5/29-5/31: Barbers, Princesses and Flappers

Essex landmark, The Griswold Inn is going Hawaiian.  The restaurant is joining forces with Hawaii-based Kona Brewing Co. to offer two of their medal winning beers along with some great food.

From 4-7 p.m., you can taste Kona's Longboard Island Lager and Fire Rock Pale Ale for $3 on tap, to go along with Hawaiian pulled pork sliders for just $1.

Or, for $32, you can enjoy a three-course beer tasting menu, which has an appetizer, entree and dessert, all paired with a Kona Brew. 

This one's for fans of QVC, and the Home Shopping Network (you know who you are).

Esteban is performing at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Friday.  Esteban has become successful guitarist, mostly through his work on the home shopping channels.  You may recognize him by his bolero hat and sunglasses. 

Say what you want about the infomercials, or the get-up (and you can say plenty about both), the man knows how to strum.

The show starts at 8:00, and it's free!

Fans of the '80s rejoice -- and walk like an Egyptian!!

The Bangles are back!

The power-pop princesses reunited almost 10-years ago, and now, they're coming to Northampton (I know it's a bit of a drive, but it's the weekend, and Northampton is a great town).  Susanna Hoff and sisters Vicki and Debbie Peterson are playing at the Calvin Theater at 8:00 Friday night.

It's your chance to turn the clock back and hear favorites like "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian," plus some new music from the groups more recent recordings.

The Bangles are playing with another all-female powerhouse band, Antigone Rising.

Tickets for the show are $28.50 to $38.50. 

Since we're in the Way-Back Machine, let's just keep going.

You can take a trip back to the Roaring '20s Saturday in Hartford.

Enjoy an evening of dining, cocktails, entertainment and a silent auction at The Cat's Meow at Union Station's Great Hall.  It's the Friend's of St. Jude's inaugural soirée.

The food is being catered by Hot Tomato's, and there's an open bar.  The silent auction will feature everything from sports memorabilia, spa packages, culinary experiences and much more.

Dress to impress in your best period attire.  Guys, think Fred Astaire, tuxedo and tails.  Ladies, think flapper dress, feathers and fringe.

The evening gets underway at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets cost $75 per person, or $130 for a couple.  It's all to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Click here for more info.

It may not be Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, but you can still experience the horror and humor of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" this weekend in Connecticut.

Stephen Sondheim's classic musical is being performed Saturday and Sunday at the Warner Theater in Torrington.  The show tells the macabre story of Sweeney Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder.

Saturday's show is at 8:00 p.m, and Sunday's show is at noon.  Tickets cost just $14.  Parents, this one's got some "mature" subject matter, so perhaps you should leave the little ones at home.

Finally, a personal favorite.

They may have gotten lost in the shuffle of '90s grunge as a one-hit wonder for 1994's "Possum Kingdom," but the Toadies have two hugely popular albums to their credit.

After releasing their third album last year, the band is touring once again (they even appeared at Lollapalooza last year), and are making a stop at Toad's Place Sunday Night in New Haven.

The show starts at 9:00 p.m., and tickets are just $15. 

There you have it.  Enjoy your weekend!

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