Category: myth busting

Third Annual Writers’ Weekend

By , April 23, 2014 5:57 pm

Wondering how to protect your writing against unauthorized use? Are you just trying to get started freelancing? Looking to self-publish?

Sharpen your pencils and charge your laptops…the third annual Writers’ Weekend at the Mark Twain House and Museum starts on Friday. There will be a keynote conversation, book signings, workshops, panels, and reading series throughout the weekend.

Here’s what the schedule looks like:

Friday, April 25

6:00 pm — Welcome Reception

7:00 pm — Keynote, Meg Wolitzer

8:00 pm — Book signing with Meg Wolitzer

Saturday, April 26

10:00 am — Workshops

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

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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'»

Another BBQ Spot for Downtown

By , April 18, 2014 4:56 pm

Coming soon on Arch Street: Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue

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'»

Trinity Disseminates False Info, Offers No Retraction

By , April 8, 2014 2:25 pm

A sexual assault in the middle of the afternoon outside of a fraternity at Trinity College?

That did not happen.

Before looking at what did not occur, here is something that did and was not in the national news: Continue reading 'Trinity Disseminates False Info, Offers No Retraction'»

Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Brings the Sun and the Noise

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By , April 7, 2014 9:20 am

Vox Sambou on the mic

Native Sun

With artists from Haiti, South Africa, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Mozambique, UK, Cape Verde, Korea, Canada, India, Philippines, Czech Republic, and the United States, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival celebrated its ninth year. The event’s main draw is the concert, but over several days there are lectures and workshops, films, dance, live graffiti art, and more. Continue reading 'Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Brings the Sun and the Noise'»

Hartford Food Distribution Group Loses Fresh Produce Source

By , March 27, 2014 3:44 pm

Every Sunday for the past eight years, Hartford Food Not Bombs has received donations of produce from the Whole Foods in West Hartford Center. This is food that is suitable for human consumption, but often not aesthetically appealing enough to get top dollar from consumers. Instead of dumping it, the company has been generously gifting it to this grassroots organization, which has been serving it as part of the free, vegetarian meals distributed near the carousel in Bushnell Park on Sunday afternoons.

This month, that arrangement came to a halt.

On March 2, when volunteers arrived for the weekly pickup, they were told that Whole Foods would be changing how it donates food that would otherwise land in the dumpster. The organization tried to set up a meeting with the manager, but to date, the only discussion between these parties has been through email.

The grocery store is now working with Food Donation Connection to coordinate how and where it gives. Before, groups like Food Not Bombs were able to work directly with the corporation known for its high quality food. That relationship appears to have dissolved overnight, with the community organization having to work with a third party that says Food Not Bombs in its current state does not qualify as a charitable organization and is now unable to receive the food donations as it had been for almost a decade. Continue reading 'Hartford Food Distribution Group Loses Fresh Produce Source'»

April 2014 Events

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By , March 26, 2014 11:25 pm

This is a kinda a big deal

April 1

  • The Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford offers free classes and workshops. Today’s is “Small Business T.I.P.S. Series: Low Cost High Impact Marketing.” From 9:30 until noon, learn about marketing in Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Avenue. They request that you register.
  • Real Art Ways hosts a monthly Real Board (Games) and that happens to be tonight. Stop in between 6-10pm and play. Free. 

April 2

  • This month’s Get HYPEd networking event will be held at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Avenue. We like that HYPE picks a different venue each month, and we love that this is the venue tonight! Besides the standard drink-and-network stuff, they will be holding a community collection for the Hands On Hartford backpack program, which gives 285 Hartford students bags full of food to take home for the weekend so that they are fed when not in school. Items requested: individual cereal boxes and oatmeal packets, granola/cereal bars, macaroni and cheese, canned soup, juice boxes (100% juice), applesauce, canned veggies, canned beans, pasta sauce, pasta, peanut butter, and jelly. The food donations are optional. This event is free to attend and goes from 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Stop into the Firebox (539 Broad) to listen to the uptempo sounds of Ed Fast & Conga Bop. No cover charge. 8:30pm.

April 3

  • Get out from under that rock! Trinity College is going into its ninth year of hosting its international hip-hop festival, and if you don’t know, you’re not paying attention! It starts today with lectures on “Media Representations of Global Hip Hop,” “Hip Hop as a Social Movement,” and “Hip Hop Activism pre- and post-Apartheid,”  from 8am-4:30pm. At 4pm, there’s a screening of the film Say My Name: Women. Hip Hop. Life. The Producer’s Showcase starts in the Vernon Social Hall at 7pm. The Mill will be hosting a spoken word event, beginning at 8:30pm. These events are completely free and open to the general public. 
  • First Thursday After Hours at the Wadsworth: TANGO! Take dance lessons or just watch others. Make paper flowers. Wander the museum. Stick around for the film Elsa & Fred. The AAH event is 5-8pm, with the film at 8. $5 general admission, free for members. Continue reading 'April 2014 Events'»

Sea Tea Meets the B-Movie

By , March 24, 2014 9:00 am

Calling all MST3K fans!

Sea Tea Improv will be improvising dialogue, narration, inner thoughts, and sound effects for what appears on the screen this Thursday at Spotlight Theaters. That’s right — this will not be just adding in snarky comments; they are going to recreate all the audio.

What will the movie be? Julia Pistell of Sea Tea Improv says she has no idea. The improvers are not the ones picking the film. Local filmmaker and legend, Helder Mira, will be selecting a B-movie for them, and if you know anything about Mira’s selections for Christmas films that had been shown at La Paloma Sabanera, then you know something of what to expect.

Pistell says that Sea Tea Improv guarantees “this one will be weird and really a lot of fun.”

The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 27th at 8pm. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door. Spotlight Theaters are located at the corner of Front Street and Columbus Boulevard.

Amulets, Bones, and a Camel at the Science Center

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By , March 23, 2014 9:40 am

Back in the day you might have seen an Ancient Egypt exhibit on a class field trip and been left with a sense of wonder, despite not being allowed to touch anything, despite being immersed in the past so deeply that it felt more like fiction than history. Warped audio may have been piped in to explain why you were looking at a creepy scene created from human models, but otherwise, the display felt dated, even then.

If that was your experience in elementary school, you should not wait to have kids to try to amend that.

I was most struck by the photographs of contemporary Egyptians after walking through the Lost Egypt exhibit currently on display at the Connecticut Science Center. This simple, low cost addition reminds visitors that today people live in the area that is the focus of this exhibit. For the many visitors who have not been to Egypt, the pictures — which include children — tell the (mostly) young museum-goers that this is a place that actually exists, a detail that can be confused when one only sees tomb art, amulets, and mummified remains. Continue reading 'Amulets, Bones, and a Camel at the Science Center'»

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