Category: Downtown

Another BBQ Spot for Downtown

By , April 18, 2014 4:56 pm

Coming soon on Arch Street: Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue

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.


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.

Ballerinas, Garbage, and a Small Gallery

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By , April 11, 2014 7:52 am

She was in a bar on the Upper West Side watching a fashion show on television when Amy Merli decided she wanted to plan something like that, but “with ballerinas and garbage.”

Trashion Fashion was born.

Now, there are shows in Hartford, New York, and Washington DC.

Merli was the featured speaker at the April Green Drinks event, describing the plans for the fast-approaching fourth annual Trashion Fashion show, to take place in City Hall, which will be transformed into an ocean scene. The set and the ensembles being modeled are created from recycled materials.

Instead of having over 70 models like in 2013, Merli said they will scale back to a more manageable 50, some of whom will be barefoot, others in pointe shoes. Goza, a Latin band, will bring the music. Continue reading 'Ballerinas, Garbage, and a Small Gallery'»

Marketing “Downtown North”

By , April 3, 2014 5:30 am

After a series of frustrating public meetings culminating with one during which designers filibustered as dozens of (mostly) young Heaven supporters waited all evening to speak, we are now seeing a first draft of MECA’s (Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs for the City of Hartford) Downtown North marketing brochure. This will include additional materials tailored to whichever developer might be requesting such information.  Continue reading 'Marketing “Downtown North”'»

Sea Tea Meets the B-Movie

By , March 24, 2014 9:00 am

Calling all MST3K fans!

Sea Tea Improv will be improvising dialogue, narration, inner thoughts, and sound effects for what appears on the screen this Thursday at Spotlight Theaters. That’s right — this will not be just adding in snarky comments; they are going to recreate all the audio.

What will the movie be? Julia Pistell of Sea Tea Improv says she has no idea. The improvers are not the ones picking the film. Local filmmaker and legend, Helder Mira, will be selecting a B-movie for them, and if you know anything about Mira’s selections for Christmas films that had been shown at La Paloma Sabanera, then you know something of what to expect.

Pistell says that Sea Tea Improv guarantees “this one will be weird and really a lot of fun.”

The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 27th at 8pm. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door. Spotlight Theaters are located at the corner of Front Street and Columbus Boulevard.

Amulets, Bones, and a Camel at the Science Center

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By , March 23, 2014 9:40 am

Back in the day you might have seen an Ancient Egypt exhibit on a class field trip and been left with a sense of wonder, despite not being allowed to touch anything, despite being immersed in the past so deeply that it felt more like fiction than history. Warped audio may have been piped in to explain why you were looking at a creepy scene created from human models, but otherwise, the display felt dated, even then.

If that was your experience in elementary school, you should not wait to have kids to try to amend that.

I was most struck by the photographs of contemporary Egyptians after walking through the Lost Egypt exhibit currently on display at the Connecticut Science Center. This simple, low cost addition reminds visitors that today people live in the area that is the focus of this exhibit. For the many visitors who have not been to Egypt, the pictures — which include children — tell the (mostly) young museum-goers that this is a place that actually exists, a detail that can be confused when one only sees tomb art, amulets, and mummified remains. Continue reading 'Amulets, Bones, and a Camel at the Science Center'»

Skate Park Progress

By , March 17, 2014 12:37 pm

With most of the snow melted off, it looks like more steps have been taken toward completion of the skate park located in New Ross, County Wexford Park (AKA Heaven). Continue reading 'Skate Park Progress'»

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