Instead of waiting on permits or asking for City Hall’s blessing, the people decided to go parade. The Hartford Hot Several put out a call on Facebook for participants, whether they play instruments, throw beads, wear costumes, carry puppets, or just walk (or roll) along. The idea was to bring Mardi Gras fun to those at bus stops during evening rush hour.
Being New England, these festivities included features that would not be found in New Orleans, like multiple giant snow banks from which the horn section could play. Continue reading 'No Permits, No Worries: The People Make Their Own Mardi Gras Parade'»
At the end of last month the Wadsworth Atheneum quietly closed galleries in its Goodwin, Morgan Memorial, and Wadsworth buildings…for the time being. Susan Talbott, Director and CEO, said the museum remains partially open this year as it begins “winding up” renovations, a process she said is “necessary to protect” the museum’s artwork.
In a presentation to members and donors Monday night, Wadsworth Atheneum staff gave an overview of completed and planned changes, from waterproofing and other exterior renovations, to the development of a high security storage system to creation of its own heating-and-cooling plant. Though discussed, the museum would not be physically expanding its footprint, nor adding parking — there are multiple parking garages within two blocks of the museum, along with on-street parking.
Much of the work remaining was described as what the museum “hopes” to see, with realization contingent on funding. Continue reading 'Wadsworth Begins Final Phase of Major Renovation'»
Naturally Dogs and Cats opened with ribbon-cutting fanfare at 100 Trumbull Street this afternoon.
Prices range from reasonable-to-spendy. Some of the cat and dog treats are on par with what they would cost at Target or Petco. Continue reading 'Pet Supply Store Opens on Trumbull Street'»
In a doughnut and bacon slump? Drag yourself out of that.
A free healthy eating and cooking class begins Wednesday.
Artist Carlos Hernández Chávez
If you were hoping for demure neutrals and pastels, you won’t find many here.
Carlos Hernández Chávez’s new solo exhibit, Dialogues: Impromptu Conversations in Color, provides a diversion from the time of year when winter is often less than lovely: now. The snowbanks are hard and gray, the streets are still a mess from last week’s storm, and if we hear one more debate over television stations naming winter storms, we are going to scream.
So, thank the artist for a free, temporary escape. Continue reading 'Explosions of Color by Carlos Hernández Chávez'»
Looks like new art has been put on display up at Heaven/New Ross, County Wexford Park. Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Installment 82'»
For its preschool-through-eighth grade, the Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts has a permanent location on Van Block Avenue, in the Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood. It has expanded to create a high school, currently located temporarily on Locust Street, one mile away in the South Meadows, a predominately industrial area of Hartford.
The Hartford Board of Education had planned to vote Monday evening on a permanent site for this high school but the vote on this and approval of a lease agreement for the Weaver Culinary Arts Academy with Lincoln Culinary Institute were tabled until the meeting next week. City Council already approved $33 million for construction of a new Kinsella high school facility.
The Superintendent’s suggestion that the Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts High School be built on City-owned property adjacent to SAND Elementary School (America’s Choice at SAND) on Main Street did not go over well. Continue reading 'Superintendent’s Pick for Kinsella Site Opposed'»