May 2017 Events in Hartford

Latin Grammy-award-winning artists Gilvan de Oliveira, right, and Ivan Correa da Costa will perform at Samba Fest 2017 on May 6, 2017

Latin Grammy-award-winning artists Gilvan de Oliveira, right, and Ivan Correa da Costa will perform at Samba Fest 2017 on May 6, 2017

 

May 1

  • It’s industry night at Little River Restoratives (405 Capitol Avenue), but those not in the food business can show up too. All night happy hour, DJ, and more. 6 pm – 1 am. No cover.
  • Spring Dance Fest: See a performance featuring the choreography of Trinity College students. This will be at The Performance Lab, Trinity Commons (240 New Britain Avenue). 7:30 pm.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs on Mondays at Arch Street Tavern at 8 pm. Free.

May 2

  • Bike Commuting 101: Take a free class to learn tips and get advice from Sandy Fry, Hartford’s Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and a Certified Cycling Instructor. This is from 12-1 pm at the iQuilt Innovation Center (22 Central Row). Contact Sandy.Fry@hartford.gov with questions.
  • Stop by the Hartford History Center (located inside of the Hartford Public Library) from 5:30-7 pm for an Author Talk featuring military historian and author, Andrew Carroll, founder of The Center for American War Letters. Carroll will talk about his new book My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. Free.
  • Free screening of Gen Silent, a documentary about an aging LGBTA community. This is at the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective (1841 Broad Street), 6:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to Dan Millett at (860) 278-4163 x118 or danm@hglhc.org as a light dinner will be provided.
  • Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams every Tuesday night at Back-Eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), starting at 8 pm. Free.

May 3

  • Learn zentangle at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave.) from Kathleen Brooks, 11 am – noon. There is a suggested $5 donation; no one is turned away for lack of funds.
  • Bike Commuting 101: Take a free class to learn tips and get advice from Sandy Fry, Hartford’s Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and a Certified Cycling Instructor. This is from 12-1 pm at the iQuilt Innovation Center (22 Central Row). Contact Sandy.Fry@hartford.gov with questions.
  • Toivo (399 Franklin Ave.) offers Chair Yoga, 2-3 pm. Michele Matthews leads the class. They say that chair yoga is a “gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support.” There is a $5 suggested donation. The back entrance of Toivo has a wheelchair ramp.
  • Get HYPEd: The casual networking event for young professionals and entrepreneurs meets this month at Hanging Hills Brewing Company (150 Ledyard Street), 5:30-8:30 pm. No cover charge. Bring money for drinks and if you want food from the Brasato food truck.
  • MakeHartford Open House: Meet makers, check out the space, and get feedback on projects. This is at MakeHartford (30 Arbor Street, B7), 6:30-9 pm. Free.

May 4

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: Every Thursday (during season) take a free tour from 12-1:30 pm. Tours range from 20-40 minutes and may be canceled due to weather conditions. This is free and kid-friendly, but keep in mind that climbing steep stairs is involved. The Arch is in Bushnell Park.
  • Laughter Exercise at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave), 6-7 pm. They say: “Laugh with us and flood your body with natural healing chemicals. Endorphins (the ‘feel-good hormone’) and oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) are released when you laugh. Levels of stress hormones also drop. As a result, laughing is a powerful antidote to anxiety and depression.” Free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
  • Nails and Wagging Tails: $5 nail trims for dogs at Naturally Dogs and Cats (10 Trumbull Street), 6-8 pm.
  • A Seat at the Table: This is a free WOC conversation about paid family and medical leave. Listen to others and share your story. Free dinner. 6-8 pm at CT Nonprofit Center (75 Charter Oak Ave) — rsvp.
  • The POSSM and Friends: Free, live music from The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music at Peppercorn’s Grill (357 Main Street), 8-11 pm.

.May 5

  • Practice meditative coloring at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue). All materials are provided. 12-1 pm. Free, but there is a suggested $5 donation.
  • Hartford Catholic Worker does great work in the community. Help support their mission by coming to a fundraiser at 160 Kenyon Street, 5:30-10 pm. Food, refreshments, and a 50/50 raffle drawing. $20 at the door.
  • Reception for Genevieve May at EBK Gallery (218 Pearl Street), 6-8:30 pm. Free.
  • There are plans to create another makerspace in Hartford — this one in the Colt Building (120 Huyshope Ave). Tonight, there is a fundraiser. Enjoy live music from The Colbys, see maker demonstrations, sample refreshments, and more. Tickets are $65. 6:30-10 pm.
  • Live music at Sarah’s Coffee House (257 Asylum Street). Acts will include: Milkshakes, Souls of Zion, Skinny Lethal, and Glitter Bug. $2 suggested donation for 21+; $5 suggested donation for younger. 8 pm – midnight.

May 6

  • Free First Saturday at Connecticut Historical Society (1 Elizabeth Street), 9 am – 5 pm. Free admission to museum galleries all day.
  • Wethersfield Notables at Cedar Hill: This is from 10-11:30 am at Cedar Hill Cemetery (453 Fairfield Ave). They say: “Melissa Josefiak discusses notable Wethersfield personages who now reside at Cedar Hill. Featured residents include wealthy seedsman Silas Robbins, Civil War chaplain John Morris, Tuskegee Airman Lemuel Custis and Connecticut State Prison warden William Willard. The walking tour begins at the flagpole located at the end of our entrance drive. Admission is $5.00 (or free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members) and you may pay on the day of the tour.
  • Ilia y Evelyn te Invitan a ‘Latinas en la Resistencia: “Ilia y Evelyn, dos viejas amigas en activismo, te invitan para que te unas a nosotras en la conversacón sobre como podemos resistir la administracón de nuestro nuevo presidente. Si estas cansada/o de el temor que esta nueva administracion ha causado en nuestras comunidades Latinas, por favor ven y ayúdanos a organizarnos para tomar acción!” / They say: “Ilia and Evelyn, two old friends in activism invite you to join us in the conversation about how to resist the administration of our new president. If you are tired of the fear that the new administration has generated in our Latino communities, please come and help us organize for action.” This free event is from 10 am to 12 pm at 95 Park Street.
  • Audition for Night Fall: “Are you good at… Physical Comedy? Dance? Movement? Improv? Are you from the Hartford area? 18 or over?” You have a chance to audition for Night Fall from 10 am – 1 pm at The Dirt Salon (50 Bartholomew Avenue).
  • Raise Your Voice! Music as Activism — Singing, games for kids, and hands-on instruments with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (77 Forest Street), 10:30 am – 12 pm. Free.
  • Samba Fest: This year, Samba Fest will take place on the Trinity College campus (240 New Britain Avenue) instead of by the Connecticut River. This is a free, rain or shine musical event and celebration of Brazilian culture that is open to the public. The festival is from 11 am – 6 pm. They say that the festival will feature “Latin Grammy-award-winning artists Gilvan de Oliveira (guitar), Ivan Correa da Costa (bass), and Sergio Antonio Silva (percussion), all professors of music at the Universidade de Música Bituca, a free school founded in Minas Gerais, Brazil, by internationally famous singer-composer Milton Nascimento. Other performers include the Trinity Samba Ensemble with special guest José Paulo, directed by Eric Galm; Trinity Steel, directed by Curtis Greenidge; Ginga Brasileira, directed by Efraim Silva; The Hartford Hot Several; The Bossa Nova Project; Honduran vocalist Karlibeth Ortega; West Hartford’s Hall High School choirs, directed by Lorri Cetto, and more.”
  • Slow Roll: Meet at BiCi Co. (95-97 Park Street) at 5 pm and then ride out for drinks and a Colombian dinner at La Fonda. If you want to rent a bike, show up at 4:30 pm. Bike rentals are $5 for BiCi Co. members; $20 for non-members. Participation in the Slow Roll is free.
  • Trinity Film Festival: This festival, held at Cinestudio (300 Summit St.) “offers talented undergraduates from around the world the opportunity to premiere their short films on the big screen to a wide audience of peers, professionals, and local audiences. Please join us for a night of films, awards, networking, and the celebration of cinema!” Free for students with ID, $10 for seniors, $15 general admission. 5-10 pm.
  • Girls Nights II at Sarah’s Coffee House (257 Asylum Street), 8 pm – 1 am. Music by Foxtails, Glambat, and Lauren Hurley. All ages, but 21+ to drink. No cover.
  • Laugh Lines: Show to Benefit Mental Health CT — They say: “We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. Depression and anxiety can be big and scary things but you’re not alone. While we can’t solve any problems or give medical advice, we CAN make things better for a few hours. Join us for a much-needed mental health break — filled with awareness, encouragement, and thoughtful fun through a mix of improv, sketch and standup. Laughter is the best medicine so let’s dive in, talk openly about some tough topics and maybe make a new friend. This show will benefit Mental Health Connecticut. Performers: Brenna Harvey, Alison Jalbert, Greg Ludovici, Patrick McGuire, Tom Mutchler, Sarah Platanitis, Caitlin Reese, and Allie Rivera.” 9-10:30 pm at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street). Tickets are $15.

May 7

  • Syllable: Dan Pope, Ethan Rutherford, and Leah Nielsen are this month’s featured readers. This starts at 7 pm at The Republic (10 Capitol Avenue). No cover.

May 8

  • Bike Commuting 101: Take a free class to learn tips and get advice from Sandy Fry, Hartford’s Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and a Certified Cycling Instructor. This is from 12-1 pm at the iQuilt Innovation Center (22 Central Row). Contact Sandy.Fry@hartford.gov with questions.
  • Practice Mindful Strength Training at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave.) with Kali Farrell. They say: “Do you have fears you want to ‘work out’? Are you ready to step into your power? Do you want to feel more confident in your body and in the world? Join us for a strength training class using body resistance and interval training. The class will involve exercises such as push-ups, jumping jacks, planks, and mountain climbers. The class will also incorporate deep breathing and mindfulness exercises.” 3:30-4:30 pm. Suggested $5 donation.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs on Mondays at Arch Street Tavern at 8 pm. Free.

May 9

  • Hartford Streets Happy Hour: If you like talking about transportation and the built environment, swing by 50 Elm for conversation with Francisco Gomes who will “talk about his work creating safer streets for people. Francisco is a Hartford native and currently resides in the West End of Hartford. He has been engaged in the urban planning field for almost 20 years. Francisco launched the Safe Routes to School program in Connecticut in 2001 and has since been engaged in projects that aim to create streets and places that are bicycle and pedestrian friendly.” No cover. 5:30-8:30 pm.
  • Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams every Tuesday night at Back-Eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), starting at 8 pm. Free.

May 10

  • Bike Commuting 101: Take a free class to learn tips and get advice from Sandy Fry, Hartford’s Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and a Certified Cycling Instructor. This is from 12-1 pm at the iQuilt Innovation Center (22 Central Row). Contact Sandy.Fry@hartford.gov with questions.
  • Yappy Hour: Ice cream social for dogs and their people at Naturally Dogs and Cats (10 Trumbull Street), 6-8 pm. The social is free, but the frozen yogurt for pups is available for purchase.
  • Green Drinks: Urban Homesteading During Financial Meltdown — each month, organizers focus on an environment-related theme to build conversation around. Tonight’s featured speaker is Sven Pihl, “the founder and administrator of the Connecticut Permaculture Guild and is the former Farm and Grounds Manager at Knox Inc. in Hartford where he developed an Urban Farming Incubator program based on best practices collected from Incubator Farming entities around the Northeast.” This is 6-9 pm at Infinity Bistro on Front Street. No cover.
  • MakeHartford Open House: Meet makers, check out the space, and get feedback on projects. This is at MakeHartford (30 Arbor Street, B7), 6:30-9 pm. Free.

May 11

  • Bike Commuting 101: Take a free class to learn tips and get advice from Sandy Fry, Hartford’s Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and a Certified Cycling Instructor. This is from 12-1 pm at the iQuilt Innovation Center (22 Central Row). Contact Sandy.Fry@hartford.gov with questions.
  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: Every Thursday (during season) take a free tour from 12-1:30 pm. Tours range from 20-40 minutes and may be canceled due to weather conditions. This is free and kid-friendly, but keep in mind that climbing steep stairs is involved. The Arch is in Bushnell Park.
  • Toivo (399 Franklin Ave) offers Healing Tools, a chance to learn how to stay calm, grounded, and present. 3:30-5 pm. There is a suggested $5 donation.
  • Know Good Market: Food trucks and picnic tables outside of 30-50 Bartholomew Ave. from 5-8 pm. No cover.
  • Hartford in World War I: Come to the Hartford History Center (inside Hartford Public Library) from 5:30-7 pm to learn a thing or two. They say: “Local historian and journalist David Drury is the author of Hartford in World War I. He will deliver a presentation on the activities of the Hartford community during the period, accompanied by a slideshow of images provided by the Connecticut State Library.” Free.
  • 200 Years of Innovation: The Legacy of the American School for the Deaf — Historian Rebecca Edwards will give a free presentation at CHS (1 Elizabeth Street), 5:30-7 pm. They say: “The story of the American School for the Deaf is one of  remarkable educational innovation. In addition, Connecticut deaf history, as represented by the American School for the Deaf, is the very foundation of the larger story of American deaf history. The founding of the American School for the Deaf therefore represents a truly transformative breakthrough for the lives of deaf people in both Connecticut and in the United States. This lecture will to place the American School for the Deaf at the heart of American deaf history and explore how the innovative practices of the American School for the Deaf have shaped the lives of deaf Americans for 200 years.” This will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted. RSVP to (860) 236-5621 x238 or rsvp@chs.org 
  • Audition for Night Fall: “Are you good at… Physical Comedy? Dance? Movement? Improv? Are you from the Hartford area? 18 or over?” You have a chance to audition for Night Fall starting at 6:30 pm at The Dirt Salon (50 Bartholomew Avenue).

May 12

  • Bike Commuting 101: Take a free class to learn tips and get advice from Sandy Fry, Hartford’s Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and a Certified Cycling Instructor. This is from 12-1 pm at the iQuilt Innovation Center (22 Central Row). Contact Sandy.Fry@hartford.gov with questions.
  • One World Market: from 5-8 pm there will be music and food at the CTfastrak Parkville Station (Park Street and Francis Avenue). Music will include samba, rumba, cha-cha, salsa, cumbia, flamenco, tango, and bolero. There will be Brazilian, Indian, Latino, Thai, and West Indian food vendors. Admission is free for this kid-friendly event.
  • Project Poetry Live! at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue), 7-9 pm. They say: “Public Performance of Project Poetry Live! – a multi-disciplinary performance project created by Vita West Muir and Litchfield Performing Arts. Bringing together students from the R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, the final performance features an original performance work created by choreographer Matthew Westerby, composer Albert Rivera and set designer Lydia Heubenthal. The performance work is inspired by poetry written by students under the direction of renowned poet Kate Rushin. The final performance features the Matthew Westerby Company, a New York-based dance company, performing repertory works and Connecticut premieres, while the Albert Rivera Quartet performs Rivera’s original jazz compositions. Special guests – Hartford choreographers Lindsay Boyer, Rebecca DeNies & Luke Bermingham, ATTAK Dance Company & the repertory ensemble from Naugatuck Valley Community College.” Tickets range from $5-12.

May 13

  • Take a Bird Walk at Cedar Hill Cemetery (453 Fairfield Avenue). Jay Kaplan of Roaring Brook Nature Center will lead this. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and “appropriate hiking shoes.” Meet near the bridge along the entrance driveway. 6:30-8 am. Free.
  • Organized Dog Walk: This is the launch of the new dog walking group. Meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park at 9 am and walk from here to the Riverfront. Stick around after and march with the group in the Hooker Day Parade. Dogs should be leashed. Free.
  • Free admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum, 10 am – 1 pm. Once in, you can stay for the day.
  • Hooker Day Parade & Festival: This used to be in the fall, but it got moved to a different season and now it’s not just a parade. They say: “The parade steps off at 11 am on Asylum at High Street, moves east on Asylum, south on Ann Uccello, east on Pearl, north on Trumbull, West on Church, South on Union Place and ends at the festival in Bushnell Park.” It is free to attend and to be in the parade, but register if you want to march. The festival will kick off around noon and “includes live entertainment, interactive kids activities, face painters, Hartford cultural and historical exhibits, Mayor Mike’s classic car show on Trinity Street, a maker’s market, food trucks, and a craft beer garden.” 11 am – 5 pm. Free.
  • Floral Design Workshop: Come to Hartford Prints! (42 Pratt Street) to learn some skills and take home your creation. They say: “A spectacular way to celebrate Mother’s Day with the special women in your life. Join Floral Designer Caroline Finnegan and Farmer Florist Haley Billipp of Eddy Farm for an afternoon immersed in the season’s most exquisite blooms. Each workshop will start with a demonstration of floral design techniques, followed by hands on personal guidance while you craft your own arrangements. May features glorious spring favorites like anemones, ranunculus, and specialty tulips.” Price includes flowers, materials, vase to take home, instruction, snacks and beverages. 1-4 pm. Workshop: $95
  • Early Bird Social Club — Dancing at The Dirt Salon (50 Bartholomew Ave), 7-11 pm. $20.

May 14

Walk Hartford: May 27, 2017

Walk Hartford: May 27, 2017

  • Enjoy some free improv with Sea Tea Improv at City Steam Brewery (942 Main St.), 7-9 pm. Comedy club doors open at 6 pm. Free admission. Minors should be accompanied by a legal guardian.

May 15

  • Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture: “Science, Academic Leadership, and Music” — They say that this symposium at Trinity College will be “held in honor of Andrew G. De Rocco, a distinguished academic leader, will feature talks by several Trinity College faculty colleagues: Howard DeLong, Brownell Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, “Science and Citizenship;” Borden W. Painter, Jr. ’58, H’95, Professor of History, Emeritus, and former President of the College, “Academic Leadership;” principal lecturer in the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment John Alcorn, “College: The (More Than) $64,000 Question;” Professor of Music John Platoff, “The Beatles;” and Andrew G. De Rocco, “Reminiscences and Reflections.” De Rocco, who will be honored during the event, served as dean of the faculty and professor of natural sciences at Trinity College, president at Denison University, and commissioner of higher education for the State of Connecticut. He was awarded the William Rainey Harper Medal for distinguished contributions to higher education and is also a scholar of the history of music.” 10 am – 12 pm in Seabury N-217.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs on Mondays at Arch Street Tavern at 8 pm. Free.

May 16

  • Learn about the Basics of Franchising in a free workshop offered at the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center (1265 Asylum Ave.), 9:30-11:30 am. Register.
  • Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams every Tuesday night at Back-Eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), starting at 8 pm. Free.

May 17

  • Ride of Silence: This ride begins at 6:30 pm in West Hartford at the town hall (50 South Main Street, West Hartford). This is hosted as part of a national event to remember those who have been injured or killed while cycling, and to raise awareness of the need to promote safe cycling conditions. The 8-mile ride will begin and end in the parking lot behind town hall and is expected to last about one hour. Participants are asked to wear white t-shirts in solidarity and to remain silent throughout the ride. The West Hartford ride will specifically remember Anne Dombrofski, a town resident who died while riding her bicycle in West Hartford last summer. She is described as having been an “experienced rider” who “was not riding at a fast rate of speed and was wearing a helmet.”
  • MakeHartford Open House: Meet makers, check out the space, and get feedback on projects. This is at MakeHartford (30 Arbor Street, B7), 6:30-9 pm. Free.
  • Other People’s Stories: Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street) is hosting another round of this storytelling event. They say: “Other People’s Stories celebrates the way that our favorite tales evolve with every telling, whether they’re stories our parents told us about their parents, stories our friends told us about ourselves from when we were too drunk to remember, or the far-fetched boasting of a neighborhood raconteur. There are only two rules for Other People’s Stories: (1) No notes! Tell it as you remember it; make up the parts you forget. (2) No first-hand knowledge! Tell something that someone else told you.” This is free and open to all. 7:30-9 pm.

May 18

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: Every Thursday (during season) take a free tour from 12-1:30 pm. Tours range from 20-40 minutes and may be canceled due to weather conditions. This is free and kid-friendly, but keep in mind that climbing steep stairs is involved. The Arch is in Bushnell Park.
  • Come to Hog River Brewing Co. (1429 Park Street) to hear live music from Old Royals and The Penniless Wild. Doors open at 5:30; show begins at 6:30 pm. $5 cover.
  • Frederick Douglass Memorial Dedication: Stop by The First Church of Christ (Center Church, 60 Gold Street) for this long overdue recognition event. They say: “The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass first spoke in Hartford on May 18, 1843 under the “open sky sanctuary” of the First Church on Main and Gold Streets. Help us dedicate the new ‘Frederick Douglass Court’ and memorial plaque sponsored by the Church.” 6:30-8:30 pm. No cover.

May 19

  • Bike and Walk to Work Breakfast: 7-9 am at the Old State House; speakers at 8:15.
  • Local Craft Beer Tasting: Sample New England craft beers at the Polish National Home (60 Charter Oak Ave), 6-9 pm. Tickets are $25.
  • Drag Night at True Colors: 6:30-8:30 pm at 30 Arbor Street. They say: “What is drag? What does drag mean to you? Come discuss, learn and celebrate with us for the first ever Drag Night at True Colors! Drag Night is an inclusive space for anyone interested to learn, discuss and explore different forms of drag and drag culture. This night will be a community conversation with free snacks and cookie decorating!” Free admission.

May 20

  • Fruit Tree Tenders: Peter Montgomery will lead this free workshop at the Earle Street Community Garden (151 Earle Street), 11 am – 12 pm. RSVP to Emily Petersen — (860) 951-7694 ext. 28 or emilyp@knoxhartford.org
  • True Colors Art & Activism GSA Summit: Explore art and activism throughout the day via workshops and activities. 12-5 pm; Open mic begins at 4. This is free and open to everyone, but rsvp so they can provide enough pizza and snacks. This is at 30 Arbor Street.
  • Risky Business — An Actuarially-Themed Improv Comedy Show: We have no idea what an actuary is. We have made it a point to avoid this knowledge. Just because we abstain from anything that might shine light on this subject, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow suit. They say: “It’s an improv comedy based on suggestions from the audience — and we expect quite a few actuaries in the audience for this show. Whether you’ve taken years of progressively more difficult exams to be qualified to figure out exactly when people are going to die, or if you crossed the street with headphones on while eating a bacon cheeseburger without thinking about it, you’re invited to this comedy show about life, death, risk, reward, and statistical probability!” This is at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street), 5-6:30 pm. Tickets are about $12.
  • Slow Roll and a Movie: Meet at BiCi Co. (95-97 Park Street) on your bike at 5:30 pm for a slow bike ride. Come back to watch a movie in the alley. Free admission.
  • What’s Your Problem? — We can only assume this event is great, as every edition of it has been sold out before we could get tickets! The lesson there: if this sounds even remotely of interest to you, snag your tickets early! This is a live advice show (advice…not therapy) with volunteer audience participation and a lot of laughter. At Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street), 7-8:30 pm. Tickets are about $15.

May 21

  • CT Robotics Society meets at MakeHartford (30 Arbor Street, B7), 1-3 pm. Free and open to all ages.
  • Healing Hearts Workshop: Dress comfortably for this all-ages event at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave.). They say “Come experience a wide variety of therapeutic modalities being offered in our community such as, Reiki, Chair Massage, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Drumming, Creative Arts and Sound Healing.” Refreshments will be provided. There is a suggested $10 donation, along with a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the homeless. 1-4 pm.

May 22

  • Today is the last day to submit public comment regarding the proposed removal of 30 acres of trees at the request of the Connecticut Airport Authority. Official comment may be submitted by email cgoegel@ctairports.org or USPS: Mr. Colin Goegel, Senior Manager of Engineering at Connecticut Airport Authority, 334 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Suite 160
    Windsor Locks, CT 06096
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs on Mondays at Arch Street Tavern at 8 pm. Free.

May 23

  • The Old State House is hosting Conversations at Noon for a talk on refugee resettlement in Connecticut. They say: “The debate about opening American doors to those fleeing war is nothing new. World War I was particularly traumatic for communities across the Middle East who, in addition to the human toll of the conflict, experienced widespread displacement due to forced relocation, mass migration, and targeted massacres. On Tuesday, May 23 join Yale Scholar Amy Fallas-Kerr as she highlights American efforts to alleviate these humanitarian crises and reviews the first large-scale philanthropic project in response to the plight of Armenians, Syrians and Greeks from 1915-1930. Following her talk, Fallas-Kerr will be joined by Homa Naficy from the Hartford Public Library for a discussion on the ongoing national debate and Connecticut’s efforts regarding refugees and immigration.” Free. 12-1 pm.
  • Transport Hartford Academy is offering a workshop about how to better connect employees with jobs. This begins at 5:30 pm at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street). Registration is requested. Free to participate.
  • Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams every Tuesday night at Back-Eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), starting at 8 pm. Free.

May 24

  • MakeHartford Open House: Meet makers, check out the space, and get feedback on projects. This is at MakeHartford (30 Arbor Street, B7), 6:30-9 pm. Free.

May 25

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: Every Thursday (during season) take a free tour from 12-1:30 pm. Tours range from 20-40 minutes and may be canceled due to weather conditions. This is free and kid-friendly, but keep in mind that climbing steep stairs is involved. The Arch is in Bushnell Park.
  • Ho’oponopono Sound Healing Workshop: 6-7:30 pm at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue). They say: “This workshop is designed around the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness called Ho’oponopono. Join internationally known new age recording artist, energy/sound healer, and teacher Jennifer Aurélia on a journey into the heart. This uniquely created workshop blends simple strategies, energy release tips, sacred sound, and celebration to enhance all areas of life.” Suggested $5 donation.

May 26

  • Shag Frenzy – The Final Dance Party: Dancing and chaos with DJs Johnny Strangler, Garage Flower, and Cajar. 5 pm til late at Hanging Hills Brewing Company (150 Ledyard Street). Free admission.
  • Improv Tonight! See improv teams Meg(h)an, Casserole, and Night Ghosts perform at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street), 7 pm. Tickets are $9-10.

May 27

  • Walk Hartford: Slow, social walk that begins near Pope Park Rec Center, makes a stop at Hog River Brewing Company, and then returns to the park. The walking group will leave the park at 12 pm. The entire walk should be 2.5 miles.
  • After Funk performs at Arch Street Tavern. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Show is at 10 pm. Tickets: $7-10.

May 28

  • Connecticut House Music Festival: This is a free, family-friendly event in Bushnell Park. They say: “Celebrate your Memorial Day weekend and pay tribute to Markie Gee with Connecticut’s House Music DJs: Cajar, Ryan Kennell, Power Divine, Sobi-One, Legacy, Snafu, Breaka Dawn, Eric Furtado, Mike Nyce, Charles Henry, John Hunter, and Mike Johnson!” 11 am – 6 pm. If you’re going, consider donating to the GoFundMe to defray the permit costs.

May 29

  • 75 Minute Memorial Day Zumba Party: Come to The Creative Source Dance & Fitness Center (56 Arbor Street, Suite 103) for Zumba, 9:30-10:45 am. $6 on Paypal or $8 at the door.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs on Mondays at Arch Street Tavern at 8 pm. Free.

May 30

  • Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams every Tuesday night at Back-Eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), starting at 8 pm. Free.

May 31

  • MakeHartford Open House: Meet makers, check out the space, and get feedback on projects. This is at MakeHartford (30 Arbor Street, B7), 6:30-9 pm. Free.
  • Mental Health & Addiction Open Mic Night: Poetry, spoken word, art and more at Sarah’s Coffee House (257 Asylum Street), 7-9 pm. They say: “Everyone is welcome to join us – our peers living with mental health, substance use, or addiction challenges; our friends, family, and other supporters; folks working in the Mental Health & Addiction field in any capacity; and, of course, the general public! We ask that the stage be reserved for our peers who are using services for, struggling with or in recovery from from mental health, addiction or substance use challenges.” No cover.

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