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TheaterWorks Unveils New Show, New Digs

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theater3The evening was supposed to be about the opening of TheaterWorks latest production “The Other Place.”

But before the show began Friday, there was the celebration of another “other place,” the dazzling new administrative digs at the Pearl Street theater.

A select group of the well-known got the first peek of the new second floor office space that includes a box office, meeting room and some impressive new territory for TheaterWorks producing artistic director Rob Ruggiero.

“It’s just nice to have us all in the same place,” enthused Ruggiero, whose opening night guest theater1list including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and, his wife, Greater Hartford Arts Council Cathy Malloy. “It is just so much nicer than being spread out all over the place.”

And if the old adage that your workspace determines how you work, then watch out. The seemingly unstoppable Ruggiero will undoubtedly be bringing even more to the creative table.

“I love my sand box,” said Ruggiero whose minimalist but sophisticated office includes a small desktop sand box where he can dig for new ideas, a chalkboard wall already filled with inspirational sayings and notes to himself and assorted art and posters, all aimed at artistic succtheater2ess.

Among the VIP’ers at the pre-show reception was Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. He could not stay however; he had some cooking to do back at his Prospect Avenue home.

“Charlie is at home and I have to get back to help him,” explained Segarra. Seems the power couple was hosting and cooking for a Hartford Stage party.

And on the menu?

“We are serving Cornish game hen with a guava glaze and roasted pork loin with pigeon peas,” Segarra reported.

But what about the TheaterWorks show?

“I’m going to catch it on another night,” Segarra said as he headed out the door. “I have to go cook!”

It’s A Red Carpet Bash for AIDS Ct In Hartford

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oscars16oscars15oscars14The Dolby Theater in Hollywood was not the only place getting some Oscar action Sunday.

From red carpet to paparazzi to champagne, bling and glammed up “selfies” it was a night to remember at Hartford’s Front Street Spotlight Theatres where AIDS Ct hosted its annual Academy Awards party, “Red Carpet Experience.”

It was a special night for a lot of reasons, including the fact that the non-profit that provides support to those afflicted with AIDS/HIV, was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the glitzy fundraiser.

“There were years when it was pretty lean,” recalled decked-out columnist and NPR personality Colin McEnroe, who with Peter Shapiro, co-founded the event in 1994. “But it’s great to have it here tonight because our first few years, it was held at Trinity College and the Oscars were shown oscars11on the theater screen there. “

Spotlight Theatres, with enormous help from Steve Menschell there, set the stage for the gala evening that attracted more than 300 people, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Malloy’s chief of staff, Mark Ojakian.

“We have come so far when it comes to treatment and AIDS awareness,” said the tuxedo-clad governor who stayed for more than an hour hob-nobbing with VIP guests who sipped champagne and appetizers from some of the city’s best known restaurants. And since Java and WTNH personality Teresa Dufour had the governor sort of trapped on the red carpet, the next question to the elusive Democratic governor was, of course, “So are you running again?”

No specific answer but when pressed whether he would be attending the event again in 2015 asoscars12 the head of the state, Malloy coyly smiled suggesting ‘it could happen.’

Clearly happy over the turnout and the vibe at the place was AIDS Ct co-executive directors John Merz and Paul Botticello, who was attending the party for the first time.

Merz, dressed as Matthew McConaughy “Dallas Buyers Club” character Ron Woodroof, was especially pleased that two of the nominoscars10ees for best picture dealt with the AIDS issue.

“We have been trying to keep AIDs in the spotlight,” said Merz noting it is still an issue and one that was once again brought to the forefront in the story lines in both “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Philomena.” “We are overwhelmed and appreciative of the support we have had over the years.”

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Poland/Capelle Are Now A Married Power Pair

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polandwedHartford’s list of power couples just increased by one.

The new “couple” with clout is Hartford Public Library’s President/CEO and Hartford Board of Education chairman Matt Poland, and Cigna exec Jeff Capelle. They officially tied the knot on Saturday night.

The two may be the newest married couple, but could hold the record for longevity when it comes to courting. They met at a housewarming 18 years ago and have been a couple ever since.

But back to the wedding. The nuptials were held at the Wadsworth Atheneum with about 100 guests looking on. Officiating was Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who attended with his spouse Charlie Ortiz, together another of the city’s “dynamic duos. “

And among the guests, yet another formidable pair, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his wife, Greater Hartford Arts Council president/CEO Cathy Malloy.

But it was all about the newlyweds and the party after the “I dos” were said.

The reception was held in the museum’s Avery Court, a black, white and red décor with a buffet dinner and more clinking champagne glasses than could be counted.

Among the gifts? Two commissioned seascapes of the Provincetown shoreline, courtesy of a group of friends who know how much the couple loves that Cape Cod town.

And among the toasts, a most heartfelt one from Poland’s daughter Maureen Lynch. She and her husband are scheduled to have their first baby, and Poland’s first grandbaby, in March.  

“Now I have two great dads,” she said, in one of several emotional toasts made to the couple. “And I can’t wait to two great grandpas.”  

 

Westport Little League Dines With The Governor

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It wasn’t your run-of-the-mill dinner party over at the governor’s residence in Hartford Monday night. Oh there were celebrities alright, but young rambunctious ones who may not have know who Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was several weeks ago, but are now fans thanks to the stellar dining experience at his house.

Members of the Westport Little League, the team that made the state proud by going to the U.S. Finals last month, were the special guests of the governor and wife Cathy Malloy for a celebration that included choices middle-schoolers like best when it comes to fine dining… pizza, sliders and ice cream.

“I’m glad there’s good food like pizza,” said ace pitcher Harry Azadian as he and teammates, decked out in khakis and blue dress shirts, prepared to work the buffet and settle in for the poolside al fresco dining experience complete with an ice sculpture shaped like a baseball mitt and table centerpieces of junk food.

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Teasing each other that some of them had to do a quick Google search to determine exactly who the governor was, the seventh and eighth grade players quickly made themselves at home with the fish pond being of special interest.

For Malloy, it was an apparent respite from the rigors of the job. He was at ease, laughing and engaged as he sat down to dinner with the team. As he watched them he reflected how his learning and physical disabilities as a child prevented him from playing organized baseball.

“But if I could I would have played any position,” said Malloy, a Yankees fan who received a New England Region shirt and baseball cap from the team. “I have the greatest admiration for these guys.”

 Also clearly enjoying the special dinner was team coach Tim Rogers, who is also the chief ll2financial officer of Travelers personal insurance division. As Rogers watched his team enjoy the fete that was underwritten by Travelers, he admitted his days of Little League coaching are done.

“I may move up and do some coaching with the older kids,” he said, noting that this was son, Drew’s final year to play Little League so he too will move on. “You know how it is, you follow your kids.”

Mike Lawlor/David Zakur Headed To “I Do”

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lawlorFormer legislative heavyweight and now deputy OPM secretary for criminal justice Mike Lawlor is changing his status from “in a relationship” to “married” next week.

And on Tuesday  he and his future groom David Zakur  were at Hartford City Hall taking care of those last-minute necessities, including getting their marriage license in preparation for their June 22 nuptials.

“We are excited and can’t wait,” said Lawlor, a powerful veteran legislator who met Zakur, a  scientist at Pfizer, several years ago.

The festivities include a wedding ceremony at pal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s residence followed by a cocktail reception until 6 p.m. Then the party moves to Lawlor’s brother and sister-in-law’s nearby home. Lawlor’s sister-in-law Ruth,by the way,  just happens to be an event planner.

 ”We kind of want it to be a cocktail party with a wedding at half time,” Lawlor said grinning about the wedding festivities they are paying for and hosting.

Performing the wedding ceremony will be another Lawlor pal, Ct. Supreme Court Justice  Andrew McDonald. About 125 people have been invited.

“Yep, I’m the last of the group to get gay married, ” quipped Lawlor, who,  with Mark Ojakian,now Malloy’s chief of staff,  then legislator McDonald and others, spearheaded the push for legislation legalizing gay marriage in Connecticut.

The soon-to-be newlyweds note that while they will be in suits with bright-colored shirts for the festivities, their clever wedding invitation offered some fashion guidelines for those planning to attend.  ”Fabulous dress but men, please no ties,” was the information for the guys.  And for the women attending the wedding there was this.  “Ladies, toss a pair of lawn friendly shoes into the Mercedes for the reception afterwards. Your feet will thank you.”

Part one of the reception, at the governor’s residence, will feature appetizers courtesy of Tallulah’s Catering, libations and jazz including  a performance by Kate Chaston. 

Part two, at the Lawlor home,  will feature Mexican food and a mariachi band, a salute to the newlyweds first date.

“Our first dinner date was to Mezcal Restaurante in New Haven,” said the 56-year-old Lawlor who is getting married for the first time. “And they have a mariachi band there. So when we were planning the wedding we asked if they would come up and play and they said yes.”

The 45-year-old Zakur, who has been married before, said the wedding rings are designed by  New Haven goldsmith Derek Simpson and there will be someone special presenting them at the ceremony. Doing the honors will be his  five-year-old son Cole,  who was also in the wedding invitation photo with his dad and soon-to-be stepdad.   

The couple expect a lot of speeches given the crowd that includes the governor, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Ojakian and other politicians and lobbyists who are close friends of the two. 

And as far as a honeymoon?

“We’ll probably go into New York City for a few days,” said Lawlor. “And then plan something  big for the fall.”

 

R.I. Legislation Introduced Allowing Malloy To Officiate At Wedding

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meganApparently our Governor Dannel P. Malloy has a soft spot when it comes to love. He is asking permission to marry a couple in Newport.

According to the Raising Hale website, legislation has been introduced to the Rhode Island General Assembly giving the Connecticut governor permission to join Megan Lynne Cooney to Gregory Robert Parnell on or about June 8.

The couple’s ewedding website notes they will be married at Castle Hill Inn in Newport with a reception there to follow.

According to the governor’s office , the bride and groom -to-be are family friends.

But if you want to send a gift, the couple is registered at Amazon and Williams Sonoma.

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Occhiogrosso Gets Engaged

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roy1Maybe good things do happen once  you leave the governor’s office.

They have for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s former senior adviser and chief strategist,  Roy Occhiogrosso.

 The well-known former strategist and spokesperson for the guv  got engaged to Meagan Cowell over the weekend . 

And Cowell was someone he met while working for the governor, but he didn’t remember that part.  

“We actually met for the first time over the phone,” he said about the love connection with Cowell who works at the state OPM office.   ”It was during the transition after Malloy got elected and I was one of a few people who were interviewing various applicants for different jobs in the administration,” he continued. “We traded phone calls a few times, and by the time we connected the job I was supposed to interview her for had been filled, but there was a similar position still open at OPM. ”

And while she was hired as a Senior Policy and Communications Aide there, Occhiogrosso, now managing director  at Global Strategy Group , was clueless when the two had their first date.

“ I of course remembered none of this,” he said. “ I interviewed a lot of people! So on our first date I was like “so, how’d you get this job?”  She gave me a look and was like “you interviewed me!”

The “I do’s” take place in the fall.