The Howard – SCREENING INVITES to M. Night Shyamalan’s GLASS


You are cordially invited to a screening of GLASS, which is the next film in the Unbreakable and Split franchise from M. Night Shyamalan. The screenings  will take place on Tues, Jan 15 at 7pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford.


To sign up for the advance screening of GLASS on Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm at Bow Tie Palace, click here:

PLEASE NOTE: By completing this form, your name will automatically be added to the advance screening RSVP list for GLASS. Duplicate names will be deleted from the final list. Seating is first come, first served and NOT GUARANTEED so please arrive early. When the screening is full, this link will be disabled.



In theaters January 18



Once the signups are full, the link will be disabled. This would automatically put their name on a list rather than give them a physical ticket.


Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, with Sarah Paulson and Samuel L. Jackson

Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan – Produced By: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin RajanExecutive Produced By: Steven Schneider, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Kevin Frakes

Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Joining the all-star cast are Unbreakable’s Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story series).

This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters is produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider and Kevin Frakes, who executive produce. Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum also serve as executive producers.

A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, Glass will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad.


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The Howard – 2019 – A Happy & Healthy New Year

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The Howard – Theater Review – “A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas” – Hartford Stage 2018

Hartford Stage
Play :  A Christmas CarolA Ghost Story of Christmas
Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman

In Scarlet town where I was born, There was a fair maid dwelling, And every youth cried well away, For her name was Barbara Allen” – 

Three sisters, dressed all in plaid and wearing bows in their hair, between awkward giggles are singing quietly this tearful Victorian ballad, “Barbara Allen”, to themselves in the outer vestibule of the Hartford Stage. Joining so many others in queue, these young ladies eagerly await as I, for the doors to open to see the seasonal holiday favorite, Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol- A Ghost Story of Christmas” now celebrating its 21st season. The song “Barbara Allen”, that they now begin to gingerly snap their fingers too, is indeed a dulcet calling card and designates the trio as authentic “Fan” fans – fanciers of Scrooge’s sister Fan. Those in earshot cannot help ourselves in smiling broadly to their caroling and even mildly humming along in our collective enthusiasm upon being a witness to the ever approaching theatrical production what can only be called a true Hartford Holiday tradition. 

Yes- some indeed may call it a tradition, and that’s rightly so, yet I must state it’s in actuality the joyous “Annual Gathering” of “Fan Fans”, “Scrooge-ettes” and dotty “Dilber-doos” of what its members “far and away” fondly call – The Society of Scrooge! I so freely admit, I have been a part of this S.O.S. for most of its 21 years and have been one fortunate theater goer, able to state that I have seen so many of  original Director Michael Wilson’s production cast-mates perform –  such as Natalie Brown, Bill Kux, Johanna Morrison, and the one and only Bill Raymond who retired from the role of Scrooge two years ago. 

Yet so familiar with the Scrooge tale, once again I sit in erstwhile anticipation of the story of Scrooge to unfold. I take note of the looming clock above set at the current 7 O’clock designation. The theater is full, every seat taken, children of all ages who may still believe in Santa Claus are here to see the Grinch-like Scrooge. They await the 2 hour transformation, watching a Grinch’s small heart grow in size and finally believing in the true meaning of Christmas. Its a merry bewilderment. Our 21st annual sojourn to Victorian London commences,   a rendezvous with that lovable scallawag, Ebenezer Scrooge, and a most enthusiastic reunion with a trio of holiday spirits be it past, present or future – and WE LOVE IT!

Cast changes that were made last year continue. Michael Preston, in his second year is once again our heartless miserly Mr. Ebenezer.  As discussed last year his portrayal of Scrooge is more akin to the 1951 classic film version starring Alastair Sim, – “The Gold Standard of Scrooge Films”  – that to this day still gives me nightmares – and that my friends is indeed a Good Thing!  His acting- he provides us all a simply wonderful –  deplorable “Bah-Humbug” Ebenezer- bravo!

Preston is currently Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Trinity College in Hartford and has performed as a member of the juggling and comedy troupe- the Flying Karamazov Brothers. Though a bit of his juggling is utilized during the second act Christmas transformation, it is hoped that Director Rachel Alderman and Preston can add additional giggles and glee to the old Scrooge – please Sir – more juggling and comedy in future productions.

My friends let me simply state the extraordinary actor, Mr. Noble Shropshire, STEALS this production “oh so”  handily  – what a delight to behold! Duel roles that are not to be missed- one minute the “chains I made in life” of ghastly ghost of Scrooge’s ex-partner, Jacob Marley, and then portraying Scrooge’s amorous and most beloved housekeeper Mrs. Dilber. A comedic genius is he- depicting delicate Mrs. Dilber with a wink and a nod-  and then a Frosted Grand Ghoul howling warnings of spirits to come. The house literally echos with throngs of cheers and applause at every turn of Noble’s chains or duster. At my most recent visit, Mr. Noble Shropshire received a standing ovation at productions conclusion- Bravo Mr. Shropshire!

Our three spirits –  Rebecka Jones returns to the role of Bettye Pidgeon, Spirit of Christmas Past and Krusty Old Josie.  Alan Rust- he literally has the grandest entrance of all, as the “Spirit of Christmas Present” and Bert the cider vender and John-Andrew Morrison portrays the marvelous Mr. Marvel. 

The cast also includes Terrell Donnell Sledge as Fred; the extraordinary Robert Hannon Davis as Bob Cratchit;  Shauna Miles as Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Cratchit; Vanessa R. Butler as Belle and Fred’s Wife; Kenneth De Abrew as First Solicitor, Undertaker, Mr. Fezziwig; Buzz Roddy as second solicitor; Tiny Tim is portrayed by Andrew Michaels and RJ Vercellone; once again for all you Fan- Fans- Lily Girard and Tessa Rosenfield as the one and only- “Fan”, and a host of excellent talented students from the Hartt School as Ghostly Apparitions including: Sarah Killough, Austin Doughty, Mark Lawrence, Peter Mann, Ariana Ortman, Haley Tyson, Leslie Blake Walker, Matthew Werner and Karla Gallegos.

I freely admit to all –  that the Hartford Stage’s annual holiday production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story”, still brings a tear to one’s eye while making one’s spirits light as a feather, and disposition bright as new fallen snow at its heartfelt conclusion – and that my friends is indeed a good thing!! Thank you Hartford Stage for these tears of glad tidings – as they say – “If there is an essence of Christmas in the air – then there is Christmas in your heart.

Wishing all a very Merry Yuletide and a Happy Turning of the Calendar. Enjoy!

Tickets for the Hartford Stage production of “A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas” are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (860) 527-5151 or by visiting Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Saturdays, Sundays and select weekdays at 2 p.m.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at

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The Howard – The Spirit of Christmas- Welcome Noble Shropshire & Johanna Morrison!


The Spirit of Christmas Arrives in Bloomfield 

The one and only “Spirit of Jacob Marley” has made a visitation to the beautiful New England hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut as portrayed by the remarkable stage actor Noble Shropshire. If Jacob Marley is hereabouts, than that can only mean “A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas is being produced at The Hartford Stage in downtown Hartford throughout the holiday season.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Noble Shropshire

During a time away from the Hartford Stage, Noble, who not only plays the chained and tormented ghost of Jacob Marley plus Scrooge’s amorous and most beloved housekeeper Mrs. Dilber, met up with actress, author, HARTT Professor, and past “Spirit of Christmas” alumni, Johanna Morrison and BATV General Manager, Howard Steven Frydman for a special luncheon, prepared by Chef Maria Rosu at Bloomfield Village Pizza. 

 According to Mr. Shropshire, “I just got off stage, took off my makeup and costume and I was whisked away to Bloomfield. My dear friends Johanna Morrison and Howard Frydman were so kind to invite me to lunch. I am just getting over a bit of a cold, and I so wanted some nice freshly made soup and maybe a salad. But when I arrived, this delightful Chef Maria prepared us a feast- from pasta, delicious pizza, and even my homemade soup. I am so appreciative of both Johanna, Howard and Chef Maria Rosu of Bloomfield Village Pizza for this outing I will always cherish”. 


This beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas will run through Saturday, December 29th at Hartford Stage. Mr. Shropshire, also remarked, “I hope everyone, not only in Bloomfield, but throughout Connecticut takes the opportunity to see this amazing seasonal production, I even soar over the audience, it’s quite a lot of fantastic fun for all ages-happy holidays to all

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The Howard ~ BATV Holiday Screening Event – AQUAMAN


HAPPY Holidays from BATV


You and a guest are cordially invited to a special Screening of AQUA-MAN- starring Jason Momoa




  • Bowtie Palace 17
  • 330 New Park Ave
  • Hartford, CT 06106

Mon, Dec 17 at 7pm Bow Tie Palace
To download passes:


In 3D and 2D in select theaters
and IMAX on December 21
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Director:        James Wan
Writers:       Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall
Story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall
Based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC
Producer:       Peter Safran, Rob Cowan
Executive Producers:  Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada

Cast:               Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren,
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ludi Lin, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman

Action Adventure. “Aquaman” spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas and reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), which takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.





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The Howard ~ Travelogue Part 3 ~ RCCL Anthem of The Seas ~ Food Glorious Food


THE HOWARDTravelogue 
Travel ReviewAnthem of the Seas
Howard Steven Frydman 
Part 3

Ahoy Mates and Mateys! We be aboard the most excellent cruise ship that ever sailed the seven seas – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines “Anthem of The Seas” – and after a “so hard day” of cruising,  island hopping, shopping, shopping, shopping,  and now as promised, it is time to “chow down me hearties”! 

From my very first cruise – these following words still hungrily come to my mind- “The King and I Dining Room” is now open for your culinary enjoyment” – in other words “Lets Eat”!

Well let me tell you – if you enjoy discovering “the” finest food dining opportunities – then look no further to a sea cruise for luxurious culinary experiences – and believe you me – the Anthem Of The Seas definitely does not disappoint – it’s a YUM moment from day one! From Breakfast, mid morning snacks, lunch, mid afternoon snacks, dinner, after dinner snacks and yes there is always pizza or even a turkey club to nosh on – and folks if you don’t find that exact nibble you so eagerly are searching for, just ask – in other words YOU WILL NOT GO HUNGRY ON A SEA CRUISE!

A quick pause before you read on- I would be remiss in not stating that on this day, December 1st, our ship is currently harboring in the beautiful Caribbean isle of St. Kitts & Nevi, Basseterre. Current position 17*17.29 N, 062*43.34 W, speed 0.0 kts, course 180. Present air temperature 84 degrees. We have traveled 1790 nautical miles. And now please hunger no longer –  my tales of culinary wonderments awaits readers below.

For this third Travelogue- I will be exploring luxury dining at its finest aboard ship. However I will mention that within the Anthem of The Seas – breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in four main dining venues including Silk, Chic, The Grande and American Icon Grill. The menus are the same in each of the above mentioned restaurants. Additional dining areas abound including, the Windjammer Marketplace, (all you can eat buffet), Solarium Bistro, Cafe Promenade, Cafe@Two70, Sorento’s Pizzeria, Brass & Bock (hearty beers and nibbles), Johnny Rockets ( Authentic Burgers, fries and ultra thick shakes), SeaPlex Doghouse ( Hotdogs and all the fixings), Coastal Kitchen – which is for Grand Suite Guests and above and Pinnacle Members serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, La Patisserie, and of course room service. I have room service bring me blueberry pancakes for breakfast almost every day and for an afternoon snack a icy cold, ultra thick, decadent chocolate milkshake. Yesiree- it be grand – but please don’t tell my cardiologist Dr. Corcoran.

And now I so proudly present for your culinary enjoyment – the simply sumptuous speciality dining options aboard the Anthem of The Seas – Chop’s Grille, Jamie’s Italian, Wonderland, and Izumi.


First up –  think of the finest steakhouse restaurants known, be they in New York, Texas, Kansas City or Oklahoma and now transplant them to a cruise ship- for prime beef – this culinary achievement is “Chops Grill – The New American Steakhouse” ~  undeniably delicious! Let me tell you – steaks perfectly seared, juicy, mouth watering selections of hand-selected USDA Prime steaks. Chops Grille is my first choice in specialty dining – it is indeed a gleaming crown jewel in at sea dining experience. Atmosphere warm, dark, comfortable, inviting – essence of grilling intertwines in the air. As expected, first-class service, opulent side dishes and desserts, noble wines, and a beefeaters paradise.

My personal selection: 

Salads – definitely indulge in the “Crispy Goat Cheese Salad”, includes green apples, candied walnuts, cranberries with balsamic dressing. 

Signature Appetizers- I say go for them all – but I did sample the “Grilled Black Pepper Bacon” – reminded me of a BBQ strip;  “Colossal Shrimp Cocktail”- indeed massive, presented with horseradish cocktail sauce and sliced lemon – would have liked presentation draped with a bit of shredded iceberg lettuce- instead of the bowl of plain ice. And now I want you to listen to me – if you only get one appetizer – make darn sure you select the “Jumbo Lump Crab Cake” served with a corn chipotle aioli – THESE ARE WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS – I suggest you ask your server for not just one on plate but several – they are that good! 


For my dinner selection I go with the 9 oz Angus Filet Mignon. I ask my server to prepare it medium, non-pressed and not butterflied. At arrival – prepared just as required – oh so tender, juices cascading outward and oh so flavorful. All steaks  come with several steak sauces – I just enjoy a bit of “A1”. For my steak side companions, a simple baked potato suffices with a dollop of sour cream. But you have a myriad of choices from; cream spinach, asparagus, Mac & cheese, sautéed mushrooms and so much more – and if you don’t see it on the menu – just ask your server. Bottom line 5 stars all the way!



“Jamie’s Italian” – offered by famed British chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver. For those not familiar with Oliver, he is well known for his BBC television show, “The Naked Chef”,  his number 1 bestselling cook books of the same name, which was then followed up by the television documentary “Jamie’s Kitchen”.

And now Chef Jamie’s culinarily creations can be found aboard the Anthem Of The Seas for everyone to enjoy. Somewhat akin to a local Italian neighborhood Bistro, located midship on deck 5, is the quaint Italian Bistro Jamie’s Kitchen – and I like it! Like family it is home to familiar tasty offerings. From good sources, I am told that Jamie frequently makes visits to his signature restaurant at sea, making sure quality stays constant, and providing instruction and inspiration.

By the way all pasta is made from scratch each and every day.

My personal selection: 

Antipasti- the Ultimate Garlic Bread- fresh from the oven and like eating a cloud, plus I sample the Prosciutto and Melon- mini buffalo mozzarella- you can tell this was made fresh today as well. For my entree I have two selections, “Chicken Al Mattone”, a whole marinated chicken – oh so tender and flavorful, and the not to be missed-  “Gennaro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese” – tender pasta, draped with a flavorful pork and beef Sunday gravy – a Howard and Jamie’s Best Bet. 



Izumi Japanese Cuisine – occupying a secluded corner on deck 5, this is a fun and creative place to enjoy a light lunch or fun Asian dinner experience – they additionally offer several classes  per cruise instructing passengers on how to create their own signature sushi rolls and sashimi. Edamame – boiled salted soy beans are offered complimentary. 

My personal selection: 

Feel free to order numerous starters from the extensive menu offerings, including, Shrimp Firecracker Spring Rolls, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and the Mixed Poke. My soup selection includes the delectable “Nabeyaki Udon” – a brimming bowl of shrimp tempura, chicken, udon noodles bathed in a delicious spicy broth. My choice for signature rolls includes the Crispy Spicy Tuna, the Izumi Spider Roll and surprisingly delectable “Surf and Turf” Roll. 



And now lastly, “Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine” – as the name implies, at times you may feel that you have fallen through author Lewis Carroll’s looking glass in search of the elusive Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts. As the name implies, this is a most Whimsical and so creative dining opportunity aboard the Anthem of The Seas. Upon seating, your host, will present you with a paintbrush in which you literally paint a small picture frame that slowly unveils your Wonderland menu choices of Sun, Ice, Fire, Sea and Earth. 

My personal selection: 

Sun: Baby Vegetables in the Garden- it actually looks like a small garden with soil and pebbles- very creative.

Ice: Crispy Crab Cones- delightful mouth munchers.

Fire: Buffalo Chicken Eggs – egg-quisite!  I actually order two!

Sea- liquid Lobster 

Earth: Terroir Beef – a slow cooked London Broil served with river stone potatoes and a light Bordelaise Sauce – a unique culinary experience.




And now from our Executive Chef we proudly present this  Anthem of the Sea recipe you can make at home.

Hopefully our good friend and cardiologist Dr. Patrick Corcoran does not get the opportunity to peruse this part three of my Travelogue- but you dear reader, I hope you do get the chance to dine at sea and sample many of the culinary delights found aboard the Anthem of the Seas. Enjoy!


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The Howard – Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD Movie Screening Tixs




A Fathom Events special screening on 12/17 at 4pm at Regal Brass Mill.

To receive your complimentary passes to the screening – Please send your name and e-mail address to HOWARDBATV@AOL.COM.

Each winner will receive two tickets . WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!


Fathom Event Limited Release on 12/17 & 12/27

Expands 1/19

Director:                             Peter Jackson

Producers:                         Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen

Executive Producers:    Carolyn Blackwood, Ken Kamins, Tessa Ross

Documentary. An extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.

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