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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.

Trinity Announces Jimmy’s Replacement

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By , March 27, 2014 11:08 am

Photo courtesy of Tufts University

Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, currently serving as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts College and previously as Associate Dean at Wellesley College, has been announced as the next president for Trinity College. Her scholarly work is in neurobiology.

If we are to judge Berger-Sweeney by her past achievements in helping other colleges enter a new era in terms of diversity, Trinity College’s future with her looks promising.

Jimmy Jones, who has served as Trinity’s president since 2004, will be stepping down at the end of June.

 

 

April 2014 Events

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By , March 26, 2014 11:25 pm

This is a kinda a big deal

April 1

  • The Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford offers free classes and workshops. Today’s is “Small Business T.I.P.S. Series: Low Cost High Impact Marketing.” From 9:30 until noon, learn about marketing in Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Avenue. They request that you register.
  • Real Art Ways hosts a monthly Real Board (Games) and that happens to be tonight. Stop in between 6-10pm and play. Free. 

April 2

  • This month’s Get HYPEd networking event will be held at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Avenue. We like that HYPE picks a different venue each month, and we love that this is the venue tonight! Besides the standard drink-and-network stuff, they will be holding a community collection for the Hands On Hartford backpack program, which gives 285 Hartford students bags full of food to take home for the weekend so that they are fed when not in school. Items requested: individual cereal boxes and oatmeal packets, granola/cereal bars, macaroni and cheese, canned soup, juice boxes (100% juice), applesauce, canned veggies, canned beans, pasta sauce, pasta, peanut butter, and jelly. The food donations are optional. This event is free to attend and goes from 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Stop into the Firebox (539 Broad) to listen to the uptempo sounds of Ed Fast & Conga Bop. No cover charge. 8:30pm.

April 3

  • Get out from under that rock! Trinity College is going into its ninth year of hosting its international hip-hop festival, and if you don’t know, you’re not paying attention! It starts today with lectures on “Media Representations of Global Hip Hop,” “Hip Hop as a Social Movement,” and “Hip Hop Activism pre- and post-Apartheid,”  from 8am-4:30pm. At 4pm, there’s a screening of the film Say My Name: Women. Hip Hop. Life. The Producer’s Showcase starts in the Vernon Social Hall at 7pm. The Mill will be hosting a spoken word event, beginning at 8:30pm. These events are completely free and open to the general public. 
  • First Thursday After Hours at the Wadsworth: TANGO! Take dance lessons or just watch others. Make paper flowers. Wander the museum. Stick around for the film Elsa & Fred. The AAH event is 5-8pm, with the film at 8. $5 general admission, free for members. Continue reading 'April 2014 Events'»

Registrars of Voters Told to Be More Careful

By , March 25, 2014 12:36 pm

The State Elections Enforcement Commission finally ruled on a complaint regarding the 2012 election in which several Hartford residents claimed that votes had failed to be recorded and registered, specifically, votes for third party presidential candidates Jill Stein and Stephen Durham.

During the investigation, the citywide recount resulted in an amendment of returns in districts 5 (United Methodist Church on Farmington Avenue) and 11 (United Way on Laurel Street). Continue reading 'Registrars of Voters Told to Be More Careful'»

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'»

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