It’s Tim time: Tim Allen plays Foxwoods

Tim Allen (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

It’s a good time to be Tim Allen. His sitcom “Last Man Standing” was axed by ABC last year. (Was it because of the main character’s conservative leanings or because of cost and scheduling issues? You be the judge.) But then Fox picked up “Last Man...

Lee Child discusses new Jack Reacher novel, ‘Past Tense’

Author Lee Child (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Reacher finds himself digging for his family roots. What he finds is a big surprise — and, of course, more brawling.

Susan Fisher is new Mystic Museum of Art executive director

Susan Fisher (Submitted)

The Mystic Museum of Art announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors has unanimously appointed V. Susan Fisher of Taos, New Mexico, to be the museum’s next executive director. Fisher will relocate from Taos, where she served for six years as executive director and curator of the...

Will Evans celebrates new CD with show Friday at the Knick

Will Evans (Contributed)

Will Evans, the much-traveled, perennial-national-songwriting-contest-finalist and all around Good Dude, has completed his latest album. Titled "Rise," and including the incredibly infectious "Adam & Eve" as well as stellar tunes like "Olivia," "Peaceful Warrior" and "The Darkness," the...

Guitarist Jensen to record Sunday's Savoy Bookshop concert

Thor Jensen (Contributed)

Yes, we all know Robert Johnson met the Crimson Imp at a Mississippi crossroads and bartered his soul in exchange for blues greatness. Forgive me, then, if I ponder whether Thor Jensen might, under a baleful midnight moon, have lugged his guitar and a Ouija board to the Cimetiere de...

Ana Gasteyer sings at the Kate

Ana Gasteyer (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Ana Gasteyer is a comedian, as fans know from six seasons on “Saturday Night Live.” Her turns as one of the NPR “Delicious Dish” hosts and as Martha Stewart may not have hinted her singing prowess, but one of her other “SNL” characters did:...

Stage review: Poor King Kong, an ape trapped in a chicken outfit

Poor King Kong: First, taken prisoner; now trapped in a bad musical. The 2,000-pound steel and carbon fiber beast with Christiani Pitts. (Matthew Murphy)

If you're of a mind to pay 150 bucks or more to see the best Thanksgiving Day Parade float ever, have I got a show for you!

ECSO and Chorus present "Festival Italiano" Saturday in the Garde

Violist Barbara Wiggin (Courtesy Rochester School of Music)

On Saturday, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, with honey-harmony'd support from the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, presents a powerful program called "Festival Italiano." The ECSO performs under the direction of music director Toshi Shimada, while the chorus celebrates their...

Hall & Oates return to Foxwoods for Saturday concert

Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates of the rock band Hall & Oates (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Well, as a morbid but perhaps understandable bit of curiosity in this world when our heroes are getting older, I added it up. Between them, John Oates and Daryl Hall are 142 years old. Wow. That's EXACTLY the same number of hits they've had! On the Good side of the ledger, Hall &...

The versatile vocal group Windborne to dazzle at Friday Night Folk

Windborne, from left, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lauren Breunig, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan (Courtesy windborne.com)

I'm supposed to believe the bios on the vocal group Windborne's website, right? Who wrote them, George R.R. Martin? It's not enough they all sing like seraphs, or scoff at traditional close-harmony arrangements and instead have mastered all sorts of mathematically dense clusters...

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It’s that time of year to shop for that special adventurer in your life.

Rick's List — "I'd rather be ..." Edition

I'm glad I got out of the youthful habit of affixing bumper stickers to cars because, idling at stop lights behind folks who enjoy applying bumper stickers to their own vehicles, I find myself typically thinking, "Boy, THAT'S an idiot." I...

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Upcoming concerts and shows

Blake Shelton — March 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $69-$129

Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth — June 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $89.50-$250

Bob Saget — April 20 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday; $26-$51

Alan Parsons — March 2 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35

Enter the Haggis — Feb. 3 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $35