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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. 

John Tauranac, designer of the iconic New York City subway map, has a new and improved map that he is selling at retail outlets, including the Wish House in West Cornwall. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

To Tuck Into a Stocking: A Portal to Dreams of NYC

Mapmaker John Tauranac (a part-time resident of Cornwall, Conn.) has taken the iconic New York City subway map (which he designed) and made it, if possible, even a little better. 

Along with handmade carry-alls (many made with leather from the iconic Horween Leather tannery in Chicago, Ill.), P.M. Reed makes chef’s knife rolls, which are on sale during the COVID-19 season for between $250 and $285. Photo by PM Reed​

Handmade Gifts from the Hudson Valley, Online

There is a wonderful earnestness about artisan products made in the Hudson Valley. It’s not just that they’re lovingly handmade and environmentally conscious; it’s also that they tend to promote self-care, which is something we could all use a little bit of after a bruising year.


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