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Paper Chase


The Jumping Frog, named for Mark Twain’s breakout short story and just a hop away from the Mark Twain House in Hartford, is a bookstore worth making the 45-minute leap up I-91. …

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Maiden Voyage


Experiencing Sea Chantey Night at the Griswold Inn had been on my list for so long that I’d allowed it take on mythic proportions. Like seeing a game at Fenway or finding the perfect lobster roll, the goal was simple …

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Lords of the Ring


Harkness Tower, Yale’s craggy Gothic spike rising 216 feet above High Street, sounds as foreboding as it looks.

Then you hear its singing voice. …

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Play Rooms


Hearing about 91 Shelton Avenue, a.k.a. the New Haven Business Center, is an early rite of passage among the city’s independent musicians. For years the hulking ex-factory has quietly offered local bands something they can’t find anywhere else: an affordable, …

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Book of Revelation


Maybe you’ve noticed them. Maybe you haven’t. …

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Good Game


Northeastern’s 4-1 win over Yale doesn’t reflect the closeness of Saturday’s regional championship women’s hockey game at The Whale. In the scoreless but action-packed first period, the Bulldogs—ranked in the nation’s top five since November and coming off their …

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Ink Tank


I pass by a red house on Main Street in Stratford every week. A sign dangles from the porch overhang. “FTS Gallery,” it reads…

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For Your Consideration


Two moments last Thursday registered ominously in a time of gloomy thinking about the movie theater industry. …

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High Five


A brief history of doo-wop in New Haven:

“The Five Satins. Ooooooh!” …

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Party Work


The upstairs room at 168 York Street Cafe was filled with bodies bouncing, hands in the air, while the music thumped and pealed, rolling from chorus to chorus with locomotive reliability. But if you studied the DJ, a willowy, spectacled …

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