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Things to do in late-October Connecticut in arts, entertainment & more

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Mike Marino, Bridgeport Stress Factory Comedy Club, 167 State St. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, 31, 7:30, 9:30 p.m. $138-$46. Shows resume indoors with 50% capacity, and following all State guidelines for reopening.


Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during the week. Weekends and holidays, the Zoo will retain the morning and afternoon sessions, closing from noon-1 p.m. for cleaning and disinfecting. Guests must wear a mask. New online ticketing system. $15 adult, $13-$10 child and seniors, children under 3 free.

Visual Arts

Bridgeport Art Trail, city-wide arts celebration runs Nov. 5-15. Ten day calendar of online and onsite programs adapted to comply with Covid19. BAT Kickoff Party, Nov. 7, 6-9:30 p.m. will include visual art, music, and projections indoors and outdoors. Attendees can safely assemble outdoors near the Read’s ArtSpace building and Peacock Alley and indoors at the Arcade Mall. Face masks and physical distancing protocol required. Full schedule posted by Oct. 30, on website and social media platforms.

“Scream and Shout,” the art of Carlos Bautista Biernnay, absurd fiber art influenced by the artist’s personal reactions to events on 9/11 in the United States and in Chile, City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill St. Through Nov. 2. Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, noon-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m. Online exhibit also on the City Lights website.

“The Roots of Abstraction,” Housatonic Museum of Art on the Housatonic Community College Campus, 900 Lafayette Blvd. New exhibit on view through Aug. 31, 2021. An appointment to visit the museum is necessary, and visitors must be prepared to comply with social distancing rules and wear protective face masks. Housatonic Museum of Art will also make the exhibit available as a slideshow, virtual tour and as a print-on-demand catalog. 203-332-5052,

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo online Zoo Photography Exhibit, “Photography Goes Wild.”



“At Spectrum Gallery: The Autumn Arts Festival Exhibit,” Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St. Through Nov. 8. 860-767-0742,



“Shakin’ the Blues Away: A Virtual Gala Concert for Goodspeed,” Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. Free ticket to members who renewed by Oct. 23, all others $25 donation to attend. 860-873-8668,



The Haunted Isle, Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. Through Oct. 30. Fri & Sat only 7-10 p.m. $22. Face masks and social distancing required. Temperature checked upon entry. 203-467-6927,



Pumpkin Patch, Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road. Oct. 30-31, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $13 adults, $12 seniors, $11 children (4-12), $4 children (3 and under); Rails to the Darkside, through Oct. 30. Fri-Sat only, 7-9:30 p.m. Trolley ride is included with admission. Social distancing and designated marked areas for music. Guided tour of the Main Hall, trolleys housed in Kelly Storage Barn. 860-627-6540,



Scarecrow FestiFall, downtown Essex, through Oct. 29. Stroll a lamp-post presentation of scarecrows, dining and shopping. Mini-Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt for children at participating retailers along Main Street. Scavenger maps available at participanting venues.

Visual Arts

River Valley Artists group show with works by artists from Essex, Chester and Deep River, Earth and Fire Art Studio, 2 Main St. Through Jan. 23. Gallery hours: Wed, Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri, Sat noon-4 p.m., 860-767-753-2425.

Essex Art Association’s virtual exhibit, “Art in Isolation,” on view. Submissions on a rolling basis accepted.



Bruce Cockburn, Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne, 70 Sanford St. Nov. 4, 7:45 p.m. $75.

Visual Arts

“Ruby Sky Stiler: Group Relief,” online exhibit at Fairfield University Art Museum, through Dec. 19. 203-254-4046,


Visual Arts

Open Air by Day, an exhibit of outdoor sculpture and installation art on the grounds, and Open Air by Night, a series of outdoor art film and video art projections onto the facades of the historic Branford House and Avery Point Lighthouse. All exhibits and events are free.



Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St. is open outside. The public is welcome on the museum grounds to see the historic buildings in person, explore the site’s history through new interpretive signs, figure out the three Visitor Center “What Is It?” window displays, and play a scavenger hunt and submit answers for a chance to win a prize at the end of the year. Outdoor visitors are also encouraged to picnic, play catch, read, paint, etc. Social distancing required. Online offerings with photos, videos, and historical information on social media, a museum collections database , and a Whitfield House virtual tour. Parking is free. 203-453-2457 or e-mail

Visual Arts

Responding to the Pandemic, A Photo Journey by Robert Carley Documenting from March 2020 to the Present, Americans Coping with Crisis, on view at Guilford Free Library, Nov. 1-30.


Visual Arts

“Hamden Art League Plein Air Show,” current on-line exhibit available for viewing at



Old State House Farmers Market, 800 Main St. Through Oct. 30. Tues, Fri, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Masks required to enter. Social distancing and one-way foot traffic will be followed. 860- 522-6766,


HartBeat Ensemble, community-based and ensemble theatre, offer a diverse and provocative lineup of virtual and audio theatrical experiences. Line-up: Play Like a Girl, Hartford-based Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Charmagne Glass-Tripp has curated a miniseries of virtual conversations and performances by women musicians who trained in the Nutmeg State, Julissa Rodriguez, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Eight to the Bar band leader Cynthia Lyon, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.; “Working Theater’s American Dreams,” live online game show, through Nov. 1.

Visual Arts

“Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy,” “Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of WWII,” “A Vote of Her Own: The Long Fight for Woman Suffrage,” Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St. All In-person exhibits on view through Nov 30. Tue-Thu noon-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with museum admission. 860-236-5621,

“Ali Banisadr / MATRIX 185,” Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. Oct. 22-Feb. 14; “Made in Connecticut: Celebrating 25 Years of the CT Art Trail,” through Feb. 7. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and observe social distance while on the grounds of the Wadsworth and inside the museum. Visit website for required advance registration, current hours and admission. “Sculpture in the City” a cityscape-focused program activating the works of sculpture and architectural design on the grounds of the Wadsworth and Main St.



Virtual Auction & Benefit, hosted by Lyme Art Association, Nov. 6-15. Online auction features pieces by artists of the Lyme Art Association. Auction pieces on display at Lyme Art Association and online at Purchase a “virtual ticket” and be entered in a drawing for two tickets for the next Palate to Palette. Gallery open Wed-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visual Arts

“Land & Sea,” Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St. Through Nov. 19. Wed-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment. 860-434-7802,



RJ Julia Booksellers hosts author events via Zoom: Grace Byers, author of “I Believe I Can,” Nov. 2, noon. Ticketed virtual event. $18.99 event and one copy of book, or “Buy One Give One” ticket for $37.98-the second copy of the book will be donated to Read to Grow and distributed to a New Haven or Bridgeport student who is attending the virtual event; Lou Diamond Phillips, author of “The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira,” Nov. 4, 6 p.m. Free. Register. Purchase tickets on our website. 203-245-3959,


Family Halloween Trick or Trivia Night, online event hosted by Madison Arts Barn, Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m. Random prizes/points given to players, as well as a costume contest! Prizes given for the best costumes. All winners can choose prizes from our new online prize store. Register at


First Congregational Church of Madison on the Green, 26 Meetinghouse Lane, is hosting a series of Lunch Organ Recitals performed by Nathan Bayreuther. The music will be broadcast through the steeple speakers for listening on the Green or join him live on the church’s Facebook page. Concert date: Oct. 30, 12:15-12:45 p.m. 203-245-2739, ext 14.


First Congregational Church, UCC, of Madison, Church on the Green, 26 Meetinghouse Lane, will host an outside vigil, Nov. 1, 4 p.m. to remember the more than 220,000 lives lost in the U.S. and more than one million lives lost worldwide during the continuing pandemic. All are invited to attend. Mask and practice safe physical distancing. 203-245-2739, ext. 10, or e-mail us at

Visual Arts

Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Road. “Seven Artists to Watch: Kathy Anderson, Kelly Birkenruth, Grace DeVito, Susan Jositas, Anne McGrory, Deborah Quinn-Munson & Jeanne Rosier Smith,” through Nov. 7. Ten people in the gallery at one time during the opening and masks must be worn. 203-318-0616,

Young Adults

RJ Julia Booksellers host author events for young adults via Zoom: Mary Hogan Wilcox and Lynn Munsinger, authors of “We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt,” Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. Free. Register on website. 203-245-3959,



WIHS 104.9 FM, commercial-free, listener-supported, non-profit Christian radio station, will hold its a three-day Faith Sharing phone-a-thon fundraiser. Live, on-the-air event Oct. 29, 30, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Live interviews with leaders and pastors of faith-based organizations, live performances by local Christian singers, recorded Christian music and inspirational Christian programs. Segments of Faith Sharing will be live streamed on the WIHS 1049 YouTube Channel, Oct. 29, 30, noon-1 p.m. & 6-8 p.m.; Oct. 31, Grand Finale live streamed, 5-6 p.m., 860-346-1049

Visual Arts

Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents “A Sculpture, A Film and Six Videos,” through Nov. 22. All related online exhibit programming and events (artists talks, Q&A’s, limited screenings, and performance) are available at



Corn Maze: “Thank You Our Heroes,” Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Road. Through Nov. 1. Mon-Fri 1-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun & holidays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10. Covid-19 policies enforced. 860-349-1793,



“A Beginner’s Guide to the Golden Age of Radio,” virtual lecture hosted by Milford Library on Zoom, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. Registration contact:


“The MAC: Recreated,” a slate of online outdoor events. 203-878-6674,


“Explore Your Inner Creative” Arts Enrichment Classes, offered by Milford Arts Council online, beginning Oct. 25. Classes include Collage Expressions, Color Courage, and Yoga Journaling. Register at

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks, through Nov. 14. Walk starts at Hotchkiss Bridge, Factory Lane. Online ticket price $18 per person, $23 walk-up ticket per person exact cash only. To ensure health, and safety walk is strictly limited to no more than 25 people. Advance tickets recommended. 203-214-7554,

Visual Arts

Milford Arts Council’s exhibit “The Story of Women.” runs through Nov. 19. 203-878-6674,



College Street Music Hall presents Twilight Concerts on The Farm: The Front Bottoms, South Farm, 21 Higbie Road. Oct. 29, 6 p.m. $150; Warren Hayes (Gov’t Mule), Nov. 1, 3 p.m. $160.



Halloween Happenings, Mystic Seaport Museum, through Oct. 31. Pumpkin Carving, Jack-o-Lantern Walk, and Children’s Costume Parade. Jack-o-Lantern Walk, through Oct. 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Nonmembers: $20 ages 13 and up, $15 ages 4-12., Museum members: $17.50 ages 13 and up, $12 ages 4-12. Costume Parade, Oct. 31. All day kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get in free. After 4 p.m., the community is invited onto the grounds for free to gather on the Museum’s Village Green for a socially distanced Halloween Costume Parade beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Weekend Paranormal Investigation Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, Whitehall Burial Ground, Hendel Dr. Oct. 31, 11:30 p.m. $40. 860-754-8923,

Visual Arts

“Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea,” Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave. New exhibit now open, C.D. Mallory Building “A Way with Wood: Celebrating Craft,” exhibit on view in Collins Gallery. 860-572-0711,

Visual Arts

“2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA,” New Britain Museum of American Art on view through Jan. 31; “Some Day is Now, Women, Art & Social Change,” on view through Jan. 24. 860-229-0257,



“Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in America” with Author Neil Proto, live-stream Interview with hosted by New Haven Free Public Library on Zoom, Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m. 203-584-4383. Register at


Yale Peabody Museum’s Fiesta Latina! moves online digital experiences throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Programs are free, bi-lingual, and accessible to participants of all ages. Regular programming every Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning. The Peabody will release videos live on the Yale University YouTube channel and host watch parties on the Peabody Facebook page. Visit the Peabody website, Facebook page, and Yale’s YouTube channel all month long to watch and share videos celebrating traditional and contemporary Latin American cultures.


“Taste of Fear: Tales of Terror and Suspense,” panoramic live performances hosted by Elm Shakespeare Company, Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St. Oct. 31, 6:30, 8 & 9:30 p.m. Free. Advance registration required. No walk-ins accepted to ensure social distancing. 203-392-8882,


New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents Alternative Programming online and social media: NHSO @Home Series: NHSO musicians and guest artists perform music from home; Instrument Selection Resource Center; and Listen Up! Podcast Series.


Elm Shakespeare Company launchs an online Teen Troupe for ages 13-18 on Zoom. Rehearsals are Saturdays with the final performance intended for Halloween Night. $350 payable online or via check. Registration on the Elm Shakespeare Company website or by e-mail to

New Haven Museum: “Documenting the COVID-19 Crisis,” an effort to collect stories and photos of life in New Haven during the coronavirus quarantine. Also virtual offerings.

Beinecke Library at Yale University has a new offering on YouTube: “Introduction to the Collection of Modern European Books and Manuscripts with Curator Kevin Repp.” Digital exhibits: “1917 Silent Protest Parade Fifth Avenue, New York City,” “Protest Culture in Peril: Frigidaire under Threat in Italy Today,” “Carl Van Vechten’s Harlem Renaissance Portraits,” “America and the Utopian Dream,” “Making the Medieval English M anuscript.”


“Building a Brave New Theater: Exploring Shakespeare & Race in 2020,” Elm Shakespeare Company’s free, online event series: “American Moor,” performed at London’s Globe Theatre, Oct. 29. Tickets at; “Shakespeare in 2020: a BIPOC Directors Forum,” Nov. 12; “Othello, A Black Girl’s Journey,” Nov. 19; “Whose Shakespeare? A Conversation with Ayanna Thompson,” Dec. 4; “Amplified! A Celebration of BIPOC Actors & Training,” Dec. 17. Registration required for all events.

Visual arts

“Made Visible,” Creative Arts Workshop Hilles Gallery windows, 80 Audubon St. Artist and Exhibit dates: Shaunda Holloway, Nov. 2-29; Annie Sailer, Dec. 7-20., or Vicky Blume, at

“NOW” Exhibit by Elizbeth White, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, 51 Trumbull St. Through Nov. 15. Gallery hours: Sundays 1-4 p.m.; Thursdays 5-8 p.m. and by appointment. All Covid-19 health guidelines will be strictly followed.

Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. is open with temporary hours, Fridays noon-7 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays noon-4 p.m. Visitors may reserve a free timed-entry ticket on the Center’s website. A“Love, Life, Death, and Desire: An Installation of the Center’s Collections,”on view through Feb. 28. Free. 203-432-2800,

The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. is reopened to the public. The museum is following the “Reopen Connecticut” sector rules. Galleries are open by advance reservation only for visits of up to one hour by individuals and family groups or sheltering units of up to six individuals. Registration is through Eventbrite at least 24 hours in advance. Hours of operation: Wed, Thu, Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last entry 4 p.m. Exhibits on view: “FACTORY;” Martha Willette Lewis’s, “I Saw the Figure Five in BlackK.” 203-562-4183,

“Seeing Nature Through Art,” exhibit features 30 works of art created by the instructors of Yale Peabody Museum’s Natural Science Illustration Program, now online.



Fairfield Comedy Club hosts Jim Bruer: Let the Laughs Begin, live-stream performance from Wall Street Theater, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. $25.


Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N Water St. Online Programs for Families: “Fish Tales,” “All About Sea Turtles,” “Shark Safari” and other similar educational programs available for live streaming each week. Suggested donation. All require advance reservations to receive the link. 203-852-0700, ext. 2206;


Spooktacular “Halloween Stroll,” Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. Oct. 28, 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Oct. 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Special treats, bonus activities, animal encounters, free popcorn and parting goody bags for children. Halloween costumes are encouraged but optional. COVID-19 masks are required, face-covering Halloween-costume masks are not allowed. Regular admission prices apply: $26.95 adults, $24.95 seniors (65+); and $19.95 children (3-12). Children 2 & younger are free. “Halloween Stroll” admission for Aquarium members is $10 per person. Admission is by advance online purchase only for a timed-ticket entry. Tickets at


Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N Water St. Norwalk Islands Cruises: Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 1:15 p.m. Advance reservations required. $31.50, $26.50 for Aquarium members. COVID precautions include reduced capacity, physical distancing and required face masks. 203-852-0700, ext. 2206;

Fall Foliage Cruises, Seaport Association dock, 10 N. Water St. Through Oct. 31. 203-838-9444,


Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is offering free in-person and online programs, Election Day, Nov. 3. In-person programs for ages 4-12, are available in three sessions: 8:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-3:30 p.m., and 4:30-7:30 p.m. Eight virtual programs, including one entirely in Spanish – will stream to kids and families anywhere hourly from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All are free, with a suggested donation. All of the Election Day programs require advance registration. There are forms to be filled out for the in-person programs, or those signing up for a virtual program will receive a link to the online session. Advance register at

“Living Lights,” Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. Exhibit features creatures that have the unique ability to glow in the dark, through fluorescence or a natural process called bioluminescence. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Dec. Limited guest capacity, masks required, ticket sales online with timed entries. $26.95, $24.95 age 65+, $19.95 ages 3-12. Free with admission. 203-852-0700,



Met in HD Encore: “Madame Butterfly,” Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St. Oct. 31, 1 p.m. $20 adult, $15 students. Enjoy productions on the Kate’s big screen, with surround sound, in a physically distanced and safe environment. 860-510-0453,



Corn Maze, Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road. Through Oct. 31. Fri-Sun only. Book your time on-line. $7.50. COVID 19 Maze precautions enforced. 203-799-2453,

Historical Society’s Academy Museum and Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, Sat, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Masks required. 203-795-3106.



Legends of Fear Haunted Hayride, Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Saw Mill City Road. Through Oct. 31. $25. Oct. 30, 6:30 -10 p.m.; Oct. 31: TBD. Face masks, social distancing and temperature checked upon entry. 203-944-9090,


Corn Maze, Wells Hollow Creamery, 2 Beard Sawmill Road. Weekends in Oct. Sat-Sun, noon-5 p.m.; Fri-Sat evening Flashlight Maze, 7-9:30 p.m.; Sun 7-8:30 p.m. $7 afternoons, $15 evenings. Children under 3, free. Corn maze, farm animals, ice cream or homemade apple pie a la mode. Night maze visitors, bring a flashlight. 203-926-0101,



Fright Haven Haunted House, Stratford Square, 411 Barnum Ave. cut-off. Fridays, Saturdays in Oct. 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sundays in October, 7:30-11 p.m. $25. Covid-19 policies enforced. 203-795-4737,

Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest, sponsored by Celebrate Stratford and Bridgeport Fittings on the Celebrate Stratford Facebook page. Winners receive a gift card to a local Stratford restaurant and recognition on the Celebrate Stratford Facebook page, as well as other Town-sponsored social media platforms. Winners announced Oct. 30., or e-mail a picture of your submission to


National Helicopter Museum at Railroad Station (east bound), 2480 Main St. By appointment only. Masks required. Free admission, parking. 203-375-8857,



Virtual Reality Halloween Experiences, Xperiment Virtual Reality Hawley Lane Mall, 100 Hawley Lane. Through Oct. 31. Oct. 29, 4-8 p.m.; Oct. 30, 4-9 p.m.; Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $40. 203-502-8005,



Jessica Kirson, Comix Roadhouse at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7, 9:30 p.m. $55-$20; In the Comedy Club: Spinnato’s Comedy Magic Show, Oct. 30, 5 p.m.; Oct. 31, 4 p.m., Nov. 1, 5 p.m. $15, $10.



Trail of Terror 2020: Fear is Art, 60 North Plains Hwy. Oct. 30, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. $150 timed ticket six-pack, $40 premium pass. 833-600-0054,


Visual Arts

Washington Art Association issues a call for entries for its “Post Pandemic” Exhibit that will be on view in 2021. COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented event and presents a unique opportunity for artists to discover themselves. Participants are invited to submit up to three original 5” x 7” (postcard sized) works to be selected for inclusion in a group show that highlights each artist’s experience, impressions, and processes during the pandemic.

Institute for American Indian Studies Indoor Museum, 38 Curtis Road. Masks required inside the museum and outdoors on the grounds when you are within six feet of other visitors, staff, or presenters. Museum and Grounds are open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4 p.m. 860-868-0518, e-mail



Trunk or Treat, Seven AngelsTheatre, 1 Plank Road. Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m. Wear your best costumes. Candy for the kids. A night of fun takes place in the parking lot across from the theatre. Covid masks and social distancing required.


Palace Theater historian Louis Belloisy holds a four-week class exploring the theater’s beginnings, history, architecture, lore, roster of entertainers that have appeared, tour of backstage, dressing rooms, and flyway over the stage, Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St. In person class meets weekly through Nov. 13, 10:15-11:45 a.m. $30. Advance registration required. Limited to the first 20 people to register to ensure proper social distancing. Masks required. Call the Box Office Tue, Wed 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thu 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 203-346-2000.

Visual arts

Mattatuck Museum exhibits “Edward Balthazar: Urban Artist;” and “Women’s Sphere: Selections from the Collection” online until the end of the year.


Visual Arts

Clinton Art Society presents ten paintings by Beverly Schirmeier on display in a solo art show, Waters Edge Resort gallery,1525 Boston Post Road. Show runs through Oct. 31, during normal resort hours.



West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center, 30 Hood Terr. is open Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Guided tours available. 203-934-1111,



Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will open the Buttolph-Williams House for public tours for the month of Oct. Author Elizabeth George Speare, a resident of Wethersfield, used the medieval-looking house as the setting for her Newbery Medal-winning book, “The Witch of Blackbird Pond.” Tours: Wed-Sat 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.; Sun 1, and 3 p.m. $10 nonmembers, $7 members. Advance registration required at 860-529-0612, ext. 12, or Facemasks required and tours limited to groups of six.



Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat, New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road. Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $16 age 15 and up, $14 seniors (65+) , $10 children age 4-14. Members and children (under 3) free. Free admission Veterans. Costume contest, take home kit with a build and fly “Bat Glider,” spooky activity pages, and a trick or treat goodie bag, and a scavenger hunt throughout the museum hangars. 860-623-3305,



Haunted Hikes, Flanders Nature Center. Oct. 30, 5 p.m.; Oct. 31, 4 p.m. The early guided hikes on both nights will be kid friendly for spooky family fun with costumed characters, 6:30-8 p.m. hikes both nights the “fright factor” is ramped up! and will be truly spine chilling and are geared for adults and youth ages 12 and older. $7 per person. Refreshments available for purchase. Tickets online at or call 203-263-3711, ext. 12.


We’re Coming for the Asteroids. Are the Asteroids Coming for Us?

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What are the most important places to explore in the solar system?

The leading answers to that question have shifted over the years, driven by scientific discoveries, public curiosity, technological realities, and political agendas. For human exploration, the list of plausible destinations has always been short: Earth-orbit and the Moon. (Mars is achievable, no doubt, but we not at all technologically ready to go there right now.) For robotic probes, the list started in the same place but kept going: inward to Mercury and the Sun itself, outward past Neptune and Pluto.

For the most part, though, we’ve ignored the other 99.9999% of the objects in the inner solar system: the asteroids. There are, by current estimates, nearly two million asteroids more than a kilometer in diameter. Collectively, they represent a landscape greater than the surface of the Moon, but we’d never seen one up close until 1991. Even now, we’ve visited just a dozen of them. The asteroids didn’t get much love.

That’s about to change: There currently eight dedicated asteroid missions underway or in development (nine if you include MMX, a Japanese mission to Mars’s inner moon, Phobos, which might be a captured asteroid). Hayabusa2 is about to swing past Earth next week, dropping of samples of asteroid Ryugu over Australia. OSIRIS-REx will follow behind with a larger cache of rocks that it recently collected from another small asteroid, Bennu.

The next round of asteroid missions will try out a bunch of unusual styles of exploration. Lucy will visit the Trojan asteroids that move in the same orbit as Jupiter. The Psyche mission will travel to the asteroid Psyche—a mysterious object that appears to be composed almost entirely of metal. DESTINY+ will head to Phaethon, a “rock-comet” asteroid that appears to be crumbling because it passes so close to the Sun. NEA Scout will use a solar sail to navigate to a near-Earth asteroid.

Most dramatic of all, the DART spacecraft will ram full-speed into a small asteroid Dimorphos in 2022. The goal is to test out a technique for deflecting a dangerous asteroid if we discover one coming our way; four years later, the Hera probe will follow up to assess the damage.

In the fall of 2022, the DART spacecraft will execute a high-speed collision with 160-meter-wide asteroid Dimorphos, seen here orbiting its larger companion, Didymos. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL)

In the fall of 2022, the DART spacecraft will execute a high-speed collision with 160-meter-wide asteroid Dimorphos, seen orbiting its larger companion, Didymos. (Credit: NASA/JHU-APL)

There are many reasons for this current fascination with asteroids. They contain evidence of how our solar system formed, how Earth got its water, maybe even how life got started here. They are rich, complicated mini-worlds in their own right. They are easy to visit because of their very low gravity. Someday asteroids could even provide useful resources for astronauts or for space-based industry.

The DART-Hera pair of missions embody perhaps the most compelling reason why people find asteroids so compelling. We know that small asteroids hit Earth all the time; we know that larger ones can cause significant damage when they hit; and we have the fundamental technology needed to deflect an asteroid if it were on a collision course. Understanding asteroids could therefore be a matter of life and death.

One measure of how much people are moved by the asteroid threat is the regular appearance of “killer asteroid” stories in the tabloid newspapers. A more meaningful measure is the new IMAX movie Asteroid Hunters. The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply reduced its audience for now, but when science museums and IMAX theaters safely reopen, the movie will give you a dramatic view of asteroid science—and especially of the science behind averting a natural disaster from above.

I spoke with Phil Groves, the writer/producer of Asteroid Hunters, to find out why he finds asteroids so interesting, and to understand how he worked to make the science accessible to the general public. An edited version of our conversation follows.

A rubble-pile asteroid, inspired by the actual structure of Bennu, begins to feel the heat of a nuclear blast in Asteroid Hunters. (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

A rubble-pile asteroid, inspired by the actual structure of Bennu, begins to feel the heat of a nuclear blast in Asteroid Hunters. (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

Most IMAX documentaries are very earthbound. What inspired you to make one about asteroids?

I grew up a hardcore NASA geek, before I made a sharp left into the film business. About 12 years ago, I ran into this article describing a proposed European Space Agency mission called Don Quixote [a predecessor to the DART/Hera missions]. It was going to send a probe to knock a binary asteroid, which is a little moon asteroid that goes around a bigger asteroid, to test the notion of asteroid deflection. The idea of protecting our planet against an asteroid this way never occurred to me until I read that article.

At the time, I was running development and global distribution for IMAX, and it struck me that this was the perfect topic for the IMAX format. From there, I began to research the topic, reaching out to NASA and JPL scientists. This film became a passion project.

I’m afraid that most people still picture the movie Armageddon when they think about protecting Earth from a hazardous asteroid.

If an asteroid is headed towards Earth, you send up a bunch of oil rig workers to go blow it up. It’s quite a misunderstanding! One, that is something you wouldn’t bother to do, sending people up there. And two, you wouldn’t want to blow up the asteroid, because then it sends a cloud of buckshot to Earth. But there’s a real problem here, and it’s a problem that is solvable. The threat of asteroids is the most preventable of all natural disasters.

To pump up the drama, some news stories hype the likelihood of an asteroid collision. A major impact is actually a very low-probability risk, but potentially a highly destructive one. How do you communicate a subtle point like that?

It’s a really good question. There are about a billion asteroids going around the sun [if you include the really small ones]. Most of them live in the asteroid belt, but there are two classes of asteroids that we pay particular attention when it comes to planetary defense. One is near-earth asteroids. Its very name tells you why we’re interested in them—because they come close. Then there’s the class of potentially hazardous asteroids, the ones that come very close to intercepting Earth in our orbital path around the Sun. About 10 percent of near-earth asteroids fall into this category.

We know of a couple thousand potentially hazardous asteroids. And here’s the part where you talk about the low probability but high consequence in the event of an asteroid strike: We’ve found only a third of these asteroids, maybe.

So we shouldn’t relax just yet?

The good news is, of the asteroids that we know about, none pose a threat except for at least 100 years or further in the future. But it’s the asteroids that we don’t know about that we have to keep on looking and finding. It’s not a question of if an asteroid will hit Earth again, but when. Look at the Moon: You see all the craters there. Well, Earth has been hit more often than the Moon has been. We just have weather and geology that erase the records.

That said, there’s about 200 impact craters that we do know about on Earth. An asteroid big enough to cause real trouble to a city or even a small country hits earth once about every 100,000 years. The next one could be 100,000 years from now, because that’s just an average obviously, or it could be tomorrow when we find an asteroid that is coming our way. We have to be ready for it. That’s what Asteroid Hunters is all about.

Yeah, let's make sure that doesn't happen: a major asteroid impact as envisioned in the movie Asteroid Hunters (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

Yeah, make sure that doesn’t happen: a major asteroid impact as envisioned in the movie Asteroid Hunters (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

In your view, how much effort to preparing to fend off such an unlikely disaster?

The way I internalize that sort of thinking is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You have a house. You buy a fire extinguisher, and the expense of that fire extinguisher relative to the overall cost of the house is pretty small. The amount of money
that you would have to spend to send up a space telescope to look for asteroids so that we can find it before they find us, is pretty small compared to the overall economy of the world. When you go to sleep at night, you lock your front door. The chances of someone invading your house in the middle of the night is pretty minuscule as well, but you do it. This is the same thing, just on a grander scale.

And it doesn’t even cost that much! NASA’s budget for finding asteroids is probably less than what it costs to make one Hollywood asteroid-disaster movie.

That might be generous, by the way. NASA’s budget for planetary defense in this past year is about 150 million bucks. Just about every Marvel movie made out there cost more than that. And this is the only natural disaster you can actually prevent from happening. You can’t cork a volcano. You can’t throw a net over a hurricane. You can’t glue shut a fault line to stop earthquakes. But this we can stop.

What do you find most scientifically exciting about asteroids?

The coolest fact that I learned along the way [making Asteroid Hunters] is that the asteroid belt is a planet that never came to be because of this big gravitational bully called Jupiter. It jealously prevented a planet from ever taking shape because of its gravitational influences on planetesimals, which is what asteroids are. They’re the leftover materials of construction of the planets of the solar system. The big gap between Mars and Jupiter is because of Jupiter’s huge influence. It was the first planet to form, and it’s the biggest. It kept things stirred up, gravitationally speaking, in that area, so the asteroids were never given a chance to come together and form a planet.

Then over the four-and-a-half billion years, most of the asteroids have either been sent
packing outside of the solar system or sent inward, where they become impactors of the Moon and the Earth, not to mention Venus, Mercury, and Mars. Some also fall into the sun. The asteroid belt today is maybe 1 percent of what it used to be. All of this stuff, it’s a big ammo belt, just being flung outward and inward over the course of the eons.

It’s an exciting time in asteroid exploration, with Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx bringing asteroid samples back to Earth. Any thoughts on these missions?

They’ll help us get an understanding of the construction of our solar system and maybe even the formation of life itself. A lot of these asteroids carry with them organic
compounds. You want to know: Did they bring water to Earth and Mars and perhaps other planets?

What’s also interesting about OSIRIS-REx is the asteroid it’s investigating, Bennu, is one of these potentially hazardous asteroids I was referencing earlier. It’s going to pass close to Earth in 2035. It’s not going to hit then, but Earth’s gravity could have some influence on its orbit around the sun. After that, Bennu may become a real risk to our planet, and it’s a pretty big asteroid. It’s about 500 meters across, more than 1,500 feet.

Behold Bennu, the diamond-shaped rubble-pile asteroid, as imaged by OSIRIS-REx. (Credit: NASA/University of Arizona)

Behold Bennu, the diamond-shaped rubble-pile asteroid, as imaged by OSIRIS-REx. (Credit: NASA/University of Arizona)

The images of Bennu are amazing. It’s a diamond-shaped hunk of gravel.

It’s a rubble pile, and knowing that is an important aspect of planetary defense. How you would mitigate the threat could depend on your understanding of the asteroid structure. Is it mostly metallic, like a big cannon ball? Or is it a rubble pile, where if you whack it too hard, it’ll break apart? Then you’d have a pile of buckshot, which could be just as bad.

For Asteroid Hunters, you researched many different ideas about how to deflect asteroids. Which idea did you find most persuasive?

We show a couple of techniques, the gravity tracker and the kinetic impactor. But my favorite way is also the way that many scientists prefer: sending a nuke out into the path of the asteroid. A nuke is the greatest amount of energy in the smallest package.

When the nuke goes off, it irradiates the surface of the asteroid. The heat that’s reflecting off of the surface and the ablating rock create an opposing thrust, which alters the orbit of the asteroid. It’s kind of a nice one-size-fits-all. It doesn’t matter what the structure of the asteroid is like. For any internal form, it will do a great job in reflecting that heat back out.

It’s a weird time to release a movie like Asteroid Hunters, in the middle of a pandemic. What message do you want people to take away from it?

The heroes of the movie are scientists, who are using the power of science to watch our back. One of the things that’s really important in protecting our planet—not just against asteroids but against any threat, including COVID—is working together. When we are working together, there isn’t anything that we can’t defeat, including the most preventable of all natural disasters.

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Streaming in December 2020: Torbaaz, Maara, Black Widows and more

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Written by Arushi Jain
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Updated: December 1, 2020 4:29:02 pm

streaming in decemberDurgamati, Black Widows and Coolie No.1 will stream this month.

The streaming platforms have plenty of options to keep everyone entertained in the festive month of December. To help you pick what to watch this month, we have compiled a list of titles premiering on ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, MX Player, AltBalaji, Apple TV Plus and SonyLIV.



Streaming on: December 4

Directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Bipin Nadkarni, Darbaan stars Sharib HashmiSharad Kelkar, Rasika Dugal and Flora Saini. The film narrates the story of friendship between a master and his caretaker who belong to different social strata. It is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s short story Khokababur Pratyabartan.

Lahore Confidential

Streaming on: December 11

Starring Richa Chadha, Arunoday Singh Karishma Tanna and Khalid Siddiqui in pivotal roles, Lahore Confidential is the second installment in ZEE5’s Confidential franchise which started with London Confidential. It revolves around an Indian spy, Ananya (Chadha) and an ISI agent Rauf (Singh). The two, unaware of each other’s identity, fall in love, and their love story flourishes amid growing cross-border tension. What happens when Ananya and Rauf realise the truth about each other, makes for the film’s narrative. Created by S Hussain Zaidi and directed by Kunal Kohli, the film is produced by Jar Pictures.

Black Widows

Streaming on: December 18

Black Widows is the story of three friends Kavita (Shamita Shetty), Jayati (Swastika Mukherjee) and Veera (Mona Singh) who murder their abusive husbands. The series draws inspiration from a 2014 Finnish TV series which was previously made in Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, the Middle East, Mexico, Scandinavia and the Czech Republic. Directed by Birsa Dasgupta, it also stars Sharad Kelkar, Raima Sen, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Aamir Ali and Sabyasachi Chakraborty.

Amazon Prime Video


Streaming on: December 11

durgamati trailerBhumi Pednekar-starrer Durgamati will stream on December 11. (Photo: Akshay Kumar/Twitter)

The Bhumi Pednekar-starrer is the Hindi remake of Telugu horror film Bhaagamathie which had Anushka Shetty in the lead role. In the film, Bhumi’s character Chanchal Chauhan is made the victim of a conspiracy involving bigshots of the country. She is imprisoned in a haunted Durgamati Haveli while being interrogated in the case. What happens to Chanchal in the haveli forms the plot of the film. Written and directed by Ashok, the film also stars Arshad Warsi, Mahie Gill, Jisshu Sengupta and Karan Kapadia.

Sons of the Soil

Streaming on: December 4

Abhishek BachchanSons of the Soil is directed by Alex Gale.

The unscripted sports docu-series follows the journey of Abhishek Bachchan-owned Pro Kabaddi League team Jaipur Pink Panthers in the seventh season of the league. Directed by Alex Gale, it offers a locker-room view into the players’ world, their interactions with junior Bachchan, love for one of the country’s oldest sports and the team’s persistence to win the coveted Pro Kabaddi League title. Talking about the series, Bachchan had shared, “The Sons Of The Soil is an honest look at what all happens in putting a Kabaddi team together and how the players go through an emotional journey of successes and failures. The players are the stars of the show.”

Coolie No.1

Streaming on: December 25

David Dhawan’s upcoming film Coolie No. 1 is a remake of his own 1995 comedy film of the same name. While the original starred Govinda and Karisma Kapoor, the remake features Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan in the lead roles. The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav and Johnny Lever in significant roles. Coolie No. 1 is David Dhawan’s 45th film. It is produced by Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment.


Streaming on: December 17

maara, maara amazon prime videoMaara features Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)

The upcoming Tamil slice-of-life film is directed by Dhilip Kumar. Starring Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles, Maara is the Tamil remake of critically-acclaimed Malayalam film Charlie, starring Duqluer Salmaan and Parvathy in the lead roles. Produced by Prateek Chakravorty and Shruti Nallappa of Pramod Films, Maara also stars Sshivada Nair, stand up comedian Alexander Babu and Mouli.

Sonic The Hedgehog

Streaming on: December 10

Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the action-packed adventure film stars Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough.

I’m Your Woman

Streaming on: December 11

Directed by Julia Hart, the American drama stars Rachel Brosnahan, Arinzé Kene, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Bill Heck, Frankie Faison, Marceline Hugot and James McMenamin. The film revolves around Jean (Brosnahan) who has to be on the run with her child because of her husband Eddie’s crimes. Jean meets Teri (Marsha Stephanie Blake) with whom she forms an unlikely partnership.


Bhaag Beanie Bhaag

Streaming on: December 4

Bhaag Beanie BhaagSwara Bhasker will play a stand-up comedian in Bhaag Beanie Bhaag.

In Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, Swara Bhasker plays Beanie Bhatnagar, a girl who, after getting bored with her regular life, decides to take up comedy as a career. Varun Thakur, Dolly Singh, Mona Ambegaonkar, and Girish Kulkarni also feature in the series.


Streaming on: December 4

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher and written by his late father Jack Fincher, Mank is a biopic of the alcoholic but talented screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz (also known as Mank), who co-wrote the screenplay of Hollywood classic Citizen Kane. Apart from the trials and tribulations that Mank faced while penning the script, the film will also touch upon the alleged conflicts and clash of ideas that he and filmmaker Orson Welles had regarding Citizen Kane. The movie features Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke and Charles Dance.

Bombay Rose

Streaming on: December 4

Gitanjali Rao Bombay RoseGitanjali Rao’s film Bombay Rose had its India premiere at the JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature Bombay Rose chronicles the lives of people who migrate from small towns, seeking minimal life in the maximum city. Set on the streets of Mumbai, it is the story of a flower seller who has to choose between protecting her family or allowing herself to fall in love. The film had its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Streaming on: December 8

Chadwick Boseman’s last film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is adapted from a play of the same name by August Wilson. Set in the 1920s, the film has Viola Davis playing Ma Rainey, a celebrated performer, who is trying to gain control of her music by taking on her white manager. Boseman plays Leevee, an ambitious trumpeter who wants to make his mark in the music industry. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the movie also stars Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown.


Streaming on: December 11

torbaaz netflixTorbaaz stars Sanjay Dutt and Nargis Fakhri.

Torbaaz, directed by Girish Malik, features Sanjay Dutt in the role of an ex-army doctor Nasser Khan who uses cricket to bring some joy in the lives of children living in refugee camps in Afghanistan. The official synopsis of the film reads, “Torbaaz is the story of one man who rises above his personal tragedy and decides to take matters in his own hands. He’s determined to coach refugee camp kids in cricket, who are otherwise destined to become suicide bombers. Will he succeed in straying them away from the path of destruction?” Rahul Dev, Nargis Fakri, Pransh Chopra and Humayoon Shams Khan also feature in the movie.

Paava Kadhaigal

Streaming on: December 18

Paava KadhaigalPaava Kadhaigal will stream on Netflix. (Photo: PR handout)

Tamil anthology film Paava Kadhaigal features four short films directed by Tamil filmmakers Sudha Kongara, Vignesh Shivan, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Vetrimaaran. Through the four stories, they try to explore how love, pride and honour influence relationships. It stars Kalki Koechlin, Padam Kumar, Prakash Raj, Sai Pallavi, Anjali, Bhavani Sre, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Hari, Kalidas Jayaram, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj and Simran among others.

AK vs AK

Streaming in: December

Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, AK vs AK features Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap in the lead roles. The synopsis of the film reads, “A brash film director (Anurag Kashyap) kidnaps the daughter of a movie star (Anil Kapoor) and films the star’s desperate search for his daughter in real-time as his next blockbuster.”

Disney Plus Hotstar


Streaming on: December 4

Godmothered trailer, Godmothered, Godmothered movie trailer, isla fisherGodmothered will release on December 4 on Disney+ Hotstar Premium. (Photo: Disney+)

The Sharon Maguire directorial stars Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher. The film revolves around Bell’s Fairy Godmother Eleanor in a world where fairies have gone out of fashion and kids do not believe in godmothers anymore due to modern gadgets. Even in The Motherland, the fairies have admitted defeat, and the profession is all but extinct. But Eleanor does not accept her situation and escapes to earth to find the little girl Mackenzie Walsh who wrote a letter to her and asked for assistance.


Streaming on: December 4

mulan review round upMulan is a live-action remake of the 1998 animated film by Disney.

Mulan, a Niki Caro directorial, is the live-action remake of the 1998 animated movie of the same name. The animated film took its story from The Ballad of Mulan, a Chinese folk song. Set in China during the Han dynasty, Mulan follows Hua Mulan, a rebellious young woman who disguises herself as a man and enlists in the Imperial Army to fight off the Huns, invaders from the north, so that her ailing father would not have to go as part of conscription.


Streaming on: December 25

The film, directed by Pete Docter, revolves around a school music teacher Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), who gets the coveted opportunity to perform in a reputed jazz club. But due to an accident, he dies and finds himself in the soul world, where the souls are given attributes before being put inside a baby. Gardner wishes to go back to his life, as he does not want to miss that chance. Soul features the voices of Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Angela Bassett.

Apple TV Plus

Earth At Night In Color

Streaming on: December 4

earth at night Earth at Night is filmed across six continents.

Filmed across six continents, the natural history series follows the moonlit dramas of animals at night, revealing new insights and never seen before behaviours. Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, Earth At Night In Color is produced by Offspring Films.


Shrikant Bashir

Streaming on: December 11

Directed by Santosh Shetty and written by Shiraz Ahmed, Shrikant Bashir follows the story of Shrikant Mhatre, played by Gashmeer Mahajani and Bashir Khan (Yudhishtir Singh). The action drama focuses on the partnership of two ideologically and ethically different individuals, who come together to protect the country. The show also stars Pooja Gor, Mantra and Ashmita Jaggi.


Streaming on: December 25

Directed by Rohan Sippy, Sandwich features Aahana Kumra, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Zakir Hussain and Divya Seth Shah among others. It follows the story of a couple, Naina and Sameer whose life changes after they get married.


Bebaakee Season 1- Part 2

Streaming on: December 11

BEBAAKEE teaser, kushal tandon, altbalajiKushal Tandon in a still from Bebaakee.

Bebaakee revolves around the lives of its three lead characters: Sufiyaan (Kushal Tandon), Kainaat (Shivjyoti Rajput) and Imtiaz (Karan Jotwani). Sufiyaan loves Kainaat passionately, but due to a misunderstanding, their relationship goes for a toss, and he decides to destroy her life. The second part of the show will show what turn their lives will take.


Streaming on: December 29

Paurashpur is a period drama that boasts of larger-than-life sets, lavish costumes, and an ensemble cast including Annu Kapoor, Milind Soman, Shilpa Shinde, Shaheer Sheikh, Flora Saini, Sahil Salathia, Poulomi Das and Anant Joshi among others. The show is directed by Sachindra Vats and produced by Jaasvand Entertainment. It will also stream on ZEE5.

MX Player


Streaming on: December 11

hina khan wishlist Hina Khan in Wishlist.

The Hina Khan and Jitendra Rai-starrer is directed by Rahat Kazmi. The film is about a couple that decides to fulfil their wishlist of forgotten dreams after realising that they do not have much time left together.

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Best Cyber Monday tech deals from across the web

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On Cyber Monday, all the world's a tech sale: Save on Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and so much more. (Photo: Yahoo Life)
On Cyber Monday, all the world’s a tech sale: Save on Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and so much more. (Photo: Yahoo Life)

Wake up—it’s Cyber Monday! And while there are tons of deals across the Internet today, it’s the exceptional tech deals that make this occasion truly epic—yes, even better than Black Friday.

Cyber Monday is THE day to find the biggest tech savings online. Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of markdowns, and unsure where to begin? Never fear. We’ve sifted through the offerings from top retailers—Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more—and assembled the absolute best bargains.

Whether you’re thinking micro (the small-but-mighty Apple AirPods) or macro (a massive new Samsung 4K TV) or somewhere in between—there are tech treats on this list to match a few names on your holiday list. And maybe a couple of items you need in your own home too. Every one of them will save you serious bucks. So pour your coffee, settle in, and focus up. This merch moves fast. Get yours before it’s gone.


Save 35 percent on this Sony X750H 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV. (Photo: Amazon)
Save 35 percent on this Sony X750H 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $518 from an original price of $800, this Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV is the latest and greatest from the tech company. Its massive 55-inch 4K display is clear and detailed, with vivid color. Sony’s world-class Processor X1 powers true-to-life visuals, while HDR (High Dynamic Range) settings make sure colors stay bright.

“This TV has exceeded my expectations,” wrote a delighted five-star reviewer. “The picture is crisp and sharp from every angle; the design is very sturdy and the new remote is awesome!”

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Smartphones and tablets

Save $100 on this Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (128GB). (Photo: Samsung)
Save $100 on this Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (128GB). (Photo: Samsung)

Let’s be real: This Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a game-changer, and a worthy rival for the iPhone 12. For Cyber Monday, a factory unlocked model is $100 off at Not only is it super fast, thanks to new 5GB cellular antennas, but it’s also super powerful and built for speed—thanks to 6GB of memory and 128GB of on-board storage. Grab this deal while you can, and see what all the excitement is about. You won’t be disappointed.

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Audio gear and headphones

Save $226 on the Bose Wave Music System IV. (Photo: QVC)
Save $226 on the Bose Wave Music System IV. (Photo: QVC)

Still have a bunch of CDs you want to listen to? (We hear you.) The Bose Wave Music System IV is just what you’ve been searching for—a CD player and radio combo that’s elegant and sleek, with excellent audio. For Cyber Monday, the Bose Wave IV is 45 percent off at QVC, down from $500 to just $274. That’s the lowest price on the web right now!

“A wanted a newer Bose, with a CD player, for another room so the System IV was a natural choice. Not disappointed,” shared a Bose shopper. “The AM/FM stereo radio and CD player perform flawlessly and the sound quality is equal to or better than a top drawer stereo system with large bookshelf speakers I have owned before. All in an attractive, compact package.”

This Bose CD player and radio combo is one of the most popular sound systems on QVC—and at this price, it’s likely to sell out fast. So click; look; add to cart.

Check out more headphone and audio gear deals below:

Work from home

Save $100 on this Lenovo Chromebook S330. (Photo: Walmart)
Save $100 on this Lenovo Chromebook S330. (Photo: Walmart)

For a speedy and sleek machine that’ll get you through these work-at-home days, look to this Lenovo Chromebook S330. It’s on sale for just $159 at Walmart for Cyber Monday—that’s $40 off its regular price.

It offers a traditional laptop feel, with a clicky keyboard and a pristine 14-inch HD display. With vivid colors, it’s also great for streaming YouTube and Netflix—and it’s powerful enough for Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and much more. It makes a great gift for a student learning remotely.

“This Chromebook is an absolute steal,” raves a delighted Walmart shopper. “I enjoyed the screen and it got very bright. The thin bezels are a big plus. The rest of the stuff is fairly straight forward. The keyboard is solid and tactile, the trackpad is a little grippier than glass but has exceptional multitouch and scrolling tracking. The speakers get fairly loud. You can expect to get nice fast Wi-Fi on this model.”

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Save 38 percent on these Samsung Galaxy Buds earbuds. (Photo: Amazon)
Save 38 percent on these Samsung Galaxy Buds earbuds. (Photo: Amazon)

If you’re looking for a great money-saving alternative to Apple AirPods, look no further. These Samsung Galaxy Buds work flawlessly with Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones and are an impressive 38 percent off for Cyber Monday.

Just open up the charging case and they’ll instantly sync up via the Samsung Wearable app for Android. The charging case (brilliantly) doubles as a wireless charging pad for your phone. It even works the other way around, to give the Galaxy Buds additional juice (something you can’t do with AirPods).

“Amazing headphones and definitely an Apple AirPods killer!” added a satisfied Amazon shopper. “They are comfortable, and I didn’t have to change the tips or wings because they were perfect,” the reviewer says of the fit.

These Samsung Galaxy Buds are on sale for $80—down from $130—at Amazon. That’s a 38 percent savings! Want to feel even better about the purchase? Compare this price to the cost of Apple AirPods.

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Smart home

Save 42 percent on the all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation). (Photo: Amazon)
Save 42 percent on the all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation). (Photo: Amazon)

With an all-new sphere design, the fourth generation Echo Dot—which is on sale from $50 to just $29 at Amazon for Cyber Monday—is a small but powerful speaker with a glow-light base. It can stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM, and more with clearer and more robust audio quality than earlier iterations .

You can pair it with another Echo Dot via Bluetooth to create amazing stereo sound in your home for less than what it would cost for just one Bluetooth speaker from Bose or Sonos.

Alexa is included, so you can always get the latest news and weather—and control other smart home devices with just the sound of your voice. Shoppers love the compact dimensions—they make the Echo Dot great for smaller rooms.

“This is exactly what I am looking for,” raved a happy Amazon shopper. “This fits perfectly in my bathroom after my Sony shower radio malfunctioned and was discontinued. The sound is loud and clear. Now I am able to hear all online stations with no interference. The design is space-saving, with rubber underneath to prevent sliding off from the tile.”

Check out more smart home deals below:

Echo Show 5, $45 (was $90),

Google Nest Hub, $50 (was $90),

TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Extender, $18 (was $30),

Google Home Max, $149 (was $299),

JBL Link View Bluetooth Smart Speaker, $90 (was $300),

Roku Ultra LT Streaming Media Player, $59 (was $79),

Google Nest Mini (second generation), $29 (was $49),

Fire TV Stick Lite, $18 (was $30),

Ring Stick Up Cam, $80 (was $100),

Arlo Pro 2HD Video Camera, $100 (was $230),

Kootion Smart Plug (two-pack), $15 (was $39),

Google Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera, $127 (was $200),

Fire TV Stick 4K, plus one-year subscription to Food Network Kitchen, $30 (was $70),

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm), $179 (was $199),

Echo Dot (3rd Gen), $19 (was $40),

Ring Video Doorbell 3, $140 (was $200),

Lenovo Smart Clock, $35 (was $80),


Save 33 percent on Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X/S. (Photo: Microsoft)
Save 33 percent on Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X/S. (Photo: Microsoft)

The Xbox Series X/S just came out a few weeks ago, so it’s very unlikely we’ll see the console or any of its games on sale anytime soon. But hidden deep on, you’ll find Watch Dogs: Legion on sale for Cyber Monday. Right now, you can score this title for 33 percent off, down from $60 to just $40. The third installment of this widely popular video game series would make a great gift for someone on your list.

This action/adventure game from Ubisoft takes place in a near future where London is on GFN of collapse. All-seeing surveillance state and private military are in control, while the fate of the city is in the hands of DedSec, a hacker group that wants to fight back for freedom. It’s as fun as it sounds. And for $20 off? A steal.

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