<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 21 Jun 2018 16:14:00 -0400Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:14:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Huge Cat Alert': 29-Pound Feline Finds Forever Home After Rescue]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:49:14 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/chubbs-phs-062018.jpg

A 29-pound cat who became an internet sensation after being rescued from the streets of Southern California has found a forever home.

The stray Himalayan mix was found last week wandering the streets of Altadena and taken to the Pasadena Humane Society by a good Samaritan. The shelter said the 10-year-old cat, which they named Chubbs, was extremely matted and took several hours to groom, "Today" reported.

After the shelter put out a "huge cat alert" on its social media pages announcing Chubbs was in need of a good home, the Pasadena Humane Society said it received several claims from different people alleging the now-social media star was their cat.

The organization had planned on holding an adoption event Sunday, but delayed it to vett the claims. After determining the ownership claims were false, Chubbs was put up for adoption on Wednesday. 

"He was adopted right away," said shelter spokeswoman Jaime Holeman. "Surprisingly, the family that adopted him were the only ones ready to adopt." 

Though the line to adopt the famous kitty wasn't long, Holeman said there were plenty of Chubbs fans gathered outside the shelter showing their support. 

"One person made a sign that said 'We Love Chubbs' and then gave it to the family who adopted him," said Holeman. 

Yvette Viola and her husband, Ruben Viola, was the lucky couple who adopted Chubbs. 

The Violas lost their cat, Mooshu, of 14 years earlier this year and were grief-stricken. Since Mooshu's death, Yvette never found a cat that made her want to adopt — until she laid eyes on Chubbs. 

"It was really hard for us. I didn't want to adopt a cat at all," Yvette said. "But then this guy came on TV and my girlfriend from high school sent me the link and said, 'I found your cat.'" 

Yvette was ready to adopt last week and filled out an application Thursday, but had to wait a few extra days until the adorable kitty could officially be put on the market. 

"I was so nervous someone was going to come by and claim him," Yvette said. "I thought I was going to adopt a kitten, but I saw this guy and immediately fell in love." 

Chubbs was placed on a weight loss program before being adopted and his new family plans to continue his diet. They also said Chubbs will be microchiped to ensure he does not become a stray again. 

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<![CDATA[2018 Connecticut Firework Displays]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:45:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/2016+fireworks+in+Enfield.JPG

Here is a list of some of Connecticut's firework displays to celebrate events from Independence Day, summer, and other hometown traditions.

Wednesday, June 27

Coventry: Dusk. Conventryfest at Coventry Lake at Patriots Park. Rain date June 28.

Friday, June 29

Hamden: 9:20 p.m. Volunteer Firefighter's Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display. Rain date June 30.

Killingly: 9:15 p.m. Red White & Blue BBQ at Owen Bell Park. Rain date July 6.

New London: 8:00 p.m. Fireworks & Beatles Tribute Band at Ocean Beach Park.

Simsbury: 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Celebrate America! The Annual Red, White and Blue Tradition. Fireworks follow the concert. Rain date June 30. 

Windsor Locks: 9:30 p.m. Annual Fireworks Display. Rain date June 30 at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 30

Bristol: Dusk. Independence Day Fireworks at Lake Compounce.

Coventry: Approximately 9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. CoventryFest Spectacular Firework Display at Patriots Park. Rain date July 1.

East Haven: 9:00 p.m. 18th Annual Fireworks/ Beach Party Celebration. Rain date July 2.

Hebron: 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. Activities include a car show, vendors, live music and end the day with fireworks at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds.

Lakeville: 9 p.m. Salisbury Rotary Club's Independence Day Fireworks at Lime Rock Park. Rain date July 1. 

Milford: 9:15 p.m. Milford's Kick-Off To Summer Fireworks at Milford harbor at Lisman Landing. Rain date July 7.

Sunday, July 1

Bridgeport: 9:00 p.m. Barnumpalooza Fireworks at Seaside Park 

Orange: 9:30 p.m.Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with patriotic music. Rain date July 2.

Putnam: 9:15 p.m. Independence Day Fireworks. Rain date July 8.

Waterbury: 11 a.m. - 1- p.m. Firework & Food Truck Fest at Brass Mill Center

Monday, July 2

Fairfield: Just after dark (around 9:15 p.m.) Independence Day Fireworks Show. Rain date July 3. Can be seen from either Penfield or Jennings Beach. 

Westport: Tickets are on sale and are $35 per car. Rain date July 3. 

Tuesday, July 3

Madison: 9:30 p.m. Madison Fireworks at the waterfront area off West Wharf Beach. Rain date July 6.  

Naugatuck: 9:15 p.m. Fireworks Celebration on Old Firehouse Road. Rain date July 6. 

Norwalk: Fireworks start at sundown. Fireworks and Entertainment starting at 5:30 p.m. Rain date July 5.

Stratford: 7:00 p.m. Stratford Fireworks at Short Beach Park. 

West Haven: Dusk. Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular at Bradley Point Park. Rain date July 5.

Wednesday, July 4

Middlebury: 10:15 p.m. 3-D Firework Spectacular at Quassy Amusement Park overlooking Lake Quassapaug.

New Britain: 9:15 p.m. The Great American Boom at Stanley Quarter Park. Rain date July 5.

New Canaan: Dusk. New Canaan Family Fourth of July Celebration at Waveny Park. Rain date July 5.

New Haven: 9:15 p.m. 4th of July Fireworks at East Rock Park. 

Norwalk: 9:15 p.m. Rowayton Civic Association July 4th Fireworks at Bayley Beach. 

Ridgefield: Dusk. Ridgefield's July 4th Fireworks at Ridgefield High School. Rain date July 5. 

Wilton: 9:30 p.m. July 4th Celebration at Wilton High School. Rain date July 5. 

Friday, July 6

Norwich: 9 p.m. Fireworks on the Norwich Harbor. Rain date July 8. 

Saturday, July 7

Darien: 2018 Fireworks at Darien High School. Rain date July 8. 

Greenwich: Dusk. 2018 Fireworks Display at Greenwich Point and Binney Park. Rain date July 8. 

Guilford: 7 p.m. Guilford Fireworks on the Guildford Fairgrounds. 

Middletown: Dusk. Fireworks Festival at Middletown Community Park. Festival begins at 5 p.m. with fireworks starting at dusk. Rain date July 8.   

New Milford: 9:30 p.m. New Milford Fireworks Celebration at the Town Green. Festivities start at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Rain date July 27.

Sunday, July 8

Enfield: 9:45 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza at the Enfield Town Green. 

Wednesday, July 10

Vernon: Annual Fireworks. Rain date July 11. 

Saturday, July 14

Hartford: 9:00 p.m. Riverfront Fireworks at Great River Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza 

New London: 9:00 p.m. Sailfest Fireworks Extravaganza

Saturday, July 21

Newington: Dusk. Life. Be in it. Extravaganza at Mill Pond Park. 

Niantic: Fireworks at dusk. The 18th Annual Celebrate East Lyme at Pennsylvania Avenue/Main Street. Festival starts at 3:00 p.m. 

Saturday, July 28

Canaan: 9:00 p.m. Canaan Railroad Days Fireworks at Larence Field. 

Saturday, August 4

North Branford: 9:15 p.m. Potato & Corn Festival Fireworks at Augur Field. 

Wednesday, August 15

Oxford: 9:45 p.m. Quaker Farms Fire Company Carnival Fireworks at Quaker Farms School. 

Friday, August 17

Oxford: 9:45 p.m. Quaker Farms Fire Company Carnival Fireworks at Quaker Farms School.

Saturday, August 25

Clinton: 9:05 p.m. Summerfest & Fireworks 2018 at Town Beach

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<![CDATA[Mystic Baker Wins Food Network Competition]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:01:22 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mystic_Baker_Wins_Food_Network_Competition.jpg

Adam Young, owner of Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, has been named Food Network's Best Baker in America.

<![CDATA[Celebs and Pros to Tee Off for Travelers Championship Pro-Am]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:53:12 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bubba+travelers_fixed.jpg

Some big names will be teeing off at the Celebrity Pro-Am at this year's Travelers Championship in Cromwell on Wednesday.

The list includes actors, UConn greats, singers, NFL, NHL and MLB stars and more.

If you're looking for the celebrities, most will be teeing off from the 1st tee starting at noon.

Here’s a list:

  • Noon: Jermaine Kearse
  • 12:10 p.m.: Chris Berman, Ray Allen, Ron Hainsey
  • 12:20 p.m.: Chris Dailey, Norah O’Donnell, Nancy Stevens
  • 12:30 p.m.: Chris Jackson, Javier Colon, Dane DeHaan
  • 12:40 p.m.: Nick Bonino, Mike Gorman
  • 12:50 p.m.: Jim Calhoun, Mike Cavanaugh, Randy Edsall
  • 1 p.m.: George Lopez, Dan Orlovsky, Boomer Esiason


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<![CDATA[Sugar&Spice: Manchester Ice Cream Company Makes Spicy Flavor]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:51:19 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Manchester_Ice_Cream_Company_Makes_Spicy_Ice_Cream.jpg

Royal Ice Cream in Manchester is hoping to reinvent a classic with their spicy "Hot Scream" ice cream.

<![CDATA[Food Truck Fest Coming to CT this Summer]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:39:50 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/food-truck-fest.jpg

The 2018 Greater Hartford Food Truck Fest will be coming this summer to The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor.

On June 23 and 24, enjoy a weekend filled with food trucks from all over Connecticut, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Head over to the Evergreen Walk Park near L.L. Bean to attend this event.

Not only are there plenty of food options, but there will also be live bands, a DJ, and activities for children. 

For more details visit their website, here

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<![CDATA[Places to Celebrate International Chicken Wing Day in Connecticut]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:28:34 -0400 Visit J. Timothy's website ]]> Visit J. Timothy's website ]]> https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/WingsMannyLarge.jpg

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<![CDATA[Hartford to Hold Annual Rib Off]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:42:15 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pulled+pork+sandwich.jpg

The 9th Annual Hartford Rib Off is coming to Riverside Park in Hartford on Saturday, June 16.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., your Rib Off admission price includes unlimited food and drink, music, and activities. What's on the menu? You can choose from a variety of BBQ ribs, pulled pork, chicken and various sides.

During the event, the Kansas City Barbecue Society Rib Off Backyard Smoke Contest will take place. Watch as 18 pit masters spend hours preparing four meats for the BBQ contest. Each will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

You yourself can act as a judge during the event. A People's Choice Trophy will be awarded to the pit master you vote to have the best pulled pork. Visit all the cook teams to get a pulled pork sample and cast your vote.

Entertainment throughout the event includes live music and vendors. Local vendors will be displaying their merchandise.

All proceeds will go towards the MARC Community Resources LTD, Mayor Mike's Foundation for Kids and the Hartford Rib Off Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, you can visit their website.

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<![CDATA[Free Yoga In Parks in 4 Connecticut Cities This Summer]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:50:08 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bushnell+Park.JPG

Yoga In Our City is offering free yoga classes in parks and public spaces around Connecticut this summer.

The classes are being offered in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury through Sept. 2.

Classes are put on by local yoga studios and are open to everyone at all levels.

Vasu Studio in Hartford is one of the partners that offer these free classes. You can find them in various Hartford parks six days a week. 

For the full schedule and list of locations, you can visit their website at yogainourcity.com.

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<![CDATA[Gloria Gaynor, Little River Band to Perform Free Concerts in Hamden]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:14:27 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Gloria+Gaynor+GettyImages-865584032.jpg

Some well-known musicians will be visiting Hamden this summer to perform free concerts. 

The 2018 Free Summer Concert Series lineup includes disco and R&B legend Gloria Gaynor, the Little River Band and the Reggae band Third World. 

  • July 6: Gloria Gaynor, whose popular hits include, “I Will Survive,” “I Am What I Am” and “Never Can Say Goodbye,” performs on Friday, July 6. DJ Rachel with “DJ Rachel’s Diva Dance Party”will open for her. 
  • July 13: local Jazz players Myke Ross & Tym N’ Motion will perform on Friday, July 13. The Mike DiMaria Quintet will open for them. 
  • July 20: Third World will perform on Friday, July 20. They are known for “Now That We Found Love” and ”96 Degrees in the Shade.” Opening for them will be the New Haven band Professor B and the Army of Love. 
  • July 27: Little River Band performs on Friday, July 27. They are known for “Reminiscing,” “Take It Easy on Me” and more. 

All shows take place at Hamden Town Center Park, at 2761 Dixwell Ave. The opening acts start at 7:30 p.m. and headliners start at 8:15 p.m. 

The season begins with the annual Volunteer Firefighter’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Friday, June 29 at 6 p.m. The rain date is June 30. The Hamden Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at 7:15 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9:20 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Rival Restaurants, Analysts React to IHOP Name Change]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:46:53 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/061118ihobcorrect.jpg

The International House of Pancakes, commonly referred to as IHOP, created a social media frenzy last week, when it announced intentions to change its name to “IHOb.” But customers had to wait until Monday to find out what the “b” represented.

In a news release, the company said the “b” stands for “burgers,” and the name change is part of a rebranding campaign to promote the restaurant’s new line of Ultimate Steakburgers. The restaurant changed its Twitter handle to “@IHOb” and opened an IHOb restaurant in Hollywood, California. It also debuted a new commercial.

However, while the new hamburgers will remain on the menu, the “IHOb” campaign will end later this summer, a restaurant spokeswoman said in an email to NBC.

“This tongue-in-cheek name change is specifically tied to the campaign launch and is meant to show that we’re just as serious about our burgers as we are about our pancakes,” the spokeswoman said. “But, we’ll always be IHOP, and we’ll always have pancakes … now people can just get pancakes with their burger.”

Several national burger joints responded to the name change on Twitter, with White Castle remarking it plans to change its name to Pancake Castle. Whataburger wrote that it would never change its name to Whatapancake, and Red Robin joked it’s “as serious about pancakes as @IHOb is about burgers.”

Wendy’s said it’s “not really afraid of the burgers from a place that decided pancakes were too hard,” and Moon Pie revealed its intention to keep its name. Burger King changed its Twitter name to Pancake King. 

Three industry experts questioned the temporary name change, noting that it adds additional competition. Industry analyst Michael Lieberman said the brief change “seems like an ineffective strategy.”

Carly Fink, the Principal Head of Strategy and Research for marketing firm Provoke Insights, characterized the decision as risky. Restaurant Consultant Aaron Allen said the change is one that will “go down in the international house of branding blunders.”

Still, the company is excited about the newest menu additions.

“Everyone knows that IHOP makes world-famous pancakes so we felt like the best way to convince them that we are as serious about our new line of Ultimate Steakburgers as we are about our pancakes, was to change our name to IHOb,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer for IHOb restaurants, in a news release.

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<![CDATA['B-Hold' the New Name of Restaurant Formerly Known as IHOP]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:35:06 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ihob.jpg

It wasn't bacon, breakfast or butternut squash, but lettuce tell you what the b stands for in the name of the restaurant formerly known as the International House of Pancakes, or IHOP.

It's burgers.

IHOP revealed last week that it was changing its name to IHOb, but didn't give up what the b stands for. 

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On Monday morning, the restaurant revealed that it will henceforth be known as the International House of Burgers.

The name change comes as the restaurant chain debuts a line of seven "Ultimate Steakburgers."

"We're always going to have pancakes on the menu, we're always going to be IHOP, but America loves burgers, and America loves IHOP, and we thought this was a fantastic combination to bring America’s burgers to an iconic brand like IHOP," said IHOb President Darren Rebelez on "Fox & Friends," Fox News reported.

Other fast food chains like White Castle and Wendy's took to Twitter to mock the newly burger-focused company for flip-flopping on flipping pancakes and burgers.

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<![CDATA[Destinations to Visit During Connecticut Open House Day]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:41:34 -0400 Learn more about the 14th annual Connecticut Open House Day.]]> Learn more about the 14th annual Connecticut Open House Day.]]> https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/295*120/David+Humphreys+House.JPG The states 14th annual Connecticut Open House Day is Saturday, June 9 and over 240 tourist destinations in Connecticut will offer special discounts and promotions.

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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Dishing Out Free Tacos Thanks to Warriors' Game 3 Win]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:38:33 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/DoritosLocosTaco.JPG

Free taco alert!

Thanks to the Golden State Warriors' victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night, Taco Bell is dishing out free Doritos Locos Tacos at participating locations across the United States on June 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

The free giveaway comes as part of the food chain's "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" promotion. The Warriors "stole" Game 3 by rallying to defeat the Cavaliers away from home in Cleveland.

The promotion stipulates that Doritos Locos Tacos lovers will only be allowed to chow down on one free taco next Wednesday, according to the chain.

The tacos will be handed out to interested folks in all 50 states and the District of Columbia while supplies last, according to Taco Bell.

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<![CDATA[5 Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father's Day]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:34:02 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fritatta+for+Father%27s+Day.jpg

Father's Day is quickly approaching! If you're still not sure how to celebrate Dad, here are a few ways to spend the day in Connecticut.

Father’s Day Open Cockpit at New England Air Museum: Windsor Locks  – Let your dad soar through time while climbing aboard cockpits of historic airplanes and helicopters. The museum will hold this event on Sunday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Dads get in free at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village: Montville – Roam through trails of the 60-acre Dinosaur-Filled Outdoor Adventure Park with Dad this Father’s Day. With the purchase of child’s admission, dads are free on June 17 between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Father’s Day Behind the Scenes Tour at the Connecticut Trolley Museum: East Windsor – Give Dad and Grandpa the opportunity to tour grounds of the Connecticut Trolley Museum that are usually closed off to visitors, climb aboard some of the trolley’s, and take a ride in one of the Trolley cars. On June 17 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Dads and Grandpas receive free admission with the purchase of adult or child admission.

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Hartford – Give Dad a father’s day to remember with music and brunch. Choose from a variety of meals while listening to the Orice Jenkins Trio. After, take a guided tour through the galleries, or view them on your own. Tickets are $38 and include museum admission, jazz and brunch. Two seatings are available, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise on Lady Katharine Cruises: Haddam – Set sail on Father’s Day as Lady Katherine Cruises departs from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Gather the family to celebrate Dad and view the scenic Connecticut River cruise while enjoying a buffet. 

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<![CDATA[Stamford Downtown Announces Line Up For Summer Concerts]]> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:15:15 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FULLSCREEN+BG_concert.jpg

Two of the summer's concert series, Wednesday Nite Live and Alive@Five, have announced their concert line-ups.

A YouTube video lists all the performers coming to Stamford this summer.

The concerts kick off on Wednesday. June 27 and Thursday, June 28 at Columbus Park in Stamford Downtown.

Wednesday Night Live starts on June 27 with O'Jays performing. Joe Jackson, Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are also in the lineup.

The five-week long concert series runs Wednesdays, starting June 27 through Aug. 1. Each Wednesday, except the night of July 4, a new performer will be coming to Columbus Park at 6:30 p.m. 

Wednesday nights aren't the only nights music lovers can come together and enjoy a summer concert. The Alive@Five concerts begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday nights starting June 28 and go through Aug. 2.

Alive@Five starts their concert series with Gavin DeGraw. Other stars include Sean Kingston, Sammy Adams and Lifehouse. Neon Trees will also be performing on Aug. 2 to close the summer series. You must be over 21 to attend these shows.

More information on the Wednesday Nite Live and Alive@Five series can be found on this website.

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<![CDATA[Remembering NYC Fashion Icon Kate Spade]]> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:13:35 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kate-spade-gallery-1.jpg A look back at fashion icon Kate Spade's life in pictures.

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<![CDATA[Shakira Lists Miami Beach Home for $11.6 Million]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:21:41 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shakira+Selling+Miami+House.jpg Shakira has listed the 6-bedroom, 7.5-bath Miami Beach property with her brother, Antonio Mebarak, a real estate agent, and Ana Lourdes Martinez, both of Douglas Elliman.

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<![CDATA[100 Can't-Miss New England Summer 2018 Events]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:33:22 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*127/shutterstock_214871359.jpg Check out some of these fun activities to help keep you busy this summer. Have an event you’d like to see listed in our calendar? Email the information, including the date, a description, and website, to web@necn.com.]]> <![CDATA[18 Concerts and Festivals to Enjoy in NYC This Summer]]> Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:56:37 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/Summerstage+GettyImages-826209774.jpg With the summer season approaching, a number of activities and events will start popping up around the tri-state area. Here is a list of some of the various events that are scheduled to take place in the Big Apple and neighboring locations.

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<![CDATA[Whoopi Goldberg to Speak at Goodwin College Graduation]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 13:42:25 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Whoopi+Goldberg+GettyImages-949702538.jpg

Whoopi Goldberg will be speaking at Goodwin College's graduation Saturday. 

Around 950 students are scheduled to receive certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees in healthcare, nursing, human services, education, business, and manufacturing and about 450 of them are expected to walk during the ceremony. 

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Goodwin's River Campus at One Riverside Drive in East Hartford. 

Goodwin College will livestream the ceremony on its website. 

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<![CDATA[Tony Awards: Experts Explain Lesser-Known Categories]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 20:28:48 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TRIO+-+Katrina+Lindsay+-+Bradley+King+-+Nigel+Hook+Tony+Awards+2017.jpg

When viewers tune into the 2018 Tony Awards, the biggest night of the year for the Broadway community, they easily recognize the big categories.

Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score are the most prominent theater awards handed out at the Tonys - the equivalent of Best Movie and Best Director at the Oscars. 

But what about the other categories? It can be easy to ignore categories that honor work in lighting design, costume design or scenic design - especially when the awards are given out before the live broadcast, and viewers only see snippets of the acceptance speeches. 

And who knows, exactly, what a lighting designer or set designer does? 

But all of these elements of a production contribute to the storytelling. 

NBC 7 San Diego sat down with theater experts, many of whom have worked in the local theatre scene for decades, to help explain what exactly different designers do on every show, why theatergoers should care about the smaller categories at the Tony Awards and how the work helps carry the play or musical as a whole.

Scenic Design
Robert Brill is a two-time Tony-nominated set designer and UC San Diego Theatre alumnus with experience working at La Jolla Playhouse. Brill most recently created the set for the Tony-nominated "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical," a show nominated for several Tonys for its stars. 

As the set designer on a show, he said, he's responsible for the visual production of the show, including physical sets, but also other factors that contribute to the environment of the show. 

"That's the architectural role you're looking at on stage," Brill explained. "It's every visual treatment that you're looking at in terms of the setting, in addition to all the props - and there's also then all the work the scenic designer does in collaboration with the director and the creative team."

It can be difficult to tell what exactly sets a show apart in terms of set design, Brill said - mostly because it's hard to define exactly what Tony voters are looking for. This year, "Once on This Island," "The Band's Visit," "Mean Girls," "My Fair Lady" and "SpongeBob Squarepants" are all nominated.

One way to look at set design in a show is to consider how the set functions and serves the larger production. 

"(The Tony voters are) looking for something that feels like it really supports the vision of the production," Brill said. "It creates a dynamic and an incredible environment for the play and the musical. But I don't think it necessarily means 'showy' or that it has to be outrageous."

It's tricky to predict what shows may be nominated and what show may ultimately win, Brill said. 

"I don't think there's any one thing in particular that they're looking for," Brill said. "It's not like they're trying to see if it meets criteria, I think it's about your imagination and how well you've conceived the design that supports the world of the play or musical."

Lighting Design
Charles Means, stage manager for "Junk" (which started out at La Jolla Playhouse before moving to Broadway), worked closely with "Junk's" lighting designer, Ben Stanton. 

The lighting designer on a show creates and manages all aspects of the production's lighting, Means explained. 

For "Junk," for example, Stanton's job was a crucial one. Because the play had a minimal set, Means explained, Stanton used lights to define spaces and locations at any given time. 

"So the lighting designer is really creating what season is this, what time of the year is this, what would it look like - and so he's using lights to do that," Means said.

What many people may not know is how technical the job of a lighting designer can be. 

"It's all computerized, there's a lot of programming that goes into building just one light cue," Means said. As stage manager, it was his responsibility to call the cues. "In 'Junk,' they had well over 150 light cues."

Sound Design
The sound designer on a play or musical is responsible for every noise you hear in the theater, Means explained, from composing music for sound effects or transitions to installing the physical sound system in the theater. 

When a show first comes into a theater, there's no sound system. That's where the sound designer's job begins: installing a sound system for the specific show, given the needs of the show, Means said. 

"It's a mysterious position because there's nothing to see, but what's funny about sound design is, the moment it's not good, you know it immediately," Means explained. "Because you're going to say, 'I can't understand what they're saying,' 'I'm only hearing music,' 'I'm not hearing the singers,' 'why can't I tell who's speaking right now.' All of those things would be questions a sound designer would find the answer to."

For example, Means said, the sound designer for "Junk," Mark Bennett. composed all the music in the show (played during transition scenes) and designed the sound system for the Vivian Beaumont Theater. 

"'Junk' had a lot of transitions," Means said. "Between every transitions, we had some moving scenery, and Mark composed music for every single transition in the show."

The sound designer and lighting designer work closely together, Means explained, to build the atmosphere of the show. The positions become more important when you're working with a minimal set like "Junk," where certain things need to be created through light and sound instead of set pieces, Means said. 

"The job as a lighting designer, sound designer, is a little more intricate when you're working on a set that doesn't define any of that for you," Means explained. "That was designed that way for 'Junk' because we needed to move very quickly from scene to scene, scene to scene."

Costume Design
Tony winner Paloma Young, who is working on the costumes for La Jolla Playhouse's "The Squirrels," says costume design looks at how the costumes of both plays and musicals help tell the stories for the show. 

For people who aren't steeped in the world of Broadway theater, Young says, they should think of it as similar to the Academy Awards.

"There is an element of 'the tyranny of the corset,' as some people call it, which is, if you have a period show, which is a lot of beautiful dresses from another time, that will tend to get attention," Young explained. "People see that and know those are costumes and think about them as costumes, and so those are the kinds of shows that get nominated."

Sometimes those period shows will win the Tony Award, Young said, but sometimes voters tend to go for shows with a different type of costumes. 

"But also, because our nominators are from within the community, they look for new innovations in storytelling and you get interesting things," Young added.

Young said she most appreciates a show that has costumes that help tell the story and support the scenes, moods and feelings of a show - without going overboard. 

"It's a very hard line, especially when you are designing for something that requires something over-the-top, super fancy, super period, you want to find the perfect balance, and I'm looking for that as a consumer, to feel like the costumes are naturally the costumes in the show and couldn't be anything else," Young explained.

There's no right answer for costume design, Young says. Even though one person gets the Tony Award every year, everyone goes to the theater looking for different things out of a show. 

"When (audiences) go see shows, think about what people are wearing for a second if they want to, but really don't dwell on the costumes and let the show hit you as a whole collaborative piece of a lot of different elements," Young said.

When people see theatre, Young says, they should look for what resonates with them. 

"I think when people go to the theater, they should look for what brings them joy, or what makes a full experience for them, and that's going to be different for everyone," she added.

The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 10 on CBS. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[How to Register Your Organization for Clear the Shelters]]> Wed, 30 May 2018 18:58:37 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS__National_Puppy_Day.jpg

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18, 2018. 

Organizations interested in participating in Clear the Shelters 2018, must complete the Commitment Registration form here. This form is required to ensure proper verification of all interested participants.

Inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption effort led by our Dallas NBC and Telemundo stations, NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, along with dozens of affiliates nationwide, decided to step up to the plate to help their local animal shelters and communities "Clear the Shelters" every summer.

Clear the Shelters was expanded nationally in 2015. Over 18,000 adoptions were recorded by some 400 participating shelters and rescues from coast to coast. The event took another big leap in participation in 2016, when roughly 700 shelters and rescues participated and over 50,000 animals were adopted. And last year’s highly successful effort resulted in over 80,000 animals from nearly 1,000 shelters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico finding new homes.

The support our local stations received from participating animal shelters and rescues, who gave families the opportunity to adopt an animal in need by offering no-cost or waive fee adoptions, or waiving pet spaying and neutering fees, helped make Clear the Shelters overwhelmingly successful. More than 150,000 pets have found their fur-ever homes since 2015.

We would love to work with your organization to make this year’s Clear the Shelters event a resounding success as we seek to help address the overcrowding issues that local animal shelters typically experience in the summer months because of spring litters.

It is our intent to continue to make Clear the Shelters an event that is easy for shelters to participate in. While we don’t have designated grant funding available to help organizations off-set costs, we encourage shelters to seek funding from existing sources.

<![CDATA[Local Products Tell Connecticut Story]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 13:00:49 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Local_Products_Tell_Connecticut_Story.jpg

The 203 sells Connecticut-themed merchandise and they are expanding their offerings.

<![CDATA[New Spa Opens at Mohegan Sun]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 09:23:20 -0400 Learn more about the spa here. ]]> Learn more about the spa here. ]]> https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/169*120/Mandara-Spa-Sky-Tower-Mohegan-Sun-treatment-room.jpg

Photo Credit: Mandara Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Country Singer Jason Aldean Spotted at Dunkin' Donuts Park]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 15:50:28 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/200*120/jason+aldean+ddp+2.png

Country music singer Jason Aldean is in Hartford for a concert at the Xfinity Theatre on Friday night.  But before heading to the concert venue, Aldean and his crew played a baseball against the staff of the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

It was "Team Aldean" versus the YG staff with Team Aldean winning 7-6.

Aldean helped cover the infield for his team.

Aldean's concert, always a popular draw in Hartford, is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Photo Credit: Hartford Yard Goats
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<![CDATA[Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2018 Revealed]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 08:51:25 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kapalua+1.jpg Hawaii's the tops of Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches list in 2018, taking the number one spot and appearing twice on the list. Florida and North Carolina also had two entries on the annual list that ranks major public recreational beaches in the coastal U.S. states. But the "beautiful crescent-shaped, white sand beach" in Kapalua Bay on the Hawaiian island of Maui sits atop the list this year. ]]> <![CDATA[SEE INSIDE: Tom Brady, Gisele Selling NYC Apartment for $14M]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 11:00:57 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/01310298%281%29.jpg

Photo Credit: Sotheby's International Realty]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Celebrate National Burger Month in CT]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 13:02:36 -0400 Louis' LunchLouis' Lunch in New Haven is the birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, so it's an ideal place to visit for National Burger Month. ]]> Louis' LunchLouis' Lunch in New Haven is the birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, so it's an ideal place to visit for National Burger Month. ]]> https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Louis+Lunch.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[2018 Preakness Stakes: How to Watch Live Wherever You Are]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 15:11:57 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Preakness-run-142.jpg

The 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is on Saturday, May 19.

Coverage kicks off at 5 p.m. ET and competitors will be taking their post positions around 6:20 p.m. ET. You can watch it all live at home or on the go via NBC Live.

You can live stream the Preakness on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. You can also watch the coverage on our free app — download it from iTunes here or from Google Play here. All you need is your TV service provider’s username and password.

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Why am I being asked to sign in?

TV service providers play a key role in delivering our content through emerging technology platforms, like the web and mobile devices. It's through the support of pay TV service providers that we're able to bring live as well as on demand entertainment and news shows to subscribers at no additional cost.

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If you already have a username and password from your TV service provider, you do not need to create a new account — just verify your account information. If you have not previously set up an account with your provider, you'll need to create a new account. Please contact your TV service provider to learn more. If you're not currently a customer with a TV service provider, you'll need to become one to access the full range of NBC programming.

How do I verify my TV service provider account? 
Select your TV service provider from the list. When asked, enter your account username and password; it's most likely the same information you use to log on to your account to pay your bill online. Don't forget to check "remember me" to avoid having to sign in each time you come back. 

What if I've forgotten my username or password?

Most TV service providers offer a simple way to retrieve or reset your password online. Please contact your provider to learn more.

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<![CDATA[Los Angeles Cheers on Hometown Girl, Meghan Markle]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 08:01:26 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Locals_Cheer_on_Hometown_Girl_Meghan_Markle.jpg

Los Angeles might be 5,000 miles from the United Kingdom but this city is gearing up for the royal wedding. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

<![CDATA[Out of This World! $85M Apartment Comes With Trip to Space]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 10:20:06 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/be57b4432a13173c3a043628fff5a814l-m0xd-w1020_h770_q80.jpg The owner of a New York City condo who is trying to sell a luxurious condo in the famed Atelier building takes the word amenities to a whole other level — one could even say to a whole other world! For the price of $85 million dollars, not only will the buyer get a one-of-a-kind apartment, but two seats on a trip to outer space.

Photo Credit: Daniel Neiditch, River 2 River Realty ]]>
<![CDATA[Cape Cod Baseball League Coming to Hartford in July]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 11:38:31 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17103848218373.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats announced Tuesday that the Cape Cod Baseball League is coming to Connecticut for a game in July.

The Wareham Gatemen and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox will play in a League game in Hartford on Tues., July 24 at 12:30 p.m.  

“The wholesome family nature, rich history, and unprecedented level of play is a perfect match for the atmosphere at Dunkin’ Donuts Park” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said in a press release. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for fans to see some of the greatest amateur players in baseball right here in downtown Hartford.”

The Cape Cod League is a popular collegiate summer baseball league based on Cape Cod.  The league is made up of 10 franchises.

This game will mark the first time a Cape Cod League Game will be played in Connecticut.

“We are absolutely delighted and privileged to be coming to Hartford and Dunkin’ Donuts Park for one of our regular season games on July 24th. We believe this experience will be a wonderful experience for our players and really look forward to it. We are most grateful to the Hartford Yard Goats and President Tim Restall for this opportunity, and are sure the loyal Yard Goat fans will be pleased and excited to see the Cape Cod League caliber of play”, Paul Galop, Commissioner of the Cape Cod Baseball League, said.

Tickets for the Cape Cod League Baseball game will start at $10.  They will be available by calling the Yard Goats at 860-246-4628, by visiting the box office at the ballpark, or by going to the team's website.

Notable alumni from the Wareham Gatemen:

  • George Springer (2008) – Houston Astros
  • Willie Calhoun (2014) – Texas Rangers
  • Dallas Keuchel (2007, 2008) – Houston Astros
  • Kyle Schwarber (2012,2013) – Chicago Cubs

Notable Alumni from the Y-D Red Sox:

  • Chris Sale (2009) – Boston Red Sox
  • Joe Kelly (2008) – Boston Red Sox
  • Joe Panik (2010) – San Francisco Giants
  • Buster Posey (2006, 2007) – San Francisco Giants

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[See ‘In the Heights’ This Summer at Playhouse on Park ]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 09:28:53 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/In+The+Heights+Playhouse+on+Park.jpg

Years before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a national celebrity for “Hamilton,” his first Broadway musical, “In the Heights,” won several Tony Awards and that show opens at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford this summer

Opening night for “In The Heights” is June 15 and the show runs through July 29.  

Miranda created the musical during his sophomore year at Wesleyan University in Middletown.  

A Tuesday matinee is planned for June 26 at 2 p.m. and all tickets are $22.50. 

Two open mic nights scheduled for June 23 and July 21.

A Young Professionals Night Out is planned for Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. For $20, young professionals from 21 to 35 can enjoy a pre-show reception and take in the show. The event includes wine and appetizers. 

Tickets for “In the Heights” range from $40-$50 and student, senior and Let's Go Arts discounts are available. 

For more information, call the Playhouse at 860-523-5900 x10, or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

Photo Credit: Meredith Atkinson]]>
<![CDATA[Your Photos of the Clearing Sky and Rainbows Following Tuesday's Storms]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 21:21:18 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/JAIME+BAIRAKTARIS+EASTON.jpg

Photo Credit: Jaime Bairaktaris]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: See Inside the Maryland House Shaped Like a Mushroom ]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 16:10:01 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/051418+mushroom+house+outside+inside.jpg The famous "Mushroom House" of Bethesda, Maryland, is going back on the market after an extensive renovation, its real estate agent told News4.

Photo Credit: Compass]]>
<![CDATA[Nintendo Bringing Back NES Classic — Again]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 08:43:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4-24-17-nes-nintendo-classic-game.jpg

Nintendo announced that the NES Classic Edition will return to store shelves on June 29.

The retro NES console was first released in 2016 and comes preloaded with 30 classic games. Nintendo described the updated console as a "near-identical mini replica" of the original NES; this one, though, connects to TVs via a more-modern HDMI port.

The $59.99 console will be available through the end of the year, Nintendo announced in a tweet, and includes vintage games like "Donkey Kong," "Super Mario Bros." 1 through 3 and the "Legend of Zelda."

Its sequel, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition, will also be available for purchase through the end of the year. The smaller version of the other popular 90s console is priced at $79.99 and comes preloaded with 20 classic games including "Super Mario Kart" and "Street Fighter II." The SNES Classic was first launched in September 2017.

Both gaming systems were a hit when they were first released. Pre-orders sold out in advance of the launch and those hoping to buy one in-store were met with long lines and empty shelves. Additional shipments in subsequent months also quickly sold out and eager fans were forced to pay big bucks for a console on online auction sites.

Nintendo eventually discontinued the hard-to-find NES Classic in April 2017.

So, if you weren't able to get one of these elusive gaming consoles the first time around, it looks like you are in luck. The company's decision to extend the release in lieu of a limited production schedule means you can leave the lawn chair at home.  

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Cannes in Photos: Best Moments on the Red Carpet]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 13:14:25 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-958774660.jpg The Cannes International Film Festival kicked off Tuesday with Hollywood stars like Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and Ava DuVernay arriving on the red carpet.

Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jurassic Park Ride to Close, Jurassic World Ride to Roar]]> Fri, 11 May 2018 15:42:05 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jurassicworlduniversalstudioshollywood1.jpg

If you've never witnessed two large dinosaurs go at it on the big screen, mano a mano, or rather claw a claw, well, you've never seen a dinosaur movie.

For mega scaly prehistoric creatures have had some mighty showdowns in the cinema, for sure.

But there shall be no such clawfest at a certain dino-riffic theme park come the start of September, when one ride based on a dinosaur film stomps off, making way for another ride based on a dinosaur film from the same dinosaur universe.

"Jurassic Park — the Ride," a celebrated and splash-tastic attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, is roaring its last roar over the summer of 2018 before shuttering ahead of construction of the "Jurassic World Ride."

That ride, inspired by the newer films from the universe first imagined by author Michael Crichton, will debut in 2019.

Dinosaur evolution is an area of deep study for many scientists, but dinosaur ride evolution?

You can almost count the days: "Jurassic Park — the Ride" will remain open through Labor Day 2018, while "Jurassic World Ride" will stomp onto the former ride's footprint just a handful of months later.

Feel free to insert your own dinosaur footprint quip here. 

The next incarnation of Jurassic-style fun and scares will be even "... more immersive and technologically advanced," the theme park revealed in the Thursday, May 10 announcement.

Whether the new ride'll bring the same soak-you-through splashes and iconic, ride-ending jump remains veiled in the mists of not-so-far-off future. 

Also, if you visit the the park beyond Sept. 3 but before the new ride opens? Keep in mind that the ride's gift shop, Jurassic Outfitters, and the Jurassic Cove restaurant, will close during the ride's construction.

A few things, as quick as a raptor runs:

1. "Jurassic Park — the Ride" opened in June 1996, about three years after the first blockbusting, Steven Spielberg-helmed flick. How many times have you been on the ride since it debuted? More importantly, how many times did you wear a slicker?

2. There are three evening parties at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 11, 12, and 13 celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie. Costumes and props on display, possible actor sightings, screenings, and more roar-able high jinks are on the roarster.

Er, we mean roster.

3. If you're not wondering, from now through the ride's closing, what will happen to the attraction's most famous dinosaur, well, please review your dino-based daydreams.

So many people can recall the terror they felt up on first encountering this particular animatronic figure, so much so that it has become almost like a living, breathing local superstar.

Make that a living, breathing local superstar with scales and huge teeth.

Thank goodness, though, it has remained inside the ride all of these years. What happens after Sept. 3, though? Will that fearsome T. Rex be released to roam the streets of LA when they finally turn off the lights?

That's some delicious nightmare fodder for those who adore the 22-year-old ride and eagerly anticipate its next chilling chapter.

Photo Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Junior League of Hartford Show House Now Open]]> Thu, 10 May 2018 14:15:01 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/126+Waterside+Lane+Show+House+2018.jpg

Photo Credit: Junior League of Hartford]]>
<![CDATA[Real Housewife Luann de Lesseps Reveals Creepy Fan Gift]]> Wed, 09 May 2018 16:47:48 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/202*120/RHWONY.PNG

They say three times is a charm, but for this Real Housewives star it might refer to marriage.

Real Housewives of New York star Star Luann de Lesseps told Harry about a crazy fan gift that truly shed her maritial life in a morbid light.

Also, don't miss her testing Harry's Houswives knowledge.

To watch the full interviews, check out "Harry."

<![CDATA[Pow! Wow! DC Transforms Streets Into Works of Art]]> Thu, 10 May 2018 11:37:47 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/powwow1.jpg Kelly Towles, the festival's regional director, says the festival runs from May 5 until May 14 and is a celebration of art. ]]> <![CDATA[Prince's Turks & Caicos Mansion to Be Auctioned]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 12:32:17 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/prince+house+5.jpg While many know of his Paisley Park estate, it appears Prince couldn't resist putting his purple mark elsewhere.

Photo Credit: Bernadette Hunt/Premiere Estates]]>
<![CDATA[Hello Again, Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 10:00:52 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FallingConeImage960x480.jpg

The hours that fall between 4 in the afternoon and 8 in the evening?

There are a few ways to break those down. It's a full 1/6 of the day, so, yeah, it's a good chunk of time. It's when the sun sets, and work traditionally wraps up, at least for many people, and plenty of us eat supper after 4 and before 8 o'clock.

And if it happens to be Free Cone Day at participating Häagen-Dazs locations?

Many an ice cream aficionado will be queued up, between 4 and 8, all to score that sweet scoop of something rich, creamy and full of spring zing.

Those are the times you'll need to know for the 2018 outing for this super-forever-mondo popular event, one that does see dessert devotees, in notable numbers, joining the lines outside of their local Häagen-Dazs stores for this no-strings-attached giveaway.

Well, there are no strings, but sometimes there are melty ice cream blobs, that get on your hands and pants, but, c'mon: It doesn't seem like full-on ice cream cone enjoyment without a little goopy souvenir at the end of the experience.

The date is Tuesday, May 8, and the list of shops joining in may be found here.

Is there one near you? There is, probably, in the grand scheme of things. (And, when it comes to the important topic of ice cream, "the grand scheme of things" must always be considered.)

So enjoy those magical hours, in the late afternoon, around twilight, as you put your hands on a cone that's holding luscious orb of chocolate or vanilla or you name it.

Just remember to quiz your pals while in line: Where does the umlaut go in the company's name? The first "a" or the second? Stump your friends while you pass the waiting time, but make sure they're facing you and not the store when they answer.

Photo Credit: Häagen-Dazs]]>