Joey Batts. Photo courtesy of 86hour photo
This December the Hip Hop for the Homeless Tour returns for its second year. Over 40 local musicians and DJs will participate in the six shows, with two of those venues being open to all ages.
Joey Batts, a public high school teacher in Hartford, wanted to raise awareness after working with youth who were experiencing homelessness. The teacher-by-day, musician-by-night plans to collect canned goods, personal hygiene products, and clothing at each of the venues on the tour, where the audience can hear live music by Ceschi Ramos, Joey Batts & Them, Chumzilla, Jose Oyola, and others. Continue reading 'Hip Hop for the Homeless Tour Returns'»
Justyna Dabrowski at 100 Pearl Street Gallery
In “Remembered,” Justyna Dabrowski of New Britain, depicts her family history using paint and cloth, with a small, hand-sewn book at the center of the exhibit at 100 Pearl Street. Some of the fabric has been purchased, with other pieces — like curtains — found. An embroidery hoop frames a painted portrait, with uneven, rambling cloth migrating away from focus.
Opening on December 3rd, the exhibit shows interpretations of family photographs. There are depictions of her parents from before she was born, along with renderings of relatives she has never met; thus, some of the faces are left blank. The last time Dabrowski visited Poland she was thirteen, so there are parts of her family where the connections between she and them are thin. Continue reading '“Remembered” on Pearl Street'»
Venom Vintage, Whitney Street
I hate Giving Tuesday. It goes: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday. What? So, only after you have shelled out money everywhere else should you consider charitable giving? False. For this reason, we list giving first.
- ImmaCare — emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, outreach, education and employment.
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The “Spirit of Victory” monument in Bushnell Park was recently restored. Continue reading 'Spirit of Renewal'»
“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'»
Like ’em or not, there have been a lot of visible changes to Downtown in recent months. The better ones involve seasonal graffiti, ponies, and being able to get coffee on the weekend from places that are neither Dunkin’ Donuts nor Starbucks. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Downtown'»
This week we took a walk or two around Hartford’s West End neighborhood. It’s truly a terrifying place to be. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: West End'»
Photo courtesy of Trinity College // “The Red Chador: What is it you fear? Performances from Paris to Hartford” opens November 3, 2015
- Jimmy & Lorraine at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. $25. 2 p.m. They say: “Jimmy and Lorraine, a new play written by New York-based playwright Talvin Wilks and directed by HartBeat Ensemble member Brian Jennings, is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Together, the lives of these two social activists give a profound perspective on the quandary of the artist in the political struggle and challenges of a radical life.”
- Infinity Bistro hosts a free open mic every Sunday. It’s free to perform or to just listen to the music. Sign up for performers begins at 6:30; music starts at 7:30 p.m.
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