Category: Features

Get ready to swing! Carousel museum offers dancing with live music

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER Get ready to take a step back through time—the Stanley Street Big Band is returning to the New England Carousel Museum this weekend with special guest, Nate Evans of the Hartford Ballroom Dance Studio. “There’s a…

Community theater is alive and well at the Arts at Angeloria’s

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER It’s hard to miss the twinkle of fairy lights sitting back from Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington near the Meriden border. The property is unassuming to the unsuspecting passerby, but once you venture into the Arts at…

Hole in the Wall Theater holding ‘Our Town’ auditions

Hole in the Wall Theater will be holding auditions for their upcoming production, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” which will be directed by Caleb Warner and produced by Mary Roane. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 26,…

Review: How the Grinch stole the show

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Dr. Seuss’s tales are translated to mediums outside of his books and the classic TV animated specials, it seems to be required by law that the central character is played in oversized, over-the-top manner.…

Review: Lindsey Stirling brings the joy to the violin

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A violin usually has a serious, a little bit stuffy, reputation. Many will have visions of a tuxedoed musician standing on a podium in front of an army of similar dressed violinists playing Bach, Beethoven,…

Lindsey Stirling ready to warm up your Christmas

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Violinist Lindsey Stirling has so many Christmas memories growing up. Calling from Milwaukee, Stirling said, “My parents did Christmas well.” For instance, said Stirling, her family would go door-to-door singing Christmas carols. It wasn’t until…

Review: Kinky Friedman leaves you wanting more

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Technically, you can say country singer Kinky Friedman performed in concert at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Nov. 3. But in reality, the show felt more like an intimate gathering of friends, watching the…

Review: Steely Dan’s complexity comes alive in concert

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re a fan of Steely Dan, you know how complex the group’s arrangements can be. Donald Fagen’s and Walter Becker’s affinity for jazz – and the many genres that feed that musical stream –were…

Review: ‘Drag Race’ was just wow

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Wow, just wow. I’ve been to a handful of drag shows. Typically, though, they have been in smaller clubs with small stages and dim light. Stage production was on dependent on the performers themselves. They…

Review: Third time’s a charm for ‘The Book of Mormon’

by MIKE CHI’m of the opinion that good comedy should hold up after multiple viewings. There should be laughs that will get you every time. And there should be nuggets that you might have missed the first time around and…