Category: Features

Symphony puts focus on Russian composers

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. And the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will be playing them this weekend. As part of its Masterworks Series, the HSO is presenting “Russian Intensity” this weekend at The…

Everybody loves ‘Millie’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The key to any movie, television show, book… or stage play is the main character should be likeable and relatable. And the cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which is now being performed by Connecticut Theatre…

For Twiztid, it’s getting better all the time

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Twiztid considers its latest musical endeavor part of the duo’s ongoing evolution. The assertion is right there in the title, albeit twisted to fit Twiztid’s world view… “The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s.” “When we…

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill: A perfect marriage at Mohegan Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If their tour dubbed Soul2Soul is any indication of reality, country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have the perfect marriage. Everything about the sold out show at the Mohegan Sun Arena on May 5…

The Cult follows the template, but breaks the mold

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The center continues to hold after all these years. Singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy of The Cult can trace their partnership back to 1984 when Astbury’s successor to the Southern Death Cult, the…

That trash is pretty pretty… and fashionable

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s become a yearly tradition of fun and creativity. But Trashion Fashion, which will be presented Sunday, is about more than just letting artists and fashion designers put their creativity to the test. “Our main…

Choral society presenting best of Motown May 12-13

Motown is coming to Plainville. “Reach Out”, “Superstition”, “Ain’’t No Mountain High Enough” and many more are included in the program to be presented by the Plainville Choral Society. Artistic Director Thomas Buckley and the Board of Directors decided to…

Rain provides the smile behind The Beatles

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The temptation exists that every time the name of The Beatles, in the past tense, is invoked, someone is going to get serious. Music aficionados will speak about how The Beatles changed the face of…

Comedian speaks about resurgence of humor as commentary: Paul Mecurio brings stand-up act to Mohegan

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Social media is the new water cooler. And comedy and comedians suddenly have surged forward to become the new talk around the water cooler. When comedian Melissa McCarthy transforms herself into White House spokesperson Sean…