<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 09:15:29 -0500Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:15:29 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Local Emerging Rock Artist Set to Compete in National Talent Search Finale]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:01:59 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Will+Evans+Local+Finale+WMOS+4.JPG

A rock artist from New London County will compete in Los Angeles on Tuesday night for the chance at a major record deal.

Mystic native Will Evans is one of five artists who will perform at the Viper Room on the famed Sunset Boulevard in the "neXt2rock" grassroots music competition, sponsored by Cumulus Media.

Evans was selected to represent the New London area and 102.3 The Wolf radio.

"We are so thrilled that Will Evans will be representing the New London market and Classic Rock 102.3 The Wolf in Los Angeles at the next2rock finale," said Jessica Vargas, VP and Market Manager of The Wolf. "Will is an extremely talent individual, and we can't wait to see him play at the Viper Room in front of some of the biggest names in the rock industry.

"I am thrilled to represent New England and the Roots Rock scene on a national level," Evans told 102.3 The Wolf.  "These opportunities don't come along very often in this business, and I am humbled and grateful for the chance to share my music."

The five finalists from across the country were selected by a panel of rock radio professionals.

They will compete in front of industry professionals including Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and fashion designer and record label head John Varvatos.

The competition is part of the "Next" franchise from Cumulus Media, which gives its winners the chance to get their songs played on radio stations nationwide.

Mike McVay, executive vice president, Content & Programming for Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said in a press release that “The artists who entered this year’s neXt2rock competition are incredibly talented. Given this type of talent we are extremely excited for the future of Rock music. Any one of these artists could win and any one of these artists could be the next Rock superstar — that’s what this competition is all about!”

The finale will take place from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

You can get more information on the competition and watch the finale event streaming live here.

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<![CDATA[Top 100 Cities for New Year's Eve Celebrations: Report]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:12:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-630753826.jpg

A new report ranks the top 100 cities in the country to celebrate New Year's Eve and not surprisingly, New York City, comes out on top of the list.

The list, put together by personal finance site WalletHub, ranks the Big Apple tops for the entertainment and food options but way down at number 99 for cost.  If you're looking for a fun but more affordable option, the site recommends Orlando or Atlanta.

The 100 cities surveyed were ranked based on 25 key indicators ranging from the legality of fireworks to the weather forecast on Dec. 31.  Other factors included the average price of a New Year's Eve party ticket, local wine prices, and hotel room costs.  

Here are the top 25:

1. New York, NY

2. Orlando, FL

3. Atlanta, GA

4. Los Angeles, CA

5. San Francisco, CA

6. San Diego, CA

7. Chicago, IL

8. Miami, FL

9. Washington, DC

10. Las Vegas, NV

11. Seattle, WA

12. Dallas, TX

13. Denver, CO

14. New Orleans, LA

15. Austin, TX

16. Philadelphia, PA

17. Buffalo, NY

18. San Antonio, TX

19. Louisville, KY

20. Birmingham, AL

21. Boston, MA

22. Anaheim, CA

23. Houston, TX

24. Tampa, FL

25. Nashville, TN

To see the full report, click here.

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<![CDATA[See Inside the $2.5 Million ‘Saturday Night Fever’ House]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:25:40 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/saturday+night+live+house.jpg The Bay Ridge house from the iconic disco film “Saturday Night Fever” is up for sale.

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<![CDATA[Watch: National Zoo Pandas Tumble and Play in the Snow]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:23:28 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/166*120/5372165463_c280e3e589_z.jpg

After a weekend filled with snowflakes, hibernating and binge-watching - it's back to the daily grind.

Getting some Monday motivation is never easy, but there's one thing that may get you into better spirits: Pandas.

The first snowfall of the season brought more than 2 inches to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest D.C.

Giant panda Mei Xiang showed off her athletic abilities by tumbling down a snowy hill.

And on Sunday, the zoo posted this video of a red panda and giant panda Bei Bei.

Now, don't you feel better?

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution
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<![CDATA[Avocados Without Pits Now Exist in the World]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:07:09 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632870734.jpg

It's about to get even easier for a generation of pampered of avocado lovers to enjoy a delicious piece of creamy avocado toast.

A British company has just started selling avocados without pits as a way to reduce the risk of people slicing themselves while trying to cut open the fruit. In case you were wondering, doctors say "avocado hand” (as this hazard is labeled) is real — and they're seeing more and more cases as the fruit's popularity continues to rise!

But avocado toast and guacamole-loving Americans shouldn't get too excited just yet: The seedless fruits are only available across the pond through U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S). The "cocktail avocado," as the chain is calling it, is smaller and more elongated than traditional versions available in the U.S. like Hass, and they usually measure just 2 to 3 inches in length. In another incredible innovation, the skin of this avocado is smooth and you can actually eat it.

“This amazing fruit has been on our radar for a couple of years and we’re very excited to have finally been able to get hold of some for our customers to try,” M&S food technology specialist Charlotte Curtis said in a statement.

The seedless avocados are the result of an unpollinated avocado blossom that develops without a seed. The fruit is grown in Spain and available only during December, when they are usually sent to food markets in Paris — but M&S was able to obtain a limited supply this year for select stores.

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<![CDATA[Governor's Residence Open Sunday for Annual Open House]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:20:29 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GR+Governor+gives+tour.jpg

The doors of Governor’s Residence are now open for the public to check out the beautiful holiday décor.

For the 27th year, the Governor’s Residence in Hartford is singing once again as part of its annual holiday open house.

“We call ourselves the church chicks we’re here from our church group,” Pam Euerle said.

Pam Euerle and her “Church Chicks” checked out the home Friday a moment she considers both bonding girlfriend time and a learning experience.

It’s so elegant it’s so different, we find wonderful decorating ideas as well as kind of a connection to the governor and Hartford,” Euerle said.

There are surprises from the moment guests walk in the entryway.

“We were greeted by Santa and his wife Mrs. Clause that was fun,” Susanne Lawson said.

“We love all the people who come through, they are always so excited to see the house,” Anne McAloon said.

McAloon, a longtime volunteer at the residence, says the six holiday trees each have their own flair.

“The trees are all Connecticut grown in most recent years many of the ornaments belong to the Malloy family,” McAloon said.

McAloon says while the trees keep tradition, the table setting in the dining room changes every year.

“This year it is decorated, Mrs. Malloy did the decorations with the family dishes and place settings,” McAloon said.

The Governor’s Residence is free to tour and open to the public Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Legendary Toy Store FAO Schwarz to Get New Home in NYC]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:12:28 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56273259.jpg

Two years after it closed its famed location on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is reopening a new store in the heart of Midtown, according to reports.

The iconic toy store will be moving to a new space at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, about eight blocks south of its old location at the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue, the Commercial Observer reported.

FAO will occupy the 19,000-plus-square-foot space currently home to the NBC Experience Store. NBC is headquartered at Rockefeller Center.

The new store will span the ground floor and mezzanine level at Rockefeller Center, according to the Commercial Observer. Details of the “long-term” lease haven’t been revealed, but the store is set to open in fall 2018. 

FAO was at its 61,000-square-foot flagship location for decades before closing its doors in the summer of 2015. The Fifth Avenue location was featured in many Hollywood movies, including “Big” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

ThreeSixty Group, a provider of branded consumer products to the nation’s largest retailers, announced in 2016 that it had acquired FAO from Toys “R” Us.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Governor Malloy Opens Governor's Residence for Annual Public Holiday Open House]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:15:50 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/GR+exterior+1.jpg Governor Dannel Malloy and first lady Cathy Malloy are opening up the Governor's Residence to the public this weekend for the annual holiday open house.

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<![CDATA[Annual Holiday Open House at the Governor's Residence]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:19:53 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Governor_Malloy_Welcoming_Connecticut_Residents_to_Open_House_This_Weekend_1200x675_1111789123736.jpg

UPDATE: Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that because the City of Hartford and the Town of West Hartford have implemented parking bans on all municipal streets beginning on the morning of Saturday, December 9, and lasting throughout the day, the previously scheduled Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence that was to be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. that day has been canceled due to lack of available parking.

At the present moment, the event is still set to proceed as scheduled on Sunday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. However, those planning to attend on Sunday are advised to stay alert for any potential updates should the situation change.

Connecticut residents will have a chance to visit the Governor's Residence this weekend as part of the annual holiday open house, hosted by Governor Dannel Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy.

The Governor's Residence is decorated for the holiday season with decorations donated at no cost to the state from the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association.

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Residents can visit the house without a fee or tickets, though donations will be accepted for Operation E.L.F.  The initiative is part of the Connecticut Military Department and helps military families throughout the years.  The organization will be accepting monetary contributions as well as gift cards for everything from groceries to gas to department stores.

The open house will take place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The residence has six Christmas trees, which are decorated with ornaments from the governor's family and personal collection.  The governor and first lady often greet residents during the open house to thank them for visiting.  Santa will also be there to meet young visitors.

Live entertainment will be performed throughout the weekend from local musical groups.

The Governor's Residence was built in 1909 and became the home of the state's chief executive in 1945, after the state paid $39,500 for the estate, according to the residence's website.

For more information on the history of the Governor's Residence, click here.

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<![CDATA[Photos: The New Haven Tree Lighting]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:57:15 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/tree+lit.png

Photo Credit: Matt Andrew]]>
<![CDATA[Bride: UPS Lost My Dream Dress Weeks Before the Wedding]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:58:09 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/120517+lost+wedding+dress.jpg

Just weeks before a Virginia woman's wedding, UPS lost the dress of her dreams -- but it looks like this story now has a happy ending. 

Elementary school teacher Mashaell Abedy couldn't believe her luck when she found a deeply discounted lace gown by her favorite bridal designer at a boutique in California.

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"I never imagined I would find a dress like this," she said. "I've been obsessed with this designer since I was an undergrad."

As soon as Abedy put on the Zuhair Murad gown, she started to cry.


The plan was for the boutique to make alterations and ship Abedy the gown. But it never arrived.

The online tracking for Abedy's dress showed it crisscrossed the country for nearly a month. It started out in California on Nov. 9, made its way to Virginia on Nov. 20 and then was declared lost. The record showed it then was shipped back to California, then to Maryland. Then, on Dec. 4, it was in Illinois.

Abedy estimates she spent two hours per day trying to track down the dress.

"I'd been getting the runaround," she said.

If UPS could find the dress in their Illinois facilities, she volunteered to fly out to get it herself.

"I'll go pick it up. I'll do your job for you," she said.


The good news is that Abedy got the $5,500 gown insured. The bad news is she said she can't find the same dress anywhere at this same sale price.

"I remain hopeful that I'll get it by my special day. We'll see," she said.

On Tuesday evening, after News4 called UPS, Abedy said she finally got the news she had been waiting for: she said a UPS manager apologized to her and said the dress would arrive in Virginia that night.

The manager promised to personally make sure the dress got to her as soon as possible and even offered to pay for any last-minute alterations. 

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On Wednesday morning, a UPS manager personally delivered the gown -- in a battered cardboard box -- to Abedy's parents' home in Fairfax. 

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mashaell Abedy
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<![CDATA[How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree]]> Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:00:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Produce_Pete_Christmas_Trees.jpg

Produce Pete explains how to pick the perfect tree and how to care for it when you get home.

<![CDATA[Jane Fonda Parts Ways With Her Swanky Beverly Hills Pad]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:11:48 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-jane-fonda-beverly-hills-house-tn.jpg The two-time Oscar winner says she and her partner Richard Perry browsed through more than 30 houses before they purchased the two-story home in the celebrity-rich enclave of Trousdale Estates.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Festivities at The Shops at Yale in New Haven]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:24:00 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NEW-HAVEN-TREE-LIT.jpg

The holiday season can be felt throughout the month of December in downtown New Haven at The Shops at Yale.  The retailers that make up the community are holding free events open to the public.

You won't want to miss the Ice Carving Competition on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 12 to 4:00 p.m.  Six ice carvers will each make a "spectacular" sculpture in only four hours out of 900 pounds of ice, according to The Shops at Yale website.  Live music from groups like the famed Whiffenpoofs can be heard at the ice carving competition.  Read more about this specific event here.

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Laser light shows take place every 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights on Broadway Island near J.Crew and Urban Outfitters.  The program is choreographed to holiday music.

Other exciting experiences include free downtown horse & carriage rides, story time with Santa, face painting, roaming Yuletide Carolers, and ice carving demonstrations.

You can even take selfies with Santa on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.

Free four-hour parking is available with a same day purchase of $30 or more from the retailers at The Shops at Yale in sponsored surface lots.  

For complete details on The Shops at Yale holiday festivities, click here.

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<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: Rockefeller Center Tree Cam]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:08:10 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rockefeller-tree-plaza-cam-1129.jpg

Watch a live feed of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree around the clock. And, if you missed it, check out some of the best photos from the lighting party below.

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<![CDATA[For $250M, You Could Buy T. Boone Pickens' Texas Ranch]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:18:27 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/188*120/_MG_0845_A.jpg Famed oilfield wildcatter, financier and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens is selling his prized ranch, which covers more than 100 square miles in the Texas Panhandle, for $250 million.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch the Rock Center Tree Lighting Wherever You Are]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:12:14 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rock+center+tree+lighting.jpg

Tune in to the Christmas in Rockefeller Center livestream on your computer or smartphone, by clicking this link.

The annual lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The 75-foot tall, 12-plus ton Norway spruce from the home of Jason Perrin in State College, Pennsylvania, will be illuminated at the end of a two-hour TV special featuring live performances by some of music's biggest stars.

The evening includes festive performances by Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani and The Tenors, with additional acts to be announced. NBC's "Today" anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the holiday special.

Thousands of spectators are expected to crowd walkways near the Plaza to witness the dazzling event. If you can't make it to Rockefeller Plaza or want to avoid the masses, you can tune in to the festivities live from home on NBC or online starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Tune in to the Christmas in Rockefeller Center livestream on your computer or smartphone, by clicking this link.

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<![CDATA[Rihanna's Beautiful NYC Penthouse for Sale for $16.95M]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:16:49 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rihannas+bed+cropped.jpg See inside Rihanna's New York City penthouse as it goes up for sale.]]> <![CDATA[Giving Tuesday: What to Know Before You Donate]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:57:59 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/giving+tuesday+page.png

As thousands prepare to give on Tuesday, officials are warning holiday donors to make sure they aren’t giving their money to scams.

The Better Business Bureau urged donors to research charities before giving to make sure their funds are going to trustworthy organizations.

Here are some tips the consumer watchdog group has offered if you’re looking to donate money to a good cause this Giving Tuesday or holiday season:

Watch out for name similarities. When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.

Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Responsible organizations will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as they do today.

Be wary of emotional appeals. Marketers have been known to exploit the holidays to make emotional pleas to donors. Always research to verify that your selected charity operates ethically.

Avoid charities that don't disclose. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don't disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA raise a critical red flag for donors. Visit Give.org to find out if your selected charity is nondisclosure.

The BBB also notes that it offers in-depth evaluations and charity reports at Give.org.

Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City. GivingTuesday.org lets you search for local organizations here.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to 2017 Holiday Events in Connecticut]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:46:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+Tree+Lighting.jpg

The holiday season is right around the corner and there are many festive activities around the state.


Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce is held weekends from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. The park will be covered in hundreds of thousands of lights, with light shows every half hour. Tickets are $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for children 4 to 10 and seniors. Tickets sold before Nov. 24 are $10.99. The event is free with a 2017 or 2018 diamond or platinum season pass. New for 2017 is dinner with Santa. 

East Haven

Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 at the Shore Line Trolley Museum. Tickets are $10 per person. 

Head to Essex for Trees In The Rigging Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade.  Take part in the lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street. The event ends with a parade of vessels in the Connecticut River. The boats are decorated in holiday lights.

The Holiday Lights Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. It starts in the Poquonnock Road at South Road and goes West on Route 1 to the Groton Shopping Plaza. 

The Firelight Festival is on Dec. 1 at Henry Whitfield State Museum. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., view luminaria, enjoy popcorn, roasted marshmallows, hot cider and hot chocolate. There is also a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” The event is included with the price of admission, which is $8 for adults, 18 to 59; $6 for seniors 60 and over; $6 for college students with ID; $5 for children between 6 and 17; and free for children under 6. 


  • Open House at the Governor's Residence: Friday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Performers include: Ethel Walker School from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Extreme Measures from 11 a.m. to noon; Plainfield High School Chamber from noon to 1 p.m.; Conn-Men from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and Woodstock Academy Hill Singers from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Open House at the Governor's Residence: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Performers include Emmanuel Christian Academy Choir from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Conard High School Solo Choir from 11 a.m. to noon; Completely Different Note from noon to 1 p.m.; Opus 4 String Quartet from South Windsor from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and Trinity College Trinitones from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Open House at the Governor's Residence: Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Performers include Hawkapella from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; A Minor from 11 a.m. to noon; Hall High School Choraliers, from noon to 1 p.m. and Charter Oak Flute Quartet from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth Atheneum runs from Dec. 1 to 10. Items are for sale. There is an extra fee above museum admission price for the exhibit. 
  • The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform “Masterworks: December Dreams” to get you in a festive mood from Dec. 8 to 10 at the Belding Theater at the Bushnell. Tickets range from $35 to $68. 
  • The HSO Pops: Holiday Cirque Spectacular will be at the Bushnell on Dec. 16. 

Festival of Silver Lights at Hubbard Park begins on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes singing and a holiday lighting display at 6 p.m. The holiday lights will be on until Jan. 1.

Lady Katharine Cruises has a “T’was the Night Before Christmas” cruise on Nov. 25 and Reindeer on the River on Nov. 26. The cruises on Dec. 2 and 3 are already sold out. 


New Haven


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There are several holiday events at the Kate, including “the Drifter: Holiday Magic,” “Twinkle: a Celestial Celebration” by the CT Gay Men’s Chorus, “A Christmas Carol,” “Nutcracker” and more. 


Nutcracker Spectacular will be at Mystic Dark Room from Dec. 2 to 17.  Tickets are $32 for children and $48 for adults.

The Boston Pops Holiday Concert will be at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $65 to $75. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is playing at the Landmark Community Theater from Nov. 24 through Dec. 10.  Tickets for adults are $25 and tickets for seniors and students are $22.


What's your favorite holiday event? Let us know in the comments.


<![CDATA[New Haven Tree Lighting]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:32:48 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+Tree+Lighting.jpg

The annual New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting is set for today on the historic green in the Elm City.

The afternoon will kick off at 4 p.m. with several fun activities: hay rides, musical performances, a petting zoo, a ferris wheel, costumed characters and a carousel.

Santa will arrive around 4 p.m. and visit with children wanting to get in their holiday wish ahead of Christmas.

The event is free and open to the public.

NBC Connecticut will be broadcasting live during the 4-6:30 p.m. news followed by the official tree lighting holiday special from 7-7:30 p.m.  You'll be able to watch the show on air on NBC Connecticut, online at nbcconnecticut.com, and in our mobile app, which works on both Apple (available through the App Store) and Android phones (available through Google Play).

During the 7 p.m. show, the youth choir from Our Lady of Victory in West Haven will sing after winning the NBC CT Choral Contest.  During the contest, the choir received nearly 5,000 votes of the almost 10,000 votes cast online.  The choir is led by director Ed Perez.

The centerpiece of the evening will be the lighting of the tree, which arrived on the green in late October.  It was cut from Elizabeth LaPointe’s yard in Branford earlier that morning. 

The 65-foot-tall Norway Spruce weighs more than 10,000 pounds and has been on her Branford property for more than 50 years. 

“Well that’s not my tree anymore,” LaPointe said. “It’s New Haven’s.” 

LaPointe’s husband and a neighbor planted the tree and her family decorated it for the holidays for two years, until it became too big. 

It’s massive size caught the attention of New Haven Parks and Recreation, according to manager Bill Carone. 

“Staff members drove by this tree a couple of months ago, and it was one of our top three, and we decided to go to this one,” Carone said. 

"We look for a lot of the same things that homeowners look for in their tree," said Rebecca Bombero, director of New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Trees Department.  "You want something that is straight and tall and full."

LaPointe was surprised when the department came knocking at her door because she thought someone had made a complaint about the tree. 

“I thought, ‘Why are they here?’ Then he said something about, ‘Well, did you call a couple of years ago to have it out as a Christmas tree on the New Haven Green?’ Then it dawned on me, yes I did,” she said. 

LaPointe said she’s looking forward to seeing the tree lit for the first time on Nov. 30, but is more excited about the future of her giving tree. 

She’s been told that when it comes down after Christmas, it’ll be used to, “make park benches, lumber for Houses for Humanity. So that, that makes me happy,” she said.

The tree will be decorated with 30,000 LED bulbs in time for the tree lighting ceremony Thursday.

Come down to the green, watch the tree lighting in-person, and meet a number of NBC Connecticut personalities, including Kerri-Lee Mayland, Kevin Nathan, Ryan Hanrahan, Justin Schecker, and Leslie Mayes.

Throughout the holiday season, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy special events in New Haven, including laser light shows, ice carvings, and carriage rides.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the exclusive television media partner of the winter festivities in New Haven.  

<![CDATA[Beware Store Makeup Samples That May Harbor Harmful Bacteria]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:46:31 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tester-makeup.jpg

Contracting the herpes virus from sampling lipstick at a cosmetics store, as one woman has filed a lawsuit alleging happened to her, is "absolutely possible," according to a dermatologist who spoke to "Today" national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen.

"You can catch the herpes simplex virus from an inanimate object such as lipstick," Dr. Whitney Bowe said.

The Rossen Reports team went undercover at three popular stores, collecting samples of makeup testers with sterile swabs, then sending them to a certified microbiology lab for testing. At all of the stores, some samples came back with harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, two types of bacteria normally found in the intestinal tract that are expelled with feces.

"You could literally be applying and smearing someone else's fecal matter directly onto your lips," Bowe said.

Sephora told NBC News "the health and safety of our clients is our foremost priority" and their "testers are regularly sanitized, replaced and replenished.” They also said they follow "best practices in our stores" and "offer many other ways for clients to test products.” Ulta said, “The health and safety of our guests is a top priority … We encourage and support sanitary trial by offering items like cleansers and disposable makeup applicators....”

Photo Credit: Today
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<![CDATA[St. Nick Trick: USPS Lets Kids Get Replies Mailed From Santa]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:54:58 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/156628983-Santa-Claus-Replies-to-Letters.jpg

Want to give your kids a little extra Christmas magic this year?

Now you can have a reply sent with a postmark from the North Pole to their letter to Santa Claus, through the U.S. Postal Service's Letters From Santa program.

Here's how it works: Kids write their letter to Santa and put it in an envelope, which they can address to Santa Claus at the North Pole. A parent opens the letter and writes a personalized response — the USPS recommends writing it on the back — mentioning their accomplishments from the year like good grades or community service participation.

They put that letter in another envelope and address it to the child, making sure to put the return address as "Santa, North Pole" and adding a first-class mail stamp.

That goes into a larger envelope (the Post Office recommends priority mail flat rate) and send that to:

North Pole Postmark
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Keep in mind that it all needs to make it to Anchorage by Dec. 15 to be back in time for Christmas.

Read more about the program on this USPS web page.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Lines Down NYC Street for Pornhub's Fashion Store Opening]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:58:44 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PORNHUB+DEBUTS+SOHO+-+15554104_WNBC_000000018786536.jpg

New York's Wooster Street is home to some of the world's most coveted luxury fashion brands. But a line down the street on Friday wasn't to get into Moschino or Céline; it was for the fashion pop-up store of a pornography website.

Located in the heart of SoHo — a New York shopping destination — the temporary store sells an array of street wear, books and select gifts.

The line down the street outside the store Friday indicated at least a novel interest in the retail options, although the opening had also promised meet-and-greets with performers from the website.

"I wouldn't really recommend buying the apparel here, but I would recommend stopping by because it's unique and cool," one shopper said.

"But I don't know how great it is to walk around with a big Pornhub logo on your shirt," he added.

In a retail climate where some brick-and-mortar stores are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of online competition, it's unique to see a website opening a physical shop, shoppers pointed out.

A customer who gave her first name as Gill was checking out the store Friday with her friend and boyfriend.

She had heard of the opening on Chinese social media, and said she liked the clothing options on display. "It's really rare to hear of a website opening a pop-up store," she said.

Other shoppers said they were drawn to the pop-up through curiosity. 

Pornhub's debut retail store opened on Black Friday and will run through to Dec. 20. Visitors to the shop must be 18 or older.

<![CDATA[Need Ideas for Turkey Day Leftovers? Try 'The Gobbler']]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:45:33 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/IMG_05051.jpg

The Thanksgiving feast may be over, but that doesn't mean there isn't any food left to go around.

New York City eatery Made Nice has come up with a recipe for a day-after sandwich that's almost as good as the actual meal.

This is how you can replicate "The Gobbler."

And if you don't have any leftovers left, you can stop by Made Nice Friday before 10 p.m. to pick one up while supplies last.


  • Drizzle olive oil over two thickly cut slices of bread.
  • Toast at 350° for 4 minutes.
  • Shred leftover turkey meat and warm on the stove with gravy over low heat for 3 minutes. 
  • Place stuffing on top of one slice of toasted bread.
  • Top with warm turkey.
  • Finish with cranberry sauce and an extra spoonful of gravy.
  • Place second slice of toasted bread on top and cut in half.

Photo Credit: Noa Halff]]>
<![CDATA[Here's What NYC's $76,000 Thanksgiving Dinner Includes]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:22:42 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/most-expensive-turkey-1122.jpg

Think your Thanksgiving spread is going to be extravagant? It's got nothing on one New York City restaurant's turkey day offering.

CNBC reports that The Old Homestead Steakhouse is offering a $76,000 Thanksgiving spread for 10 people, complete with $100 worth of imported oysters, Wagyu beef lollipops that cost $475 per pound, sweet potatoes topped with $1,500 worth of caviar and gravy mixed with a $3,300 bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. 

But that's not all — the meal also comes with four tickets to the Broadway hit "Hamilton," a $7,500 shopping spree, a two-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and a $20,000 watch, so you can always remember the occasion. 

And the meal will, of course, include turkey. If that sounds a little pedestrian, don't worry: The bird is free-range, organic, retails for about $105 per pound and is blasted with $17-per-ounce Italian olive oil and a blend of Middle Eastern spices.

"When you spend $76,000 on a Thanksgiving dinner, you're not just buying dinner," said co-owner Mark Sherry. "You're creating memories."

Sherry adds that two groups have already bought the package, which has been offered at slightly lower price points over the last three years. 

He also told CNBC that the restaurant would offer more traditional Thanksgiving packages that run about $100 per head. 

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Through the Years]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:59:05 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cmscroppedparadetbt.jpg The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is kicking off the holiday season Thursday for the 91st year in a row.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide: Fun With Tech]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:55:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/188*120/flexi-cam-translator.jpg

Whether we like it or not, technology finds its way into all parts of our lives. From entertainment to health to home security, electronic devices are there to make things sound better, encourage us to do better, or just go out and have fun.

We’ve got a variety of tech devices that could work for a wide range of people on your holiday shopping list. Unfortunately, there are no jet packs yet, but there is something that will make you feeling as if you are flying in space.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700
When it comes to headsets, there needs to be a balance between performance and comfort for gamers who need something for the long play.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 puts both together for a powerful headset that you will want to wear for hours. The 700 for Xbox and PC also uses Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless technology to directly connect to the console, which means no more dongles sticking out of the Xbox.

The 50mm over-the-ear speakers provide clear, crisp sounds in games, letting players feel surrounded by the action instead of just what is in front of them. Turtle Beach has a Superhuman Hearing feature that increases important noises in a game like soft footfalls or a weapon reloading.

For comfort, the 700 is outstanding. They are extremely lightweight and have just enough tension not to feel like your head is being crushed.

Blackout Spark
Whether your gift recipient is a streaming pro or just someone who likes to be heard during their podcast, the Blackout Spark SL from Blue is a great microphone that would thrill any gamer or streamer.

The Blackout Spark is designed for a wide range of recording sessions. The microphone pattern is designed to reduce background noise and is the perfect choice for a single speaker. Filters eliminate computer or console noises, while an inhibitor will help keep voices clear during the most intense battles.

If providing a clear and quality listening experience is key for your recordings, the Blackout Spark will upgrade any streaming rigs or home recording studios. For musicians, the Spark works well with acoustic or electric guitars, drums, wind instruments, pianos, and bowed instruments. Experiment with placement to get the best results.

It has an XLR connector, so you’ll need something to connect directly to a computer. The Icicle converts the XLR to a USB and acts as a pre-amp for the Blackout Spark. It works with Mac and PC computers without hassle, and it doesn’t require driver installations.

Security Cameras With Flair
It seems everyone wants to know what’s going on in their house when they aren’t there. From home security to detect threats to keep an eye on the family pet, internet cameras are becoming more prevalent. But which to choose?

If you want something a little secretive while standing in plain sight, the Canary All-in-One looks like a simple black cylinder but packs a wide range of sensors to keep you in the know about the conditions inside your home.

There is a high-definition camera to capture any movement, an air monitor that lets you know what the temperature and air conditions are like, and a remote-activated siren to frighten unwanted visitors away.

There is no physical installation involved. Just set the Canary on a shelf or table, plug in the power, connect to the internet, and you are done! The companion app lets users watch live with their camera and record video when something happens. It also lets people call for help from the app if they see a situation in their home.

If you want something a little more whimsical, the Minion Flexi Cam provides live video streaming, night vision to catch those nocturnal activities, two-way audio and motion sensor capabilities. However, it also brings a Minion into your house, complete with catch phrases and a bright yellow face.

The camera is small and unassuming. If not for the bright yellow cover, it could very easily be overlooked. However, the look of a Minion isn’t nearly as much fun as the voice of a Minion.

You can have the camera say one of the Minions’ many famous catchphrases from their movies with the push of a button. If you have your own saying, use the microphone’s filter to make your own voice sound like a Minion.

While obviously useful as a security camera, the motion detection can be tuned to record only pet movements. The night vision function also spies on your pets’ activities while you are sleeping.

The flexible mount allows for multiple viewing angles from one location. All monitoring is done through a smartphone app for peace of mind even when away from home.

Vertical Mouse
The trend toward vertical desks was intended to help with posture and alleviate back issues caused by sitting so much. Why not apply that to your computer mouse?

Evoluent offers the VerticalMouse 4, the perfect gift if you know someone who is on the computer and complains about wrist or arm pain. The design of the mouse puts the forearm in a neutral position instead of a twisted position for a normal mouse.

While it might seem a bit weird, the configuration of the buttons makes it very comfortable to use. It is like you are shaking hands with your computer though the VerticalMouse. The six-button design is great for designers or gamers who want to program their mouse for their work.

A small USB receiver plugs into the side of the computer, eliminating wires to the mouse and creating a greater freedom of movement for the user. It is a great gift to show someone you care about their physical well-being.

X-Wing Drone
Any “Star Wars” fan has always dreamed about flying in space in the same T-65 X-Wing fighter that Luke Skywalker used to blow up the Death Star (the first one). Propel’s officially licensed “Star Wars” drones let anyone take control of a X-Wing, TIE fighter, or speeder bike.

Even before you can take to the sky, special packaging majestically plays official music from the movies to herald the arrival of your drone. The box also doubles as a display stand, complete with lighting from below to accentuate the details of the X-Wing.

The power is in the performance of the drone. There are multiple speed settings to get beginners up and running quickly, and hot buttons help pilots before aerial stunts with ease. Auto starting and auto landing help protect your ship during liftoffs and landings.

Pilots can also gather with friends and activate their “weapons” for a virtual dogfight in the sky. Collisions are not encouraged, but the vision of X-Wings and TIE fighters in the air and battling is enticing.

Make sure to adhere to all laws regarding drone flights.

G-Shock S Series Ani-Digi Step Tracker
Fitness watches are moving toward looking more like regular time pieces than outlandish wrist tech. G-Shock offers a new look with upgraded technology to help your gift recipient to be stylish and healthy.

The new S Series Ani-Digi Step Tracker automatically keeps track of steps but also offers different display readouts to help anyone keep on pace. A non-active alert keeps people moving toward their goal.

A hand shift feature moves the clock hands out of the way to provide a clean view of the digital health display. However, it is the G-Shock style that makes this more than just a fitness tool.

The watch is water- and shock-resistant with a bright LED light, dual time, daily alarms, stopwatch and full calendar to 2099. It also has a 3-year battery life to keep you charged.

There are four new colors of mint, pink, white and classic black, each with white face accents, in addition to colors associated with military styles, olive green, tan, and dark grey. Other colors from G-Shock’s past are also available.

Interactive Control Dinosaur
Since the Dinobot characters in the “Transformers” cartoons in the 1980s, the merging of dinosaurs and robots has always been a source of joy for kids and grown-up kids. Robotosaur lets you control the action while also providing some autonomous responses all on its own.

The robot that resembles a Tyrannosaurus Rex stands about 10 inches tall and is ready to command. With its remote control, kids can make it move across the floor with spins, shakes, stomps and tail wags. Built-in sound effects help increase the enjoyment.

However, the Robotosaur can get tired, and it will yawn when it is ready for a nap. While in sleep mode, it snores and lets everyone know that the king of dinosaurs needs its beauty rest.

Powered by two AAA batteries, the Robotosaur is ready to make its presence known while remaining under your control. The fun will not go extinct.

Photo Credit: Tend]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide: From Video Games to Board Games]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:32:41 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/185*120/Switch_SuperMarioOdysseyEdition_pkg_01.jpg

This holiday season, buying a gift for a gamer has never been easier while simultaneously being tougher because of all the great choices available. From more powerful video game consoles to mysterious board games, anyone who likes to play is bound to have one of these choices on their gift list.

Bundles that package games and specially designed hardware can make shopping easier, and there are some outstanding games that can provide many hours of entertainment.

There are sure to be Black Friday and holiday special pricing for many of these items. Check with your favorite retailers to see the current costs and availability.

‘Minecraft’ Xbox One S Bundle/Xbox One X
Blocky adventures that are only limited by your imagination await in “Minecraft” for the Xbox One, but what if you really wanted to highlight your enthusiasm for the game? The Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle contains everything needed for the would-be world building, including your very own creeper.

In addition to the game, the bundle contains a specially decorated Xbox One S console with a creeper staring at you from the controller. There is also the Redstone graphics pack, which contains skins and textures to add variety to your building efforts, and a vertical stand for the console to show it off properly.

The game, which was the bestselling game for the Xbox 360, can also be played across platforms, including Windows 10, mobile devices, and soon on the Nintendo Switch, so players can play with their friends no matter what devices they have.

If it is more gaming power you seek, the Xbox One X is the more powerful console available right now. With a built-in 4K Blu-Ray player, premium audio through Dolby Atmos, and faster processing and memory for smoother gameplay, the Xbox One X is the perfect gift for someone who wants their games to look and play the best way possible.

While all Xbox games can be played on the new console, some titles will be optimized to take advantage of the additional console features. In addition, any accessories that worked for the Xbox One will work with the Xbox One X.

‘Destiny 2’
“Destiny 2” packs itself with more content, more choices and more time that you are going to sink into a game that hooks you from the start and never wants to let go. Don’t worry. That’s a good thing.

Instead of Light, players will be trying to increase their power levels through the equipment they acquire. There are many ways of gaining new strength, including new public missions, where players collectively work to defeat a very large and complicated foe.

There are new group missions released weekly, and the planetary challenges change often. The mission beacons are still around, offering bite-sized adventures if you are waiting for the next public mission to arrive.

“Destiny 2” continues to find ways to keep players challenged, interested and engaged. New expansions, available through a separate Expansion Pass, will challenge everyone to dive in.

The game is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Nintendo Switch Bundle
It has been a long time since everyone’s favorite gaming plumber, Mario, has had a new adventure to explore. “Super Mario Odyssey” has Mario trying to rescue Princess Peach (yes, again) from the clutches of Bowser, who wants to marry her.

The game features various kingdoms for Mario to travel, exploring new areas and making new friends, like Cappy, a spirit that helps Mario capture opponents or find new pathways. The game is only available on the Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo has made it easy to get everything in one package.

The Nintendo Switch bundle contains the console and dock with red left and right Joy-Con controllers, matching the color of Mario’s hat. There is a digital download for the game, and a special red carrying case featuring Cappy looming over a map of the kingdoms.

It is the perfect selection for anyone who loves Mario and has been waiting for the right moment to get the Nintendo Switch console, which was released in March.

‘Tomb of Annihilation’
Not all games are electronic, and some players actually prefer gathering around a table with friends to enjoy some shared adventures.

“Tomb of Annihilation,” the 5th and latest edition "Dungeons and Dragons" adventure from the talented people at Wizards of the Coast, gives everyone a chance to face a global phenomenon that is forcing the most powerful and influential characters to come face-to-face with their own mortality.

Something or someone has created a curse that will not let dead people be raised and is slowly wasting away those who have been brought back from the dead previously. There will be monsters many players have never faced before, including zombie dinosaurs!

The city of Chult is a beacon of light, color and excitement. The residents are flush with life, enjoying good food and fun. Adventurers will find contact and quests aplenty, but don’t miss the dinosaur races.

The race for the tomb will thrill experienced players but is balanced enough for beginners to also dive in and enjoy solving puzzles, combating enemies and creating their own stories.

‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’/’Assassin’s Creed Origins’
Two games, which on the surface appear to be wildly divergent, are exciting tales of triumph, tragedy and legend set in unique environments. However, “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” and “Assassin’s Creed Origins“ have very similar features, including hours of adventuring fun.

“Shadow of War” is set in the fantasy universe of JRR Tolkien’s stories of hobbits, rings and monsters. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” draws its storyline from some of the most prominent moments in time during Ancient Egypt.

Both games offer open worlds with plenty of room and quests to explore. The main character uses a sword (or some handheld weapon), a bow and the ability to jump from very high places. In one game you can dominate your enemies, while in the other you can assassinate your foes, but each does rely on stealth for its most effect method of fighting.

There is an entertaining and immersive storyline for players to follow, and there are dozens of side quests to complete and items to collect. Memorable enemies will challenge players.

These are not games that will be finished in an afternoon. These are novels in video game format to be savored and enjoyed while you direct the actions. What story do you want to tell?

Both games are available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

‘Call of Duty: WWII’ PlayStation 4 bundle
“Call of Duty: WWII” takes players into some of World War II's most iconic battles. Then, pair that adventure with a limited-edition PlayStation 4 to really show off your interest in historical warfare with a camouflaged console.

The game features historical combat from the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day, Liberation of Paris and Battle of the Bulge. As a member of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, you will take part in missions along the Western Front in the European theater.

The gameplay aims to be more realistic with more accurate movement options from real soldiers, and a health system that relies on your squadmates, instead of regeneration, to keep you on your feet.

The limited-edition PlayStation4 has a camo-styled exterior for the console as well as the DualShock 4 controller. Despite the attempts at hiding, the PlayStation4 will stand out and makes for a great conversation starter as well as a powerful gaming device.

The bundle is available now with both the decorated PS4 and the game included.

'Betrayal at Baldur's Gate'
"Betrayal" is a word often used during "Dungeons & Dragons" gameplay. Whether setting up for an adventure or waiting for that rogue to finally go all-in against the party, betrayal makes perfect sense for a brand new board game featuring the thrill of D&D combined with one of the best horror board games ever.

“Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate” puts players into that iconic city to survive the threats and encounters that abound in Baldur’s Gate. It seems pretty straight forward, until an evil turns player against player and changes the dynamic of what survival really means.

Based off the “Betrayal at House on the Hill” gameplay, adventurers will have changing scenarios, monsters, location tiles and more to help them create a singular adventure in the new board game.

Stocking Stuffer
If you need just a little something to accentuate a gift or want to help a gamer, KontrolFreek offers a selection of thumbsticks, grips and accessories for console players. A variety of textures, sizes and comfort are available.

They also have screen protectors for the Nintendo Switch, and grips to wick away sweat during those long, intense gaming sessions. Check out their bundles for deals on multiple products to make holiday shopping easy and inexpensive.

Photo Credit: Nintendo of America]]>
<![CDATA[Widow of Grateful Dead's Longtime Lawyer Auctions Rare Items]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:06:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/182*120/Grateful+Dead+Banners+1989.jpg The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band.

Photo Credit: Stremmel Auctions]]>
<![CDATA[How to Watch Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Live Anywhere]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:35:28 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/macy+parade.jpg

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with its annual march down the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 23, featuring legendary 50-foot balloons, bands, dance numbers and celebs.

Coverage starts at 9 a.m. ET on NBC Connecticut, and you can watch it all live at home on NBC or on the go via NBC Live. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the broadcast. 

You can live stream the parade on NBCConnecticut.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link (https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/live). You can also watch the coverage on our free app -- download it from iTunes here or from Google Play here

We've temporarily removed the need to log in with your TV provider credentials so you are able to enjoy the parade.

The colorful procession will feature a star-studded cast, including 98 Degrees, Andra Day and Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Wyclef Jean, Bravo's Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Patti LaBelle and others.

Broadway performances from the casts of "Anastasia," "Dear Evan Hansen" and other shows will highlight this year's broadcast.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[NBC's 2017 Holiday Line-Up ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:30:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/holidayTryptich.jpg Check out some of NBC's upcoming holiday specials.]]> <![CDATA[NBC Connecticut Anchors and Reporters Thankful for Loved Ones]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:38:14 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mike+Hydeck.jpg In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our NBC CT anchors and reporters who they are thankful for this season.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Vote in the New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:06:39 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/web+vote+1200x675.png

The annual New Haven holiday tree lighting is set to take place Thursday, Nov. 30 on the historic city Green.  The event will be broadcast live on NBC Connecticut beginning at 7 p.m.

As part of the special broadcast, we put out a call for a children's school or youth choir to perform several songs on the show.  

After receiving multiple entries, we have three finalists competing for the opportunity to sing live on stage.  The choir with the most votes will be selected as the winner.  You have until Sunday, Nov. 26 at 11:59 p.m. to vote.  Take a look at the finalists' entry videos and then vote for your favorite!

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You can see the original contest request for entries and complete rules here.

NBC Connecticut is proud to once again be the official media partner of the New Haven Tree Lighting and the Elm City's winter festivities.

New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest

Voting Rules and Procedures

These Voting Rules and Procedures are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of WVIT (NBC Connecticut) and NBCUniversal Media, LLC (collectively, “NBCU”). Void where prohibited.

Voting (“Voting”) is simple and easy. To vote, visit www.nbcconnecticut.com (“Website”), search “choral contest” for the page containing the three (3) finalist videos and voting buttons and cast your Vote. Voting will be conducted pursuant to these Voting Rules and Procedures and any such other rules and procedures as NBCU may from time to time designate.

Eligibility: You must be thirteen (13) years of age or older to submit your vote (“Vote”). You must be a permanent legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (“Geographic Area”). Votes must be cast by the authorized account holder of the computer from which the Vote is made.

Voting Period and Restrictions: Voting is open from November 22, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. ET to November 26, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. ET (“Voting Period”). Voting is currently limited to one (1) vote per person during the Voting Period, but NBCU reserves the right to change the limit on the number of Votes, in its sole discretion. Notification regarding any such change will be announced on-air and/or posted on the Website.

How to Vote Online: Log onto the Website and view the three (3) finalist videos to choose from during the Voting Period. You may submit your Vote during the Voting Period by clicking on the box next to your selection.

General Conditions: NBCU has the right, in its sole discretion, to void any Vote that appears, to have been made by a person not meeting the eligibility requirements set forth above, or to be an automated or duplicate Vote, and has the right to permanently disqualify from any Voting any person it believes has violated these rules. If for any reason the Voting is not capable of being run or implemented as planned, including, but not limited to, as the result of infection by computer viruses or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, or any other cause beyond the control of NBCU, which is likely to, or actually corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Voting, then NBCU reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withdraw the transmission of any Vote and/or to terminate or suspend the Voting at any point and declare the Voting results based upon the Votes up to that point. In the event of technical difficulties with the Voting, including, but not limited to, mobile or Internet service interruptions, NBCU reserves the right to review the Votes for accuracy and to take any appropriate action, including, without limitation, voiding the Votes cast during the time period in which such technical difficulties occurred. NBCU, their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, any other entity involved in the development or administration of the Voting, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for any computer, network, technical, electronic, human or other errors or problems of any kind, for any injury or damage to participants or to any person’s computer or mobile phone relating to or resulting from Voting or downloading materials or software in connection with the Voting, or for Votes that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, or late. By participating, each individual agrees to release and hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims and liability of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of their participation in the Voting. Administrators will take reasonable steps where practicable to prevent Voting outside of the Geographic Area; however, some Votes cast outside of the Geographic Area may be counted, and such individual waives any claims such individual may have against the Administrators as a result of the inclusion of such Votes.

Caution: Any attempt by you or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service, mobile phone service, or website, tamper with the Voting process, or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the Voting is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Released Parties reserves the right to seek damages and/or other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.


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<![CDATA[SEE INSIDE: Aaron Hernandez's Home Sold for $1M]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:43:36 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/182*120/a211.jpg Aaron Hernandez's former mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, has been sold for $1 million to a real estate investor. The Boston Herald reports that Arif Khan bought the home for about $300,000 lower than the asking price. The 5,647-square-foot residence includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a wet bar, a hot tub, a sauna, a finished basement, a theater room and an in-ground pool.

Photo Credit: Keller Williams Realty]]>
<![CDATA[Major West Coast Burger Chain Is Coming to NYC]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:10:13 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Carls1.jpg

One of the best-known and most popular fast food chains on the west coast is planning to make its New York City debut.

Carl's Jr. said Thursday it will open in "early 2018" at the corner of 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, across the street from Penn Station. 

The brand currently has more than 1,300 restaurants, though only four in the tri-state area (one in New Jersey and three in upstate New York). Aside from those locations and two in the Bahamas, the next-closest Carl's is in Oklahoma. 

Its menu features oversized items like the "Six Dollar Thickburger" and unusual sides like waffle fries and fried zucchini. 

The chain is also known for its provocative commercials, which have in past featured scantily clad supermodels and celebrities enjoying oversized, dripping burgers. (It dropped that campaign earlier this year.)

A rendering of the new store provided by the company shows a towering sign more than double the size of the logo on the McDonald's next door. 

Photo Credit: Carl's Jr]]>
<![CDATA[This Flamin' Hot Turkey Will Spice Up Your Thanksgiving]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:36:36 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cheetos+Turkey.jpg

We've heard of deep-fried turkey, smoked turkey and there are even online tutorials on how to microwave a turkey, but a Flamin' Hot Cheetos turkey? That's a new one.

Reynolds Kitchens has posted the recipe for this crazy concoction online and says there are just seven steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place hot puffed cheese sticks in a food processor and process until fully crushed. You can also add to a zip top bag and roll with a rolling pin until sticks are completely crushed.
  3. Brush oil or butter on turkey and coat with the crushed chips. (Beware of Cheetos stains!) 
  4. Add 1 tsp of flour to the Reynolds® Oven Bag and place in a large roasting pan that is at least 2 inches deep.
  5. Carefully slide turkey into the oven bag, making sure the opening of the bag is facing the end of the roasting pan, and not facing up. The bag should be inside the pan, not hanging over the edges of the pan.
  6. Close oven bag with the included nylon tie, and cut six 1/2 inch slits in the top of the bag
  7. When your turkey reaches an internal temperature of 180°F in thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone, remove from oven and let stand in oven bag for another 15 minutes. Cut open the top of the bag and carefully remove turkey from the bag, and place onto a cutting board. Lifting works well by inserting one carving fork into each end of the turkey.

In the end you'll have a bright red bird ready to pair with all of your classic Thanksgiving fixings and a fiery stain on your tongue.

If hot Cheetos aren't your thing, Reynolds says you can also mimic the crusted turkey effect with Cool Ranch Doritos or Funyuns.

Would you try this flamin' hot turkey? Tell us what you think on Facebook here.

See Reynolds' full post here.

Photo Credit: Reynolds Kitchens]]>
<![CDATA[Know Your American Pizza Types by Region]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:52:29 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+PIZZA+BY+REGION+THUMB.jpg

A staffer for NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio nearly caused a citywide uproar when he tweeted out that he preferred Chicago-style deep dish pizza over New York City's famous slice. And whether you prefer a cracker thin crust or a big foldable slice, a thick layer of cheese or a slice drowning in sauce, we can all agree that pizza is the best. Here are some popular styles of pizza.

<![CDATA[Here’s How to Cook Your Holiday Turkey Safely]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:28:35 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-15+at+9.23.48+AM.png

Follow these tips to ensure your holiday turkey is both safe and delicious.

<![CDATA[Which Stores are Offering Biggest Black Friday Discounts?]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:17:55 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498622670.jpg

Black Friday is always one of the busiest and most popular shopping days of the year.  The excitement over this day comes from a combination of deep discounts and extended store hours.  It's also the unofficial start of the final push for holiday shopping.

But with more stores opening early and offering Black Friday deals ahead of the day after Thanksgiving, personal finance site WalletHub put together a list of the best discounts.

WalletHub analyzed close to 10,000 deals from 35 of the nation's biggest retailers.

According to the site, the best discounts this year will come from Kohl's and JCPenney, each offering average discounts of greater than 66 percent.

The largest percentage of discounts were concentrated in the apparel & accessories category, followed by computers & phones, and appliances.  The least discounted categories were: consumer packaged goods, video game software, books, movies, and music.

In the apparel and accessories category, JCPenney and Sears are each offering more than 60 percent discounts.  JCPenney also ranks high for discounts in computers, phones, and consumer packaged goods.

Looking to buy jewelery for yourself or a special someone?  WalletHub suggests Kohl's, Shopko, Sears, JCPenney, or Stage.  The top toy discounts come from Stage, Belk, Shopko, Kohl's, and JCPenney.

Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy all plan to offer some of the best discounts for video game software products.

According to the site, here are the retailers providing a greater than 50 percent average discount on this year's Black Friday deals:

1. Kohl's - 66.3%

2. JCPenney - 66.3%

3. Belk - 62.8%

4. Stage - 60.8%

5. Shopko - 55.9%

6. Bealls Florida - 52.8%

7. Sears - 50.1%

Some of the stores that ranked lower on the list are warehouse chains that are already known for low prices.

For the full list and a breakdown by category, click here.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Black Friday Retailers Revealed (And Traps to Avoid)]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:17:34 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453488546.jpg

Black Friday is nearly upon us, and holiday shoppers everywhere are no doubt twitchy with anticipation. But how best to focus one's efforts amid the mania? 

WalletHub surveyed nearly 10,000 deals from 35 of the biggest U.S. retailers’ 2017 Black Friday ad scans to identify the stores offering the biggest discounts in various product categories such as appliances, jewelry and toys. 

The overall average discount for Black Friday is 37 percent, the personal finance website found, so consumers are advised to target that as a threshold in order to avoid Black Friday traps. 

Here are the Top 10 Black Friday retailers, based on average percent discount, according to WalletHub: 

  • Kohl's (66.32%)
  • JCPenney (66.30%)
  • Belk (62.75%)
  • Stage (60.82%)
  • Shopko (55.93%)
  • Bealls Florida (52.78%)
  • Sears (50.09%)
  • Macy's (45.58%)
  • Fred Meyer (43.88%)
  • AAFES (37.25%) 

Among the top 10, Kohl's saw the biggest percentage jump over last year's average discount, from 58.1 percent to 66.3 percent, while Macy's saw the biggest decline, averaging a 45.6 percent discount this season compared with 63.4 percent last year, WalletHub found. 

The best deals fell within the "apparel and accessories" category, which had discounts on 28 percent of all offers, whereas only 1.62 percent of the "consumer packaged goods" category had discounts. "Computers & phones" came in second, followed by "appliances." 

See the full report here and check out each retailer's rank in the various product categories.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>