The Reel Dad: Hidden Figures delivers essential history lesson

Sometimes looking in the rear view mirror can help us see what to keep in mind as we try to move forward. The new film Hidden Figures takes us back to 1961, a time when social norms define roles and history dictates potential. At work, men wear white shirts with narrow ties as they rely on female subordinates to serve … read more

TV Movie Menu: some classics this weekend

The Devil Wears Prada features Meryl Streep with Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt.

Want to watch a movie this weekend? Here’s what’s playing on broadcast and basic cable television stations.   Cleopatra (1934) Claudette Colbert makes an indelible impression as the Egyptian Queen who dallies with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Years later, Elizabeth Taylor would play the role in that infamous remake. Friday, January 13, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)   … read more

This Weekend: Prison comedy, lots of music

A comedy set at a women’s Federal Correctional Facility in the Delaware Valley, The DelVal Divas, will run Jan. 12-29 at The Dressing Room Theatre, Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2. For tickets, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358 x36. (Shown, from left, Miran Robarts and Brent McKinley; background Amy Wade and Ann Alford.)

Spirituals salute For the 14th year, Gigi Van Dyke and her Serendipity Chorale will visit Ridgefield’s Jewish Congregation Shir Shalom (formerly Temple Shearith Israel) for a service of Black and Jewish spirituals to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Rabbi David Reiner and Cantor Debbie Katchko-Gray and the Shir Shalom Choirs will join the Serendipity Chorale for the musical Shabbat … read more

A Question of Etiquette: A fishy question: sushi?

The man I am dating recently “surprised” me by taking me to dinner at a sushi restaurant. I really, really don’t like sushi. He was disappointed when I was not thrilled. Shouldn’t he have asked me first if I ate sushi? Yes, he should have, since sushi restaurants generally have pretty limited menus and if one isn’t a fan, it’s … read more

Curtain Call: Best of 2016 community theater

Jim Norton of Stratford, Taryn Chorney of Hamden, and Ryan Hendrickson of Stamford starred in Eastbound Theatre’s production of The Heidi Chronicles.

As we approach another new year, I thought about all the theater that I have seen. I will be presenting the best of the Equity theaters in my next column, but I have always avoided rating community theaters because they are each so unique and based on a great deal of volunteerism. However, this year for the first time I … read more

TV Movie Menu: Catch your breath this weekend

Anson Elgort and Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars.

As the whirl of another new year begins, catch your breath with a movie this weekend. Here’s what’s showing on broadcast and standard cable.   The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Shailene Woodley commands the screen as a young cancer patient who helps a new friend search for the reasons life takes tragic turns. Laura Dern is moving as her … read more

This Weekend: new exhibits opening

Nature’s Abstractions The New Canaan Library is presenting a new exhibit, Nature’s Abstractions, featuring abstract photography by Barry Guthertz and sculpture by Donna Forma, from Jan. 5 through Feb. 12. There will be a reception on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the library’s Curtis Gallery, at 151 Main Street. For more information, visit newcanaanlibrary.org or call … read more

Test Drive: Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport sits right in the middle

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

By our unofficial count, we’ve driven nine compact and midsize sport-utility vehicles in the past year. With the exception of the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, every one of them cost more than last week’s test-drive subject, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. There was nary a BMW, Cadillac or Mercedes-Benz in the mix – just ordinary American, Japanese and Korean models. Superficially, … read more

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