Drag's transformative power reaches New London

Harry Cruz, 23, of Waterford checks his wig in the mirror in the dressing room of O'Neill's Brass Rail in New London on Friday, July 20, 2018, while preparing to perform as his drag persona, Bella Daleadho. (Tim Cook/The Day)

It’s midnight at O’Neill’s Brass Rail in New London, and wigs are flying.

How beavers can save the world from environmental ruin

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

Subtitled "The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter," the book shows the many contributions of this oily-coated rodent.

A novel that's a lot like life: Jumbled and challenging and wonderfully real

Conscience

Alice Mattison's new novel wrestles with the irreducibly complex demands of having a conscience in an age of political depravity.

Album reviews: Internet, Wiz Khalifa, Ben Vaughn

Wiz Khalifa's “Rolling Papers 2” (Taylor Gang/Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa “Rolling Papers 2” (Taylor Gang/Atlantic ***) Anyone paying attention to Wiz Khalifa as of late recognizes that that the usually lanky Pittsburgh-born rapper (and ex-husband to Philly’s Amber Rose) has put meat on his bones. The same sort of...

'Know.’ review: Jason Mraz accentuates the positive, maybe a bit too much

Jason Mraz, Atlantic (DBK Soundbites label:Know)

JASON MRAZ “Know.” BOTTOM LINE: Accentuating the positive, maybe a bit too much. Jason Mraz usually likes to take risks, but on his new album, “Know.” (Atlantic), he keeps them to a minimum. Instead, Mraz focuses on delivering as many warm and...

A new take on an iconic character: Suzanne Wingrove brings her vision to Shakespeare’s Falstaff

From left, Aimee Blanchette as Mistress Page, Suzanne Wingrove as Falstaff and Danielle Mcguire as Mistress Ford in Flock Theatre's production of

When Suzanne Wingrove auditioned for the role of Falstaff, the Shakespearean character best known for his comical role in “Henry IV” Part I and II and as the swindling, overweight rascal from “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” she remembers she “hoped more than...

Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to '80s country

Shooter Jennings (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

As the son of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings could never escape his country roots

Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her death

In this July 8, 2012 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File)

Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday

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Rick's List — Prime Hallmark Channel Season(s) Draweth Night edition

There are a lot of things I don't understand, and modern technology is at the top of the festering heap of my ignorance. So I had no idea what a friend was talking about last week when she explained that, returning home after a long vacation in...

Into each life some rain must fall, usually when you least want it

While paddling back to my car last Sunday after joining dozens of other boats at the annual Niantic River Kayak Regatta, I silently thanked the weather gods for holding off on threatened thunderstorms.

BIG TICKET

Lindsey Buckingham — Nov. 29, Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Sat.; $55-$300

Tony Bennett — Oct. 4, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45.75-$65.75

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 — Oct. 14, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29-$49

Jim Gaffigan — Feb. 22 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$135

Kevin Hart — Sept. 28, Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday; $65-$135

The Bouncing Souls — Oct. 20, Webster Theater, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $27.50-$30

Glenn Hughes — Aug. 28, Space Ballroom, Hamden; tickets on sale now; $40-$45



Lindsey Buckingham — Nov. 29, Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Sat.; $55-$300

Tony Bennett — Oct. 4, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45.75-$65.75

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 — Oct. 14, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29-$49

Jim Gaffigan — Feb. 22 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$135

Kevin Hart — Sept. 28, Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday; $65-$135

The Bouncing Souls — Oct. 20, Webster Theater, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $27.50-$30

Glenn Hughes — Aug. 28, Space Ballroom, Hamden; tickets on sale now; $40-$45