Category: Good Times

Skater is living the Disney dream

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Disney on Ice skater Kyle Shropshire is living his Disney dream. As “Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment” makes its way across the country, the Algonquin, Ill. resident gets to play his favorite Disney…

Kesha back to having fun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On her latest album “Rainbow,” pop singer Kesha sings “Don’t let (them) get you down” (slightly paraphrased for a family newspaper). And the New Year’s Eve performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena proved hands down…

World has changed allowing psychic to share his gift

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When psychic Matt Fraser’s grandmother and mother grew up, he said it was a different world. Both women were psychic, he said. But in the 1950s and 1960s, when his grandmother was growing up, and…

Comedian Godfrey speaks the truth about comedy

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Wikipedia being Wikipedia, as sometimes happens, the story of Godfrey’s first stand-up routine has bent a bit away from the truth. It says the comedian’s first run at standing up in front of a crowd…

Why he likes Christmas: David Archuleta counts the ways

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As the days drew closer to the beginning of his Christmas concert tour, singer David Archuleta posted a list on his Facebook page. The list was eight lines, and dubbed, “One Week Until Tour.” And…

‘Hamilton:’ Is it worth the hype?

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is no doubt that “Hamilton” has become a pop culture brand name. The stage musical is a phenomenon— the stage show equivalent of Beatlemania or Taylor Swift-Mania. “Hamilton” generates a buzz far beyond the…

The voices rise to the top at Pentatonix performance at Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the modern era of pop music, harmony has ruled the roost. When the boys went off to war in World War II, they listened to the Andrews Sisters. In the 1950s, street corners across…

98 Degrees heats up holiday season Dec. 12

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It may be December in New England. But it will be 98 Degrees inside the Ridgefield Playhouse on Dec. 12 as the vocal group takes the stage to promote its latest Christmas album, “Let It…

Dave Matthews Band shines on stage

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the world of popular music, there are often artists who are better off taking residence in a recording studio. There are also artists who do okay in the recording studio, but really shine on…

Donny and Marie have a merry Christmas… and some laughs

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Back on their variety show in the late 1970s, Donny and Marie Osmond set the template for their on-stage sibling rivalry. When they weren’t singing and acting in comedy skits together, they were often needling…