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.
- 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'»
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.
- 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.
- 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'»
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'»
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'»
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'»
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.
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 email@example.com
Blazing heat might not be our favorite thing, but the near-constant availability of free jazz performances all month long eases some of that weather-induced misery.
- Author Tessa Afsha will be launching her new novel, Harvest of Gold, at the Mark Twain House & Museum from 6-7 tonight. There will be Persian treats and tea served. This is free.
- The Frank Kozyra Group will be giving a free performance at Black-eyed Sally’s. Jazz Mondays are presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Charter Oak Cultural Center. 8-11pm.
- Also at 8pm, the Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern. This is free.
HartBeat Happy Hour! Happy Hour is from 5-6pm. At 6, there will be a staged reading of Sarajevo Phoenix by Ellen Kaplan. Look, Hartford has lots of happy hours, but this one guarantees you will meet (or re-acquaint with) some interesting, three-dimensional folks. $5, cash only, at the door. This will be in the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. Continue reading 'July 2013 Events'»
While an apartment building on Putnam Street was demolished after showing signs of impending collapse, multiple buildings with no apparent structural problems are being prepped for demolition a few streets away. Continue reading 'Demolition Planned to Clear Street for New Student Housing'»