January 2017 Events in Hartford

This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during January. 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 convoluted, disorganized, or offensive, we are not going to list it.

January 1

  • The Half Door (270 Sisson Ave.) is serving brunch from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. today.
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

January 2

  • BiCi Co. Winter Gear Share: Drop off donations to BiCi Co. (95 Park Street) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They say: “We have some riders (and community members) [who] may not have all the winter gear they need. Bring clean, lightly used or new gear, and we’ll find a home with another winter rider or Center for Latino Progress program participant. Gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, baselayers, cold weather jerseys, and outerwear.”
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m. Free.

January 3

  • BiCi Co. Winter Gear Share: Drop off donations to BiCi Co. (95 Park Street) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They say: “We have some riders (and community members) [who] may not have all the winter gear they need. Bring clean, lightly used or new gear, and we’ll find a home with another winter rider or Center for Latino Progress program participant. Gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, baselayers, cold weather jerseys, and outerwear.”
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Natural Hair Networking Meetup: This event is at M Lounge (942 Main St.) from 6-8 p.m. They say: “Come mix, mingle and learn with the Brown Skin Women (BSW) Network full of beautiful natural living women and professional service & product providers, while having a wonderful time! At this event we feature our signature express networking that allows you to connect with ALL guest before the night is up. If you own a business or offer a product or service, don’t forget to bring your business cards. If you are attending solely to enjoy the amazing energy and natural hair & beauty inspiration this event offers, you too are in for a treat. We will offer raffles from our sponsors and partners with our partners. Warning: Our events are known to build lasting friendships, unity and love.” This is free for BSW members and $5 for non-members.
  • Game Night: Real Art Ways (56 Arbor St.) is hosting a free community game night, 6-10 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

January 4

  • BiCi Co. Winter Gear Share: Drop off donations to BiCi Co. (95 Park Street) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They say: “We have some riders (and community members) [who] may not have all the winter gear they need. Bring clean, lightly used or new gear, and we’ll find a home with another winter rider or Center for Latino Progress program participant. Gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, baselayers, cold weather jerseys, and outerwear.”
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Get HYPEd: free and casual networking event for young entrepreneurs and professionals. Bring your business cards. This month’s event is at Ted’s Montana Grill (35 Front Street), 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • MakeHartford Open House with Show & Tell: check out MakeHartford (30 Arbor St. #B7), speak to makers, show what you’re doing, 6:30-9 p.m. Free.
  • Loving: Cinestudio screens this film at 7:30 p.m. They say: “Like many landmark choices that opened a door to freedom, the Supreme Court decision to legalize interracial marriages in every state began with ordinary people who wanted the protection of the Constitution to apply to them, too. In 1967, those people were Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple who were arrested for the crime of ‘miscegenation.’ Without much education, connections or money, they started a case that would change their lives, and so many more. A subtle film that allows for complexity while holding out hope for humanity.” General admission: $10.

January 5

  • BiCi Co. Winter Gear Share: Drop off donations to BiCi Co. (95 Park Street) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They say: “We have some riders (and community members) [who] may not have all the winter gear they need. Bring clean, lightly used or new gear, and we’ll find a home with another winter rider or Center for Latino Progress program participant. Gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, baselayers, cold weather jerseys, and outerwear.”
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Film 101: McCabe and Mrs. Miller — Real Art Ways (56 Arbor St.) has restarted its Film 101 series, with post-film discussions led by post-film discussions with Pedro Bermúdez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at University of Hartford. Film begins at 11:30 a.m. Regular admission is $11; there are various discounts for students, seniors, and RAW members.
  • Albany Avenue Reconstruction Project Community Open House: Stop by anytime from 1-7:30 p.m. to learn about and share your thoughts on what is planned for Spring 2017 along Albany Avenue. This is a great chance to ask why there are no planned bike lanes or why the speed limit is not being lowered in spite of the high number of pedestrian-car and bike-car crashes. The open house is taking place at The Artists Collective (1200 Albany Ave). You can view the draft plans here. If you can’t make it to the meeting, send your remarks to Project Manager Dennis Goderre: dennis.goderre@hartford.gov
  • Three Kings’ Day: (Ages 6-12) Learn all about Dia de los Reyes, a holiday traditionally celebrated in the Hispanic community. Listen to a Three King’s story and create your own crown to take home. This free event is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Albany Branch of HPL (1250 Albany Ave.)
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Training: Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition (1229 Albany Ave.) offers a free training every Thursday at 7 p.m. They say: “Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and the majority of those deaths are from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin. Naloxone is a safe, effective medication that, when given in time, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It has saved thousands of lives. If you or a loved one uses opioids, legal or illicit, you need this training! All attendees will receive instruction on how to recognize the signs of overdose, what to do and what not to do in an overdose situation, how to administer Naloxone, and proper follow up procedures. Each attendee will also receive a free Opioid Overdose Prevention Kit*, which includes all the supplies needed to administer Naloxone.” Register for the training.
  • The POSSM and friends play live music — covers and originals — at Peppercorn’s Grill (357 Main St.) from 8-10 p.m. No cover.

January 6

  • BiCi Co. Winter Gear Share: Drop off donations to BiCi Co. (95 Park Street) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They say: “We have some riders (and community members) [who] may not have all the winter gear they need. Bring clean, lightly used or new gear, and we’ll find a home with another winter rider or Center for Latino Progress program participant. Gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, baselayers, cold weather jerseys, and outerwear.”
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Fire & Ice Party: Skate at the rink, drink by the fire. Suggested donation $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Price includes appetizers from Salute and one glass of beer or wine. Bring your own skates or use the ones at the rink in Bushnell Park. 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Mechanics National Championships: This is a bike mechanic competition (in conjunction with Cyclocross) to take place at Black Bear Saloon (187 Allyn Street), at 7 p.m. No details included on entry fees, so check back to the site.
  • Dog Star Rescue Wolf Pack Game: See the Hartford Wolf Pack take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the XL Center, 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15; $5 from each sale goes to benefit Dog Star Rescue.
  • 50th Annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival: If you have any interest in going, grab your ticket because there are only a few left. Asylum Hill Congregational Church (814 Asylum Ave.) hosts this celebration of Epiphany with live animals, music, and dancing. Tickets range from $15-22. Performance at 7:30 p.m.

January 7

  • Drop-In Volunteer Day: anytime from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., drop in to Sea Tea Improv Studios at 75 Pratt Street and help them get their shit together. They say it better: “Are you like us? Does Getting Things Done spark joy? Have you used the Power of Habit to bring yourself to a Tipping Point of efficiency? Or, are you a normal person who just wants to help out your favorite local arts organization? Sea Tea Improv has increased its programming by 300% in the past six months, and we have a list a mile long of little things we need to get done! Rather than parse it out in 30-minute increments over all of 2017 (ugh), we would love your help in blasting through our list in a single, glorious day.
    Your guides through this dark woods will be Managing Director Julia Pistell and Brain’s Song/Winnepeg star Brian Hines. These two nerds will keep the day on-task and fun. (Note: “fun” for them means Getting A Lot Done.)” What do you need? They say “merely a willingness to help. Show up at any time and select a project from a beautiful KanBan Board. You will be assigned a team and given supplies. Cars and ipods with awesome playlists may be used.” Who can help? “literally anyone! Bring your friends, bring your kids who can be easily tricked into child labor. Bring a laptop if you would like to do computer-y work (that will be an option!).” The projects range from taking inventory to cleaning to painting to “Hugging Greg as he tries to get to inbox zero.” There is no charge to volunteer. You will be bribed to help with coffee and doughnuts. Yes, somehow Sea Tea has managed to make volunteering sound like a blast.
  • Free First Saturday: Connecticut Historical Society (1 Elizabeth Street) opens its museum galleries to the public for free today, 9-5.
  • Free Ice Skating Lessons: from 10-11 a.m., learn to skate at the rink in Bushnell Park. Free lessons, free rentals, free access to the ice. This is for all-ages.
  • Saturday Math & Science Academy: (Middle & High school girls) This is a free event from 10-3:30 with lunch and snack included. They say: “Girls For Technology’s Saturday Math and Science Academy is an enrichment program that educates and motivates youth via a pre-college, out of school, hands on STEM-Themed experiential learning. Youth, parents, educators, and STEM professionals participate in full day programming workshops that inspire and encourage a young girl’s interest in STEM disciplines.” Registration is required. This takes place at Capital Community College (950 Main St.).
  • Papermania Plus: This show includes “movie star posters, concert posters, post cards, photography, rare books, stamps, sheet music, tins, vintage valentines, world war ephemera, social and political items, news print, zodiac signs and much much more!” Tickets are $8 at the door. XL Center. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • ConnectiCare 14 & Under Cyclocross Clinic: Kiddos should arrive ready to ride by 11 a.m. to Riverside Park. There’s no pre-registration, but youth and parents will need to sign a waiver on site. They say that this clinic “will be a life-time experience no young cyclocross racer will want to miss. They’ll have the time of their life honing their skills on a portion of the Hartford Cyclocross National Championships race course under the instruction of US cyclocross legend Tim Johnson.
  • BiCi Co. Winter Gear Share: Drop off donations to BiCi Co. (95 Park Street) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They say: “We have some riders (and community members) [who] may not have all the winter gear they need. Bring clean, lightly used or new gear, and we’ll find a home with another winter rider or Center for Latino Progress program participant. Gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, baselayers, cold weather jerseys, and outerwear.” This is the final day of the collection!
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Mindfulness and Social Justice Potluck: presented by The Anti-Division League and Toivo. This was originally scheduled for December but postponed due to snow. Group discussion on mindfulness and social justice will be facilitated by Olusanya Bey. Sound healing brought to you by Kelvin Young. Bring a favorite dish to share; vegan meals are encouraged but not required. This is 1-3 p.m. at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave.).
  • 50th Annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival: If you have any interest in going, grab your ticket because there are only a few left. Asylum Hill Congregational Church (814 Asylum Ave.) hosts this celebration of Epiphany with live animals, music, and dancing. Tickets range from $15-22. Performances at 3 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Cyclocross Nationals Happy Hour and CXHairs Podcast: BiCi Co. (95 Park St.) is hosting the live CXHairs podcast and cyclocross movies; there will also be bike art on display. 5-8 p.m. BYO beverages to this all ages event. An optional, suggested $5-10 donation for adults. The proceeds will be used to raise money for BiCi Co. teen programs.
  • Vision Board Workshop: Drop by How Bazaar (11 Whitney St.) for this workshop from 6-9 p.m. They say: “Sistas,
    Get your new year started off RIGHT! Not with a resolution that you will keep for a few days or a weeks but with a Vision Board that will guide you through your year. Whether it’s your first time, or something you do yearly, you are welcome to join in the fun! A vision board is a tool that you can use as inspiration for your journey towards reaching your life goals. This Workshop will include a life coaching discussion tips and tools for keeping and maintaining your goals, interactivity activities and plenty of time to create your own vision board. Some materials will be provided!” There will be light refreshments and wine. Some materials will be provided, but bring your own board (poster board, cork board, etc.) and photos, magazines, quotes, etc. $25.

January 8

  • Bundle Up and Ride Out: Meet at BiCi Co. (95 Park Street) for a group bike ride to the 2017 Hartford Cyclocross National Championships taking place up at Riverside Park. Dress for the weather we’re having and be ready to cheer on the racers. Check the event page for the update on when the ride leaves. Need winter gear? Stop by!
  • Papermania Plus: This show includes “movie star posters, concert posters, post cards, photography, rare books, stamps, sheet music, tins, vintage valentines, world war ephemera, social and political items, news print, zodiac signs and much much more!” Tickets are $8 at the door. XL Center. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Free ice skating and skate rentals in Bushnell Park, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • DIY Beauty Workshop: Bath Bombs — Whether you’re addicted to the expensive ones at the mall or have decided that the ones you can buy are not natural enough for you, this workshop will teach you how to make three different bath bombs:
    • Mermaid Bath – An energizing blend with vibrant acai powders , and a touch of natural shimmer from powdered mica. A party in your bath tub!
    • Flower Power – A beautifying blend to bring out your inner goddess using lavender and rose buds, and ylang-ylang essences.
    • Winter White – A refreshing bomb with rosemary + eucalyptus oils to ease achy muscles and congestion”

The cost is $30 which includes the instruction and three large bath bombs to take home. The workshop is at Vasu Tribe Studio (56 Arbor Street #407), 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • CT Robotics Society Monthly Meeting: MakeHartford (30 Arbor St. #B7) is hosting this monthly meeting. They say that this is “is a group of hobbyists, experimenters, tinkerers and Robot builders” who meet “to discuss current and potential projects.” This is free to attend and there are no club dues. 1-4 p.m.
  • 50th Annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival: If you have any interest in going, grab your ticket because there are only a few left. Asylum Hill Congregational Church (814 Asylum Ave.) hosts this celebration of Epiphany with live animals, music, and dancing. Tickets range from $15-22. Performances at 1:30 and 5 p.m.
  • SURJ meeting: Showing Up for Racial Justice meets at Unitarian Society of Hartford (50 Bloomfield Ave.), 2:30-5:30 p.m. Contact eliz.castle@gmail.com for details.
  • Baby Grand Jazz returns to Hartford Public Library (500 Main St.) with the James Weidman Apertuistic Trio. This free, popular event is moving from the Atrium to the Center for Contemporary Culture, which has a seating capacity of 240.  Doors open at 1 p.m. and will close when capacity is reached; concert begins at 3. This is presented in partnership with WWUH 91.3 FM and Hartford Jazz Society.
  • Champions Party: the official after party of the 2017 Hartford Cyclocross National Championships will be in the Pool Room of City Steam Brewery (942 Main Street), 6-10 p.m. The $10 cover at door means your appetizers and first drink are covered. (If you’re competing and ranked as a podium finisher, you’re in free).
  • Stand-Up Night: You realize that Sea Tea is no longer just improv, right? In their new space (15 Asylum Street) they are also hosting stand up comedy nights. 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are around $10.

January 9

  • Can you say “vagina” without flinching? In front of a few dozen people? If so, come audition for The Vagina Monologues from 6-9 p.m. at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.). Bring a selection from the monologues to read. Our favorite is here.
  • YAD Happy Hour: The Young Adult Division (YAD), an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, is having a networking event at Wood-n-Tap (99 Sisson Ave) from 7-9 p.m. The special guest will be Zachary Schaffer, Community Strategy Associate for the Israel Action Network. There’s no fee to attend; YAD picks up the tab for your first drink.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m. Free.

January 10

  • Last chance to audition for The Vagina Monologues at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.), 6-9 p.m. Bring your own selection to read.

January 11

  • Green Drinks Hartford: from 6-8 p.m. network with others who care about environmental issues. At 7, Meg Hourigan from Hartford Food System will give a quick talk about City of Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy. This will take place at Hog River Brewing Co. (1429 Park Street). Donations welcomed, not required. Pay for your own beer.
  • How to Start Your Own Small Business: University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center (1265 Asylum Avenue) offers a number of free classes/workshops, and this is one of ’em. This is an intro level workshop to get you started thinking about the basics. Register online for the session which goes from 6-8:30 p.m.
  • MakeHartford Open House: Explore MakeHartford (30 Arbor St. #B7) and meet the makers, 6:30-9 p.m. Free.
  • Art as Social Justice: Considering ‘Open House: Hartford’ — a panel discussion inspired by Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman’s art installation at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.). View the art in the gallery at 6 p.m. and listen to the discussion at 7. Free.

January 12

  • Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. inside The Studio on Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street.
  • Film 101: Paths of Glory — Real Art Ways (56 Arbor St.) has restarted its Film 101 series, with post-film discussions led by post-film discussions with Pedro Bermúdez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at University of Hartford. Film begins at 11:30 a.m. Regular admission is $11; there are various discounts for students, seniors, and RAW members.
  • Open Communities Alliance Coalition Meeting: Stop by Open Communities Alliance (75 Charter Oak Ave) from 3-8 p.m. to stuff envelopes and learn about the “Connecticut-based civil rights organization that promotes access to opportunity for all people through education, organizing, advocacy, research, and partnerships. The Alliance works to build an urban-suburban interracial coalition to support policies that lead to housing choice.” Check out their site for the exact schedule of events.
  • 2017 Impact Accelerator Kick-Off Party: reSET Business Factory (1429 Park St.) will be hosting this event. They say: ”

    There will be remarks from both U.S. Senator Chris Murphy’s Office and the Newman’s Own Foundation. Food and beverages will be served, and all of the cohort’s accepted businesses will be delivering one-minute elevator pitches. We hope you can join us. We expect to have a great crowd and it will be a great way to re-engage with Greater Hartford’s entrepreneurial ecosystem early on in the New Year.” 5-7:30 p.m. This is free, but register.

  • HPD Comstat: The Hartford Police Department (253 High St.) is hosting another public comstat meeting at 5:30 p.m. for those who like data. 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. Please consider attending.” This is free and there is no need to rsvp.
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Training: Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition (1229 Albany Ave.) offers a free training every Thursday at 7 p.m. They say: “Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and the majority of those deaths are from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin. Naloxone is a safe, effective medication that, when given in time, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It has saved thousands of lives. If you or a loved one uses opioids, legal or illicit, you need this training! All attendees will receive instruction on how to recognize the signs of overdose, what to do and what not to do in an overdose situation, how to administer Naloxone, and proper follow up procedures. Each attendee will also receive a free Opioid Overdose Prevention Kit*, which includes all the supplies needed to administer Naloxone.” Register for the training.

January 13

  • IceBike/Walk/Bus to Work Meetup: First, check out the banner pic for this event. She’s a total badass who commutes from West Hartford to Hartford via bicycle, pretty much year-round. When everyone else is like “Oh dear, it’s too cold to possibly leave my bed today,” she throws on a layer and hits the road. Okay, so the event. This is a breakfast meetup for those using sustainable forms of transportation. 7-9 a.m. The Hartford meetup is at Sarah’s Coffee House (257 Asylum Street). The West Hartford one looks to be at La Petit France in the Center (967 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford) [Note: LPF announced it’s closing on January 12, 2017]; those going to East Hartford can meet up at Maddie’s (395 Main St., East Hartford).
  • U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at UConn Law (45 Elizabeth St.). If you’ve never witnessed or participated in one, do it. This is in the Reading Room of William F. Starr Hall. RSVP requested.  10 a.m. – 12 noon.
  • Fly Your Freak Flag: (Ages 6-12) Come by the Dwight Branch of HPL (7 New Park Ave.) 3:30-4:30 p.m. They say: “All of us has something that makes us a little different, whether it’s the clothes we wear or the music we listen to. Come to the library and create your very own freak flag to celebrate all the quirks and interests that make you uniquely you!”
  • ArtWalk Gallery Opening from 6-8 p.m. for Shadow Castings: A Study of Geometry in Paper and Light. This exhibit in Hartford Public Library is a collaboration between photographer Christine Dalenta and paper sculptor Benjamin Parker. Free.
  • John Cleese and the Holy Grail: at the Bushnell (166 Capitol Ave.), they say: “living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Absurd and ridiculous questions only are requested, please. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build at the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.” Ticket prices range, starting at $49.50. This event begins at 7:30 p.m.

January 14

  • Second Saturdays: Free admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main St.) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. today. There are free hands-on art activities for the kids, along with free family tours starting at 10:30, 11, and 11:30. Oh, and once you’re in, you’re in. Nobody escorts you from the museum at 1:01 p.m.

January 15

Free admission to the Wadsworth for Hartford residents means getting to wander in whenever with no agenda and noticing things like the stairwell

Free admission to the Wadsworth for Hartford residents means getting to wander in whenever with no agenda and noticing things like the stairwell

  • Baby Grand Jazz at Hartford Public Library (500 Main St.) with Sherry Winston. This free, popular event is moving from the Atrium to the Center for Contemporary Culture, which has a seating capacity of 240.  Doors open at 1 p.m. and will close when capacity is reached; concert begins at 3. This is presented in partnership with WWUH 91.3 FM and Hartford Jazz Society.
  • MakeHartford Sunday Salons: String Thing — Stop into MakeHartford (30 Arbor St. #B7) to learn what items you have in your cupboard can be used to create your own one-of-a-kind yarns. Bring white or light-colored wool yarn if possible. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. 6-8 p.m.
  • Get In The Way: Asylum Hill Congregational Church (814 Asylum Ave.) is hosting the screening of this film, 7 p.m. They say: “In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis – then a young student, now a U.S. Congressman – co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South. When they came face to face with a wall of Alabama state troopers, Lewis took a steadfast, non-violent stand and inspired his followers to do the same.When Congressman John Lewis advocates ‘get in the way,’ he stands behind his words, whether advancing civil rights in the 1960s or leading a 26-hour sit-in for gun control in the House this past June following the Orlando shootings. Former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and an original Freedom Rider, Lewis has always advocated nonviolence. ‘Non-violence is love in action,’ he declares, and he still has plenty to spread around. The civil rights icon remains a vital force in the ongoing struggle for justice. Get in the Way is a riveting portrayal of John Lewis’ personal journey of courage, searing disappointments and hard-won triumphs, as over the decades he inspires others to stand up and Get in the Way. The film is not rated. All are welcome.” A discussion follows the film.

January 16

  • Martin Luther King Day Open House at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (77 Forest St.) from 9:30-5. Take tours throughout the day. Watch 13th, at 1 p.m. Free admission, but they say: “In the spirit of giving, visitors can bring new bath towels and feminine hygiene products for donation to emergency shelters — a project of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.”
  • MLK Community Day: Free admission to and activities at Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main St.) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. today. There will be a theater performance about the Underground Railroad, music by Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and plenty of hands-on activities.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m. Free.

January 17

  • Public ice skating, 12-1:30 p.m. at Koeppel Community Sports Center (175 New Britain Ave.). Call (860) 297-4230 for more info.
  • Regular Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School (150 Tower Ave.). If you want to participate in public comment, arrive early to get your name on the list.

January 18

  • Art In Focus: explore Lamp Screen, designed by Samuel Colt, with a docent at Wadsworth Atheneum, 12 p.m. This is free with admission to the museum, which is free for Hartford residents.
  • Dare to Dream: The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. — This is a dramatic performance of King’s speeches and writings at Hartford Public Library at 2 p.m. There is a second performance at 4 p.m. at the Albany Branch (1250 Albany Ave.) of the library. Free.
  • Riverfront Recapture is raising money for itself through a film series at Spotlight Theatres (39 Front Street). Tonight, starting at 5:30, there is a reception with snacks, soft drinks, beer, and wine. Two complimentary beverages are included with the ticket. At 6:30, they will screen The Scripture of Nature, 1851-1890, an episode from the PBS documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Tickets are either $40 or $65.
  • HYPE 2017 Committee Kickoff: from 6-8 p.m. at The Society Room (31 Pratt St.), have some dinner and enjoy the cash bar while learning about ways to get more involved with HYPE. They say: “Are you new to HYPE or looking to get more involved on one (or more!) of the five volunteer committees that help plan all of HYPE’s events? […] You’ll meet the incoming 2017 Leadership team and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the committee/s of interest to you.” This is free but you must register in advance.
  • Malas + Mantras: This event at Vasu Tribe Studio (56 Arbor St. #407) from 6-8:30 p.m. includes the creation of a Mala necklace and the making of a mantra for 2017 and taking home an Affirmation Annointing Oil. The evening will wrap up with a 75-minute yoga class led by Natalie Adele. This is $75.
  • MakeHartford Open House: Explore MakeHartford (30 Arbor St. #B7) and meet the makers, 6:30-9 p.m. Free.

January 19

  • Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. inside The Studio on Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street.
  • You’re So Random: (Ages 6-12) Come by the Blue Hills Branch of HPL (649 Blue Hills Ave.), 4:30-5:30 for this free program. They say: “Random Acts of Kindness week is the perfect opportunity to showcase your authentic, if slightly strange, generosity.Make someone’s day better with a Random Act of Kindness.”
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Training: Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition (1229 Albany Ave.) offers a free training every Thursday at 7 p.m. They say: “Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and the majority of those deaths are from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin. Naloxone is a safe, effective medication that, when given in time, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It has saved thousands of lives. If you or a loved one uses opioids, legal or illicit, you need this training! All attendees will receive instruction on how to recognize the signs of overdose, what to do and what not to do in an overdose situation, how to administer Naloxone, and proper follow up procedures. Each attendee will also receive a free Opioid Overdose Prevention Kit*, which includes all the supplies needed to administer Naloxone.” Register for the training.
  • The Lion in Winter: At 7:30 p.m. Cinestudio screens the 1968 film featuring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton, and Nigel Terry. General admission: $10.

January 20

  • Trinity Women’s Ice Hockey: Watch them play Endicott College at 12:30. Game is at Koeppel Community Sports Center (175 New Britain Ave.).
  • Presidential Inauguration 2017: (Ages 6-12) They say: “On January 20th, President Trump will be sworn into office. Come to the library to watch coverage of this historic event and learn how the new president’s policies will affect your life.” This is 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Dwight Branch of HPL (7 New Park Ave)
  • Unaugural Ball: You read that right. They say: “Inaugural Invitation get lost in the mail? Afraid to spend the night of the Trumpocalypse alone? Just need a safe space to cry in your beer? Being Irish, we’re really good at politics and wakes. So for the biggest political wake ever we’re throwing a party! Trump gets crowned but we have fun anyway!” This event is at Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street), 6-10 p.m. and will include dancing and snacks. There is a $15 fee. They say: “All proceeds above expenses go to organizations that defend the environment, protect the rights of minorities or fight corruption.”

January 21

If you're ever at a loss for something to do, go take a walk.

If you’re ever at a loss for something to do, go take a walk.

  • Saturday Math & Science Academy: (Middle & High school girls) This is a free event from 10-3:30 with lunch and snack included. They say: “Girls For Technology’s Saturday Math and Science Academy is an enrichment program that educates and motivates youth via a pre-college, out of school, hands on STEM-Themed experiential learning. Youth, parents, educators, and STEM professionals participate in full day programming workshops that inspire and encourage a young girl’s interest in STEM disciplines.” Registration is required. This takes place at Capital Community College (950 Main St.).
  • Miss Black Connecticut USA Scholarship & Pageant: at the Lyceum (227 Lawrence St.) with Red Carpet at 5:45 p.m. They say: “witness who’s who of Connecticut’s most talented, beautiful, and intelligent women across the state vie for the coveted title of Miss Black Connecticut USA 2017, and an incredible prize package including a trip to Miss Black USA in D.C, an academic scholarship, television and media opportunities and more. Join us for this historical event advocating for education and health awareness in our capital Hartford.” Tickets will stop being sold on the morning of 1/20; prices range from $25-50.
  • Night Fall Movie: Did you miss 2016’s Night Fall, or were you distracted by the rain and need to see it again? Come view the video of this in the Christ Church Rectory (45 Church Street) at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds) and money goes toward the 2017 Night Fall production. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
  • Carnival Ball Around the World: Buffet dinner, wine, and beer at the Polish National Home (60 Charter Oak Ave.) starting at 7 p.m. They say: “Join us for the Ball of the Year with music from around the world & cabaret. Come in your best outfits and beautiful masks!” $45. Contact Polish National Home for details.

January 22

  • Jazz Brunch at Wadsworth Atheneum. Enjoy a brunch buffet with a side of live jazz from the Jonathan Chatfield Trio, at 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. $35 general; $25 members.
  • Baby Grand Jazz at Hartford Public Library (500 Main St.) with Orice Jenkins. This free, popular event is moving from the Atrium to the Center for Contemporary Culture, which has a seating capacity of 240.  Doors open at 1 p.m. and will close when capacity is reached; concert begins at 3. This is presented in partnership with WWUH 91.3 FM and Hartford Jazz Society.

January 23

  • Get Started with Blogging: Free workshop offered by University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center (1265 Asylum Ave.), 9:30-11:30 a.m. Register online.
  • Basic Crochet Club: (Ages 6-12) The Camp Field Branch of HPL (30 Campfield Ave.) is offering this free workshop. They say: “Learn the basics of Crochet as well as how to read written crochet instructions in the series of lessons. Make your own scarf or hat. Materials are provided.”
  • Cinestudio screens The Eagle Huntress at 7:30 p.m. They say: “Who rules the world? Girls like Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a fierce 13-year-old living in a remote Mongolian village, who dares to take part in a 2,000 year-old all-male competition: hunting wild game with the help of a trained golden eagle. This thrilling documentary set in the starkly beautiful Altai Mountains shows life at its most primal and vitally dramatic. As Aisholpan finds, rears, and trains her eagle to hunt foxes and rabbits on the frozen Central Asian steppes, she takes each challenge with a fearless intensity. The first film by Otto Bell explores the life of a girl in an ancient nomadic culture with nothing less than respect.” General admission: $10.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m. Free.

January 24

  • 16th Annual Budget Forum: Building a Budget for Connecticut’s Future Connecticut Voices for Children is hosting a conference in the Old Judiciary at the State Capitol, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The day includes remarks by Ellen Shemitz, Executive Director of Connecticut Voices for Children; Keynote by Benjamin Barnes, Secretary, Office of Policy and Management; and all the budget info you could want as it pertains to youth. Free, but register.
  • Public ice skating, 12-1:30 p.m. at Koeppel Community Sports Center (175 New Britain Ave.). Call (860) 297-4230 for more info.

January 25

  • Pointillism Poinsettias: (Ages 6-12) at the Albany Branch of HPL (1250 Albany Ave.) make a flower. They say: “In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuena. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes. Listen to Tomie dePaola’s retelling of The Legend Poinsettia and then use the art technique pointillism to create your own flower.” This free event is from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Confident Connections: Building a Bold Brand with You at the Center: free workshop offered by University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center (1265 Asylum Avenue), 5:30-8:30 p.m. They say: “Turn up the dial on your presence! Join Jenny Drescher and Ellen Feldman Ornato for an invigorating, confidence-building session that will teach you how to construct your powerful personal brand. Whether speaking, networking, or selling, every business woman needs to understand and master her ability to create and maintain a strong, flexible, connected presence. Learn 5 ways to amp up your confidence so you lead and sell like a winner.Register online.
  • MakeHartford Open House: Explore MakeHartford (30 Arbor St. #B7) and meet the makers, 6:30-9 p.m. Free.

January 26

  • Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. inside The Studio on Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street.
  • Stone Soup: (Ages 6-12) Stop by the Barbour Branch of HPL (261 Barbour St.) from 4-5 p.m. for storytime. They say: “Join us for an interactive reading of the classic book Stone Soup. Explore themes of sharing & community as we create a collaborative craft project.”
  • Grand Opening of the Asylum Hill Multicultural Resource Center (60 Gillett Street), 5:30 p.m. Expect light refreshments and entertainment.
  • Fourth Thursday at Hanging Hills: The Hartford Hot Several performs with other Hartford musicians at the Hanging Hills Brewing Company (150 Ledyard St.), 6-9 p.m. Free.
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Training: Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition (1229 Albany Ave.) offers a free training every Thursday at 7 p.m. They say: “Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and the majority of those deaths are from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin. Naloxone is a safe, effective medication that, when given in time, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It has saved thousands of lives. If you or a loved one uses opioids, legal or illicit, you need this training! All attendees will receive instruction on how to recognize the signs of overdose, what to do and what not to do in an overdose situation, how to administer Naloxone, and proper follow up procedures. Each attendee will also receive a free Opioid Overdose Prevention Kit*, which includes all the supplies needed to administer Naloxone.” Register for the training.

January 27

  • Symposium: Privacy, Security & Power: The State of Digital Surveillance — UConn Law is hosting this all day (8:30-5:30) symposium in the Reading Room of William F. Starr Hall. They say: “Distinguished panelists from academic, industrial, government and military backgrounds will begin by discussing the Apple v. FBI case, the legal arguments that arose as a result, and issues that were not adequately raised. The speakers will also address the ethics and disparate social and economic impacts of surveillance and encryption. The symposium will conclude by focusing on emerging technologies and shifting regimes that experts anticipate for the near future.” RSVP by 1/20.
  • If you’re a Hartford resident, admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum is free! They are open Wednesday-Sunday.

January 28

  • Poets on Poetry Series: Wallace Stevens — Jim Finnegan will be leading the discussion at Hartford Public Library, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Free.
  • Paper Arts Gathering: Meet up with others doing paper art. This free event is at MakeHartford (30 Arbor St. #B7), 3-5 p.m.
  • What’s Your Problem?Chion Wolf is hosting what she calls “a live advice show at Sea Tea Improv’s underground comedy theater for smart, curious people with a sense of humor.” When Chion told us about her plans for this event, we were like “yes, this is exactly what is missing.” How this plays out is that you write your problem down on a piece of paper, put it in a box, and if selected, Ms. Wolf will “help you figure it all out with her panel of unqualified yet enthusiastic, thoughtful humans – including a random volunteer from the audience!” Audio of the show will be recorded and later aired in form of a podcast. You obviously want to get in on the ground level for this one. 7-8:30 p.m. at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street). Admission is $10.
  • David Mamet’s ‘The New David Mamet Play’: This is also at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum St.), starting at 9 p.m. They say: “Comedic Improvisers Hunter Nelson & Terry Withers are veteran performers and teachers at some of the most notable improv comedy institutions in the country, including the UCB Theatre, Magnet Theatre, Baltimore Improv Group & Reckless Theatre. While they insist David Mamet has retained them to workshop his newest, ever changing script, audiences are certain they make up each “workshop” as they go. And nothing could delight them more than the improvised madness these two pros deliver, always in a pitch perfect tone matching Mr. Mamet’s more famous works.” Tickets are around $10.

January 29

  • Baby Grand Jazz at Hartford Public Library (500 Main St.) with Heshima Moja. This free, popular event is moving from the Atrium to the Center for Contemporary Culture, which has a seating capacity of 240.  Doors open at 1 p.m. and will close when capacity is reached; concert begins at 3. This is presented in partnership with WWUH 91.3 FM and Hartford Jazz Society.
  • Improv for Kids!: This workshop for kids (suggested ages 7-14) is led by Helena Morris. They say: “Give your child a space to exercise her or his imagination, develop and focus his or her theatrical flare, and make new friends in a fun, educational setting. In our Improv for Kids workshop, your child will learn the basics of improv, and how to apply these principals of improv to theatrical performance and positive, joyful play that celebrates teamwork and children’s naturally imaginative minds!” The cost of this workshop also includes one adult and one child’s admission to the Family Show at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum St.) at 5 p.m., following the workshop. The improv workshop is scheduled for 2:30-4:30 p.m. and is $35.

January 30

  • Zoning: How Local Decisions Shape Our Communities’ Future — this free forum is open to the public, but try to register in advance. This morning event takes place at The Lyceum (227 Lawrence St.). There is breakfast and networking from 8:30-9 a.m., then several panel discussions from 9-11:30. They say: “Zoning regulations shape a municipality. A town’s zoning can determine the community’s economic development and quality of life: how much space will be devoted to shopping, single-family homes, multifamily homes, recreation, industry, offices, and schools? The land-use decisionmakers – zoning commissioners – are civic-minded volunteers. They devote many hours of their time and are saddled with enormous responsibilities. But they are often provided too little training to effectively advance development in their town’s interest and, more importantly, too little information to satisfy its changing needs. They must also endure the repercussions of their decisions, not just at town meetings but also from dissatisfied residents while walking through town or shopping in the grocery store. Hear what it takes to help decision-makers advance informed policies that will help meet the needs of Connecticut towns and their residents. We’ll explore how profoundly important regulations are to advance more housing choices in our state and how to expand and support towns’ capacity to realize the housing in demand by today’s residents.”
  • Ethnic Beauty Canvas Paint Night: This Brown Skin Women event is at Carmen’s Events + Beauty Showroom (942 Main St.) from 6-8 p.m. They say: “In just about two hours, while you’re sipping on a complimentary glass of wine, our Art Instructor will guide you through each painting so that you come up with your own unique masterpiece at the end of the night that you will be amazed YOU created. We provide everything you will need: canvas, paints, and brushes. You just bring your fun loving friends and have a complimentary glass of wine to keep the spirits high and inhibitions to a minimum and we’ll make sure your inner Picasso is unleashed.” Tickets are $25 members; $35 non-members.

January 31

  • Public ice skating, 12-1:30 p.m. at Koeppel Community Sports Center (175 New Britain Ave.). Call (860) 297-4230 for more info.

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