Category: Features

Hurry up, Cinderella. Time to get dressed

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Quick fashion is king these days on the runways of the fashion capitals of the world. But fairy tale princess Cinderella was always the queen of quick fashion. One minute, “Ella” was a peasant girl…

Guitarist Steve Hackett sounds the ‘Siren’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The press materials for guitarist Steve Hackett’s latest album proclaims it is a “wakeup call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division.” The effort from the former guitarist of…

Looking to laugh? ‘The Book of Mormon’ is the way to go

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re looking for a night of laughter, you absolutely can’t go wrong if you buy yourself a ticket for the current road tour of “The Book of Mormon.” The comic musical created by the…

Steampunks, cinema converge at premiere

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This Friday night, Connecticut audiences can experience a unique partnership between the steampunk universe and the cinematic universe. “Tales of a Broken Reality: Fragments” is a nationwide, collaborative series where anyone with a camera and…

Some jazzy and classic(al) sounds of love

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Love will be in the ear this weekend as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra takes a turn toward Valentine’s Day with “Symphonic Love Potions.” The program features the typical symphonic bonbons that evoke romance such as…

CT’s Enemy Remains takes Webster stage with new album in tow

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Enemy Remains takes to the stage at the Webster Theater on Feb. 8, it will be a gang of Nutmeggers wielding guitars, banging drums—and taking their home state by storm. The band, which was…

Siblings take to stage so audiences can see and feel ‘Tommy’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The title character of “The Who’s Tommy” is an only child. But the actor who plays the deaf, dumb, and blind kid on the Warner Theatre stage has a sister. And both siblings appear in…

The Sawtelles are back with accolades in hand

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The kudos have been coming in for the latest album from Plantsville’s own, The Sawtelles. At Cygnus Radio, Frank Critelli wrote that the new album, dubbed “brown (8×3)” is “more minimalist, and it’s minimalist w/…

CT special FX artist ready for ‘Face Off,’ part deux

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the first episode of “Face Off: All Stars” debuts on Syfy Jan. 24, there will be a familiar face to Connecticut fans of the reality TV series. Litchfield, Conn. resident Tyler Green, who was…