Tuesday, July 07, 2015
If you're looking for summer day trips and entertainment options that don't involve sand or a sweaty trail lined with poison ivy, you could do a lot worse than Goodspeed Opera House's "La Cage Aux Folles" or some of the area music clubs and larger venues, not to mention Hamden's Friday night series of concerts that's free and typically sastisfying.
But for big-time Las Vegas-style wows, it's impossible to beat Criss Angel's new touring show "The Supernaturalists," which recently made its debut at Foxwoods Resort Casino's Fox Theater. Angel put this whole thing together (he's a bit of an empire builder, say colleagues) and is only in the show via taped segments and a live video feed at one point from his Vegas base, where he stars nightly in a glitzy show at the Luxor.
For this show, which is at Foxwoods through July 23, Angel (left) and Foxwoods officials have been promising to revolutionize the magic ensemble experience with flash, fun, thrills, top illusions and the latest technology.
Based on Thursday's packed-house show at Foxwoods, this group is well on its way to a hit touring show. I don't have enough experience with live magic ensembles to know if it's revolutionary, but it was a fun time for ages 8 and up (some of the flash and bang of special effects could be too intense for younger kids).
Handling the larger tricks is "The Illusionist" Landon Swank (above center), an affable chap lacking the edgy appeal of Long Islander Angel but capable nonetheless. Providing the mind-blowing aspect is "The Mentalist" Banachek (South Africa, above right)), whose experience on stage shows.
Easy-on-the-eyes Krystyn (U.S., above left) has a razor blade eating act that's tough to watch; “The Escape Artist” Spencer Horsman (U.S.) does a heart-pounding Houdini escape from a container of water, “The Dog Conjuror” Johnny Dominguez (Columbia) provides a jolt of fun and delight with a well-conceived segment, “The Joker” The Great Maestro (Mexico) and his brassy assistant provide the yuks at various points,, and “The Joker” FiFi (U.S.V.I.), “The Manipulator” Stefan Vanel (France) and"The Street Magician" Adrian Vega (Spain) also make solid contributions.
Angel's stated aim of making the show move with tech and the ensemble's collaborations is basically true, and it pays dividends especially during a few segments to send the show into a higher gear.
A couple of three technical glitches (a camera-wielding showgirl who didn't know how to correct the focus on her cam for the overhead screen) and an audio dropout as Angel talked on tape about the Houdini trick) didn't manage to ruin the night for this happy crowd.
At $35 plus for tickets and good word-of-mouth, "The Supernaturalists" should keep packing them in for Foxwoods, which with this special engagement has moved beyond the tired "Legends" shows it has had for several summers.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Music Haven's “String Quartet Truck”
In conjunction with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Haven String Quartet brings classical music to the streets of New Haven with the String Quartet Truck. You already know The Cupcake Truck and The Cheese Truck, and now get to know the String Quartet Truck!
The truck stops at various locations throughout New Haven from ; for the full schedule, visit http://artidea.org/
stringquartettruck. For daily updates during the festival, visit stringquartettruck.com, facebook.com/musichavenct, or follow us on Twitter @The_SQ_Truck.
Westville Village (corner of Whalley and West Rock Avenues)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
SHRINE Asian Kitchen & Lounge at Foxwoods Resort Casino will mark the third night of special events to celebrate its seventh anniversary tonight (May 19) with DJ Steve Angello, formerly one-third of top-selling progressive house act Swedish House Mafia. SHM sold millions of records globally and became one of the top-grossing live acts in the electronic dance music genre. Now based in Los Angeles, notes publicists, Angello owns Swedish label Size Records and remains one of the most sought-after DJs and remixers on the international scene.
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From the folks at Big Night Entertainment Group, which runs four entertainment/food places at Foxwoods Resort Casino, on Friday night's festivities there:
MASHANTUCKET -- Magic icon Criss Angel (with DJ Ruckus, a cousin of Lenny Kravitz, above) hit Shrine nightclub at Foxwoods for three nights over the weekend. On Thursday night, he partied at Shrine for their Little Black Dress Party. Angel took pics with fans, handed out $100 bills to tip the staff, and made sure his whole crew had fun.
On Friday night, Criss was joined at Shrine by comedian Carlos Mencia for Rev. Run’s 50th birthday party. Rev. Run (performing in photo below) enjoyed a custom-designed birthday cake handcrafted by Chef Joe Intreiri and adorned with the Run-DMC logo. After blowing out the candles with the crowd and being showered with confetti, Run’s son Diggy Simmons premiered his new song “Ain’t ‘Bout to Do,” which features French Montana. DJ Ruckus, who is Lenny Kravitz’ cousin, DJ’d the party while Run emceed and performed some of his hits, including “It’s Tricky,” “Rock Box” and the Aerosmith collab “Walk This Way."
On Saturday night, Criss Angel was back at Shrine with his cast for Crooklyn Clan’s DJ Riz. Foxwoods CEO Felix Rappaport was among the party-goers. Criss sipped Patron with Sprite all weekend and dined all three nights at The Scorpion Bar, including one night with his mom.