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  • Events on October 30, 2014

    Adult Talk Time at Danbury Public Library

    Starts: 5:00 pm

    Ends: 7:00 pm, October 30, 2014

  • Events on October 30, 2014

    Trivia Tryst Thursday Nights at Two Steps Downtown Grille

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:00 pm, October 30, 2014

  • Events on October 30, 2014

    Open Mic at Molten Java

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 10:30 pm, October 30, 2014

  • Events on November 4, 2014

    Honky Tonk Tuesdays at The Outer Space

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am, November 5, 2014

  • Events on November 5, 2014

    Children's Story Time at Byrd's Books

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 11:00 am, November 5, 2014

  • Events on November 5, 2014

    The Wednesday Night Poetry Series at The Garage

    Starts: 12:30 pm

    Ends: 1:30 pm, November 5, 2014

  • Events on November 5, 2014

    Jazz Jam at Molten Java

    Starts: 7:30 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm, November 5, 2014

  • Events on November 6, 2014

    Adult Talk Time at Danbury Public Library

    Starts: 5:00 pm

    Ends: 7:00 pm, November 6, 2014

  • Events on November 6, 2014

    Trivia Tryst Thursday Nights at Two Steps Downtown Grille

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:00 pm, November 6, 2014

  • Events on November 6, 2014

    Open Mic at Molten Java

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 10:30 pm, November 6, 2014

In the Gallery

"Cowboys" by Josh Rowley. Cap guns on MDF.

8/31/13 – 10/11 – ‘Undone: Works by Josh Rowley’

Opening reception Saturday, September 7, 5-7pm.

Artist talk Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm.


Urban Bush Women's "Zollar Uncensored." Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.

Dance to Address Social Injustice with Urban Bush Women

By Anson Smith

  Dance for Every Body, a movement jam/dance workshop led by Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women (UBW) and sponsored by the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut, will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at the Housatonic Community College Events Center in Beacon Hall from… Read more »

Smothered Chicken, Succotash, and Mashed Potatoes. Photo courtesy of Tom Hirschfeld and Food52: food52.com/blog/4098-heart-and-soul

Trimming the Fat, Keeping the Soul

By Allan Richter

  With its roots in slavery, soul food has deep historical meaning for many African-Americans. But the call to honor a rich heritage is at odds with the need to reduce the excess fat and sugar found in the standard “down-home” diet. A new generation of black chefs… Read more »

Photograph by Darlyne A. Murawski, courtesy of National Geographic.

State Reports Positive Mosquitoes for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

By Mercurial Staff

  The State Mosquito Management Program has announced that mosquitoes trapped in Hampton on August 26 have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). These results represent the first EEE-positive mosquitoes identified in Hampton by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year.  … Read more »


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The Porthole

The National Senior Olympics, Swimming, 2013

Cleveland State University, Ohio

photographs by Briana Man
Shirley Chase and Chris Man as the national anthem plays prior to the first swimming competitions.
Chris Man puts on her goggles before warming up in the practice pool.
Shirley Chase’s son, Mark, helps her put on her goggles before her big race, the 500 yard freestyle.
Chris Man prepares before her first race, the 50 yard freestyle.
Chris Man prepares for the 50 yard backstroke.
Chris Man finishes in fifth place in the 50 yard freestyle.
Shirley Chase, Marilyn Olen and Irene D'Agostino medal in the 500 yard freestyle.

The Great Greater Danbury Project!

Little Pub's Tuscan Burger: half pound of hand-packed Montana beef topped with pepperoni, provolone cheese, oven roasted grape tomatoes, fresh basil, roasted garlic aioli, and sweet balsamic syrup. Photo courtesy of Little Pub's Facebook page.

#83: Little Pub

  Little Pub (an advertiser on The Mercurial) is just as it sounds – it is both little and a pub.   If you’ve never been, you’ve probably heard about it.  The Pub is known for standout food, featuring items such as mini osso bucco,… Read more »

The Octagon House on Spring Street in Danbury, Connecticut.

#82: The Octagon House

from Wikipedia   The Octagon House, in Danbury, Connecticut, United States, is located on Spring Street. It is considered the best octagon house of the 12 that survive in Connecticut. In 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places to avert its demolition in urban renewal.   It is… Read more »

Billy Michael performing at La Zingara's Sunday brunch in Bethel, Connecticut.

#81: La Zingara’s Brunch

  La Zingara in Bethel, Connecticut is a highly regarded Italian restaurant serving up traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist.  The restaurant ranks high with Zagat, and owners Thomas Giudice and Lisa Tassone were invited as guest chefs to the James Beard House in New York City last… Read more »

The Doors at Danbury High School in 1967.  Photo courtesy of YouTube user Rutazzurra.

#80: The Doors Played at Danbury High School

    The Doors performed at Danbury High School before their big break on Wednesday, October 11, 1967. From YouTube user Rutazurra:   “This show is primarily attended by nearby college students from Western Connecticut State College and locals of Danbury. Prior to the show,… Read more »

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#79: CT Beer Week

  The Connecticut beer industry is proud to launch the state’s “Brew & Buy Local” campaign, a joint effort among brewers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants to support local industries. The campaign will officially launch during CT Beer Week,  May 11 through 18. This weeklong, statewide event was… Read more »

A CT Farm Fresh Express vehicle, transporting local goods to Connecticut residents.

#78: CT Farm Fresh Express

  CT Farm Fresh Express is an organization that delivers fresh and primarily organic products directly from local farms or producers to your home or restaurant, year-round.  They carry everything from fruit and vegetables to fair trade coffee, chocolate chip cookies, raw milk in glass… Read more »

Take One Academy cheerleaders.  Photo courtesy of Take One Cheerleading Academy.

#76: Take One Cheerleading Academy

  Take One Cheerleading Acadamy, located  at 36 Kenosia Avenue in Danbury, Connecticut, is owned and operated by coach Amy Pendergast and her daughter Becky. The gym offers a variety of services, from competitive cheer teams for ages three to 18, tumbling classes for all… Read more »


A still from 'Scientifically Accurate Duck Tales' by Animation Domination High-Def, which is horrifying.

This Week on the Information Super Highway: the Agressive Nature of the German Language

  As some of you may know, having a job where you are stationed in front of a computer all day awards you with plenty of time to surf the internet. Every week, great content becomes popular for a couple of days, only to be quickly replaced… Read more »

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The POEMobile Hits Bridgeport Arts Fest on July 13

  On Saturday, July 13 at 8:30pm, the POEMobile, a beautifully hand-painted truck covered in multilingual poetry that houses an innovative, open-air text projection system, will visit Bridgeport’s Arts Fest. Led by poetry ambassador Shanna T. Melton, Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along… Read more »


The "Wildman" Steve Brill.

Hunt for Wild Edibles Along the Appalachian Trail with “Wildman” Steve Brill

  At 11:45am on Sunday, September 8, America’s go-to guy for foraging, “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Appalachian Trail in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.   The group will explore America’s most famous hiking trail, which runs for hundreds… Read more »

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Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States

  As of July 1, 2013,  homebrewers can legally brew in every state in the country, as recently passed homebrewing legislation took effect in Mississippi, according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).   Homebrewing was federally legalized in 1978 for the first time since Prohibition… Read more »


Photo courtesy of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

City Firefighters, Police Honored in Danbury Museum Exhibit

  History is all about stories, and at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society in Connecticut [an advertiser on The Mercurial], the stories of the city’s local heroes are being displayed until November 5. Visit the Museum’s ‘Hometown Heroes’ exhibit to meet the police officers… Read more »

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam. Getty images.

Charlie Hunnam is 50 Shades of Dreamy, Christian Grey

  Presuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve heard of E L James’ 50 Shades of Grey, the sexy Twilight fan-erotica that was Ctrl-F’d into original content for the masses. The movie, which has the ovarian demographic absolutely… Read more »