A Question of Etiquette: Hands out for a hand-out?

I feel like every time I turn around, somebody is expecting a tip, just for doing his or her job, like putting my take-out food into a bag, or pumping gas into my car. Most recently, I ordered a take-out meal from a place that offers curbside pickup. When the meal was brought to our car, the employee stood there, … read more

Test Drive: Jaguar’s SUV — What’s not to like?

Cadillac, Lincoln, BMW and other luxury marques leaped into the SUV market years ago and found success there, so why not Jaguar? To be sure, the company that owns Jaguar, Tata Motors, also owns Land Rover – a brand whose reputation is founded almost entirely on rugged vehicles designed to traverse the Veldt. So is the new-for-2017 F-Pace everything it … read more

Reel Dad: Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore

Yes, she could turn the world on with her smile. And, for more than 50 years, Mary Tyler Moore also made audiences think and chuckle in her many incarnations on the small screen. But there was more to Mary Tyler Moore than her roles on television that redefined the medium, the potential for women and the humanity of situation comedy. … read more

TV Movie Menu: Some past Oscar honorees

Rosamund Pike won an Oscar for her work in Gone Girl with Ben Affleck.

As we count down to the Academy Awards on February 26, television treats us this to several movies that Oscar has honored. Here’s what’s showing this weekend on broadcast and standard cable.   Gone Girl (2014) Rosamund Pike nabbed a well-deserved Best Actress nomination for her devastating turn as an unhappy housewife with an over-active imagination. Ben Affleck brings his … read more

This Weekend: First Fridays at the Aldrich

First Fridays, a contemporary cocktail party, will take place Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield will bring in the Shovel Ready String Band to celebrate the 10th year of First Fridays contemporary cocktail parties on Friday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Hudson Valley band performs fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass and traditional ballads. Festivities will provide the evening’s hors d’oeuvres and Litchfield Distillery will provide on-site … read more

Year in Review II: Luxury by Hyundai

America’s love affair with the sport-utility vehicle continued in 2016, as gasoline prices remained low, and automakers kept their best engineers and designers on SUV duty. Today’s SUVs – mostly unibody vehicles called crossovers – ride and handle like passenger cars, but are built to keep their cool on bad roads and in worse weather. People also like the high … read more

Curtain Call: Beckett’s masterpiece at Long Wharf

Brian Dennehy and Reg E. Cathey. — Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Just watch it and let it happen. That’s the best way to come to terms with Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Here’s an existentialist play that is as simple as it is profound. It’s not for everyone. If you liked Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, then you’ll most likely enjoy this play, which is considered Beckett’s masterpiece. This dark apocalyptic work explores the … read more

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