Scenes from the Sidewalk: Stencil Rust

By , April 24, 2014 6:01 pm

Winning

Without incessant nagging or a major propaganda campaign, Real Hartford came in second for Best Hyperlocal News Site, with Kerri Provost coming in third for Best Local Blogger. Continue reading 'Winning'»

Third Annual Writers’ Weekend

By , April 23, 2014 5:57 pm

Wondering how to protect your writing against unauthorized use? Are you just trying to get started freelancing? Looking to self-publish?

Sharpen your pencils and charge your laptops…the third annual Writers’ Weekend at the Mark Twain House and Museum starts on Friday. There will be a keynote conversation, book signings, workshops, panels, and reading series throughout the weekend.

Here’s what the schedule looks like:

Friday, April 25

6:00 pm — Welcome Reception

7:00 pm — Keynote, Meg Wolitzer

8:00 pm — Book signing with Meg Wolitzer

Saturday, April 26

10:00 am — Workshops

Author of Orange is the New Black Speaks on Civil Liberties

By , April 22, 2014 11:50 am

Solitary confinement is “the most extreme form of punishment we have other than death,” Piper Kerman told the audience during the “Censorship and the Rights of Prisoners” talk on Monday.

Kerman was invited to speak at the Milton and Ethel Sorokin Symposium, a public education event of the ACLU of Connecticut, that is co-sponsored ad hosted by the UConn School of Law.

Kerman’s timing could not have been more appropriate. Right now, Connecticut has a juvenile housed in an adult facility in Niantic, where she is reportedly isolated from the population for 22-23 hours each day. That Jane Doe is in lock down without being charged for a crime has been overshadowed by the details of her needs as a transgendered youth.

Kerman, who did not spend time in solitary housing herself, did say that it is “not used for ‘the worst of the worst’” exclusively, but that isolation is “used as a disciplinary tool for low level infractions.” Continue reading 'Author of Orange is the New Black Speaks on Civil Liberties'»

Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez Selected as New Superintendent

By , April 21, 2014 11:42 pm

Once the contract negotiation process is completed, Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez will be “reintroduced” to the public, according to a message from the Mayor’s Office. This is expected to happen in early July.

To learn about the Board of Education’s selection, see Real Hartford‘s coverage of last week’s candidate forum.

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Oh, and you can win more than smug today.

The first person to get the most correct answer wins two tickets to Kate Couture: A Hepburn-Inspired Fashion Show at Connecticut Historical Society. This is on May 10, 2014.

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” Stops in Hartford

By , April 20, 2014 9:30 am

Photo by Nichole Guerra / Art by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Passersby near the Charter Oak Cultural Center may have noticed some new literature posted around the neighborhood on their commutes within Hartford this week. Without context, the pieces appear to be nothing more than isolated and vague quotes, commanding the reader to show respect to an unknown author for an unknown reason, but they are really part of a larger, nationwide movement to bring awareness to what is more commonly becoming known as street harassment.

Street harassment – the unwelcome honking, cat-calls, or other unwanted advances that women, and even men, experience when walking from point A to point B – is one form of harassment that society has begun to accept as an unavoidable fact of life. If we haven’t been on the receiving or giving end, we have at least witnessed it first-hand or know someone who has experienced its unsettling effect. Speaking out against it is viewed as futile, and those outspoken few who do respond could be inviting more unwelcome advances, often times more aggressive and dangerous. Continue reading '“Stop Telling Women to Smile” Stops in Hartford'»

How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes

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By , April 19, 2014 4:01 am

Gown worn in “Adam’s Rib”

Whether or not women should “lean in” or close the “confidence gap” are debates of the moment, but this fretting should have been settled decades ago.

Do you or someone you know need help figuring out how to be a tough dame? Turn to Katharine Hepburn. She was:

  • Sent home from school for wearing pants. Went back the next day wearing pants. How did she get the confidence for this? Mom (Katharine Houghton Hepburn) telling the school, basically, you leave the parenting to me, could not have hurt.
  • Later, when the RKO studio tried to get her to stop wearing slacks, she made a point by walking out in her underwear.
  • Did her own stunts, including when she was in her later years. Grew up in a house (133 Hawthorn Street) where the family had a zip line installed. Coincidence?
  • Got busted in college for smoking in her dorm. Drove around Hartford without a license.
  • Had a reputation for being prickly and defiant. . .
  • Earned twelve Oscar nominations and won four of those times. Continue reading 'How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes'»

Putting the Sea in City Hall

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By , April 18, 2014 5:08 pm

On Trashion Fashion Eve, artists and those willing to get their hands dirty are putting the finishing touches on the set for Saturday’s show. Continue reading 'Putting the Sea in City Hall'»

Another BBQ Spot for Downtown

Coming soon on Arch Street: Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue

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