Twins Judy & Joy: Shrimp is savory summer treat

There are many tasty ways to cook shrimp. Yes, shrimp can be a great source of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoid nutrient astaxanthin. But besides that, they taste good! Shrimp Boil Pockets are ideal for summer! Please join us every Wednesday, noon, on HooplaHa Only Good News Facebook page for a live stream segment featuring great recipes, Coffee Car Chats … read more

Did I Say That? Young people face age-old question

At this time of year, college graduates are either going off into the wild blue yonder … or stranded on the runway because they can’t find jobs. The hopes and dreams and plans and schemes of the younger generation eventually collide with what’s known as “the real world.”   Nevertheless, hope springs eternal and there are countless young people in … read more

Test Drive: New Toyota Highlander Hybrid smooth, powerful but perplexing

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a bit of a puzzle. Quite unlike Toyota’s acclaimed Prius subcompact hybrid, the midsized Highlander Hybrid delivers ordinary fuel-economy numbers on the highway. The hybrid beats the conventional Highlander by just 1 mpg on the highway while costing many thousands more. Its excellent urban mileage is irrelevant to most people, who would rather have something … read more

The Reel Dad: Love at First Child celebrates parents

Parenthood feels remarkably fresh and fun in Love at First Child, an irresistible French comedy that makes its U.S. debut some two years after opening in France. It was worth the wait. This film delights and touches with its appealing tale of unlikely romance, surprising lineage and engaging relationships. Like many French comedies, Love at First Child develops its characters … read more

Guild of Artists call for ‘Walk’ art

The fourth annual Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ Art Walk 2017 returns to downtown streets, The Marketplace, and Copps Hill Commons Aug. 25-Sept. 8. “Artists, merchants and visitors all enjoy ‘communing’ with the arts,” said Pam Stoddart, executive director and event organizer. Regional artists exhibit their work in merchant windows and interiors around Ridgefield. It is open to all area artists … read more

Parsonsfield debuts Tuesday in the park

Parsonsfield, a roots band with a grassroots ethos, will be making its first appearance at CHIRP on Tuesday, June 20, in Ballard Park at 7 p.m. (or The Ridgefield Playhouse if it rains). Parsonsfield will “give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and … read more

'Body Awareness’ magnifies characters through conversation

The Ridgefield Theater Barn encourages its audience to consider how we view our own bodies, and those of others, with its current production of Body Awareness. With an adept use of space and set design, director Maryann Arcoleo-Koltun immerses the viewer in the close and intimate corners of a family home. While the play engages with the lives of psychologist, … read more

RSO season finale creates eager anticipation for next year

Last Saturday evening’s final Ridgefield Symphony concert for this season provided a telling illustration of the importance of live musical performances. When we attend a play featuring a fine actor who has, in effect, gone beyond just memorizing the playwright’s words to assimilate his character’s thoughts and emotions, it is the actor rather than the playwright who communicates, both aurally … read more

Juried Member Show open at Guild

The juried member show juror, Robbin Zella, director and curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art, looks over a piece of art at Ridgefield Guild of Artists last week.  Mary Pat Devine, co-president, looks on. — Mary Harold photo

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists opened its seventh annual Juried Member Show on Saturday, May 13. For the show, juried by Helen Kauder, current executive director for Artspace in New Haven, 69 pieces were accepted out of 238 entries. Among those, six received distinction.  Ellen Gordon won first place for her works Dreaming of India, mixed media, and Ink/Color Study … read more

Tribeca Film Festival review: One Percent More Humid

Grief does not discriminate. It can happen to men, or women; at any time, or any place. And because of its limitless nature, agony can become a common ground shared by two people suffering at different stages in their life — one with the glory days that are behind him and his counterpart, a young college female, with so many … read more

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