12/3-12/5: Catch the Spirit

STORIES FROM THE SEA:  You watch them every week and wonder, "Could I do that?" or "Just how crazy do you have to be to do this job?"  Friday night, all your questions will be answered.  Though we think the answers are "No" and "Very."  Captain Sig, and the Hillstrand Brothers, stars of Deadliest Catch are in Connecticut.  The captains will swap stories from the Bering Sea in a rare, live interactive event at the Warner Theatre in Torrington.  You'll be able to hear their stories from the Northwestern and the Time Bandit, view never-before-seen video and take part in a Q&A with the captains.  Tickets for the show are $9.50-$39.50.  Or, you can pay $75, and be part of a VIP meet-and-greet.  The show starts at 8 p.m.

WEEKEND LAUGHS:  With the Holidays upon us, why not give yourself the gift of guffaw this weekend.  The following are a quartet of comedic offerings for your chuckling pleasure.  FYI, most of these shows have some adult themes, so leave the little ones at home in front of Rudolph or something.   

The one-and-only Jerry Seinfeld kicks things off.  We really shouldn't have to tell you who Seinfeld is, seeing as how he had the most popular sit-com in the past 20 years.   Since the show about nothing faded into syndication, Seinfeld has been traveling the world doing what he's loved most.  No, not eating mulligatawny.  We're talking Stand-up.   Friday and Saturday night, you can see him perform with special guest Larry Miller at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods.  The shows start at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $82.50-$150.

The man dubbed the "drinking man's comedian" is coming to Connecticut this weekend.  Saturday night, see Kevin Downey, Jr. at the Bridge St. Live Theater in Collinsville.  Downey, Jr.'s twisted writing and performing style has earned him a cult following across the country.  He's become part of the NYC Underground Comedy Tour, an Armed Forces Entertainment comedy show, entertaining troops around the world.  He's also the author of Drinking on $11 a Night, a column about dive bars across the country.  Tickets for his 8 p.m. show are $15-$25.

Looking for a little holiday-inspired humor?  Make your way to Playhouse on Park Friday and Saturday night.  Bob Gautreau will put on his show, "It’s the Most Horrible Time of the Year.”  The comic/impressionist will spoof everything that's great and frustrating about the Holidays.  He'll use the season to send up celebrities like Jimmy Durante, Barbara Streisand, Richard Simmons, Robert DeNiro, Martha Stewart more.  Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $15. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town meets CSI this weekend at the Shubert in New Haven.  Sister's Christmas Catechism will be on stage Friday-Sunday.  In the hilarious holiday mystery extravaganza, "Forensic Files goes to Bethlehem" as Sister takes on the mystery of whatever happened to the Magi's gold?  The show puts a humorous spin on the retelling of the nativity, using scientific tools, a local choir and audience members.  Tickets are $25-$38.

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON:  OK, we've given you the comedy, now it's time for the music.  Read on to see all the different holiday themed concerts going on this weekend. 

One of the classic, must see concerts every hear is the Boston Pops Holiday Show and their signature "Sleighride."  This weekend, the best-known, most-recorded and possibly most popular orchestra in the U.S. is coming to Connecticut.  The orchestra will play Saturday night at the Jorgensen at UConn.  Now in its 125th year the Pops performs all the holiday classics, mixed in with some modern tunes thrown in.  Plus, there's a visit from a "right jolly old elf!"  Tickets are $30-$60.  The show starts at 8 p.m.

There's more of a rock/pop slant at the Oakdale Friday night.  96.5 TIC is putting on their All Star Christmas Concert.  Head out to Wallingford to enjoy the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Sara Bareilles, Kris Allen, Guster and Christina Perri.  Tickets for the 7 p.m. show start at $19.50.

ONE MORE FOR THE SHOW:  Okay, this isn't an event you're going to be able to go to, unless you buy a plane ticket to Tampa.  But being as superstitiuos as we are here at WYDT, we had to include the UConn-South Florida game.  Since the Huskies are now three for three since we started including them in this particular space, we're taking the credit for their success.  We're not going to say what could happen if they win (being superstitious and all), but just know that it's important you find yourself in front of a TV tomorrow night. 

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