Category: myth busting

Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee

By , April 14, 2015 8:17 am

Since The Kitchen Café at the Hartford Public Library opened two summers ago, it has been critiqued for two things: limited hours and pricing. With the exception of opening for special events, the hours have not expanded. A new initiative, however, will begin to address the feeling that coffee at this location is off limits to some of the library’s most dedicated patrons.

The Kitchen, part of Billings Forge Community Works, is joining the “suspended coffee” movement, or caffè sospeso. This means that people who can afford to may purchase extra coffee for those who can not. Patrons who can not afford to purchase their own will be given a free cup of coffee during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8-4. Continue reading 'Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee'»

Planet Dirt

By , April 12, 2015 9:51 pm

Saturday night, you could have been at the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival. You could have been listening to stories at Real Art Ways or going from house-to-house in the West End for a friend’s progressive birthday dinner party.

Or, you could have been at the Dirt Salon for “Planet Dirt,” a sci-fi/steampunk-themed art party.

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April 2015 Events

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By , March 29, 2015 9:56 pm

April 1

  • Real Art Ways will be screening The Magnificent Seven at 1 p.m. A conversation will follow: “In the 1950′s, the Western got big and the screen got wide. By 1960, classical Hollywood was breaking down. Conversation addresses some of the causes, and some of the relics that hold the Western together – deadlines, static shots, and operatic violence. It also considers the pressure on postwar manhood and the role of Hollywood in global film culture.” General admission: $11.
  • The McGill Lecture in International Studies features “China and the United Nations” with Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Ambassador of China to the United Nations. This will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at Trinity College. Free.
  • Get HYPEd at the Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn Street. They say: “Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at Black Bear Saloon and make sure to drop a business card for your chance to win a prize! At this Get HYPEd, our Community Involvement Committee is holding a Community Collection for Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation. Their food pantry needs donations to be successful, and they’ve given us a list of most needed items. You can find the items needed here.” 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years: Photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book, Coney Island 40 Years. Starts at 6 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Free.  Arrive from 5-6 p.m. to check out the awesome Coney Island exhibit before the talk.
  • Take a tour of MakeHartford, Show & Tell about your current project, hang out with the String Thing group. 6-9 p.m. at MakeHartford, 30 Arbor Street.

April 2

  • First Thursday After Hours: every month the Wadsworth Atheneum hosts a little party. Check out the museum, listen to music, take a tour, and make some art. This is from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5. At 8, they will be screening Wild, so stick around for that.
  • Open reception at the Pump House Gallery for Resounding Images: 25th Anniversary of Judy Dworin Performance Project. This starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 21. The Pump House Gallery is located in Bushnell Park.
  • Poet Mark Doty will be reading from his new book Deep Lane as part of the Cardin Series on the University of Hartford campus. This free, public event will take place in Wilde Auditorium at the Harry Jack Gray Center. 6-9 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

By , March 21, 2015 3:21 pm

Delayed one week due to rain, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade began on Saturday with snow and ended with sunshine.

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March 2015 Events

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By , March 1, 2015 12:42 am

March 1

March 14, 2015 is the last chance to see “It’s a Wrap!” in the Widener Gallery before it wraps

  • Last chance to see Randy Gilman’s Sculpture and Assemblages at EBK Gallery [small works], 218 Pearl Street.
  • The Laszlo Gardony Trio will perform as part of the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free.
  • Every Sunday gives you a chance to check out Steve Davis and Friends performing live jazz at Max Downtown (185 Asylum St) 6-9 p.m. There’s no cover.

March 2

  • Novelist Amara Lakhous will give a lecture — “Italian Identity in the Making: Migration & Culture” — in the McCook Auditorium at Trinity College, 4:15 p.m. This is free and open to the public.

March 3

Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions

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By , February 25, 2015 11:38 pm

Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

If you want to get more mileage out of those tax dollars, you can now use the Hartford Police Department’s parking lot to conduct your Craigslist transactions.

With a number of those exchanges turning into robberies — and worse –  it might bring peace of mind to buy and sell within shouting distance of the law. There is video surveillance of the lot and the front desk is staffed every hour of every day. Continue reading 'Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions'»

Art Sled Derby 2015

By , February 14, 2015 6:16 pm

For the third year in a row, the Art Sled Derby brought hundreds of people to Elizabeth Park. Saturday’s free event attracted children, college students, and people who should be old enough to know better than to ride items down a hill that could potentially impale them.

Dave Mourad gets a push from Heather MacFarlane. He proposed to her just moments before.

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Goodbye/Hello on Pratt

By , January 10, 2015 1:22 pm

Tamarind Grill & Bar on Pratt Street has closed. In its place, another Thai restaurant will open.

Hello Parkville App Demonstration Friday

By , January 8, 2015 5:00 pm

If you want to see how the still under-development Hello Parkville app will work, go to Real Art Ways at 5 on Friday.

This app will send push notifications to nearby devices that have downloaded the program. It will provide a list of events, entertainment, and discounts within the Parkville neighborhood.

The “beacons” — 100 in all  — that will detect when devices are in the vicinity will be managed by the City, and those nonprofits and business owners who purchase them for $250 apiece. This will entitle the business/nonprofit to use the beacon for one year.

A Community Development Block Grant has funded the app, which is part of what the City calls “a larger business and community development strategy.” The City says it is seeking ways to expand so that similar strategies are used in additional neighborhoods.

Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest

By , January 2, 2015 7:56 am
Winterfest is no longer a brand new thing. There has been time enough to iron out the kinks, yet, kinks remain. Since June, residents have been essentially ordered by the mayor to dream big, so here are some modest-sized dreams for improving upon what already exists.

Gimme Shelter

The rink has already been closed several days this season when it has been cold enough for ice to exist, but the skating surface got wrecked by a little drizzle. Extreme cold, extreme heat, and monsoons should close down Winterfest for a day now and then, but a little rain shower should not. A temporary canopy over the ice rink would provide shelter for skaters during light rain and would extend ice time. When severe storms are predicted, that canopy could be taken down and stored. We know that access to one of these exists — it has made appearances at Envisionfest.

At the very least, the Winterfest powers-that-be could redirect those wanting some public skating time to use the year-round indoor rink inside of the Koeppel Community Center on New Britain Avenue on days when the outdoor rink is closed. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest'»

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