A $2.2-million fundraising drive will help with Garde renovations

Bobby Graham, costumer at the Garde Arts Theater Center, mends the main curtain on Aug. 11 in New London. The Garde is holding a $2.2-million fundraising effort for several large renovations that need to be completed over the course of this year, including updating curtains and renovating the HVAC systems.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

It was less than two months ago that comedian Kevin Hart decided to make an impromptu stop at the Garde Arts Center — a performance that was squeezed into his schedule just four days beforehand. The decision was largely made to complement his appearance at his birthday party at Foxwoods on...

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Reynolds and Jackson buddy up for ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Ryan Reynolds hasn’t been getting a lot of sleep lately. In fact, he was so tired over lunch recently that he declined to eat the vegetables served with his salmon because it would require too much effort.


Chorus of Westerly holds auditions

The Chorus of Westerly is looking for new singers for the 2017-2018 concert season and will hold auditions the nights of Sept. 5 and 6 by appointment in the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly. All adult voice parts...


‘Jane Austen at Home’ follows trail of nearly homeless author

Here in the 21st century, where Jane Austen inspires films, spinoff books and even a zombie adaptation, it’s hard to register that she saw little success in her time.


‘The Middle’ to finish plowing the heartland in its final season

A throwback to a simpler era of family sitcoms, “The Middle” on ABC plowed the heartland long before it was fashionable


Paul Kelly plays to strengths on sturdy 'Life is Fine'

Music Review: Australian treasure Paul Kelly, after some eclectic releases, plays to his strength on 'Life is Fine.' It's a sturdy collection of pop-rock songs from a veteran known for his economy and expressiveness as a writer

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Raising their brood

On these long hot summer days, it is easy to lose motivation and forfeit birding.

Rick's List - Solar Eclipse Edition

There are certain things in our culture that are accepted as Truly Big Moments to be anticipated by everyone. 1. July 4th fireworks 2. Black Friday shopping fun 3. The Super Bowl 4. That convo with an elderly relative:...

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Upcoming concerts and shows

Evanescence — Nov. 3 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 18; $28-$63

98 Degrees — Nov. 24 at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 18; $25, $35

Graham Nash — Sept. 26 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 18; $100, $111

Susan Werner — Nov. 3 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $26-$30

Regina Spektor — Nov. 19 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $37.50-$57.50

 

 

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Family would rather punish than praise recovering addict

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