• Concert Preview: Kansas Keeps Pumping Out Progressive Hits With New Blood

    When Kansas burst onto the mainstream music scene with "Carry On Wayward Son" in 1977, they were already a well-established and well-practiced ensemble that honed their musicianship and performance skills playing hundreds of shows and producing several preceding records. The band circa 2015 is comprised of Williams and Ehart, long time bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale and their newest members, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt. Ahead of their return to the Ridgefield Playhouse July 26, Kansas co-founder Richard Williams told The Newtown Bee in an exclusive interview that the band is as energized as ever - even dipping back into its catalog to bring fans a new selection of deeper tracks in concert, some for the first time in decades.

  • New Viewpoint For A Familiar View

    This photo of Newtown’s famous flagpole intersection at Main Street and Church Hill Road was taken by Joey Santella with the help of his DJI Phantom Vision 2+ drone. He will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in the fall to study unmanned autonomous systems.

  • The Way We Were

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Snapshot: Barbara Wilson

    A weekly profile of a local person.

  • Tickets Still Available For McGraw’s Concert For Sandy Hook Promise

    Lawn seating and reserved seats were still available as of Thursday, July 16, for Tim McGraw’s July 17 concert at The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford. The country star announced in April that all proceeds from the show, part of his Shotgun Rider Tour, will benefit Sandy Hook Promise. The tour was named for the lead single off the performer’s latest album, "Sundown Heaven Town," which was released in September 2014.

  • Theater Review: Thoroughly Entertaining ‘Arsenic And Old Lace’

    An “oldie but a goodie” read the invitation to view and review The Sherman Players current production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring. This rendition, which opened July 10, is definitely more goodie than oldie. It is as light as light as a feather and as dark as a rabbit hole, while all the while incredibly funny. Performances continue weekends, including two Sunday matinees, until August 2.

  • Theater Review: Nuanced, Soulful Performances The Focus Of Current TheaterWorks Production

    TheaterWorks New Milford’s main stage production of "Time Stands Still" is a subtle, moving piece of drama that gives pause as it explores the monumental challenges faced, collateral damage inflicted, and price paid by those who are witness to trauma. This is accomplished with humor, tenderness and urgency. This story is played out in such a way that the meaning and message come gradually. There are no jarring revelations; the play is exemplary of playwriting as an art of showing and not telling.

  • Theater Review: 'Hairspray' At Richter Raises The Bar

    A stirring evening of toe tapping music and bebop dance is playing out under the stars at Richter Park.  Musicals at Richter’s second production of their season is "Hairspray," with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. This musical tackles a sensitive and all too topical subject with music, humor and love, while delivering its simple message of inclusiveness and appreciation for diversity.

  • NewArts Spelling Bee Succeeded With Savvy Youthful Participants

    Students and adults filling the Newtown High School lobby Saturday, July 11, were dressed as if for a Halloween party. However, the nerds, construction crews, minions, cowboys, and others were costumed to show their team’s spirit for a community “spelling bee,” put on stage by NewArts, a division of the 12.14 Foundation. The event was not a competition, but instead an evening of fun that doubled as a fundraiser. Hosting that evening were the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee creators Rebecca Feldman and Jay Reiss, who worked with NewArts Artistic Director Michael Unger on the original production of the play that earned six 2005 Tony Award nominations.