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Ballet Collective’s performance of “The Nutcracker” inside and on the grounds of the historic Wethersfield estate in Amenia, N.Y., can be seen “virtually” until Dec. 26. Photo by charlotte Rare​

‘The Nutcracker,’ Performed Live In and Around Wethersfield

For many of us, the holiday season isn’t complete without watching or listening to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

While it’s comforting to watch a favorite older version (such as the New York City Baller production featuring a young Macaulay Culkin, from 1993), it’s of course wonderful to watch a new version of this old favorite. 


Until Jan. 2, 25% of gross sales of caviar by Pointy Snout, based in Salisbury, Conn. (and packaged in Millerton, N.Y.), will be donated to an area food pantry. Annie Wayte of The White Hart in Salisbury serves the caviar on brioche toast rounds, with Hudson Valley creme fraiche from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy. Photo by Eliza Hoyland​

Caviar as a Way To Usher in Good Fortune for the Coming Year

New Year’s Eve is coming up, a time when even those of us who think we’re pretty sensible are inclined to indulge in some superstition and wishful thinking. We will make resolutions and we will make toasts and we will eat “good luck” foods such as hoppin’ john or noodles shaped like coins —or caviar. 


Meryl Streep brings to life the  2006 short film “The Music of Regret”by photographer/artist/filmmaker Laurie Simmons. The film will be screened Saturday, Jan. 9, and followed by an interview with Simmons and her daughter, Lena Dunham.  Still photo from ‘The Music of Regret’

Simmons, Streep and Dunham and a Jan. 9 Film & Fundraiser

The Northwest Corner of Connecticut has more than a normal number of well-known artists. Some know each other, some don’t; some work together on feature films or television programs, others never cross professional paths with their peers.


“Put on a Grumpy Face,” a new play by Reed Halvorson, will be featured in the first two weeks of January, online, as part of the ninth annual International Playwrights Festival at the Nancy Marine Studio at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn. Photo by Sharon W. Houk​

‘Grumpy Cat’ and the madness of internet memes explored in a new play: ‘put on a grumpy face’

You don’t have to be a super sophisticated user of the internet to know about the “Grumpy Cat” meme, It started in 2012, when photos of a cat named Tardar Sauce got posted online.


Pink Martini will present two glamorous, big band-style “virtual” shows
for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., on Dec. 17 and 31.  Photo courtesy Pink Martini​

Enjoy a Bubbly Pink Martini This Year on New Year’s Eve

One thing we know for sure is that a majority of us will spend this New Year’s Eve at home. 

But there’s no reason why that can’t be festive and fun. No doubt in the weeks to come there will be any number of “virtual” concerts announced for the night of Dec. 31.

I’ve already chosen my concert, though. 

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