On an evening when many were hunkered down during a bout of freezing rain, the top floor of 30 Arbor Street was abuzz. The former factory space hosted a pop-up marketplace, with vendors offering everything from vintage clothing at thrift store prices, to designer jeans at $200 a pair, to Valentine’s Day cards declaring that the lovebirds go together like pills and vodka. The music was loud and the vegan cupcakes were copious. This was on a Monday. Continue reading 'Leaders Discuss “What Makes a Strong Community?”'»
- “Livable Communities at All Ages”: Coralette Hannon from AARP will be the keynote speaker at this event; panelist speakers include Jim Finley of CT Conference of Municipalities, Julia Evans Starr of CT Commission on Aging, Nancy Roberts of CT Council for Philanthropy, and Dawn Lambert of Department of Social Services. This will take place from 9am-12:30pm in the Legislative Office Building.
- The Wadsworth Atheneum’s First Thursday party, Art After Hours, has a Moulin Rouge theme this month. After touring the Medieval to Monet exhibit, you can watch the Connecticut Ballet give a can-can demonstration. Bated Breath Theatre will perform, and, visitors can make their own tarot cards. The event goes from 5-8pm; $5 admission for those who are not museum members.
Free French Film Weekend: The Well Digger’s Daughter (La Fille du Puisatier), Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis), The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne D’Arc), The Princess Of Montpensier (La Princesse de Montpensier), Cyrano De Bergerac, Perfume: Story Of A Murderer, and Farewell, My Queen (Adieux à la Reine). These range from PG to R to NR and include films with subtitles, that are in English, and are silent. These are showing at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
RIDE: The Dirt Salon celebrates its one year anniversary with a group exhibition of contemporary art. Sculpture, video, painting, and yarn bombing to be displayed at 50 Bartholomew Avenue, 7:30pm.
- Free admission to museum galleries at the Connecticut Historical Society from 9-5. There will also be family programming and a gallery talk for the Tiny Art: Connecticut Poster Stamps exhibit.
- “Walk of Light” at Cedar Hill Cemetery. This is a sunset candlelight vigil for lost loved ones. There will be poetry and music. This starts at 5pm. Free.
- Echo & Drake will give a benefit show in Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus. Proceeds will go to the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project. The show starts at 7pm. Tickets can be obtained in advance.
- Día de los Muertos acoustic celebration at La Paloma Sabanera. Donna Gentile, “Rob the Drummer,” Justin Migliorisi, Angela Luna, and Dave Giardina will be performing. The audience is asked to dress festively and is invited to bring a candle or photos of ancestors for the altar. Suggested donation: $10; music starts at 7:30pm.
November 3 and 4
There will be high fashion in Parkville.
Fashion is wearable art, and you can come browse this exhibit of vintage and high end textile and jewelry for free. Pieces designed by Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Schiaparelli, among others, will be on display at 1429 Park Street, in the Design Center. This art can be bought; proceeds support the Wadsworth Atheneum. Saturday, 10-5. Sunday, 12-5. Continue reading 'November Events'»
Books about urban development and growing community are often written in jargon, making the content inaccessible to the general public.
That choice in language says for whom the knowledge is intended. It says who is expected to do anything with it.
Better Together is different.
Emphasized in almost every chapter is the need for the people, for the residents, to be involved. Echoing this, it is written in plain language.
But it’s not an instruction manual. Showcased are places where community already exist, ways that empowerment of individuals has provoked social change, and where setbacks have occurred. A recurring theme is the empowerment of people who may be viewed and view themselves as powerless, such as youth, blue collar workers, and the very poor.
Published in 2003 during a time when many were struck with alienation following the militaristic response to 9/11, Better Together maintains its relevance. Continue reading 'Book Review: Better Together: Restoring the American community'»
The public hearing at City Hall on March 19th provides an opportunity to let one’s thoughts be known before decisions are made by the City Council. One agenda item is the creation of two non-voting positions on the Board of Education which would be reserved for students from the Hartford Public Schools. Currently, students have little-to-no input on the decisions being made which impact their educations. With the passage of this ordinance, student BOE members would have one-year terms and would be appointed by the mayor. This ordinance has been introduced by Councilpersons Anderson, DeJesus, Deutsch, Kennedy, MacDonald, and Wooden.
Other items on Monday’s agenda include Continue reading 'Hear! Hear!'»