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Past articles by Patrick:

Disney on Ice’s ‘Worlds of Wonder’ will revved up ‘Cars’ fans

Get set for a thrilling road trip as Disney on Ice's "Worlds of Wonder" showcases Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney Pixar's "Cars" performing thrilling stunts on the frozen surface of Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, followed by a stop at the XL Center in Hartford. The show also features three other Disney stories: Ariel from "The Little Mermaid"; Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie… → Read More

‘American Idol’ winner David Cook brings acoustic tour to Ridgefield Playhouse

Rock singer-songwriter and Season 7 "American Idol" winner David Cook is stopping in Ridgefield on an acoustic tour in support of his latest release, the six-song EP "Chromance." Cook will be joined by another guitarist and a beatbox percussionist at the Ridgefield Playhouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, with Matt Hires as the opening act. Besides releasing new music this year, Cook, 35, also did two… → Read More

Kayla Blood saddles up El Toro Loco for Monster Jam at Webster Bank Arena

Monster trucks will be tearing up the dirt track when Monster Jam marks its 10th anniversary in Bridgeport at the Webster Bank Arena Friday, Oct. 26-Sunday, Oct. 28. Monster Jam is known as one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. In Bridgeport, that means two women drivers - Kayla Blood with El Toro Loco… → Read More

Comedian Bill Burr coming to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena

Sure Bill Burr understands why some people might consider him a rageaholic from his rant-filled routines, but he actually sees himself quite differently. The comedian - Rolling Stone last year ranked him 17th on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time - set the record straight about the tone of his pointed social critiques when he called in to talk about his appearance at… → Read More

Bridgeport’s Stress Factory Comedy Club destination for ‘Cash Cab’ host Ben Bailey

Comedian Ben Bailey, host of Discovery Channel's "Cash Cab," is bringing his stand-up act to Bridgeport for four shows over two nights. Bailey, 47, was performing stand-up long before he's was selected host of the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning program, in which he drives initially unsuspecting passengers to their destination while answering increasingly difficult trivia questions for cash.… → Read More

Norwalk Oyster Festival’s 41st edition is special for organizers

The Norwalk Seaport Association is throwing its annual three-day beach party of food, fun and entertainment, as the Norwalk Oyster Festival returns for its 41st edition this weekend. "This is the last big thing of the summer, so we hope everybody comes out and enjoys a good family fun weekend," said festival chairman Mike Reilly. "Come out and join our big beach party." Running at the 35-acre… → Read More

Institute for American Indian Studies rebuilding replicated Algonkian village

Visitors can step back in time as the The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Conn., begins rebuilding its 16th-century replicated Algonkian village. On Saturday, Aug. 25, the public is invited to join Griffin Kalin, a primitive technologist and educator at the village site on the institute's grounds for the project's unofficial kickoff. Kalin will discuss the science and… → Read More

Photographers invited to shoot vintage trolley cars at Shore Line Trolley Museum

Photography buffs of all skill levels are invited to pursue the ideal shot when the Shore Line Trolley Museum hosts its annual Photographer's Night Saturday, Aug. 25. The nonprofit museum will be rolling out several refurbished photogenic trolley cars into its carbarn-yard on the East Haven/Branford line, as well as along its 1 1/2-mile rail line through the Branford's Land Trust salt marsh. The… → Read More

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star Brett Dalton in ‘The Understudy’ at Westport Country Playhouse

The casting seems perfect for the Westport Country Playhouse's upcoming production of the recent off-Broadway hit "The Understudy," a backstage comedy about a Hollywood action star rehearsing for a role on Broadway amid tensions with his understudy. Besides Connecticut Critics Circle Award-winner Eric Bryant and award-winning actress Andrea Syglowski, the three-person cast also features Brett… → Read More

Favorities, surprises await at SoNo Arts Festival

After last year's successful return following a one-year hiatus, the 40-something SoNo Arts Festival is back again and organizers are promising an expanded celebration this time out. "Last year was a starting year and this year is a building year," event director Sue Brown Gordan said in a phone chat. "There are going to be a lot of surprises, as well as things people have come to expect, like… → Read More

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk turns 30 with fun events, discounted admission

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is throwing a party to mark its 30 years of celebrating marine life along Long Island Sound. In addition to a day of bonus activities on Saturday, July 21, the aquarium is offering "1988 throwback" discounted admission pricing both weekend days. For Saturday's party, guests can enjoy events throughout the day, including a DJ, strolling entertainers, a photo booth… → Read More

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ to tell dreamy, uplifting story at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena

Cirque du Soleil's latest arena production promises audiences an uplifting experience in more ways than one when it stops in Bridgeport for seven performances. While "Corteo" is like many previous Cirque arena shows, emphasizing high-flying acrobatic spectacle and a variety of acts, this production also stresses a narrative - the life story of Mauro, a clown who appears to be dreaming of his own… → Read More

Curtain Call’s ‘Hamlet’ coming to Sterling Farms complex

"Hamlet" is Shakespeare's longest play, but the focus of an outdoor community theater production coming to Stamford is on brevity. Still, despite the trims to the book, audiences attending the Curtain Call's Shakespeare on the Green presentation running Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 22, can count on hearing all the classic lines, including "Brevity is the soul of wit," in a traditional… → Read More

‘Grease’ is the word at Ivoryton Playhouse

"Grease" might be straight out of the 1950s, but the new production at Ivoryton Playhouse definitely skewers more modern and even a tad grittier than audiences are used to seeing. Expect duck-tails and bobby-socks, of course, but this first-time staging of the classic musical at the venerable theater boasts a younger, mixed-race cast, as well as gang members who skewer closer to the Chicago… → Read More

Storytime Trolleys for families at Connecticut Trolley Museum

Families can now hop aboard a vintage trolley car, listen to a story about trolleys or trains, and then head off on an adventure of their own along the rails. Every Monday morning through the summer, the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor is hosting Storytime Trolleys - a program that began last year that includes a reading inside a stationary historic trolley, followed by a 20-minute… → Read More

Stamford Avon hosts its annual ‘Jaws’ summer screening

"Jaws" sent waves of fear through the cultural surf when the film, with its ominous musical theme, hit the big screen in 1975, as it seemed suddenly everyone thought twice about taking an ocean dip, fearing the bite of a 20-foot Great White. Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, director Steven Spielberg's shark saga set on ficitional Amity Island about attacks leading up to the influx… → Read More

WoodenBoat Show returns to Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is expecting the largest gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts from throughout New England Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, for its 27th annual WoodenBoat Show. Hosted in a partnership with WoodenBoat Publications, the event will feature more than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type, from hand-crafted kayaks to mahogany runabouts, to classic… → Read More

Marc Broussard brings bayou-soul sound to FTC Warehouse

Swamp-blues rocker Marc Broussard is bringing his bayou-soul sound to the Fairfield Theatre Company. The Louisiana native blends a variety of influences, ranging from Otis Redding-type soul and R&B to John Hiatt and Dr. John's funk and blues. "His voice is as rugged as an old truck driving through the gritty dirt of the Louisiana Bayou, however, he has the control to put R&B vocals right in… → Read More