1/8-1/10: Nuns, Twain and the Blues

BUT CAN THEY FLY?:  You gotta love plays about nuns.  This weekend, head to the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury for "Nunsense."  The musical comedy tells the story of the Little Sisters of Hoboken who accidentally poison 52 fellow nuns.  In order to raise the cash for the burial, the Sisters are forced to resort to outrageous plots (and, of course, hilarity ensues).  The show opens Friday and runs through January 24.

CHANNELING TWAIN:  When he was in high school, West Lowe was introduced to the writings of Mark Twain.  That began a life-long passion for one of America's greatest writers.   While in college, Lowe decided to pursue an independent study of his literary hero, but he didn't want to write a paper.  So his professor made his final a theatrical impersonation.  Not only did he ace the course, but Lowe's been performing as Twain ever since (some 30-plus years).  What does that have to do with us?  Well, West Lowe now calls Connecticut home, and he's performing Sunday night.  "Mark Twain-An Evening of Wit and Wisdom" will be performed at Infinity Hall in Norfolk.  Tickets are $15 and $20.   8pm.

WINTER WONDERLAND:  Rock/Blues legend Johnny Winter is bringing his guitar hero status to New Haven this weekend.  Winter, who's brother is fellow musician Edgar Winter, will take the stage at Toad's Place Saturday.  The show is doubling as a CD release party for Winter's latest effort "Remember September."  Tickets for the show are $20.  Doors open at 7pm and the music begins at 8pm.
WE PREFER LUNKFEST:  It's a big weekend for football fans (especially Pats fans who have a big game Sunday afternoon).  Guys, we know you have a date with your remote, but do you have plans earlier in the day?  Why not head to West Hartford for a little brunch?  Rizzuto's is offering their Big Kitchen Brunch.  For just $20, you can enjoy a mouth-watering meal that includes the likes of smoked fish, cakes, scones, steak and eggs, French toast and even breakfast pizza.  Just enough deliciousness fill you up until it's time for beer and nachos.  11am-2:30pm.

BAR NONE:  Looking for a musical experience to liven up your weekend?  Take a trip to Norwich and the Donald L. Oat Theater Friday night to see Eight to the Bar.  The group draws their musical influences from American roots music including swing, boogie woogie, R&B, soul and Motown.  Eight to the Bar is known for their instrumentalists and sophisticated arrangements highlighted by their female vocalists.  Tickets for Friday's show are $25.  8pm. 

STRIKING:  Are lightning strikes a random act of nature or a predestined event?  That's the question that director Jennifer Baichwal aims to answer in her film "Act of God," playing at Real Art Ways in Hartford.  For the documentary, Baichwal sought out personal stories of people who were struck by lightning, from a CIA assassin to a French storm chaser.  "Act of God" captures the beauty of the skies and the lives who have had their lives forever altered by their fury.  The film opens Friday night at 7pm.

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