Category: arts

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Temp Art

By , November 18, 2014 9:23 am

Paintings are placed on the sidewalk in front of a surface parking lot during Open Studio Weekend each year, then removed. Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Temp Art'»

No Typecasting for Sea Tea Improv with Gutenberg!

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By , November 15, 2014 7:36 am

There are no words.

Or, many: grape juice, biscuits, pencil, cat face, rosary helicopter, singing rats, Hamlet, medicine.

Gutenberg! The Musical!  is a high energy, out of control spoof on musicals, with actors wearing numerous hats in rapid fire and at times, nearly simultaneously. Want the number of characters? Ask someone else. I lost count.

This is a scripted and improved, play-within-a-play. It’s historical fiction, with the emphasis on fiction. Don’t show up expecting to learn the truth about Johannes Gutenberg, German inventor of the printing press– beyond those two facts, what you will get is a few hours of hilarious speculation on the man whose inventions gave the Middle Ages a kick in the pants, launching the culture toward the Early Modern Period. Continue reading 'No Typecasting for Sea Tea Improv with Gutenberg!'»

Dia de los Muertos at the Dirt Salon

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By , November 4, 2014 6:48 am

skull face painting provided for those who arrived unadorned

The Dirt Salon marked the Day of the Dead with ofrendas, folk music, food, drink, and burlesque. Continue reading 'Dia de los Muertos at the Dirt Salon'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Elizabeth Street Art Gallery

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By , November 3, 2014 9:30 am

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Pseudo Public Art

By , November 1, 2014 4:03 pm

According to the iQuilt website, the “Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden” was supposed to be open for six months after its installation in September. It may be time to revisit what open means. Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Pseudo Public Art'»

POSH in Parkville

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By , October 27, 2014 7:52 am

Penelope models a purse and hat

The POSH Sale, a creative fundraiser for the Wadsworth Atheneum, is the closest thing Hartford sees to a sample sale in terms of shoppers’ excitement. There are low ticket items — $5 for a handbag, a few more for a hat — but it’s not the bargains that create the draw for this three-day sale.

As one might hope, clothing and accessories donated to raise money for the Costume & Textile Department of an art museum trend unusual. There are designer labels in the mix, including Guy Laroche, Tory Burch, and Dior, but the interest is in the one-of-a-kind finds: a 1920′s wedding dress with more personality and class than the ubiquitous stark white, strapless gown  of today; a skunk tail; lingerie embroidered with tiny strawberries; wool trousers; a light blue jacket and cap set, toddler-sized.

Though the proceeds benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum, this shopping event is actually hosted by the Design Center, 1429 Park Street. Enter through the Bartholomew Avenue side of the building and follow signs to the elevator. Continue reading 'POSH in Parkville'»

November 2014 Events

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By , October 26, 2014 7:09 pm

November 1

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society today, 9-5. If you have not checked out Pablo Delano’s Hartford Seen exhibit, there’s no time like now. Hartford Prints! will be running a family arts & crafts program from 10-1. CHS is located at One Elizabeth Street.
  • That squealing off in the distance? That’s another person finding out about the The Cats-in-Residence-Program, which opens today at Real Art Ways. Art. Cats. Cats you can adopt and take home with you. The reception is from 5-7 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos fiesta at The Dirt Salon: Day of the Dead costume contest, burlesque by Beat City Beauties, live music from Carlos Hernandez Chavez, and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. You must be 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. Starts at 9p.m., goes into the wee hours of morn. The Dirt Salon is at 50 Bartholomew Avenue.

November 2

  • Connecticut Veterans Parade starts at 12:30, at the corner of Buckingham and Washington Streets.  This year’s grand marshals include Retired Master Sergeant Frank Alvarado of East Haven, Major Linda Cunha of Newington, Retired Staff Sergeant Chandler J. Howard of Farmington, Retired Sergeant Samuel Jacobellis of Danbury, and Retired Brigadier General (CT) Daniel J. McHale of Avon. The parade route includes Trinity Street through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Ford Street, Pearl Street, Main Street, Capitol Avenue, and ending on Hudson Street. Before the parade, there is a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, beginning at 11:30.
  • The Hartt Trombone Ensemble presents its first concert of the 2014-2015 Season, “Hartt Trombone Philharmonic: Symphonic Works for Trombones.” This begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford.

November 3

  • CSS/CON (Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood) meets at CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization meets in the Albany Branch Library at 6 p.m.
  • Do you live or work in Asylum Hill, or just care about it? Come to an Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association meeting today, 6:15 p.m. The group meets at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.
  • Learn to Solder class is offered by MakeHartford. Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required; if you do not have safety glasses, they may be purchased for an additional $4.00. $35 per class. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street, #B7. Ages: Teen/Adult.
  • Sea Tea Improv’s 2-Prov Performance class students will perform two-person improv comedy based on audience suggestions. Tickets are $5 for this event which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra plays every Monday at the Arch Street Tavern, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.
  • Spend Mondays enjoying live jazz at Black-eyed Sally’s from 8-11 p.m. $5 cover. 350 Asylum Street Continue reading 'November 2014 Events'»

Heaven Week: Dull Days, Bright Colors

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By , October 23, 2014 7:54 am

A reminder when the wind is gusting and rain is going sideways that not everything in sight has to be drab Continue reading 'Heaven Week: Dull Days, Bright Colors'»

Beautiful Blight Project Unveils Murals

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By , October 21, 2014 10:48 am

Painting by Olof Aspelin, an artist from Stafford Springs // Photo by Kerri Provost

When the Beautiful Blight Project was conceived its goal had been to install painted plywood over missing windows in a neglected building while tidying up the yard. Team leaders had been working with the City of Hartford to make this happen, but the first choice of a structure on Garden Street was said to have entered the sale process, so that was nixed. Continue reading 'Beautiful Blight Project Unveils Murals'»

Heaven Week: Getting into the Spirit of Halloween

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