October 2013 Events

By , September 29, 2013 10:40 pm

Sometimes alpaca visit Pratt Street in Sundays.

Nothing is winding down.

October 1

  • Have some say in what happens in your neighborhood! The Clay Arsenal Revitalization Association meets at 5:30pm at Community Health Services, 500 Albany Avenue.

October 2

  • If you are a young professional looking to network, stop by the Mezzanine Lounge at 960 Main Street tonight from 5:30-8:30. Bring your business cards. If you want a drink, bring cash.
  • Tonight is the opening reception for Improvisers, an exhibit of photography by Joseph Chandler, Byron Dean, Rob Miller, and Maurice Robertson. Real Art Ways, 6pm.
  • The Latin American & Iberian Film Festival presents Marimbas from HellĀ at 7pm in the Jacobs LSC Boyer Auditorium on the Trinity College campus. A discussion in English and Spanish follows the film. This is free and open to the public.
  • Cinestudio will be screening Girl Rising at 7:30pm This is free with student ID, but it is also a fundraiser for the construction of a girls’ school in Mali

October 3

  • The Wadsworth Atheneum’s First Thursday event is Mad Men themed. Expect martinis. $5 or free for members. Party goes from 5-8pm.
  • The South End Neighborhood Revitalization Association meets at 6pm in the Metzner Center,680 Franklin Avenue.
  • Also at 6pm, the Blue Hills NRZ meets at the Blue Hills Branch Library, 649 Blue Hills Avenue
  • Shulchan Ivrit returns, but is in a new location. The “Hebrew Table” is a casual conversation in Hebrew for those wishing to learn the language. This is free and goes from 6-7pm. This is at the Moishe House on 157 South Quaker Lane in West Hartford.
  • The Mark Twain House & Museum will be hosting a free performance of The War Prayer by the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble from 7-8pm.

October 4

  • The MDC is holding its final informational meeting about the Capitol Avenue and Broad Street Water Main projects this morning. It begins at 9am. This will be held in the Goldfarb Classroom of the Bushnell; use the Clinton Street entrance. Why hold something at a time when most people are working? Ask them.
  • Lunch & Learn at 100 Pearl Street. Bring your lunch and listen to photographer Daniel Mosher Long speak about his current exhibit. Free drinks and desserts. Noon. RSVP requested.
  • Check out Potty Mouth, LVL UP, Furnsss, Eriston, and The Active Ingredients at Trinity College. The all ages show starts at 7pm at The Mill (79 Vernon Street). This is $10 and valid ID is required for entrance.
  • The Tierney Sutton Band performs at Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 8pm. Tickets are $20; proceeds benefit the Interval House.

October 5

  • Professor Joan Morrison of Trinity College will be leading a free “bird walk” at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Dress appropriately for walking about. This is at 7am.
  • If you’d like to have your animals blessed, go to the 9am mass at Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony.
  • Free admission to the museum galleries at Connecticut Historical Society today, 9am-5pm.
  • Another opportunity to get out in nature is offered later this morning at the confluence of the Park River and the Connecticut River. This space between Charter Oak Landing and the Riverfront will be one site of this year’s Source to Sea Cleanup. Wear sensible clothing and footwear. Bring gloves if you have them. If you want snacks and water, this is also a BYO occasion. From 10am-1pm, join others in cleaning the banks of the Connecticut River. You can park on Charter Oak Avenue or Van Dyke Avenue, or you can just walk or bike in on the path that goes along the river.
  • For “Bachtoberfest,” the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring a series of free events. Cheryl Wadsworth, the Director of Music Ministries, will be playing works of Bach on organ at the United Methodist Church, 571 Farmington Avenue. This is free and open to the public: 10-11am.
  • The Carriage House Theater will host an improv mashup show featuring members of Franklin’s Peaches, Sea Tea Improv, and Tick Tick BOOM. This starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
  • Holly Near performs at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, with emma’s revolution as her special guest. The concert begins at 8pm. Ticket prices vary.

October 6

Brazen Betties is one of the regular vendors at the Hodge Podge on Pratt Street

  • For believers, you can get your stuffed animals blessed at all of Saint Patrick – Saint Anthony’s masses this weekend. They have about a million masses, so check out their website for times.
  • Another Sunday, another HodgePodge. While Pratt Street is closed to motor vehicles, you can check out artists, musicians, and vendors from 11am-4pm.
  • Also at 11am, free Yoga in the Park. Today, the class meets near the playground in Goodwin Park. Bring water, a yoga mat or towel, and comfortable clothes.
  • The Kenn Moor Band plays at Firebox from 5-8pm, free

October 7

  • Stop by the Hartford Public Library at noon for a free performance as part of Bachtoberfest: the Hartford Symphony Orchestra String Quartet will discuss and perform works by Bach.
  • Residents of the Charter/Sheldon Oak neighborhood meet at 5:30pm to discuss issues relevant to this area of Hartford. Go to the Capital Region Education Council building at 111 Charter Oak Avenue to participate in the CSS/CON meeting.
  • At 6pm, the Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization meets in the Albany Branch Library at 1250 Albany Avenue.
  • The Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association meets at 6:15pm at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.

October 8

  • The South Green NRZ meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Bacon Congregate Housing, 43 Morris Street. 5:30pm.
  • The South West and Behind the Rocks NRZ will be meeting at the Broadview Community Church, 45 Oliver Street, from 6-7:30pm.
  • The West End Civic Association meets at 7pm in the United Methodist Church at 571 Farmington Avenue.

October 9

  • The Parkville Revitalization Association meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Parkville Community Center, 11 New Park Avenue, at 6pm.
  • Tonight is the second public meeting about the Capital City Parks Master Plan. Share your thoughts about Hartford’s parks at the Hartford Public Library, 6-8pm.
  • Stop by StudioN111 for a figure drawing class! Fee for guidance and materials: $15. If you’re someone who wants a little art lesson but is too scared to commit to a longer program, this might be for you. 75 Pratt Street, #301. 7pm.
  • Edgings & Inchings is the monthly poetry reading and open mic at Real Art Ways. This is free and begins at 7pm.
  • Here and There will be shown in the Jacobs LSC Boyer Auditorium on the Trinity College campus at 7pm as part of the Latin American & Iberian Film Festival. English and Spanish discussion of the film follows screening. This is free and open to the public.
  • Polanski’s Macbeth screens at Cinestudio at 7:30pm. General admission: $9
  • Torah on Tap: Combining smart religious conversation and those sweet potato fries! This starts at 8pm and your first drink is free. Wood-n-Tap at Sisson & Capitol. Look at that. Right down the street from Real Art Ways.

October 10

  • Free Bachtoberfest performance today at noon at the Central Baptist Church, 457 Main Street.
  • Take a free tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch any time from noon until 1:30pm today, or on any Thursday this month.
  • MARG, the Maple Avenue Revitalization Group, meets at 6pm in St. Augustine’s Church on 10 Campfield Avenue

October 11

  • Hartford Prints! had to reschedule its grand opening party to today. Welcome them to their new storefront at 42 1/2 Pratt Street. 6-10pm.
  • At 7:30om, catch the *ear cave* in an empty storefront on Trumbull Street near the Civic Center. This event is a “listening session,” hosted by Catie Talarski. She says she will be seeking stories to share about “cities, urban blight, absentee landlords, corrupt politicians, renegade art, and more!” Free.
  • The Hartford New Music Festival will feature the 016 New Music Ensemble at Charter Oak Cultural Center. 8pm, free.

October 12

Night Fall: Photograph courtesy of Bill Morgan / http://www.billmorganmedia.com

  • The Hartford Marathon is today. If you are planning to travel anywhere in the city, check out maps to see how your route might be impacted. And if you aren’t busy working, maybe find a spot to cheer on the runners. This starts and ends in Bushnell Park — with the main start time at 8am.
  • There will be a “safe and legal” march in protest of Monsanto. This begins at 2pm in Bushnell Park at the entrance closest to Union Station.
  • Night Fall: Drop by Pope Park at 5:30pm to see the second community performance featuring puppets, music, dance, and more. Free.

October 13

  • So, you want to be in the Hooker Day Parade. Do you have a costume? A float? Stop by Hartford Prints! (42 1/2 Pratt Street) today from 10am-1pm to take part in a free Hooker Day Parade Workshop. Supplies and snacks will be available. You can’t just drop off your kid and flee, however. Folks under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Come by Pratt Street to support local vendors and musicians at the HodgePodge from 11am-4pm. The street will be closed to vehicular traffic, so plan accordingly.
  • Free Yoga in the Park today in Bushnell Park at 11am. Bring your own water, yoga mat or towel, and wear comfortable clothing that you can exercise in. Meet near the Pump House.
  • Kevin Good plays the Indy Avant Garde at Charter Oak Cultural Center as part of the Hartford New Music Festival. 12 noon until just around midnight. Or until 7pm. I mean, at a certain point, who’s counting anymore? Free.
  • There is free bluegrass at the Firebox every Sunday from 5-8pm. Tonight’s music will be provided by the Cornfed Dogs.

October 14

October 15

  • Looking to make your lunch break more interesting? Stop by the Old State House to catch a free performance of excerpts from The Witching Hour. The Judy Dworin Performance Project tells the story of witch trials through dance and spoken word.
  • Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Frog Hollow NRZ, held at the Center for Urban & Global Studies on the Trinity College campus. 5pm
  • The Hartford Board of Education meets tonight from 5:30-8:30 at the Global Communications Academy IB, 85 Edwards Street (between Walnut Street and Albany Avenue).

October 16

October 17

  • From 5-8pm there will be a re-dedication celebration for the Burns Latino Studies Academy at 195 Putnam Street.
  • Elsewhere in Frog Hollow…it’s Gay Night in the Tavern at the Firebox. They have food and drink specials. This actually happens every Thursday.
  • Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways. Music and art. People have been known to bring their kids to this. 6-10pm. $10 general; $5 for Real Art Ways members.

October 18

  • The Connecticut Science Center opens at night for adults only! This Liquid Lounge is “Totally ’80s!” themed. 6-10pm. Ticket prices vary.

October 19

  • Do not make other plans. No, don’t even think about it. Today is the Hooker Day Parade. Unlike other parades that are five hour commitments, this one is expected to last for a mere 45 minutes., beginning at 2pm. The parade is fun. And weird. Go downtown a bit before it is due to start and walk until you find a viewing spot. The rain date is 10/20.

October 20

  • The open air market, HodgePodge, is today from 11am-4pm on Pratt Street.
  • Stop by the Firebox to listen to free music by Five in the Chamber. 5-8pm

October 21

  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra plays at Arch Street Tavern every Monday night. This is lively, no-way-to-fall-asleep-while-listening jazz. This starts at 8pm and lasts until around 10pm. Free.

October 22

  • Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra performs at Black-eyed Sally’s. This is an 18-piece jam band. Free. 8pm.

October 23

  • Following the three Quality of Life Community Conversations that took place in recent months, there will be a Community Get-Together for all participants at 5:30pm in the Hartford Public Library
  • More Torah on Tap. Maybe you want to explore questions of Judaism but can’t drag yourself out of bed for Torah Study on Saturday mornings. Don’t even worry about it. Go to the Wood-n-Tap at 8pm tonight, get a free drink, and get talking!

October 24

  • Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge from 11am-2pm today!
  • Salons at Stowe explores the question of “How can we teach empathy?” from 5-7pm at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Liah Kaminer, Steve Armstrong, and Julia Rosenblatt are the featured guests. This is free but you will need to make reservations.

October 25

  • Cedar Hill’s Haunted History Lantern Tour is something everyone should experience at least once. Attendees are guided from gravesite-to-gravesite in Cedar Hill Cemetery to learn about its residents through dramatic reenactments. They say this is may not be suitable for children under 13; I’d add that more mature youth might enjoy this, but nobody should expect this to be a ghoulish haunted house. Because you’ll be walking around at night, wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. This takes place from 6-9:30pm and costs $12. Reservations are suggested: 860-956-3311. If you have any desire to go, make the reservations. It’s a popular event.
  • String Theorie and the Isaac Young Quartet will be playing at Arch Street Tavern tonight at 10pm. This is a 21+ show. Ticket prices vary.

October 26

  • Free Zumba every Saturday at 9:30am in Pope Park’s Recreation Center.
  • Stop by the Earle Street Community Garden and help KNOX plant garlic. Meet at the Naugatuck Street entrance, 9:30am-1pm.
  • It’s not free, but it’s guaranteed to be fun: The Odd Ball. This is a masquerade party/fundraiser for Real Art Ways. If you are someone who appreciates artistic costumes that take time to put together, then this is for you. Wearable art is the best kind. 8pm-2am. Ticket prices vary.

October 27

  • Last HodgePodge of the season. Come down to Pratt Street from 11am-4pm to shop, listen to music, get food, and meet up with friends.
  • Free bluegrass at the Firebox every Sunday from 5-8pm. Tonight’s band will be Mark Kilianski and the Moonshine Ramblers.

October 28

  • Tree of Life Conference on Israel and Palestine takes place at the Unitarian Meeting House, 50 Bloomfield Avenue. Besides guest speakers, there will be music, food, books, and Palestinian crafts. 6-9:30pm. Free.
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance at Arch Street Tavern, 8pm.

October 29

  • Free Zumba every Tuesday at the Pope Park Recreation Center, 5:30pm.

October 30

  • Another round of Torah on Tap at the Wood-n-Tap. 8pm. Free first drink.

October 31

  • Make a costume. Go knock on someone’s door. Say “trick or treat.” Thank them for the candy.
  • KMFDM plays The Webster. 5pm or 7pm, $25.


Though we try our best to ensure accuracy of event details, we can not control everything. Contact the venue if you are worried that times, dates, or prices may have changed.

4 Responses to “October 2013 Events”

  1. Robin Zaleski says:

    Indeed, NOTHING is winding down. So many great things going on!

  2. Brendan says:

    Note on the Oct. 5 awesome river cleanup:

    The illustrious Joe Barber has indicated that he might bring some water. Also, my friend Greg is really good at fishing, so he may be able to catch you something to eat.

  3. Brendan says:

    Yes, but the prize is a tshirt again.

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