Author: mchaiken

Mother, may A$AP play with danger?

by MIKE CHAIKEN THE OBSERVER Popular music long has been accompanied by a whiff of danger. Even when youngsters danced the jitterbug to the clarinet musings Glenn Miller in the 1940s, the “respectable” folks of the 1930s reeled back in…

Symphony goes for baroque

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Hartford Symphony Orchestra sounds off the first note at its performances from Jan. 18 to 20, it will be doing something unique for a major symphony. The Connecticut ensemble will be playing music…

Skater is living the Disney dream

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Disney on Ice skater Kyle Shropshire is living his Disney dream. As “Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment” makes its way across the country, the Algonquin, Ill. resident gets to play his favorite Disney…

Obituaries: Stephen Longfellow

Stephen H. Longfellow, 79, of Bristol, widower of Rowena C. (St. Pierre) Longfellow, died on Tuesday (January 1, 2019) at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.  Steve was born in East Machias, Maine on June 5, 1939 and was a son…

Kesha back to having fun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On her latest album “Rainbow,” pop singer Kesha sings “Don’t let (them) get you down” (slightly paraphrased for a family newspaper). And the New Year’s Eve performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena proved hands down…