Howard Steven Frydman receives prestigious Duncaster “60 Over 60” Award

 

Howard Steven Frydman receives “60 Over 60” Award.

Howard Steven Frydman, General Manager of BATV, Secretary of the Bloomfield Board of Education, and the official “Santa Claus” for the City of Hartford, was one of over 60 state residents to receive the prestigious Duncaster “60 Over 60” Award.

According to organizers- Howard Steven Frydman goes by several aliases – “Mr. BATV”, “Bloomfield’s Goodwill Ambassador” and even “Santa Howard”. For the past 30 years, Howard has been the General Manager of Bloomfield Access Television (BATV) and is the town’s most visible cheerleader. Howard has served in such elected positions including: Bloomfield Library Board of Directors, Selectman, Registrar of Voters, Justice of the Peace, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bloomfield’s Continuing Education.

Additionally, Howard’s Theater, Food and movie reviews have been syndicated in several state newspapers and currently serves as the “Art Critic at Large” for the Messenger Publications. Each December Howard transforms into “Santa Howard” donning a red suit, trimming his real white beard and traveling throughout the State of Connecticut spreading the good will of the season.

BATV Board of Directors members congratulate Howard Steven Frydman- From left: Barbara Ann Williams, Howard Steven Frydman, Harvey Leon Frydman, and Meredith Johnson.

On May 20th, a gathering of over 400 attended the award celebration that took place on the Duncaster campus, honoring all these extraordinary individuals over the age of 60 who are some of the state’s senior movers and shakers.

Howard S. Frydman Michael A. O’Brien, Duncaster President.

Duncaster launched the state’s first 60 Over 60 awards in January looking for people ages 60 or better living lives to be admired; lives that inspire. They included those who impacted others; started businesses; gave birth to movements; furthered ideas or made a difference in someone’s life.

Ed Stockton and Howard Steven Frydman

Howard Frydman, Mary Fran and Peter Libassi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those honored at this celebration include those who dedicated their lives to public service, authors, artists, poets, volunteers, caregivers, healthcare professionals and executives with some of the state’s most influential institutions.  They are pioneers and change-makers.  They broke rules.  They made new ones.  They did things first and they kick-started change.  They made history and they honored it.

About Duncaster: Duncaster, the Hartford area’s first LifeCare community, is located minutes from West Hartford and Simsbury in Bloomfield CT.

This boutique Life Plan Community sits on 94 acres.  While catering to those who are active and engaged in independent living neighborhoods, Duncaster also offers options for those seeking assisted living, memory care, long-term care and rehab services (all private) in intimate settings. Duncaster was voted the Best Retirement Community by readers of Harford Magazine and the Connecticut Law Tribune.  Residents have a role in governance and sit on the board – a rare distinction. For more information, visit http://www.Duncaster.org or call (860) 380-5005.

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The Howard Theater Review- “Thoroughly Modern Millie”- Goodspeed Opera

Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Theater: Goodspeed Opera House
Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman

The countdown to summer has begun- drawn like a bee to his nectar- I joyously make my first seasonal sojourn (since my recent bypass surgery) to a rare flower – set atop by the majestic Connecticut River- it can only bee- The One – The Only – The Goodspeed Opera House. Their initial offering- the first of three musicals presented for the 2017 season – “Thoroughly Modern Millie. With a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan and includes new music by Jeanine Tesori, new lyrics by Scanlan and is directed and choreographed by Denis Jones. My friends, let me tell you what all the buzz is about- TMM is a very welcomed delight, a toe-tapping, flip flapping, red-hot jazzy, bees knees of a good time!! Let me tell You – musical Comedy at its raucous best- so here it goes!

I love musicals that have wacky characters, screwball storylines, high kicking dancers and memorable music- and this meets all my criteria with a capital TMM- and that stands for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” – you should’ve seen my “beaming” smile as I descended from the grand opera staircase after the performance- I coulda lit up Long Island sound, but I digress- let’s start at the start- shall we?

As many of you may already know TMM started its life as a movie musical in 1967 starring musical superstars Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, and coming off her role as “Laura” in the “Dick Van Dyke” show Mary Tyler Moore- later it made its way to Broadway in 2002 with a few changes in storyline and music- but the tale stays the same- it’s circa 1920ish and everything is modern – thoroughly! Journeying to NYC – our heroine “Kansas Born”- Millie Dillmount (Taylor Quick) has plans – big plans and that include marring her boss for money and not for love- by Gosh, by Gee, by Jimminy!!!!

Taylor Quick as Millie Dillmount in Goodspeed Musicals’ Thoroughly Modern Millie now playing at The Goodspeed through July 2. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Taylor Quick as Millie Dillmount in Goodspeed Musicals’ Thoroughly Modern Millie now playing at The Goodspeed through July 2. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Millie quickly transforms herself from a “bug-eyed Betty” to a be-bobbed, hot diggity “it girl” flapper. Yet in a Clara Bow snap of a finger moment she gets purloined- suitcase, purse, money – all gone – all awhile meeting up with paper clip salesman Jimmy Smith (Dan DeLuca). No money, no where to go what’s a gal to do? – in Millie’s case it’s off to where the vacancy neon lights is a revolving door- the Hotel Pricilla for aspiring actresses. Here we are introduced to ex-actress and “white slaver” the wickedly wicked – Mrs. Meers (Loretta Ables Sayre) who has a fondness for orphans- “Sad to be all alone in the world.” hmmmm??! In quick succession we are acquainted with Millie’s roommate, the innocent and wide-eyed Miss Dorothy Brown (Samantha Storm), the boss she plans to marry – Trevor Graydon (Edward Watts), nightclub singer and wealthy widow Muzzy Van Hossmere (Ramona Keller) and Mrs Meer’s two Chinese faithful flunkys – Bun Foo (Christopher Shin) and Ching Ho (James Seol).

“Muquin” Christopher Shin (Bun Foo), Loretta Ables Sayre (Mrs. Meers) and James Seol (Ching Ho) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Thoroughly Modern Millie now playing at The Goodspeed through July 2. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

“Muquin” Christopher Shin (Bun Foo), Loretta Ables Sayre (Mrs. Meers) and James Seol (Ching Ho) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Thoroughly Modern Millie now playing at The Goodspeed through July 2. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

The production:- Ok- the first thing that hits ya square in the eyes is the extraordinary ’20 costume design on the cast and ensemble. Costume designer and two time Tony nominee Gregory Gale has brought all the razzmatazz of that “modern” era to the Goodspeed stage – and it shows especially in their first dance number- the plays namesake “Thoroughly Modern Millie”- it’s the cat’s meow!! Our lead Millie- Taylor Quick, is a singing sensation- and not a bad typer as well- I loved her “Razz-matazz” rendition of “The Speed Test”! Loretta Ables Sayre is perfectly cast as the dastardly Mrs. Meers- I just wished she had added a bit more exaggerated Meers meanness-madness to the role. Romona Keller is delicious in her role as “Muzzy”- what a voice on this gal- reminded me a bit like Carol Channing – If only Director Denis Jones had added the songs “Jazz Baby” and “Baby Face”, from the original TMM film, it would have been a perfect match for Miss Keller’s sweet and sexy vocal stylings. Finally, I am in love with Lucia Spina’s elbows and her portrayal as put-apon secretary Miss Flannery- all eyes are on Miss Spina and her elbows whenever she is on stage- so you better go see TMM to see why!!! So there!!

“Skies are sunny and clear, long as I'm here with you.” Ramona Keller (Muzzy) returns to Café Society (pictured with Darius Wright, PJ Palmer and Daniel May) Goodspeed Musicals’ Thoroughly Modern Millie now playing at The Goodspeed through July 2. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

“Skies are sunny and clear, long as I’m here with you.” Ramona Keller (Muzzy) returns to Café Society (pictured with Darius Wright, PJ Palmer and Daniel May) Goodspeed Musicals’ Thoroughly Modern Millie now playing at The Goodspeed through July 2. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

This is no bum’s rush- I am truly backing this first musical entry at the Goodspeed Opera House. As Julie Andrews once said – It’s practically perfect in every way” – hmm, maybe that was another film that “popped” into my head- but you get my drift- “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will leave you with a “Happy Healing Healthy” glow – make a bee line to Haddam and enjoy a night of pure theatrical joy!! Enjoy!!

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Goodspeed Musicals
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860)873-8664

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” will run April 21st through July 2nd, 2017. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (with select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at goodspeed.org.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com

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Captain Underpants- Exclusive Screening Family 4 Pack of Tixs

 

THE BATV SUMMER OF 2017 BEGINS!!!!

Join us for the movie of the summer-
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE
BATV invites you to the
advance screening of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks’ upcoming release, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, on Saturday, May 27th, at 10 AM at Bow Tie Cinema City at the Palace.

Please go to the Gofobo link below for your family pack of 4 screening passes!
URL: http://www.gofobo.com/CaptainUnderpantsBATV

First come- First Served. Please arrive early to theater.

location- Cinema City at the Palace
330 New Park Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Date & Time
Saturday, May 27th, 10am
Have your passes to show at the door

 

 

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Director: David Soren
Writer: Nicholas Stoller (Based on the Epic Novels by Dav Pilkey)
Producers: Mark Swift, Mireille Soria
Cast: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal

SYNOPSIS
Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Official Channels
SITE: http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DWAnimation
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dreamworksanimation/
#CaptainUnderpants

 

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Tom Cruise in THE MUMMY- VIP Screening- Enter Contest and WIN TIX

 

 

THE BATV SUMMER OF 2017 BEGINS!!!!

Join us for the movie of the summer- THE Mummy Starring Tom Cruise!

Below please find  info and link for our upcoming screening of THE MUMMY on 6/6, 7pm at Bowtie Palace. Enter the BATV THE MUMMY CONTEST to win two tickets to the premiere. First come- First Served. Please arrive early to theater.

Link:
http://tinyurl.com/l3dxmaq

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THE MUMMY – In Theaters June 9
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #TheMummy
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).
The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

 

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A Heart to Hartt Happening- “The Rhythm of U.S.”

Howard Steven Frydman
The Hartt School
The Rhythm of U.S.


I just witnessed a spectacular student produced production-“The Rhythm of U.S.” – but how I got here is a story in itself- it took a twist of fate, a new heartbeat’s tick, once broken now mended – that brought it all together.

So here’s the yarn according to me – Howard!

The McGuffin: Serendipitous moments- a zig or a zag- do you take the right turn or the left, saying yes instead of no. It’s amazing how ones choices lead us to extraordinary moments, chance encounters, wonderful unforeseen opportunities.

These “blink in time” flash points embrace – placing you at random encounters, a drift-less decision that leads you to meet someone new, participate in an event or place you at the right moment at the right time.
Over the years, I have been a magnet for these happy heavenly happenstances – finding fate’s “fickle finger on my shoulder” -this time it led me to meet writer, director, actor Emma Krishnaswami, view her production- “The Rhythm of U.S.” and revisit old and new friends at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Zig: Three weeks since my most recent open heart bypass surgery-and now only two days home after a two week stay at Caleb Hitchcock at Duncaster- a rehab center in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield- and now the blizzard of ’17 hits the region! Oy! As Mark Twain testified, “don’t like the weather- just wait” – I came home the temp was 55, a day later, it’s 16 degrees and snowing to beat the band- over two feet!
With my Cardiologists warning ringing in my ear- “Howard- never ever again- no snow shoveling” – yet the next day I had to go back to the doctor- so what to do? Another “Oy”!

 

The Zag: I needed help- What else could I do-I sent an SOS via emails and Facebook seeking snow storm assistance- and it came!! It came from folks who were concerned about my predicament such as famed actress and Hartt Voice, Speech, and Dialects Professor Johanna Morrison, restauranteur Maria “Pizza Empress” Rosu, and folks like Hartt Student Miss Emma Krishnaswami who I had never ever met!! Miss K. wrote “I was wondering if you still needed help? I won’t be able to get there till this evening after 6, but I would be happy to help you out.” Who is this extraordinary woman?

A Serendipity Snowstorm: what a moment- I was so truly overwhelmed by this young woman reaching out to me in a real time of desperate need- it really touched my heart! Yet before I could actually take up anyone on their kind offers- Unbeknownst to me Mayor Syd Schulman of Bloomfield sent someone over to clear the driveway  of snow- I am blessed with friends! However in response to my friend Johanna Morrison’s concern I emailed her,”Johanna- can you believe Mayor Syd of Bloomfield sent someone to my home to do my driveway! They were so quiet I didn’t even know they had been to my home—and then I received an email from one of your Hartt students- Emma Krishnaswami- I don’t even know her- and she wanted to help dig me out!!! Wow!! That was so nice!!! If you know her- please give her a big hug from me!! You have some wonderful thoughtful students!!”

Scott Burrows (2020); Alex Robertson (2020); Matthew Werner (2019); Genevieve Hendrix (2019); Voni Kengla (2019); Ariana Ortmann (2019); Pedro Fontes (2020); Quiana Leigh (2019); Danny Brown, Music Director (2019); Emma Krishnaswami, Director and Co-Writer (2017).

Scott Burrows (2020); Alex Robertson (2020); Matthew Werner (2019); Genevieve Hendrix (2019); Voni Kengla (2019); Ariana Ortmann (2019); Pedro Fontes (2020); Quiana Leigh (2019); Danny Brown, Music Director (2019); Emma Krishnaswami, Director and Co-Writer (2017).

An Emma Krishnaswami Invitation: At this point about 5 weeks have passed- I am still home recuperating and now in mid-April I received an unexpected and welcome email invitation from Miss Emma inviting me to “a show that I have spent 7 months planning and the entire semester directing. It is called “The Rhythm of U.S.” ” –  a collaborative project created by University of Hartford students, co-written and directed by the one and only Emma Krishnaswami.

Howard Steven Frydman, Emma Krishnaswami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The production features an original piece by Connecticut’s next Mark Twain, famed playwright and friend Jacques Lamarre, plus up and coming student playwright Sam Seleznow. Hartt Student performers include: Scott Burrows, Pedro Fontes, Genevieve Hendrix, Quiana Leigh, Voni Kengla, Arianna Ortmann, Alex Robertson and Mr. Matthew Werner. Of course I’m excepting Emma’s kind Invitation- my first live production in months since the “Big H-Cut” – nothing short of an April blizzard would stop me from seeing this student production. Hartt here I come!!

With Cane in Hand- I make my way slowly to The Handel Performing Arts Center, Studio N125. There is so much creative energy emanating from this room it could light the lights on Broadway. I’m greeted by old friends including, Robert H. Davis, Hartt Professor of Theatre in Acting and Voice & Speech, and my singular choice to take over the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in The Hartford Stage’s annual production “A Christmas Carol”- (are you hearing me Mike Stotts!!), as previous mentioned, my old pal, the legendary playwright and all around “good guy” Jacques Lamarre, and then a whirlwind of a gal approaches me – “are you Howard?” – I reply- “are you Emma”? – I promptly receive a heart healing hug from the one and only Miss Emma Krishnaswami. I could cry!

Jacques Lamarre, Emma Krishnaswami. Howard Steven Frydman

Howard Steven Frydman, Robert H. Davis

Miss Emma’s Production: “The Rhythm of U.S.”, a series of short acting pieces, explores different political issues – women’s rights, LGBTQ issues, the refugee crisis, and anti-semitism. Issues that I personally must state that have been brought “front forward” by a “Enfant Terrible’s trumpeted rage and reign.

According to Emma, “While the production represents different races, genders, cultures and sexualities, the show also unites performers and audience in a commonality we all share: humans trying to live together in America”.
The pieces in this one hour production include; “Bottom of the River”; “Yearning to Breathe Free”, Jacques Lamarre’s “Gaybraham Lincoln”, “Amazing Grace” and the thought provoking “Sunday In The Park with Anne” – Anne being the ghost of “Anne Frank”- told in three parts-and utilizing various “diary” selections. Anne is the illusion of “hemp happy” Jonah as they discuss anti-semitism then and now. A powerful emotional “triptych” that could be made more emotional if the ending was heightened with an unexpected twist- that Jonah is also a Ghost- a victim of someone’s hateful antisemitic rage. Only a suggestion!
I look forward to seeing this splendidly conceived production augmented by additional pieces and produced at other theaters! Great job all!

 

A Questionable Mr. Howard: Several questions that I put forward to Miss Em.

What was the hardest part of putting this production together?
“This process had many difficulties, but I think I was well prepared for each of them with the amount of experience and training I have had in theatre on and off stage. I’d say one of the biggest struggles was coordinating all of the students’ rigorous schedules with my schedule and the availability of rehearsal space. I remember spending full days coming up with the rehearsal schedule for the next 2 weeks. Sometimes we would be in the depths of a rehearsal and we would get kicked out because there was a class. Going into the project, I also knew I had to accept the fact that people may drop out, people may forget about rehearsal or may have to cancel coming to one at the last minute”.

What did you learn?
“Ooooh many many things. One of the most important things I learned was what I am capable of and that I should trust myself. I went in with a lot of self-doubt about my abilities to see the fine points in real moments, which I think are essential to making a piece of theatre believable and relatable. But as the process continued I learned that I had a very good sense of these moments and could actually guide actors in a helpful way. It was always magical when I would adjust something and suddenly the moment came to life. I also learned that I have gained enough acting, stage management, technical, and leadership experience over the years to properly plan the birth process of a show in a timely fashion. I learned to have much more confidence in what I know. I learned that I am a director as much as I am an actor”.

“I also learned that all those years of being taught and directed really did teach me how to get the best work out of actors. In order to create real, relatable theatre you must be willing to let the actors be artists and trust them. Make them comfortable, treat them as equals rather than lesser, and make sure they feel validated in their contributions so that they are inspired to continue contributing.”

“I also learned that actors really need to eat if you want to have productive rehearsals. One weekend we had an 8am and no one had eaten because the dining halls weren’t open that early and people were so slow and cranky. The next weekend I brought food and people were much more lively. The contrast was night and day. Literally.”

Why did you put this project together- was this your concept?
“This project was very much my concept. Prior to the election of Trump, I came up with the idea to tell the Syrian refugee story. I realized I had not paid much attention to this horrible crisis across the sea and that I was one of millions who didn’t bat an eye at it. This had to stop because if it were me over there it would make no sense to me how my world could be falling apart, but there are people out there who still have perfect lives and refuse to help. This bothered me on a deep level. Looking back now, I am not sure how I would have accomplished this. Then the election of Trump occurred and I realized our citizens needed something encouraging, something uniting, but being a student in college it was difficult to feel like I could do anything to bring about change. I saw this show as an opportunity to help. I still wanted to shed light on the refugee crisis, but also on other communities and groups that were negatively influenced by this election.”

Is this your senior Project- how many students were involved-are they all Hartt seniors?

“This is my senior project. There were 12 students involved altogether. 8 actors, 1 student writer, 1 director/writer, 1 music director, 1 dramaturge. The only seniors were Sam Seleznow (“Sunday in the Park with Anne” playwright) and me. All the actors were freshmen and sophomores. Our music director, Danny Brown, was also a sophomore.”

Btw- what was your grade?

“This was actually something I chose to do on my own, not as an assignment, so I have not been graded on this. I am thinking of talking to my advisor about getting credit for it, but I am not sure.”

From Heart to Hartt: It’s a simply amazing serendipitous road on how I was invited to participate in seeing Emma’s theatrical vision. Thank you Emma Krishnaswami! “Thank god for the arts”- and thank our lucky stars for the staff and rising star talents at The Hartt School.

 

I have said it once and I will say it again – these students- these young men and woman at Hartt definitely have wonderful hearts – and here’s my tale and how it led to my visit to see the production of “The Rhythm of U.S.” And its all true- cross my heart!!

A good cast is worth repeating ( Universal Pictures) -all actors enjoy seeing their names not only in lights- but in print- so I am honored to list those participants here again now- Scott Burrows, Pedro Fontes, Genevieve Hendrix, Quiana Leigh, Voni Kengla, Arianna Ortmann, Alex Robertson and Mr. Matthew Werner.

And look out world – Here Comes Emma Krishnaswami! Oh and by the way- Stay off Motorcycles young lady!!!!

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com

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Exclusive Movie Invite-Bloomfield’s Anika Noni Rose “Everything Everything”

 

Dear Friends-

You are invited to a very special screening starring my old old friend Anika Noni Rose-from my hometown of Bloomfield!!

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING on Monday, May 15 at 7pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford,

click here: http://www.wbtickets.com/BjuSO26387
Please remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
In theaters on May 19
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LyEE7eR0nM

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Director: Stella Meghie
Writers: J. Mills Goodloe based on the bestselling book by Nicola Yoon
Producers: Leslie Morgenstein, Elysa Dutton
Executive Producer: Victor Ho

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Ana De La Reguera, Anika Noni Rose

 

Romantic Drama. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes “Everything, Everything,” based on the bestselling book by Nicola Yoon, directed by Stella Meghie and starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

This film has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality.

EverythingEverythingMovie.com

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A Food Review – Bloomfield Village Pizza- Bloomfield, CT

Food Review
Bloomfield Village Pizza

The Empress of Pizza- Maria Rosu 


Hey you! That’s right YOU!  Turn around- I’m speaking to you! Pull up a chair- I want to tell ya where to find a treasure! Yep a real “Royal” treasure! No map needed! Across from the Filley Pond Park and next to the Caruso garage in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut can be found a treasure trove of out of this world culinary delights – all helmed by a beautiful sovereign – the affectionately known “Empress of Pizza” – Executive Chef Maria Rosu of Bloomfield Village Pizza. Chef Maria – is a true “world” chef with her influences coming from such countries including those of Greece, Romania and USA – her food – is fit for the royalty in all of us!!

I originally started coming to Bloomfield Village Pizza for their Pizza. As many know, I am ultra fussy over the type of pizza I enjoy- not too thin, doesn’t flop over when you pick it up, and super fresh ingredients. My usual order, a large cheese pizza. Like many food reviewers, I like to observe how my food is prepared – happily Bloomfield Village Pizza has an open air kitchen and as you know- tastier food comes from these open kitchens! So what did I observe? The dough is made fresh daily, and no ingredients go on till you order. Many pizzerias, have the Pizza dough pre made with the sauce and cheese already layered on, that’s lazy- so ultimately, you get a pre made, deflated flat, sauce soaked dough that doesn’t ever rise- NOT HERE!

At Bloomfield Village Pizza, you receive a fresh pizza dough orb, be it a small, medium or large, home-made tomato sauce is then ladled on, next comes a deluge of mozzarella, and your toppings- over 25 in all, be it pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, or even pineapple, drizzled with EVOO, and unto the pizza oven it goes. The end results- truly heavenly- in my case, right out out of the oven, a gorgeous bronze orb that is properly proudly raised, mozzarella glistens- oooie gooey deliciousness awaits inside, and the entire pizza is encircled with a delightfully moist, one inch outer crust moat – simply simply yummy – tummy “here it comes” delectable!

Many of you may know, I most recently underwent emergency open heart bypass surgery-I lived on jello and Ensure – but all I ever dreamed of for months- was the day I could get out of the hospital, head over to Bloomfield Village Pizza – and take home one of these cherished orb pizza treats! And I did!!!

Bloomfield Village Pizza is located at 34 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT and the first thing I want you too notice when you enter the restaurant is their “Wall of Honor” – citations and proclamations presented to Chef Maria and her husband Stratos – including a Congressional Proclamation from United States Congressman John Larson, and dual Connecticut State Tributes from both Senator Eric Coleman and State Representative David Baram. In fact, every politician be they well known or “up and coming” utilize Village Pizza as “the place” for their “meet and greets”, special events, or just a “thank you party” for their constituents- you just never know who you might meet there when you pick up a pizza! The restaurant houses 15 large comfortable booths and tables at the front of the house. In the back atrium, is found a well stocked bar which seats over 30, pool tables, additional dining area and a special event hall.

Though named Bloomfield Village Pizza- I want you to take note that “The Empress” – Chef Maria does not only make Pizza- there is fine culinary delectables to be found inside. Yes – you can get hot, oh so tasty freshly made Grinders, Calzones, Club Sandwiches, burgers and the restaurants award winning “Off The Wall” Wings – but the restaurant prepares so much more! Chef Maria is a culinary master chef, especially when she is preparing two of some of the most savory delectable dishes I have ever sampled- firstly- look no further for something “fresh from the sea”- Maria’s “Whole Belly Clams” are mouth popping wonderful. Hand battered and lightly fried, these colossal gems are served with cocktail sauce and quartered lemon. We also take note and strongly urge you to try the baked Haddock. A massive, light, fluffy, fish steak. Maria prepares the Haddock- Greek style, EVOO, oven baked, and dusted with a bit of garlic and oregano and served with medallions of sliced baked tomatoes.

 

 

Pasta dishes are fully developed and delicious- my fav- the “Chicken Parmigiana”
an enormous platter of Chef Maria’s chicken breast cutlets, hand breaded and fried, plated with spaghetti and layered with homemade meat sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then housed in the oven till the cheese bubbles, browns and runs freely on the plate-hearty and good!

 

Let me just state – No matter what you order at Bloomfield Village Pizza, it will be savory, delectable and delicious! Chef Maria Rosu you are truly a beautiful Empress presiding not only over Pizza but the entire Village of Bloomfield in preparing so many excellent creative dining offerings!

For pizzas and grinders and honey chicken wings, Empress Maria Rosu will have it -. that perfect plate of food just for you – you’ll find there’s quality service, your dollar buys more at 34 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT, the finest pizza you have ever eaten and so much more!! Enjoy!!

 

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com

 

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