Author: mchaiken

Shining the light on some funny women

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Women going through the “change” aren’t typical inhabitants of today’s pop culture where the sun shines brightest on the 18 to 34 demographic. But “Menopause the Musical” redirects the spotlight to women going through, well,…

Kelly Clarkson brings ‘the voice’ and exudes the charm

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re going to be a judge on a show like “The Voice,” you better have some vocal chops. And Kelly Clarkson, a second season judge on the reality competition show, set off a significant…

Marketing the Kiss brand

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Kiss may be known for singing “I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.” But the four-man group also can add “I wanna excel at marketing all night and branding every day.”…

Fans of ‘Rent’ can take comfort

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Although I am not a “Renthead,” one of the loyal followers of Jonathan Larson’s stage musical, I have seen “Rent” several times thanks to friends were passionate about show set in the 1990s. I saw…

Southington’s Gibney releases song about heartache

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Heartache drips from the lyrics of the new single, “King of Hearts,” from Connecticut country singer Erin Gibney. The Southington native and Nashville transplant sings on the song, which was released on March 1 across…

Comic books and metallic sounds collide with September Mourning

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Art forms meld together and become one under the guidance of singer Emily Lazar, the creative force behind the band, September Mourning. The group mixes a graphic novel worthy story with metallic music. Through the…

Winner of ‘The Voice,’ Cartelli anything but your typical teen

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Not every teenager gets to travel the country opening up for a music star. But then not every teenager wins “The Voice,” NBC’s music competition series. Brynn Cartelli, 15, however, is proving to be an…

Grab Steampunk Brass Ring at Carousel Museum Saturday

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The future that could have happened yesterday is returning to Bristol on March 9. And when the future of days passed returns, the Jolly Roger will be flying high, wrapped up in a corset, and…

Pounding out a beat with ‘Tap Dogs’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I’m not a tap dancer. I was not exposed to tap dance, except for the occasional televised performance of Sammy Davis, Jr. that I mostly ignored, until well into my adulthood. These days, however, I…

Celebrate Mardi Gras in the (merry-go) round

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you can’t make it to NOLA to celebrate Fat Tuesday, grab your masks and head over to the New England Carousel Museum. The fundraising Mardi Gras party, which will be held March 2 at…