Category: Features

Cirque costumer got early start in vocation

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Jordyn Campbell’s love for costumes was born early on in her life. Campbell taught herself to sew at the age of 11. That provided her with the necessary knowledge to make costumes for theatrical productions…

Good enough now to be in Cirque du Soleil

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The end of high school was approaching for Helena Merten. But, she didn’t know what she wanted to do next. She had been doing gymnastics since she was five. So she thought, hmmm, how about…

The waiting is nearly over for contestants

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The late rock singer Tom Petty sang, “The waiting is the hardest part.” For the young women competing at Waterbury’s Palace Theater to become the next Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen on June…

‘80s pop star continues to sing positive thoughts

  By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The predominant theme of Howard Jones’s music can best be summed up by one of his biggest hits. “Things can only get better.” It’s a positive message that infused his music from the moment…

Review: Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert reminds you of their greatness

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of those few bands who can perform 90 minutes of music in concert and you can honestly say you’ve heard every track on classic radio. Besides the obvious ones of “Sweet…

Documentary focuses on tour to foster unity through music

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the divisive post-election America of 2016, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus organized a concert tour of the Deep South. The mission of the 300-member choir was as much about starting a dialogue with…

Step into those red boots and stride

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The show is called “Kinky Boots.” And said “kinky” footwear rises from the feet over the knees and about mid-thigh. The whole construction, and the person wearing it, is balanced on a thin, supportive stiletto…