4/16-4/18: Babs, Snoop and Beyond

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IT'S LIKE BUTTA: Three words for you, Streisand, orchestra and impersonation. Add those up and you get one helluva night at the Bushnell. Saturday night it's the Hartford Symphony POPS!  A Tribute to Barbara Streisand. The concert will feature some of the biggest hits of Bab's career, including "Don’t Rain on My Parade”, “The Music That  Makes Me Dance”, “People”, “The Way We Were”, “Yentl,” and oh, so many more performed by the symphony, vocalist Julie Budd and “Barbra” impersonator Steven Brinberg. Tickets are $30-$60. Show's at 8 p.m.

FO' SHIZZLE: He's been one of the biggest names in hip hop for more than a decade. On Sunday night, Snoop Dogg is taking the stage at Eastern Connecticut State University. The Grammy-Award winning Doggfather is the headliner of the school's Spring Concert. Tickets are $25. Show's at 7 p.m.

LOVING LILY: Since her days on Laugh-In, to her life on the stage and the big screen, Lily Tomlin has been making people double over in hysterics for decades. On Friday night, you can see what all the fuss is about at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Tomlin has won Emmy Awards, Tony Awards and even a Grammy, but she made her entertainment bones as a stand-up comedian and a writer, which is exactly what will be on display when she takes the stage. Tickets are $30-$50. Show's at 8 p.m.

I SMELL A RAT: The glory days of Hollywood/Vegas are alive again this weekend in Connecticut. The Rat Pack is Back is hitting the stage at the Jorgensen at UConn on Friday and Saturday night. The show reunites Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey in their Las Vegas habitat after "God" directs them to earth for one more show. The group, backed by The Tribute Orchestra, recreates signature songs, impromptu jokes and everything else that made them the bees knees of entertainment in "Sin City." The audience will enjoy the show in a relaxing, cozy nightclub setting with candlelit tables on the floor. Tickets are $35-$45. Show's at 8 p.m.

ALL ABOUT MOTHER NATURE: We're fast approaching the 40th Earth Day celebration, and in that very green vein, head down to New London this weekend for Connecticut College's Earth Fest 2010. There will be more than 30 different exhibits, organic food, arboretum tours, live music and much more. And it's all to raise awareness for all the things we could (and should) be doing to make our world a cleaner/greener place to call home. The party is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and if Mother Earth decides to open up the heavens and produce precipitation, the rain date is Sunday).

BLUES EXPLOSION:  From cleaning up, to celebrating trash, Jon Spencer (formerly of Pussy Galore and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) is back with his latest project, Heavy Trash. And this is a bit of a departure for the Spencer. He's teaming with NYC music vet Verta-Ray to form a rockabilly combo that takes a punk approach to roots music. Their latest tour kicks off on Saturday night at Café Nine in New Haven. Tickets are $10. Show's at 9 p.m.

PERLS OF WISDOM: Here at WYDTW, we often try to expose you (and ourselves for that matter) to somewhat lesser know acts. But it's not often we get to direct your attention to an honest to goodness living legend. Itzhak Perlman is bringing his violin to the Palace Theater in Waterbury. Perlman will be accompanied by critically acclaimed pianist Rohan De Silva. And for those who say, Classical music is for wussies and old people, think twice, and go watch an artist at work. Tickets are $55-$125. Show's at 4p.m., which gives the old people and the wussies time to make the early bird.

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