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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'»

Trinity Disseminates False Info, Offers No Retraction

By , April 8, 2014 2:25 pm

A sexual assault in the middle of the afternoon outside of a fraternity at Trinity College?

That did not happen.

Before looking at what did not occur, here is something that did and was not in the national news: Continue reading 'Trinity Disseminates False Info, Offers No Retraction'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Park Planning

As long as we have some plan…

This is posted in the West End.

BOE to Vote on Edu-colonialism at Clark School

By , April 7, 2014 4:03 pm

“It’s really no choice at all,” says Robert Cotto, who plans to vote against the “Resolution Requesting Commissioner’s Exercise of Statutory Authority Relative to John C. Clark Turnaround Committee,” an item on the Hartford Board of Education’s special meeting agenda for April 8, 2014.

The false choice, Cotto is referring to, is that which was presented to the Clark Turnaround Committee: parents and teachers requested to see more than only the Friendship School after which they might model Clark as it undergoes its re-branding; this did not happen.

In March, Morgan Barth of the Connecticut State Department of Education vehemently denied that it had issued an ultimatum to the committee, but if consensus was not reached on the vote for a school model, the CSDE would be stepping in to assert its authority over teachers, parents, and other community members. Barth and other CSDE representatives have said at various times that they favored the Friendship Model. As voting members, they have been able to block consensus all along.

On March 27, there was one vote against the Friendship School as the lead partner with the Clark School. Although the Hartford Public School’s resolution states “there is significant support within the Clark community expressed by parents and other stakeholders to partner with Friendship,” some of the “yes” votes have been attributed to the absence of choices given to the Clark Turnaround Committee. Continue reading 'BOE to Vote on Edu-colonialism at Clark School'»

Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Brings the Sun and the Noise

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Vox Sambou on the mic

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With artists from Haiti, South Africa, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Mozambique, UK, Cape Verde, Korea, Canada, India, Philippines, Czech Republic, and the United States, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival celebrated its ninth year. The event’s main draw is the concert, but over several days there are lectures and workshops, films, dance, live graffiti art, and more. Continue reading 'Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Brings the Sun and the Noise'»

The Purplest Playground is Open

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By , April 4, 2014 9:22 pm


Boundaries are important. Going to the actual ribbon-cutting of a playground sounded a lot like being a spectator in the Running of the Brides– chaotic and overwhelming. There’s just no reason to stand between dozens of young kids and a giant, shiny new toy. We decided to stay out of the children’s way, but stopped by Elizabeth Park earlier in the day to check out the new playground equipment.

The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Playground is one of 26 playgrounds constructed as part of The Sandy Ground Project, Where Angels Play. Each playground serves as a living memorial to those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.  Continue reading 'The Purplest Playground is Open'»

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”'»

Interest in Branding Alive and Well

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By , April 2, 2014 4:03 pm

University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium was filled for Tuesday’s third annual Corine E. Norgaard Women in Leadership Lecture Series, and the audience was not just students required to attend for their business classes.

Amy Quigley, a marketing executive from the Boston area, spoke about building a personal brand and making connections, explaining that one’s expectations, memories, stories, and relationships with a brand drives the decision to support it.

Brands are not static, she said. One memorable example she gave was of Angelina Jolie, who used to be known as “kooky,” but who has essentially relaunched herself as a “humanitarian” in recent years. Continue reading 'Interest in Branding Alive and Well'»

Grid, Interrupted: Budding Flower Street

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It is a dumping ground for snow or a makeshift parking lot on parade days, now that the barricades have rendered Flower Street a nothing of a place, a glorified driveway for the Hartford Courant on one end and the same for Aetna on the other.

The road was previously divided before, with the stretch between the Park River and Farmington Avenue known as Flower Street, and what was south of the water, known as Lawrence. Other times, Lawrence was only the continuation south of Capitol Avenue. There have been various bridges before the covering of the Park River, showing how the desire for connectivity has spanned centuries.

Currently, poor infrastructure decisions reign in the Capitol-to-Farmington area, with the highway, and now busway, dicing up neighborhoods. In the 19th century, this area did more than provide commuters with a speedy way in and out.

Defined in an 1858 city directory as spanning “from Little River, north to 13 Farmington,” Flower Street appeared on record. Queen Street, north of the railroad tracks, connected Flower and Broad. Continue reading 'Grid, Interrupted: Budding Flower Street'»

Daily Dose of Art

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By , March 31, 2014 7:00 am

Suzan Scott sketched and painted on 4×4-inch canvases each day in 2013.

Even with devotion to one’s art, it is hard to imagine being able to follow through on this type of challenge every single day.

The results, which she did not intend for public display while creating, are viewable through May 3rd in The Dirt Salon. The visual journal tracks her imagination over a year; the canvases are dated and displayed in chronological order.

“Vitamin A — Art 2013″ is not the artist’s first time around with art as daily documentation. “The Weather Project,” which she began in 2006, involved taking a mid-day photograph each day for one month of the sky, focused on nothing in particular. She would then paint the image captured.

The Dirt Salon is located at 50 Bartholomew Avenue. Claudia Cron‘s works are also on display as part of the “All Grown Up” exhibit.

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