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“The French Dispatch” is a film about France, about art, about youth and love and the 1960s —  and above all about journalism, with Bill Murray, at left in photo, portraying editor Arthur Howitzer Jr. Photo from The French Dispatch

Why You Should Watch ‘French Dispatch’ Again

Perhaps you saw Wes Anderson’s wonderful new film, “The French Dispatch,” on the big screen at The Moviehouse in Millerton, N.Y., or another theater and perhaps you were confused by it.

A winter weekend was happily spent in the snow as Millerton News reporter Kaitlin Lyle and her dog, JT, went sledding on the hill behind their home in Sharon, Conn. Photo by Deanne Lyle

Sliding Into Winter Atop A Trusted Sled

When the sun is shining brightly outside and the snow has finally reached that perfect balance between soft and sleek, what could be better on a winter afternoon than taking a sled to the top of the nearest hill and coasting downward?

The work of Horace Pippin, such as this 1937 painting, “Cabin in the Cotton IV,” will be discussed in a Zoom talk on the Harlem Renaissance. Horace Pippin, Cabin in the Cotton, 1937, courtesy The Art Institute of Chicago

The Harlem Renaissance

Three African American artists of the Harlem Renaissance will be the focus of a Monday, Feb. 28, program hosted on Zoom by Noble Horizons and the Scoville Library in Salisbury, Conn.

Show of Student Work at KAA

Kent Art Association hosts its 30th annual Student Show until Thursday, Feb. 24. The show features work by area high school students. Judges are Bill Morrison and Ellie Place from Morrison Gallery in Kent, Conn. Awards were presented to the best of each school at a Best In Show event on Feb. 12 .

Nachos are the traditional centerpiece of an American Super Bowl Sunday. This fresh homemade version is delicious, fast and easy. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

For Sports and a Romantic Weekend, Nachos Are the Answer

This weekend offers a trifecta of excuses for making nachos: The Olympics, the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re having a gaggle of friends over to watch sports communally, or you want to make something special (and easy) so your mate can take a day off from cooking chores, nachos are the answer.

Among the plays on Kaitlin Lyle’s bookshelf are “Equus” by Peter Shaffer, “The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer, “Dinner With Friends” by Donald Margulies and “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

The Joy of Reading Plays (At Home)

With COVID-19 still running rampant, it’ll likely be many months before we all feel comfortable going to a theater to see a play or musical unfold onstage. Yet with a little imagination, there’s a way you can savor the sensation of a drama come to life from the comfort of your home.


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