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MetroHartford Alliance Unveils New Logo At Annual Meeting

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MHA_logo_color_cmyk_med_horz_vectorHartford’s “rising star” has moved from high in the sky to almost earth again, landing firmly between the words “Metro” and “Hartford” for the foreseeable future.

That tiny five-pointed star first introduced to Hartford in 2001, is now part of the updated MetroHartford Alliance logo, new branding that was unveiled at the alliance’s annual meeting at the Bushnell Monday night.

“It’s about the diversity and the different people and the different strengths in our city,” explained Alliance president/CEO  Oz Griebel about the Mintz and Hoke created logo featuring an arc of multi-colored shards that, depending on how you look at them, resemble a star burst or a roughly drawn city skyline. “It is more futuristic and contemporary than the old logo,” he said explaining the new design that represents the city in tandem with the city’s new marketing mantra “Hartford Has It.”

It was an elbow- to – elbow crowd at the annual meeting that attracted an energetic group of community leaders, businessmen and women, and non-profit representatives, all celebrating the new logo, the renewed sprit in the city, a bit better economy and a future of growth.

“People in this city could not have been nicer,” said Dan Hincks, who is responsible for one of the big business ventures for the city in 2014, his long-awaited Infinity Hall music theater at Hartford’s Front Street entertainment district. “We are excited to be coming here and still expect to open our doors in June or July.”

But the big question to Hincks, also CEO of Farmington-based Data Management Inc. as well as Infinity Hall in Norfolk, is who will be the big opening act when the Hartford venue opens for business?

“We have a few choices lined up but we can’t make a final decision until we know exactly what date we are opening,” said Hincks, who was attending his first Alliance annual meeting. “But it will be good.”

Spring Arrives And So Does The Hartford Weekend

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]jewIt’s practically official, winter is over and spring has arrived. And it’s time to seriously get out of the house Hartford! And the spring choices include:

The highly regarded Jewish Film Fest opens March 20 at Front Street’s Spotlight Theatres. The festival features 23 thrillers, romantic comedies, shorts and documentaries from 13 countries in five venues over 10 days. The 2014 series opens with “The Jewish Cardinal” and an opening night dinner gala at the Hartford theater. The series continues through March 30. For more information go here.

To get the weekend off to a good start, you can also head over to Hartford’s Real Art Ways for its monthly Creative Cocktail Hour from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 20.  The evening features the opening of two new exhibits and a recycled art workshop with Trashion Fashion. More information is here.

While we officially say goodbye to  hot chocolate season, you can enjoy the treat another way on March 21 at the Bushnell. The program titled” Hot Chocolate Soul” includes music, comedy and poetryhome with a live Karl Browne’s Smooth Improvisation. More information is here.

What better way to welcome spring than with some spring clean-up, fix-up inspiration when it comes to your home. Get a big boost of that energy by heading over to The Spring Home Show at the XL Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 to 23. The show features over 300 exhibits all aimed at giving you ideas when it comes to home improvement.  For information go here.

Now that the weather if getting a bit nicer, time to put that body in motion and support severalriding_a_bicycle_311140[1] good causes in Hartford . Get a jump-start by heading over to XL Center atrium where the Downtown Hartford YMCA will host its 4th annual  “Mission in Motion” event March 22 from 8:30 to  1 p.m. The event supports the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, Read to Succeed, Live Strong and Footlights Performing Arts Program.  Teams secure sponsors and spend time on a bank on stationary bicycles to raise money. Find out more  here.

Love Italian? You must get over to the Wadsworth Atheneum for its Italian Film Wesaluteekend.

On March 21,  there will be a reception at 6 p.m with food from  Peppercorn’s Grill followed by a screening of ” I Am Love” at 7 p.m. On March 22, at 5 p.m. it’s “Big Night,” followed by a five-course Italian dinner at the museum cafe.

On March 23, explore “Views of Italy” in a docent-guided tour of the museum’s collection followed by a screening of “Mid-August Lunch.” For more information go here.

Get in a spring kind of mood by thinking pink and head over to the Hill-Stead Museum on Mardancersch 23 from 2 to 4 p.m

Guests are invited to celebrate French artist Edgar Degas and his famous painting “Dancers in Pink,” part of Hill-Stead collection,  at this family-friendly event. It will feature a performance by the Albano Ballet dancers and a tour of the museum. Light refreshments will be served. there will also be a special art activity mural project as part of the event. To find out more go here.



Roaring 20s/Gatsby At The Bushnell’s Ovations Gala

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bushtubYou knew you were in for some fun as soon as you walked into the Bushnell’s annual ovations gala Saturday night.

The receiving line included a bathtub full of gin flasks!

The props was just part of the plan to set the tone for the annual fundraiser, that this year was themed “ All That Jazz,” a night all about “bees knees,” “hotsy totsy” and “cats pajamas” as guests celebrated those Roaring 20s and all that naughty behavior that went with the decade.

“The fun part was trying to come up with the right outfit,” said Laura Campbell, a West Hartford resident who put together a flapper-style dress with a feathered hair fascinator for the evening. “And this was my grandmother’s,” she added showing off a vintage beaded mesh evening bag from the 20s. “I know she would get such a kick out of knowing I used it tonight.”

Also lending just the right look to the bash were actors from the Thomaston Opera House includibushova12ng Frank Beaudry and Shannon Sniffin, also decked out in 20s costumes.

The costume-optional event gave guests a chance to be someone else for the night. For board member Larry Starr and his wife Cindy, it mean “gangsta” time.

The two, who are well-known for having some of the best costumes at the annual gala, were dressed in matching pinstripes and carrying some make-believe heat as they channeled “Bonnie and Clyde.”

“She’s my gun moll,” joked Starr about his date for the night.

The annual Ovations gala benefits The Bushnell’s arts-in-education programs, including bush10 (2)PARTNERS (Partners in Arts Revitalizing Schools).

Doing the official welcome was Bushnell president and CEO David Fay who opted out of period dress in favor of “dapper” but had good words that were suitable for any decade.

“It has been a really good year, a terrific year,” said Fay, with longtime girlfriend Peggy Beley at his side. “It’s a night to celebrate.”


CT Ballet Dances And Then Parties!

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ballet10ballet30ballet20Valentine’s Day came early to Hartford when the Connecticut Ballet presented its program “Be My Valentine” at the Bushnell Saturday Night.

And then, after the ballerinas and ballerinos presented performances ranging from the classical to the contemporary on Bushnell’s’ Belding stage, it was party time.

Eight to the Bar provided the music, Onyx Moonshine and Spiritus Wine Store and Max’s the Valentine Day’s perfect potpourri of sweet treats as the ballet and its supporters turned the stage into a party venue, celebrating love, a successful program and a new Hartford tradition.

“We are hoping to make this an annual event,” said CT Ballet executive director Brett Raphael as the party got underway. “We would have liked less competition,” he joked referring to a show starring actor/author and comic Bill Cosby going on at Bushnell’s Mortensen Theater. “But were thinking maybe he’ll come over after he’s done with his show.”

And of course because it is almost Valentine’s Day, talk was of the holiday love and what everyone’s plans were, be it gifts, or dinner or just something special.

“It will involve lingerie,” said CT Ballet dancer, Hartford resident and hip hop artist and Anthony Thomas who has romantic plans for Sulix Lopez, his girlfriend of 12 years. “I have a few ideas.”

For CT Ballet supporter David Carson, Friday will be just another day, but in a good sense.

“It has been Valentine’s Day for us every day for 55 years,” he said about his marriage to wife, Sara Carson. “Maybe we’ll do brunch over the weekend to celebrate.”

February Comes with Snow, Sleet And Lots To Do

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Don’t be discouraged.

As we deal with the  worst Mother Nature brings each winter, repeat this. Spring will come, spring will come.

And with a bit of a break in the snowy winter weather predicted (for the next few days at least,) take advantage of a new slew of things to do in the Hartford area this weekend.

On Friday, the Connecticut Sports Foundation will welcome New York Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira to its 27th annual Celebrity Dinner and Meteixmorabilia Auction at Mohegan Sun Convention Center.

Other sport celebrities expected at the fundraiser supporting Connecticut cancer patients are  fellow Yankees David Phelps and Brendan Ryan,  Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow,  Connecticut native, Matt Harvey of the New York Mets , Rajai Davis of the Detroit Tigers, John McDonald and Peter Walker from  the Blue Jays and  former UConn basketball star and ESPN sports analyst Rebecca Lobo.

Information: sportsfoundation.org

On Saturday it’s all about the letter”B” at the Bushnell.  Comic icon, actor Bill Cosby will be doingcosby1 two shows in the Mortensen Hall Saturday night while the Connecticut Ballet will be performing “Be My Valentine” in the Bushnell’s  Belding Theater.

Information: bushnell.org

Also on Saturday, Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research and the St. Francis Foundation will be hosting the 20th Annual Anniversary Valentine’s Ball at the Downtown Hartford Marriott beginning at 6 p.m.

Lea’s Foundation has pledged $555,000 for leukemia research to be conducted at St. Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center over the next three years. Information: SaintFrancisCare.com

On Sunday, Long Island mother and wife, Theresa Caputo will be at the Bushnell where she will share her ability to communicate with the dead, and explain how her gift  prompted her hit TLC shwallyow “Long Island Medium.”  Information: bushnell .org.

Also on Sunday, Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum will be honored for 20 years of service to the Greater Hartford Community and to West Hartford’s  Beth El Temple with a special lunch program. Guests at the luncheon for the avid Red Sox fan,  will  include Fenway Park announcer Dick Flavin, former Red Sox first baseman Sam Horn and Wally the Red Sox Mascot. And the visitors will be bringing bling to the party in the form of the Red Sox  2013 World Series trophy.  Information: 860-233-9696.

The Wadsworth also hosts its First Thursday mixer featuring the exhibit, “Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168″ beginning at 6 p.m. Information: thewadsworth.org

New Britain Museum of American Art also welcomes everyone to its First Friday program featuring jazz and entertainment. Information: nbmaa.org


Cosby Coming To Town

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cosby1He’s considered one of America’s most influential stars. Bill Cosby, known for his special brand of comedy and a television career that includes his wildly popular “The Cosby Show,” is coming to Hartford’s Bushnell Saturday for two shows.

Well-known for his monologues on aspects of life including being a parent, Cosby’s impressive resume also includes appearances on the tv shows like “I Spy,” and his well-known characters including “Fat Albert.”

Fresh off his tv special on Comedy Central “Far From Finished” Cosby is on the road again and at the same time, finalizing plans for yet another tv sit com about family life. A Massachusetts resident who has talked to Java before, Cosby was witty and enthusiastic as he Spilled the Beans with Java.

Q: Tell me about the decision at the fine age of 76 to hit the tour trail again. Is it safe to assume you feel you are not “far from finished” yet? Do audiences still “get you?”

A: Actually I am 76 and a half! And I talk about timeless topics. Oddly, in spite of whether one is hip to today or yesterday, we are still human beings. I talk about timeless topics. We still have all of the emotions of sadness and happiness. And mixed in is a want to be liked and how we react to it, whether you are four years old or 96 years old. What I talk about has to do with emotions and situations that belong to all of us.

Q: Audiences seem to get lots of laughs and perhaps some introspect from your shows. What do you get from going up on stage?

A: As an artist, I have something that I enjoy and that is the writing the performing, giving to them the audience. Now what does that involve? There can be a strong identification that causes lots of smiles and laughter. The audience likes it and I do too.

Q: Tell me about the new show!

A: It will be about three generations living together. Mike O’Malley is the writer. One of the best parts so far is that my land line is ringing off the hook, I don’t walk around with my pocket vibrating, with calls from people I have worked with people I have worked with. And they’re saying ‘You are coming back, what about a job!” They are people who were great to work with on “The Cosby Show” and are coming out of the woodwork to be part of this project. I had one lady who was a line producer for us on “The Cosby Show” call from Australia and say “I am sick of growing wine grapes, I want to come back and work with you again.” The show is about three generations and the love and warmth and comedy that come out of that. I don’t want a show about nasty people who cause conflict and say nasty things. I want honesty and we can do these things because it is about a family and there is sharing a love and trying to outsmart each other and tricking each other but the wisdom of the elders will stand tall. And while they are standing tall they can also stand to be corrected. People still want to see a married couple that acts like they love each other, children who respect parents and the comedy of people who make mistakes.

Q: You just celebrated your 50th wedding anniversary. What did you and Camille do to celebrate?

A: I had a carpenter carve a piece of art that has our names all the names of our children and grandchildren, a shepherd’s staff because that is what she is, the person in charge of our family, our shepherd. We also had a family dinner but then we also had something else special. See when we decided to get married, I had to take a bus from Greenwich Village to Maryland for some kind of meetings because I was Protestant and she was Catholic. So for our anniversary I put my kids and grandchildren on a bus in New York City and had them reenact their father’s and grandfather’s trip to Maryland. My wife knew nothing about this. I flew her down there and had someone ready to help her get dressed and then she was driven to the church and she still didn’t know what was going on. We had the kids and grandkids form a gauntlet for her to walk through and me, my best friend and Father DeAnda were waiting for her. She walks down the aisle and sees me and I took her face in my hands and kissed her and told her the 50 years was worth it. I don’t know what she said back. When Father DeAnda asked if anyone had any objections to us being united, on my cue all the relatives yelled out “it’s too late” and the kids yelled out “cha cha cha.” It took us two tries to do it right but it was hilarious.

Q: I know the NBC is looking for a sit com winner with your new show. Can you deliver?

A: I only know that people said please come back. In order for success to happen I want to deliver happiness. I want to deliver warm, laughing with great feelings. I want something that tingles. There are some people who have grown up not knowing about the warmth in an exchange between two people that is not a heated conversation. I still think human beings can feel and can smile and with good writing and a good performance, I can deliver. You don’t have to present all negative to get a laugh. You don’t need a cell phone or the internet or social networking to get a laugh. Did you ever see Bart Simpson with a cell phone? I am from a world where words are funnier. And I will have a lot to say on the new show.

Q: What do you like to watch on tv?

A: Gunsmoke. There are 20 years worth of good tv. A western is a good thing because it has a good guy and a bad guy. To listen to Matt Dillon and his character, there were stories about feelings, family problems, social problems, stories about human beings and situations that still exist.

Q: What is something no one knows about you?

A: I am not telling!

Tickets for the show begin at $69.50. For information go to bushnell.org


Lots to Do As January Turns To February

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Well, the good news is another month of winter is almost done. The better news is that January goes out on a great note and February begins on an even better one as the months  change.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. , Wadsworth Atheneums’s executive director Susan Talbot  will welcome Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang for a program that will include a screening of the award-winheartning film,”The Great Beauty.”

The program, titled “On Stage  David Lang & Susan Talbot” will  include a discussion the  Yale professor about his music and involvement in filmmaker Pablo Sorrentino  films.

Information: thewadsworth.org.

It may still be January but most people have a bit of Valentine’s Day on their minds and thatmunson means thoughts of chocolate.

On Thursday, The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut will host its “Red, White and Chocolate” fundraiser benefiting its Women’s Leadership Council.

The tasty evening will be held at The Pond House Cafe at Elizabeth Park and will feature  30 wines from eight distributors and assorted Munson’s chocolates. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  The party begins at 5: 30 p.m. Information: unitedwayinc.org

Think of it as a winter block party.

winebotsThat is what is happening in Hartford’s West End Saturday when more than 300 neighbors get together for the neighborhood’s annual  dine around.

The festivities begin with cocktails and appetizers at UConn Law School, followed by dinner at  31 different homes  and then dessert and coffee for everyone at yet another home.
Proceeds from the event benefit the West End Civic Association.

Like so many others, are you afraid spring is just never going to arrive?  Cheer up! There is hope in the form of a little furry forecaster at the Lutz Children’s Museum Sunday. (And you can catch her act long before settling down for the annual Super Bowl contest.)

Chuckles VIII,  the resident groundhog there,  will do her Groundhog Day duty  and depending on whether she sees his shadow or not, determine if there are six more weeks of winter or a spring that is just around the corner.

The chuckles3season predicting “coming out” will happen just  before 7 a.m. Coffee and breakfast foods will be available. Information: 860-643-0949 or lutzmuseum.org

Also this weekend, whether you have or have not seen  “War Horse,” head over to the Bushnell for its production of the Broadway and Oscar-nominated  hit.  Bring tissues and your listening ears. Joey the horse and the incredible puppeteers  more than deserved the opening night standing ovation.

Also, Steve Martin’s “The Underpants”  continues at Hartford Stage and over at TheaterWorks, catch “Freud’s Last Session .”

Also, if you haven’t done it yet, this is your last weekend to take a spin around the ice skatingskating rink at Hartford’s  WinterFest at Bushnell Park. Information: hartford.com




From HSO Box Office To The Bushnell Stage For Grills

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mattgTenor Matthew Grills got his start with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. But not the kind of start you think.

The first HSO experience for the 25-year-old celebrated singer and 2012 grand prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions was selling tickets for its Talcott Mountain Summer Festival in Simsbury. On Saturday, he returns for something much bigger and better, as a guest soloist in the HSO production of the seasonal favorite, “Handel’s Messiah” with fellow soloists Lester Lynch, Rochelle Bard and Daniella Mack, and the Hartford Chorale.  

The Connecticut native who grew up in New Canaan and Newtown, still jokes as he recalls his Connecticut box office days. Not a huge opera fan when he was a teenager, he was bitten by the bug and now can’t wait to sing in the iconic production with the orchestra that was always special to him. He explains why and how he went from selling to singing as he “Spills the Beans” with Java.

Q: So how did you get from the box office to the stage?

A: I had a bug for music and was studying at Eastman School of Music in Rochester. I was working on my master’s degree but came home for the summer and was looking for a job. My aunt volunteered in the symphony’s development office and they needed someone to work the ticket trailer in Simsbury so I took the job.

Q: When did you know you wanted to sing opera?

A: I always wanted to be on stage and wanted to sing. When I started Boston Conservatory I just wanted to sing and then a couple of years later got into opera. I won a competition in 2011 and that helped propel me. It got me some gigs. Opera is beautiful music. I think the fallacy about opera is that it is too sophisticated to be main stream but it seems like it has a renewed interest. I think a lot of the traditional opera productions are being given a more contemporary flair and that attracts more young people.

Q: “Handel’s Messiah” is iconic this time of year. Are you feeling nervous or excited about performing in your home state again?

A: This is the first time I am singing a solo in this classic piece. It feels pretty awesome that it is happening in my home state.  There aren’t a lot of opportunities for opera singers in Connecticut unfortunately. I expect to see a lot of my friends and relatives there Saturday. My mother is a Facebook-aholic and has been telling everyone I am performing.

Q: Besides performing here, will you be spending Christmas with you family here in CT?

A: I usually am home for Christmas but this year am going to Germany to perform over the holidays. I feel a little sad that I won’t be home but am excited. It’s a new chapter of my life.

Q: Who are some of the singers you most admire?

A: I relate to a lot of opera singers. There is not just one I could pinpoint but I love Pavarotti. He is someone I could listen to for a long time. He is very main stream. I love Joan Sutherland and Nicolai Gedda. They inspire me.

Q: Tell me about your first stage performance?

A: It was a summer theater production in Newtown, a white version of “The Wiz.” We had just one black kid in it. I was a freshman in high school and had just seen a production of “West Side Story.” I was hooked. I wanted to sing.

Q: In this season of the “hard sell,” what was your secret to being a good ticket rep for HSO?

A: I was super charming so they couldn’t say ‘no.’ I would tell potential customers how I was a musician and in school and then they would feel sorry for me and buy tickets.

Q: Finish this sentence. “When the audience leaves the Bushnell Saturday evening I want them to …”

A: I want their evening to be more about the piece itself then my singing. I want the performance to put them into a mood that reflects the spirit of the season. I want them to enjoy it.

Tickets for “Handel’s Messiah” are available from $20 to 467.50 with student and young patron tickets (40 and under) offered at $10 and $25. Information: 860-244-2999 or hartfordsymphony.org

It’s the Weekend Hartford! Celebrate With A Slew of Choices!

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A car show, some big thinkers, a cook-off and a little dose of Christmas are on hand for you thiscalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] weekend, the last before the holiday season officially begins.

Thursday, the CT Forum will host its “Big Thinkers” program at the Bushnell featuring best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell  and noted historian and author Douglas Brinkley . The two will offer their own insights on what happens when big thinkers flex their brains and how big ideas  are understandable and accessible.  Show starts mglad2at 8 p.m Information: ctforum.org

Are you more into politics? You might want to head over to theMark Russell Mark Twain House & Museum Thursday where political satirist Mark Russell will be giving his take on the absurd state of politics today at “Mark Russell: the Laughter of Politics.” Information: 860-280-3130.

Dreaming of new wheels? The Connecticut Auto Show opens at the Connecticut Convention Center Thursday. But on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Cadillac will sponsor “Heels and Wheels,”  a special event for women who want to peruse the show while getting  the inside scoop on buying a car without a guy. 

WCT_Autoshow_Logo_3-Color[1]omen are invited to bring a gently used pair of shoes or heels that will be donated to Goodwill for women inruthie need. The donation translates into a $2 discount on the price of the show tickets and a free “pink beverage.”  There will be free make-up demonstrations. There will also be a jewelry boutique with proceed going to the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association’s Foundation which  donates to over 31 charities in the state)

Speaking of Thanksgiving, wouldn’t you love to be able to do most of your Thanksgiving shopping at one place, all while supporting CT farmers and vendors? Well, Hartford’s Farmers’ Markets have been working hard to make that wish come true by organizing the 3rd Annual Hartford Harvest Farmers’ Market on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Knox Parks Greenhouse located at 75 Laurel St.

You’ll find all the traditional makings for Thanksgiving  dinner including potatoes, apples,turkeycute_rgb[1] pumpkins, carrots, greens, eggs, a variety of cheeses, coffee, pies, cupcakes, beans, and for the table, great craft items! There will be live music and kids activities. Don’t worry about the weather because this market will be indoors at the Knox Greenhouses.
 Information: hartfordfood.org

Speaking of food, also on Saturday, four remaining chefs will battle it out at Vito’s by the Park in Hartford  in the “So You Think You Can Cook 2″ competition. The battle began with nine  local chefs and after a series of cook-offs, four remain for the grand finale which will be filmed at the restaurant before a live audience.

 “We’re closing down Vito’s by the Park this Saturday from 11a.m. to 2p.m. for the filming of this great event,” said Chef/Owner Rob Maffucci.  A limited number of tickets are available for $25 each with proceeds being donated to Make-A-Wish CT. The winner of the cook-off receives  a privately catered, in-home dinner for a party of ten. information: vitosct.com

Ansondheim-298x300[1]d if you are looking for “A Little Night Music” and more, head over to the Bushnell where the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of Pulitzer, Grammy and Tony award winner Steven Sondheim. Guest conductor is Tim Stella. Information: hartfordsymphony.org

And if you need a little Christmas during this Thanksgiving season, the lights go on this weekend at the Holiday Light Fantasia at Goodwin Park. The drive-through display, benefiting the Channel 3 Kids Camp, continues through Jan. 6.




Gladwell Bring Big Thoughts To CT Forum Thursday

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MGladwell-customerPhoto_bw (2)He’s considered a “big idea” man, an author who makes those ideas understandable and accessible.  That’s author Malcolm Gladwell, whose newest book “David & Goliath” debunks theories that underdogs can’t win and that commonly perceived disadvantages like large classroom sizes or medical disabilities are handicaps rather than opportunities. Gladwell, along with historian and author Douglas Brinkley will be the featured panelists Thursday at The Ct Forum’s “big thinkers” program at the Bushnell. Gladwell, a staff writer at The New Yorker who also wrote bestsellers “The Tipping Point” and “Blink,” is considered a master when it comes to weaving research and the social sciences into tales about life and people. The wild-haired Gladwell was more than happy to share some insight into his work and his coiffing secrets when he Spilled the Beans with Java.   


Q: Are you really one of the world’s “biggest thinkers?”

A: I don’t think so but am delighted that someone else does. I feel like one of the things I do is find big thinkers and talk to them and that is different than being one. I track them down and tell their stories.

For the rest of his interview and ticket information go here.