<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Shopping, Sales, Deals, Designers, and Stores]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/the-scene/events http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:49:52 -0400 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:49:52 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gathering of the Vibes Returns to Bridgeport]]> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:55:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/vibes+for+web.jpg

The much-anticipated Gathering of the Vibes music festival will draw 20,000 to Bridgeport for its 18th year of music and entertainment.

The four-day festival will started yesterday and runs to July 28 at Bridgeport's 370-acre Seaside Park, which has hosted more Vibes festivals than any other venue, according to Vibes founder Ken Hays.

The "perfectly manicured absolute jewel" of a park spans over two miles and includes a mile-long stretch of beach on the Long Island Sound, Hays said.

This year’s musical highlights include performances by jazz guitarist John Scofield, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Roots, the Revivalists and Dark Star Orchestra, among others.

The lineup also includes a number of up-and-coming artists who “cover the musical spectrum.” Hays said the festival provides good exposure for emerging artists because many guests will be hearing their music for the first time. The full lineup is listed on the Vibes website, along with audio and video recordings of each artist. 

“In terms of musicianship and diversity, [the performers] are well represented,” said Hays.

But the festival is about more than just music.

“What separates or distinguishes Vibes from all other music festivals is… how family friendly it is,” Hays explained. “Last year we had over 2,000 kids under the age of 15 that came with their parents.”

The festival has “really, truly turned into an annual reunion for friends and families,” said Hays. “It gives everybody an opportunity to take a step back from the 24-hour news cycle and enjoy time in a beautiful park right on the water with family and friends and great live music.”

Hays said he remembers spending time with his dad watching the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and hopes to foster a similar family environment at Vibes.

About 2,500 kids will attend this year’s festival. Younger guests can take advantage of the School of Rock Teen Vibes Stage, where “kids who are musically inclined can jam together,” said Hays.

Other attractions include juggling classes, yoga, face painting, puppet workshops, a World Peace Flag Ceremony, a giant Ferris wheel and an array of food and craft vendors.

Special pricing is available for Connecticut residents and active military members on Sunday. A further discount can be applied if tickets are purchased in advance online using the code CTSUN.

Bridgeport city employees and residents can purchase a three-day pass at the gate for $75 beginning on Friday morning.

Sunday admission is free for kids 15 and under when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Park campgrounds attract some 12,000 overnight guests every year. Festival-goers can purchase single-day and weekend passes, as well as RV passes for campers.

Vibes originated in 1996 as a tribute to the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. The “Gathering of the Tribes,” as it was first called, attracted 3,500 people to the SUNY Purchase campus, where it was held over Memorial Day weekend. While Vibes has expanded over the years, its mission and purpose remain unchanged.

“What we’ve found is that so many families are coming up with their kids and their friends of friends that this is a really meaningful time to focus on what’s really important,” Hays said.

Eighteen years after the first gathering, Vibes has grown to become "the Northeast's preeminent music festival," according to the website.

“Looking at 25,000 people smiling… it’s an amazing scene,” Hays said.

This is Seaside Park’s ninth year hosting the festival.

Hays, a Weston resident originally from Greenwich, says it’s a pleasure to bring Vibes back to his home state.

“It’s just a beautiful, beautiful spot,” he said, “and it’s home. Connecticut is home.”



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<![CDATA[Maritime Cruise & Cuisine Returns to Norwalk]]> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:00:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cruise-Ship-Generic-San-Die.jpg

The perfect recipe for a summer night on the water is back for a second year.

The Maritime Cruise & Cuisine Fridays in Norwalk offers a sunset cruise followed by a three-course meal.

Starting Friday June 28, the event will take place weekly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The $52 cruise and dinner package includes a sunset cruise around the Norwalk islands followed by dinner at Mama’s Boy restaurant near the dock.

The cruise, sponsored by the Norwalk Seaport Association, leaves Sheffield Island Dock at the corner of Water and Washington Streets) at 6 p.m. and returns at 8 p.m.

The Cruise and Cuisine runs from June 28 through Aug. 30.

Parking is available at the Maritime garage for $1.

For information and reservations, call the Norwalk Seaport Association at 203-838-9444 or buy tickets online.
 



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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Shobha]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:18:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/211*120/2012_08_Shobha_Columbus_Circle.jpg

What’s not to love about the Shobha? When you want to look your best and you need your eyebrows groomed as well as other parts of your body tended to, Shobha is the place to go. With over a decade of experience and excellence in hair removal, Shobha caters to a clientele that includes top beauty editors, A-list celebrities and busy New Yorkers.

Shobha is known for its consistent quality and client sensitivity embodied in its line of products and all-inclusive treatments for the brows, body and bikini area. Shobha herself, founder and entrepreneur extraordinaire, has fused her Indian cultural heritage with a high-powered business education and background (Harvard MBA, Fortune 500 work) to create a successful company infused with warmth and fantastic services and goods.

Good news for Washington, D.C.! !ith four upscale locations in NYC, Shobha will be opening its doors in spring 2013 in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. D.C. will soon see what Lucky magazine says about Shobha, “fast, efficient and ultra-hygienic!"

For more information, visit the website.

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<![CDATA[Looking Back on 2012 with 1st Look]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 02:33:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LOOKINGBACK.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as we take a look back at the best of 2012. ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of Adventure 2012]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 02:33:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BESTOFADVENTURE.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as she takes a look back at some of 1st Look's most exciting adventures of 2012.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of 2012]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:15:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/1LK_3191_WEB_PROMO.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky to take a look at the best "1st Look" moments of 2012, Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[First Lady's "Night Before Christmas"]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/michelleobamareads.jpg First lady Michelle Obama teamed with actor Rico Rodriguez this year for the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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<![CDATA[Springsteen Plays Mohegan Sun]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:29:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/5+Seconds+of+Summer.jpg Several acts are coming to Connecticut. Here's what you need to know about who is coming, when and where.

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<![CDATA[Justin Bieber to Play Sold-Out Show at XL Center ]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:19:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Justin-Bieber-Sing-Hard.jpg

Hartford will be busy tonight with people heading in for Riverfest and Stephen King's talk at the Bushnell, but many of the tweens heading to the capital city tonight will be there to see Justin Bieber.

Bieber’s Believe Tour makes a stop at XL Center tonight. 

The show is sold out, which should not be a surprise.

On Oct. 9, 2009, Bieber played his first ever arena show to a sold-out crowd at XL Center, according to the XL Center. 

One dollar of each ticket will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a charity that works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.  The goal is to build 15 schools around the world for needy children.

 

 



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<![CDATA[Gabby Douglas Book Signing in Madison]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:47:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gabby-douglas-bars-p21.jpg

At 16-years old, Gabby Douglas is a two-time gold medalist, she has met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, she is in the running for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and she made Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People.

She has also written an autobiography and that is bringing her to R.J. Julia in Madison tonight.

Douglas will be signing Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, which is about Douglas’ “journey to the Olympics and the ups and downs of that journey.”

The interest has been strong. The tickets are almost gone, R.J. Julia posted on its Facebook page around 11 a.m.

To enter the ticket line, you must buy the book at R.J. Julia and be in line by 7 p.m. to ensure that your book is signed. They are no longer selling the books online or over the phone.

The "purchased at R.J. Julia bookmark" must be inside the book to be signed and the line will be outside.

Douglas will only sign her book, no memorabilia. Photos of Gabrielle from the line will be allowed. Anyone purchasing three or more books will be given an opportunity to take a photo with Gabrielle.

This is not Douglas’ first trip to Connecticut. Just after the 2010 U.S. Championships, she trained at Gymnastics Express Too in Glastonbury.

R.J. Julia is located at 768 Boston Post Road in Madison.
 



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<![CDATA[Yale Art Auction to Benefit Sandy Victims]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:44:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/art_generic.jpg

The Yale School of Art will help the victims of Hurricane Sandy through a silent art auction at the Green Gallery on Chapel Street tonight.

Students and faculty created and donated all works of art, including Rochelle Feinstein, a New York-based award-winning artist who has done many solo and group exhibits, as well as David Humphrey.

The art is available for viewing starts at 6 p.m.  The highest bidders will be announced at 8 p.m. 

Winners will be able to donate the proceeds to one or more charities preselected by auction organizers.

The gallery is located at 1156 Chapel St.
 

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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: "The Dash Snow Initiative"]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:25:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/dash-snow-initiative.jpg

Among the glittering events happening in Miami for Art Basel is a private dinner and auction presented by Chanel and Paddle8.com to benefit the Henry Street Settlement’s Boys & Girls Republic (BGR) and the Dash Snow Initiative.

A group of Snow’s closest friends are honoring his memory by raising funds for an after-school program in his name, and the artists donating works include high-wattage names, such as Julian Schnabel, Ryan McGuinley, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Dan Colen, among many others.

This unique project honors Snow’s legacy by giving back to the most vulnerable youth in BGR's community, a neighborhood with significant meaning in Snow's life.

Bidding is open until tomorrow, December 5th at 12pm EST — please visit Paddle8.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[Baby Elephant Plays with Mom]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:50:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BabyElephant1204.jpg The Oregon Zoo's new Asian elephant calf plays in wood shavings with her mom, Rose-Tu. The female calf was born at 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 30 and weighed 300 pounds. ]]> <![CDATA[Bon Jovi to Kick Off Tour at Mohegan Sun]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:59:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sandy+Concert+Bon+Jovi.jpg

Before they make their way across the country and eventually across the globe, Bon Jovi's worldwide "Because We Can" tour will kick off at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the concert in Uncasville will start the five-month tour, which is set to make stops in  Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Africa and Buglaria. Stops in North America include Washington D.C., Chicago, Toronto,Las Vegas and Denver.  

The legendary group will debut new songs from their upcoming album "What About Now," which will be released in Spring 2013.

Tickets for the Feb. 9 show at Mohegan Sun will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 10 through Ticketmaster.

Tickets are available for $195 and $125.

They will also be available through the Mohegan Sun box office starting on Dec.11.
 



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<![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

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<![CDATA[Rockefeller Tree-Lighting Time Lapse]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:52:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tree_add_P10.jpg A time-lapse video of the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.

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<![CDATA[The Meaning Behind Rockefeller Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/134312125.jpg This year's lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree represents joy and hope at the start of the Holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Lady Gaga to Perform at Mohegan Sun]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:32:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gagafashionthumb1.jpg

Lady Gaga will bring her Born This Way Ball to Connecticut.

The Grammy-winning entertainer has been on a worldwide tour for more than a year. She will return to the U.S. to continue her tour after the new year, including a performance at Mohegan Sun March 3, 2013.

As one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Gaga's Born This Way Ball has been described as "effortlessly brilliant in both the visual and musical sense, by the Hong Kong Daily News.

Tickets for the Mohegan Sun show go on sale this Saturday, Dec.1. They are $195 and $95.

This will be Lady Gaga's first performance at Mohegan Sun. She cancelled a scheduled show there in January 2010 after complaining of exhaustion while on tour.



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<![CDATA[Rockin' with the Rockettes at Radio City]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:51:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/rockettes1stlook.jpg Join us for the Rockettes 85th celebration at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. ]]> <![CDATA[Join 1st Look for Game Night with a Twist]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:12:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/237*120/1stlookgamenight.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky and watch "1st Look" Saturdays after "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Weird News Photos: Holiday Edition]]> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 07:59:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/turtle-1217.jpg From the Santa Bandit to the Grinch Cop, check out these weird, offbeat news photos — with a holiday twist — from around the world.

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<![CDATA[Make your Heart Sing at "Once"]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:03:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ONCE.jpg If you're looking to spend some time on the Great White Way, make sure check out "Once." Join Ali onstage as she grabs a beer from the Irish Bar set and see just what it takes to put on one of the most creative shows on Broadway! Once: A New Musical 242 West 45th St., New York, NY 10036 / 212- 239-6200]]> <![CDATA[See the Origin of the Universe at the Brooklyn Museum]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:33:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BROOKLYNMUSEUM.jpg Showcasing some of the best and most diverse talent in the city, the Brooklyn Museum should be on every visitor's radar. With the art of Mickalene Thomas on display, no self-respecting art lover should miss a trip to this museum. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 / 718-638-5000]]> <![CDATA[Cute Baby Panda Named]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:18:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/babypanda.jpg As is tradition with pandas born at the San Diego Zoo, the cub's name was announced in an official 100-Day ceremony, Xiao Liwu. The name means "Little Gift" in English. At the time of the naming ceremony, he was tucked away in his den with mama Bai Yun. Zoo vets can be seen measuring the tiny Panda.

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<![CDATA[Ali Picks Up Her Pom Poms at Cheerobix]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:21:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CHEEROBIX.jpg You want to see spirit fingers? Watch what happens when Ali Fedotowsky joins the cheer squad to get herself in shape with the coolest workout routine in Chi-town! Indigo Studio 213 W Institute Place, Suite 704, Chicago, IL / 312-612-YOGA]]> <![CDATA[Try to Keep Yourself Afloat In Inner Tube Water Polo]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:57:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/INNERTUBEWATERPOLO.jpg Water Polo is regarded as one of the more difficult competitions out there. When you add an inner tube, it becomes one of the most outrageous! But don't let the floaties fool you. If you want to swim with these guys, you better bring your A-game. NYC Social Sports Club 273 Bowery, New York, NY / 212-929-5353]]> <![CDATA[The Ocean Is Your Yoga Mat at YogAqua]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/YOGAQUA1.jpg Imagine a surfboard. Imagine the ocean. Imagine Yoga. Now imagine all three put together. In Marina Del Rey California, they've done just that and have taken to new levels of transcendence. YogAqua West Hollywood, CA / 888-281-1690]]> <![CDATA[Coldplay Coming to Mohegan]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:10:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/208*120/COLDPLAY+LALA.jpg

Coldplay has added three new shows to their U.S. tour and one happens to be right here in Connecticut.

Coldplay is coming to Mohegan Sun on Dec. 29. Tickets are $95 and $150 and will go on sale on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

On the first day of ticket sales, the box office might only accept Player's Club points for payment. All customers who wish to use other forms of payments may log onto ticketmaster.com, call Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or visit their local Ticketmaster outlet.

On Nov. 19, Coldplay will release Live 2012, its new concert film. You can watch the trailer here:

 

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<![CDATA[Ali Rocks Her Way Fit at Pound]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:57:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ROCKOUTWORKOUT.jpg There are a lot of alternate ways to keep fit but one new exercise class promises to bring out your inner rockstar. Get ready to pound your way to fitness! Pound / 888-281-1690]]> <![CDATA[May the Fitness Force Be With You at New York Jedi]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:51:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NYJEDI.jpg Is the force with you? It better be if you want to play with these health nerds! Ali grabs a light saber to see if she has what it takes to be a member of NY Jedi! ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Gary Clark Jr. "Blak and Blu"]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:58:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/photo-credit-frank-maddocks-extralarge_1339614241131.jpg

The album is finally here, "Blak and Blu." It couldn't come soon enough. Following the release of Gary Clark Jr.'s first major-label release "The Bright Lights" EP, the full-length debut album has dropped and we are loving it.

It was only last year that we were introduced to the Austin-based musician by his hometown crew and have played "Bright Lights" on repeat since, waiting patiently for the full album to arrive. It's soul, blues and rock at its finest and it's the work of a musician, who only at 28 years old, seems like he's been in the business forever.

The debut single got critical acclaim very early on from legends like Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. Alicia Keys even said it herself, "Hurry up and Google [him], before you're late." The man has proven that he's got it, on stage and in the studio.

From the times we've encountered Gary, he's generally a pretty quiet guy, but when he gets on stage, there's no questioning that he's heard. And, we like what we hear.

Some say he's like Hendrix. Others say Stevie Ray Vaughan. But If you've heard his insane solo guitar riffs, you know it's Gary Clark Jr.

Check out the debut single below, get that album, and rock!



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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Halloween at the McKittrick]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/211*120/Robin_Roemer_-_Nick_and_Sophie.jpg

For the Halloween season, why not go to an experience that will awaken the darkness, the voyeur, and the curious itch that has been waiting to be scratched. Sleep No More can provide just that, where your venturous spirit is encouraged at the McKittrick Hotel.

Built in 1939, the McKittrick was intended to be the most decadent hotel of its era, but six weeks before opening, WWII broke out and the building was condemned and remained locked until now. As you enter, you are given a mask and told to remain silent throughout the production.

The audience will then be put through what seems to be a perilous environment, which quickly turns into an adventure of twists and turns. It is an interactive show where the experience is not spoon fed, but rather earned.

Exquisite sets, complex narratives, and spectacles of the players will keep the guests on their feet, and on the move. Punch Drunk and Emersive took over five floors of three connecting warehouses to build this labyrinth complete with psychiatric wards, ballrooms, cemeteries, and a hospital wing to name a few.

All set to a soundtrack that is reminiscent of Angelo Badalamenti. Loosely based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, scenes play out in over 100 unique rooms. The idea is to follow a character of your desire, but you can switch at anytime or follow no one and browse the gorgeous deco era sets. What you see next will be an individual experience where the more you seek, the greater the discovery.

The McKittrick will also be hosting The Carnival des Corbeaux, which kicks off tonight, and continues through Halloween. Each night having a unique costume theme to which guests will be asked to strictly adhere. The parties will take place directly after the Sleep No More performances.

The schedule for Carnival des Corbeaux is as follows:
Friday, October 26: “Le Charmeur de Serpent”
 Let the animal kingdom inspire your dress for the evening. Feathered, furred, or scaled attire required.
Saturday, October 27: “La Contorsionniste”
 Throw modesty to the wind and flaunt your flesh. Come in your most glamorous and provocative attire.
Sunday, October 28: “La Femme a Barbe”
 Unleash your alter ego of the opposite sex. For this night, dress in your gender-bending finery.
Monday, October 29: “La Clairvoyante”
 Conjure the spirits of the dark side. Dress as sorcerers, witches, fortune-tellers and other bohemian creature of the night.
Tuesday, October 30: “Les Sœurs Siamoises”
 On this night, bring along your identical twin. And make sure you stay side-by-side. Triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets and beyond are most welcome.
Wednesday, October 31: “Le Sorcier”
 On All Hallows Eve, the choice is yours. Come dressed as the carnival denizen of your choice.

“Sleep No More” continues at the McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, Chelsea; 866-811-4111

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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Edible Selby ]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:17:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/211*120/Edible+Selby+Cover.jpg

Photographer Todd Selby is back with a second beautiful, funky book "Edible Selby." Showcasing a whirlwind tour of everything from the kitchens, gardens, restaurants and homes of those in the food and drink universe around the globe. Selby has created a delightful portfolio focused on food culture, taking readers to San Francisco, Copenhagen, Tulum and Tokyo, among many other points.

Buy the book, get inspired, and try the recipes included with the delicious colorful photography and illustrations. For more, check out theselby.com.

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<![CDATA[5 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Fashion's Kookiest Characters]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:03:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/halloweenannawintourthumbanil.jpg This year, why not try a costume inspired by some of the wildest wardrobes in fashion?

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<![CDATA[Eat on the Edge at Dangerously Delicious Pies!]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 01:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DANGEROUSLYDELICIOUSPIES.jpg Do you like to indulge dangerously? If you eat the slices coming out of Dangerously Delicious Pies, then you're living on the edge! Dangerously Delicious Pies 1339 H St. NE, Washington, DC / 202-398-7437]]> <![CDATA[Redefine Breakfast at The Griddle Cafe]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 01:36:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/THEGRIDDLECAFE.jpg With dishes like "Devil's Desire" and "Chocolate Chip French Toast" at the Griddle Cafe, chef Jodie Hortze is making over-the-top breakfasts that have become L.A.'s must-have golden ticket. The Griddle Cafe 7916 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA / 323-874-0377]]> <![CDATA[PHOTOS: CMJ 2012]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:58:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Born+Ruffians+1.jpg Highlights from the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon. Click through the gallery to see what shows we attended this year.

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<![CDATA[Halloween Events]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:53:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LegolandBrickorTreat.jpg

There are many, many Halloween events to choose from this month.

Bethany

Amity Road Horror is open at 667 Amity Road in Bethany on Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Oct. 18-20, and Oct. 25-27. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 kids under 13. Note: Closed on Friday night, Oct. 19 because of weather.

Brooklyn

Take a pumpkin tour at Creamery Brook Bison, 19 Purvis Road, on Oct. 27, 28 at 2  p.m.
A covered wagon ride will take you by the bison. On the return trip, stop at the pumpkin patch where you will pick you own prize pumpkin. Cost is $10 per person.

Coventry

Head to the Nathan Hale Homestead on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 for Things That Go Bump in the Night, where you can take a special candlelight tour, room-by-room, all the way up to the attic. Hear the traditional, long standing Homestead ghost stories and the Hale Guide Staff’s unpublished and unexplained stories of things that have happened to them. Prepare to be spooked while surrounded by the very history that spawned the stories. Refreshments include beer, wine, cider and doughnuts made on the hearth. Two tours will be offered each evening, the first begins at 6 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. Admission is $25 per person, or $20 each for CTL members. The Nathan Hale Homestead is located at 2299 South Street in Coventry.

Cromwell

The businesses on Historic Main Street in Cromwell are hosting Halloween on Main Street, a Halloween Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Trick or Treating will begin on the corner of Main and West streets and will include the businesses on both sides of Main Street.  Cromwell Police will be on hand to insure the safe passage of children and parents during this two-hour event.  Weather permitting there will be petting ponies, face painting and pumpkin painting along with other surprises. For more information, call the First Selectman's office at 860-632-3419 or Town Planner Stuart Popper at 860-632-3422 or drop into any of the businesses on Historic Main Street for up-to-date information.
 

Danbury

CityCenter Danbury's “Halloween on the Green” will be held on Oct. 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Out of 600 expected costumed children and their families, the judges will be looking for Halloween panache and a little something special. Goodie bags for children are being stuffed NOW, a DJ will be playing, there’ll be face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Come scary or sweet! It’s just a part of DisH Living (Downtown is Happening!).

East Haven

Get your scare on the rails by participating in Haunted Isle 2012. Hop on a trolley that will bring you to a gate that leads to a wooden path, where you will follow trails that bring you by blood-splattered humans, sadistic clowns and “terrifying wayfarers with their grotesque antics and insistence on wearing white after Labor Day,” according to the event Web site. Haunted Isle happens from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, until Oct. 27. Tickets are $10 at the door. An express ticket that will put you to the head of the line costs $20 in person or $15 online. Select the date and time you plan to arrive.

Shore Line Trolley Museum

The museum will stay open Friday night, and Saturday during the day for the Pumpkin Patch and in the evening for the Haunted Isle, but will close on Sunday to allow time for the volunteer staff to move trolleys out of harm’s way. The museum's campaign “Elevating the Collection,”  includes having two new barns above the 500-year flood line to protect its collection of nearly 100 vintage trolleys from flooding. 

Farmington

Vicious vampires, wicked witches and spooky skeletons rule the nights and days during the Farmington Valley Visitors Association’s Fifth Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Benefit on Oct. 25-28. The 18-hole course of Halloween fun awaits with a 12-foot-high Jack-O-Lantern. Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern, and try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut at the 18th hole. Halloween treats and a special door prize will be available at the ice cream parlor. Face painting and photos with “Garish the Ghoul” are available. Farmington Miniature Golf and Ice Cream Parlor is located at 1048 Farmington Ave. in Farmington. Times are Thursdays and Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Advance ticket sales are not required and all credit cards are accepted. Proceeds benefit the Farmington Valley Visitors Association.    

Guilford

Head to Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Street, for Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, a special exhibit about the origins and myths of the holidays, through Friday, Dec. 21.  On Saturday, Oct, 27, enjoy Halloween Hysterics at Henry's, flashlight tours, scavenger hunts, craft activities, special displays on the Whitfield/Salem Witch Trial connection and the cemeteries under the Guilford Green and tours of the holiday exhibit Holidaze. For information, call 203-453-2457 or visit www.cultureandtourism.org. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last tickets are sold at 4 p.m.

Mohegan Sun

Halloween Costume Party, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m., Tuscany Terrace. DJ Jena Red hosts and will call on adults to dress up in their best, most creative and hilarious Halloween costumes. Prizes given for funniest, scariest, hottest and best overall costumes.

Adult Trick-Or-Treat, Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 p.m. Guests can get a "trick-or-treat"  bag at the Tuscany Terrace and then proceed to five lounges, each featuring a Barcardi cocktail. Prizes at each stop. Participants include Todd English's Tuscany, VISTA Lounge, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, SolToro Tequilla Grill, Big Bubba's BBQ and Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club.

Moonlight Masquerade at Vista Lounge, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m., VISTA Lounge at Wombi Rock.
VISTA Lounge makes masquerades modern during the Moonlight Masquerade Party. Complimentary masks will be distributed at the door and DJ Jason Mae sets the sound for a spectacular evening.

Welcome to the Jungle Party, Ultra 88 Nightclub, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. Guests are asked to dress up in their best jungle-themed costume for this unique Halloween party in Ultra 88.

Rocky Horror Picture Show screening, The Cabaret Theatre. Guests can dress up and enjoy the ageless classic at 11:45 p.m. Admission is free and seating will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mystic

Mystic Aquarium is getting into the Halloween Spirit for Fall-O-Ween Fest on Oct. 27 and 28. 
On Oct. 20 and 27, artists from Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, www.maniacpumpkincarvers.com. a New York-based studio specializing in elaborate pumpkin art, will create intricate, marine-themed carvings. Founder Marc Evan will carve at the aquarium on Oct. 27. Evan’s partner Chris Soria is carving on Oct. 20. Fall-O-Ween events happen between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. General admission to Mystic Acquarium is $29 for adults, $26 for adults 60 and over, $21 for children ages 3 to 17 and children ages 2 and under are free.

Sea lions will perform a “Wizard of Cods” Halloween-themed show. Zach Ivins Magic provides family-friendly entertainment and there will be underwater pumpkin carvers, scavenger hunts, crafts and costume contests. A full schedule of events can be found at www.mysticaquarium.org.

Mystic Aquarium is located at 55 Coogan Boulevard in Mystic.

Somers

Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Scantic Valley Farm, 327 Ninth District Road. Get lost in the 8-acre corn maze with almost three miles of trails or a Kiddie Maze. Enjoy a barnyard viewing area and plenty of fun activities in the play area for kids. Visit the pumplin patch and take a relaxing hay ride through the scenic valley. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to dusk, until Oct, 28. Admission is $12; $8 for children, 5-12, and free for children under 4. For infomation, call (860) 749-3286.

Southington

Spooky Kingdom, put on by the Burke family, includes more than 15 motion-activated animatronic hand crafted themed attractions. They promise you will not be disappointed. Guests are welcome to visit Spooky Kingdom at 14 Lovley Drive in the Plantsville section of Southington on Oct. 27, 28, and 31, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is free but donations are accepted and the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut.
 

Wallingford

Trail of Terror, 60 North Plains Highway, Wallingford, runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28. Opens at 7 p.m. Regular admission is $20; $18 group speed pass. For information, call 1-888-695-0888. Note: Closed on Friday night, Oct. 19 because of weather.

Westport

The annual children’s Halloween parade will be held on Monday, Oct. 29. Children and parents are asked to meet in front of the Westport/Weston Family Y on the corner of the Post Road and Main Street at 3 p.m. The parade will go up Main Street, along Avery Drive and to Town Hall. Entertainment, refreshments and a small gift will be provided on Veterans Green at 3:45 p.m.  This event is for children, 7 and under. There will not be parking on Main Street between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. while this event is taking place. In the event of rain, all festivities will be moved into the Westport Town Hall beginning at 3 p.m.

Wethersfield

The annual haunted house at the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center, 156 Prospect St., provides spooky and educational fun for children of all ages. The theme is Science Gone Wild. See what the scientists have in store for you! The haunted house will be open Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $4 per person; games cost 50 cents each. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center. To volunteer for the event, contact the Nature Center at 860-529-3075 or naturecenter@wethersfieldct.com.




Photo Credit: Legoland California]]>
<![CDATA[Learn a Little More From 1st Look]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:58:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Learn+a+Little+More+From+1st+Look.png

This week on "1st Look," we taught you how to have a little fun while learning a new trade! If you liked all the classes from the show, here is more adult-ed that will have you wanting to be a student all across the country.

NEW YORK
Pins & Needles - The Upper East Side's one-stop-shop for new and advanced craft makers! With amazing adult classes from Basic Tailoring Essentials to Japanese and Derby dress-making, this shop is as cute as its name!
NY Cake Academy - Cake decorating classes taught by some of the city's best!
The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason - Makeup art classes given by a 30-year industry professional.  This isn't just your everyday salon; be inspired by color and vibrancy in her incredible artistic studio space on Grand Street.
My Mia NY Gelato/Sorbet Workshop - Learn this ancient sweet-tooth trade and even bring your treat home after class! Private workshops are BYOB, too.
CHICAGO
Chicago Hot Glass - Ever want to learn the craft of glassblowing? Well then this premiere class in Chi-town is just what you're looking for!
Second City Training Course - We can toss Ali in some sketch comedy training
Bottle and Bottega - This place offers a painting class while you drink wine.  In one sitting you drink and paint. Awesome.
MINNESOTA
Drive a Tank - Learn how to drive a tank and run over stuff! There's lassroom work before you hit the track. But pay a little extra and they’ll let you crush a car monster truck style!  
LOS ANGELES
EATZ - Offers extremely personal cooking classes in a fun dinner party environment. You get to cook and eat everything you make!
Fire Groove - From fire to hoops, at Fire Groove it's all about dancing dangerously.
For more of the best across the country, tune into "1st Look" Saturdays after "SNL."

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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Scratch DJ Academy]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:34:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DJSPINNINGCLASS.jpg

Our own Ali Fedotowsky hit the turntables in Chicago this past weekend and If you want to learn how to spin and scratch here in NYC, definitely check out Scratch DJ Academy. Co-founded in 2002 by Jam Master Jay (DJ, Run DMC) as the world’s first DJ music production school, Scratch has taught over 100,000 people how to DJ and produce music through their current locations in New York, LA and Miami. Scratch counts several celebrity fans and affiliates among its alum, including Samantha Ronson, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Irie, A-Trak, DJ Kiss and many more.

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<![CDATA[Ali Fedotowsky Gets a Masters in Rum]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 01:33:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SMUGGLERS+COVE.jpg Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco is consistently rated one of the top bars in the world. Martin Case has achieved this heralded status with his combination of traditional drinks from the Caribbean Islands, and now Ali is going to try her hand at mixing a tiki! Smuggler's Cove 650 Gough St., San Francisco, CA /415-869-1900]]> <![CDATA[Try to Get a Laugh at Upright Citizens Brigade]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:23:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UPRIGHTCITEZENSBRIGADE.jpg The Upright Citizens Brigade is at the forefront of improv in the United States. If you have comedy in your blood, you can come and learn the craft of improv for some of comedy's leading talents. Ali tries to keep a straight face and try her hand at thinking on the spot! Upright Citizens Brigade 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA / 323-908-8702]]> <![CDATA[Ali Learns How to Let the Beat Drop]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 01:33:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DJSPINNINGCLASS.jpg Music industry Workshop is the perfect place to learn how to get the party started. DJ Ali-Fed hits the turntables to try and drop the ultimate mix. Music Industry Workshop 2443 N Clybourn, Chicago, IL / 773-472-7752]]> <![CDATA[Make Yourself a Masterpiece at Den Art]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 01:33:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DENART.jpg Art has focused on the human body for hundreds of years. So it was a only a matter of time before artists started to paint on the human body. Check out how to make yourself a masterpiece! Den Art 230 Grand st., Brooklyn, New York / 646-926-1202]]> <![CDATA[New York City Food and Wine Festival Has a Ball]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:12:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/211*120/ny-food-wine-meatball-madness.jpg

Every major event should open with a star-studded gala, and The New York City Food and Wine Festival celebrated its fifth year launch last night with an inaugural ball... a meat-ball.

Meatball Madness, hosted by Giada De Laurentiis, consumed 82 Mercer which held a sold-out crowd as they sampled meatballs from some 37 chefs. The perfect amuse-bouche and ball jokes and puns abound, some of New York’s finest and most celebrated meatball connoisseurs were shelling out these delectable round creations all night long. And between sampling meatballs as diverse as the chefs who made them, imbibing on wine, beer, champagne and sparkling water, guests were invited to vote on their favorites.  

Notable standouts included Meatball Obsession who served beef meatballs in their signature paper cups with a healthy coating of their perfectly seasoned tomato sauce, fresh ricotta and mozzarella pearls along with a piece of freshly baked focaccia. The contrast in temperature between the hot meatball and sauce juxtaposed with the cool cheeses made every bite a hearty and yet refreshing experience. And Meatball Obsession’s founder, owner and chef Dan Mancini, brings his grandmother’s recipe to life in such a true and traditional sense that you can actually taste Italy in every bite.  
The lines around Marco Canora’s Hearth / Terroir station were long and spoke volumes about what was being served, a Meatball Parmesan Hero (albeit slider portion) that was so moist, flavorful and yet light and delicate that they were gone by the time I went back for seconds. Normally too much sauce is the bane of a perfect sandwich, creating a soggy bite, but in this case Canora’s creation made for a surprising eating experience. Watching this masterful chef slice loafs of Italian bread before spooning his delicate meatballs between them, one would expect a more difficult crunchier bite, the kind of bite where you need to open your mouth too wide and consume nothing but bread while the meatball you were going for ends up on your lap instead of in your mouth. Yet with the addition of Canora’s wonderful sauce, a garlic-infused oil and sprinkling of parmesan cheese, the bite was equal parts soft and crunch, and entirely delicious.
And then there was Casa Pomona’s Spanish take on albondigas (meatballs). Beef stuffed with braised ox tail meat and served with a salted potato chip was such an original take on the meatball that it made it that much more distinguishable in a room full of meatballs. Swimming in a shallow bowl of tomato sauce, executive chef Jodi Bernhard’s small beef-balls revealed tender oxtail meat at its center that was so perfectly cooked it simply fell apart in your mouth as you bit through the meaty sphere and it made for a mouth-watering explosion of flavor.
But there can only be one winner, even if in this case there were two: The people's choice award was bestowed to Chef Donatella Arpaia and her restaurant Donatella. And the judges Anne Burrell, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli awarded the evening’s grand honors to Chef Gabe Thompson who is in the process of opening L’Apicio. It was a night to remember, and everyone was simply... balled over!



Photo Credit: Brian Mait / NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Dreaming of a Rich Christmas]]> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 01:46:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nmwatch.jpg Neiman Marcus unveils its opulent Christmas catalog, with $1-million watches, sports cars and jet packs.]]> <![CDATA[Grace Potter Sings for Fair Trade]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:55:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Grace-Potter-Joes-Pub.jpg

Last night singer Grace Potter, best known as frontwoman of Vermont-based band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, performed a private acoustic show at Joe's Pub in the East Village.

She rocked for a full house with a solo set and introduced the crowd to the "Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Pass It On" campaign to increase the awareness of fair trade around the world.

With just a piano and guitar, Potter's powerful voice filled the room. Singing crowd favorites "Apologies" and "Paris," the singer entertained with a standout show in the intimate downtown space.

Potter has teamed up with Green Mountain to spread the word on fair trade and how it positively affects farmers by bringing fans exclusive special performances. Last night's outstanding show definitely brought about good vibes.

To learn more about Grace's cause and fair trade, visit Facebook.com/GreenMountainCoffee.



Photo Credit: Eric Jankstrom]]>
<![CDATA[This Week: Get Schooled with 1st Look]]> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:45:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/219*120/teachme1stlook.jpg We're going back to school this week with host Ali Fedotowsky. Catch 1st Look Saturdays after Saturday Night Live.]]>