The Reel Dad salutes Oscar memories

Now we have seen everything at the Oscars. After an evening filled with memorable moments – including the enthusiastic ovation for Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, the dynamic acceptance speech of Supporting Actress Viola Davis, and the humility of Best Actor Casey Affleck – what happened in the last minutes of the show will be talked about for years. Never … read more

The Conscious Cook: Get your green on

“March, when days are getting long, Let thy growing hours be strong, To set right some wintry wrong.”  — Caroline May March is an intriguing month for conscious cooks. The weather is completely unpredictable, with bone-chilling days when nothing but steaming hot soup will satisfy, to moments when there is a seductive, warm whiff of spring in the air. Nature … read more

Did I Say That? Signing off, in cursive

I have a problem, and it took me a lifetime to realize I have a problem, at least since the fifth grade. It’s something that probably hampered my career. If things had gone differently, I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody — Warren Buffett, Jimmy Buffett, Jay-Z, George Clooney, Madonna or … Donald Trump. When I … read more

Test Drive: The new Civic has many upgrades

The Honda Civic Hatchback.

Until quite recently, Honda Civics were a little noisy, and not particularly refined. Moreover, their styling was on the bland side. They made up for these deficiencies with qualities such as reliability, durability and exceptional fuel economy. Then came the 2016 model year. Suddenly, Civics had crisp, even chiseled, looks; plus, they were significantly quieter and more refined. And they … read more

This Weekend: plays from farce to drama, art openings, etc.

The Town Players of New Canaan will open their production of Garson Kanin’s screwball comedy Born Yesterday on Friday at 8 at the Powerhouse Theater in Waveny Park. Shows run weekends through March 11; for tickets visit or call 203-966-7371. (Shown are Marcia Vinci, Vic Terenzio, and Peter Haynes.)

Prints That Work The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport opens a new exhibit today, Feb. 23: Prints That Work: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture features four artists offering their unique perspectives on print-making. Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians touch on subjects from wildlife trafficking and conservation, to sexuality, religion, gender, and the … read more

The Reel Dad picks his Oscar winners

Casey Affleck is the Reel Dad’s choice for Best Actor, but Manchester by the Sea will be eclipsed by La La Land, he predicts.

What a year at the movies! La La Land inspires us to sing and dance while Moonlight offers a fresh sense of purpose and Manchester by the Sea expresses what family can mean. And those are only three of the top nominees. Who will win on Oscar night, Feb. 26? Here are my favorites. Best Picture: La La Land Every … read more

TV Movie Menu: Revisiting past Oscar contests

Jeff Bridges in True Grit for which he was nominated for an Oscar; he's up for one again this year.

Interested in revisiting some past Oscar nominees and winners before you watch the awards on Sunday evening? Check out the movies on broadcast television and cable this weekend that can help you get in the mood for the Academy Awards. Friday February 24   True Grit (2010) Jeff Bridges – who is nominated for an Oscar this year for the … read more

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