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Actor Sean Kanan To Expo Healthy Cooking For Women

October 12, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 12--Area women will enjoy a weekend of food, fashion and fun during the Women's Living Expo slated for next weekend.

Set for Oct. 19-20 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St., and sponsored by KHBS Channel 40/29, the "What Women Want" event is all about connection, community, fun and entertainment for women of the area, according to information from event organizers.

Featuring a blend of 200 diverse exhibits, fashion shows, makeovers, health screenings, popular chefs and book signings, the event also will include contests and lots of free goodies, according to Ken Bauer, creative services director for KHBS Channel 40/29.

Special guest Sean Kanan, who plays A.J. Quartermaine on "General Hospital," will make two stage appearances during the expo, Bauer said. At 1 p.m. Oct. 19, Kanan will appear on the main stage, followed by a fanfest autograph signing. On Oct. 20 at 2 p.m., Kanan will appear in the Chef's Kitchen, where he will create specialties from his book, "The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan."

Other guests include the 40/29 news team, along with chief meteorologist Drew Michaels and Arkansas CW star Craig Strickland. Kitchen Kimberley, spokeswoman for the Southwest Dairy Farmers, will entertain women, as will Blythe Beck, executive chef at MovieLounge.

The Sparks Health Pavilion will offer free bone-density screenings, free blood pressure checks, free chair massages, free genetic breast cancer-risk assessments and free body mass index checks. A Sparks Brown Bag Health Symposium, slated for noon Oct. 19, will focus on Healthy Living Inside Out, where a panel of health-care experts will answer questions and dispel myths; seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (203) 259-3351 to register for the symposium.

Michaels will teach women how to stay safe during weather emergencies during an 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 presentation, while Cooking with Craig, with Copeland's Chef Ricky, will be featured on the Chef's Kitchen Stage at 3 p.m. Oct. 19.

Faces of Inspiration, a 2014 calendar featuring 12 area breast cancer survivors, will be launched at 11 a.m. Oct. 19; calendars are available for $10, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

The Southwest Dairy Farmers' Chef's Kitchen will showcase Kitchen Kimberley as she discusses the importance of dairy and shares recipes and samples.

Beck, former star of the Oxygen reality show, "The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck," will be featured on the Celebrity Chef Kitchen stage at noon Oct. 19 and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20, creating dishes that not only please the palate but also warm the heart.

At 3 p.m. Oct. 20, the Smart Chicken Celebrity Chef Cook-off pits Chef Joshua Gentry from MovieLounge against Chef Jason Haid from River City Deli, as they prepare a specialty chicken recipe. Audience members can cheer on their favorite as judges award the grand prize.

Kanan, who appeared as A.J. Quartermaine on "General Hospital" from 1992-97 and recently returned to the show last year, will heat things up in the Celebrity Kitchen as he prepares a dish from his recently published cookbook at 2 p.m. Oct. 20.

"I've always loved to cook," Kanan said during a telephone interview from his California home. "My mother was a really good cook, and I lived in Italy for a year and picked up stuff there."

Kanan, who also starred as Deacon Sharpe on both "The Bold & the Beautiful" and "The Young & the Restless," shared that among his favorite recipes are Moroccan Couscous with Grilled Vegetables and Braised Cabbage. "I'm always trying new stuff," he added.

That is obvious from Kanan's resume. He's appeared on television and in films, has produced and written films and has performed stand-up comedy. He appeared on the Italian version of "Dancing with the Stars," and enjoys martial arts in his spare time.

While his character of A.J. Quartermaine has been considered a "bad boy" of daytime television, Kanan said his real life is nothing like A.J.

"A.J. has really allowed himself to be a victim in a lot of occurrences," he said. "I like to think I take responsibility for myself and never see myself as a victim.

"I think I have a stronger backbone than A.J. does," added Kanan, who has appeared in 12 films, including "Karate Kid III." "He's been trying to do the right thing. Little by little, he's becoming a better guy."

Kanan and his wife, Michele, who have five children between them ranging from age 12-20, host a weekly online radio show, "Kanan's Rules," which appears on the UBN Radio Network at 10 p.m. Wednesdays (www.kanansrules.com).

"We talk about what life is like living in the crazy environment of Hollywood and still having a family of five in a normal, loving relationship," said Kanan, who still studies the Italian language and lived briefly in Rome and Naples. He said the show is infused with humor and features daily guests from various fields, friends or others who share experiences and insight about navigating Hollywood.

Michele will appear with Kanan at the Women's Living Expo, where they will discuss their skin-care line, Skin 2 Skin.

Admission to the Women's Living Expo is $6 or $4 with a discount card available at all CV's Family Food Stores; children ages 8 and under are admitted free.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20; for information visit www.womenslivingexpo.com.

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