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A Fall Weekend With Lots of Fairs, Causes & Galas Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]There’s a reason the weather is so beautiful. It’s so you will get out whether it be to support a good cause, enjoy a fair or the ballet, dress to the nines for a gala or have a good laugh. And those are Mad-men-title-card[1]your choices for this weekend.

Things get going tonight at the Wadsworth Atheneum where beginning at 5 p.m. it is “First Thursday.” The theme tonight is ‘Mad Men’ so bring your  best 60s flair to the evening that includes  a tour of Media Rewind 1963, a Costume & Textile Society  mini-POSH Tag Sale, and  a fashion show by Stackpole Moore Tryon Tuesday’s. There will be ’60s tunes by Side B and Women On Our Own, make your own drink stirrers and charms for  themed drinks and martinis at the cash bar, and more! The Museum Cafe will be open for dinner.

Admission is $5 and free for members.

Obreastctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so it’s a given that over at The New Britain Museum of American Art you will find a party that celebrates advocacy and help when it comes to fighting the disease. The Ct Breast Cancer Initiative, which among its other projects sponsors an annual Mother’s Day Weekend 5K Run for breast cancer programs and education, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Besides the celebration, sponsors and researchers will be honored and there will be a trip down memory lane as organizers celebrate the success of the organization.

Also on Thursday, the Advertising Club of Connecticut  will celebrate its 100th anniversary at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed in Haddam. The club will announce its first inductees into its Ad Club Hall of Fame.

Get your laughs at the WRCH 16th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter Friday at the Bushnell featuringJason-Alexander[1] actor/comic Jason Alexander and his hair!) in a comedy variety show.  Proceeds benefit  Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. For tickets, call 860-987-5900 or go to bushnell.org.

Love words and spelling? You might want to head over to the Theater of the Performing Arts where Achieve Hartford will hold its annual spelling bee Friday. Singer and Connecticut resident Javier Colon, who won the reality show “The Voice” two years ago, will emcee the event that features adult and student teams. Proceeds benefit Achieve Hartford that works with businesses and civic organizations to help close the achievement gap in Hartford schools. Admission is free and the bee begins at 6:30 p.m. Information: ezevent.com/achievehartfordspellingbee.

wads1On Saturday, the Wadsworth Atheneum will hold its annual ‘Splendor Gala’ at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Close to 500 guests representing the museum’s top supporters and members of the corporate community are expected to attend the ball that features live and silent auctions including artwork from many important artists, cocktails, fine dining and dancing.

Proceeds benefit museum programs including  free transportation and admission to the Museum for all Hartford Public School students and  free admission during Second Saturdays for Families.

AMartina-Navratilova-9420862-1-402[1]lso on Saturday night, celebrities including tennis great Martina Navratilova, author Dan Savage and Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson will be the panelists at the CT Forum’s season opener,  ”Being Gay”  at The Bushnell. The program on gay rights and equality and the change in public opinion will be emceed  by MSNBC contributor and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart. Information: ctforum.org.

Saturday also marks the kick-off of The Connecticut Ballet’s 2013-2014 season at The Bushnell. Producer Brett Raphael will present his production of ‘Cinderella’ Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. tickets range from $46 to $60. Information: 888-824-2874 or bushnell.org

A litttedcle shout out to Plainville on Saturday where the Plainville High School Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 outstanding athletes at a dinner at Nuchie’s in Bristol. On a personal note…many well-deserved congrats to all of this year’s inductees esepcailly that racecar driver Ted Christopher!

And finally, the fairs just keep on coming. The Berlin Fair, a signaturefritter[1] event in this area, opens Friday at the Berlin Fairgrounds and the 45th Southington Apple Festival, (apple fritters anyone?) also gets underway in that town. in Southington, the parade will take place Sunday. Information: countryfairgrounds.net.

 

 

Scanlon New Morning Show Co-Host At WRCH

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mary scanlon WRCH SlideRadio show personality Mary Scanlon is going back on the air.

It was announced Thursday that Scanlon will be the new third in the morning show threesome at WRCH.

The veteran radio personality is replacing former morning show co-host Allison Demers who stepped down last month  from the 100.5 WRCH-FM Morning Show with “Allan, Mike, and Allison” with Allan Camp and Mike Stacy.

Scanlon was the station’s traffic reporter once upon a time, worked at KC 101 in New Haven and  WCCC-FM in Hartford .

In 2010, she and Holden, part of a WCCC morning show triumvirate with Mike Picozzi, were both sent packing.

Scanlon’s new WRCH gig,100.5 WRCH-FM Morning Show with “Allan, Mike and Mary,” begins next week from 5:30 to 9 a.m.

 

Jason Alexander (and his hair) Ready For Lite Laughter In Hartford

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Jason-Alexander[1]Jason Alexander HighRes 2012 BYou might not recognize his real name, Jay Scott Greenspan, but bet you will recognize his “stage” name, Jason Alexander, and certainly the name of his “Seinfeld” TV series character, George Costanza. Alexander will be center stage at the Bushnell on Oct. 4 for the Lite 100.5 WRCH’s 16th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter. The show, titled “An Evening With Jason Alexander And His Hair,” benefits The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center. While best known for his television role, Alexander is a Tony award winning Broadway star, a celebrity poker player, a social activist, director, husband and father of two sons. He was spending an afternoon fielding press interviews recently and that included a Spilling the Beans with Java.

Q: This has something to do with your visit to Hartford, I guess, but I am looking at two recent pictures of you, one with hair and one without. What’s the deal?

A: I started the toupee thing for a specific reason. It started because I lost a couple of roles because of the stigma of George Costanza. You try to look so much like the new character you are playing but no matter what you do the audience is going to say ‘Oh it’s George.’ On Broadway I won a Tony for playing 14 people, so changing my look is part of the job of acting. But people still identify me with the part I played on TV for nine years. So I decided to have some fun and add the hair. It opened up some thinking and made me appear a little less ‘George-like.’ A little less ‘schmoe-y.’ There is something about putting on the hair, like women using make-up. I realize it is incredibly eccentric but it is the only eccentric thing I do and I decided to own it. It has become a nice linch pin for getting into the comedy material of the night.

Q: How are you describing yourself these days, professionally, Broadway star, TV star, celebrity poker player, director, standup comic, social activist?

A: All of the above, and take out the word star. It’s so wild these days because I don’t have the absolute steady gig. So people ask and I say ‘I am doing exactly what I want to do.’ I think I am more picky about what I do professionally. I feel like I am coming into a period of my life that is so interesting. My baby boy, Noah, is in his final year of high school and I have kept a lot of things at arm’s length so I can be home with my family. The things I have been looking at now include a TV series. I have been trying to develop some TV things that are of interest to me. Written some pilots and stay connected to theater as director and occasionally as actor but not so much because New York City is where the most opportunity is and I am here on the West Coast. When Noah goes off to college I may take up one of the offers and go back to theater. And if not, I do hope to do more directing.

Q: I know George Costanza is a person of your past but how are you like him and how were you different?

A: I’m not anything like him but I think we all know people like him. I think I was channeling (“Seinfeld” writer/producer) Larry David to the best of my ability. There was nothing of George that I wanted to be but I truly embodied most of what George was or I couldn’t have played him effectively and would not have had any perspective on him. I don’t have his neurosis or his histrionics or his ego or in some ways, his courage to express himself.

Q: What role of yours did you most identify with?

A: No single one. There was a lot of my heart and soul in “Love! Valor! Compassion!” but the outward frame of that character was very different from how I moved through life. The things that motivated that character, Buzz, were his turmoil and conflict, his heart. A lot of that I feel is very similar to me. I don’t usually get cast to anything that is close to the real me. I am either a character who is wildly aggressively comedic where I am a force of nature like “George” or “Shallow Hal,” or a villain like the college professor I played on “Criminal Minds.”

Q: What’s the role you still want to play?

A: I think I want to move into directing. I find that directing is intriguing me and challenging on levels that acting alone doesn’t quite match. I get much more of a thrill from directing. While the characters I have played over the past 40 years are all different, you can only do so much and I have gotten to the point where I understand enough about stories and elements and how they come together, I think as a director I could be an effective coordinator.

Q: I know you were very involved in the international grassroots “OneVoice” initiative. Have you ever thought about becoming active in politics?

A: I have thought about politics and been prodded a little bit. Everyone is very sweet about that. The practical side of it is what the hell would I run for, city council, mayor of L.A., the Senate? I have none of the actual background the best politicians have, law, political science, economics. I have never run a business. Those are all skills the best politicians have. And then there is the illusion of who I am. My real name is not Jason Alexander, and let’s not forget, I am not George. The truth is I have some friends who are very successful politicians and they are so frustrated that they can’t get anything done. I would rather pick a cause and work from outside the system.

Q: What will you be bringing to Hartford with you? I assume you know it benefits the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center. Does the cause hit any soft spots in your heart?

A: I don’t think there is anyone whose life has not been touched by cancer. We buried a cousin a couple of months ago and I have two friends right now with cancer. It’s a debilitating killer. It is definitely a disease we have to address and start making strides toward curing. And as far as what I am bringing to Hartford, a good show and lots of laughs.

Q: And finally, I must ask, what’s something nobody knows about you?

A: Is there anything left in this day and age? I’ve got nothing, no hobby, no hang ups. Well there was the stripper I dated, but Howard Stern got that out of me. She was a grad student and stripped to pay her way through school.

Q: Did you bring her home to mom?

A: I did, and Mom liked her. We went out for a better part of a year and she was a very lovely woman who is now a playwright and director. We kept in touch for years.

“An Evening With Jason Alexander and His Hair,” benefit show Oct. 4 at Hartford’s  Bushnell Center For The Performing Arts  for The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $38 to $103. Information: 860-987-5900 or www.bushnell.org

TV/Radio Hello/Goodbye CT

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Lots of changes over the summer in local television and radio as people come and go.

Among those who have gone were NBC CT’s investigative team members Chris Coffey, now at WMAQ in Chicago and Monica Buchanan, named media relations manager at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

One of those positions has been filled by George Colli, formerly with Fox Ct.

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Meanwhile over at WTNH, news director Erik Schrader has been named president and general manager of KSNW in Wichita. Taking over his job at the New Haven-based station is Al Carl. Carl has been at WTNH for over a year and is has previous experience as an executive producer and assistant news director at several other stations.

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And in case you haven’t heard, Friday marks longtime morning show co-host Allison Demers last day on the job at WRCH-FM. Demers, who has been at CBS’s WRCH for 13 years and co-hosts the morning show “Allan, Mike and Allison” with Allan Campo and Mike Stacy, is stepping down to do “mommy” things, she said. An ordained minister in the First Assembly of God, Demers said she will continue her missionary work when she leaves the station.

“That’s it,” said Demers as she counts down her final hours. “I couldn’t wait for the day to come so I can have a normal life, but now I am overwhelmed. It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I will miss it, but will like not getting up early or driving in blizzards,” she said. “And I will miss Allan and Mike. I grew up with them.”

Steve Salhany, operations manager for CBS Radio’s four stations in the Hartford market (WTIC-AM, WTIC-FM, WRCH-FM and WZMX-FM), said Demers’ replacement is expected to be named in the next few weeks.

2013 Nite of Lite Laughter Features Jason Alexander

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Tony Award winner Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza on the hit show “Seinfeld” will take the stage for the WRCH  16th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter on Oct 4 at the Bushnell.

Titled “An Evening with Jason Alexander and His Hair,” proceeds benefit The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital. Tickets go on sale June 24.

The event will be a comedy variety show that features stand-up comedy, music, improvisation, and audience participation.

Alexjasonander, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, is also well-known for his work on Broadway including his role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” and Mel Brooks “The Producers.” Alexander also wrote the libretto for “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,” in which he also played 14 different characters, winning the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award.

His film credits include “Pretty Woman,” “Shallow Hal” and “The Paper,” and he has appeared on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Dream On.”

For tickets, go to the Bushnell Box Office, order by phone Call: 860-987-5900″, or online at www.bushnell.org

Allison Demers Leaving WRCH

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For 13 years she has been the kind, sweet one… the eternal optimist who rarely had a bad word about anything or anyone, and approached her on-air job at WRCH each day with spirit and enthusiasm.

But longtime radio morning host Allison Demers has announced she is leaving the station.

“My oldest is going to be a senior in high school and I want to be there to do things like visiting colleges with her and being home with them and just doing “mommy” things,” said Demers, who, with husband Frank Campagna, also has a 9-year-old. “I have been in the radio business for 20 years and done so many wonderful things, I want to do this too to feel accomplished.”

Demers, who also worked at KC 101,  is part of the popular 5:30 to 9 a.m. CBS Connecticut Lite 100.5 WRCH-FM Morning Show “Allan, Mike, and Allison” with Allan Camp and Mike Stacy.

“We are crying buckets of tears,” said Stacy about Demers decision to step down. “She is irreplaceable.”

“We will miss her, she has been part of our family for a long time,” said station manager Steve Salhany.

But the search is on for a new morning show co-host with try-outs and guest hosts beginning at the end of the month.

“We really need the estrogen to balance us off,” joked Camp.

Demers, who gets to work around 5 a.m. each and leaves at noon, said she also spends time at special events and watches late night shows so they can be discussed on radio the next day.

“The hours are crazy and I just want a normal life,” she said about the decision she had been contemplating for a while.

Demers, who was recently ordained as a minister in the First Assembly of God, said she will continue her missionary work after she leaves the station. She has agreed to stay on the show until her replacement is found.

“The kids are excited about having me home and it means a more normal life and going to bed at the same time as my husband,” she said laughing. “I’m excited about the new door that has opened.”