Category: Features

Disney on Ice entertains, grabs your attention

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR You could call it the fidget scale. When I attend a family show, like I did when I went to “Disney on Ice presents Dream Big” on Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford, I…

The past year has been very, very good for Judah and The Lion

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR What a difference a year makes. As Judah and the Lion’s banjo player Nate Zuercher explained it, this time last year, the Nashville-based band had no idea what the coming year held for them. They…

Midnight Orchid’s steampunk style comes calling

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In addition to a variety of steampunk classes at the Brass Ring Academy this weekend and the steampunk flavored music cranking at the Brass Ring Cabaret on Saturday night, there will be steampunk influenced vendors…

Steampunk luminary coming to Carousel Museum event

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret returns to Bristol this weekend, one of the more prominent members of the steampunk community will be on hand. Thomas Willeford, a steampunk writer, artist, and maker, is…

Picking up some pinache with a pocket square

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Men, looking to add a little polish to your wardrobe? Want to take your well-tailored suit to the next level? You might want to try a pocket square tucked into the top pocket of your…

Picking up that cute holiday outfit (or 2 or 3) on a $50 budget

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re directing the purpose of your spending dollars on finding the right holiday gift for your loved ones, you probably aren’t prepared to focus some of those dollars on finding the right, fashionable outfit…

Local theater troupe brings holiday spirit to stage

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Southington Community Theatre is ready to put you in the holiday spirit this weekend. The local theater troupe will present “Home for the Holidays” on Saturday. Director Brandi Sabato explained, “’Home for the Holidays’ is…

Violinist feels right at home with Hartford Symphony

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For Connecticut native Sirena Huang, this weekend’s performances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is a homecoming. The violinist served as artist-in-residence with the symphony from 2011 to 2014. And since that time, she has returned…

Time to get your ‘Kinky Boots’ on in Waterbury

by MIKE CHAIKEN Editions Editor I’m not sure if I’d be a happy guy wearing “kinky boots.” After all, I’ve never tried walking in heels. I would think anything thigh high might chafe. And the shiny vinyl might make my…

Beatle fans rejoice: Here comes The Magical History Tour

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fans of The Beatles— and those curious about the cultural universe of the 1960s— will find a treasure trove of nostalgia at Foxwoods Resort Casino through February as the casino hosts “The Magical History Tour:…