- Free ice skating in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free skate rentals are available until 7:15. Youth under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.
- Real Art Ways hosts its monthly board game night starting at 6. Free.
- Natural Hair Happy Hour at M Lounge, 942 Main Street. They say: “Come mix and mingle with other beautiful naturals! This event is perfect for catching up with family and friends, meeting new naturals and learning more about the Brown Skin Women network.” 6-8:30 p.m. Free.
- Happy, Healthy Holiday Party: This is a healthy potluck with music by the Sacred Sorrow Singers. For the potluck, include a list of all ingredients for the dish you bring. Also, bring your own plate, utensils, and cup so that the event creates minimal waste. There is a suggested $5 donation, but nobody is turned away for lack of funds. 7-9 p.m. at Toivo.
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More than 200 people rallied in the rain outside of the Connecticut State Capitol Saturday morning in support of Syrian refugees. Their messages included the ability and willingness for the United States to care for both new refugees and our existing homeless population, dismissing the either/or rhetoric that has been presented as fact in recent weeks. Speakers also dismissed the idea the refugees would be given a free ride once here, or that the State has any control over who the United States does or does not accept. Continue reading 'Hundreds Extend Welcome to Syrian Refugees'»
Joey Batts. Photo courtesy of 86hour photo
This December the Hip Hop for the Homeless Tour returns for its second year. Over 40 local musicians and DJs will participate in the six shows, with two of those venues being open to all ages.
Joey Batts, a public high school teacher in Hartford, wanted to raise awareness after working with youth who were experiencing homelessness. The teacher-by-day, musician-by-night plans to collect canned goods, personal hygiene products, and clothing at each of the venues on the tour, where the audience can hear live music by Ceschi Ramos, Joey Batts & Them, Chumzilla, Jose Oyola, and others. Continue reading 'Hip Hop for the Homeless Tour Returns'»
Justyna Dabrowski at 100 Pearl Street Gallery
In “Remembered,” Justyna Dabrowski of New Britain, depicts her family history using paint and cloth, with a small, hand-sewn book at the center of the exhibit at 100 Pearl Street. Some of the fabric has been purchased, with other pieces — like curtains — found. An embroidery hoop frames a painted portrait, with uneven, rambling cloth migrating away from focus.
Opening on December 3rd, the exhibit shows interpretations of family photographs. There are depictions of her parents from before she was born, along with renderings of relatives she has never met; thus, some of the faces are left blank. The last time Dabrowski visited Poland she was thirteen, so there are parts of her family where the connections between she and them are thin. Continue reading '“Remembered” on Pearl Street'»
If you were wondering which bench in the city is the best, here it is. Continue reading 'Sit'»
Venom Vintage, Whitney Street
I hate Giving Tuesday. It goes: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday. What? So, only after you have shelled out money everywhere else should you consider charitable giving? False. For this reason, we list giving first.
- ImmaCare — emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, outreach, education and employment.
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