4/23-4/25: Cats, Flowers and Shoes

TO THE GILLS:  Anyone else a fan of some great country music? Well, we've got the next best thing (just kidding). Twenty-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill is bringing his band to Connecticut on Friday night. An Evening with Vince Gill at the Warner Theatre in Torrington is your chance to see what made Gill one of the most successful country musicians of all time. Tickets are $49.50 to $100. 8 p.m.

MEE-YOW: It's got to be one of the strangest ideas for a stage production ever. Cats, singing and dancing on stage. But somehow it all works. "Cats," one of the world's most beloved musicals, is returning to New London this weekend, as part of a national tour. All your favorites will be on stage at the Garde Arts Center, including the Jellicle cats, Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella and Mr. Mistofflees (seriously, where did those names come from?). Tickets are $40 to $55. There are shows on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

WHO'S WHO: In the world of celebrinews (we're calling Webster's for dibs on that one), there aren't many bigger names than Mario Lopez and Perez Hilton. Pop-culture icons Lopez and Hilton are heading to Foxwoods on Saturday to sign autographed copies of their books (Lopez penned "Mud Tacos" and Hilton is behind "True Bloggywood Stories"), then dish the dirt in an exclusive Q&A.  Emilio Estefan (no, not Emilio Estevez), will also be on hand to discuss his book, "Rhythm of Success." The Q&A will be moderated by media personalities Jon Quinones and Lili Estefan. Admission is free with the purchase of a book. Happens at 3:30 p.m.

FRAYED:  With their 2005 debut, "How to Save a Life," Denver-based band The Fray jumped into the spotlight and hasn't left since. The Grammy-nominated band is bringing its picture-perfect melodies and crowd-pleasing piano to Foxwoods on Sunday night. Tickets are $40 to $60. 8 p.m.

GIT-R-DONE:  He made a name for himself on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, and parlayed that into movies, TV appearances and a catchphrase to end all southern fried catch phrases. This weekend, Larry the Cable Guy is bringing his cut off flannel shirts to the Warner Theatre in Torrington. Mr. the Cable Guy will have a pair of shows on Sunday. Tickets are $41.75.  Shows are at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

FOOTLOOSE:  Head to New Britain Friday night for an evening of art, fashion and fun.  The Fancy Footwear Party is on at the New Britain Museum of American Art as part of their Museum After Dark Party series.  Friday's fun is inspired by the current exhibition, "Ruthie Davis Shoes:  Couture, Futuristic Design."  You can enjoy the galleries, special exhibits along with plenty of drinks and dancing.  It's $15 to join the party.  8pm-11pm.

FLOWER POWER:  It's still Earth Week, so why not enjoy some of Mother Nature's more beautiful creations.  Head to the Wadsworth in Hartford by Sunday to enjoy this year's Fine Arts and Flowers event.  This year's theme is "Painting with Flowers."  And the event embodies the spirit of the sixty floral arrangements that mimic or reflect works from the museum.  It's just $13 to stop and smell the flowers.  Fine Arts and Flowers runs Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

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