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Art Everywhere Weekend

By , November 19, 2015 8:00 am

“My Precious Stones” by Laurie Lemek could be viewed at Connecticut Historical Society on Elizabeth Street

Every November, venues around Hartford host artists for one weekend. Experience varies by location.

For the first time, 1429 Park Street offered up one floor for a mix of live music and dancing after hours, effectively extending the viewing time for artwork at this site. This is where dancers were painted as part of the performance, where a loud droning filled the mostly unfinished second floor. People wrote and drew in chalk on the floors. It was intended as an immersive experience; some got into it, others let this be their social hour, and kids dove into paint and what looked like fake snow, taking “immersive” literally.

Venom Vintage on Whitney Street promised to be just as edgy, but if you were hoping to see live graffiti art at the time advertised, you would have been out of luck. There was some pre-existing work on the walls in the store and in back. On one side of the space, visitors were encouraged to add doodles to a “zentangle art wall.” You could look at the secondhand clothing store as being art hanging on the racks, but hold off on getting excited about that. The store owner, Dina Brass, says the future of Venom Vintage in this location is uncertain; according to her, the building owner has a problem with the graffiti at the space. It has been approximately one year since Venom Vintage relocated to the West End from Park Street, almost on the West Hartford line. Continue reading 'Art Everywhere Weekend'»

Ladies Rising

By , November 10, 2015 4:49 pm

Photo courtesy of Wildaliz Bermudez

Hartford’s Democratic Town Committee endorsed exactly zero women in 2011. That Cynthia Jennings served on City Council beginning in 2012 was thanks to her affiliation with the Working Families Party.

The last four years must have sent a message. This time around, the Democrats, Working Families, and Republicans each endorsed two women on their respective slates; ultimately, voters opted for two newcomers,Wildaliz Bermudez and Glendowlyn Thames, along with incumbent Cynthia Jennings and rJo Winch, who previously served on City Council, but not during the current term.

Of the four women, Ms. Bermudez is also coming in as the first Latina member of City Council since the previous was elected in 1999.

Though new to this position, Bermudez is not new to Hartford or City Hall. She was moved to run out of “frustration” with “fighting things from the periphery,” namely, the baseball stadium that is currently being erected in Downtown. Continue reading 'Ladies Rising'»

Learning Curb: Bike Lane of Shame

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By , November 8, 2015 6:51 am

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We have been spotting cars parked in the new bike lanes on Wethersfield Avenue and Zion Street. Many, many cars. We have seen them traveling in the bike lanes that magically appear for a few blocks on Farmington Avenue near the West Hartford line.

But this one takes the prize Continue reading 'Learning Curb: Bike Lane of Shame'»

Parties Without Borders

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By , November 5, 2015 5:55 pm

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at Real Art Ways

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Democracy in Hartford

By , November 3, 2015 5:00 pm

Even with all the extra attention given to the Hartford Registrar(s) of Voters, even with the election monitor, voting has not gone smoothly this Election Day:

  • Reports of issues with machines at several polling places. Low battery before 7 a.m. at one; same issue by 8 a.m. at the Hartford Public Library polls (Downtown). Reports that the United Methodist (West End) polling place would be counting ballots by hand.
  • City Council candidate Nyesha McCauley’s supporters at Annie Fisher School (Blue Hills) spotted standing in the travel lanes on Plainfield Street, holding signs.
  • Reports of a moderator at Grace Lutheran Church (Asylum Hill) telling residents to “vote Row A”
  • Voter at United Methodist (West End) told she is not allowed to view the number on machine that indicates which number voter she is for the day. Explanation given: new policy this year. Her husband voted fifteen minutes later at same location and was able to view the number with no interference.

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Community Bicycle Shop Coming to Park Street

By , October 13, 2015 7:17 am

After a few months of riding a bicycle from Connecticut to Indiana, and back, it is only natural for one to launch a membership and fundraiser campaign for a community bicycle shop days after returning home.

Natural, that is, if you’re Tony Cherolis, who has been instrumental in getting BiCi Co., located at the Center for Latino Progress, up and moving.

BiCi Co. may not be the easiest concept to understand. but if you know what a maker space is, then it’s like that, but with bicycles and the ability to buy them.

Bike education classes were provided for youth there over this past summer, as a first step and as part of a summer youth employment service learning project. Thirty teens were paid for learning some safety and repair basics; they went on to fix up bikes for CRT’s Generations program. Continue reading 'Community Bicycle Shop Coming to Park Street'»

Hartford Marathon and a Half, 2015

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By , October 10, 2015 11:46 am

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PARK(ing) Day 2015

By , September 18, 2015 2:53 pm

Thirteen spots usually used for on-street parking were reclaimed as tiny parks in Downtown on Friday as part of PARK(ing) Day. Continue reading 'PARK(ing) Day 2015'»

In Your Neighborhood: Behind the Rocks

By , September 5, 2015 9:37 am

Rocky Ridge Park creates one of this neighborhood’s boundaries. From the street, the park looks kind of boring — a strip of grass with some ball fields, a playground, and a building made more interesting with a few murals. The wooded area, if you step through the trees, reveals how the park and neighborhood were named.

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September 2015 Events

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By , August 28, 2015 7:23 pm

September 1

Connecticut River. Really not sure what to do with yourself? Go stare at the river. Or clean it.

  • Free yoga in Keney Park at 10 a.m. Meet near the Pond House. Bring your own yoga mat/towel and water.
  • Garrison Leykam will be the featured author at the launch of Hartford Public Library’s The Author’s Table. Today he launches his book Postcards from the Highway of Life, which he says is “both a rich essay about baby boomer values as well as a wake-up call to preserve an entire generation’s identity.”  This free event will take place from 12-3 p.m.
  • West End Farmers’ Market happens on Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m., on the green near the Mark Twain House & Museum. Rain or shine. Sometimes they have live music and artists, if the bread and vegetables aren’t enough.
  • On Tuesdays you can find the Hartford Mobile Market at the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, 1 Nahum Drive, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Toivo offers $5 Zumba classes! This one-hour session begins at 6 p.m. This is at 399 Franklin Avenue.
  • Real Board Games returns to Real Art Ways at 6 p.m. Just show up and play. You’re welcome to bring a game of your own.
  • Being out of town for a few days where WiFi was spotty at best, I felt grateful for having a readymade excuse for disconnecting. Tonight, there will be a discussion at ArtSpace Gallery on “Connection or Obsession: A Healthy Relationship with Social Media.” This will be a talk about what the “experts are saying about the dangers of overdoing our screen time, and we’ll strategize about ways to use these tools in the healthiest way possible.” The Healthy Potluck (bring a dish to share, list all ingredients) begins at 7; discussion goes from 7:30-8:30. A small donation is suggested. Continue reading 'September 2015 Events'»
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