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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“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'»
Photo courtesy of Andy Hart, Hartford News
Earlier this month the Polish Scouts made an appearance at the Pulaski-Kosciuszko Day Celebration which took place on Main Street in Downtown Hartford.
Photo courtesy of Andy Hart, Hartford News // Juan and Maria Jacinto perform a traditional Peruvian dance.
Parkville played host to an Hispanic Heritage Month celebration earlier this week. The “month” runs from September 15-October 15.
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'»
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'»
After a several year hiatus, the African-American Parade of Connecticut returned on Saturday. Continue reading 'African-American Parade Makes Joyful Return'»
The tendency is to want every depiction to be beautiful, for our dirty laundry to never be noticed on the line. But how does one put something out there and expect invisibility?
Parkville might be faring better than some surrounding neighborhoods when it comes to warding off or dealing with things like graffiti and blight, but it is not immune either. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Parkville'»