reader of the most important aspects of everyday life and how to live it.

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Brooke Lacy and cast in Will Rogers Follies at Goodspeed Musicals Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Goodspeed’s ‘Will Rogers Follies’ Entertaining though Flawed

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Will Rogers is a name that may be unknown to many, but he was one of the first political satirist in American media. A genuine cowboy from Oklahoma, he rose from doing roping tricks in vaudeville to starring in the Ziegfeld Follies and moving to Hollywood for films and a radio show. His folksy demeanor let him get away with skewering all political elements.

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King George V, U.S. William Admiral Sims, and Chief Yeoman Mike McNally of the Army-Navy Baseball Team on July 4, 1918, in London. About 70,000 attended. Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus Museum

‘Hot Dogs & the Great War’ Presentation at Knights of Columbus

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

As U.S. soldiers and sailors deployed to Europe a century ago during World War I, they took with them their great American pastime—baseball.

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Nature Makes a House Call

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Thank God birthdays only come once a year.

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Marlo (Charlize Theron) and her son, Jonah (Asher Miles Fallica) share a party diversion in the dark comedy, Tully.

Photograph copyright Tully Productions, LLC. Focus Features

Charlize Theron Gets All Too Real in Tully

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Any sleep-deprived mother who wakes up at night to change diapers, nurse her baby, and in the morning rises to get her other children off to school will embrace Charlize Theron’s character in the dark comedy, Tully.

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Tony Season and New York Surprises

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Inside Notes and Comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Minus the Raisins)

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Take Something Away, Leave Room for Something Even Better

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The Never-Ending Balance

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

It’s less work to see the world in black and white, but as I get older, I find myself more comfortable in the gray.

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Seven unique gardens along the Madison shore will open for tours on Sunday, June 3. Photo courtesy of Josephine Mokriski

Gardens by the Sea Tour in Madison June 3

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

On Sunday, June 3, the Women’s Club of Madison offers the unique chance to tour seven beautiful gardens by the sea on Madison.

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Alice Hamilton always asked “what particular good can I do?” Photo courtesy of Eric Lehman

Telling the Stories of Ordinary People in Connecticut Who Did Extraordinary Things

Published May 16, 2018 07:00 a.m.

Author Eric D. Lehman is Positively Impassioned About the Power of Loving your Localness

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Spring Has Sprung at Liv’s

Published May 10, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Liv’s Oyster Bar, 166 Main Street, Old Saybrook is working off of its new spring menu and there’s a...

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