NEW YORK CITY — Beth Bogdan, the senior director of artistic relations for Republic Records, usually spends her days handling itineraries, calendars, and travel issues for “a certain number of artists on the label,” she said earlier this week.
There is a pretty impressive set of ears on Tess Guiser, the canine star playing the part of Toto in the upcoming Newtown Middle School production of The Wizard of Oz.(She’s a Papillon, which is French for butterfly, if that gives you an idea.) But don’t be confused during the play, once Dorothy gets swept to Oz — Tess takes a break and lets another “pooch” pose as Toto. The Wizard of Oz is scheduled for performances at 7 pm, March 15 and 16, and a 2 pm performance on March 17.
Anyone who can pick out a blue baseball cap with white stitching that says “Patriots” from the mass of 15,000 runners expected for Sunday’s New York City Half Marathon may be looking at a Sandy Hook resident who will be running that morning. The blue and white cap is Catherine Galda’s signature running hat, she says, and it will be in its place and ready to run once more in just a few days.
The Beloved Book Group Gals book club of Newtown was pleased to host not only its regular membership, Tuesday, March 6, but also two special guests. Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra joined the group in learning firsthand from Beth Howard the art of pie making — and life.
Occupation: I’m a psychiatrist, and I’m the founder and director of the Unity Project, a resiliency building program for children and teenagers. Currently, the Unity Project is in its second phase at Newtown High School. I’ve run trauma programs for the State Department in the Balkans, I’ve developed a program in New York City following 9/11, and have worked in New Orleans and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. The last few years I have been in Uganda, working with child soldiers.
Pinball table manufacturer Stern Pinball, Inc. is partnering with the Sandy Hook Arcade Center to host a video game tournament, the company announced on March 13.
The Sandy Hook Challenge Tournament is open to children and teenagers. It will be held at Sandy Hook Arcade Center, the non-profit arcade within Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street. The tournament will be held Saturday, March 16, with qualifying rounds beginning at 4 pm. The final round will begin at 6:30, and winners will be awarded trophies provided by Sandy Hook Arcade Center at 7.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, and The Connecticut Office of the Arts have come together to create HealingNewtown Arts Space at 5 Queen Street (next to Caraluzzi’s).