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2015 Holiday Anti-Shopping Guide

By , November 23, 2015 9:30 am


Venom Vintage, Whitney Street

I hate Giving Tuesday. It goes: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday. What? So, only after you have shelled out money everywhere else should you consider charitable giving? False. For this reason, we list giving first.


  • ImmaCare — emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, outreach, education and employment.

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Art Everywhere Weekend

By , November 19, 2015 8:00 am

“My Precious Stones” by Laurie Lemek could be viewed at Connecticut Historical Society on Elizabeth Street

Every November, venues around Hartford host artists for one weekend. Experience varies by location.

For the first time, 1429 Park Street offered up one floor for a mix of live music and dancing after hours, effectively extending the viewing time for artwork at this site. This is where dancers were painted as part of the performance, where a loud droning filled the mostly unfinished second floor. People wrote and drew in chalk on the floors. It was intended as an immersive experience; some got into it, others let this be their social hour, and kids dove into paint and what looked like fake snow, taking “immersive” literally.

Venom Vintage on Whitney Street promised to be just as edgy, but if you were hoping to see live graffiti art at the time advertised, you would have been out of luck. There was some pre-existing work on the walls in the store and in back. On one side of the space, visitors were encouraged to add doodles to a “zentangle art wall.” You could look at the secondhand clothing store as being art hanging on the racks, but hold off on getting excited about that. The store owner, Dina Brass, says the future of Venom Vintage in this location is uncertain; according to her, the building owner has a problem with the graffiti at the space. It has been approximately one year since Venom Vintage relocated to the West End from Park Street, almost on the West Hartford line. Continue reading 'Art Everywhere Weekend'»

In Your Neighborhood: Clay Arsenal

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By , October 17, 2015 6:13 am

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Community Bicycle Shop Coming to Park Street

By , October 13, 2015 7:17 am

After a few months of riding a bicycle from Connecticut to Indiana, and back, it is only natural for one to launch a membership and fundraiser campaign for a community bicycle shop days after returning home.

Natural, that is, if you’re Tony Cherolis, who has been instrumental in getting BiCi Co., located at the Center for Latino Progress, up and moving.

BiCi Co. may not be the easiest concept to understand. but if you know what a maker space is, then it’s like that, but with bicycles and the ability to buy them.

Bike education classes were provided for youth there over this past summer, as a first step and as part of a summer youth employment service learning project. Thirty teens were paid for learning some safety and repair basics; they went on to fix up bikes for CRT’s Generations program. Continue reading 'Community Bicycle Shop Coming to Park Street'»

Night Fall in Keney Park

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By , October 11, 2015 6:48 pm

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October 2015 Events

By , September 29, 2015 7:00 am

October 1

  • Billings Forge Farmers’ Market: This farmers’ market is year-round either on the green (Broad between Capitol and Russ) or at 563 Broad Street, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • David Baker, author of 11 books of poetry, is the featured reading in this afternoon’s edition of the A.K. Smith Reading Series at Trinity College in the Reese Room of Smith House, 4:30 p.m. This is free and open to the public.
  • First Thursday After Hours at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 5-8 p.m. This marks the opening of Mark Dion/MATRIX 173 with an artist talk at 6 p.m. Music to be provided by Orice Jenkins and Friends. $5 general admission. Stick around for a free screening of Far from the Madding Crowd at 8 p.m.
  • Chris Grosso, author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality and Everything Mind will be at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave) tonight at 6:30 p.m. The first 25 people will receive a free autographed copy of his new book.
  • Free Bikram Yoga class at the Hilton (315 Trumbull) at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own mat and water. No registration necessary.
  • The next meeting of the West End’s Public Safety Committee is at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Anyone with questions or concerns may attend. CSO Joe Sherbo will be in attendance.

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In Your Neighborhood: Behind the Rocks

By , September 5, 2015 9:37 am

Rocky Ridge Park creates one of this neighborhood’s boundaries. From the street, the park looks kind of boring — a strip of grass with some ball fields, a playground, and a building made more interesting with a few murals. The wooded area, if you step through the trees, reveals how the park and neighborhood were named.

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September 2015 Events

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By , August 28, 2015 7:23 pm

September 1

Connecticut River. Really not sure what to do with yourself? Go stare at the river. Or clean it.

  • Free yoga in Keney Park at 10 a.m. Meet near the Pond House. Bring your own yoga mat/towel and water.
  • Garrison Leykam will be the featured author at the launch of Hartford Public Library’s The Author’s Table. Today he launches his book Postcards from the Highway of Life, which he says is “both a rich essay about baby boomer values as well as a wake-up call to preserve an entire generation’s identity.”  This free event will take place from 12-3 p.m.
  • West End Farmers’ Market happens on Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m., on the green near the Mark Twain House & Museum. Rain or shine. Sometimes they have live music and artists, if the bread and vegetables aren’t enough.
  • On Tuesdays you can find the Hartford Mobile Market at the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, 1 Nahum Drive, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Toivo offers $5 Zumba classes! This one-hour session begins at 6 p.m. This is at 399 Franklin Avenue.
  • Real Board Games returns to Real Art Ways at 6 p.m. Just show up and play. You’re welcome to bring a game of your own.
  • Being out of town for a few days where WiFi was spotty at best, I felt grateful for having a readymade excuse for disconnecting. Tonight, there will be a discussion at ArtSpace Gallery on “Connection or Obsession: A Healthy Relationship with Social Media.” This will be a talk about what the “experts are saying about the dangers of overdoing our screen time, and we’ll strategize about ways to use these tools in the healthiest way possible.” The Healthy Potluck (bring a dish to share, list all ingredients) begins at 7; discussion goes from 7:30-8:30. A small donation is suggested. Continue reading 'September 2015 Events'»

In Your Neighborhood: Upper Albany

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By , August 22, 2015 9:58 am

This week’s batch of photos is the result of a few different trips to this neighborhood. One of these visits including watching a parade, making it more likely that people would be in the photos. During warm months, when we go out, it tends to be early in the day, before walking around for hours will cause heat stroke.

Still, when we traveled on an early Sunday morning recently, we still saw many residents out on their porches and in their yards. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Upper Albany'»

Fifteen Years of Dragon Boat & Asian Festival

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By , August 17, 2015 2:12 pm

Photo courtesy of Andy Hart/Hartford News

Between the Dragon Boat & Asian Festival, African-American Parade of Connecticut, Family Day at Keney Park, and more, there was no shortage of free entertainment this past weekend. Continue reading 'Fifteen Years of Dragon Boat & Asian Festival'»

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