By Mike Stacy

The Weekend According to Mike is brought to you by:

Green Pasture Meats of Vermont – now accepting pre-orders for fresh Saint Patrick’s Day corned beef brisket, hand cut and brined by master butchers.   Stop by The Farm Store at Maple Hill Farms on Bloomfield on Saturday between 9am-noon to browse this week’s Vermont raised meat offerings and to reserve your corned beef for St. Patty’s Day!   Green Pasture Meats.



Ariana Grande performs Friday night 7:30pm at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Tickets $59.95-$129.95. or 860-226-7711.

It’s great Jazz at Infinity Hall in Hartford all weekend:  Friday features guitarist Bernie Williams at 8:30pm – Tickets $60-$80… Saturday at 8pm it’s Maceo Parker   – Tickets $49-$74 and Sunday at 7:30pm Keiko Matsui – Tickets $39-$64… 866-666-6306 or

At Foxwoods enjoy Ashanti & Ja Rule Friday 8pm in the Fox Theater.  Tickets $55-$70.  Rascal Flatts takes the stage at the Grand Theater Friday 8pm.  Tickets $75-$150.  KC & the Sunshine Band play the Fox Theater Sunday 7pm.  Tickets $55.  You can also enjoy FREE SHOWS at the Atrium Bar.   Friday at 8pm it’s Morris Day & the Time.  Saturday it’s Taylor Dayne at 8pm!  or 800-200-2882.

The Beatles: A Magical History Tour stops at the Great Cedar Exhibition Hall at Foxwoods through February 5, 2017. See the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Tickets Adults $15.95, Seniors & Vets $13.95 and Children 6-18 $10.95. or 1-800-200-2882.


“The Book of Mormon” is back at the Bushnell in Hartford through Sunday.   Tickets $36.50-$122.50.  860-987-5900 or

Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten” plays Playhouse on Park in West Hartford through March 5th.  Tickets $30-$40. 860-523-5900 or

“Sunset Baby” by Dominique Morisseau ends Sunday at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $65, $15 for student rush seats.

“The Seven Year Itch” begins a run at the CT Cabaret Theater in Berlin and runs through March 18th.  Tickets $30. or 860-829-1248.

“George & Gracie: The Early Years” is a nostalgic look back at the Husband and Wife comedy team at Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury now through March 5th.  Tickets $39-$57. or 203-757-4676.

Jay Pharoah (former SNL Cast Member) brings laughs to Hartford Funny Bone Comedy Club in Manchester Friday and Saturday at 7:30 & 10pm.  Tickets $23. or 860-432-8600.


The world famous Harlem Globetrotters stop at the XL Center Saturday at 2 & 7pm.  Tickets $20-$103.  A Magic Pass ($22) allows you on the court before the game to take selfies, learn tricks and meet the players.

Dream of being an Architect or Marine Biologist?  Head to Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium Saturday through Monday for LEGO weekend.  Lego Experts build the ocean.  You provide the creatures (with expert help) for $5.  Choose a jellyfish, shark, sting ray, turtle and more!  Admission also required.

Take in a little circus… Isaac Newton’s Little Apple Circus comes to the Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown Saturday at 2pm for a 50 minute performance.  Tickets $10 Adults, $5 Kids, $20 per family.

It’s Craft Sippin’ in New Britain at the New Britain Museum of American Art Friday beginning at 6pm.  Taste offerings from local and national breweries, enjoy live music and purchase treats from Whey Station, NoRa Cupcakes and more!  $35 ($30 for museum members) 860-229-0257 or

Mount Southington hosts it’s Winter Carnival and Cardboard Box Race Saturday.   Register your creation by 11am.  Decorated boxes judged at 3pm.  Racing begins at 4pm.  Food, face painting and entertainment too!

Tropical Sunsation Week kicks off Saturday at Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration.  Enjoy live music, hula lessons, a beach party, colorful crafts and more!  Free to Aquarium Members or with admission. or 860-572-5955.

See the Wolf Pack skate Sunday vs. the Thunderbirds at 5pm at XL Center in Hartford.  Tickets $10-$47.

The Connecticut River Museum in Essex hosts its 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show Saturday through Monday. Check out more trains and scenery than ever before including a 26 operational model train layout with a scavenger hunt. There is also an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddlers! Adult Admission is $10, $8 for Seniors, $6 for children 6-12.

Take a spin on the Bushnell Carousel at Bushnell Park in Harford for just $1. Friday, Saturday and Sundays 11am to 5pm. The Carousel is heated for the cooler season! 860-585-5411 or

Green Pasture Meats are now available at Maple Hill Farms, 12 Burr Road in Bloomfield Saturdays 9 – NOON. When preparing food for your family, you have a choice…serve meat from some factory farm somewhere, or local cuts from farmers you know. At Green Pasture Meats, our beef, pork, lamb and poultry is sourced from over 40 Vermont family farm partners who are committed to humanely raised livestock that is 100% antibiotic and growth hormone free. For more info visit the website at


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