Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Trivia Is Great If 'Njoyed -- (TIGIN)

Tigín Irish Pub and Restaurant, inspired by the environment of the Irish cottage, Tigín (meaning small cottage), is the perfect place to find comfort. And yes, I did. The Pub has this great following on Tuesday nights. And, at first I didn't believe the hype, but it was really true. I finally got out to enjoy a night of Tigin Trivia this past Tuesday night, and I have to say it has been the hightlight of my week. There is an outside patio where you can take in the crowd of passerbys, or you can venture indoors. It looks small, but it's not. It is quite a unique indoor space. At each turn there is what seems little hiding spaces. I know this because I was trying to find my friend. And although the place was packed, inside and out, it was still comfortable. The temperature was warmer than I would have prefered, but cozy--sorta like a hug. Nothing a nice cold beer couldn't cure. One things for sure, the trivia game was blast! When you first walk in you notice most people are huddled over their pieces of paper (the trivia) and writing feverishly. As the announcer would call out the questions, we would scramble to come up with the correct answer. I tried to cheat, but was unsuccessful. I was surprised at the large crowd. So many people. They needed a speaker system to announce the answers over the crowd (which is not loud because they are all concentrating on the answers). I met up with one friend, who knew a few other friends, and we grouped up to create a "winning" trivia team. I am not really a trivia expert, so I didn't really contribute too much to my group of eight, but we did pretty well overall, taking 5th place. Yippee.
Tigin is the hippest place to be--it's the central place on Tuesday night for sure. The atmosphere is warm and it's fun and exciting; can't wait to do it again.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

FREE Concert - Billy Vera - Thursday July 31


Billy Vera performs live Thursday, July 31 at Alive @ Five!!! Sponsored by Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and Hilton Stamford.

Billy Vera & the Beaters were the quintessential L.A. band. Billy Vera has been writing hit songs since the ’60s including “I Really Got The Feeling” for Dolly Parton. His biggest success came when the now classic love song “At This Moment” played as the romantic backdrop on the ’80s sitcom “Family Ties.” Billy is hailed as one of America’s greatest musicians. Billy Vera's Knight Riders band were arguably among the most talented and popular rock'n'roll bands through the 1960's. They played to packed houses in Stamford Downtown at the Stagecoach and the former Ramada inn. "Returning to Stamford is a true homecoming for me," says Vera. "Stamford holds a special place in the memories of my early musical career." www.billyvera.com Two other amazing bands will open for Billy Vera!

Sera Buras
As a singer, songwriter and musician, the creative edge of Sera Buras points to this young artist’s deep roots and colorful background in the American South. The pianist/vocalist is influenced by Al Green, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye. www.seraburas.net

Vivacity
A popular band in Fairfield County, Vivacity is a band with a catchy rock sound and flowing lyrics. These lifelong friends and band mates have burst out of the garage and on to the local music scene. www.myspace.com/vivacityct

Alive @ Five is presented by RBS on the Heineken Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Columbia Crest and BevMax. This week's concert is sponsored by Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, smartwater, vitaminwater and vitaminenergy. The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate/Greenwich Time, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Columbus Park Merchants, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Frank Mercede & Sons, Happyhaha Studio, Keep Stamford Beautiful, LoveSac, Mill River Collaborative, New York Sports Clubs, Optimum, Royal Restrooms, Simply Signs, Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Stamford Sports & Spine, State Farm Insurance-George Boyce, The Switch, Teddy’s Transportation System, Inc., UConn Stamford, Woodloch Pines and 95.9 The Fox, 96.7 The Coast, , Star 99.9 and WSTC/WNLK radio stations. Sponsored by Columbus Park Area Merchants: Black Bear Saloon, Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café, Columbus Park Trattoria, Curley’s Diner, Fin II Japenese Restaurant, Garden Catering, Hula Hanks Island Grille & Bar, Kujaku Japanese Restaurant, Market, SBC Restaurant & Brewery, The Palms, The Thirsty Turtle Stamford, Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant, Twenty of Stamford and Zody Café.


ALIVE @ FIVE Concert Series on Thursday, July 31 and August 7 will be held in Columbus Park RAIN OR SHINE


NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO ENTER CONCERT AREA AFTER 9PM OR AT VENUE CAPACITY BY ORDER OF CITY OF STAMFORD POLICE DEPTARTMENT

COOLERS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE CONCERT AREA. PLEASE LEAVE THEM AT HOME!

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FREE Concert - Bowzer's Rock 'N' Roll Party!


July 30: BOWZER’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY

Don’t miss Bowzer's Rock 'n' Roll Party starring Bowzer and The Stingrays, Jay Siegel and The Tokens, with Special Guest Lynn DiMenna. Jon Bauman’s portrayal of "Bowzer," leader of "Sha Na Na" for fourteen years, was so a hilarious, gangly greaser who actually stalked the streets of Brooklyn when he wasn't appearing with the group. “Bowzer” has resurfaced as one of the most multi-dimensional performers in show business today, with his Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. www.bowzerparty.com
GATEWAY ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW

Come dressed in your best 50’s Outfit and win prizes!

Please bring a donation of canned food for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Pops in the Park, presented Seaboard Properties and HSBC on the Heineken Stage, is a three week long series this July in Columbus Park at 6:30 pm.

RAIN VENUE, Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St. Stamford
VENUE DECISION WILL BE MADE AT 12 NOON on Wednesday, July 30
Please check www.stamford-downtown.com or call 203-348-5285

Pops in the Park is presented by Seaboard Properties and HSBC on the Heineken Stage. The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Happyhaha Studio, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Keep Stamford Beautiful, Shock Electric, Simply Signs, Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and WSTC/WNLK radio stations.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Barbara Cook takes the Pops Stage 7/23

Pops in the Park, presented Seaboard Properties and HSBC on the Heineken Stage, is a three week long series this July in Columbus Park at 6:30 pm.

July 23: BARBARA COOK
Barbara Cook's silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Recently, Miss Cook performed at two sold-out concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. www.barbaracook.com

BARBARA COOK IS A MUSICAL THEATER PHENOMENON
Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

RAIN VENUE, Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St. Stamford
VENUE DECISION WILL BE MADE AT 12 NOON on Wednesday, July 23
Please check www.stamford-downtown.com or call 203-348-5285
Palace Theatre doors open at 5:30PM, Limited seating, first come, first serve


July 30:BOWZER’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY
Don’t miss Bowzer's Rock 'n' Roll Party starring Bowzer and The Stingrays, Jay Siegel and The Tokens, with Special Guest Lynn DiMenna. Jon Bauman’s portrayal of "Bowzer", leader of "Sha Na Na" for fourteen years, was so a hilarious, gangly greaser who actually stalked the streets of Brooklyn when he wasn't appearing with the group. “Bowzer” has resurfaced as one of the most multi-dimensional performers in show business today, with his Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. www.bowzerparty.com

GATEWAY ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW
Come dressed in your best 50’s Outfit and win prizes!
Please bring a donation of canned food for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Pops in the Park is presented by Seaboard Properties and HSBC on the Heineken Stage. The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Happyhaha Studio, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Keep Stamford Beautiful, Shock Electric, Simply Signs, Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and WSTC/WNLK radio stations. Pops in the park is a three week series. For more information on each evening please email Annette Einhorn at annette@stamford-downtown.com or call 203-348-5285.

ALIVE @ FIVE Concert Series on Thursday, July 24, July 31 and August 7 will be held in Columbus Park RAIN OR SHINE

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Art in Public Places at UConn Stamford


When walking around Stamford Downtown this summer we have all seen or been fooled by the lifelike sculptures throughout the Downtown. The Hitchhiker on Tresser, the kissing sailor in front of the Ferguson Library and the gentleman taking a nap in his chair make this year's Art in Public Place one of the best. However, most people haven't seen the real gems of this exhibit. The University of Connecticut Stamford Campus has gladly opened their doors and park to J. Seward Johnson's "Beyond the Frame" Series. In the UConn Stamford Campus Gallery and park you will find sculptures inspired by Monet paintings and inside the Gallery large, interactive dioramas (seen above). Visit the gallery soon with your family, friends or even by yourself!!

UConn Art Gallery Viewing Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:30AM to 7PM
Friday - 8:30AM to 5PM
Saturday - 10AM to 4PM

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FREE Concert - Eve 6 Headlines Alive @ Five


Blues Traveler kicked off the season right followed by great performances by Blind Melon and Gato Barbieri. Eve 6 (sponsored by The Switch) headlines the fourth week Alive @ Five in Columbus Park - Stamford Downtown. Eve 6 burst onto the scene as teenagers in 1998 with their certified platinum self-titled debut and hit single “Inside Out.” The band followed up that success with their sophomore release in 2000 with another smash hit “Here’s To The Night.” The band returns to the musical world after a 3 year hiatus with a tour and album to come. www.eve6.com

*Eve 6 is sponsored by The Switch!

Two other amazing bands will open for EVE 6!

Article A
Dedicated rockers, Article A made a big splash with their debut album “Stay Now,” in early 2008. Hailing from North Jersey, the band has grown from hometown favorites to a true touring band. Their unique blend of power-pop and alternative rock has garnered interest in the industry since their inception in 2000.
www.articlea.com


The Crash Moderns
With a sound that is often compared to the classic styles of timeless pop bands like The Cars, Elvis Costello and Cheap Trick, The Crash Moderns have music fans everywhere buzzing about their infectious melodies and undeniable hooks that will stick in your head for days. www.thecrashmoderns.com


Alive @ Five is presented by RBS on the Heineken Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Columbia Crest and BevMax. The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate/Greenwich Time, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Columbus Park Merchants, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Frank Mercede & Sons, Happyhaha Studio, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Keep Stamford Beautiful, LoveSac, Mill River Collaborative, New York Sports Clubs, Optimum, Royal Restrooms, Simply Signs, Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Stamford Sports & Spine, State Farm Insurance-George Boyce, The Switch, Teddy’s Transportation System, Inc., UConn Stamford, Woodloch Pines and 95.9 The Fox, 96.7 The Coast, , Star 99.9 and WSTC/WNLK radio stations.

Sponsored by Columbus Park Area Merchants: Black Bear Saloon, Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café, Columbus Park Trattoria, Curley’s Diner, Fin II Japanese Restaurant, Garden Catering, Hula Hanks Island Grille & Bar, Kujaku Japanese Restaurant, Market, SBC Restaurant & Brewery, The Palms, The Thirsty Turtle Stamford, Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant, Twenty of Stamford, Zody Café
COOLERS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE CONCERT AREA. PLEASE LEAVE THEM AT HOME!

www.stamford-downtown.com
Visit the Alive @ Five MySpace Page myspace.com/alivefive
and the BLOG http://stamforddowntownevents.blogspot.com/

ALIVE @ FIVE CONTINUES ALL SUMMER ...

July 24 -
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes sponsored by Woodloch Pines
Christopher Robin Band
Soulstream

July 31 -
Billy Vera sponsored by Stamford Marriott & Hilton Stamford
Sera Buras
Vivacity

August 7 –
Boyz II Men sponsored by Frank Mercede & Sons
Omar Wilson sponsored by Stamford Sports & Spine
The Press Project


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

POPS IN THE PARK begins: WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008


POPS IN THE PARK
BEGINS TONIGHT, JULY 16, 2008-- A three week series!


Pops in the Park, presented Seaboard Properties and HSBC on the Heineken Stage, is a three week long series this July in Columbus Park at 6:30 pm.

July 16: MEMBERS OF THE STAMFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with Maestro Eckart Preu present Pops in Outer Space


The Symphony will fly with Superman, cross Moon River, and travel the universe with light hearted music from Star Wars and Superman. Celestial tunes by Glenn Miller, Henry Mancini, and Cole Porter round out the program. www.stamfordsymphony.org

July 23: BARBARA COOK
"Broadway's favorite ingénue,” Barbara Cook is a silvery soprano with her purity of tone and warm presence she has delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Recently, Miss Cook performed at two sold-out concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. www.barbaracook.com

July 30:BOWZER’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY
Don’t miss Bowzer's Rock 'n' Roll Party starring Bowzer and The Stingrays, Jay Siegel and The Tokens, with Special Guest Lynn DiMenna. Jon Bauman’s portrayal of "Bowzer", leader of "Sha Na Na" for fourteen years, was so a hilarious, gangly greaser who actually stalked the streets of Brooklyn when he wasn't appearing with the group. “Bowzer” has resurfaced as one of the most multi-dimensional performers in show business today, with his Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. www.bowzerparty.com
GATEWAY ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW
Come dressed in your best 50’s Outfit and win prizes!
Please bring a donation of canned food for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Pops in the Park is presented by Seaboard Properties and HSBC on the Heineken Stage. The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Happyhaha Studio, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Keep Stamford Beautiful, Shock Electric, Simply Signs, Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and 95.9 The Fox, 96.7 The Coast, Star 99.9 and WSTC/WNLK radio stations.
Pops in the park is a three week series. For more information on each evening please email Annette Einhorn at annette@stamford-downtown.com or call 203-348-5285.

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Monday, July 14, 2008


"Chinese food is chinese food", my husband told me. But, high-end chinese food is what I think of when someone mentions PF Changs. It happens to be one of the last places that I hadn't tried at the "new" mall of restaurants at STC.
My husband and I had planned a nice dinner at PF Changs for last Friday night. I wasn't suprised, but it was quite packed with hungry people around 6pm. I am glad we had reservations, cause there were at least 3 other couples (not with reservations) hanging around with table buzzers in their hands. The waiter wanted to seat us at the front booth, but if you're like me, I'm not crazy when hungry people are waiting for a table and are within my view. I have a hard time putting up with my little bichon giving me puppy dog eyes when she is hungry, let alone a party of six. It is a very open space with booths lining the walls. Anyhow, we were redirected to a mid-room table. This enabled us to fully experience PF Changs. It was packed. It was noisy. In addition, there was soft music being drowned out from all the table chatter. (yet, it was nice to reconnect with it in the WC)

Our waitress was a cutie--and I think the only Asian in the whole place. We ordered the Crab Wontons (yes, I am still on my search for the best crab in Stamford) and seared Tuna for apps. Both okay, one much healthier. Which the nice waitress pointed out. You could guess which one...

Our main dish was a safe one--Cantonese Beef Chow Fun and an order of Chinese Eggplant accompanied by brown rice. One beefy, the other sweet. Both were healthy portions, and quite tasty. However, it wasn't the "high-end" I was hoping for. It was just okay; no big woop. (Later, I was told that I didn't order the right dishes, WHATEVER.)

I couldn't eat it all, so I wrapped what was left to go. The typical take home white chinese food containers were cute:Without the metal handle--easy to microwave!!! They perform the task of sliding your leftover goodies into the container with precision, and bag it right at the table. And weird as it may seem, they 3-fold the paper bag in a way I've never seen, but liked, and hope to replicate one day on a future lunch bag.

I don't know if I will go back soon, but I would go back.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

FREE Concert Tonight - Gato Barbieri!





ALIVE @ FIVE - FREE CONCERT
TONIGHT THURSDAY - July 10, 2008
Columbus Park, Stamford Downtown
Concerts begin at 5PM


STARRING: Gato Barbieri

Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer Gato Barbieri rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the ‘60s and from his Latin jazz recordings in the ‘70s. His score for Bernardo Bertolucci’s film Last Tango in Paris earned him a Grammy Award. It is legend that more babies have been born as a direct result of his song “Europa” than any other single song in history. www.gatobarbierinewsletter.com Two other amazing bands will open for Gato Barbieri!


COSMIC JIBAROS - Sponsored by George Boyce, State Farm Insurance
Emphasizing on structured songs that build to pulsing, sweaty heights, the skilled musicians of Cosmic Jibaros draw from diverse backgrounds. The band has redefined the Latin rock band, building from Latin and Caribbean rhythms, adding funked up guitars and accordion flourishes to achieve a sound both cross-cultural and highly danceable. www.thecosmicjibaros.com

SummerLost
Expanding on modified classic jazz tunes, SummerLost produces a one of a kind sound. The band’s unique twist on timeless songs fuses swing, blues, rock, funk and hip-hop into a style of their own. www.summerlost.com

Alive @ Five is presented by RBS on the Heineken Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Columbia Crest and BevMax. The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate/Greenwich Time, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Columbus Park Merchants, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Frank Mercede & Sons, Happyhaha Studio, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Keep Stamford Beautiful, LoveSac, Mill River Collaborative, New York Sports Clubs, Optimum, Royal Restrooms, Simply Signs, Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Stamford Sports & Spine, State Farm Insurance-George Boyce, The Switch, Teddy’s Transportation System, Inc., UConn Stamford, Woodloch Pines and 95.9 The Fox, 96.7 The Coast, , Star 99.9 and WSTC/WNLK radio stations.
Sponsored by Columbus Park Area Merchants: Black Bear Saloon, Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café, Columbus Park Trattoria, Curley’s Diner, Fin II Japenese Restaurant, Garden Catering, Hula Hanks Island Grille & Bar, Kujaku Japanese Restaurant, Market, SBC Restaurant & Brewery, The Palms, The Thirsty Turtle Stamford, Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant, Twenty of Stamford, Zody Café
COOLERS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE CONCERT AREA. PLEASE LEAVE THEM HOME!

Alive @ 5 is a seven week series. For more information on each concert evening please visit www.stamford-downtown.com or call Annette Einhorn at 203-348-5285 or email annette@stamford-downtown.com.

www.stamford-downtown.com
Visit the Alive @ Five MySpace Page myspace.com/alivefive
and the BLOG http://stamforddowntownevents.blogspot.com/

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Alive @ Five Shirts for Sale!


Buy the limited edition 2008 Alive @ Five T-Shirt now! Available in black only the shirt features the Alive @ Five logo on the front and the complete lineup on the back. Shirts are $20 each which includes shipping and handling. 2008 Alive @ Five T-Shirts are available in sizes Men - Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL Women - Small, Medium and XL. To order send a check payable to "DSSD" - 5 Landmark Square, Ste. 110, Stamford, CT 06901 or visit the office. For any questions please email events@stamford-downtown.com or call 203-348-5285. Shirts are also available at the show. Offer is for a limited time as supplies last (and they are running out!)

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