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Bricco & Grants

Food Review    by Howard Steven Frydman

Restaurant:                                                                            Bricco                                        Grants

Location:               78 LaSalle Road                           977 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT                        West Hartford, CT
860) 233-0220                            1(860)  236-1930

Overall Rating:       5 stars                                           5 Stars

Superb Dining Experience


Legendary Connecticut restaurateur, Billy Grant, owner /chef of the renowned Bricco and Grants restaurants and his family have been old and fast friends of mine for many years, yet we have never met. I have marveled at his inspired cuisine but never knew he was at the kitchen’s helm. How can this be you ask? Let me solve this mystery of the legacy of Billy Grant. Once upon a childhood, Sundays was not only a day of rest and relaxation, but it was that one cherished day where my mother, Lillian, also took a rest from cooking. We would all jump into my father’s light blue Chevy Impala and head to one of our favorite  eateries  “Augie’s and Rays,” situated on Silver Lane in East Hartford CT. I can still taste the great food they served there. My brother and I usually had the foot long grilled hotdog, served on a buttered toasted bun and then added chopped onions, relish, mustard, ketchup and endless heaps of sauerkraut- to die for delish!!!. The owner of Augie’s & Rays? Billy’s father, William Grant Jr. and Billy was there!  Another local favorite during my youth was “The Eatery” restaurant situated in East Windsor, CT. where we celebrated many a holiday, birthday and special event.  The owner, Billy’s Uncle Paul Ianni and once again Billy was there! Today, Master Chef Billy Grant, can be found at the helm of two celebrated new restaurants, Bricco and Grants, where dining in unsurpassed and memories are made to last a generation and yes! - Billy is here!!

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Man In A Case
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Hartford Stage Presents World Premiere of

Man in a Case

Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov

Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov


Hartford, CT, January 30, 2013
- Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, today announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Man in a Case, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, on stage February 21 through March 24.

In a tale both witty and haunting, a reclusive man's courtship of a carefree young woman forces him to stare down his own rigid nature. Another man looks back at the love of his life, and wonders if he should have pursued her despite her marriage to another. Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the team behind the internationally acclaimed Big Dance Theater, bring their signature style - fusing theater, movement, music, and video - to their world premiere adaptation of two Anton Chekhov short stories, "Man in a Case" and "About Love."ManInACase


The cast features Mikhail Baryshnikov with Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, and Aaron Mattocks. Man in a Case, Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov, is directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater and choreographed by Annie-B Parson.


Man in a Case, will feature Mikhail Baryshnikov, who appeared on Broadway in Metamorphosis (Tony Award-nomination and a Drama Critics Award). Off-Broadway credits include In Paris (Ely and Edyth Broad Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Lincoln Center Festival and 2011-12 International Tour), Beckett Shorts (New York Theatre Workshop) and Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient (Lincoln Center Festival). He has appeared in the films White Nights, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, Company Business and The Turning Point (Oscar nomination, Best Supporting Actor). Awards include: Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award and rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor. He is the Artistic Director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. 
The cast will also include Jess Barbagallo (Big Dance Theater, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf and The Builders Association) who will portray Hunter and Burkin; Tymberly Canale (Big Dance Theater's Supernatural Wife) as Barbara; Chris Giarmo (Big Dance Theater's Supernatural Wife) as Hunter and Ivan; and Aaron Mattocks (Big Dance Theater, Phantom Limb Company and OtherShore) as Kovalenko.

The creative team features costume design by Oana Botez (PS122, The Kitchen); sound design by artist and musician Tei Blow; set design by Peter Ksander (Brooklyn Academy of Music, PS122); video design by Jeff Larson (Comme Toujours Here I Stand, Big Dance Theatre); lighting design by Jennifer Tipton (Tony awards for The Cherry Orchard and Jerome Robbins' Broadway); and the production stage manager is Jenni Bowman.

Principal production support forMan in a Case, by United Technologies, with additional support from Bank of America.

Key Dates and Information

Press Night: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

Opening Night: 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

The production runs February 21 through March 24. Evening performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; and a special Stay/Play performance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Matinee performances are Sundays and select Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For a more specific schedule of performances or to buy tickets for Man in a Case, please call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit www.hartfordstage.org.

Library Talks take place at 7:30 p.m. February 7 at the West Hartford Public Library, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford, and at 7 p.m. on February 12 at Prosser Library, One Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield. Senior Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson gives community talks on each show in the season, at the West Hartford and Bloomfield Public Libraries.

The Producer's Table takes place at 5:45 p.m. March 7. Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play; tour at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $21 (performance not included) and can be purchased at hartfordstage.org.

Dinner + Design takes place at 6 p.m. February 27. Members of our production team discuss what it takes to create the theatrical worlds of our season. Learn more about the magic that happens backstage while enjoying a pre-show dinner. (Dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.) Tickets are $21 (performance not included) and can be purchased at hartfordstage.org.


LGBT Night Out takes place at 6:15 p.m. February 28. Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at the bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons.In collaboration with the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. FREE.


Hartford Stage Company

Hartford Stage, since its founding in 1963, has been known for innovative revivals of classics and the development of important new works, including 65 World or American premieres. Recent work includes Quiara Alegria Hudes' Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle which had a celebrated run at the Signature Theatre in New York during the 2009-2010 season; a landmark production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird; the premieres of Michael Kramer's Divine Rivalry; and Daniel Beaty's Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night, which had a successful run off-Broadway during the 2010-11 season). In 1998 the theatre launched an unprecedented ten-year retrospective of Tennessee Williams, which included the premiere of three plays. Other new work includes the premieres of Eve Ensler's Necessary Targets, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, Matthew Barber's Enchanted April (which transferred to Broadway), Matthew Lombardo's Tea at Five, and many others. The theatre has earned numerous distinguished honors, including a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award, OBIE awards, New York Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. In 2005 Hartford Stage was awarded The Hartford Courant's Tapestry Award recognizing its outstanding work in diversity, and in 2008 it was awarded the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award recognizing its excellence in building community in Greater Hartford. Hartford Stage is currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts.


 
WARHORSE
Reviews: Howard Steven Frydman

WARHORSE

DREAMWORKS PICTURES

Website and Mobile site: warhorsemovie.com
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Genre:                          Drama

Rating:                          PG-13

U.S. Release date:         December 25, 2011

 Cast:                            Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch,                                                   Toby Kebbell

Director:                        Steven Spielberg

Producers:                    Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Executive Producers:     Frank Marshall, Revel Guest

Screenplay by:              Lee Hall and Richard Curtis

WARHORSE

Based on the book by:   Michael Morpurgo and the recent stage play by Nick Stafford, produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot


DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war— a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is currently on Broadway. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

 DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.


 
FirstCompanyGovFootGuardDogShow
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FIRST COMPANY GOVERNOR’S FOOT GUARD

P.O. BOX 1771 HARTFORD CT 06144

For more information, please contact SSG Mark Boudreau

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(H) (860) 295-9881 | (W) (860) 580-1898 | (C) (860) 978-2892

First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Athletic Association

Dog Show and Obedience Trials

The First Company Governor’s Foot Guard, under the command of Major Commandant Christopher Cain, will sponsor the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Athletic Association’s Annual Dog Show and Obedience Trials this weekend.  At these events, dogs compete to earn championship points in the breed conformation judging.

 

New this year, the Foot Guard Athletic Association is sponsoring two separate shows:  One each on Saturday and Sunday.  These are separate shows with separate entries, separate judging and separate winners.

 

Our shows are AKC sanctioned events.  Saturday’s show is All Breed and Junior Showmanship (AB/JSHW) and Sunday’s show is an All Breed, Obedience and Junior Showmanship (AB/O/JSHW) event.  Nearly 900 dogs are entered in each show.  Dogs from as far away as Texas, Minnesota and California as well as Canada have been registered to compete in the shows, including some that will have just competed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.  Over 140 different breeds of dogs will be represented.  Also, more than 50 dogs have been entered in Obedience Trials on Sunday which showcases some impressively trained dogs performing a series of obedience exercises.

 

What:               First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Athletic Association Dog Show and Obedience Trials – Obedience Trials on Sunday only

Where:             XL Center Exhibition Hall

When:              2 DAYS – 2 SHOWS

Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, 2013

Gates open at 8:00 AM

Judging begins at approximately 9:00 AM

Best in Group and Best in Show judging begins early afternoon

Info:                 www.governorsfootguard.com/dogshow
 
Arthur Christmas
Movie Info by Howard Steven Frydman


Upcoming Film: Arthur Christmas

Arthur ChristmasThe 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

 
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