Fall Cleaning

It seems that someone (or maybe multiple someones) cleaned the area known as the Corridor of Hope AKA Stretch of Sketch AKA Captiol Avenue between Forest Street and Laurel Street. It looks nice. Some tree branches have been moved to visually block the array of garbage behind the fence in one spot. Nobody appeared to be hardcore enough to hop the fence and remove the major piles of debris. (more…)

Sea Tea Improv Returns to City Steam

Local improvisational theater troupe Sea Tea Improv has partnered with City Steam Brewery Café to create a monthly evening of off-the-cuff theatrical comedy. The performance series, named “Second City Steam” after Chicago’s world-famous theater and training center, will launch on October 4th at 7 PM at City Steam and recur monthly. Admission is free to the public (more…)

Green Bikes

At noon on Monday, September 21st, the Growing Green Co-op will be launching their Green Bikes program on Main Street, downtown. Their website describes this program as bike sharing. It is unclear if this will be a free lending system, rentals like Zipcars, or simply a traditional bicycle rental. Watch for bikes that have been painted green.

Local Missing Teen Returned Safely

We all are familiar with the disappearance and tragic murder of the Yale student.

Unless you read the Hartford Police Department website or somehow caught a brief mention of it at WTNH, you might not have known that a young Hartford teen went missing recently. The HPD announcement says that the girl was “missing from the Gray Lodge Facility since last week” in their September 11th press release. The 15 year old garnered no media attention (at least nothing that is searchable on their web sites, which publish most news items) from the Hartford Courant, WFSB, NBC30, or the Journal Inquirer. A broader search on Google showed the same. Only WTNH bothered. One can only speculate as to why the media can afford to devote constant coverage to one missing persons case, but not to another, especially one involving a youth. Fortunately, the HPD reported yesterday that this girl was safely returned to the Gray Lodge. Thank you to the Hartford Police Department and WTNH for giving a damn about our city’s teenagers.

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In his column yesterday, Tom Condon suggested that City Arts on Pearl might be “paving the way for an arts district.” As I read that, I thought of A Few Queers on the Prowl and their recent discussions on art. Can such a thing as an arts district exist? Can art be contained? Should it be contained? If one area is designated as an arts district, what does that say about artists and art venues located outside of it?

Condon writes that Hartford needs to “grow its arts presence, not watch it shrink,” a point with which I agree when I take it out of context. Does the city need arts for “revitalization”? That implies that revitalization is needed, that we do not have life here. Maybe we are looking for art in all the wrong places. Maybe it’s already here, existing outside the sanctioned definitions of art.

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