Talk of the town: Parillo celebrates 1,000th 'Schenectady Today' show – New York News

Ann Parillo had everyone just where she wanted them.


Guests and visitors to Proctors Underground, located in the basement under the theater’s box office and the Apostrophe Cafe & Lounge, were preparing for Tuesday’s live streaming of “Schenectady Today: In and Around the Capital Region.”

It was a really big show.

“Jam packed!” announced Parillo, dressed in a black shirt, black slacks and a long, red light sweater. “Lots of fun, lots of entertainment.”

Actors and directors from Capital Repertory Theatre’s upcoming “Sex With Strangers” had the first shift, and Parillo began the interview with a complaint against an uninvited guest.

“There’s a fly in the room,” she said, waving her arms. “So if I do anything like this, it’s because of that. It has nothing to do with you guys.”

The Cap Rep crew was followed by singers from Schenectady Light Opera Company’s upcoming “Cabaret.”

Storyteller Kate Dudding of Story Circle at Proctors and Madelyn Thorne from Habitat for Humanity took over the middle of the show. Kat Wolfram of Electric City Food Co-Op teamed up with Michael Diana of the Schenectady County Historical Society to talk food as “Schenectady Today” rolled toward the finish.

Laura Marx, director of the Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, talked with Parillo during the final segment.

There’s another big show coming up Tuesday, with a big number attached. Parillo will celebrate her 1,000th “Schenectady Today: In and Around the Capital Region” program and enter her 20th year as program host.

The next show, at the GE Theater at Proctors, also will be jammed from…

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