10/16-10/18: Ghosts, Giant Hot Dogs and Kravitz

GHOST STORIES:  See a completely different side of Hartford's Mark Twain House & Museum Friday and Saturday nights at their Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour.  Guides will explain the haunted history of the Clemens family and share the ghostly details of chilling first-hand encounters with the unexplained.  The tour concludes in the normally off-limits area of the mansion's basement, with a telling of Mark Twain's favorite ghost story.  Tickets are $17 and going fast.  Tours start at 6, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 pm.

CHUCKING PUMPKINS:  The gourds will be flying this weekend in Bristol!  The annual Bristol Pumpkin Festival is Saturday afternoon at Roberts Orchard and Central Square in Forestville.  The festival features carved pumpkin contests, a scarecrow contests, and of course a Pumpkin Chuckin' contest (click here to see the flung fruit).  Bring your own chucker or catapult, or just bring a blanket to watch all the smashed pumpkin action.  The chuckin' happens from noon to 3 p.m., and the festival continues on until 7 p.m. (with a rain date on Sunday).  All the events are free. 


MAN VS. DOG:  Hot Dogs that is!  If you aren't aware of the show Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel, ask a friend (we highly recommend it).  The show is making a stop in Newington Friday Night, at Doogie's Restaurant.  See if Adam Richman has what it takes to take on their 16-inch Monster Hot Dog.  The show will be taping from 5 p.m. until closing.  So head out, grab a dog, and maybe you'll find yourself on TV!

SUPER:  The Fantasticks, a tale of young love, will be told at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven this weekend.  The show tells the story of Luisa and Matt, a pair of budding young lovers.  Their fathers scheme to encourage their love, and hire someone to "thwart" their romance (tricky).  The two fall hard for each other by the light of the moon.  But when can their romance survive the light of day?  Tickets are $72 . Click here for show times.

LET LOVE RULE:  Can you believe it's been 20 years since Lenny Kravitz hit the music scene with his debut album, "Let Love Rule?"  After two decades, Lenny has lost his dreads, but he's still going strong.  He's celebrating his "anniversary" with a re-release of "Let Love Rule," and a tour of intimate venues.  And Saturday night, that means the Performance Theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods.  Tickets are $35-$60.  8pm.

LOST AND NEW FOUND:  Pop-punkers New Found Glory are hitting the Toad's Place stage tonight in New Haven.  The band is getting back to their roots a bit (see "My Friends Over You") with their new album "Not Without a Fight," which was produced by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus.  Tickets are $20.  7 p.m.

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