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Ballerinas, Garbage, and a Small Gallery

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By , April 11, 2014 7:52 am

She was in a bar on the Upper West Side watching a fashion show on television when Amy Merli decided she wanted to plan something like that, but “with ballerinas and garbage.”

Trashion Fashion was born.

Now, there are shows in Hartford, New York, and Washington DC.

Merli was the featured speaker at the April Green Drinks event, describing the plans for the fast-approaching fourth annual Trashion Fashion show, to take place in City Hall, which will be transformed into an ocean scene. The set and the ensembles being modeled are created from recycled materials.

Instead of having over 70 models like in 2013, Merli said they will scale back to a more manageable 50, some of whom will be barefoot, others in pointe shoes. Goza, a Latin band, will bring the music. Continue reading 'Ballerinas, Garbage, and a Small Gallery'»

March 2014 Events

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By , February 26, 2014 9:06 am

March 1

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society galleries today, 9am-5pm.
  • TNMOT-AZTRO: Projector Series II — from 7-8pm, watch a performance that blends dance, fashion, and visual media at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance, 56 Arbor Street, Suite 411. $5 minimum donation.
  • Night of the Gypsies: The evening features live music by accordionist Markus and violinist Annalise, fortune telling by Madame Johnny Frechette Super Fine Artist, henna hand painting, and dancing to DJ Jon Eastman. There will be art and more for sale by Anne Cubberly, Alexia Lalande, Jen Bonee, Karen Weiser Kelly, and from Blaze and Bloom. This will be at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew Avenue, from 8pm-midnight. Tickets are $20 at door, $15 in advance. Continue reading 'March 2014 Events'»

December 2013 Events

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By , November 27, 2013 6:00 am

Chances are your December is already half-filled with obligatory office parties, family engagements, and such, but just in case you have downtime, here are ideas for things you can do in Hartford (mostly) on the cheap (mostly) every day.

December 1

  • The Global Lens Film Series continues this month on Sundays at 2pm. Today’s film: The Parade. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. This will be shown at the Wadsworth Atheneum. It is free, co-sponsored by the Hartford Public Library and Out Film CT.
  • Take a free Intro to Water Color class at StudioN111. First come, first serve — so contact Nina to reserve your space for the 2-3pm class. The studio is located on Pratt Street. Continue reading 'December 2013 Events'»

November 2013 Events

By , October 30, 2013 6:37 pm

There are events not included on this list because organizations have not released final details yet. That is to say, you have even more to choose from than what is posted here.
November 1

  • Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing, but small business owners might benefit from a free morning workshop that teaches how to navigate and search for federal, state, and municipal bids. This means potentially freeing you up so that you have more time to spend on, well, those exciting things you’d rather be doing. The workshop begins at 9:30 and ends at noon. This will take place at the Entrepreneurial Center; register online.
  • Let The Fire Burn begins screening at Real Art Ways. This documentary centers on the bombing of MOVE in Philly. Contact Real Art Ways for exact show times and ticket prices.
  • Hannah Sims and Pedro Bermudez will be on hand for the launch of Hartford River Dreams, a film series. Screening begins at 7:30pm at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. $10 at door.
  • The Witching Hour will be performed by the Ensemble of the Judy Dworin Performance Project. They describe this as follows: “The Witching Hour, an award-winning dance/theater piece, brings Connecticut’s 17th century witch craze to life through the untold stories of women who were accused, tried and convicted as witches. Bridging the gap between the 17th and 21st centuries, The Witching Hour lyrically and evocatively explores what happens in communities when difference becomes dangerous, and folk culture–as practiced by herbalists, midwives, women landowners, and indentured servants–clashes with Puritan hierarchical authority.” This begins at 7:30pm in the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Ticket prices vary on this one.
  • On the first Friday of each month, the Kabbalah House hosts a free, all-ages open mic from 9pm-1am. The Kabbalah House is located at 1023 Albany Avenue.
  • Another option for the grown folks: Pontani Sisters Burlesque-a-pades at Black-Eyed Sally’s. Contact the venue for ticket info. Performance begins at 9pm.

November 2

  • Free admission to the museum galleries at the Connecticut Historical Society today from 9-5. There will be activities for children including a visit by storyteller Sharon Lynch (1-2pm). Check out Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers and photography contest entries while you are here.
  • Learn about Women and Mass Incarceration in the Youth Program Room at the Hartford Public Library today at 1pm. Beatrice Codianni, a former member of the Latin Kings, and Dr. Sandra Enos, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant University, will be the featured speakers.
  • At 7pm the Avodah Dance Ensemble will be performing A Way In, exploring themes of beauty, truth, love, and God. Ticket prices vary for this event at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.
  • Celebrate two years of the Dirt Salon at the Dirt Flirt from 7:30-11:30 this evening. Ada Pasternak & Milksop-Unsung will be providing the music. Several artists’ works will be on display. The Night Fall skeleton dance will be performed. This is a pay-what-you-can event. The Dirt Salon is located at 50 Bartholomew Avenue. Continue reading 'November 2013 Events'»

Suggestion Box: Curbside Organics Collection

By , October 18, 2013 3:28 pm

It only smells if you are doing it wrong.

Scratch that excuse off the list.

Composting organic materials is not difficult and would make practical use of what becomes basically unusable when mixed with other refuse. Smell, effort, education, and cost are just distractions for why Hartford could not evolve, so why not deal with those openly? Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: Curbside Organics Collection'»

October 2013 Events

By , September 29, 2013 10:40 pm

Sometimes alpaca visit Pratt Street in Sundays.

Nothing is winding down.

October 1

  • Have some say in what happens in your neighborhood! The Clay Arsenal Revitalization Association meets at 5:30pm at Community Health Services, 500 Albany Avenue.

October 2

  • If you are a young professional looking to network, stop by the Mezzanine Lounge at 960 Main Street tonight from 5:30-8:30. Bring your business cards. If you want a drink, bring cash.
  • Tonight is the opening reception for Improvisers, an exhibit of photography by Joseph Chandler, Byron Dean, Rob Miller, and Maurice Robertson. Real Art Ways, 6pm.
  • The Latin American & Iberian Film Festival presents Marimbas from Hell at 7pm in the Jacobs LSC Boyer Auditorium on the Trinity College campus. A discussion in English and Spanish follows the film. This is free and open to the public.
  • Cinestudio will be screening Girl Rising at 7:30pm This is free with student ID, but it is also a fundraiser for the construction of a girls’ school in Mali Continue reading 'October 2013 Events'»

Environmental Remediation for Frog Hollow Brownfield Site

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By , September 26, 2013 2:53 pm

517/523/525 Park Street, pre-demolition // Image courtesy of City of Hartford

In the 1990s, it was advised that 517/523/525 Park Street be dealt with immediately.

Earlier this month,  the building formerly occupied by Allied Platers was demolished.

Getting to this point required collaboration between many departments and agencies including the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hartford’s Department of Health & Human Services, and the Division of Licenses & Inspections. Continue reading 'Environmental Remediation for Frog Hollow Brownfield Site'»

Constitutional Amendments

By , September 23, 2013 8:00 am

Routine users of Constitution Plaza know that its been under construction for a few months now. Finally, there are visible signs of why segments of the plaza were fenced off during this past spring and summer. Continue reading 'Constitutional Amendments'»

Community Garden Tour & Twilight Dinner Postponed

By , August 6, 2013 10:40 pm

If you have procrastinated on getting tickets, then you may be in luck because the annual KNOX Community Garden Tour & Twilight Dinner has been moved from August 8th to August 15th, as rain has been predicted for this Thursday.

In past years, the dinner has been created by gardeners. This year KNOX has enlisted chefs from some of the top restaurants in Hartford to prepare the meal from locally grown food.

Because of this new addition, the ticket prices have increased; however, those who are KNOX members or who participate in the community garden program can get a deeply discounted ticket. There are a limited number of those tickets available — first come, first served. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling 860.951.7694. For the discounted ticket price, call KNOX.

The rescheduled garden tour will begin at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 155 Wyllys Street, from 5:15-9:00pm, on August 15, 2013.

Gardening 101 at Earle Street Community Garden

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By , July 11, 2013 8:23 am

Learn the basics of composting, garden planning and techniques, and companion planting this Saturday (13 July 2013) at the Earle Street Community Garden. Allie Kraushaar, the new Education Specialist at KNOX, will be leading this free workshop.

The workshop goes from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and will meet at the Naugatuck Street entrance of the community garden.

Since food and beverages will be provided, participants are asked to rsvp by calling (860) 951-7694 or emailing alliek@knoxparks.org

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