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Black-Eyed Sally’s, The NE Place To Be At Mardi Gras

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jamesMardi Gras is soon upon us and James Varano’s Black-eyed Sally’s has made a special list as one of the best places in New England to celebrate the pre-Lenten holiday on March 4.

The Asylum Street BBQ and blues landmark was named one of the “Top 8″ places to celebrate Mardi Gras in New England by  About.com New England Travel.

The online author, Kim Knox Beckius,  makes mention of Black-eyed Sally’s March 4 Fat Tuesday party that includes the all-you-can- eat Southern lunch buffet, Happy Hour specials, free food, and an evening featuring “N’awlins menu specials” and the well-known  live music. The site also notes there will be, of course, beads, stilt walkers, face painters and more.

To read more go here.

Good 2014 Start for Sally’s, Brady, Cusato, Chandler

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varanoA new year is off to a good start for Hartford’s Black-eyed Sally’s.
The popular restaurant is one of 13 from across the nation to be featured in the online site “Bluescentric” new 2014 calendar.

“We didn’t really know how it happened,” said James Varano about his popular barbecue/Cajun restaurant and rhythm and blues club taking the October spot on the calendar.

The picture features Ryan Hartt and the Blue Hearts during a performance at the Asylum Street club. “We didn’t know about it until Ryan posted it on the band’s Facebook page,” Varano said. “Imagine that right here in little ol’ Hartford.”
For calendar information go to bluescentric.com
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And there’s more Sally’s news, its new stage.

“There is not a bad seat in the house now,” said Varano about the new stage and music system that will make performing and listening a better than ever pleasure than ever in 2014.
If you headed down to Mohegan Sun to catch one of Prince’s performances, you may have seen more stars than you planned on.
According to The New York Post’s Page Six, Prince and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez were both there New Year’s Eve.
Prince was out and about after performing with Janelle Monae and his bands New Power Generation and 3rd Eye Girl. JLo, with her twins Emme and Max in tow, was there to take the youngsters to the Cirque Celebration at the Mohegan Sun Arena, according to The Post.
And now back to Facebook.
Former NBC Connecticut sportscaster John Chandler has given a shout out about his new sports gig at WNBC-TV in New York.

Former WTNH favorite Kristin Cusato is tweeting about her return to KUSI TV in San Diego. Cusato left the West Coast and came to WTNH in 2009 to care for her ill mother.
And, finally,  WKSS 95.7 FM has announced that morning show personality Brady has left the state to from the morning show is leaving to take a job at sister station WKSC in Chicago.

Last Weekend Pre-Holidays Hartford, Start Your Celebration!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]twainhouseIt’s the last weekend of the year before Christmas and New Year’s arrive. so let’s get in the mood if you are not already there.

The weekend begins Thursday at Real Art Ways with its monthly Creative Cocktail soiree from 6 to 10 p.m. Hartford’s Markie Gee is the DJ for the night. The evening also includes a recap of  the very best YouTube had to offer in 2013. A new exhibit, The Shadow of the Palm is Deep by StepUp artist Austin Ballard will also be featured. Information: realartways.org

Thanks to The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., The Mark Twain House & Museum is offering free tours to Hartford residents Saturday. City residents only have to bring along proof of residency to take that long-planned tour of Mark Twain’s house, which is decorated for the holidays. The museum is open 9:30-5:30; last tour at 4:30. Information: mallmanarktwainhouse.org

Some celebrity in town performing this weekend, too. Devon Allman, son of famed rock/blues singer Gregg Allman, will be the featured talent at Black -eyed Sally’s Saturday at 9 p.m. $12 cover. Information: blackeyedsallys.com

Thinking about eating out? You might want to consider Hartford and enjoy a trolley ride.

Several restaurants are among the stops as part of this year’s holiday trolley that runs between Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Olde Wethersfield and Bushnell Park in Hartford.

Trolleys provide the free, continuous back-and-forth rides on Friday and Saturdays from 4 to 11trolley p.m. with stops at Costa Del Sol, Carbone’s, Casa Mia and Andreas, Mozzicato’s and Francesco’s, J Restaurant/Bar and Bushnell Park where Winterfest is underway. On New Year’s Eve, transportation will be available from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The route takes about 30 minutes.

Looking for some on-stage inspiration when it comes to Christmas? Take your pick. Hartford Stage is featuring its annual production of “A Chrisnutctmas Carol” (hartfordstage.org) through Dec. 28.

Or you can take in the CONNetic Dance’s Nutcracker Suite & Spicy production at The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Friday  or Saturday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m.  This Hartford holiday tradition is a quirky and fun take on the holiday ballet classic and includes athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop and seasoned with their signature sense of humor. Information:  860-251-9194 or www.conneticdance.com






Diana Ross Dines on Black-Eyed Sally’s Food

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She whizzed in and out of town Tuesday, that diva Diana Ross.

But according to reports her concert at the Bushnell was great and she started right on time. (Please note that Justin Bieber)

And while Ms. Ross didn’t hang around Hartford very long, she did have to eat and the lucky downtown restaurant to get the business was James Varano’s Black-Eyed Sally’s.

Varano reports Ross and her assistant ordered  food “to go,” specifically food they could take on the plane with them when they left after the concert.

Ross ordered the jambalaya and her assistant, the fried catfish.

Concert performances just leave you famished.