LAYING THE SMACKDOWN: Tonight, from the top rope with a chair, it's the WWE. OH THE HUMANITY!!!! See all your favorite heels and heroes (do they still call them that?) when Smackdown stops at Mohegan Sun Arena. Superstars like The Undertaker (he's still alive?), Batista (his biceps haven't exploded?), Rey Mysterio (always loved his masks) and Edge are scheduled to perform. So pack your posters, and your willing suspension of disbelief and get ready for a night of "sports" entertainment. Tickets are $20-$70. Show's at 6:45 p.m.
SONGS OF THE SOUTH (PACIFIC): Starting tonight you can see Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific on stage in Connecticut. The show is starting a run at the Bushnell. "South Pacific" is the Tony Award-winning musical that tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices (with some great melodies and harmonies). The classic score includes songs like "Some Enchanted Evening", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" and "There's Nothin' Like a Dame." Tickets are $15-$82. Click here for show times.
SECRETS FROM THE RHINE: Sticking with the WWII theme, but taking a hard left turn toward the serious, head to Quinnipiac University tonight. That's where state archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni will discuss "The Death and Remains of Adolf Hitler." And as we like to say here at WYDT, nothing says good times like a good long chat about murderous dictators. Mr. Bellantoni will tackle the widely accepted story that Hitler killed himself with a gunshot and cyanide. But at the end of the war, there were reports from Soviet Secrecy that he might have escaped Berlin. And since the collapse of the Soviet Union, there have been records found telling the story of Hitler's last days, including the interrogation of Germans occupying the Füehrerbunker, the recovery of the bodies of Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, and, then a year later, the discovery of a cranial vault fragment with a bullet wound. The History Channel actually sent Bellantoni to Europe to conduct archaeological research, and tonight, he'll share those results, and what he makes of the complex mystery. The lecture is free and open to the public. Event runs from 4 to 6 p.m.