Chances are your December is already half-filled with obligatory office parties, family engagements, and such, but just in case you have downtime, here are ideas for things you can do in Hartford (mostly) on the cheap (mostly) every day.
- The Global Lens Film Series continues this month on Sundays at 2pm. Today’s film: The Parade. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. This will be shown at the Wadsworth Atheneum. It is free, co-sponsored by the Hartford Public Library and Out Film CT.
- Take a free Intro to Water Color class at StudioN111. First come, first serve — so contact Nina to reserve your space for the 2-3pm class. The studio is located on Pratt Street. Continue reading 'December 2013 Events'»
The planned bike lanes and boxes that we reported back in September have finally appeared on Broad Street on the block between Farmington Avenue and Capitol Avenue. Continue reading 'Bike Lanes and Boxes on Broad'»
This week’s In Your Neighborhood looks at Asylum Hill, which is north of I-84 and between Downtown and the West End.
Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Asylum Hill (last round)'»
Ken Krayeske, a Hartford cyclist and lawyer, posed a question at Bike Walk Connecticut’s fundraiser dinner: How does the permanent closure of Flower Street to pedestrian and cyclist traffic enhance Transit Oriented Development (TOD)? The keynote speaker, Kip Bergstrom, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, gave a succinct response before swiftly changing the topic: “I’m not sure that it does.” Continue reading 'How Flower Street’s Closure Helps Transit Oriented Development'»
Flower Street fans, be sure to savor the next few days of safe passage. The Connecticut DOT informed their update email list that they intended to ignore and violate a year’s worth of legal precedent and intend to permanently close Hartford’s Flower Street. That’s the short version of what the tone deaf and directionally-challenged Connecticut Department of Transportation wants to do with neither a plan nor the funding for the legally required crossing in place at this time.
At last month’s Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow NRZ meetings, DOT Principal Engineer Richard Armstrong presented some overpass concepts that were finally met with some satisfaction by residents. Previous meetings included circulating the same expensive and impractical designs, despite residents and other stakeholders repeatedly telling the State agency to be more creative. Nobody wants a $6 million bridge. Five concepts were revealed during the most recent meetings: a switchback, skywalk, helix, and two different elevator possibilities. The Skywalk concept, likened to New York City’s High Line, was the most well-received. It would cost, by the CT DOT’s estimation, $4.62 to $6.24 million to build.
Artist rendition of the Skywalk concept, as viewed from the north.
Continue reading 'DOT on Flower Street: Permanent Closure, Tentative Plans'»
The truth is revealed about how trees make our air sweeter to breathe.
There are events not included on this list because organizations have not released final details yet. That is to say, you have even more to choose from than what is posted here.
- Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing, but small business owners might benefit from a free morning workshop that teaches how to navigate and search for federal, state, and municipal bids. This means potentially freeing you up so that you have more time to spend on, well, those exciting things you’d rather be doing. The workshop begins at 9:30 and ends at noon. This will take place at the Entrepreneurial Center; register online.
- Let The Fire Burn begins screening at Real Art Ways. This documentary centers on the bombing of MOVE in Philly. Contact Real Art Ways for exact show times and ticket prices.
- Hannah Sims and Pedro Bermudez will be on hand for the launch of Hartford River Dreams, a film series. Screening begins at 7:30pm at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. $10 at door.
- The Witching Hour will be performed by the Ensemble of the Judy Dworin Performance Project. They describe this as follows: “The Witching Hour, an award-winning dance/theater piece, brings Connecticut’s 17th century witch craze to life through the untold stories of women who were accused, tried and convicted as witches. Bridging the gap between the 17th and 21st centuries, The Witching Hour lyrically and evocatively explores what happens in communities when difference becomes dangerous, and folk culture–as practiced by herbalists, midwives, women landowners, and indentured servants–clashes with Puritan hierarchical authority.” This begins at 7:30pm in the Wadsworth Atheneum. Ticket prices vary on this one.
- On the first Friday of each month, the Kabbalah House hosts a free, all-ages open mic from 9pm-1am. The Kabbalah House is located at 1023 Albany Avenue.
- Another option for the grown folks: Pontani Sisters Burlesque-a-pades at Black-Eyed Sally’s. Contact the venue for ticket info. Performance begins at 9pm.
- Free admission to the museum galleries at the Connecticut Historical Society today from 9-5. There will be activities for children including a visit by storyteller Sharon Lynch (1-2pm). Check out Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers and photography contest entries while you are here.
- Learn about Women and Mass Incarceration in the Youth Program Room at the Hartford Public Library today at 1pm. Beatrice Codianni, a former member of the Latin Kings, and Dr. Sandra Enos, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant University, will be the featured speakers.
- At 7pm the Avodah Dance Ensemble will be performing A Way In, exploring themes of beauty, truth, love, and God. Ticket prices vary for this event at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.
- Celebrate two years of the Dirt Salon at the Dirt Flirt from 7:30-11:30 this evening. Ada Pasternak & Milksop-Unsung will be providing the music. Several artists’ works will be on display. The Night Fall skeleton dance will be performed. This is a pay-what-you-can event. The Dirt Salon is located at 50 Bartholomew Avenue. Continue reading 'November 2013 Events'»
A portion of Broad Street will be closed for 24 hours beginning tomorrow evening so that milling and paving work can be completed as part of this area’s reconstruction project. One of the improvements to the section of Broad Street between Farmington and Capitol Avenue will be bicycle lanes on both sides of the street. There is currently no bike lane on this stretch of road.
Nothing of value comes easily.
The City has reportedly done some pushing to get approval from the State.
Because this stretch of Broad Street includes a highway entrance ramp, the logistics are trickier but the need for such lanes is greater. This area is gridlocked during rush hour, with motorists focused on access to the Interstate. It is common to see vehicles turning right on red without stopping first.
The plan is to paint the bike lanes on this street green, making them more visible to motorists and making their intended usage clear. Kevin Burnham, Director of Public Works, says this painting aspect of the project should be treated as an experiment. Continue reading 'Improvements to Bike Infrastructure Underway'»