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Baryshnikov at Stage Means Opening Night of Parties

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stage1There was no doubt there was a star in the back room at Peppercorn’s Grill Friday night, so much so that most everyone was afraid to go near him.

It was the opening night part for Hartford Stage’s “Man In A Case” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. But when the famed dancer and actor arrived at the opening party, it seemed most at the party were either afraid or uncertain as to whether they could approach “Misha” at his corner table.

stage4“Go ahead, just go up to him,” prodded  stage’s honorary director Sue Fisher, as her granddaughter Jessica Fisher, hemmed and hawed over whether to approach Baryshnikov as he enjoyed a private conversation with personal friends who came to Hartford for opening night.

“No that’s okay, I can see him,” said the Brown University student and ballet dancer who admitted she was a big Baryshnikov fan but was not sure about actually going up to him.

stage2There were those bold souls who put down their pasta dishes and approached the star, going up to him for autographs and pictures, with “Misha” doing his best to graciously accommodate the requests.

“It was a good night,” he said briefly about his take on opening night of the play adapted from two short stores by Anton Chekhov. And his stay in Hartford which has included fan sightings at places including Whole Foods in West Hartford and downtown restaurants including Salute?

“I have been to Connecticut many, many times he said. “It has been good.”

The post-show party wasn’t the only opening night celebration going on. Before the show, there was a dinner at Marquee Events at 960 Main St. Hartford. Among the guests, co-directors Annie-B Parson and husband, Paul Lazar and Faith Barrington, whose donation in memory of her late sister Cynthia, helped underwrite the show.

stage3She was costume designer in New York City and loved the theater,” explained Barrington about her sister who died in 2010.

The show also attracted some additional star power on Saturday night. Baryshnikov’s former girlfriend, actress Jessica Lange, caused a bit of a stir as she was escorted in. Lange and Bryshnikov had a daughter together, Aleksandra Baryshnikov, in 1981.


Bare Faces, Baryshnikov, Suess, Sisters and Spring On Tap This Weekend

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] The thought of going without any make-up is a scary one for many women, but a gallery full of bold ladies have done just that .

“Revealed, Images of Women Who Bared to Make Change” opens tonight at 6 p.m.  at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. This exhibition, part of the March Girlcott campaign, presents the images of the women leaders from the Hartford area who have dared to bare it all, make-up wise  for the camera. Photographs of over thirty women leaders from the Greater Hartford community will be revealed without their make-up, as photographed by Nilofer Haider, Lena Stein and Nicolette Theriault. This exhibition is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities.

dr.seuss[1]If you notice a lot more reading than usual going on in schools Friday it’s because it is 2013 “Read Across America” week in the United States, and Friday is the day many, many schools are choosing to celebrate.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that
calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or near March
2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. This year the theme is  “Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat” and Java will be doing just that at the Northwest Village School on Friday! Can’t wait!

My Sisters’ Place, a non-profit that provides assistance to women and children in need, will  host the “Changing Lives Gala” on Friday March 1 at the Downtown Hartford Marriott Hartford. The celebration features dinner, dancing to the music of The Groove Junkies and fabulous live and silent auctions.

mbFriday is opening night at Hartford Stage production of  “The Man In A Case” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. And that means a pre-party and opening night post-party to celebrate the show that is in Hartford until March 24.knoxheadermain_02[1]

Also on Friday night, “75* An Urban Greenhouse Party”  will be hosted by the Knox  Foundation from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Knox Greenhouse on Laurel Street. The tropical themed party will include food, dancing, auctions, music with proceeds  benefiting the environmental preservation organization.

stephanpFor those that are fans of the Courant comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” there’s a weekend treat in store for you . Creator Stephan Pastis has just written his first children’s book titled “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” and will be meeting fans and talking about this book Saturday March 2 at RJ Julia in Madison. Go to rjjulia.com for information. for an interview with Pastis go here.