Category: Good Times

Southington Observer Entertainment Section

Ariana Grande works it

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As I stood in the gargantuan line to get past the security check-point at the Mohegan Sun Arena for the March 30 Ariana Grande show, there were two teenage girls behind me talking about their…

Turning her fashion into art

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Kristin Costa showed her fashion collection at an event in Connecticut last year, her show was more walking art gallery than mobile department store. Costa’s creations would have looked more at home on the…

Kiss goes out with a bang

  by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I was a little too young for the beginning. But at least I got to see the “End of the Road” before I was too old for rock and roll (but too young to…

Discovering Blake Shelton

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One of the bonuses of being a music critic is that you get a chance to discover new music. I’m not just talking about discovering an opening act just waiting to break it big on…

Shining the light on some funny women

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Women going through the “change” aren’t typical inhabitants of today’s pop culture where the sun shines brightest on the 18 to 34 demographic. But “Menopause the Musical” redirects the spotlight to women going through, well,…

Marketing the Kiss brand

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Kiss may be known for singing “I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.” But the four-man group also can add “I wanna excel at marketing all night and branding every day.”…

Fans of ‘Rent’ can take comfort

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Although I am not a “Renthead,” one of the loyal followers of Jonathan Larson’s stage musical, I have seen “Rent” several times thanks to friends were passionate about show set in the 1990s. I saw…