A Question of Etiquette: Germs vs. politeness

I was introduced to someone who had just sneezed into his hand. He immediately stuck out that hand for a handshake. Gak. I pretended I didn’t see it and just greeted him politely. Was that okay? Well, no. It really is rude to ignore a handshake, so shake you should have, but then it would be fine to excuse yourself … read more

Curtains up for a new professional theater

If all goes according to plan, a professional theater will open in Ridgefield next spring. ACT — A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut, an Actors’ Equity-approved theater, will present four shows per season (three musicals and a play), and will also include a youth conservatory program, along with a program for new works. ACT is spearheaded by actors Daniel C. Levine … read more

Conscious Cook: A recipe for spring

“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” — Mark Twain Spring can be one of the most elusive of all the seasons, some days darkened by dampness and bone-chilling rain, while the very next day will burst with vibrant sunshine. With such mercurial conditions, a conscious cook … read more

TV Movie Menu: some classics coming up

Goodfellas is on television this weekend.

What’s on at the movies? Check out the films on broadcast and standard cable stations this weekend. Pop some corn and enjoy the flicks!   Friday, March 24 Forrest Gump Tom Hanks won his second Best Actor Oscar in a row for a performance of originality, depth and charm. Yes, life is like a box of chocolates. 4 p.m., AMC … read more

This Weekend: Shark Season, music, art, even Gondoliers!

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk invites children ages 8-12 to a behind-the-scenes Shark Season program on Saturday, March 25, from 9 to noon. Cost is $40; to register, visit maritimeaquarium.og or call 203-852-0700 x2206. —Maritime Aquarium photo

Abstract Rivers The Fairfield University Walsh Art Gallery at the Quick Center will present a new exhibit, H.A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers, March 24-June 10. More than 25 paintings and sculptures by the Swiss native Abstract Expressionist, who studied in Zurich and Paris, will be shown. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., … read more

Taking a Hike: Finding wilderness in Westchester

One of the preserve's many glacial erratics. — Photo by Rob McWilliams

For many hikers, myself included, nothing beats escaping home turf for a place where the peaks are loftier and the streams and beasts wilder. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. Home turf is where our lives are – our families, jobs, and household chores. Just as well, then, that there are hikable places a short drive away. Around here, some are … read more

A Question of Etiquette: So, what are good manners?

  I’m 13 and fed up because my parents are always nagging me about manners. They said it was up to me to learn what that means since they’ve “tried to teach me and I’ve ignored them.” So what does this mean?   Well, attitude has a lot to do with good manners. For example, instead of demanding here, “So … read more

Test Drive: Kia Optima Hybrid offers great range

With regular unleaded gasoline priced at $2.21 per gallon around Connecticut, who needs a hybrid? The base version of the Kia Optima Hybrid costs about $3,800 more than the conventional Optima, which delivers 31 miles per gallon on average, 11 fewer than the hybrid model. But the price of gasoline can be volatile, and there’s something to be said for … read more

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