CarLeans, Jim Carpenter aim for the future with new albums, a tour

A party celebrating the release of two new Jim Carpenter projects, his "Poor Girl's Dream" solo album and the debut "Drowning Moon" from a new trio, The CarLeans, featuring Sarah MacLean and Corina Malbaurn, takes place tonight a the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford.

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BITS AND TIPS

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.

BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

Kenney Chesney — May 13 and 14 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 12; $95, $125

Nick Cannon and Howie Mandel — April 9 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 12; $35, $55

Lady Antebellum — Aug. 12 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 12; $75-$150

Tony Bennett — April 1 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 15; $39, $59

Rob Schneider — Oct. 8 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $32

Halsey — Aug. 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $30

Judy Collins — June 17 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $75, $78

Loudon Wainwright — April 21 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $37

Dead & Company — June 28 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 13; $40-$149.50

Ray Lamontagne — June 24 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. March 4; $29.50-$69.50

DEAR ABBY

Teen’s heart aches for young cousin in midst of melodrama

DEAR ABBY: I am 18 and in my sophomore year of college.

Parenting at ex’s house is an issue for new wife

DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced father who has recently remarried.

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.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - Feb. 13

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Get things done and dodge complaints.