Essex Art Association hosts "Wild and Crazy"

Closing out the summer season, the Essex Art Association will present its last open show of 2017, one that won’t have an overarching theme and one that will offer a large variety of subjects and styles. Its title, “Wild and Crazy,” complements this idea, with an exhibition...



John Cho taps into his potential as indie drama’s star and romantic figure

John Cho has close to 100 acting credits on the Internet Movie Database, but only a handful of those are lead roles. Despite his association with two successful franchises (as Harold in the “Harold & Kumar” stoner comedies and Sulu...

For ‘Rick and Morty’ creators, real life and sci-fi high jinks aren’t as separate as you might expect

Justin Roiland has every minute of the new season of “Rick and Morty” accounted for, which makes it easy for the cartoon co-creator to pinpoint the moment that’s making him anxious.

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.


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:...


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




Family's tolerance of verbal abuse is red flag for girlfriend

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and a half. In the beginning, he kept his family and me apart. I thought it was because they were extremely close, but turns out he was doing me a favor given...

Family would rather punish than praise recovering addict

DEAR ABBY: I am a recovering drug addict. I have slipped, as many do, but I have been clean for four years now. The problem is my family. If I look tired, trip over my own two feet (I'm clumsy) or just don't want to be around...

Teen weighs impact of joining school gay-straight alliance

DEAR ABBY: I'm 14, starting my freshman year in high school and, of course, will be joining lots of clubs to prepare for college. My best friend is gay, and when I asked her if she wanted to join any clubs together, she...

Man questions his dating style after being cheated on twice


With twins on the way, man still refuses to buy a ring

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for three years. I am pregnant with twins, and we already have a son together. His daughter lives with us as well. With this pregnancy coming to term, I keep throwing hints to him...


Your stars August 22

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make your input count. You can get ahead if you show dedication and are willing to go the extra mile.