How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes

By , April 19, 2014 4:01 am

Gown worn in “Adam’s Rib”

Whether or not women should “lean in” or close the “confidence gap” are debates of the moment, but this fretting should have been settled decades ago.

Do you or someone you know need help figuring out how to be a tough dame? Turn to Katharine Hepburn. She was:

  • Sent home from school for wearing pants. Went back the next day wearing pants. How did she get the confidence for this? Mom (Katharine Houghton Hepburn) telling the school, basically, you leave the parenting to me, could not have hurt.
  • Later, when the RKO studio tried to get her to stop wearing slacks, she made a point by walking out in her underwear.
  • Did her own stunts, including when she was in her later years. Grew up in a house (133 Hawthorn Street) where the family had a zip line installed. Coincidence?
  • Got busted in college for smoking in her dorm. Drove around Hartford without a license.
  • Had a reputation for being prickly and defiant. . .
  • Earned twelve Oscar nominations and won four of those times. Continue reading 'How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes'»

Putting the Sea in City Hall

By , April 18, 2014 5:08 pm

On Trashion Fashion Eve, artists and those willing to get their hands dirty are putting the finishing touches on the set for Saturday’s show. Continue reading 'Putting the Sea in City Hall'»

Another BBQ Spot for Downtown

Coming soon on Arch Street: Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue

Castles, Cacti, and a Cinema Conversion

Brooklyn-based artist Joell Baxter stands in the middle of her work to speak about it. Coverer, an installation woven from hand-screen-printed, cut paper, wants to be everywhere in the room, not limited to the walls.

Right now, Baxter is one of several artists whose vibrant work is at Real Art Ways. Michael Madore’s Nervatura is described as “travel-induced graphomania.” Expect castles, layers of earth, flora and fauna, and wonder.

Shane Morrissey‘s sculptures recreate objects from childhood memories: cacti made from cast paper, bolts, and walnut, a swarm of bees made out of zip ties, wire and wood. All of the sculptures seem sharp and hard, yet make you want to get as close as you can without touching.

Everything seems to be waking up after winter down in Parkville, between the energetic performances by Joey Batts and Them and Political Animals at Thursday’s Creative Cocktail Hour, and the announcement that Real Art Ways has raised the $60,000 to allow for a Digital Cinema Conversion. The mixed media — including claymation — documentary about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, The Missing Picture, opens tonight. Okay, so it’s not all happy times, but if you are looking for something thought-provoking in your life, Real Art Ways has got it going on these days. Continue reading 'Castles, Cacti, and a Cinema Conversion'»

Learning Curb: Equal Opportunity Offenders

We know that a recent Learning Curb got some people bent out of shape.

It reminded us of an old episode of the Colin McEnroe show in which the host was speaking with Steve Almond about how humor writing works– it’s all good until you hit on an issue that a person is “allergic” to, and then that listener wants everything to stop and be serious. Because you just made fun of the one thing she doesn’t think is so very funny.

So, we offer this: instead of using any of the many bike racks on this block — trust, there were spaces available — this bicycle was abandoned in the middle of the sidewalk on Main Street. This was directly in front of the police substation. We suppose the rider could have wiped out and this have been an accidental parking job.

Superintendent Search: Substance or Style?

By , April 17, 2014 4:18 pm

Dr. Ronald Taylor

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez

Do you want substance or style?

That is the question when it comes to Hartford’s finalists for superintendent.

On one hand, you have a candidate who saunters into the audience, does call and response, and cracks jokes. He compliments the nature of each question, goes on tangents, and often never responds to what was asked.  Afterwards, an audience member will describe him as “Steve Perry-esque,” not exactly a compliment.

On the other, you have a candidate whose job interview jitters seep through on occasion, but who seems genuine and approachable. Sometimes she uses the language of the administration rather than that which might be more accessible for all parents, but she described herself first and foremost as a parent whose child has special needs. Continue reading 'Superintendent Search: Substance or Style?'»

Get Your Nails Done

By , April 16, 2014 10:03 pm

cookies for canines

…if you’re a dog.

Naturally Dogs and Cats at 100 Trumbull Street is hosting a “Nails & Wagging Tails” night.

Jessica Westerman of Your 4 Legged Pet Service will clip your dog’s nails for $5 between 6-8pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

No need to call ahead– just show up.

 

Learning Curb: Mercedes Bends

Thanks to Christopher Brown for sharing these pics of a car seemingly beached on a median on Sigourney/Park Terrace.

To be fair, this could be an accidental parking job (wet roads) than someone intentionally deciding to abandon ship in the middle of a busy street…but one never knows with the routine “parking” that happens near 25 Sigourney Street.

How to Make Schools More Integrated

By , April 15, 2014 7:30 am

The “Choice Watch: Diversity and Access in Connecticut’s School Choice Programs” report released last week suggests ways that “open choice” schools in Connecticut should work to reduce segregation across racial, linguistic, and ability lines. The report finds that most school choice programs are actually integrated as far as socioeconomic status is concerned, with integration defined quite broadly: enrollment between 25-75% minority students. Continue reading 'How to Make Schools More Integrated'»

Learning Curb: Parking’s Not Rocket Science

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By , April 14, 2014 3:30 pm

Thanks to Nichole Guerra for getting this pic. Someone decided to park on the curb in the area of Columbus Boulevard near the Connecticut Science Center.

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