- The Hartford Public Library will be hosting a community program on planning for sustainability. The HPL says, “This workshop offers in partnership with the Hartford Foundation for Public giving. Sustaining your initiatives requires leadership, persistence and a plan. This workshop will enable you to think and act more strategically in demonstrating the sustainability of your initiative and will offer suggestions on planning for program continuation.” 10am-12pm in the Downtown Youth Program Room.
- Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival, founded by Public Allies Connecticut, “aims to engage and unite Hartford youth in telling their stories and the stories of their city through film.” Films created by youth living in Hartford will be screened tonight at Cinestudio. Doors open at 5:30pm, programming begins at 6. There will be an awards ceremony and reception. This is free and open to the public.
- Also at 5:30, young professionals are welcomed to the Connecticut Convention Center for the free networking event, Get HYPEd. This goes until 8:30pm. It’s casual. No rsvp required. Bring business cards!
- Ever wanted to try drawing with a live model as the subject? Who hasn’t? Studio N111 is offering a Life Drawing workshop with a different theme every month. For tonight, JaVon will model as artists of all skill levels wrangle with “proportion.” There is a $15 fee that includes materials. 7pm. Studio N111 is located at 75 Pratt Street, #301. No need to rsvp — just drop in. Continue reading 'May 2013 Events'»
When this list is compiled, there are always events not included. Either the organization has not gotten the word out, or something is a bit too mainstream, like a wedding expo. Or, the event is too unaffordable for too many readers. This calendar is created with Hartford residents in mind, primarily those who live in neighborhoods like mine. Something pricey will slip through from time-to-time, but if an event costs as much as groceries for the week, it probably is not going to be included here.
Don’t forget to check with the venue to confirm that times and prices remain accurate.
The Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance on Monday evenings at the Arch Street Tavern. Music begins at 8pm.
Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia, The Monsters of Templeton, and Delicate Edible Birds will be taking part in the Allan K. Smith Reading Series at Trinity College. A reception and book signing will follow the reading, held in the Alumni Lounge of Mather Hall. 4:30-6:30pm. This is free and open to the public; books will be available for purchase.
All are welcome to participate in a learning charrette (fancy word that just means looking at maps and talking about plans) for the Albany/Homestead Avenue corridor. This goes from 3-7pm, but people are invited to drop in whenever they can. The meeting will be held in the community room of the University of Hartford Handel Performing Arts Center, located on the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway. The parking lot is accessible from Albany Avenue. Free. Continue reading 'April 2013 Events'»
Walking into the Center for Contemporary Culture, one is surrounded by a half-circle of maps, seconds after having a pile of literature thrust into one’s hands. A long table, covered with brochures and smaller maps for takeaway, fills the space where one would typically find light refreshments. Early on, there are more people associated with the project than there are audience members, and they are all ready to provide information that should be apparent, but isn’t, by a single glance at the maps. Before reaching one’s seat there is a kind of information overload at work.
The presentation begins.
Slides flip by too fast for anyone who has not seen this material before to possibly absorb it. Speakers follow one another in a manner that more closely resembles speed dating than a professional attempt at communicating with residents and stakeholders. Continue reading 'CTfastrak: “Stasis through Obfuscation” or “Flexibility”?'»
- Dr. Mary Washington will be giving a lecture on Intersectionality and the Reconstruction of Identity and Social Action at the University of Hartford. This will take place at 1:30pm in Regents Commons, located within the Shaw Center of Hillyer. This is free and open to the public. Continue reading 'March 2013 Events'»
There is no Ivy League college in Hartford, but that has not interfered with the resurgence of a writing culture here. Continue reading 'Hartford Writers: Beyond Harriet, Samuel, and Wallace'»
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.
For those just tuning in, every month Real Hartford creates a calendar of events happening in the city. This is not intended to be all-inclusive– you’ll note the absence of “Ladies Nite” events. Continue reading 'February 2013 Events'»