Amanda Bloom

In Defense of Lana Del Rey

by Amanda Bloom I first heard about Lana Del Rey on NPR a week or two ago.  The story centered on outraged fans who had discovered that Del Rey, real name Elizabeth Grant, had reinvented herself from the less successful Lizzy Grant sometime in 2010… Read more »


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Brigadoon Cafe’s Food for Thought

words and photos by Amanda Bloom ATTENTION FOODIES: there is a gourmet haven tucked away in downtown Danbury. The Brigadoon Cafe, located at 14 Ives Street, is “the place to go for thoughtful omnivores”. Brigadoon Cafe, located at the former location of the Alley Way… Read more »


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Lots of Artists, Little Art Scene

by Amanda Bloom ON NOVEMBER 30, The Atlantic Cities published “The Most Artistic Cities in America”, in which Danbury was listed as the number six most artistic city.  The title of this article is somewhat misleading; essentially, reporter Richard Florida came to his conclusions by… Read more »


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Danbury’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates

A detailed note transcription of the 2011 Mayoral Debate that took place at Broadview Middle School on October 18. Watch the video inside and read the transcription to find out all you need to know about Mayor Mark Boughton and Decomcratic candidate Lynn Taborsak for… Read more »


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Third Annual Car Show for Cancer

by Amanda Bloom Three years after the first annual “Karing for Kelly” benefit, five-year-old Kelly Galarza is sitting at the counter of Nico’s Pizza and Pasta, enjoying a bowl of ice cream with her father, Luis.  George Korres, the owner of Nico’s, first put the… Read more »


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Great Success at “The Graduates” Opening!

The opening reception of “The Graduates” at The Mercurial Collective on Saturday, September 24 was a great success.  Attendance, estimated at over 75 people, surpassed that of The Collective’s grand opening in April, and the gallery made its first sale, Robert Rae’s “Suspended Cliff”. THANK… Read more »


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Farewell to a Big Heart

The Danbury community has lost a great friend. “Big Jeff” was a constant smiling fixture in the downtown Danbury scene, a staunch supporter of local and independent art and music, and a trustworthy, hilarious friend to many.       The Danbury community has lost… Read more »


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Deli on the Ridge

by Amanda Bloom REDDING RIDGE MARKET, located at 119 Black Rock Turnpike (Route 58) in Redding, Connecticut, carried on an eatery history of almost two-hundred years when it opened in early February.  The property has been a market and deli since 1834, and historical photographs… Read more »


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