Here is your monthly list of hand-picked events. There may be others, but those did not make the cut:
Hartford Candidates Forum: Candidates from all parties and running for all offices this year have been invited to participate in a forum hosted by the Greater Hartford NAACP. This will be held in the Northend Senior Center at 80 Coventry Street, from 6 to 9 in the evening. The local NAACP’s president, Muhammad Ansari, says “this forum will provide an opportunity for residents in North Hartford who may not have been able to attend events in other parts of the city.” UPDATE: forum cancelled due to Storm Alfred. It will not be rescheduled.
November 1 (through next year)
New Life for Connecticut Trees: Furniture by City Bench exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum. Objects made from trees otherwise destined for the landfill.
Women’s Oppression and Liberation Forum: three of the six panelists will include Nellie Bailey, the host of weekly radio program “Inside Housing” on WHCR; Monami Maulik, founder and executive director of Desis Rising Up and Moving; and a representative from Hartford Vecinos Unidos. The event begins at 7:30pm and will be held at La Paloma Sabanera.
November 4th and 5th
Killadelphia is a 75-minute show by Sean Christopher Lewis, presented by HartBeat Ensemble, in the Hollander Building. It presents perspectives on crime in Philly. Click here to get ticket info for this performance.
A community mural project will start at 10am at the Park Street branch of the Hartford Public Library (corner of Babcock and Park). Paint needs help getting on the side of the building! The mural is said to be on the theme of food security; there will be refreshments available. This is apt to last all afternoon.
Rebecca Walker — author of Black, White, & Jewish and Baby Love, to name only a few of her works — will be at the Hartford Public Library (downtown) from 3-4:30pm. This event is free. She will be giving a talk on “Rewriting Our Stories: Combating the Stigmatization of Mental Illness in the Black Community.”
In honor of Veteran’s Day, there will be a panel discussion about “The Impact of War Across History,” looking specifically at war-related post-traumatic stress disorder. This free lunchtime lecture will take place at the Old State House at noon.
Free Admisson to Mark Twain House & Museum for Hartford residents with proof of residency.
November 12th & 13th
Open Studio Weekend! Time to show some real support for local artists either by dropping in to say “hello,” or actually buying something. Even if you have no money, it’s free to look. From 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday, you can visit artists’ studios around Hartford. This will be at several sites in Hartford, including ArtSpace, Billings Forge, and on Arbor Street.
November 25th – February 20th
WinterFest! There will be free ices skating and free skate rentals again in Bushnell Park. The rink will be located next to the Pump House. Opening day (11/25) will feature expanded hours — 11-9 for skating — plus free rides on the carousel from 11-7. There will be free ice shows and more to be announced (check back!).
Is there anything not on this list that should be?