If you have some free time on Thursday, this might be a way to spice up your evening.
Art Sled Derby 2014
Each month we collect and search for events happening in Hartford, but there comes a time when a relationship feels like the give and take is not balanced. So, we decided for February to only publish events that were sent in. If this list looks sparse, that is why. It shows how much is sought out, rather than submitted.
If you want your organization’s events posted in the future, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of each month. For instance, if you have an event in March, get that info to us by February 25.
- The Other Son screens at the Wadsworth Atheneum today at 2. This film, presented with Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc., is about two men — one Israeli, one Palestinian — who were accidentally switched at birth. $9 general admission.
- The Hartford Jazz Society, WWUH 91.3FM, and Hartford Public Library present another afternoon of music. The Baby Grand Jazz series is sponsored by the Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. What this means? You can show up at the Hartford Public Library at 3 today and enjoy an hour of music by Jolie Rocke Brown without any admission fee. Show up early to claim your seat.
- Our Balls Are Inflated at the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective. Doors open at 6p.m. This is a community viewing of the Super Bowl. They say, “Not a football fan? Come anyway. Watch Idina Menzel perform the National Anthem, John Legend will sing and Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz do the half time show, and of course, all those commercials that people will be talking about for days afterwards.” There will be some snacks and soda provided. Visitors are welcome to bring own food/drink, but no alcoholic beverages. The HGLHC is located at 1841 Broad Street. Continue reading 'February 2015 Events'»
Dr. Ramon Jiminez of Hartford Hospital seems to enjoy his ride down Park Street
Every January 6th, three camels are led down Park Street, starting near the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) office. Continue reading 'Three Kings Day Parade on Park Street'»
Spotted at Christ Church Cathedral — Church and Main.
Sign faces north.
The “Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students 2014″ conducted by Trinity College’s Professor Ariela Keysar and Professor Barry A. Kosmin reveals the beliefs and habits of Jews attending American universities and four-year colleges. Community college students were not included in this research.
A Wordle illustration shows the top responses named as biggest concerns by young Jews participating in the study
In the end, 1,157 students who self-identified as Jews were contacted during March and April 2014. Students were chosen for this online survey based on “Distinctive Jewish Names,” a list that has been “updated to include 250 distinctively Jewish surnames covering Israeli, Sephardi, Russian and Iranian origin in addition to the usual and obvious Ashkenazi surnames.” That selection process might hit snags when taking into account intermarriage and conversion.
For all of the insights the research provides, it does not indicate if the findings are part of a long-term trend or if this is just how the college students who participated identify and practice now. Continue reading 'Study of Jewish College Students Shows Shifts in Identity, Maybe'»
skull face painting provided for those who arrived unadorned
The Dirt Salon marked the Day of the Dead with ofrendas, folk music, food, drink, and burlesque. Continue reading 'Dia de los Muertos at the Dirt Salon'»
Author Jonathan Safran Foer spoke about writing and religious identity as process on Sunday evening at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford‘s Celebrate the New Year Together event at the Marriott. He made it seem effortless to keep the attention of the over 300 people in attendance.
Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals explained that the book began as an exploration of his decision to become (and remain) a vegetarian, more than it was any attempt to convert others’ culinary habits. Likewise, when asked about his Jewish identity, he responded in a way that was self-described as “convoluted,” but touched on the complexity of personal versus community identity. Where at one time more people were vegetarian than would admit to it, now the numbers have grown so much as to suggest that there are those who claim to not eat meat, but who actually do. He wondered if this is the same with Judaism, if some of these identities are more aspirational than actual.
Those in attendance considered to be young (under 45) had the opportunity to participate in a quick meet-and-greet with Safran Foer after the formal program ended, proving that one can write a number of solid books (including co-production of the New American Haggadah) and find the time for a trip to Hartford, and speak with those who might still only be aspirational in any number of their identities.