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.
- 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'»
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 Connecticut River saw some action this weekend as some 3,000 people participated in the annual Dragon Boat Races. Continue reading '13th Annual Dragon Boat and Asian Festival'»
- 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'»
Parcel on Windsor Street
“It’s very white,” one resident remarked of the theme in Utile‘s “aspirational photos” for the region being described as “Downtown North.”
This was one of the kinder observations made during Tuesday’s presentation and discussion: “Hartford North Park: A Downtown Area Plan.”
Tom Deller, Director of Development Services, said a few words to set the stage, then left for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s meeting on Flower Street across town. City officials remaining for what Deller called a public hearing included Councilperson Larry Deutsch and Councilperson David MacDonald.
While Deller did say this was only a first discussion of possibilities and that one of the project’s goals is to reconnect the north side of Hartford to Downtown, there was a shared sense of confusion over what the intention was behind this redevelopment plan and meeting. Continue reading 'Aspirations for North Downtown, West Downtown, and a sliver of Clay Arsenal and North Meadows'»
Blazing heat might not be our favorite thing, but the near-constant availability of free jazz performances all month long eases some of that weather-induced misery.
- Author Tessa Afsha will be launching her new novel, Harvest of Gold, at the Mark Twain House & Museum from 6-7 tonight. There will be Persian treats and tea served. This is free.
- The Frank Kozyra Group will be giving a free performance at Black-eyed Sally’s. Jazz Mondays are presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Charter Oak Cultural Center. 8-11pm.
- Also at 8pm, the Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern. This is free.
HartBeat Happy Hour! Happy Hour is from 5-6pm. At 6, there will be a staged reading of Sarajevo Phoenix by Ellen Kaplan. Look, Hartford has lots of happy hours, but this one guarantees you will meet (or re-acquaint with) some interesting, three-dimensional folks. $5, cash only, at the door. This will be in the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. Continue reading 'July 2013 Events'»
Trinity Street in downtown has been plowed several times. Residents in some neighborhoods are still waiting for one plow.
The snowfall stopped two days ago, but residents are reporting that a number of streets have yet to see a plow. Streets described as not “open,” with open being defined “as the plow opening up the middle of road” were posted by residents on the Hartford Fire Department’s Facebook page. It is safe to assume that this is an incomplete report, as not everyone has access to Facebook.
If you want to know exactly which streets were reported as “not open” — which areas receive service and which do not — check out the map created by Real Hartford. The streets included on the map — marked with snowflake icons — were reported on Monday morning and early afternoon.