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What's Happening in CT 12/20 - 12/22
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Friday, December 20th 2019:
Holiday Shoppe, November 30 - December 21Kick off your holiday season with a visit to the Danbury Museum's 11th annual Holiday Shoppe. In addition to items from local artisans, we've got you covered for great Danbury themed tees, totes, mugs, and more. On December 6th and 7th, the Arion Singing Society will be hosting their Christ-kindle-market in our Marian Anderson studio--cookies, wreaths, and all of the German holiday specialties will be on hand for purchase. On December 14th, drop in for a cup of tea and some treats! We'll have the kettle on all day and you can have a sweet treat before or after you visit our Holiday Shoppe.Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE,Danbury Museum, 42 Main St. Danbury, CT
"Christmas Cocktails", December 13 - 20Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents its holiday musical revue, Christmas Cocktails, for two performances December 13 and 20. Featuring four talented singers, the cabaret-style performance features favorite holiday songs, comedy, audiences participation and surprises. Audiences are induced to bring their own 'cocktails' and snacks to enjoy during the 90-minute performance.8pm, $30Milford Arts Council, The MAC, 40 Railroad Avenue, South, Milford, CT
A Frightmare Before Christmas, December 20 - 21You've never seen Santa like this before. This holiday season, join Fright Haven for a haunted house experience like no other. Frightmare Before Christmas includes brand new attractions, all decked out for the holidays and ready to make you scream 'til the New Year. First you will make your way through Dead End Manor: No Home for the Holidays - a horrific look into one family's not-so picture perfect Christmas Eve. Ornaments smashed, stockings torn, and is that blood in the chimney? Who...or what...could have done this? Next, take a tour of Santa's infamous toy workshop in The Factory. But don't expect to find any happy elves; they've been overworked this season, and Santa's demanding schedule has caused them all to lose their minds. Will you survive this terrifying tour, escape the angry elves and reject toys? Or will you become just another piece on the assembly line? On Saturday, from noon until 2 p.m., a lot less scary holiday event for the younger crowd and their families will be "Holiday Lights On" Family Dun Day matinee. Special guides will escort young children and their families through the indoor maze, completely renovated and decorated for the Christmas season.Fri. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. noon-2 p.m. & 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. evening show: $20, Sat. matinee $10.Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff Stratford, CT
The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays, December 20 - 22Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., $44-$126Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. New Haven, CT
Special Evening Vintage Train Ride to Visit Santa Claus, December 20After the devastating flood in the basement of the Danbury Railway Museum which caused cancellation of the first weekend of Santa Train rides, additional Friday evening trains have been scheduled. Reservations are suggested. The short train ride in a fully-restored 1953 New Haven Railroad Rail Diesel Car (RDC) will take you through the railyard, past the only powered turntable in Connecticut, listed on the National Historic Register and currently undergoing a substantial restoration, and over 70 vintage railroad cars, locomotives and many unique pieces of railroad history. The train ride will terminate at Santa's own private railcar where you'll be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santa's helpers in Toyland in Santa's private car. Of course, the exhibits and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will also be open as will the be the well-stocked gift shop. Also inside the station, you’ll find free hot chocolate, a coloring station, temporary tattoos and other activities for the little ones.Departs: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. $12, children (under 24 months) free.Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St. Danbury, CT
Straight No Chaser, December 20Straight No Chaser’s latest studio album, One Shot sees SNC doing what they do best with distinctive takes on classic pop and soul favorites, including Ricky Martin’s “Livin La Vida Loca,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” and the LP’s first single, an energetic mash-up of Boyz II Men and Montell Jordan entitled “Motownphilly/This Is How We Do It.” The track is joined by an official lyric video, streaming now at the official SNC YouTube channel. 8pm, $30 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT
Virtual Reality Beat Saber Tournament, December 20Beat Saber is a unique VR rhythm game where your goal is to slash the beats as they are coming at you. Every beat indicates which saber you need to use and also the direction you need to match. All the music is composed to perfectly fit the hand made levels. The goal is to cut the cubes and avoid the obstacles. Each cut is supported by great sounds and visual effects that emphasize the rhythm. Players of all levels are welcome to participate. You may enter up to four times but only your best score gets put on "the board," this prevents one person from having multiple top spots. Here's how it will go down: There will be two songs chosen and you will pick one practice song. You will then play both songs and add your scores together for the high score. 7pm-9pm, $10 to enter, free for spectators Xperiment Virtual Reality, 100 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT
Saturday, December 21st, 2019:
Science Saturday, December 21Create a river of cascading colors during this exciting frozen rainbow eruption activity. This fun drop-in program encourages participants to explore the intersections between art and science. Each month features a different gallery learning session, mini-experiment and hands-on art project. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics)-integrated fun at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum! All programs are free with Museum admission 11:00 am – 1:00 pm., Museum admission: Adults: $12, Students: $5, Children under 12: Free, Members: Free, New London residents: Free
Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Cirque Spectacular, December 21Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! There is no better way to celebrate the season than with the magical music of the holidays performed by the HSO, set to astonishing acrobatic feats by members of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie. Watch these amazing aerialists, contortionists, and gymnasts tumble, soar and dance on and above the stage all while the HSO plays your festive favorites! Tickets are on sale now! Visithartfordsymphony.orgor call 860-987-5900 for tickets. 2019-2020 subscriptions are available now. For subscription information, please call 860-244-2999. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., $27-$78 The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT
Winter Solstice Starry Sky, December 21Lean night sky rangers Kim and Geoff will point out the constellations and share constellation stories of the First Americans. You will also have the chance to view deep sky objects, such as the Dumbbell Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy and Owl Cluster, with telescopes. And look for shooting stars. Dress warmly and in multiple layers. This is a family friendly event and a great way to celebrate the season.6 6pm, FREE West Thompson Dam, Overlook Shelter, 162 West Thompson Rd., North Grovesnor, Dale, CT
The Clairvoyants, December 21Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants) were born and raised in Austria and now reside both there and in America. When they met in 2011, they began to develop their “second sight” act, and two months later brought it to the stage for the first time. In 2014, they received their first long-term contract in America when they performed in the show The Illusionarium by Jeff Hobson. They were subsequently offered a featured spot in The Illusionists, the largest touring magic show in the world, produced by Simon Painter. With The Illusionists they toured Australia, Mexico and the Middle East and since that time have also appeared in The Illusionists 2.0, The Illusionists — Live From Broadway and The Illusionists — Turn of the Century on Broadway. In 2016, they were finalists on America’s Got Talent, chosen from more than 100,000 contestants. Van Tass and Ten were awarded the “German Champions of Mentalism,” “Magicians of the Year,” 2015 and, were enthusiastically chosen as the “World Champions of Mentalism, 2015,” a prize that hadn’t been awarded in 30 years. They are currently touring America and Europe with continued sold out shows and standing ovations. 7pm, $45-$85 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, December 22nd, 2019:
Winter Solstice Celebrations, December 22The Winter Solstice arrives Saturday night at 11:10 p.m. Gather on the shortest day of the year and learn how people have celebrated this special day and season over the millennia. The take a hike and celebrate the upcoming lengthening of the days. Crafts and hot chocolate provided. Pre-registration required. 1pm-4pm, $7 per person, $25 for family Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracy Rd.,Canton, CT
Disney on Ice, January 16 - 20Your favorite Disney stories come to life at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories! Sail along with Moana on her high-seas adventure and dance with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends. Feel inspired when love wins in Frozen and dreams come true for the Disney Princesses. Share the excitement and make new memories the whole family will treasure forever! Thu.-Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun. noon, 4 p.m., Mon. 1 p.m. , $15-$80 XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT
Friday, January 17th, 2020:
15th Annual Festival of New Musicals,January 17 - 19The Festival has launched more than 40 new musicals into the universe, sending them across the country, to Broadway, and around the world! Join us for a weekend filled with insider events, seminars, cabarets, and three staged readings of brand-new works as the brightest writers and performers collaborate to create the future of America's greatest art form. Packages & Tickets: Goodspeed's Festival Packages get you access to exclusive events all weekend long! Gold Package: $149, Silver Package: $80, General admission: $25, Students: $15 Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., The Goodspeed, 6 Main St. East Haddam, CT
Cabin Fever PJ Party, January 17A fun evening of movement, music and imagination. Geared for families with young children. 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Pre-registration: $5 per person, $18 family of four. At the door: $7 per person, $25 family of four. Children under 2 free, Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracy Rd. Canton, CT
Hard Hittin Beer Shuttle, January 17Friday night beer shuttle to Alvarium Beer Co, Five Churches Brewing, Relic Brewing and Kinsmen Brewing. There are three sessions to choose from. $20, includes transportation only. Must pre-purchase tickets online. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $20, Relic Brewing, 95 Whiting St. Plainville, CT
Bootlegger’s Bash: Raise a Glass to Prohibition!, January 17Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in 1920s style! Dance to jazz music, snap a pic (or your mug shot) in the photo booth, and sample 1920s cocktails. We’re also hosting Hartford Flavor Company for a free tasting of their locally-made liqueurs. Be sure to come dressed in your Gatsby-esque best, you might win a prize for best costume. There will even be a pop-up exhibit of “flapper” dresses from our collection on display. Cocktails and refreshments included. Guests must be 21 or older. Advance tickets can be purchased here, or you can buy tickets at the door. 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $25, Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St. Hartford, CT
Randy Rainbow Live!, January 17Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views. He's been called "the best thing about the 2016 GOP race" by Dan Savage and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days. He was subsequently asked by the cast of television's Will & Grace to parodize a song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election. Randy has also written for comedian Kathy Griffin and hosted and performed in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities, as well as for the Tony Awards and some of New York City's most popular night spots including 54 Below, Birdland Jazz Club, XL Nightclub and Therapy NYC where his own weekly show ran for two years. He's been seen as a talking head on VH1 and has been heard regularly as both a guest and co-host on Sirius XM Radio. He is the creator and star of the long-runningBroadwayWorld.comweb series Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow and Last Minute with Randy Rainbow. Please Note: This performance was rescheduled from November 9, 2019. If you previously purchased a ticket for that date, it will be good for the same seat at the January 17 performance. You do not need to exchange your ticket. If you have questions, call the Box office at (860) 444-7373 Ext 1. 8 p.m., $35-$55, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
Saturday, January 18th, 2020:
Root 63 Variety Tasting, January 18 - 20Is Root 63 your favorite wine? The vineyard now has five of them, so come in for a special tasting of all fove wines which are 100% estate grown, sustainably farmers and produced and bottled on premise. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $10, $12 with souvenir glass., Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle St. Goshen, CT
Forest City Public Beer Tour, January 18All inclusive public beer tour to Still Hill Brewing, Forest City, Stubborn Beauty and Tavern at the Armory. What’s Included? - Still Hill Brewing (flight or pint of beer) - Stubborn Beauty (flight or pint of beer) - Forest City Brewing (flight or pint of beer) - Tavern at the Armory (one pint of local beer from tap) + - Sampler plate consisting of jerk jerk chicken wings, shrimp spring rolls and sweet potato fries food\ *Food may change slightly depending on availability. - Safe and Reliable transportation, What to bring: Please bring a photo ID. All passengers must be 21+* Pick-Up Locations: 11:20 a.m.: Double Tree Hotel Bristol - 42 Century Drive, Bristol, CT11:45 a.m.: Middletown Inn - 70 Main St, Middletown, CT, 11:15am - 6:00pm, $95 Bristol Double Tree Hotel Parking Lot, 42 Century Dr., Bristol, CT
Lunar New Year Celebration with Chinese Acrobatics @ Danbury Library, January 18Celebrate Lunar New Year with acrobat Li Liu as she performs amazing stunts and tricks including balancing, plate spinning, ribbon dancing, and more! Learn about the 2000 year old tradition of acrobatics and the rituals and customs that will help begin the year of the Rat. FREE! All ages welcome. Registration recommended.11:30 a.m. Farioly Program Room at Danbury Library, 170 Main St. Danbury, CT
Piff the Magic Dragon, January 18Two shows. Straight from “America’s Got Talent, it’s the greatest magic performing dragon of all time! Don’t miss this night jaw-dropping magic tricks and hysterical comedy, think Larry David in a dragon suit blowing your mind with magic tricks. Voted the Magic Circle’s Stage Magician of the Year in 2014, Piff is keen to point out that, even though he is a magician doing tricks dressed in a dragon suit and definitely plays it for laughs, his act is not really suitable for young children. 5 p.m. & 8 p.m., $40-$65, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT
Terry Fator, January 18It’s a long journey from Corsicana Texas to the Las Vegas stage, but Terry Fator made it to the top as the headliner at the Mirage Hotel in Vegas for the past 10 years. Terry can impersonate over 100 voices with favorites being Karen Carpenter, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake, Elvis, Meghan Trainor and Bruno Mars. His cast of characters includes: Winston the Impersonating Turtle; the World’s Greatest Elvis Impersonator; Elton John; Vicki the Cougar; President Donald Trump and annoying neighbor Duggie. 8 p.m., $49-$80, Palace Theater, 100 East Main St. Waterbury, CT
Everclear with Paul Gabriel Blues Band, January 18Everclear has written and recorded some truly iconic 1990s alt-rock hits. And while it’s a virtual surety that no Everclear gig is complete without a rendition of “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine,” lately the band has found that exploring the full range of past material, especially the “deep cuts,” not only gives fans a rare treat, it also injects new life into the band’s live dynamic. Formed by Art Alexakis in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career spanning 11 studio releases (three of which went platinum), numerous videos, thousands of shows and accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental. Like a true survivor, Alexakis has soldiered on through multiple lineup changes over the years. The current touring lineup features longtime members Dave French (guitar) and Freddy Herrera (bass), as well as drummer Brian Nolan. 8 p.m. $35-$70, VIP $185., The Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT
Sunday, January 19th, 2020:
Tacos & Tequila Fiesta, January 19Celebrate all things Tacos & Tequila at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Foxwoods is celebrating Cinco de Mayo a few months early. ¡Diecinueve de Enero. Enjoy taco and tequila samples from over 20 companies. Dance along to a live mariachi band or show off your skills on the mechanical bull. It's not a tasting, it's a fiesta! Prices: Blanco ($15) : Includes entry into Tacos & Tequila, you can purchase food and drink. Perfect for designated drivers. Reposado ($45): Includes entry into Tacos & Tequila, 2 Taco Samples and 3 Tequila Samples. Additional food and drink available for purchase. Anejo ($80): Includes entry into Tacos & Tequila, four taco samples and six tequila samples, unlimited Margaritas for one hour. Additional food and drink available for purchase. 4 p.m., Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Northeast Recreational Vehicle & Camping Show, Jan 24-26The show features more than 140,000 square feet of the latest in recreation vehicles, camping supplies, services, accessories, products, campgrounds, and travel information exhibits. Northeast RV & Camping Show is the ideal place for camping families who are looking to purchase their first RV, looking to upgrade their present RV or for the veteran camper to explore new camping adventures. Dozens of on-site campground information exhibits will provide attendees with literature and information about premier family campgrounds throughout Connecticut and beyond. Representatives from the Connecticut Campground Owners Association will be on hand to help attendees make their camping trip more enjoyable. Fri. noon-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $15,children (14 and under) free. Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
Operation Fuel Ice House, January 24 - 25Operation Fuel’s Ice House is an annual event that will again take place on the grounds of the historic Old State House in Hartford. The centerpiece is a spectacular structure made entirely of 40,000 pounds of hand-carved blocks of ice complete with ice furnishings and New for 2020: an attached Ice Garage and a Thermal Imaging Body Heat Photo Booth! The public is invited to tour and spend some time “chilling out” in the Ice House on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25. Our hope is to raise awareness of just how cold the New England winter can be without the basic necessity of a warm shelter. 9am-5pm, FREE, Connecticut's Old State House, 800 Main St, Hartford, CT
Manchester TransPOURtation Beer Shuttle, January 24Friday night beer shuttle to 2nd Bridge, Urban Lodge, Labyrinth and Elicit Brewing. There are four sessions to choose from. $20, includes transportation only. Please be outside of the breweries at these designated times to catch the shuttle. We will wait approx. 5 minutes per stop but are not responsible for you missing the shuttle. Various times between 5:30pm-10pm. $20, Labyrinth Brewing. 148 Forest St. Manchester, CT
Marc Cohn, January 24After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singesongwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. 7pm & 9pm, $65, Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne, 70 Sanford St. Fairfield, CT
SUPERHOT VR Tournament, January 24Superhot VR is a strategic first-person shooter in which time only moves when you do. If you don’t figure out how to overcome the challenges, you’ll die. On the other hand, if you can maintain your composure, catch bullets in mid-air, and remember to take weapons from fallen enemies, you might prevail. 7pm-9pm, Free for spectators, $10 to play, Xperiment VR, 100 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT
Nick Di Paolo, January 24In a world where political correctness has run amok, Nick Di Paolo continues to be honest with his audiences. One of the very few comedians known to lean right, Nick is unafraid and unapologetic. Nick currently hosts The Nick DiPaolo Show every Monday through Thursday and tours the country on weekends. Nick has performed on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Conan O’ Brien. He was twice nominated for an Emmy for his writing on HBO’s The Chris Rock Show. He has also had four standup specials and was one of the stars on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and a stand out on many Comedy Central Roasts. 8pm, $35, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT
Saturday, January 25th, 2020:
Root 63 Variety Tasting, January 25 - 26Is Root 63 your favorite wine? The vineyard now has five of them, so come in for a special tasting of all five wines which are 100% estate grown, sustainably farmed and produced and bottled on premise. 11am-5pm, $10, $12 with souvenir glass, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle St. Goshen, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "Dolemite Is My Name", January 25Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era. Rated R. The 2020 Atlantic Broadband Garde Winter Cinema Series Pass brings you – for one package price – twenty or more critically acclaimed and Oscar and Golden Globe nominated films with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and full surround sound. Limited availability so buy today. 3pm, $12 GA, Series Pass $62, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "The Irishman",January 25This biographical crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino crime family. Now older, World War II veteran once again reflects on his most prolific hits and, in particular, considers his involvement with his good friend Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975. Rated R. 7:30pm, $12 GA, $62 Series Pass, - Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
Brantley Gilbert: Fire't Up Tour, January 25Each ticket purchase includes Brantley's newest album, Fire & Brimstone. Brantley Gilbert lives in Jefferson, Georgia rather than, like so many country stars, Nashville. It’s not that he’s not serious about his music, or his career, but somethings run deeper. Or, as he sings in “Grown Ass Man” from his platinum Just As I Am, “I got a home.” That home is rich with life, truth, friends, history – and those are the raw materials that have made Gilbert one of only four country artists with back-to-back platinum certified albums. For Gilbert, who won the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am, every album is another chapter in the life the unrepentant good ole boy has led. Whether it’s raising hell, standing tall or bottoming out, Gilbert’s truth speaks to the heart of blue collar life in the 21st century: hard working, fun loving and deeply committed to the people he loves. 8pm, $73.50-$108.50. Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, January 26th, 2020:
Sensory Friendly Day, January 26We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All who will benefit from a quieter environment are invited as our special guests for the day! Sensory Friendly Day is presented by the Miracle League of Connecticut. Tickets are $14 online, in advance or $16.95 at the door (1:1 aides are always free). 10am-5pm, Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
John O'Hurley - A Man with Standards, January 26John O’Hurley has gone from being best known as J. Peterman on Seinfeld to catapulting into one of television’s busiest and most versatile actors. From show host (To Tell the Truth, Family Feud, and NBC’s The National Dog Show), to Broadway star, to advertising hero (O’Hurley invested in the relaunch of The J. Peterman Company, and since 1999 has been a part-owner and member of the board of directors), this voice actor, singer, and comedian has truly done it all- including being a first season contestant on Dancing with the Stars (where he made it to the finals)! Now touring with a band and performing his show- “A Man With Standards,” O’Hurley dazzles audiences with storytelling, songs and humor. A show that, like O’Hurley, has a little bit of everything! 5pm, $49.50, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT
Chocolate and Wine Pairing, December 12 - 13Come in anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and taste five award winning estate red wines paired to perfection with five specialty chocolates. Reservations are only required for groups of six or more. 11am-4pm, $20 Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle St. Goshen, CT
Northern Lights, December 12 - 14Mystic Aquarium lights up during Northern Lights… A sea of lights leads the way through a mesmerizing journey along the Aquarium’s outdoor pathways. See Arctic animals in a whole new light – quite literally – as you stroll to theatric music in search of hand-crafted lanterns that bring Arctic animals to life! Snap selfies and meet the Snow Sisters every Thursday, Father Christmas on Fridays and Petey the Penguin each Saturday. Plus, stop by our Send a Wish Upon a Star station to write notes and wishes to the men and women serving overseas this holiday season. An alfresco experience unlike any other, Northern Lights is sure to be a new family tradition, a truly romantic date night and Mystic Aquarium’s biggest holiday event yet. Pulling inspiration from the most spectacular natural light display there is – the aurora borealis – Northern Lights is sure to be just as magical and inspiring. 6pm-9pm, General admission $15, members $12, children (2 and under) free. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT
An Improvised Christmas Carol, December 12 - 22Come see a hilarious retelling of Charles Dickens's Christmas classic twist! This show combines your suggestions with the improvisers’ imaginations to create a performance of A Christmas Carol like nothing you have ever seen. What if Scrooge owned a pet store? What if the Ghost of Christmas Past was a Film Noir detective? What if Tiny Tim wasn't so tiny? Come find out and see how your suggestions tell an all new tale of how Christmas can (or can't!) change Ebenezer Scrooge's life. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Adults $15, children $10 Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum St. Hartford, CT
38th Annual Santa's Workshop, December 13 - 23Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves making toys, set in a log cabin with decorations and music, and a fire in the great stone fireplace. 3pm-5pm, FREE Wickham Park, 1329 West Middle Tpke. Manchester, CT
Polar Pajama Party, December 13 - 14Start or continue your holiday tradition here at the Connecticut Science Center. Put on your PJs and join us for a wintery-themed evening of entertainment for the whole family in celebration of the Season of Science! There will be games, prizes, holiday crafts, cookie decorating for the kids, and special appearances by the Gingerbread Man, Rudolph, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. Visitors can also join Jack Frost for the annual “Elf Drop.” Plus, don’t forget your tickets to see the Polar Express in 3D, showing at two different times during the party. Everyone can enjoy a free child size Froyo or Hot Chocolate. Members Ticket Sales Open on Monday, November 4. Non-Member Ticket Sales Open on Monday, November 11. 5pm-9pm, Members $5, Non-members $18, Movie: $5 Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
"The Treasure of Christmas Island", December 13 - 22A comedy-adventure of pirates, heroes, mermaids and dames in the tradition of an English Panto! Panto: A traditional fairy-tale farce for both adults and kids, with broad characters, jokes, local references, audience participation, songs and more! Performances: December 13-15, 20-22. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Adults $20; seniors, military $18; members $15; children (12 and under) $8. Donald L. Oat Theater at Norwich Arts Center, 62 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Festival of Lights, December 13Come and stroll through walkways brilliantly lit by thousands of luminaries. With live entertainment and complimentary treats, there's something for the entire family to enjoy. 5pm-9pm, FREE Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT
27th Annual Plainville Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll, December 13The Plainville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 27th Annual Plainville Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll. The event includes holiday caroling, the lighting of the Town tree, visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and horse and buggy rides through downtown. Refreshments will be made available. Please also visit our local downtown merchants as they will be hosting special offers and raffles throughout the night and weekend. 5pm-8pm, FREE Plainville Fire Department, 77 West Main St. Plainville, CT
Kids VR Night, December 13Drop the kids off at Xperiment Virtual Reality and enjoy a night off. We provide the snacks, drinks and the fun as well as some education into the mix. The kids have a fun Friday night playing VR as well as robots, and other STEM activities while you get time to yourselves. Your kids are guaranteed at least an hour of VR gaming time (more depending on availability). Limited spaces available so reserve now. Payment is required to hold your reservation. 6pm-8pm, $40 advanced, $45 at door. Xperiment VR, 100 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT
All Star Christmas Show, December 13Artists appearing in the show include Goo Goo Dolls, Hanson, Andy Grammer and Dean Lewis. 7:30pm, $35-$65 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
Nickelodeon's Double Dare Live!, December 13Double Dare Live Standard VIP Experience ticket includes a special photo opportunity with the iconic Double Dare Pick-it “Nose” obstacle prop presented in a private space at the venue with the Double Dare Live backdrop, and a VIP tour laminate. Double Dare Live Deluxe VIP Experience ticket includes a special photo opportunity with hosts Marc Summers and Robin Russo in a private space at the venue with the Double Dare Live backdrop, a VIP laminate, and a unique souvenir. A photographer will be available if the purchaser does not have a personal camera / cell-phone camera. The DD VIP Experience (both Standard AND VIP) purchasers must arrive at the theatre at 6:30pm.90 minutes in advance of the 8pm show start time. Proceed to the check-in table and pick up the DD VIP packet. Each adult and child in a group must have a DD VIP Ticket. Patrons will be directed to the photo opportunity which ends 30 minutes prior to show start time. Latecomers risk missing the opportunity, and no refunds will be issued if the purchasers are late. Must have separate ticket for the show. On your mark, get set, GO! The messiest game show on television is now the messiest game show on the road. Double Dare Live is coming to your town and will bring all the action and excitement of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular television show to the stage. All the Slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by the Double Dare legend himself Marc Summers! Bring your whole family to the show you loved as a child. You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts and even run the legendary obstacle course! 8pm, $32-$69 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
"The Nutcracker", December 14 - 15It would not feel like the holidays without the timeless joy of The Nutcracker, and as part of The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory’s 50th anniversary season, the prestigious Torrington institution will unveil an exciting new production of The Nutcracker this year. Audiences will be dazzled by this reimagined full-length ballet, complete with new sets, costumes and choreography. All dance roles features trainees of The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, along with cameo roles performed by children from The Torrington School of Ballet. These aspiring artists come from all over the country to hone their craft and develop their artistry at The Nutmeg. The mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer will once again be played by accomplished European stage actor Thomas Evertz. Originally conceived by Sharon Dante, this production features choreography by The Nutmeg's faculty, led by Artistic Director Victoria Mazzarelli, and is set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece. Additional coaching is provided by Timothy Melady, Susan Szabo, Eleanor D’Antuono, Denise Warner Limoli, Joan Kunsch, and Alexei Tchernichov. Melady, The Nutmeg's Ballet Master, has led the production team responsible for bringing to reality the vision of Mazzarelli and scenic designer Roger LaVoie. Additional members of the design team include costume designers Susan Fazzino, Janessa Urwin and Susan Aziz; lighting designer Brian Sciarra; set construction by American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA; and painting by Roger LaVoie Designs/TSDesigns. Performances of The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre in Torrington are December 7 and December 8. Call The Warner Box Office at (860) 489-7180.Sat. & Sun. 12:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., $46-$71 The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT
Happy Hole-A-Days, December 14Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Patrick Dorsey, and Stanley Golf Course are pleased to announce that the driving range at Stanley Golf Course will be open seven days a week throughout the winter months of December, January and February from 9 a.m.-5 p.m In addition to the driving range being open all winter, Stanley will also see the return of two popular special events from previous years. Happy Hole-A-Days will return to Stanley Golf Course on Saturday, December 14, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by ESPN radio personality Rob Dibble and will include free buckets of balls, complimentary appetizers and beverage specials by Back Nine Tavern. Prizes will include restaurant, retail and pro shop gift cards along with the chance to win a 2020 season golf pass valued over $1,300. Back by popular demand, buckets of luck will also be returning to Stanley Golf Course in January and February where golfers can purchase buckets of balls on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and enter themselves in a raffle to win lots of great prizes including a drawing for a 2020 season golf pass. 11:30am-1:30pm, FREE, Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Rd. New Britain, CT
Jerry Seinfeld, December 14Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and even wrote a best-selling book (Seinlanguage) and a children’s book (Halloween). Seinfeld directed the off-Broadway production of Colin Quinn: The New York Story and the Netflix stand-up special. Seinfeld’s latest project is the Emmy nominated and critically-acclaimed web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee which has garnered over 100 million views, and which the New York Times describes as "impressively complex and artful" and Variety calls "a game changer." Most recently, Seinfeld has been performing at the Beacon Theatre as part of his residency entitled, Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand. He recently made his Netflix debut with the original stand-up special Jerry Before Seinfeld. 8pm, $82.50-$150 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, December 15th, 2019:
Miss America 2020, December 15 - 19 The competition follows 51 compelling candidates as they compete for life-changing scholarships to be used to continue their efforts towards community service and education. The show will continue to highlight a diverse group of young students and professionals who are advancing the message of female strength, independence, and empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact. The Miss America Organization has ushered in a new era of progressiveness and inclusiveness, led by an all-female leadership team. Times vary, $75-$100 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
[AMA Announcement] Former New York Athletic Commission Chariman, boxing author, and commentator Randy Gordon will be here for an AMA Friday August 26 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT, 9pm BST
Date: Friday August 26, 2016 Time: 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT, 9pm BST Big thanks to Josh from SiriusXM for helping us set up the AMA with Gerry Cooney and now we have Randy Gordon. I was gonna do a write-up for him but the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame has done a terrific job so read below:
Randy Gordon (b: March 11, 1949 in Brookly, N.Y.) is an American boxing journalist/historian/Commissioneannouncer.
Gordon served as Editor-in-Chief of The Ring Magazine and Boxing Illustrated. He was also the Associate Editor of Big Book of Boxing, World Boxing Magazine and International Boxing Magazine prior to joining publisher Bert R. Sugar at The Ring. The years during which Gordon and Sugar ran The Ring (1979-1983) are widely accepted as having been the finest boxing magazines ever published. Gordon has been on on-air analyst for ESPN, the USA Network, SportsChannel, the Sunshine Network, SNY, New England Sports Network, the Madison Square Garden Network, FNN, CNN, KMOX and WFAN. He currently serves as a show host for two shows on SiriusXM Satellite Radio–“Fight Club” and “Friday Night at the Fights,” which he hosts with RJ Clifford and Gerry Cooney, respectively. From 1988-1995, Gordon served as Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, a position he was appointed to by then-New York State Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. At 38, he was the youngest commissioner in the history of the NYSAC. Commissioner Gordon was one of the founding fathers of the Association of Boxing Commissions and served as its third President. In the mid-1990’s, he helped ban MMA in New York State, a ban which remains well in 2011. Gordon later came to better understand and love MMA, continually pushing for its being licensed and governed by the NYSAC. Following his time as New York’s Athletic Commissioner, Gordon was the Director of Boxing for the Foxwoods Resort Hotel & Casino in Mashantucket, CT, from 1995 until 1997. Gordon has had parts in two movies: “The Accused” and “The Mouse,” as well as a role in the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, ”“Assault in the Ring,” and a role in the HBO movie, “Undefeated.” He also has a role in the 7-UP commercial starring Sugar Ray Leonard. Gordon has written and published two children’s books. One is “Ali” (Penguin Publishing). The other is the “Ultimate NBA Sticker Book” (Scholastic). In 2005, Gordon was inducted in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
Randy and his wife, Roni, live in Melville, Long Island, New York. They have five children.
Started putting these event lists together for friends and family a few weeks ago because the ones I was being sent were terrible and boring. Figured I'd share it here as well. edit: This went over way better than I expected! I got a few requests to keep doing this, so I'll plan on posting again next week. Hope a few of you were able to find something fun to do this weekend!
"Mel Brooks" - Young Frankenstein (May 4-Jun 2): TheatreWorks, 20 Elm Street Ext, New Milford, Various dates & times, $25-30, - Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. May not be suitable for children under 12.
THE ILLUSIONISTS (May 4-6): The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, Various times, $22.50-103.50, - Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Hartford! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Connecticut Spring Boat Show (May 4-6): Town of Essex, Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry St., Essex, Various times, $5 donation for ages 13 & up, - A boutique in-water boat show, located on the scenic Connecticut River, features both sail and power boats. See over 60 boats of all sizes and talk directly with dealers and manufacturers. Visitors attending the show will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models. In addition to boats on the docks, gear, accessories and service companies will be on site.
Fantasticon (May 4-6): Elm City Games, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, Various times and dates, 0-$40, - Fantasticon brings together game designers, publishers, artists, and game enthusiasts for a weekend of playtesting, networking, and having fun! Our primary focus is on designers connecting with each other for high level playtesting and in depth discussions about theory and practice, but we welcome anyone with an interest in games and how they're made. We've got 6,000sq/ft of prototype gaming taking over Elm City Games' historic building right in downtown New Haven. Our open gaming style schedule means playtesting can happen whenever, wherever, and with whoever throughout the weekend. But don't worry if you don't know anyone, we'll be working hard to connect players with designers.
HAYLEY JANE & THE PRIMATES: Friday, May 4, Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk, 8:00PM, $19-34, - We are so excited to announce Hayley Jane and the Primates. You’ll absolutely love her onstage energy and the Primates bring some serious chops and theatrics with their Jazz-Funk-Blues-Indie fusion. Opening up for them is the ever talented James Maddock who is bringing his solo performance for an intimate and unique performance!
Night at the Cantina - Star Wars Trivia: Friday, May 4, The River's Edge Pub & Grille, 29 North Main Street, Beacon Falls, 6:30PM-8:30PM, FREE (Suggested donation of $40 per team), - Think you know more about Star Wars than anyone? Harness your inner Force and join us in celebrating May the Fourth down at The Mos Eisley Cantina (aka- The River's Edge) with a night of Trivia and fun to benefit the Beacon Falls Youth Theater Group. Trivia will consists of 6 Rounds (with Bonus Round in case of a tie). Costumes are encouraged, so break out your best Wookie and Sith Lord outfits.
Chive Rocks - May the Fourth be With You: Friday, May 4, Hard Rock Cafe, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 9:00PM, $35-300, - Please join Chive New England in our 4th Chive Rocks as we raise money and awareness for the Childhood Apraxia walk in June! This year will be more epic than ever before. We will have the honour of partying hard with New England’s premiere DJ JD! We are also partnering with Patron for some awesome drink specials to keep you partying all night long. (Sing that last part in your Lionel Richie voice)
Reality Fighting: Friday, May 4, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, 7:00PM, $40-75, - Reality Fighting heats up Mohegan Sun Arena with all the mixed martial arts action you can handle! Check back soon for bout details.
Saturday, May 5th:
The Full Monty (May 5-13): Warner Theater, 68 Main Street, Torrington, Various dates and times, $19-27, -* Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart.*
Cinderella (May 5-6): Warner Theater, Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 82 Main Street, Torrington, Various times and dates, $12.50, - The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.
Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend (May 5-6): Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, 11:00AM-3:00PM, $10, children under 3 free, - Join us for this fun family weekend on the farm and meet the newest additions to the Heckscher Farm family. There will be activities for all ages including face painting, crafts, a plant sale, bee demonstrations, farm tool demonstrations, animal tours, seed planting and oxen demos. On Sunday, watch as our flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their woolly coats. Additionally, an assortment of local food trucks will be on site and our Museum Galleries will be open, featuring the Birds in Art 2017 fine art exhibition.
Walking Tour - Architecture-Homes and Histories: Saturday, May 5, Litchfield History Museum, 7 South St., Litchfield, 10:00AM-11:00AM, $5, - Why does the center of Litchfield have so many white homes? Learn how the history and stories of old Litchfield are preserved in the architecture of the town. The walk will cover North and South Streets. The tour last about an hour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Registration is required and payment is required with registration.
Derby de Mayo: Saturday, May 5, The IRONS Restaurant & Bar at Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, 2:00PM-11:00PM, $15, - Party all day and night in the heart of Mystic. Only once in every seven years or so, does the Kentucky Derby fall on Cinco de Mayo. We're combining the two and throwing a Derby de Mayo Bash. Mint Juleps to Margaritas and Tacos to Fried Chicken. Plenty of cold local craft cervezas on tap and in bottles.
5th Annual Hats & Horses Derby Party: Saturday, May 5, Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Hwy., Clinton, 5:00PM, 7:00PM, $25, - Watch the Kentucky Derby live on the big screen and enjoy light refreshments. Dapper attire encourages, including fancy hats. Wear your best and you could win a prize. Enjoy a wine and bourbon tasting, and a silent auction featuring gift baskets and items from local shops and artisans.
NICK DI PAOLO: THE NICK IS RIGHT TOUR: Saturday, May 5, Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven, 8:00PM, $25-30, - Nick Di Paolo, one of the sharpest minds (and tongues) in stand-up comedy over the past 20 years, is coming to the Shubert for one big night of comedy with “The Nick is Right Tour.” Prepare for a night of hilarious, brutally honest, unapologetic comedy!
Bon Jovi: Saturday, May 5, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, 7:30PM, $130-200, - Do I need to explain Bon Jovi?
Pomfret Town Wide Tag Sale: Saturday, May 5, 7:00AM, Maps are sold for $1 at 7 a.m. in the Pomfret Community School (20 Pomfret Street) and will lead to approximately 50 tag sale locations throughout town.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA: "THE NEW ONE": Saturday, May 5, College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street, New Haven, 6:00PM, $27.50-49, - MIKE BIRBIGLIA is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Mike has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer, and Girls as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. Birbiglia currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jen
Griswold's Night Light Festival: Saturday, May 5, Griswold Parks and Recreation, Veterans' Memorial Park, 68 Ashland St., Jewett City, 5:00PM-10:00PM, Free, -* Let's light up Jewett City with a parade of floats & a festival in Veteran's Memorial Park. Food Trucks will be offering all different types of treats, foods and unique meals PLUS Wolverine Radio will be holding a DISCO PARTY! All are welcome to join the parade!*
Cinco de Mayo Zip & Sip Adventure: Saturday, May 5, EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, 2011 South Main St., Middletown, 9:00AM-6:00PM, $45, - Thrilling and exciting tree-top zip lines and aerial adventure challenges, all led by energetic guides, followed by "rehydration" at the Inn at Middletown's Tavern. All zip line participants, ages 21+, receive a drink voucher for a house margarita or local draft beer at the Tavern at the Armory. Drink voucher valid on May 5, 2018 only.
Northeast PEZ Collectors Gathering: Saturday, May 5, Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 East Main St., Stamford, 10:00AM-2:00PM, Adults $5, Children 8 and under free, - Do you have a "Sweet" spot for candy? Well, why not come to the "sweetest" place in Stamford, The Northeast PEZ Collectors gathering. Bring the entire family to see the largest PEZ gathering on the east coast. It's a fun event for collectors of all ages. You will see the newest PEZ, vintage PEZ, United States PEZ and even PEZ from Europe. You will see regular sized PEZ dispensers to "Giant PEZ." You might even see "The Worlds Smallest PEZ" on display. PEZ collectors from all over the United States converge on Stamford for this annual gathering. Come be part of the fun. It only happens once a year in Connecticut.
Cinco de Mayo Cruise: Saturday, May 5, Departs from Eagle Landing State Park, 14 Little Meadow Rd., Haddam, 5:00PM-7:00PM, $30, - Take a relaxing late Saturday afternoon cruise as we celebrate Cinco De Mayo and the beautiful spring foliage on the lower Connecticut River. Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has become quite popular in the United States as a fun, festive day! On this cruise, as we celebrate Cinco De Mayo, we will see a nesting Osprey and other wildlife, and enjoy the beautiful scenic river views. There will be soft Mexican music. Bring your favorite “Mexican” or any beverage and a picnic if you’d like. And Captain Mark will be making his famous Key Lime Pie. No one under 12 years old please.
Tom Jones: Saturday, May 5, Grand Theater, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 8:00PM, $65-105, - Tom Jones' 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered - at the age of 77 - the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums, Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.
Sunday, May 6:
5th Annual Run the Gauntlet Obstacle: Sunday, May 6, East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven, 9:00AM-12:00PM, Adults $50, Students $35, Spectators Free, - A spring race in the Denali Gauntlet Race Series. Run the Gauntlet at East Rock Park features a 5K obstacle course with 15-20 man-made and natural obstacles. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party with pizza from Old World Pizza Trucks, beer from Thimble Island Brewing Company, and live entertainment. Proceeds from Run the Gauntlet at East Rock Park support The Denali Foundation Scholarship Fund for children attending the New Haven Parks and Recreation ECO Adventure Camp.
9th Annual Girls Just Wanna Run 5k Race: Sunday, May 6, Town of Litchfield, North Shore Road, Litchfield, Registration 10:30AM-11:30AM, Race begins 12:00PM, $35, Free for spectators, -* A 5K race which focuses on health and wellness in girls and women. Walkers, joggers, runners, girls and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the Overall First Female Finisher, the first female finisher in each age division and to the Most Glamorous Runner(s).*
The Dance Collective at Hog River Brewing Co.: Sunday, May 6, 1429 Park Street, Hartford, 6:30PM, $25, - The Dance Collective is back at Hog River Brewing Co. on Sunday, May 6th at 6:30pm. We had so much fun last November, we decided to do it again! Keeping the evening casual and cool, come join us and grab a pint while you sit back and enjoy professional contemporary dance performance! The Dance Collective brings you cultural & art performances outside a formal, traditional setting. This performance highlights the work of various female choreographers and dancers from across the United States. A bill consisting of solos, duets, and group performances; dancers will surround the brewery, conveying themes of empowerment, strength, and more. The choreographic artists that will be presenting are Dot Armstrong, Emory Campbell, Meghan Dodd, Fran Fuller, Alice Halter, Sheila Huggins, Rosanna Karabetsos, Betsy McMillan, and Kirsten Schranze. Your ticket comes with 1 free drink.
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN: Sunday, May 6, Webster Theater Underground, 7:00PM, $13-15, - After relocating to Nashville at the age of 17 from Honey Grove, Texas, Tyler Bryant met drummer Caleb Crosby. After only a week, the two formed "The Shakedown" and began performing as a group with Calvin Webster on bass. Bryant was later introduced to Boston guitarist Graham Whitford (son of Aerosmith's Brad Whitford) and immediately asked Whitford to relocate to Nashville to join the group. Noah Denney was the final addition to the group, cementing the current lineup
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