Comic Iliza Shlesinger performs Friday at Mohegan Sun


Behind her "Freezing Hot" video special, standup comic Iliza Shlesinger performs Friday at Mohegan Sun

CALENDAR

BITS AND TIPS


Libraries offer kid-friendly activities Saturday

Take You Child to the Library Day is now marking its fifth year. Nadine Lipman, who was head of children's services at Waterford Public Library before retiring, originated the idea, and it's flourished ever since.


Def Leppard cancels rest of tour, including Mohegan Sun show

Def Leppard has postponed the band’s remaining dates on its Winter 2016 tour due to illness. All shows through Feb. 17, including Mohegan Sun Arena’s Feb. 13 concert, will be rescheduled. Details on new dates will be announced soon.


Vintage Flea Market extended two months

The indoor Vintage Flea Market at Stonington’s Velvet Mill is being extended an additional two months and will continue until April 30.

COLUMNS

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.

Ready for redpolls?

In the far north, beyond the Canadian Shield, at the very top of the earth there is a small bird whose numbers are in the millions and whose presence defines the open forests of spruce, birch and alder.

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

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.

Visits to mother-in-law feel like stepping into a fight ring

DEAR ABBY: I am dreading an upcoming trip that includes a visit to my husband’s mother, “Harriet.”

Woman on egg donor registry need not volunteer her status

DEAR ABBY: I recently decided that I wanted to help an infertile couple conceive by becoming an egg donor.

Neighbors’ neglected dog is causing a big stink

DEAR ABBY: We recently bought a new home and have discovered that our elderly neighbors are caring for their grandson’s dog.

Gay father must find way to share son’s parenting

DEAR ABBY: My friend “Steve” is in his mid-20s and became a father a few months ago.

Dad’s ragged appearance may follow him to the grave

DEAR ABBY: My father is 80. In his prime he was a businessman with lots of contacts.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - Feb. 6

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Listen, but don’t divulge information that can be used against you.