In 2nd Act, Barone Becomes A Star

by Allan Appel | Nov 10, 2017 11:21 am | Comments (1)

Contributed PhotoA year ago a naturally funny guy named Jimmy Barone lay in bed awaiting the amputation of his second leg and thinking his life might be over.

Today, the double amputee and retired Yale gym employee is hanging out with some of the funniest people in Hollywood. And he’s awaiting the release of a new Adam Sandler movie co-starring Chris Rock — and featuring ... a wisecracking Jimmy Barone, in the first role of what looks like an exciting new second career.

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Best Video Opens Up The Mic

by Karen Ponzio | Sep 15, 2017 8:10 am

It was Peter Lehndorff’s first set at Best Video’s new Second Wednesday Open Mic.

“It’s my first time here, and I live in Hamden. And it’s my first time in Hamden,” he said.

Some confusion spread out through the audience before Lehndorff reported that he was from a town called Hampden in Massachusetts. The crowd of performers and patrons responded with laughter and welcomed their new “neighbor” — one example of the congenial tone and community fostered at the beloved video store turned cultural center on Wednesday evening.

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“I Am Shakespeare” Hits The Screen —  And Some Tough Questions

by Brian Slattery | Aug 8, 2017 11:25 am | Comments (1)

Brian Slattery PhotoElm Shakespeare Company Producing Director Rebecca Goodheart stood in front of a crowd of about 30 at Highville Charter School on Monday night to talk about her sobering takeaway from Stephen Dest’s film I Am Shakespeare, which tells the story of Henry Green.

In Green’s case, Goodheart said, “it was not enough” that the Newhallville-born Green had played Tybalt in Elm Shakespeare’s 2009 production of Romeo and Juliet. His exposure to the arts had given him an outlet for his talent and the forging of a possible path to college. He had ended up gangbanging anyway, and very nearly died as a result. “As someone who has built my life on the premise” that art education matters, Goodheart said, “I have to say it’s really troubling. How do we do more? How do we do it better?”

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