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'»
Vox Sambou on the mic
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'»
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.
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'»
Between lists written by those who can’t see beyond the major institutions and shoddily researched, outdated articles authored by someone who spent little time in Hartford and has since moved elsewhere, it seemed appropriate to revisit just a few of the things we have going on here. As we have said before, we have to ♥ Mark Twain because when you move into Hartford you take an oath swearing as much, but we know that Twain and his legacy are not the only game in town:
One bike decorated for the Real Ride
- The Real Ride: during times of year when snow is not on the ground, cyclists of varying ability decorate their bikes with lights, streamers, giant puppets, beads, and more, and take a ten-mile slow ride around the city, at night. The group — in the hundreds — leaves from the Real Art Ways parking lot, taking a different route each time. On one ride, a cyclist towed a trailer on which an entire drum kit was set up and played during the ride. Other rides have featured a shopping cart bike with a giant dragon head mounted on it. This is free and all ages, beginning around nightfall and ending several hours later, as the group makes stops to view fireworks, participate in a drumming circle, or watch improv. What makes this significant? The ride gets people on the streets of Hartford after dark, doing more than just running off to their cars.
- Cedar Hill Cemetery: this is a place of peace and quiet, a place to see deer grazing around dusk, and a place to quietly recreate. That’s encouraged. They have hosted films, bird walks, and tours of the cemetery’s notable residents. Around Halloween, actors portray some of those residents in a lantern tour. Art, history, and nature collide here.
One contestant in the Art Sled Derby, 2014
- Art Sled Derby: For two years in a row, people have gathered at the hill in Elizabeth Park with sleds, some simple, and some seeming to challenge the idea of “sled.” There are no waivers, no fees. And there shouldn’t be. This is one of the regular sledding hills…but there is not usually the possibility of winning a bizarre trophy made of doll parts or competing against someone riding a bed down the slope. Unlike art galleries where work is curated, all entries are viewable. Even the creations that fall apart within seconds earn cheers from onlookers.
Continue reading 'Top Ten Non-Twain Things to Do in Hartford'»
Instead of waiting on permits or asking for City Hall’s blessing, the people decided to go parade. The Hartford Hot Several put out a call on Facebook for participants, whether they play instruments, throw beads, wear costumes, carry puppets, or just walk (or roll) along. The idea was to bring Mardi Gras fun to those at bus stops during evening rush hour.
Being New England, these festivities included features that would not be found in New Orleans, like multiple giant snow banks from which the horn section could play. Continue reading 'No Permits, No Worries: The People Make Their Own Mardi Gras Parade'»