Is J.Lo out of reach? Only single seats are still available for her Saturday night, Oct. 22, appearance at Mohegan Sun Arena, but the nice lady answering the casino info line suggests you call the box office in the morning and try for pairs.
It should take some effort to see Jennifer Lopez, the ultra celeb and first woman in history to have both a No. 1 grossing film (“The Wedding Planner”) and No.1 album on Billboard (“J.Lo”) in the same week, in 2001.
This past season of “American Idol” was her first as a judge, a mission she'll re-up for in Season 11.
Her new album, “Love?” includes the single “On the Floor,” which is one of her best-selling singles ever. That's saying something for the woman who has sold more than 55 million records worldwide. The video of that single has scored several hundred million views so far.
And then there's the hit films – “Monster-In-Law” and the aforementioned WP. Lopez will co-star in the much-anticipated romantic comedy, “What to Expect When You're Expecting,” coming out on Lionsgate films in 2012.
The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $85 and $125. For information, visit the Mohegan Sun entertainment site or call 1-888-226-7711.
Kathy Griffin on the A List at Foxwoods
Kathy Griffin has a sense of humor, of course, and it shows in her laugh riot performances. But it's clear she has one about her career choices as well. She made her Broadway debut in March this year in Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, her bid to add to her Emmy and Grammy honors. She will appear at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.
Griffin's reality show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” met with immediate popularity when it first went on Bravo. It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program that first season, and won the category in its second and third seasons. In consecutive years, 2009-11, she was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. And now she's making her Tony bid. You gotta admire her pluck.
Tickets are $35-55. For information, visit the Foxwoods site or call 1-800-200-2882.
Family of Christians to Perform
Three generations of Needhams make up the band of Christian performers by the same name who will come Friday, Oct. 21, to Union Congregational Church in Vernon Rockville. This group has been touring the Northeast and offering its music to fans -- the most intense are called Nedheads – for a decade. The Needhams write many of their own songs but also deliver strong arrangements of beloved tunes by other songwriters.
Their message is focused on two things: family harmony and the word of God. “Christian music for the whole family,” their Web site proclaims.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is free, but an offering will be collected.
Scarecrows in Downtown Manchester
This time of year you see a lot of characters in downtown Manchester. And they're pretty creative. If you haven't noticed them yet, get new glasses and go to the Downtown District anytime from today through Oct. 30 for the 3rd Annual Downtown Scarecrow Festival.
The public will be asked to vote for their favorites, so look for the drop boxes in downtown businesses or “like” a favorite on Facebook. Prizes will be awarded.
Rocky Horror in Rockyville
Dammit, Janet, wouldn't it be fun to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for free at Rockville Public Library? We can go at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, and eat popcorn, also for free. The film stars Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. And this just in: on Oct. 18, for the first time, all of the songs from the movie were released together on one album, called “Absolute Treasures.”
We've already missed “Dracula,” “The Addams Family” and “Frankenstein” in the Halloween Horror Movie Fest. Let's not miss this one, a true opportunity to keep Halloween in its place – a night more about fun than fright.
For information, visit the library Web site or call 860-875-5892.
Domestic Pack Mentality, Demystified
In the modern world, aren't we all a little confused about our place in the pack? Doesn't it sometimes cause us to act out or lash out? Well, pity the poor pooch, whose hard wiring is more wolf than anything else. Well-known dog listener Pat Wright of Willington understands canine language and will answer all questions on the subject Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Hall Memorial Library in Ellington.
Wright, owner of Baywood Kennels in Willington, writes the column “Dear Abbeedog” for Horizons magazine and hosts a radio show on dog behaviors. She has studied with British trainer Jan Fennel and has met with dog listeners in Yellowstone National Park to study wolf behavior alongside knowledgeable biologists. Her research has been an eye opener to the relationship between human and domestic dog.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Registration is required, so please call the library at 860-870-3160.