So we started a non-profit…

…”we” being my husband, Frank Schiavone, and I.

In the last few months, we’ve organized Hartford2020 to help get community conversations going. We intend to host or co-host documentaries, art shows, and other events that explore issues of the day. In September, Frank will produce a play that looks at immigration, and was written by a Hartford native.

On Tuesday, Hartford 2020, in collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center, and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, is bringing to Hartford “Hot Coffee,” a documentary by Susan Saladoff that might make you rethink what you believe to be true about “tort reform.” Susan will be on The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR at 1 p.m. Tuesday, if you want to get a taste of the evening, when we’ll show the documentary, and then Susan will host a talk-back with the audience.

About the black board: We are new at this, and we know what kinds of things we want to talk about, but we’re interested in what you think is important, so on Tuesday, we’ll hand out sticky-notes and little golf pencils so everyone can write down their favorite-topic-to-be-explored. On the way out, they can leave their sticky-notes on this big board, and when we’re planning, we’ll cheerfully steal those ideas.

I hope to see you Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. (not 7 p.m., as I erroneously wrote earlier because I like to throw out random times like this: 5:30 a.m.!) at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., in Hartford. Admission is $5 and yes, we’ll have hot coffee (and goodies).

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    1. And please don’t spill it on yourself. We’re a NON-profit, mind you.

  1. Best of luck.

    It sounds really exciting. Especially producing a play. That would be very interesting…sitting in on that kind of process. You should video everything. Get one of the colleges to help.

    1. That’s a great idea, getting a college to help. I know just the college. Thanks, Leftover.

        1. Yep. The community college where I part-time teach has a pretty impressive set of videography classes. Believe I’ll just put a bug in someone’s ear, credit to you.

  2. Sounds awesome. I have the boy Tuesdaya night, so can’t be there, but Mayor Mike’s Little League, West End Soccer and the Swim Teams at the city pools are gems.

    1. Amen. They really and truly are. We’ll plan something for a night other than Tuesday and I hope you can come!

    1. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Joann, who is writing the Great American Memoir and I? Can’t wait to read it. And thank you. Frankie Bananas and I are simply trying to keep ourselves off the streets.

    1. It was big-fun, and I hope to see you haul your carcass in from Romantic W. to participate. We need your input more than you know.

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