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May 2016 Hartford Events

This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during April. There is no intent to include all events — it’s curated, with preference given to what the widest range of Hartford residents can afford (free or low cost) and what sounds most interesting to us.

This information is accurate as of publication to the best of our knowledge. Keep in mind that events are sometimes cancelled or postponed, and that incorrect details are at times given to us. Verify with the venue if you are concerned about last minute surprises.

To get an event published for next month, send details to realhartford@gmail.com by May 25th. Nothing is added after the calendar is published.

May 20 is National Bike to Work Day

May 1

  • Secret Garden Tea Party: Tainted Inc. (56 Arbor St., Suite 310A) is holding a “sip & shop tea party” at its studio from 4-6 p.m. Field to Face Organic Beauty and Age into Beauty will have pop-up shops at the location. $10.
  • Open Mic Night at Infinity Bistro (32 Front St.). Performers sign up at 7 p.m.; music at 7:30. Free.

May 2

  • Stop by the Toivo Center (399 Franklin Ave.) for a half hour of free meditation starting at 9 a.m. ($5 suggested donation)
  • Venom Vintage (365 Capitol Ave.) is hosting Tea Through Time, a free evening of art and tea. Lavender Molly is the featured artist for the month. Kristyn Leamon will provide violin music. Visitors are encouraged to wear their “finest threads through time, be it Renaissance, Victorian, 20’s Flapper or 70’s Hippie.” This begins at 7 p.m.
  • Arch Street Tavern hosts the Hartford Jazz Orchestra every Monday. The free show starts at 8 p.m.

May 3

  • Morning Bike Ride: Meet at the corner of Boulevard and Prospect (parking lot) at 6 a.m. and head out for a ride to Keney Park, Cigna, West Hartford Reservoir, or Wood Pond. The ride takes about one hour. Helmets are required. Bad weather cancels. Contact jgale@lawlordsofhartford.com or 860-232-9019 for more info.
  • Free Zumba at Toivo Center (399 Franklin Ave.), 6 p.m. ($5 suggested donation)
  • Try an all levels aerial yoga class at The LivingWell Centre at The 224 EcoSpace (224 Farmington Ave.). The hour-long class begins at 6:15 p.m. This is $24. Register online.

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HTFD BIKE LIFE

Saturday’s BIKE LIFE festival at Heaven did not start until noon, but kids were at the park hours in advance awaiting their new-to-them bikes.

Youth who took a bike maintenance and safety class at BiCi Co. over April vacation were eligible to receive free upcycled bicycles, along with new helmets and lights. (more…)

Suggestion Box: Patching the Budget Hole

How we got here

The City of Hartford’s economic problems did not just happen. They did not spring up when Mayor Bronin was sworn into office. They did not emerge last year or even the year before that. (more…)

April 2016 Events

Live graffiti demo at Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival

This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during April. There is no intent to include all events — it’s curated, with preference given to what the widest range of Hartford residents can afford (free or low cost) and what sounds most interesting to us.

This information is accurate as of publication to the best of our knowledge. Keep in mind that events are sometimes cancelled or postponed, and that incorrect details are at times given to us. Verify with the venue if you are concerned about last minute surprises.

To get an event published for next month, send details to realhartford@gmail.com by April 25th. Nothing is added after the calendar is published.

April 1

  • Perlas de Sabiduría: A Perspective on Latina Leadership in CT – at The 224 (224 Farmington Ave.), 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is a free day of talks. Ingrid Alvarez the Connecticut State Director of Hispanic Federation is giving a keynote at 9:30 about “The Diversity Pipeline.” There will be a plenary session at 9:45 called Personalismo: “Latinas: The Great Communicators.”  A second plenary session scheduled for 11 is called Gravitas: “Moving Towards Leadership.” A panel discussion is scheduled for the afternoon. Registration is required to attend the event
  • Starting today, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center will be displaying photo stories from Connecticut residents, along with student posters, in the Northeast Corridor of the Legislative Office Building.
  • Opening reception for Elements of Creation, a solo exhibition by Sarah Paolucci. The artist says: “In this series, these oil paintings tell the story of each artist/musician/craftsperson. I am painting hands, which are creating their own narrative. I am merely giving them a platform to display their knowledge. Hands are how we interact with the world around us, and connect us to the physical and the sensory. Hands that are playing, building, digging, planting, making or creating intrigue me; the creation of one’s own loving art, made with the tools that we all possess. From musicians in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, to potters, to hair stylists, to chefs, each story is different, and yet each is just as sincere. These paintings portray genuine artists, doing what they love.” The reception is from 6-8 p.m. in the ArtWalk Gallery, located on the third floor of Hartford Public Library. Free.
  • The Mouth: April Fool’s – Stories About Getting Duped. This is a live storytelling event in which the speakers tell true stories and use no notes. This is $5 to attend; free if you are one of the storytellers. Contact HartfordMouth@gmail.com for more information. This begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain House & Museum.
  • Fools Fall in Love: A musical cabaret in support of Night Fall 2016. Enjoy live music (Steve Mitchell and his band: Dan Campolieta, piano; Lou Bocciarelli, bass; Charlie Dye, drums with featured vocalists Christen Hernandez, LB Muñoz and more) while supporting this year’s production of Night Fall. It’s $40 to attend just the musical portion of the evening. 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral (45 Church Street).
  • Spring Dance:  They say: “Directed by Lesley Farlow, this show is a celebration of student choreography and dancing. Featuring works by guest choreographers Pam Newell and David Llorca, curated by Lesley Farlow, and performed by Trinity students.” This is in the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College. Free, but tickets are required: (860) 297-2199. Performance at 7:30 p.m.

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2016 Community Food Security Awards

Jeff Perez, manager of C-Town Supermarket on Wethersfield Avenue. Winner of the Business Award.

You know you’re at the Community Food Security Awards when working the room means having multiple conversations about urban beekeeping.

Every year, the City of Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy honors those who are working to improve access to nutritious and affordable food. This year’s award winners are Tenaya Taylor (Youth Individual) for her work as program coordinator for Summer of Solutions; Michelle Cloutier, M.D. (Adult Individual) for her role, up until recently, in leading the Hartford Childhood Wellness Alliance; Jeff Perez (Business), manager of the Wethersfield Avenue C-Town Supermarket, for his partnership with Wholesome Wave and Hartford Food System; and The Family Day Foundation’s Keney Park Sustainability Project (Nonprofit). (more…)

March 2016 Events

March 1

Alejandro Zambra will be at Trinity College on March 1 to give a reading and book signing.

  • Drawings by David Borawski will be on view at EBK Gallery (218 Pearl Street) starting today!
  • Alejandro Zambra,Chilean novelist and poet, is giving a reading at Trinity College at 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book-signing will follow in Smith House, 123 Vernon Street.
  • The public is invited to attend a workshop meeting of the Hartford Board of Education, 5:30 p.m., at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts, 65 Van Block Avenue. The discussion topic for board members is “student success.” While the public may attend, there is no comment period during workshop meetings.
  • Real Art Ways is hosting its monthly game night at 6 p.m. in the lounge. Bring your own or play the games provided. Free.
  • The Life & Song of Nina Simone: A Tertulia— 6 p.m. in the Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library. Free. They say: “Join us for conversation and music with artist and performer Margaux Hayes and Trinity Professor of Music Gail H. Woldu. Light refreshments will be served.”
  • The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. in the plaza level conference room at 260 Constitution Plaza. Agenda items include: adult establishment at 330 Ledyard Street, coverage of a building lot at 929 Park Street, variances for 981 Park Street, and adoption of bylaws.

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Gary Shteyngart Lights Up Charter Oak

Gary Shteyngart reads from Little Failure at Charter Oak Cultural Center, February 25, 2016

Sasha Senderovich pressed for Gary Shteyngart to “blurb” on the spot about the Republican candidates. After a few false starts, the award-winning author instead gave us something he tweeted earlier in the day: “Hartford, the Paris of Connecticut.”

This seemingly lavish praise was followed by Shteyngart’s rimshot: he has seen the rest of Connecticut.

Gary Shteyngart, the author of multiple books including Absurdistan, was at Charter Oak Cultural Center on Thursday night to chat, take questions, and read from his latest, Little Failure. If you entered the sanctuary without knowing what was going on, you might have thought this was a comedy act instead of a book signing. (more…)

February 2016 Events

February 1

  • Witnesses to Hunger opens at 2 p.m. today in Conference Room 1B in the Legislative Office Building. They say this is a “project that uses photographs taken by Connecticut residents to bring visibility to their everyday struggles to make ends meet. These powerful images and the stories behind them reinforce the need for substantial policy change to ensure health, success, and hope for all of our neighbors. The exhibit is comprised of over 50 photographs taken by 15 witnesses from towns across Connecticut.” Some of the witnesses will be at the opening to participate in a discussion about hunger in Connecticut, along with possible solutions. The exhibit, in the lower concourse, will be on view through February 11. Free, open to the public.

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