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We had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with not one, but two American Idols (Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, and finalist, Kimberley Locke). When Ruben (The Velvet Teddy Bear) was making a tour stop at the Ridgefield Playhouse recently, we hopped on his fancy bus to chat with them both and find out what life is like after Idol!

Ruben is currently on tour performing an evening of Luther Vandross, Always & Forever.

Who needs a great night of entertainment, deck dining, a speakeasy cocktail, and a whole lot of fun? We did too! Bridge Street Live recently showed up on our radar (Instagram) so we decided to skip staying home on our couch one Saturday eve, and headed to beautiful Collinsville to check it out! Life is about experiences we say, and this checked all the boxes. 🎶🍸🥗 Scroll to the end to observe just how much we enjoyed the eve. 🙂

What’s your favorite Air Supply song? Go! If you were listening to the radio in the 80s then you most certainly have one. With eight top ten hits in the US, Air Supply had the catchiest break-up songs you can imagine, and you probably shed a tear listening to them once or twice or 100 times.

We had the pleasure of chatting with lead singer Russell Hitchcock the other day, and got to ask him about their upcoming tour (at The Ridgefield Playhouse on May 11th) and a bunch of other classic Lora + Bev questions. Russell said we were interesting. Yasssss!

The seats at the new Riverview Cinemas in Southbury are everything!! That’s what we kept hearing over the past few months since its opening in December. It’s freezing and February, the perfect time for us to catch a movie together (can you believe we never have?!) and check out this new luxe cinema!

If you had told our teenage selves that we would interview Howard Jones in the future, we’d most definitely not have believed you! But, here we are, about to talk to Howard freakin’ Jones! With two shows coming up in our area, Daryl’s House, Pawling and Infinity Hall, Hartford, we had a couple of questions to ask and share with our Unlocking readers!

Around the world, Howard Jones has had an impressive 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992. His current tour, “Solo – The Songs & The Stories” will include trips down memory lane recounted by Howard, behind the scenes stories (we love!) and the inspiration behind the songs.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional dancer in a world-renowned dance company? Like, Pilobolus, for example – Litchfield County’s very own famous dance company based in Washington Depot.

What do they eat? Do they have any pre-performance rituals? Where do they all come from? We got to ask all of these questions and more, plus we got to experience a pre-performance ritual when we had the pleasure of hanging out backstage with them the night before their Danbury show.

But before we get to that part of the story, let us start at the very beginning. 

We were long overdue for an artsy afternoon and felt it was high time we stopped by the W. David Herman Gallery in Kent. We’ve admired those shimmering stainless steel sculptures from afar for long enough (the gallery is a few doors down from SoDelicious bakery). It was time to pay the artist and gallery director, David and Eileen Herman a visit.

Who hasn’t seen Jersey Boys? Even if you haven’t sung along to the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical, you can catch four stars from the original Broadway cast in The Midtown Men. This super-suave musical group includes Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer.

We got to chat with Michael Longoria, so check out our interview below!

On a scale from one to ten, what we knew about fine art posters before this feature would be a two. One, because Lora always wanted the Le Chat Noir one; and two, I knew I thought they were pretty. Lucky for us, the Veronica Martin Gallery (specializing in items from the Art Nouveau period) has opened in the always cool Switch Factory building in Bantam.

We popped along to visit with Veronica Martin one evening to learn all we could about fine art posters (lots of great history and stories we loved). Don’t worry, no quiz at the end, just a special Unlocking Litchfield offer. We got you! 😉