Author: mchaiken

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…

‘Hamilton:’ Is it worth the hype?

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is no doubt that “Hamilton” has become a pop culture brand name. The stage musical is a phenomenon— the stage show equivalent of Beatlemania or Taylor Swift-Mania. “Hamilton” generates a buzz far beyond the…

Dave Matthews Band shines on stage

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the world of popular music, there are often artists who are better off taking residence in a recording studio. There are also artists who do okay in the recording studio, but really shine on…