November 2016 Events

November 1

  • Clean Safe Water in Connecticut: Challenges and Realities in a Complex World –this free event at Connecticut Historical Society (1 Elizabeth St.) from 12:30-2 p.m. They say: “Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy will share his insight into the challenges and opportunities Connecticut faces in maintaining access to clean, safe water for all of its citizens.” Reserve your seat: rsvp@chs.org or (860) 236-5621 x238.
  • This is one of those rare times that we include something from the suburbs, but it’s a good cause. The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence is forming a Men’s Advisory Council for a statewide sexual violence prevention campaign. They say: “Our goal is to continue to engage men as allies in our work to prevent sexual violence and to cultivate prevention leaders in our state.” This will be facilitated by Andrew Stewart. This meeting takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Alliance (96 Pitkin Street, East Hartford). RSVP requested.
  • God, Faith, and Politics: Election Year Community Forums — the conversation begins at 7 p.m. at Wood-n-Tap (Capitol and Sisson Ave.)  but show up early to order dinner. Tonight’s conversation focuses on freedom of religion. They say: “Revs. Don Hamer from Trinity Episcopal Church, Rick Kremer of Grace Lutheran Church, Matt Laney of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Kari Nicewander of Immanuel Congregational Church, Imam Sami Aziz of the Bloomfield Islamic Center and Rabbi Michael Pincus of Congregation Beth Israel  will lead a discussion of religious issues as they have been raised in this year’s election.” Free to attend.

November 2

  • Get HYPEd: launching your career or feeling stagnant where you are? Maybe it’s time to drop by a networking event. This event run by HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs) takes place at a different bar or restaurant each month. Tonight, it’s at Dish Bar & Grill (900 Main St.). Bring your business cards for a chance to win a free prize! Drop in from 5:30-8:30 p.m. No need to make reservations.
  • MakeHartford Open House: Tour the MakeHartford (30 Arbor St.) space and speak with the makers. Tonight is also a show & tell session, so bring by a project you are working on. 6:30-9 p.m. Free.

November 3

  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts and Connecticut Historical Society present a curator’s talk that will feature many of the artists whose work is included in the exhibition Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities: Celebrating 25 years of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. Artists to talk include: Matt Beaudoin, Walt Scadden, Jampa Tsondue, Kunga Choekyi, Zirka Rudyk, Aldona Saimininkas, and Romulo Chanduvi. This takes place at Connecticut Office of the Arts Gallery at One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor. A reception precedes the talk. 5-7 p.m. You can get parking validated if you use the Constitution Plaza South Garage.
  • Fashion & Textile Council Annual Lecture: Come to the Connecticut Historical Society (1 Elizabeth St.) to hear about shoe design. They say: “Colleen Hill, Associate Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, examines avant-garde and artistic shoe designs of the 21st century, focusing on extreme silhouettes, elaborate construction techniques, and unusual materials to showcase how shoe design has become the medium for some of the most innovative and conceptual ideas in contemporary fashion.” This event is from 5:30-7 p.m.; wine and refreshments will be served. Free for Fashion & Textile Council members; $10 for CCSU students and faculty, and CHS members; $15 non-members.
  • HPD Comstat: the public is invited to take part in this meeting at the Hartford Police Department (253 High St.), starting at 5:30 p.m. in the HPD Comstat room. They say: “We feel strongly about sharing our information with our community. We are opening our doors for you to see what current crime trends our city is experiencing, along with our predictive and preventative efforts. Our Comstat program is a dynamic and informative presentation and discussion. Your ideas, questions and energy are welcomed. Community conversations are encouraged.We are always seeking public input. Please take this opportunity to assist us in our efforts to better serve and protect our city.” Free, no need to rsvp.
  • Dia de Muertos: Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead at Dirt Salon (50 Bartholomew Ave.), 6-8 p.m. Live music with Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. Bring mementos/pictures to honor the memory of your loved ones and add to the community ofrenda. Free.
  • Making Black Lives Matter: Straight Outta Compton — Reception and film screening at Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main St.). The reception begins at 5:30; a guest speaker TBA will talk at 6:30; film begins at 7 p.m. $10 admission with some discounts.
  • The Rescuers: Charter Oak Cultural Center will be hosting a free screening of this documentary film that they say: “traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi death camps. While Nyombayire embarks upon this quest in an effort to uncover potential solutions for the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere, what emerges from their journey is more a testament to the ways in which the inherent good in the human spirit can trump institutional evil no matter what the circumstance.” This begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • The POSSM at Peppercorns Grill: on the first Thursday of each month you can catch live originals and covers from The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music at Peppercorns (357 Main). The music is free from 8-10 p.m. but order something to eat or drink while you’re there. That’s how venues stay open.

November 4

  • Network & Chill: networking event at Hot Tomato’s (1 Union Place) from 5-9 p.m. Drinks are half price until 7.

November 5

  • Free First Saturdays: Free admission to the CHS (1 Elizabeth St.) galleries from 9-5 today!
  • Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash: at 2 p.m. author and professor Glen MacLeod will give a talk about “Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: Duchamp, Picasso, Matisse.” This will be in the Center for Contemporary Culture at Hartford Public Library. There’s a suggested donation of $10. RSVP to  Jim Finnegan, jforjames@aol.com, 860-508-2810.
  • Here, There & Everywhere: the Bushnell (166 Capitol Ave.) is hosting its annual Warren Miller film screening today, with two showings: 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. For those who don’t know, the movie ticket also includes a swag bag with free lift tickets and more, so if you are someone who will use those things, you are getting a good deal.
  • Rearrange Me: This is one of the more creative things to come up in awhile. Real Art Ways (56 Arbor St.) is hosting this musical event featuring Tang Sauce, 1974, Lys Guillorn & Her Band, Frank Critelli, Chica Non Grata, American Elm, An Historic, and Leah Lorenzo. Except, they are not performing their own works. They say: “Each of the eight artists has a distinct style and has been assigned one of the other artists. They have chosen a song by the assigned artist and will perform it as though it was their own. This means that a folk artist, if assigned a hip-hop artist, will rearrange and perform a song by the hip-hop artist in their own folk style… and so forth.” This begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

November 6

  • Connecticut Veterans Parade: New England’s largest veterans’ parade will have a new route this year. It begins at 12:30 on Capitol Avenue across from the State Capitol. From there, the parade route goes down Trinity Street, Jewell Street, Wells Street, Pulaski Circle, and Hudson Street, ending at Capitol Avenue. Free to attend.
  • Games Night: take part in the fun at Make Hartford (30 Arbor St.) from 6 – 8 p.m. They say: “No electronic games, and only some board games – every month something different. Card games, strategy games, two-player games, team games, multiplayer games.” Free. 
  • Sea Tea Improv & Friends: This night of comedy begins with a set by Sea Tea Improv Ensemble. The featured guest improv team will be Robot Love. 7-8:30 p.m. at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum St.). Tickets are $10.

November 7

  • Wantrepreneurship: The First Step — Adam Lazar, CEO of Asarasi, Inc., will be giving a lecture at University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium (200 Bloomfield Avenue) from 5-7 p.m. Free, but register.
  • Hartford Jazz Jam: Black-eyed Sallys (350 Asylum St.) hosts a free jazz night, 8-11 p.m.

November 8

  • Vote: Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. If you don’t know where to vote, find out.
  • Election Night at RAW: watch live results at Real Art Ways (56 Arbor St.) and buy dinner off the Mercado food truck. Starts at 8 p.m.

November 9

  • Art Talk: free admission to the museum at 5 p.m. followed by an artist talk at 6 p.m. They say: “Kehinde Wiley is known throughout the world for his vivid portraits of African American men and women that use the conventions of traditional European portraiture, raising questions about race, gender and the politics of representation. Wiley will give a multimedia talk exploring the scope and meaning of his work to date, with a focus on the museum’s recent acquisition ‘Portrait of Toks Adewetan (The King of Glory).'” This is at the Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main St.).
  • Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Presents: Dialogue on Racial Profiling — Come to the Hartford Public Library for a conversation from 5-7 p.m. They say: “Issues about how the police interact with minorities have once again taken main stage in our national consciousness. Like many other states, Connecticut has many of these same problems. A study recently came out that shone a light on racial profiling in our state and identified problem areas we need to work on. Identifying these issues is only the beginning though.The CHRO is proud to host a series of dialogues around the state aimed at bringing members of the community together with police officers. The point is not to just identify the problem — the point is to find solutions.”
  • Green Drinks Hartford: Join other environmentalists for drinks at Vaughn’s Public House (59 Pratt St.) from 6-8 p.m. Get updates on the planned expansion of natural gas pipelines in Connecticut. At 7 p.m., hear a brief talk from Daniel Piper of 350 Connecticut. Free admission.
  • MakeHartford Open House: take a tour of the space and speak to the makers. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street. Doors are open from 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Book Talk: Memoir of a Mother’s Journey to Understand Her Daughter’s Suicide — This talk will be held in the Twichell Room at Asylum Hill Congregational Church (814 Asylum Ave.) from 7-8:30 p.m. They say: “All are invited to hear AHCC member and author Karin Stahl speak about her newly published book: The Option: a memoir of suicide, mystery, and finding our way. Karin will share her faith journey after the death of her daughter Kristina, and how her writing brought spiritual growth and healing.”

November 10

  • Hartford Rising steering committee meeting: tonight’s agenda will include discussion of an action plan that responds to the recently proposed closure of multiple Hartford public schools, along with discussion of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP’s demand for a moratorium on schools operated by charters. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church (350 Albany Avenue).
  • The Clowns: this new comedy by Jacques Lamarre is based on the short story by B.J. Hollars. They say: “Life is about to be turned upside down for a normal family when some relatives come to visit: The Clowns. After weathering a series of mishaps, Hollars D. Clown and his wife Jiffy immediately make themselves at home and begin causing havoc for the residents. It’s what clowns do.” See this at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

November 11

  • Free tours at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: veterans and active duty military receive free tours today of the visitor center and Katharine Seymour Day House (77 Forest St.), 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The final interactive tour begins at 4:30.
  • Read It and Sleep: each month Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.) hosts a storytime for kids. Tonight’s book selection is Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt. The first 25 kids get to take home a free copy of the book. The event also includes games and art activities, along with snacks. The free event is 7-9 p.m.

November 12

  • Colt Park Clean Up: Help pick up litter in Colt Park starting at 8:30 a.m. They’ll provide trash bags, but you should bring your own gloves. Coffee and doughnuts provided for volunteers. Meet by the Colt statue near the Wethersfield Avenue entrance.
  • Russian Tea Room & Bazaar: Russian crafts and jewelry, blini, baked goods, borscht, vareniki and more. Free admission. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at All Saints Orthodox Church (205 Scarborough St.)
  • Open Studio Hartford: artists open their studio spaces on Saturday and Sunday all over Hartford, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out the map of venues to plan your route in advance. It’s free to look. Bring some money to support living artists. Refreshments are available at most locations and there will be a free shuttle bus. If the only venue you have seen in the past has been ArtSpace, try to expand your horizons this year.
  • The Good Adoptee: Suzanne Bachner’s play is the story of her own search for her birth parents. Tickets for this show are $25. It begins at 2 p.m. at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.).

November 13

  • Open Studio Hartford: artists open their studio spaces on Saturday and Sunday all over Hartford, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out the map of venues to plan your route in advance. It’s free to look. Bring some money to support living artists. Refreshments are available at most locations and there will be a free shuttle bus.
  • Russian Tea Room & Bazaar: Russian crafts and jewelry, blini, baked goods, borscht, vareniki and more. Free admission. 12 – 3 p.m. at All Saints Orthodox Church (205 Scarborough St.)
  • CT Robotics Society: come to the monthly meeting at MakeHartford (30 Arbor St.) from 1-3 p.m. Free.
  • Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration: Come to Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.) from 5-7 p.m. They say: “Our yearly commemoration event of Kristallnacht brings the community together with local artists to mark ‘The Night of Broken Glass.’ This multi-faith event is a meditation on the horrors of war and a call for peace.”
  • Fixers’ Co-op: bring along things you’d like to get done or ask others advice about. They say: “You will have access to MakeHartford’s tools, but please bring consumable supplies that you need as there’s no guarantee of things being in the space.” This free event is at Make Hartford (30 Arbor St.) from 6-8 p.m.
  • Free Improv: Sea Tea Improv is still doing free monthly shows at City Steam Brewery. Yes, you should pay money and see them in their own space, but if you have not seen live improv before and are not sure you are ready to commit, this is a fine way to tiptoe your way in. The show begins at 7 and goes until 8:30 or 9. You can get into the space an hour earlier if you want food and drinks (or just eat upstairs in the main restaurant area). Call (860) 525-1600 to reserve seats or just gamble by showing up without reservations.

November 14

  • Hartford Jazz Jam: Black-eyed Sallys (350 Asylum St.) hosts a free jazz night, 8-11 p.m.

November 15

  • As someone living in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, the recent conversations about gentrification provoked by the changes on a single block of Capitol Avenue — filling long-time vacancies — are stale and hardly worth having, especially when the prospect of actual major changes created by the I-84 project looms large. For those not paying attention, there has been talk of re-routing the highway in such a fashion that local residents and businesses would be impacted — as in, highway being placed where buildings-in-use currently stand. Worried about people getting displaced? The Capitol View tower that has around 270 units is one of the items that could be taken by eminent domain, emptied, and demolished. People currently live there. There have been many opportunities for the public to weigh in. Here’s another. The I-84 Hartford Project is holding an open planning studio from 12-8 p.m. at the Parkville Community and Senior Center (11 New Park Ave.). You do not need to stay for all eight hours. Come and go as you please.
  • Foreclosure Prevention Clinic: They say: “This free event offers information, guidance, and resources to homeowners facing foreclosure.  Following the presentation, homeowners will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a volunteer attorney to discuss their situation.  All participants will receive a free Foreclosure Prevention Guide.” This takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. at University High School of Science & Engineering (351 Mark Twain Dr.) This event is jointly sponsored by University of Hartford and Connecticut Fair Housing Center.

November 16

  • I-84 Hartford Project: another open planning studio provides the opportunity for the public to weigh in on what should happen to the I-84 viaduct in Hartford. Today’s session is at Asylum Hill Congregational Church (814 Asylum Ave.) from 4-8 p.m. Come and go as you please.
  • Art Talk: Mark Osterman, Photographic Process Historian at the George Eastman Museum, will give a talk at Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main) about “how chemical images become physical objects: how they are made, the materials used, and the impact of technological progress.” Free admission to the museum at 5 p.m., with talk beginning at 6. Free, free, and free.

November 17

  • Annual Meeting of the Board of Electors & Board of Trustees: if you want to hear about the Wadsworth Atheneum’s fiscal year, show up. This is open to the public and begins at 6 pm. Enter through the museum’s Avery Door (29 Atheneum Square North). RSVP required by 11/10: (860) 838-4174 or email rsvp@wadsworthatheneum.org
  • Harvesting Stones: Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and Connecticut Historical Society are partnering for this film screening and panel discussion of Harvesting Stones: The Jewish Farmers of Eastern Connecticut. Admission is $7 at the door. The event is from 2-5 p.m. with the panel discussion following the film.
  • Creating Change: Arts & Activism — the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (77 Forest St.) will host a conversation with Julia Rosenblatt, Artistic Director of HartBeat Ensemble, and Chris Pressley of University of Connecticut. Free, but reservations are required. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Mark My Words: author Roy Blount, Jr. will read from his latest book Save Room for Pie at Mark Twain House & Museum (351 Farmington Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. $30 general admission, with books available for purchase.
  • SUPERMEN: as part of the 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts & Culture, Charter Oak Cultural Center will host a staged reading of SUPERMEN, a play by Adam Esquinazi Douglas. They say: “Two young, Jewish comic book creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, create Superman and change the world forever. But few know the real, bloody story behind the birth of the Man of Steel and the tragedy he created for these two artists for generations to come. SUPERMEN tells the secret origin of the world’s first, great superhero, and the heroes and villains who created him.” This free performance begins at 7 p.m. at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.).

November 18

  • The MOuTH: live true storytelling event at the Mark Twain House & Museum (351 Farmington Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. It’s $5 to get in. Profanity is allowed in the stories told.
  • Willy Wonka Sketch Show: An EverLaughing Gobstopper — They say: “Do you love seeing naughty children meet a sticky end? Have you always wanted an Oompa Loompa? Does a man pushing a cart of knives while reciting poetry delight you? For one weekend only, November 18th & 19th at 9PM, you can see a live sketch comedy show inspired by everyone’s favorite candy story at Sea Tea Comedy Theater!” Tickets are $10 for this PG-13 show at 15 Asylum Street.

November 19

  • Harvest Market: this annual pre-Thanksgiving market continues to be a popular shopping and social event. Visit the Knox headquarters at 75 Laurel Street from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to stock up on freshly baked breads, local veggies, cheese, jam, and more. There will be arts and crafts activities for youth, along with live musical entertainment. SNAP/EBT accepted. There will be food trucks.
  • Hartford Cranksgiving: they call this a “food drive on two wheels.” Get in the spirit of giving by entering an alley cat (adults) or dash (kids’ race for 12 and under) to raise money and gather food that will be donated to the Grace Episcopal Church food bank. The start is near the Trinity College chapel (300 Summit St.); start times vary, with the first race beginning at noon. The online registration deadline is November 18. There is no fee to enter, but you can buy minutes off your finish time and you will need money for purchasing grocery items during the alley cat.
  • Paper Arts Gathering: meet with others doing paper arts! This free event is at MakeHartford, 30 Arbor Street, 3-5 p.m.
  • Hosting a Vegan Thanksgiving: Ahimsa Health & Harmony (56 Arbor St. #417) is holding a class that they say will “give you tips and strategies for overcoming obstacles such as entertaining with non-vegan family and friends, menu creation, quick and easy recipes, and even hosting your own vegan ThanksLiving celebration. You’ll come away with ideas for turning your next get together into a new vegan tradition.” $10 per person; cash or check at the door. Samples are included. RSVP on Facebook. 4-6 p.m.
  • Willy Wonka Sketch Show: An EverLaughing Gobstopper — They say: “Do you love seeing naughty children meet a sticky end? Have you always wanted an Oompa Loompa? Does a man pushing a cart of knives while reciting poetry delight you? For one weekend only, November 18th & 19th at 9PM, you can see a live sketch comedy show inspired by everyone’s favorite candy story at Sea Tea Comedy Theater!” Tickets are $10 for this PG-13 show at 15 Asylum Street.

November 20

  • String Thing: They say: “Whatever you like to do with string – knotting, knitting, crocheting, netting, weaving, macrame, tatting, etc. – or to make string is welcome. The October gathering will be a work party, just bring what you’re working on and talk to other string people.” The work this month will be on items to be donated to Keep Hartford Warm. Hats, scarves, cowls, and mittens are especially wanted. Use washable yarns and attach washing instructions for each item.  This event is from 6-8 p.m. at Make Hartford (30 Arbor St.). Free.

November 21

  • Hartford Jazz Jam: Black-eyed Sallys (350 Asylum St.) hosts a free jazz night, 8-11 p.m.

November 22

  • UConn Hockey vs. Boston College: watch ice hockey at the XL Center at 7:05 p.m. Doors open one hour in advance. Tickets are $23.

November 23

  • MakeHartford Open House: visit the space and meet the makers at 30 Arbor Street, 6:30-9 p.m. Free.

November 24

  • Eat something. Take a walk. Get some sleep. Go make your own fun.

November 25

November 26

  • Poets on Poetry Series: Kate Rushin presents a discussion of Gwendolyn Brooks, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Hartford History Center section of Hartford Public Library (500 Main St.). Free.

November 27

  • Szopka Festival & Competition: Polish imports, pottery, vintage jewelry, books, cards, crafts, and more. Photos with Święty Mikołaj  for the kids. The dining room will be open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event is at the Polish National Home (60 Charter Oak Ave.) from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission.
  • Free screening of Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 2 p.m. at Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main).
  • Last chance to see the Fiber Alchemy exhibit at Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk Gallery.
  • Maker Movie: every month MakeHartford hosts a film screening. Tonight’s selection is Star Trek: The Voyage Home to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release. You’re welcome to bring your own snacks or supper. This free screening begins around 6 p.m. at 30 Arbor Street.

November 28

  • HYPE Book Club: This will be held at L Bar (200 Columbus Blvd. in the Hartford Marriott Downtown) from 5:30-7 p.m. They say: “Why do we lose money? Author and financial planner Carl Richards believes we often let emotion get in the way of smart financial decisions, a phenomenon he calls ‘the behavior gap.’ The Personal and Professional Development Committee invites you to their November Book Club as we explore Richards’ theory and tips to improve managing money in The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money.” $10 members; $20 non-members. Light appetizers provided. Register.
  • Hartford Jazz Jam: Black-eyed Sallys (350 Asylum St.) hosts a free jazz night, 8-11 p.m.

November 29

November 30

  • MakeHartford Open House: tour the space and meet the makers from 6:30-9 p.m. at 30 Arbor Street. Free.
  • Pay What You Can Night: TheaterWorks (233 Pearl St.) offers one of these nights every so often. If you’re on a budget, jump at this. Christmas on the Rocks begins at 7:30 p.m.

DISCLAIMERS

This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during November. There is no intent to include all events — it’s curated, with preference given to what the widest range of Hartford residents can afford (free or low cost) and what sounds most interesting to us. If we think an event sounds sexist or convoluted or disorganized, we are not going to list it. 

This information is accurate as of publication to the best of our knowledge. Keep in mind that events are sometimes cancelled or postponed, and that incorrect details are at times given to us. Verify with the venue if you are concerned about last minute surprises.

To get an event published for next month, send details to realhartford@gmail.com by November 25th. Nothing is added after the calendar is published.