Category: Behind the Rocks

Multi-Cultural Poetry Celebration in the Neighborhoods

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By , March 11, 2014 2:54 pm

Tired of schlepping downtown for every last event? Bessy Reyna has curated the Hartford Loves Poetry reading series in April for National Poetry Month. This means that over two weeks, each of the ten Hartford Public Library branches will be hosting a poetry reading and workshop.

The event will kick off on April 7th with Jose B. Gonzalez at the Park Branch (744 Park Street). The Goodwin Branch (460 New Britain Avenue) will host Marianela Medrano on April 8th; Leslie McGrath will appear at the Dwight Branch (7 New Park Avenue). Pit Pinegar will be reading at the Camp Field Branch (30 Campfield Avenue) on April 9th and John Stanizzi will be at the Albany Branch (1250 Albany Ave) on April 12th. Also on April 12th, the Barbour Branch (281 Barbour Street) will host Ernie Blue. Joyce Ashuntantang will read at the Mark Twain Branch (55 Forest Street) on April 14th. The Blue Hills Branch (649 Blue Hills Avenue) will host Antoinette Brim on April 15. Poet Kate Rushin will be reading at the Ropkins Branch (1750 Main Street) on April 16th. Weekday readings are scheduled for 5:30-7:15pm; Saturday readings will go from 3-5pm.

The series closes on April 19th with a Grand Finale at the Downtown Branch, 1-4pm. Reyna said that community presenters will be reading poems in their own languages Continue reading 'Multi-Cultural Poetry Celebration in the Neighborhoods'»

March 2014 Events

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By , February 26, 2014 9:06 am

March 1

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society galleries today, 9am-5pm.
  • TNMOT-AZTRO: Projector Series II — from 7-8pm, watch a performance that blends dance, fashion, and visual media at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance, 56 Arbor Street, Suite 411. $5 minimum donation.
  • Night of the Gypsies: The evening features live music by accordionist Markus and violinist Annalise, fortune telling by Madame Johnny Frechette Super Fine Artist, henna hand painting, and dancing to DJ Jon Eastman. There will be art and more for sale by Anne Cubberly, Alexia Lalande, Jen Bonee, Karen Weiser Kelly, and from Blaze and Bloom. This will be at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew Avenue, from 8pm-midnight. Tickets are $20 at door, $15 in advance. Continue reading 'March 2014 Events'»

February 2014 Events

By , January 29, 2014 8:22 am

Feb. 1

Mat Callahan // Photo courtesy of Reto Camenisch

  • One of our favorite things to do downtown has been to go stare at the mummy in the Wadsworth. If this has also been one of your joys, then brace yourself. The Connecticut Science Center‘s “Lost Egypt” exhibit opens today. There will be mummies. Multiple! General admission: $19 for adults, $14 for kids, free for children ages three and under.
  • Free admission to the museum galleries at Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street. 9a.m.-5p.m.
  • The radical puppetry troupe Papel Machete will be performing at The Studio at Billings Forge at 8pm. Suggested donation: $10.

Feb. 2

  • Musicians Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore will be performing at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue today at 2pm. This is one of their stops on the Songs of Freedom Tour, which is described as “a celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary socialist and musician martyred by the British government for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916. The Songs of Freedom songbook was originally published in 1907 in New York and directed to the American working class. Lost for a hundred years, the songbook is at once a collection of stirring revolutionary songs and a vital historical document.” This is part of the 360 Music Series. Admission is $15.
  • Craig Hartley will be in the spotlight today at the Hartford Public Library’s Baby Grand Jazz series. This is free at 3pm. If you want to sit down, get there early.
  • The Lonely Heartstrings Band (bluegrass) will be performing at the Firebox, 539 Broad Street. Music goes from 5-8pm and is free, but there is a passing of the boot for donations.
  • Last chance to order from the Taste of Hartford 2014 menu. Continue reading 'February 2014 Events'»

Best of Your Neighborhoods

By , January 27, 2014 5:07 pm

Now that we have completed our three trips to each neighborhood, we wanted to share our absolute favorite pictures from this series.

(Blue Hills) This one was taken at the Watkinson Community Garden on Bloomfield Avenue, behind the Unitarian meetinghouse. This is more like a farm than a community garden. We have no idea why this wheelbarrow was perched in a tree; on other trips here, all equipment was stored in places one would expect it to be. The weather was changing from “vaguely Autumn” to “there’s frost”.

(Clay Arsenal) A friend tipped us off to some artwork in an area we were about to visit, but did not give an exact location. We do not even know if this was where he found the painting of a peacock. What we found — portraits — were more interesting than the simple scribbles that are common.

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January 2014 Events

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By , December 30, 2013 10:32 am


Jan. 1

  • Start off the new year with a little Noam Chomsky. Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? will be playing at Real Art Ways tonight at 7:30. General admission: $10.

Jan. 2

  • First Thursday Gods & Goddesses at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center will be doing a weaving demonstration and you can then go make your own art. You’ve never made art at a cocktail party? Time to live a little. The First Thursday festivities go from 5-8pm ($5 admission gets you access to entire museum, so you can just treat this as reduced admission and ignore the throngs of people if that’s your thing) and will be followed by a screening of Before Midnight.
  • The Blue Hills NRZ meets at the Blue Hills Branch Library, 649 Blue Hills Avenue. 6pm.
  • Also at 6pm, the Southend Neighborhood Revitalization Association meets in the Metzner Center, 680 Franklin Avenue.

Jan. 3

In Your Neighborhood: Behind the Rocks (last round)

By , December 16, 2013 2:34 pm

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November 2013 Events

By , October 30, 2013 6:37 pm

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.
November 1

  • 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.

November 2

  • 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'»

Residents Guided Toward Solving Problems Through Community Conversations

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By , September 10, 2013 6:03 am

Participants in Saturday’s Quality of Life Community Conversation were told by moderator Alice Leibowitz to “listen to understand” and that “no one needs to promote or defend their opinions,” but old habits die hard. Some people left early, others kvetched about the meeting model, and others ignored the process entirely. Even with resistance, there were residents who moved out of Debbie Downerville and into action. Continue reading 'Residents Guided Toward Solving Problems Through Community Conversations'»

September 2013 Events

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By , August 26, 2013 9:41 am

There is something striking about September. While this summer provided plenty of opportunities to sit around and watch free films, as we head into fall, there are many chances to get up and move around.

September 1

  • Back 2 Skool Block Party at Pratt Street: graffiti wall, body painting, dancing, 80′s and 90′s music, and live performances, plus a flea market. Noon until 6p.m. Free.
  • Events at nightclubs typically do not make the cut, but we thought you’d might like to know that there is one more LGBT event to add to Hartford’s ever-growing list: PRIDE SUNDAYS at 7 Sins Lounge & Bar (76 Union Place). This is an LGBT dance night from 7p.m. until 1a.m. Tonight is the opening night. Besides having DJs, there will be LGBT films shown.  The cover charge is $3. This is for grown folk only! Continue reading 'September 2013 Events'»

Quality of Life Initiative Community Conversations to Begin

By , August 22, 2013 6:54 am

The Community Conversations aspect of the Quality of Life Initiative will begin this Saturday, later than was originally announced.

There will be three meetings for different segments of the city; this follows how the police department has divided Hartford into districts.

The first meeting is this Saturday, August 24th from 10a.m. until 2p.m. at Parker Memorial Community Center (2621 Main Street). This is for residents and stakeholders (churches, educational institutions, business owners, etc.) of the following neighborhoods, being considered “North District”: Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal, North East, North Meadows, and Upper Albany.

The meeting for what is considered the “Southern District” will be on September 7th, also from 10a.m. until 2p.m. This will be at the Pope Park Rec Center in Pope Park for the following neighborhoods: Barry Square, Behind the Rocks, Frog Hollow, Parkville, Sheldon-Charter Oak, South End, South Green, South Meadows, and South West. Continue reading 'Quality of Life Initiative Community Conversations to Begin'»

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