ECSO shuffles up the programming

Toshi Shimada is an iPhone-texting, Facebook-friending, 21st century kind of musician. But as the music director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, he often performs music that many associate with powdered wigs and satin waistcoats.

Masterworks looks forward and back

As he starts his sixth season setting the scores, Edward Arron has effectively reshaped the long-running Musical Masterworks chamber music series in his own image.

‘Time Out of Mind’ is rich study on Dylan

The second installment of Ian Bell’s two-part biography of Bob Dylan, “Time Out of Mind,” is a compelling, focused examination of the latter half of the elusive singer-songwriter’s life and career.

Books for children - Oct. 19

Book recommendations for young readers.




California dreamin’ of a good burger

I completely forgot to write my column last month because my son, Dillon, got married in Santa Cruz, Calif., to Emma, a beautiful and gracious young woman whom I am proud to call my daughter-in-law.

Eightmile RiverFest celebrates a natural gem

The EightMile RiverFest 2014 takes place Saturday at Devil's Hopyard State Park.