Category: Features

Kasey Chambers strikes motherlode of inspiration

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Most artists these days release a single, maybe an EP, and if they’re lucky, a single length album. But Australian Kasey Chambers’s latest, “Dragon Fly” is a double-length album that not only offers twice the…

Classic conversation with Cristy Lee at Barrett-Jackson

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun last month was more than just a chance for locals to check out and bid on classic motor vehicles, it was cablecast live across Velocity and Discovery. Cristy Lee…

Comedian jokes about what’s foremost on his mind

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Flipping through Jeremy Essig’ s Twitter feed these days, current events clearly are on the comedian’s mind. “What if we just renamed ourselves “The United States of Kardashia”? That would pretty much explain everything, right?”…

Shaman’s Harvest goes for the organic

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The fruits of the labor of the latest from Shaman’s Harvest has gone organic. In press materials the band from Missouri has touted that its new album, “Red Hands Black Deeds” (which will be released…

Let them entertain you as they seek the crown

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There will be two new representatives in the Miss America Organization crowned this weekend. But the two days worth of events to declare the next Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen is about more…

Check your gut and laugh with ‘Leading Ladies’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Time to strap on your girdle to keep your side from splitting this weekend as Southington Community Theatre tackles a comedy from laugh-meister Ken Ludwig, “Leading Ladies.” We caught up with director Peter E. Pristic…

The intimate examination of family in the musical ‘Fun Home’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The musicals that most of America knows is created with broad strokes. They are big entities with big stories. The nuances of a character’s motivation are glossed over for the larger picture. Think “Wicked.” Think…

Toto isn’t in Kansas but is right at home in Connecticut

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The band Toto likes performing in Connecticut. After all, the Nutmeg State is in the group’s genes. As David Paich, the band’s keyboardist and one of several vocalists in band, explained it, when Toto comes…

Gina Sicilia knows how to evoke the blues

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Gina Sicilia has been singing the blues since she was 19. The blues, as the genre’s name suggests, is about gut-wrenching emotion. Evoking the emotions necessary for the blues is easy enough in a studio,…

The assistant takes up the baton at symphony’s evening of Masterworks

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The assistant is becoming the chief this weekend at Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Adam Boyles, the assistant conductor at HSO, is taking up the baton this weekend to lead the ensemble through “Choral Fantasy and Mystical…