7/2-7/4: Holiday Happenings

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ENJOYING SOME BUBLE:  Sure, you may call his music adult contemporary, but he's it when it comes to modern day crooners.  Canadian Michael Buble harkens back to the likes of Sinatra and Bobby Darin, but his style is wholly his own.  Guys, you want to make that special someone smile, light some candles, and put some Buble on the turntable.  This weekend, you have three chances to see Buble, live in concert in Connecticut.  He's taking his chart topping tunes to the stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  There are shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are $85-$100. Ticketmaster just released more tickets so get them while you can.  All the showtimes are 8 p.m.

MINUS THE TONIC:  Time for a quick personal aside.  Everybody has their favorite guilty music pleasures.  You know the bands you crank up in your car, and sing along to in the shower.  Some people like Journey, some like Vanilla Ice.  For me, it's always been the Gin Blossoms.  Put on a little Hey Jealousy and I'm sunk.  It's like when Shawshank or Good Will Hunting comes on cable.  Long story short (I know, too late), the Gin Blossoms are playing a free show at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den Friday night.  The show starts at 8 p.m.

HIDE YOUR MELONS:  Oprah, Cher, Madonna.  The list of celebs that can get away with one name is short and distinguished.  And you know what, Gallagher belongs on that list (if only because nobody knows his first name).  Friday night, the watermelon-smashing comic is bringing his Sledge-o-matic to Infinity Hall in Norfolk.  But it's not just smash and laugh, Gallagher spends most of his stand-up shows lampooning the world in which we all live.  Tickets for the show are $35, $45 or $55.  No word if splash-guards cost extra.  The pulp starts flying at 8 p.m.

UP IN THE AIR:  I'll take euphamisms for $500 Alex.  Golden Globe Winner, Academy and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner is kicking off a run on the Hartford stage at TheaterWorks in a production of "High."  Turner will be joined by fellow Tony Award nominee Michael Berressee to put on the show by rising newcomer Evan Jonigkeit.  "High" tells the story of a 19-year-old drug user and his sponsor.  The show runs Friday night through August 15th.  Call 860-527-7838 for reservations.

THE SLOW BOAT TO MYSTERY:  Break the proscenium arch this weekend and get yourself into the show.  "The Band Slayed On:  A Murderous Musical Mystery Tour," will have you taking part in a whodunit Friday night on the Essex Steam Train.  As you chug down the tracks, yo'll be treated to an intriguing tale about a newly formed rock band about to start their first U.S. tour.  The band is made up of a colorful, international cast of characters.  But not all is harmonious, and soon a murderous chord is struck.  It'll cost you $45 to see who's behind the mystery.  The train leaves the station at 7 p.m.  Reservations are required.

SOMETHING'S FISHY:  It's been more than a decade since Bradley Nowell died, putting a dramatic halt to the rise of Sublime.  But that never diminished the popularity of the band.  In fact, since then, Sublime has remained a cult-favorite, spawning fierce loyalty among its fans.  Tonight in New Haven, you can see a tribute to the band.  Badfish will play all your favorites when they hit the stage at Toad's Place.  They're joined on the evening's playbill by Scotty Don't and Live Now.  Tickets are $20.  The show starts at 9 p.m.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:  If you can believe it, it's the Fourth of July this weekend.  And all across the state, people will salute the Stars and Stripes, throw some burgers on the grill and crane their necks as fireworks light up the night skies.  So enjoy your holiday, have some pasta salad for us and we'll be back for more fun and frivolity on Monday.  If you're looking for fireworks displays, click here for our complete listing.  God Bless America! 

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