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  • Visit to 1914 finds first Eola fountain, Orlando cigars — and secret

     Visit to 1914 finds first Eola fountain, Orlando cigars — and secret
    To dive into the new year, here are a few tidbits about the City Beautiful a century ago, courtesy of Eve Bacon's "Orlando: A Centennial History." Lake Eola's first fountain The original fountain at Orlando's Lake Eola Park bubbled for the first...
  • Tickets on sale soon for 2014 Virginia Shakespeare Fest

    Tickets on sale soon for 2014 Virginia Shakespeare Fest
    Tickets to the 36th season of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 15. Coming this summer, the festival will revive "Illyria," a musical version of "Twelfth Night" written by John Briggs and Eric Frampton, and "Julius Caesar,"...
  • 'The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel' a darkly comic folk tale

    'The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel' a darkly comic folk tale
    Magdalena Zyzak's delightful first novel, "The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel," has no noble characters, a good deal of mean-spirited behavior, and it all ends badly — in other words, it's a comedy. For those who think that religious fanaticism, racial...
  • Blizzards: By Any Tally, 1888 Is First

    Blizzards: By Any Tally, 1888 Is First
    Snow in Connecticut is as common as the head cold. Amid our sizable inventory of snowstorms, however, there are a shovelful that stand out for reasons as diverse as their intensity, size, duration, timing, early or late arrival, even their political...
  • 10 things you might not know about extreme weather

    10 things you might not know about extreme weather
    Just a month ago, scientists announced that they'd found the coldest place on Earth: a high ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau where it was minus 136 degrees Fahrenheit. After last week, some Chicagoans may want to nominate a few places closer to home....
  • Towering legacy of 'a little Dutch boy' marks 85th years on Iron Mountain

    Towering legacy of 'a little Dutch boy' marks 85th years on Iron Mountain
    Gentle, warm days and cool, pleasant evenings—January in Central Florida can bring weather that makes August a damp memory. This is the time of year when, long before air-conditioning, Northerners sought winter respite in the Sunshine State. It'...
  • Hartford Stage 50th Anniversary Exhibit At Mark Twain House

    Hartford Stage 50th Anniversary Exhibit At Mark Twain House
    “Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage,” Hartford Stage's 50th anniversary touring exhibit comes to Hartford’s Mark Twain House & Museum Jan. 21 to March 5. “Stagecraft” consists of a selection of costumes, props...
  • 'The Goldfinch' -- an exasperating, fabulous new book!

    "It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate." Obsessive readers will recognize that the above PR quote on the...
  • 'Slave' and 'Gravity' lead director, cinematography fields

     'Slave' and 'Gravity' lead director, cinematography fields
    "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" became the best picture front-runners after flooring audiences at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and little has changed in the ensuing weeks. Naturally, then, given their estimable craft, both movies are also...
  • The return of the debt limit crisis?

    Mark Twain wrote of the cat that sat down on the hot stove lid that she would never again sit down on a hot stove lid, but she would never again sit down on a cold one either. The Republican Party seems to have the opposite tendency: having been...
  • It's A Wonderful Four-Letter Word

    It's A Wonderful Four-Letter Word
    Q: What's a four-letter word that's about half a foot wide and 3 feet tall, rolls up in a can and is an inspired and inspiring gift for many people on your holiday list? A: "Tree: A Calendar for 2014," the latest in the calendar-in-a-canister series...
  • Authors reflect on the best books they've given or received

    Authors reflect on the best books they've given or received
    Wrapping paper is superfluous when it comes to books. Traditional books — physical books you can hold in your hands — are ideal packages already. The gift lies between covers: the meaning and feeling conveyed both by the book itself and by the...