Late last night the Board of Education voted 5-3 against the proposal to replicate the Capital Prep model at SAND.
This is the second time in as many weeks that the BOE has been pressured by parents and the community to not hand a public school over to private or charter management. On Friday, the Clark School successfully fought becoming an Achievement First model.
Real Hartford will have more details about Tuesday’s decision later.
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'»
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'»
The roadside memorials and prayer vigils serve a purpose no doubt, but neither gets at the root of violence.
This morning, the faith-based PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign brought a more radical message to Hartford.
“If a black kid on this side of Hartford got shot,” Teny Gross suggested, treat the situation the same as if “the president of Trinity [College] got shot.” Continue reading 'Lifelines Not Pipelines'»
Saying that she hopes these girls fill leadership positions in City Hall a few years down the road, Councilperson Cynthia Jennings presented the Wilson-Gray YMCA girls’ basketball team with a citation at the start of Monday’s City Council meeting. Continue reading 'Local Basketball Team Honored'»
The West Indian Parade has a for reputation running late, with huge gaps — like ten minutes or more — between floats. But, the sensory experience of it all entices people year after year to spend three or four or five hours waiting and watching as the parade makes its way from Main Street in the Clay Arsenal neighborhood to Bushnell Park in downtown.
Continue reading 'Hartford’s 51st West Indian Independence Celebration and Parade'»
As is the tradition, there will be parking bans in the North East neighborhood on Friday and Saturday because of the “West Indian Week Celebration Events.”
From 8p.m. until 4a.m. on both days, the Hartford Police Department says it “will permit motor vehicle and resident access” for the following:
- Healing Circle on Child and Youth Violence in the Community Room of the Hartford Public Library’s Albany Avenue branch. This event is described as
The Healing Circle is a group writing and sharing series to address our individual and collective pain resulting from the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case and similar killings of Black youth, such as Robert Lawlor that have occurred in Hartford. Whether sitting-in, marching, or writing we all need positive emotional release in which to maintain mental balance, personal health and wellness for our families and our community.
The purpose of the gathering is not to grandstand or speechify without action.
Self Injury Awareness Network CT and The Happy Manager are sponsors of this free program, which runs from 5-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.
- This month the Wadsworth Atheneum collaborates with Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival to bring an emancipation-themed Art After Hours event. There will be music from Karen Smith, and Misteree and Glamarus. Sister Jahmekka will give a poetry reading. It is also the opening reception for SNAP! – a student photography exhibition, which is part of the Neighborhood Studios Summer Youth Program. The event begins at 5pm. This will be followed by Sing Your Song at 8pm. Admission is $5; get in free if you wear yellow.
- Kon-Tiki screens at Cinestudio. 7:30pm showtime. General admission: $9. Continue reading 'August 2013 Events'»