| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford, helps Hartford Stage celebrate its 50th anniversary season with an exhibit “Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage,” from Tuesday, Jan. 21, until Wednesday, March 5.
| Jan 25, 2014
| 4:15 AM
Forecasting the weather -- or trying to -- is as old as civilization.
Around 340 B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote a four-volume text exploring the origins and dynamics of different weather events.
Still, for many hundreds of years,...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."
But among the musician's most important roles was one...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Somewhere, sometime, someone must have written a doctoral dissertation about the role of young girls as destructive forces in 20th-century American drama. Just consider sociopathic Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed," Abigail Williams and her cohorts in...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 12:49 PM
On Thursday, Jan. 29, 1863, a 27-year-old newspaper reporter named Samuel L. Clemens traveled by early morning stagecoach from the hilly mining town of Virginia City, Nev., to Carson City, the territorial capital on the flats. That evening he felt...
| Dec 30, 2013
Maybe you'll be standing on your front porch banging pots and pans. Maybe you'll be singing a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" in the company of your auldest friends. Maybe you'll be sitting by yourself taking quiet stock and making a few hopeful resolutions....
| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:00 AM
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Blizzards, hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes, heat and cold, floods and drought — we have it all here in New England. Especially the "biggies," that is, the weather events that can impact or change our lives in a matter of minutes. For that reason...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 3:48 PM
In perhaps the most frequently quoted line from The Hartford Courant, this newspaper commented in August 1897: "A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it."
| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:26 AM
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...
| Jan 5, 2014
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,"...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"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...