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When you think of Connecticut, bluegrass music may not immediately jump to mind, but there is a bluegrass scene here in the Land of Steady Habits. Starting on Thursday night, fans will gather at the Hebron Fairgrounds in Hebron for the Podunk Bluegrass Festival. 

Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Aug 5, 2014

The Newport Jazz Festival turned 60 this year, and expanded to three days to celebrate. Throughout last weekend, more than 45 bands performed at Fort Adams State Park in coastal Rhode Island, playing through abundant sunshine, pouring rain and anything in between.

The New Haven Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday evening with an event honoring Connecticut musician/composer Jeff Fuller


Elated to be alive and once again playing at the top of her game after a debilitating, three-year struggle with a life-threatening brain condition, the whirlwind New Orleans singer/dancer and entertainer Charmaine Neville is looking forward to performing with her famous father, saxophonist Charles Neville, on August 9 at the first Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival in downtown Springfield’s historic Court Square.

With over 30 breweries in Vermont- to say nothing of home brewers- there is craft beer being made in just about every corner of the state.

This past weekend, the Vermont Brewer’s Festival celebrated those beer makers, along with those visiting from New England and Quebec.

At the Burlington waterfront on Saturday, beer lovers lined up to sample a wide range of beers from Vermont’s ever-growing craft beer industry.


A quartet of New Haven filmmakers have organized a documentary film festival this Sunday at Yale University.

An epic meditation, multimedia outdoor spectacle with lasers, dance, drums, music, sculpture, water, fire, science, technology, climbers, shadows, and projections: Witness the geological, climatic anthropological history of the Stony Creek Quarry as it evolves through ancient history to our projected future. 

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Why go to a film festival? Because you might see the guy who plays Jaime Lannister on "Game of Thrones" in a Norwegian film also starting Juliette Binoche about a photojournalist on a dangerous assignment in Kenya. Or you might see a documentary about the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes. Or maybe you'll bump into an acting legend like Karen Allen or Mary Kay Place on the street or in a seat next to yours.

Judy Sirota Rosenthal / New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas

The New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas has attracted visitors from all over the world to downtown New Haven. Organizers are now looking beyond downtown to the neighborhoods.

In Louisiana, Mardi Gras comes each year with dozens of parades filled with marching bands, colorful floats and parade-goers who scream, "Throw me something, Mister!"

That "something" the crowd wants are beads. The goal of any Mardi Gras parade is to catch as many as possible. After the revelry, people often have so many beads around their necks they can barely turn their heads.

Brazil Day Connecticut

Brazilian Independence Day will be observed with a big celebration this Sunday in downtown Hartford. This is the 9th annual Brazilian Day Connecticut celebration and for Ester Sanchez-Naek, the founder of Brazilian Day Connecticut, the mission is to promote Brazilian culture in the state. "They will have a little bit of Brazil here in Hartford," said Sanchez-Naek. "We are a unique people, and the Festival reflects that."

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Tell us about great things to see and do in Connecticut and New York this summer. Call in and tell us about an event—music, lectures, museums, films, festivals, benefits—that you want everyone to know about. The welcome mat is out.

Remixing Middletown

May 10, 2013

Middletown is gearing up for a special celebration Saturday.

The city's north end will will come alive with music, dancers and visual art Saturday. MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More is a festival of Art and Sound that features a flash mob dance, a laptop computer Orchestra, and a host of other events.

Chion Wolf

Austin, Texas is the epicenter of the music world, at least for the next few days. The South By Southwest Music Festival got underway Tuesday. Every year, well known acts and up-and-comers from all genres of popular music make the trip to Austin. The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano, the internet's busiest music nerd is in Austin for the festival.

We caught up with Anthony to see what's catching his eye (and ear) and some of the quirks of this festival.


Chion Wolf

Every summer, a world of arts and ideas descends on New Haven Connecticut - and we're here to take a look and a listen.

Today, we're broadcasting live from The Study at Yale - a beautiful, modern hotel, right in the heart of the city on Chapel Street.  We're only a block from a few of Yale's terrific art galleries. But honestly, during the Festival of Arts and Ideas, art is everywhere.  

Chion Wolf

Each year WNPR picks one day in the run on the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven  and moves both Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show to the lobby of The Study, a downtown hotel.

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During the week of September 23rd to October 2nd 2011, over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Galleries, Universities, Museums and Cafes for one purpose - to view and vote on our Finalists' Films in the Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

In 2011 the Film Festival recieved 598 Entries from 48 Countries and selected 10 short films which are Finalists in the 2011 MANHATTAN SHORT. 

What Do Festivals Do?

Jun 15, 2011
Chion Wolf (file photo)

Last year, Patrick Skahill and I arrived on one of the first days of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and attended, if that's the right word, "Susurrus," a play that unfolded in our heads as we walked though New Haven's Edgerton Park listening to the drama unfold on headphones.

Yo Yo Ma Draws Thousands

Jun 12, 2011
Uma Ramiah

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas opened in New Haven this weekend. And though the weather didn't cooperate, famed cellist Yo Yo Ma still greeted thousands for the free outdoor concert.

Despite heavy rainstorms, nearly 8,000 people turned out to see Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble perform. Under those grey skies the New Haven Green, in the center of town, was awash in a sea of brightly colored umbrellas.

Chion Wolf

Last year, I was here in Connecticut for most of the summer, and there was more to do than I could possibly cram in.

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What makes a Jewish film, well, Jewish?

It's a question for which the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival has twenty-one star-studded answers, with an eclectic slate of first-run dramatic features, power-packed documentaries, biographies, musicals, comedies and shorts to amaze, inspire and entertain movie lovers. Our international search to discover new and unusual films that take Jewish storytelling to new heights yielded cinematic gems from Argentina, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Romania and the United States.