Novelist Tamara Valentine reads from "What the Waves Know" Tuesday in Westerly

Rhode Island resident and author Tamara Valentine reads from her debut novel, "What the Waves Know," Tuesday in Westerly's Artists' Cooperative Gallery.

CALENDAR

BITS AND TIPS


WhiskeyFest tickets now available

Tickets are on sale now for Sun WhiskeyFest, scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Mohegan Sun.

FOOD

From the Whaler Cafe: Snowy days call for fresh, hot soup

The second semester is moving along nicely, and the learning objective for the semester has been set.

COLUMNS

A starman waiting in the sky

The week after David Bowie’s death on Jan. 10, staff at a local radio station called Studio Brussels said they, along with Belgian astronomers at MIRA Public Observatory in Grimbergen, Belgium, registered a new constellation in his honor.

Rick’s List: Boring Food-as-Entertainment edition

I suppose there are worse habits. But it’s still a bit disconcerting how many different shows we regularly devour on The Food Network.

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

The Cult — April 3 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $40, $50

Shawn Mendes — Aug. 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 6; $35

Dave Matthews Band — June 11 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at noon Feb. 19; $20.50-$85

Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, more — April 29 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $60-$100

Coldplay — July 30 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $29.50-$179.50

Brantley Gilbert — June 3 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $30.75-$55.50

Barenaked Ladies — June 25 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $37-$77

Kim Richey — April 27 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $25

DEAR ABBY

Best friend is ready for more than a simple kiss goodnight

DEAR ABBY: “Roger” and I have been seeing each other for two years. (We are both 50.)

Wedding cast of characters reflects turbulent history

DEAR ABBY: My son, “Chad,” is being married in June to “Jenny,” a girl his sister “Madison” introduced him to.

Stepson with addicted mom must learn that she is sick

DEAR ABBY: My stepson just turned 7. My husband was granted custody because the mother was declared unfit due to her drug abuse.

Parents supporting adult son are doing him no favors

DEAR ABBY: Nine years ago I married a man who has a son from a previous marriage.

Grown-up child still wonders what halted parents’ divorce

DEAR ABBY: During my childhood, my parents fought loudly and often.

Clutter of holiday decorations crushes man’s Christmas spirit

DEAR ABBY: Every December my wife virtually buries our home in Christmas decorations.

Small displays tell larger tale of late husband’s life

DEAR ABBY: My husband passed away recently and I have some items of his I’m unsure how to tastefully display to honor his memory.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - Feb. 11

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Avoid aggressive situations that have the potential to lead to an argument.