April 2013 Events

When this list is compiled, there are always events not included. Either the organization has not gotten the word out, or something is a bit too mainstream, like a wedding expo. Or, the event is too unaffordable for too many readers. This calendar is created with Hartford residents in mind, primarily those who live in neighborhoods like mine. Something pricey will slip through from time-to-time, but if an event costs as much as groceries for the week, it probably is not going to be included here.

Don’t forget to check with the venue to confirm that times and prices remain accurate.

April 1

The Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance on Monday evenings at the Arch Street Tavern. Music begins at 8pm.

April 2

Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia, The  Monsters  of  Templeton, and Delicate Edible Birds will be taking part in the Allan K. Smith Reading Series at Trinity College. A reception and book signing will follow the reading, held in the Alumni Lounge of Mather Hall. 4:30-6:30pm. This is free and open to the public; books will be available for purchase.

April 3

All are welcome to participate in a learning charrette (fancy word that just means looking at maps and talking about plans) for the Albany/Homestead Avenue corridor. This goes from 3-7pm, but people are invited to drop in whenever they can. The meeting will be held in the community room of the University of Hartford Handel Performing Arts Center, located on the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway. The parking lot is accessible from Albany Avenue. Free. (more…)

“Cuban Five” Cartoonist Exhibit

Cartoonist Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, one of the “Cuban Five,” was given two life terms in the United States for “conspiracy to commit espionage” and other various charges, while gathering information about groups possibly planning terrorism against Cuba.

On Thursday, March 28th the Broad Street Gallery (1283 Broad Street) will host an opening reception for “Humor from My Pen,” an exhibit of this artist’s political cartoons. The opening reception will be from 4:30-7:30pm.

March 30th offers another viewing time, from 1-5pm.

This is free and open to the public.

 

Current and Former Politicians Want More Women in Power

Marilyn Rossetti, Evelyn Mantilla, Susan Bysiewicz, and Beth Bye

To encourage younger generations of women to embrace feminism, Susan Bysiewicz suggested adults “be an example and not afraid to speak up when you see inequalities.”

That’s some real talk right there.

Last week, during Boob B-Rollgate, there was such an opportunity, but according to State Senator Beth Bye, the media squandered this chance to take a strong stance. Not a shocker, given how Bysiewicz described the appearance of the Capitol press room: almost all white, middle-aged men, and, Christine Stuart. Bye, herself, does a daily count while watching Morning Joe— how many male vs. female guests. The results are too predictable to bother typing up.

Here in Hartford, opportunities seem to have presented themselves in local politics (more…)

A New Supermarket in Downtown?

If that question elicited a groan and eye roll, wait. It’s not what you think.

After the Market at Hartford 21 closed its doors after only six months of operation back in 2011, any mention of another grocery has shown just how disappointed residents felt by that whole experience.

If interested parties gain support from the City of Hartford, it is possible that downtown Hartford could have what Steve Borla calls a full-service supermarket offering “culturally” and “demographically-appropriate foods.”

Borla, the Director of Consumer Credit and Policy Initiatives for the Hartford Community Loan Fund, says this supermarket would be for “Hartford residents,” 28,000 of whom live in a food desert, according to the Hartford Food System.

Right now, the Hartford Community Loan Fund and Hartford Food System are working with a yet-to-be-named large, regional supermarket chain which has experience selling healthy food in urban areas. The full-service supermarket aims to create 150-200 new jobs in Hartford; the store operator has been identified as someone who is committed to hiring city residents.

Besides job creation, having a centrally-located, 50,000 square foot supermarket would bring money back into Hartford. Data supplied by the HCLF and Hartford Food System shows that our residents spend approximately $40 million in supermarkets outside of the city. Developing a supermarket in the desired location would recapture 50-75% of what these organizations are calling “food-buying ‘leakage.'”

Where is this location? (more…)