The Weekend According to Mike October 26-28, 2012

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It’s the final Halloween weekend!

MUSIC:

Meat Loaf brings his “Hell in a Handbasket” tour to Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday 8:00pm.  Tickets are $30.  888-226-7711 or http://www.mohegansun.com

80’s stars Asia perform at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den Friday 8:00pm

Diamond Rio play the Wolf Den Saturday 8:00pm

Smooth Jazz great Spyro Gyra comes to CT Friday 8:00pm at the Ridgefield Playhouse.  203-438-5795.

Ted Vigil’s John Denver Tribute plays the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Sunday 8:00pm.

Jennifer Warnes will perform Sunday 7:00pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  Tickets $50-$55.  860-510-0473.

Leslie Uggams stars in “Harlem Meets Hartford” a benefit concert at the Wadsworth Atheneum Saturday at 7pm.  Attire is black tie.  http://www.AmistadArtandCulture.org

There is a Christian rock concert coming this Saturday at Watertown High School.  The main band is Seventh Day Slumber. Tickets are $15.00 at the door.  7:00 p.m. is the show. doors open at 6:30!

THEATER:

Penn & Teller perform at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino Friday 8:00pm.  Tickets $20-$40. http://www.Foxwoods.com

The Rocky Horror Show is at the Warner Theater in Torrington now through Saturday.  http://www.warnertheatre.org/

The Price is Right Live! plays the Toyota Oakdale in Wallingford Saturday 7:30.  http://www.LiveNation.com

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is at Hartford Stage now through November 11th! Enjoy a delightful evening of music, merriment… and murder. Set in the elegant Edwardian era, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder traces the brilliant trajectory of Monty Navarro—a charmer, seducer and avenger—on his quest for recognition and family fortune. Go to http://www.hartfordstage.org

Somethings Afoot is at the Goodspeed Opera House now through December 9th! A Musical Whodunit An old English mansion. A raging thunderstorm. Ten strangers. Murder, mystery, music and comedy abound when the guests disappear one by one – knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices. Join the fun as Miss Tweed the amateur sleuth sets out to solve the crimes…but the butler didn’t do it! http://www.goodspeed.org

Satchmo at the Waldorf is playing the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven now through November 8th! March 1971. Backstage at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Louis Armstrong, the greatest trumpet player in the world, sits in his dressing room trying to pull himself together to do one final show. Because as long as they clap, Louis will go out there and play. His mind wanders through the amazing journey of his life and his complex relationship with his manager Joe Glaser.  Join critically acclaimed actor John Douglas Thompson, described by The New York Times as one of the most compelling actors of his generation, in a tour de force performance playing both men, taking you into the minds and hearts of an American musical icon and the man behind the legend. Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission.  Go to http://longwharf.org/satchmo-waldorf

Of Mice and Men is at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford now through Sunday! “Adapted from John Steinbeck’s famous novel, Of Mice and Men follows the lives of George and Lennie, two drifters that dream of owning their own land. When their journey brings them to a ranch where they hope to earn enough money to finally buy their own property, trouble stirs and their plans must change. In this moment, George is forced to make a decision that challenges the core of human nature and morality.”  http://www.playhouseonpark.org

EVENTS:

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is open Saturdays, Sundays from 11am to 9pm now through Sunday.  From the moment you walk through the front gates, myth and merriment come alive as the legend of King Arthur unfolds before your eyes. Watch on the edge of your seat as thundering knights joust and battle on the field of honor. Cringe as fire eaters and sword swallowers ply their ancient art. Let our magicians amaze you with feats you never thought possible. Enjoy continuous, interactive entertainment throughout the day, both on-and-off stages, all included with your admission. As you wander the shire, an explosion of aromas greets you from our many food vendors. From steamy bread bowl stews to giant turkey legs to savory steak on a stick, this feast fit for a king is sure to tantalize your taste buds.  Admission $10.  Hebron Fairgrounds.  http://www.CTFaire.com

It’s Diva Friday’s at Mohegan Sun! Being a diva has never been more divine at Mohegan Sun’s Diva Fridays! Bring your girlfriends at 7 p.m.  for a glamorous night out with exclusive shopping and dining deals, fabulous festivities on the Tuscany Terrace, live entertainment and more!  Go to http://www.mohegansun.com

Hockey fans! The Whale’s next action is on home ice at the XL Center this Friday26 against the Hershey Bears.  Faceoff is 7:00 PM, and, as at all Friday home games this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers until 8:00.  Also, as a special treat, all fans at this Friday’s game will receive a voucher for a free hot dog.  The Whale also has Haunted Hockey Night Saturday at 7:00pm.  Tickets for both games at the XL Center, are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com

Executive Nissan is donating a portion of their sales to Yale New Haven Hospital in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this Sunday from 11-4 p.m. They’re located at 900 Universal Drive in North Haven. Go to http://www.executivenissan.com Call 888-465-2066

The Farmington chapter of UNICO Pasta Dinner is on Sunday from 1 P.M. – 7 P.M., at Irving A. Robbins Middle School, 20 Wolf Pit Road, Farmington.  Pasta, meatballs, bread, salad,Italian Ice, lemonade, coffee.  Adults: $10, Children 6-12: $5, under 5: Free.

HALLOWEEN/FALL HAPPENINGS:

Fall-O-Ween Fest is on Saturday from 11am – 4pm at the Mystic Aquarium. Artists from Maniac Pumpkin Carvers will amaze you with their creative pumpkin carvings. A master magician Zack Ivins will put on his aquarium themed magic shows. The sea lions will perform their exciting new talents while divers do underwater pumpkin carving. Scavenger hunts and other fall activities will be offered to enjoy as well as a costume contest you may choose to enter with great prizes.  Also on Saturday 11am to 2pm meet Marvel Super Heroes Spiderman, Thor & Iron Man with “Operation Green”.  The Green Goblin will offer a 45 minute presentation on pollution and ways to help our environment!  For more information call 860-572-5955 or visit http://www.mysticaquarium.org.

Join the fun as Major League Baseball’s greatest rivalry comes to life at the Yankees vs. Red Sox Corn Maze at Lyman Orchard in Middlefield. Did you know that 1903 was the year these two teams took to the field to play their very first game? Put your baseball trivia knowledge to the test as you answer questions while you journey through two miles of twisting pathways and towering cornstalks (open Wednesday – Sunday).

The Wee Fairie Village is at the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  Over 30 Artists have transformed the 11 acres into a magical land of fairies!  Mon-Sat 10a-5p.  Sun 11a-5p.  Adults $14.  Seniors $13.  Children 12 and under free. wwwflorencegriswoldmuseum.org

“King Tut – The Boy King” has opened at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford.  Tue – Sat 9a-4p and Sun 11a-4p.  Adults $14.75.  Children 2-12 and Seniors are $13.75.  Children under 2 free.  Admission includes a non-premium Plantetarium Show.  http://www.thechildrensmuseumct.org

Haunted Theater at Parkcade Cinemas, 416 Middle Turnpike West, Manchester.  $7 Adults.  $5 Children 11 & younger and Seniors.  http://www.parkcadecinemas.com

2 Horror Classics return to the big screen with Live Organ Music!!   “The Phantom of the Opera” from 1925 is showing Friday 8:00pm at the First Congregational Church of Madison. Admission is $10 and includes free popcorn!  203-245-5736.  “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” from 1920 is showing Saturday 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Church in South Glastonbury.  Costumes are encouraged.  Non-perishable food will be collected.  Admission is $10.  860-633-5057.

Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce is open Fri, Sat, and Sun October 5th – 28th.  Gates open at 5pm with the Graveyard Walk beginning at dusk.  Admission is $22 – $16 depending on age and activities.  http://www.lakecompounce.com

Fright Fest at Six Flags New England is also open weekends.  Go to http://www.sixflagsnewengland.com

The Haunted Isle At The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven is on Friday and Saturday from 7 – 10 PM. $10, $15 for express pass.  “The Haunted Isle is rated S “spooky” and is recommended for adults and mature children that do not have any health issues! Be sure that you wear good walking shoes as the Isle is a wooded path with many twists and turns.”  Go to http://www.hauntedisle.org

Start your terrifying tour at the Trail of Terror in Wallingford on Friday through Sunday evenings. Definitely not for the ill of heart! You may want to take a trusted friend with you as you walk through acres of haunted forest discovering if the Aduro family’s secret “Recipe” has been used again.

Rails to the Darkside at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor will feature rides Friday and Saturday evenings. It is told that museum volunteers wondered why operations of the trolley always ended before dusk during the weeks leading to Halloween. After some research, they discovered that a cemetery was relocated with the construction of the Hartford & Springfield line to Rockville and a number of trolleys have been recorded to return empty. Do you dare to take a ride on the darkside to find out if the spirits are still angered?

18 holes of Haunted Mini-Golf awaits you at Farmington Minature Golf on Route 4 in Farmington Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, and Sunday 11am-8pm!

If haunted houses and ghost hunting isn’t your thing, enjoy the Evening Halloween Zip Line Tour at the EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center in Middletown. Take a freaky ride through the pitch black Laurel Brook Forest. Halloween sound effects, music, costumes, light effects and more will be used to enhance the experience as you travel along five zip lines and two creaky, unstable suspension bridges.

The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is opened in Bristol. If you’re a horror movie fan, you won’t want to miss this exhibit opened evenings through the month of October. Check out the wax museum style tribute to the classic horror films of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Vincent Price and the artistry of the makeup in these vintage thrillers. Due to the accuracy of the figures the exhibit is not recommended for children under 6.  Call (860) 583-8306

There are Haunted Hay Rides at Fairview Tree Farm in Shelton.  Join in for a spooktacular time! Bundle up and tour the haunted farm on hay wagons for a creepy one and a half mile ride through spookified trails. If you haven’t lost your appetite, warm up in the heated barn and enjoy refreshments including hot dogs, hot chocolate, popcorn, candy, soda and more. The four generation family owned farm has added a new haunted walking tour on Sunday evenings. Hay rides operate on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call  (203) 944-9090

Mohegan Sun has lots of Halloween treats this weekend!  See the original Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Cabaret Theater Friday at midnight!  Saturday it’s Moonlight Masquerade in the VISTA lounge or a Costume Party at 9:00 at Todd English’s Tuscany!

The CT Science Center in Hartford celebrates Saturday and Sunday with Spooktacular Science with trick or treating and tons of kids activities each day with admission.  http://www.CTScienceCenter.org

“Halloween Haunted Habitat: Science Gone Wild.” This annual, family-friendly haunted house, held at the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center (156 Prospect St., Wethersfield, CT 06109), provides spooky and educational fun for children of all ages. The haunted house will be open Friday, October 26th from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 27th from 1-8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 28th from 1-6 p.m. Admission is $4 per person and games cost 50 cents each. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center. For more information contact the Nature Center at 860-529-3075 or visit the Friends’ website, www.friendsofebwnaturecenter.org, or Facebook page.

Saturday from 6:30-8:30pm come to the Haunted Whitman Inne, where ghosts, ghouls, and gruesome figures lurk around every corner! If you stay for the night you might not survive! Ages 10 or Older. Admission: One canned good + $5 Members; $8 Non-members. Registration is required- Canned goods to benefit Halloween Against Hunger, a campaign for the Farmington Food Bank.  Call- 860-677-9222 Ext. 302

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