Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Truckin' with the Haven String Quartet

Don't overlook the truck, Music Haven's String Quartet truck, that is, which will be taking to the streets during the International Festival of Arts & Ideas starting this weekend. Here's a release from Music Haven, which teaches city kids to make music and works its own magic onstage or on truck:
June 13-18, 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 June 13-18; for the full schedule, visit  For daily updates during the festival, visit, or follow us on Twitter @The_SQ_Truck.
Admission: Free

Saturday, June 13, 2015
6:30-7:00 p.m.  On the New Haven Green (just before the Darlene Love concert)

Monday, June 15, 2015
12:30-1:15 p.m.  Cedar Street between Congress Ave. and York Street (near the food carts)
2:00-2:45 p.m.  Corner of York and Chapel Streets (near Yale School of Architecture)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
12:30-1:15 p.m. Westville Village (corner of Whalley and West Rock Avenues)
2:15-3:00 p.m.  Union Station

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
12:30-1:15 p.m.  Corner of Chapel and Temple Streets (next to CitySeed Downtown Farmers’ Market — Opening Day!)
2:00-2:45 p.m.  In front of Columbus Family Academy (corner of Blatchley and Grand Avenues)
3:30-4:15 p.m.  Scantlebury Park (139 Ashmun Street)

Thursday, June 18, 2015
6:00-6:45 p.m.  Broadway Parking Lot

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DJ Steve Angello at Shrine tonight

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.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Tour of Big Night Entertainment Group properties at Foxwoods

 We start with the Scorpion Bar in the busy entertainment district of Foxwoods Resort Casino. At night, dancers gyrate on a long table in center, but before that there's Mexican food and Gothic elements. One of the company's founders found the above cattle heads out West and ordered several for the bar area.
 Above right near the bar is a wheel that is spun during the evening to create a special such as $4 tacquitos or $5 chicken quesadillas.
 Another design element: Above the patio door, apparently more artistic than religious, are 100 crosses.
Chips and guacamole at the bar, which includes distinctive furniture including custom wooden stools.
 On to Red Lantern, which sits atop the dark/late-night-pounding club atmosphere (with bottle service) of the nightclub Shrine at Foxwoods. BNEG's Shrine features more "club" music where Scorpion Bar's vibe is more fun tunes (also played loud of course). Red Lantern offers Asian food and fun drinks (above, with several straws this day) and a tasty sushi sampler platter below. Mai tais are very good, and the lobster rangoon is a must.

  The High Rollers casino bowling restaurant offers a very good time, whether you order from the bar in the central lobby or get table service to one of the tony lanes. All the BNEG properties have specials depending on the day. Below, a finger food sampler sits in front of a few lush desserts as bowling takes place on the intimate lanes.
BNEG's Boston properties are Red Lantern Boston, Gem and Empire.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NHSO Pops concerts coming in Hamden, Shelton

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Criss Angel, Carlos Mencia, Rev. Run, DJ Ruckus, DJ Riz, Steve Aoki at Foxwoods last week

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.
Also on Saturday night, Big Night Entertainment Group’s Randy Greenstein dined with superstar L.A. DJ Steve Aoki at Red Lantern at Foxwoods.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ibero American Film Fest satisfies on opening night

The New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema opened Tuesday night with a large crowd and a stirring showing of the Cuban movie "Behavior" at Arts Hall in ACES Educational Center for the Arts.
The English-subtitled movie was well-written, acted and photographed, enthralling even a group of teen students from New Haven schools.
Subtitled in English, the film is the story of an pre-teen boy who cares for his drug-addicted mother by raising pigeons and fighting dogs, and who forms a close bond with his teacher (who has to fight system bureaucrats pushing her to retire).
The film festival moves to the Whitney  Humanities Center (at Wall and Church streets) through Sunday. It is free to attend.