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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

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'»

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'»

Another BBQ Spot for Downtown

By , April 18, 2014 4:56 pm

Coming soon on Arch Street: Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue

Castles, Cacti, and a Cinema Conversion

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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

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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.

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.

 

Learning Curb: Mercedes Bends

Thanks to Christopher Brown for sharing these pics of a car seemingly beached on a median on Sigourney/Park Terrace.

To be fair, this could be an accidental parking job (wet roads) than someone intentionally deciding to abandon ship in the middle of a busy street…but one never knows with the routine “parking” that happens near 25 Sigourney Street.

Parade Brings 200,000+ to Downtown

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By , April 13, 2014 8:10 pm

Hartford Police Department’s Deputy Chief Brian Foley called today’s UConn parade the largest event the city has seen in the past twenty years, estimated over 200,000 spectators.

There were no arrests during the event.

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Map of Parking in Downtown

Visiting Hartford but not sure where to lock up your bike? Here are some of the spots in Downtown Hartford that have bicycle racks, if you insist on being all formal about it and not just tying the bike to a random fence post.

Created using Google Maps

Are there other racks located in Downtown that are not on this map but should be? Put a note in the comments.

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