Category: Hartford

Author of Orange is the New Black Speaks on Civil Liberties

By , April 22, 2014 11:50 am

Solitary confinement is “the most extreme form of punishment we have other than death,” Piper Kerman told the audience during the “Censorship and the Rights of Prisoners” talk on Monday.

Kerman was invited to speak at the Milton and Ethel Sorokin Symposium, a public education event of the ACLU of Connecticut, that is co-sponsored ad hosted by the UConn School of Law.

Kerman’s timing could not have been more appropriate. Right now, Connecticut has a juvenile housed in an adult facility in Niantic, where she is reportedly isolated from the population for 22-23 hours each day. That Jane Doe is in lock down without being charged for a crime has been overshadowed by the details of her needs as a transgendered youth.

Kerman, who did not spend time in solitary housing herself, did say that it is “not used for ‘the worst of the worst’” exclusively, but that isolation is “used as a disciplinary tool for low level infractions.” Continue reading 'Author of Orange is the New Black Speaks on Civil Liberties'»

Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez Selected as New Superintendent

By , April 21, 2014 11:42 pm

Once the contract negotiation process is completed, Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez will be “reintroduced” to the public, according to a message from the Mayor’s Office. This is expected to happen in early July.

To learn about the Board of Education’s selection, see Real Hartford‘s coverage of last week’s candidate forum.

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” Stops in Hartford

By , April 20, 2014 9:30 am

Photo by Nichole Guerra / Art by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Passersby near the Charter Oak Cultural Center may have noticed some new literature posted around the neighborhood on their commutes within Hartford this week. Without context, the pieces appear to be nothing more than isolated and vague quotes, commanding the reader to show respect to an unknown author for an unknown reason, but they are really part of a larger, nationwide movement to bring awareness to what is more commonly becoming known as street harassment.

Street harassment – the unwelcome honking, cat-calls, or other unwanted advances that women, and even men, experience when walking from point A to point B – is one form of harassment that society has begun to accept as an unavoidable fact of life. If we haven’t been on the receiving or giving end, we have at least witnessed it first-hand or know someone who has experienced its unsettling effect. Speaking out against it is viewed as futile, and those outspoken few who do respond could be inviting more unwelcome advances, often times more aggressive and dangerous. Continue reading '“Stop Telling Women to Smile” Stops in Hartford'»

How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes

By , April 19, 2014 4:01 am

Gown worn in “Adam’s Rib”

Whether or not women should “lean in” or close the “confidence gap” are debates of the moment, but this fretting should have been settled decades ago.

Do you or someone you know need help figuring out how to be a tough dame? Turn to Katharine Hepburn. She was:

  • Sent home from school for wearing pants. Went back the next day wearing pants. How did she get the confidence for this? Mom (Katharine Houghton Hepburn) telling the school, basically, you leave the parenting to me, could not have hurt.
  • Later, when the RKO studio tried to get her to stop wearing slacks, she made a point by walking out in her underwear.
  • Did her own stunts, including when she was in her later years. Grew up in a house (133 Hawthorn Street) where the family had a zip line installed. Coincidence?
  • Got busted in college for smoking in her dorm. Drove around Hartford without a license.
  • Had a reputation for being prickly and defiant. . .
  • Earned twelve Oscar nominations and won four of those times. Continue reading 'How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes'»

Putting the Sea in City Hall

By , April 18, 2014 5:08 pm

On Trashion Fashion Eve, artists and those willing to get their hands dirty are putting the finishing touches on the set for Saturday’s show. Continue reading 'Putting the Sea in City Hall'»

Another BBQ Spot for Downtown

Coming soon on Arch Street: Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue

Castles, Cacti, and a Cinema Conversion

Brooklyn-based artist Joell Baxter stands in the middle of her work to speak about it. Coverer, an installation woven from hand-screen-printed, cut paper, wants to be everywhere in the room, not limited to the walls.

Right now, Baxter is one of several artists whose vibrant work is at Real Art Ways. Michael Madore’s Nervatura is described as “travel-induced graphomania.” Expect castles, layers of earth, flora and fauna, and wonder.

Shane Morrissey‘s sculptures recreate objects from childhood memories: cacti made from cast paper, bolts, and walnut, a swarm of bees made out of zip ties, wire and wood. All of the sculptures seem sharp and hard, yet make you want to get as close as you can without touching.

Everything seems to be waking up after winter down in Parkville, between the energetic performances by Joey Batts and Them and Political Animals at Thursday’s Creative Cocktail Hour, and the announcement that Real Art Ways has raised the $60,000 to allow for a Digital Cinema Conversion. The mixed media — including claymation — documentary about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, The Missing Picture, opens tonight. Okay, so it’s not all happy times, but if you are looking for something thought-provoking in your life, Real Art Ways has got it going on these days. Continue reading 'Castles, Cacti, and a Cinema Conversion'»

Learning Curb: Equal Opportunity Offenders

We know that a recent Learning Curb got some people bent out of shape.

It reminded us of an old episode of the Colin McEnroe show in which the host was speaking with Steve Almond about how humor writing works– it’s all good until you hit on an issue that a person is “allergic” to, and then that listener wants everything to stop and be serious. Because you just made fun of the one thing she doesn’t think is so very funny.

So, we offer this: instead of using any of the many bike racks on this block — trust, there were spaces available — this bicycle was abandoned in the middle of the sidewalk on Main Street. This was directly in front of the police substation. We suppose the rider could have wiped out and this have been an accidental parking job.

Superintendent Search: Substance or Style?

By , April 17, 2014 4:18 pm

Dr. Ronald Taylor

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez

Do you want substance or style?

That is the question when it comes to Hartford’s finalists for superintendent.

On one hand, you have a candidate who saunters into the audience, does call and response, and cracks jokes. He compliments the nature of each question, goes on tangents, and often never responds to what was asked.  Afterwards, an audience member will describe him as “Steve Perry-esque,” not exactly a compliment.

On the other, you have a candidate whose job interview jitters seep through on occasion, but who seems genuine and approachable. Sometimes she uses the language of the administration rather than that which might be more accessible for all parents, but she described herself first and foremost as a parent whose child has special needs. Continue reading 'Superintendent Search: Substance or Style?'»

Get Your Nails Done

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By , April 16, 2014 10:03 pm

cookies for canines

…if you’re a dog.

Naturally Dogs and Cats at 100 Trumbull Street is hosting a “Nails & Wagging Tails” night.

Jessica Westerman of Your 4 Legged Pet Service will clip your dog’s nails for $5 between 6-8pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

No need to call ahead– just show up.

 

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