<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-usMon, 24 Sep 2018 23:32:03 -0400Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:32:03 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Haunted Houses in Connecticut 2018]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:47:06 -0400 Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce The 45-minute attraction in Bristol is in its 19th year and runs weekends from Sept. 28 to Oct. 28.]]> Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce The 45-minute attraction in Bristol is in its 19th year and runs weekends from Sept. 28 to Oct. 28.]]> https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Lake+Compounce+Cemetery.jpg

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<![CDATA[Scenes from The Big E 2018]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:37:36 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/The+Big+E+2018+42.jpg

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<![CDATA[In Photos: Body Paint Artist Makes Models Disappear]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:59:03 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bodyartthumbnail.jpg

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<![CDATA[This is The New Food at the Big E]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:40:21 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Messy+Magnus.JPG

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:00:06 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/87992859.jpg

It's National Cheeseburger Day! If you are a burger connoisseur, you know there are many places to grab a mouthwatering, juicy cheeseburger in Connecticut.

Here are some of them:

Louis’ Lunch
261-263 Crown Street in New Haven
(203) 562-5507

Ted's Restaurant
1046 Broad Street, Meriden 203-237-6660 and 43 Berlin Road, Cromwell 860-635-8337

Shake Shack recently opened its first Hartford-area location in West Hartford's Corbin Collection.  The popular chain also has a location in New Haven to enjoy its SmokeShacks and 'Shroom Burgers, along with its fries and shakes.

Harry's Place in Colchester, a viewer favorite, has been featured in Roadfood for the incredibly juicy burgers. They also call a Harry’s cheeseburger “fast food perfection.”
Harry’s holds the distinct honor of being on the National Register of Historic places.

Max Burger in West Hartford serves up everything from a classic burger, to a gourmet chicken burger or a veggie burger. Trust us, your taste buds will be very, very happy with this food outing. The Inside Out burger is delicious, but check out the full menu, including the specials.
Max Burger
124 LaSalle Road, West Hartford

Plan B Burger Bar is one of those places that you’ll keep going back to, time and time again. They pride themselves on the fresh beef burgers, but you can get just about any kind of burger you can imagine. The New Englander is made with lobster, smoked gouda, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato and corn spread.

There are several locations in the state:

Plan B Burger Bar: 

120 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, 860-430-9737
1638 Boston Post Road, Milford, 203-713-8700
4 Railroad St., Simsbury, 860-658-4474
230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, 203-964-8353
138 Park Road, West Hartford, 860-231-1199

Prime 16 in New Haven and Orange. In the past, viewers have lauded these burgers. Build your own or pick one of the specialties. You won't find a honey truffle burger on too many menus.

Shady Glen, in Manchester, is another viewer favorite. It's not uncommon for people who've had a Shady Glen cheeseburger to say it's the best -- ever.

Corner Pug, West Hartford. If you’re heading out on national burger day with someone who, for some reason, does not share your burger love, head to the Corner Pug in West Hartford. You can indulge on a blackened Cajun burger or knife and fork Irish nacho burger while your dining partner has salad, steak, mac and cheese or chicken.
These are just some of the best places to go for burgers. There is no way to name them all. Let us know your picks by commenting below.

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<![CDATA[Venue Changed for Reese Witherspoon Book Tour]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:22:31 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Reese+Witherspoon+GettyImages-1012311280.jpg

Actress Reese Witherspoon is bringing her book tour to Connecticut and she will be in Madison tonight.

“Whiskey in a Teacup” is Witherspoon’s first book and RJ Julia Bookseller is bringing her book tour to Connecticut today. It was originally scheduled for the Shubert Theater in New Haven, but it will now be at the First Congregational Church of Madison, at 25 Meetinghouse Lane in Madison.

The title is a lesson Witherspoon’s grandmother taught her, according to the description on the Simon and Schuster website. It says her grandmother always said that “a combination of beauty and strength made southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup’” -- delicate and ornamental on the outside, but strong and fiery on the inside. 

General admission tickets are $59 and each ticket includes an unsigned copy of the book.

The VIP ticket package is no longer an option and those tickets will be refunded.

Those tickets were listed for $404 and were to include a meet and greet with Witherspoon, preferred event seating in the first five rows, early entry into the theater, an individual photo with Witherspoon, a limited edition Draper James tote bag filled with gifts and goodies and a signed copy of “Whiskey in a Teacup.”

You can purchase tickets on the Shubert Theater website. 

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<![CDATA[The 2018 Emmys Highlights: From the Red Carpet to the Stage]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:32:13 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/emmys-thumb-update.jpg Stars walk the red carpet in preparation for the 2018 Emmy Awards. ]]> <![CDATA[Actor Paul Giamatti Makes Stop at Pepe’s Pizza]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:03:08 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Paul+Giamatti+at+Frank+Pepes+1200.jpg

Actor Paul Giamatti returned to his native New Haven over the weekend and enjoyed some New Haven style pizza. 

Giamatti, who was born in New Haven, stopped at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, ordered two pizzas -- Pepe’s White Clam Pizza and a pizza with sausage and mushrooms – and took time to pose for a photo while he was there. 


Giamatti graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1985.  He graduated from Yale in 1989 and earned his MFA in 1994. 


Giamatti’s extensive acting career launched in 1990 and his most recent role is as Chuck Roads in the Showtime show, “Billions.”

Photo Credit: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
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<![CDATA[Photos: Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Southern California]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 23:33:32 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/JakobLayman.0818.HelloKittyCafe_012.jpg The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe -- the first of its kind in the U.S. -- opened Friday in Irvine, California. In addition to the supercute cafe area, the eatery boasts a hidden pink oasis in the Bow Room where guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea or evening Cocktail Service.

Photo Credit: Jakob N. Layman]]>
<![CDATA[Quassy Attraction Named Among Best Wooden Roller Coasters in the World]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:18:08 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wooden+Warrior+1200.jpg

Wooden Warrior, a roller coaster at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury, has been chosen as one of the top 50 wooden coasters in the world. 

The rankings were announced Saturday during “Amusement Today’s” 2018 Golden Ticket Awards

“What makes this accolade special is the fact that Warrior stands out in a crowd of giants,” George Frantzis II, a Quassy owner said in a statement. “Most of the coasters on this list are three to four times the size of our attraction. That says a lot in terms of the experience our ride delivers.”

Wooden Warrior, which opened in 2011, placed 49th this year. See the full list here

Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 110th year.

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<![CDATA[CT LIVE!: Hartford Preservation Alliance Kitchen Tours]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:05:49 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/20180726_180544311_iOS.jpg

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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Offering Digital Lottery for $10 Boston Tickets]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:52:33 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/3-9-17-hamilton-musical-tickets-orpheum.jpg

Don't throw away your shot at scoring tickets to see 'Hamilton' in Boston for a mere $10!

Lin Manuel Miranda's award-winning production will have a two-month residency at the Boston Opera House and as done in past cities, a ticket lottery will offer theater fans the chance to see the musical for a steeply discounted price.

A total of 40 seats can be purchased for $10 with the Ham4Ham digital lottery beginning Sept. 18 through Nov. 18. Hammies can enter the lottery using the official 'Hamilton' app or by visiting the site online.

The lottery will open at 11 a.m. two days before each performance and will close at 9 a.m. a day prior. Those trying their luck will be notified whether or not they won by 11 a.m. Winners can purchase their seats for $10 online from 11:01 a.m. to 4 p.m. a day before the production. Each winner can purchase two tickets.

You longer have to feel 'Helpless' can instead enter for your chance to win. For full details on the digital lottery, click here.

<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Places to Celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day in ]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:20:41 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FrankPepe%27sPizza.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Manchester Elementary School Opens Complete With Slide]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:57:32 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/slide+pic+4.jpg

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<![CDATA[CT LIVE!: A Look Inside Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford]]> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 17:28:17 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Gouveia+1.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Spirited Sips at Disneyland Are Not Far, Far Away]]> Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:47:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ogc92384092384023fi-624x352.jpg

Like brave rebel spies attempting to determine where the First Order's secret schematics are hidden, "Star Wars" fans are poring over three words in the latest post on the Disney Parks Blog.

And those words are "libations for adults."

And the location where "libations for adults" will be served, at the Happiest Place on Earth?

Inside Oga's Cantina, inside Black Spire Outpost, inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, inside, yes, Disneyland Park, which is inside Anaheim, and not a galaxy far, far away.

The cantina element of the big reveal is full of fantasy and quirk, with accompanying artwork that speaks to a space-tastic "sip 'n sup" space that fans can expect to visit when the "Star Wars"-inspired land opens in summer 2019.

And the "libations for adults" part of the announcement, which was posted on the Disney Parks Blog on Thursday, Aug. 30, has fans chattering: Will this be the place to purchase a spirited drink, one made with alcohol, inside Disneyland Park?

Disneyland officials confirm that hunches are correct: You will be able to buy a grown-up beverage inside the world's best-known theme park, finally.

Well that "finally" is a bit soft, as alcohol is already served at Club 33 in New Orleans Square, a private club open to members and their guests.

And Disney California Adventure's Wine Country Trattoria is known for its nice vinos, while, over at Pacific Wharf, a brew buff can find a line-up of sophisticated suds.

Whatever you choose to quaff at Oga's Cantina, you can do so while listening to the musical stylings of RX-24, "... the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina's DJ."

Questions, intrigue, and mystery will continue to swirl around Oga's Cantina, like planets orbit a double sun.

After all, the establishment overseen by Oga Garra, an "intriguing alien prospector," already boasts a reputation as a "... smugglers' safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities."

Will the "unique vessels" that will hold the libations at the "notorious local watering hole" pay homage to the Cantina scene of "Star Wars IV: A New Hope"?

Will you spy patrons inside Oga's who look as though they've just rocketed in from Mos Eisley?

And will any of the drinks pay tribute to the blue Bantha milk from Tatooine, and the other sippables made famous in the film series?

Best go practice your light saber moves and wait it out, for there are more delicious reveals from Oga's Cantina, and the Happiest Place in the Solar System, still to roll out over the several months.

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<![CDATA[Six Flags Unveils New Thrill Rides Across America for 2019]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:29:52 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/204*120/SFNE+2019+Cyborg.jpg

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<![CDATA[Six Flags Great America Announces New Record-Breaking Coaster 'Maxx Force']]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:08:59 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/187*120/maxx+force+1a.jpeg

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<![CDATA[Bushnell Announces Public Sale Date for 'Hamilton']]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:29:26 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamilton_Is_Coming_to_Puerto_Rico.jpg

The national tour of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton: An American Musical" is set to make its Connecticut debut this December and tickets will be going on sale to the general public Sept. 8, The Bushnell announced Tuesday.

Customers will be able to buy tickets online starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 through The Bushnell's website.

The theater's box office will also be open that day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

'Hamilton' will be stopping in Hartford Dec. 11-30.  The tour's visit to Connecticut was announced in March 2017.

Bushnell '2018-2019 Broadway Series' members will receive tickets for the show as part of their subscription, but donors to The Bushnell will have the opportunity to buy limited additional tickets ahead of the public sale date.

The Bushnell has set up a special website with information about the show.

<![CDATA[Images: Take a Look Inside the New MGM Springfield]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:36:03 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Exterior+MGM+Springfield1.JPG On the day before the grand opening, MGM Springfield officials and city and state officials gathered on Thursday to celebrate Massachusetts' first resort casino. The $960 million hotel and casino complex spans three city blocks.

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<![CDATA[FAO Schwarz Store, and Its Iconic Piano, Returning to NYC]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:56:46 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FAO+Schwarz+Piano.jpg

FAO Schwarz is reopening in Manhattan this fall — and you could land a job dancing on its iconic piano.

The fabled toy store, which closed its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in 2015, plans to reopen at Rockefeller Center in November, the Wall Street Journal reported.

As part of the relaunch, the store plans to hire “product demonstrators, magicians… men and women playing various costumed roles, including toy soldiers,” and performers to dance on the giant piano Tom Hanks danced on in “Big,” according to the outlet.

“We’re looking for people who can deliver that sense of theater,” the chief executive of ThreeSixty Brands, which bought the FAO Schwarz brand from Toys "R" Us in 2016, told the outlet.

FAO Schwarz will start auditioning people for the roles on Sept. 8, he said.

ThreeSixty Brands also plans to open an FAO Schwarz store in China in 2018 and at LaGuardia Airport this fall, according to the Journal.

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<![CDATA[Former FBI Director Comey to Speak at UConn]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:41:39 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/James+Comey+GettyImages-953237736.jpg

Former FBI director James Comey is coming to Connecticut to speak at a forum at UConn this fall.

Comey was appointed to the position of FBI director in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama and served until 2017, when President Donald Trump fired him amid the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey is the author of “A Higher Loyalty – Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

The former FBI director will be speaking at a The Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum called “The Ethical Leader” on Monday, Oct. 15. The event, which is not open to the public, will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.

“This event will be open to all UConn students, faculty, and staff. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to members of the UConn community. A separate communication on obtaining tickets will be sent as we get closer to the event,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in her welcome back message to the school community.

Editor’s note: UConn said the event is not open the public.

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<![CDATA[The Best Labor Day Deals (and When to Go In-Store Over Online)]]> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 10:01:22 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_18142730689001-appliance-store.jpg

Labor Day weekend often sees major sales on big-ticket items like home appliances and automobiles, and NBC Better talked to some experts to help figure out the deals that are really worth it.

"If you're in the market for new kitchen gadgets and appliances, you'll find sales on refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washers and dryers," said Chelsea Hudson, a personal finance expert at TopCashback.

She also pointed out that iPhones often start to be discounted in September, which is when new versions are typically announced.

Struggling brick-and-mortar stores are likely to emphasize deals on items you can touch and feel, like clothing, said Carnegie Mellon business school marketing professor Jeffrey Galak.

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<![CDATA[Photos: 19 of the Most Valuable Cars at Sotheby's Monterey Auction]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 19:22:22 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/193*120/monterey-auction-sothebys-1962-Ferrari-250-GTO-by-Scaglietti_0.jpg In August 2014, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most valuable car ever sold at auction when it crossed the block in Monterey, California, for $38 million. That staggering record was shattered in August 2018 by another '60s-era Ferrari with the famed GTO name.

Photo Credit: Patrick Ernzen ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's]]>
<![CDATA[Jurassic Park Ride Proposal Will Leave You With a Dino-Sized Smile]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:53:35 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jurassic-propose-cover.jpg

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<![CDATA[Top Amusement Parks and Water Parks in the World: Report]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 18:16:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/IslandsOfAdventure.jpg

TripAdvisor recently released its lists of the top amusement and water parks in the world based on its users' feedback for the Travelers' Choice Awards.  Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando came in at the number one amusement park.

Here are the rankings:

Top 25 Amusement Parks - World

1. Universal's Islands of Adventure - Orlando, Florida

2. Magic Kingdom Park - Orlando, Florida

3. Le Puy du Fou - Les Epesses, France

4. Universal Studios Hollywood - Los Angeles, California

5. Universal Studios Florida - Orlando, Florida

6. Disney's Animal Kingdom - Orlando, Florida

7. Europa-Park - Rust, Germany

8. Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen, Denmark

9. The Island in Pigeon Forge - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

10. Disneyland Park - Mame-la-Vallee, France

11. SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, Florida

12. Beto Carrero World - Penha, Brazil

13. Disneyland Park - Anaheim, California

14. Disney's Hollywood Studios - Orlando, Florida

15. Disney's California Adventure Park - Anaheim, California

16. Silver Dollar City - Branson, Missouri

17. Walt Disney Studios Park - Mame-la-Vallee, France

18. Port Aventura - Salou, Spain

19. Universal Islands Singapore - Sentosa Island, Singapore

20. Hong Kong Disneyland - Hong Kong, China

21. Busch Gardens - Tampa, Florida

22. Efteling - Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands

23. Leolandia - Capriate San Gervasio, Italy

24. Paultons Park - Romsey, United Kingdom

25. Universal Studios Japan - Osaka, Japan


Top 25 Water Parks - World

1. Siam Park - Adeje, Spain

2. Waterbom Bali - Kuta, Indonesia

3. Beach Park - Aquiraz, Brazil

4. Thermas dos Laranjais - Olimpia, Brazil

5. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Orlando, Florida

6. Aquapark Istralandia - Novigrad, Croatia

7. Wild Wadi Waterpark - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8. Makadi Water World - Hurghada, Egypt

9. Eco Parque Arraial d'Ajuda - Arraial d'Ajuda, Brazil

10. WetSide Water Park - Hervey Bay, Austrailia

11. Aquatica Orlando - Orlando, Florida

12. Ramayana Water Park - Pattaya, Thailand

13. Shipwreck Island Waterpark - Panama City Beach, Florida

14. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park - Orlando, Florida

15. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari - Santa Claus, Indiana

16. Water Country USA - Williamsburg, Virginia

17. Parque Aquatico Cascaneia - Gaspar, Brazil

18. Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom - Mahahual, Mexico

19. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort - Erie, Pennsylvania

20. Hot Park - Rio Quente, Brazil

21. Black Mountain Water Park - Hua Hin, Thailand

22. SplashDown Beach Water Park - Fishkill, New York

23. Waldameer Park & Water World - Erie, Pennsylvania

24. Etnaland - Belpasso, Italy

25. Parque Aquatico Federacio - Federacion, Argentina

For the full Travelers' Choice Awards, click here.

Universal Studios is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC Connecticut.

Photo Credit: (Photo by Ken Kinzie/Universal Orlando Resort via Getty Images)]]>
<![CDATA[IMAGES: New MGM Springfield Resort Casino Opens Today]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:23:07 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/mgm+opens+6.jpg

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<![CDATA[Mohegan Sun Adds Second Justin Timberlake Show]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:40:40 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Justin+Timberlake+GettyImages-914369778.jpg

If you “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that you want to see Justin Timberlake in concert, you might be in luck.

Mohegan Sun has added a second show of “The Man of the Woods” tour in December.

Shows are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22. Both start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go for $399, $199 & $129. They are on sale now for the Friday show. Ticket sales for the Saturday show start at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.

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<![CDATA[Oakdale Offering Tickets for $25 or Less]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:33:58 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dua+Lipa+GettyImages-976681710.jpg

Live Nation is offering end-of-summer ticket deals, all in - no fees, and you can see several shows at the Oakdale in Wallingford for $20 or $25. 

The $25 or less tickets are only available at oakdale.com and the offer is good from 10 a.m. Friday, Aug 24 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Sept, 3 on select seats and while supplies last. Use the password SUMMER. 

Following are the shows you can get $25 and $20 tickets for:

  • Aug. 30: The Dickey Betts Band, Dave Mason & Steve Cropper ---- The show is postponed. Betts had what his doctors called a "mild stroke" and he is taking time to recuperate. 
  • Sept. 12: Ian Anderson presents An Evening with Jethro Tull 
  • Sept. 20: Chicago 
  • Sept. 23: Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour 
  • Sept. 29: Queen Extravaganza 
  • Sept. 30: Dua Lipa 
  • Oct: 4: The Australian Pink Floyd Show 
  • Oct. 11: Cole Swindell & Dustin Lynch 
  • Dec. 7: Maxwell: 50 Intimate Nights Tour 
  • Dec. 8: Brian Wilson - The Christmas Album Live 
  • Dec. 14: Cirque Dreams Holidaze 
  • Dec. 15: Cirque Dreams Holidaze 
  • Dec. 16: Cirque Dreams Holidaze 

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<![CDATA[Wahlburgers Announce 2019 Opening of New Location at MGM Springfield]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 18:37:50 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Mark+Wahlberg+MGM+Springfield+a.JPG

Actor and restauranteur Mark Wahlberg visited the new MGM Springfield Thursday to announce the future opening of a Wahlburgers restaurant at the new resort casino.

Wahlburgers, a popular family-run burger chain that has been profiled in an A&E reality series, is scheduled to open in late 2019 in Springfield.

“When we started this family business, our goal was to invite friends and families from around the world to enjoy great burgers together,” Mark Wahlberg said.  “We can’t wait for Wahlburgers to be a part of MGM Springfield.”

President and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield Michael Mathis said “We are incredibly excited to partner with the Wahlberg brothers to bring this fun destination to our property. The Wahlbergs are a staple in the Massachusetts community, making this restaurant the ideal addition to our resort.”

The first western Massachusetts location will be constructed at Main and Union streets.

The company's motto is "Our Family, Our Story, Our Burgers."

The only Wahlburgers currently in Connecticut is located in Trumbull.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for MGM Springfield
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<![CDATA[10 of the Quirkiest, Weirdest, Most Out-There Hotels]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:07:57 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/quirky-hotels-thumb.jpg These oddly shaped, and sometimes oddly placed, hotels are a different experience for travelers who want some thrill with their turndown service. ]]> <![CDATA[IMAGES: A Sneak Preview Inside the New MGM Springfield Resort Casino]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 11:36:58 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/MGM+Springfield+Exterior+1.JPG

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<![CDATA[Fairs and Festivals in Connecticut Underway]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:51:11 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/durham+fair+ferris+wheel.jpg

Fairs and festivals are a fall favorite in Connecticut. Whether you're there for the rides, animals, entertainment or the food, we have the list of some of the must see events coming to Connecticut. 

August Dates

August 17-19: Bridgewater Country Fair - The fair has a large variety of food tents, contests and vendors. General admission $8 Seniors (60+) $6 Children (12 and under) FREE, 3-Day pass $16

August 17-19: Hartford County 4-H Fair in Somers offers shows and exhibits, livestock shows and sale, 5K race, antique tractor pull, open horse show and much more. 

August 17-19: Hamburg Fair in Lyme offers carnival rides, food, pony rides and exhibits from farm, animal, craft, fruits, and more. General admission $7, Kids up to 12 Years FREE, Active Service Men and Woman (ID required) $5, Seniors $5

August 17-19: Wolcott Country Fair - You’ll find carnival rides, commercial vendors, entertainment, contests and more at the Wolcott Country Fair. $6 on Saturday and Sunday before 4 p.m., $8 Friday, Saturday and Sunday after 4p.m., Seniors (62+) $6, 3-day pass $19, Children accompanied by a parent (10 and under) FREE

August 18: Milford Oyster Festival 2018 offers about 40,000 oysters with 21 varieties from eight states on the East Coast. Events will be happening all over the festival grounds, all day long. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. 

August 23-26: Brooklyn Fair features dog shows, agility dog demonstrations, Little Miss/Mr. Brooklyn Fair Pageant, racing pigs and more! Adults $10, Senior (65+) $8, Military (with ID) $8, Children (12 & under) FREE

August 24 - 26: Chester Fair Admission $8, Children (12 & under) FREE, Senior $6, 3-day pass $21 

August 24-26: Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival - Admire hot air balloons high in the sky during this festival. Some balloonists will even offer rides on Friday night. 

August 24-26: Terryville Lions Club Fair Friday: General admission $8, Seniors and Active Military/ Veterans $6, Children (10 and under) FREE, Saturday & Sunday: General admission $9, Seniors and Active Military/ Veterans $7, Children (10 and under) FREE

August 31 - September 3: Haddam Neck Fair General admission $10, Military/ Senior Citizen Admission $9, Weekend pass $25, Military/Senior Citizen Weekend Pass $22, Kids under 12 are FREE

August 31 - September 3: Woodstock Fair always takes place on on Labor Day weekend and offers karaoke contests, horse shows, pizza eating contests, rides and more. General admission ticket $12, Seniors (65+) $8, Active Military with ID $8, Children (10 & under) FREE

September Dates

September 1-2: New England Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun provides dozens of food trucks, live music, entertainment, face painting, games and much more. Single day admission $5 online, $8 Day of the Event, 2-day admission 48 online only, Kids (6 and under) FREE

September 1-3: Goshen Fair is happening for its 106th year, bringing in Professional Monster Trucks, Dan's Roadhouse Country Band, fireworks and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens on Saturday only, Children (under 12) are FREE.

September 6-9: Hebron Harvest Fair will have country music duo LOCASH performing on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Thursday is Dollar Night! All admission is just $1. Friday through Sunday general admission is $13. On Friday, seniors (65+) are FREE before 4:00 p.m. $13 after 4:00 p.m. Active Military Members (with ID) are FREE, military family members and Veterans (with ID) receive a $2 discount.

September 6-9: North Haven Fair will have horse drawing contests, live performers, wrestling, a petting zoo, and more for the family to enjoy. Thursday general admission is $5, Friday, Saturday and Sunday adults $10, Children (under 12) FREE, Senior Sunday: Sunday general admission is $5 for those 65+ 

September 6-9: Wapping Fair will have live music, animal judging, entertainment, food, special attractions and more. Adults $8, Seniors (65+) $4, Military Discount (with valid ID) $4, Kids 57 inches and over $8, Kids under 57 inches are FREE. 

September 7-9 Bethlehem Fair Adult entry $9, Children (under 12) FREE, Seniors (65+) $7 Saturday and Sunday only, 3-day pass $18 

September 7-9: Ledyard Fair General admission $9, Children (under 10) FREE

September 8: 2018 Annual Jig-n-Pig BBQ Music Festival in Meriden includes various genres from two different bands and musical artists with a BBQ from Pig Rig BBQ!

September 13-16: Four Town Fair in Somers has antique and classic car shows, live performances from local musicians, animals, rides, vendors and more! General Admission Thursday: $6, Friday-Sunday: $10, Weekend pass $25. Thursday and Friday Senior Citizens $5, Kids (12 & under) FREE

September 14-16: Avon Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their 135th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention and Parade along with a carnival and food truck festival. Friday night you can ride all night for $25 (with wristband). Saturday night enjoy a professional firework display, and Sunday morning is the parade! The Connecticut State Firefighters Parade will step off at 12:00 p.m.  

September 14-16: Berlin Fair has started in 1949 and the Berlin Lions Club has put on this fair that's become the main event in the town ever since. Adults $12, Seniors (62+) $9, Children (11 and under) FREE 

September 15-16: Orange Country Fair will have musical entertainment, animals, a toddler driving contest, pig races, and a famous pancake breakfast. Friday Only FREE admission, Saturday and Sunday Adults $8, Senior Citizens $5, Children (14 and under) FREE, Active Military (with ID) $5

September 23: 53 Annual Seymour Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition as a day the community comes together to enjoy a variety of home-made craft vendors, food, music, entertainment, carnival games, rides and more. 

September 27-30: Durham Fair will have performances from Melissa Etheridge on September 28, and Scotty McCreery on September 29. Main Stage events are free with a paid fair ticket. Thursday: Admission $9, Children 11 and under, Active Military (With ID), and Attendees in Wheelchairs all FREE. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday admission: Adults $14, Children 11 and under, Active Military (with ID), and Attendees in Wheelchairs all FREE, Seniors (62+) $10 

September 29: 37 Annual Harvest Festival in Guilford will take place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. rain or shine.

October Dates

October 5-7: Harwinton Fair will have pig races, performances, rides, games, food and much more. Fair Friday admission: Adults $6, Children (12 and under) Free Saturday and Sunday admission: Adults $8, Children (12 and under) FREE

October 5-7: Portland Fair offers chainsaw carving demonstrations, a petting zoo, rides, games, and much more entertainment. Adults $10, Seniors (65+) $8, Active/Reserve Military (with valid ID) FREE

October 6-7: Garlic & Harvest Festival at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds will provide everything garlic. From cooking demonstrations, live band performances, to a wide variety of garlic specialty food vendors. Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children under 12 $1. 

October 12-14: Riverton Fair is hosting their 109th Annual fair offering exhibits, animals, vendors, food, midway rides, music and more. Admission adults $6, Children (12 and under) FREE

October 18-21: Mystic Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent feature length and short form narrative films and documentaries. Screenings will be held at Mystic Luxury Cinemas and the Mystic Noank Public Library.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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<![CDATA[See Inside: Selena Gomez Drops Asking Price of Texas Mansion]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:37:45 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/182*120/selenaTLMDPORTADA.jpg Pop star Selena Gomez has dropped the asking price of her luxurious mansion in Fort Worth, Texas, from $2.99 million to $2.7 million.]]> <![CDATA[Mohegan Sun Tweets Tribute Following Aretha Franklin's Death]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:06:10 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/aretha-respect.jpg

Following the news of Aretha Franklin's death, Mohegan Sun tweeted a tribute to the time she performed in their arena.

Aretha Franklin performed at the Mohegan Sun Arena on March 23, 2017.

In a tweet on Thursday, Mohegan Sun said, "We were honored to welcome Aretha Franklin to Mohegan Sun Arena last year. She was a true legend and will be sorely missed."

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Aretha Franklin died on Thursday at the age of 76. To take a look back on her life through photos, click here

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Blue Wine Is a Hit]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:16:45 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/blue+wine.jpg A turquoise-colored chardonnay called "Vindigo" has been a hit at a Mediterranean resort in France.]]> <![CDATA[Girl Scouts Introduce New 'Caramel Chocolate Chip' Cookie for 2019 ]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:05:54 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/200*120/girl_scout_caramel_cookie_d8e421379943ecb09ebe618e4e8331d8.fit-560w.jpg

The Girl Scouts are introducing a new cookie to the popular lineup: Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The Girl Scouts will officially begin selling the new cookie on Jan. 2 in select areas of the country.  

It's described as "Rich caramel, semisweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy cookie."

The cookie's nutrition label states there are 170 calories in three cookies.

Caramel Chocolate Chip joins Toffee-tastic, introduced in 2015, as an additional gluten-free option.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program plays a powerful role in developing financially savvy girl leaders,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl entrepreneurs learn valuable interpersonal and business skills via the cookie program that help them become successful in their future careers, no matter what path they choose. My experience selling Girl Scout Cookies taught me to be creative, enterprising, and persistent, and helped me build self-confidence and resilience. When you buy Girl Scout Cookies you are not only helping girls become business trailblazers, you’re also helping them power their Girl Scout adventures and ensuring they have access to the cutting-edge leadership experiences and opportunities that only Girl Scouts can offer.”

To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program and find out when Girl Scouts will be selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org.

Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of America]]>
<![CDATA[Dogtographer Helps Shelter Pets Unleash Their Best Features]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Spike+MSPCA.jpg

Kaylee Greer has found a way to do what she loves — and be successful.

The 33-year-old North Reading, Massachusetts, native is an internationally acclaimed canine photographer, traveling the world photographing dogs for private and commercial clients. 

Greer's talents as a dogtographer has even caught the attention of TV executives, scoring a reality show called "Pupparazzi" set to premiere on Nat Geo Wild this fall. 

Dog owners hoping Greer could capture their beloved pooch in one of her striking and whimsical photos spend two-years on a waitlist.   

However, her company Dog Breath Photography started as a pet project at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Greer was a volunteer at the shelter and would photograph the dogs.

"With my photography, it’s all about telling the story of that dog in a single image, capturing their personalities, their spirits, and their souls," she said.

She even adopted her own dog, Joshua, from the shelter. The fun-loving pit bull will also be featured in the reality show.

Greer continues to donate her time to photographing shelter dogs in need of forever homes. She said she hopes the photos help capture someone's attention and gets them to consider the dog.

"And hopefully that will then translate into them coming into the shelter and meeting the dog," she said. "And the dogs will take it from there." 

Greer's latest shelter photo subjects — Arvin, Spike and Bear — are available for adoption along with dozens of other pets at the MSPCA. For more information on how to adopt these animals, click here

Photo Credit: Dog Breath Photography]]>
<![CDATA[CT LIVE! PHOTOS: Top Lobster Rolls in Connecticut]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:19:07 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Lobster+Landing+1.JPG

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<![CDATA[CT LIVE!: Top 10 Lobster Rolls in Connecticut]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:05:22 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Captain+Scotts+Lobster+Rolls.JPG

The CT LIVE! team traveled the state in search of the top lobster roll in the Connecticut.  With lots of options to choose from, this is our Top 10.  You can't go wrong with any of these delicious choices.

10. S & P Oyster Company, Mystic

9. Lobster Shack, Branford

8. Max's Oyster Bar, West Hartford

7. 7 Seas, Milford

6. Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale, Multiple Locations


5. Lobster Hut, Milford

4. Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank

3. Ford's Lobster, Noank

2. Captain Scott's Lobster Dock, New London

1. Lobster Landing, Clinton

Photo Credit: NBC CT]]>
<![CDATA[Beach Boys to Perform at Big E]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:22:22 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mike+Love+Beach+Boys+GettyImages-655073850.jpg

The Beach Boys are heading to the area and will perform at the Big E.

The band will perform Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

It is a free show, but there will be a limited number of premium reserved seats for $29 and they will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. online. They will also be available at the Big E Box Office.

VIP packages are available at TheBeachBoys.com and MikeLove.com and do not include Fair admission.

The Big E runs from Sept. 14 to 30.

The Beach Boys will also be in Connecticut on Aug. 15 for a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Celebrity Fight]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Dog-Turned-Model Is 'Living His Best Life Ever']]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:48:36 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tuco-CTS-081218.jpg

Tuco the Japanese Mastiff mix may be a supermodel on the rise, but his life hasn’t always been glitz and glamour.

Tuco’s wags-to-riches story began in Texas at Arlington's Animal Services Center after he was found nearby, wandering the streets neglected and underweight.

"He was about 40 or 50 pounds, just skin and bones from the pictures they sent me," said Clay Hayner, who adopted Tuco last year. "You could see every bone on him."

Shelter staffers had a soft spot for Tuco, who was known for carrying his bowl around in his mouth and getting visitors to fill it with food, water and treats. After gaining some weight and recovering, Tuco was ready to be adopted.

Hayner, a professional photographer, went to the shelter in March 2017 looking for a four-legged companion, but it was Tuco who picked his two-legged comrade to take him home.

"He jumped up, gave me a big hug and he was like, 'Take me home.' I was like, 'You're the one,” said Hayner. "It just clicked. He knew what he was doing."

Tuco quickly became a focus in Hayner's photography.

"He's so easy going. He just sits there, he lets me decorate him, dress him up," Hayner said.

From a spider monkey Halloween costume to sporting hiking gear in New Mexico, and any number of hats that Tuco is able to endure, the camera seems to love the expressive pooch.

"He just lets me do whatever to him. So, anytime you get dogs in a shot — it just makes it better," Hayner said.

And advertisers agree. Tuco has been hired to model in photo shoots for clothing companies, lighting and ceiling fans, and even Hari Mari flip flops.

He will also soon be gracing the posters for Purina dog food. That modeling job came with an added bonus: extra bowls and dog food, which Hayner and Tuco decided to donate to Arlington's animal shelter.

Hayner said Tuco still carries his bowl around, “for attention” and treats.

The charismatic dog has a big social media following. His Instagram account @adventure_of_Tuco,  which showcases Tuco "living his best life ever," has made him insta-famous.

Hayner said while he has given Tuco a new lease on life, the pooch has returned the favor in an even greater way, "unconditional love."

And Tuco isn’t Hayner’s only doggie model, the photographer also donates his time to shelters, taking pictures of pets in need of forever homes to help get them adopted.

Photo Credit: Clay Hayner photography]]>
<![CDATA[CT LIVE!: Food Truck Friday - Bear's Smokehouse]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:29:54 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FTF_Bears_Smokehouse__1200x675_1297900099540.jpg

CT LIVE's Food Truck Friday concludes for the season with the last but certainly not least food truck with Bear's Smokehouse BBQ.

<![CDATA[What a Week: Buy a Slurpee, Get a Free Slurpee]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:23:36 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cap%27n+Crunch+Slurpee-horz123.jpg

Life can grow a little dull, and a bit gray, and sort of flat sometimes, but then Bring Your Own Cup Week arrives at 7-Eleven, or Free Slurpee Day, and suddenly there's a bit of flavorful sunshine breaking through the clouds.

Alas: Those events come and go, and aren't always happening, understandably. But then there's a third Slurpee-based occasion to anticipate, one that can cool down our hottest summer afternoons and warm up our dearest friendships.

Why'd we mention the friendship part? Because Buy One, Get One Free Week is all about heading to your nearest participating 7-Eleven with a pal and snagging two Slurpees for the price of one.

That's any size of Slurpee, so if you both want to go for the 32-ouncers, and have a lot of Slurpee to sip, you can.

And that's any flavor of Slurpee, so if you both want to try Cap'n Crunch Berries, the featured Slurpee flavor of the moment, go. For. It.

It's "bright blue," oh yeah, and if ever there was a time of year for drinking incredibly cold, blue-lush libations, it's summertime. Leave the yawnier beverages for the down-to-business months, aka not August.

The dates for the Buy One Get One Free Slurpee promotion? Monday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 19. You could line up a lot of buds over a lot of days for this one, so get going already.

Photo Credit: 7-Eleven]]>