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A Weekend Full of Wonderful Events

The coming weekend is overflowing with interesting arts and entertainment events throughout the Tri-state area. The following is a list of just some of the noteworthy festivities you may want to add to your calendar.

Weekend in Norfolk, a townwide art, music and nature festival, will be held throughout Norfolk, Conn., from Aug. 5 to 7. For a full article, turn to page 4.

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3 Days to Discover a Hidden Gem

Festivals: A weekend in Norfolk

The inaugural Weekend in Norfolk festival will fill the town with activities and events that feature art, music and nature from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 5 to 7.
The three-day extravaganza is the brainchild of three residents: Sue Frisch, Holly Gill and Ruth Melville. 

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A Town With Great Cooks

Food: ‘Mountain Cookery’

With a population of 167 people spread over 22.4 square miles, according to the 2010 census, Mount Washington is the smallest town in Berkshire County, and, after Gosnold and Monroe, it’s the third smallest town in
Massachusetts.

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Things Will Escalate, for Certain

TV: ‘Preacher’

Will you like “Preacher,” a new AMC series that blends black comedy, drama, horror and the supernatural? I bet you’ll be able to tell within the first three minutes of the pilot. 

In the Mood for a Tense Spy Thriller? Well, Here It Is

TV: ‘The Night Manager’

Many television shows must produce more than 20 hour-long episodes a season. At that rate, there’s bound to be some weeks that fall flat. But “The Night Manager,” a six-part miniseries on AMC, doesn’t suffer from the need to produce extra filler to pad the season. Every scene is beautifully composed to pull us into the life of Richard Roper, the most hated man in the world.

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Drama as Marketing Ploy

TV: ‘The Walking Dead’

In October last year, during New York Comic Con, I watched the season six première of “The Walking Dead” at Madison Square Garden.

It was the highlight of my convention experience. The venue was filled with props from the show. The cast was on the stage for a question-and-answer session. Norman Reedus (aka Daryl Dixon) rode through the stadium on a motorcycle. That’s how you make an entrance.

Podcasts: What a Concept

Audio

dove into the world of podcasts last year, thanks to the engrossing first season of Sarah Koenig’s “Serial.” I couldn’t stop listening to the nonfiction series as Koenig investigated the 1999 death of high school student Hae Min Lee and interviewed Adnan Syed, the ex-boyfriend who was found guilty of Lee’s murder. The show is in its second season, which focuses on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban.

Wanting To Believe

TV: 'X-Files'

I had a lot of fun attending New York Comic Con last October, but one of the highlights of the convention was getting to see the first episode of “The X-Files” revival three months before it debuted on television.

A Must-See

TV: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

This 10-episode television series on Starz, “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams — heroic slayer of demons, would-be Lothario, and a dab hand with a chainsaw.

You need to see it. Here’s why:

1. All 10 episodes stay true to the first rule of horror flicks, as codified by Joe Bob Briggs: Anyone can die at any moment. Especially the stupid self-righteous Aussie hiker guy.

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Hubris and a Flawed Justice System

Television: ‘Making a Murderer’

spent New Year’s Day binge-watching “Making a Murderer” on Netflix. Every time the credits rolled on an episode of the 10-part documentary series, I watched the next one. By the time it was over, I was overwhelmed by anger, frustration, sadness and the desire to share this series with others.