Giuseppe Verdi--the original Most Interesting Man in the World.

Giuseppe Verdi--the original Most Interesting Man in the World.

If Irene has seized your power and still won't give it back, I have two things to say to you: that I am deeply sorry, and that I do not know how you are reading this right now. Here are some entertaining goings-on to distract you from your woes.

Taking you back to a time where electricity probably would have been heretical is Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which opened yesterday on the Hartford Stage. Director Gordon Edelstein helms this production of the Tony Award-winning play, which tells the tale of the town of Salem, whose inhabitants' religious devotion blinds them to their unjust indictment of Goody Proctor for being a witch. If you arrive early at 6 p.m., you can have a pre-show dinner with the costume designers for only an extra 20 bucks. Tickets are between $54.50 and $75.50, and the show runs until September 25.

If being dragged kicking and screaming back to your high school days doesn't sound like fun to you, there's the Musical Prints 1568-1949 exhibition at the Benton Museum up at the UConn Storrs Campus. The curators have put together a series of 64 images that represent the major players in the history of European music--the composers, performers, and their patrons. An etching of particular note is Paul Lafond's Portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, whose dashing beard and fabulous scarf likely made a great contribution to his musical genius.

Say your fridge has been off-limits for the past few days, thus cutting off access to beer, and you're about to lose it. Thankfully, the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield is running its bi-weekly Friday Open House from 5-8 p.m. tonight. I believe the website puts it best: "What typical happy hour could you get drinks, a guided tour, and take home your pint glass for $10?" Excellent question. And maybe once the beer gets your appetite going, you could hit up West Hartford's Murasaki for an awesome Japanese and Korean dinner. Sure, you'll be hungry an hour later, but who cares if the food was great?

Finally, at the MGM Grand tonight is none other than Snoop Dogg, who is hosting the last Foxwoods Pool Party of the year. But don't show up in your bathing suit, kids--no swimming is allowed at this get-together. If you're like me and you'd give your left arm to hang out with the West Coast Crip himself, you'd pay the $25 cover and show up right at 8 p.m. when it starts. Unfortunately, the Dogg is only there to chill, and won't be performing. Guess you'll have to be satisfied with plain ol' gin and juice for the night.