Category: Features

Getting fashion-ready for this weekend’s steampunk event

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Steampunk is often described as what would happen if the future happened in the 19th century. The style of Steampunk often offers a mash-up of Victorian England and a steam-driven science fiction. Movies such as…

A history lesson, Steampunk-style

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When this year’s Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret arrives at the New England Carousel Museum later this month, the event will be more than just a costume party for aficionados of the subculture known as…

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ hits the ice

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’ve been waiting for the characters of “Frozen” to come to life before your very eyes, now’s your chance. For the first time ever, the story of Anna and Elsa will be told in…

Working with their musical hero, Turkuaz pumps up its jams

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There’s nothing like a band working with its musical superheroes to soup up their sound. And that’s the case for Turkuaz with its high energy single “On the Run” and the accompanying dancer-ific video. Turkuaz…

Epic musical ‘Ragtime’ staged in New Britain

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR An epic tale of three families in early 20th century America, “Ragtime,” has taken over the stage at Connecticut Theatre Company. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, press materials from CTC explain,…

Have yourself a merry Slambovian Christmas

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as you hear its name, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams sounds like a band with an idiosyncratic approach to music. And if you look at photographs of the band, with the members’ very…

Getting into the holiday spirit with ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR What happens when Murphy’s Law—where everything that possibly could go wrong, goes wrong— settles in as the annual church pageant is pulled together? You’ll find out this weekend as a cast of adults and children…

Early on, magic was magical to Franco

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Mat Franco had not even reached an age in double-digit years when magic first came into his life. The winner of “America’s Got Talent” said in a phone interview from Las Vegas that he saw…

The firepower of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The great thing about a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert is that you don’t necessarily need to know every song of theirs prior to your arrival at the arena. The stage and special effects, and the power…