12/9: Holiday Hump Day

GETTING IN THE MOOD:  It's time to start getting into the spirit of the season (if you weren't already). Head to Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, tonight for the opening night of "That Holiday Feeling:  A Holiday Cabaret!"  Once your evening begins, you'll hear the sleigh bells ringing, feel the snowflakes falling and all but smell the chestnuts roasting on an open fire. The show filled with song and dance is guaranteed to fill you with the sights and sounds of the holidays. And since it's opening night (the show runs through Dec. 19) there's even a complimentary wine and cheese tasting. That starts at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.50-$32.50.

THE UN-DEAD: He was the drummer of one of the most legendary bands of all-time. Beatle's fans, calm down. We're not talking about Ringo StarrBill Kreutzmann, was the heartbeat of the Grateful Dead from 1965-1995. Since then, he's kept the rhythm going as part of his latest band 7 Walkers, who just released their new album in November. Tonight, see the enigmatic rock band at Mohegan's Wolf Den in a free concert. The show starts at 8 p.m.

DOING THE CAN CAN: One of the most unique, most celebrated musical groups you've probably never heard of is coming to Connecticut tonight. Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform at UHart's West Hartford campus as part of the Hartt School's Chamber Music Series. Bang on a Can All-Stars is a six-person ensemble made up of a cello, piano, percussion, electric guitar, bass and clarinets. The group is known for its eclectic mix of classically inspired arrangements and their Marathon Concerts, in which they perform for hours and the audience is encouraged to come and go as they please. While this might not be a marathon, the experience promises to be one of a kind, and sound way better than six people banging on actual cans. Tickets are $30. The show starts at 7 p.m.

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