NEW LONDON — Maggie's Guitar, a popular local folk band that plays everything from Celtic-tinged folk to classic rock, will perform songs from "Crossing" at Friday Night Folk in New London next week. The show is a benefit for Start Fresh, a local nonprofit that resettles refugees and other d…

MYSTIC — An ice sculpture carving contest, a costume contest and a scavenger hunt are just a few of the wintertime events scheduled for next weekend at Ice in the Village, set to take place at Olde Mistick Village the weekend of Feb. 10-12.

NORWICH — Petey Hop, whose album, "The Levee" — produced by the legendary Duke Robillard of Roomful of Blues and the Fabulous Thunderbirds — was considered by critics as one of the "most significant albums this side of the '60s," will perform with his group, Petey Hop and Friends, at the Nor…

STONINGTON — Antoinette Brim-Bell, Connecticut’s eighth state poet laureate, will share her poems and reflect on her life, the power of words for social change, and the importance of poems and spoken word in her community at La Grua Center next week at an event co-sponsored by the James Merr…

The sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leads nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with 11 nominations. Nominations included acting nods for star Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a comeback performance decades after he starred in “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” A year after a streaming service won Hollywood’s top honor for the first time, big-screen spectacles dominated Tuesday’s nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with the “Avatar” and “Top Gun” sequels getting best picture nods. Collectively, the best picture nominees have earned more than $1.5 billion domestically so far, which is a record.  The Oscars will be presented March 12 in Los Angeles.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — From the community storytellers, or griots, of West Africa to American icons like Toni Morrison, Rita Dove and Isabel Wilkerson, the spoken word has served as a fundamental medium for sharing cultural values, history and lessons throughout Black history.

The Ocean Community YMCA held its annual Leadership Recognition Breakfast at the Ocean House in December.

WESTERLY — Theatre Scrapbook, a regional, Westerly-based, youth theater company that offers free after-school enrichment programs and tuition-based camps for schools and organizations in the districts and surrounding communities, will kick off its new season with a winter musical.

STONINGTON — Norwich native Christopher Faison, a Broadway star who has been heralded by critics as “silken voiced,” “a stage dynamo” and “downright thrilling," will head to La Grua Center next week to perform a cabaret act.

The Rotary Clubs of Stonington and Westerly celebrated the Westerly High School and Stonington High School football teams ahead of the Thanksgiving Day game in November at the Steak Loft in Mystic.

STONINGTON — Cellist Theodore Mook and pianist Michael Bahmann will head to Stonington Saturday to perform a program of French cello sonatas — including works by Debussy, Onslow, and Poulenc — as part of the Music Matters series at La Grua Center.

NORWICH — Veteran blues guitarist Clarence Spady, a Paterson, N.J., native who began playing guitar when he was only 5 years old, heads to the Norwich Arts Center’s Donald L. Oat Theater next week.

NEWPORT — Dar Williams, the much-lauded folk musician who rose out of the vibrant mid-’90s Boston scene and was inspired by the eclectic influences of alt-rockers, Berklee jazz musicians, slam poets and folk artists like Patty Griffith, Melissa Ferrick, Throwing Muses, Vance Gilbert and Jona…

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