Category: West End

Author of Orange is the New Black Speaks on Civil Liberties

By , April 22, 2014 11:50 am

Solitary confinement is “the most extreme form of punishment we have other than death,” Piper Kerman told the audience during the “Censorship and the Rights of Prisoners” talk on Monday.

Kerman was invited to speak at the Milton and Ethel Sorokin Symposium, a public education event of the ACLU of Connecticut, that is co-sponsored ad hosted by the UConn School of Law.

Kerman’s timing could not have been more appropriate. Right now, Connecticut has a juvenile housed in an adult facility in Niantic, where she is reportedly isolated from the population for 22-23 hours each day. That Jane Doe is in lock down without being charged for a crime has been overshadowed by the details of her needs as a transgendered youth.

Kerman, who did not spend time in solitary housing herself, did say that it is “not used for ‘the worst of the worst’” exclusively, but that isolation is “used as a disciplinary tool for low level infractions.” Continue reading 'Author of Orange is the New Black Speaks on Civil Liberties'»

How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes

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By , April 19, 2014 4:01 am

Gown worn in “Adam’s Rib”

Whether or not women should “lean in” or close the “confidence gap” are debates of the moment, but this fretting should have been settled decades ago.

Do you or someone you know need help figuring out how to be a tough dame? Turn to Katharine Hepburn. She was:

  • Sent home from school for wearing pants. Went back the next day wearing pants. How did she get the confidence for this? Mom (Katharine Houghton Hepburn) telling the school, basically, you leave the parenting to me, could not have hurt.
  • Later, when the RKO studio tried to get her to stop wearing slacks, she made a point by walking out in her underwear.
  • Did her own stunts, including when she was in her later years. Grew up in a house (133 Hawthorn Street) where the family had a zip line installed. Coincidence?
  • Got busted in college for smoking in her dorm. Drove around Hartford without a license.
  • Had a reputation for being prickly and defiant. . .
  • Earned twelve Oscar nominations and won four of those times. Continue reading 'How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Park Planning

By , April 8, 2014 12:27 am

As long as we have some plan…

This is posted in the West End.

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'»

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'»

Spring Flower Show

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By , March 17, 2014 12:51 pm

The annual Greenhouse Spring Flower Show has begun! Continue reading 'Spring Flower Show'»

March 2014 Events

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By , February 26, 2014 9:06 am

March 1

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society galleries today, 9am-5pm.
  • TNMOT-AZTRO: Projector Series II — from 7-8pm, watch a performance that blends dance, fashion, and visual media at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance, 56 Arbor Street, Suite 411. $5 minimum donation.
  • Night of the Gypsies: The evening features live music by accordionist Markus and violinist Annalise, fortune telling by Madame Johnny Frechette Super Fine Artist, henna hand painting, and dancing to DJ Jon Eastman. There will be art and more for sale by Anne Cubberly, Alexia Lalande, Jen Bonee, Karen Weiser Kelly, and from Blaze and Bloom. This will be at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew Avenue, from 8pm-midnight. Tickets are $20 at door, $15 in advance. Continue reading 'March 2014 Events'»

A Break from the Gloom

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By , February 22, 2014 6:55 pm

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Second Annual Art Sled Derby

By , February 16, 2014 4:20 pm

Wildaliz Bermudez kisses her husband, Ken Krayeske,  possibly one last time before he rides a bed sled down the hill in Elizabeth Park.

You don’t need a branding campaign of any sort to get people out on a snowy Saturday afternoon. What you need is a good idea, being open to having fun, and the willingness to promote a little.

For the second year, Paul Spirito organized a successful Art Sled Derby that was completely free to attend, with expenses only being what participants chose to spend on sleds and materials. No waivers, no fuss.

Supporting the “Hartford Strong” sled team

 

The “Hartford Strong” team said they were about resilience.

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February 2014 Events

By , January 29, 2014 8:22 am

Feb. 1

Mat Callahan // Photo courtesy of Reto Camenisch

  • One of our favorite things to do downtown has been to go stare at the mummy in the Wadsworth. If this has also been one of your joys, then brace yourself. The Connecticut Science Center‘s “Lost Egypt” exhibit opens today. There will be mummies. Multiple! General admission: $19 for adults, $14 for kids, free for children ages three and under.
  • Free admission to the museum galleries at Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street. 9a.m.-5p.m.
  • The radical puppetry troupe Papel Machete will be performing at The Studio at Billings Forge at 8pm. Suggested donation: $10.

Feb. 2

  • Musicians Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore will be performing at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue today at 2pm. This is one of their stops on the Songs of Freedom Tour, which is described as “a celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary socialist and musician martyred by the British government for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916. The Songs of Freedom songbook was originally published in 1907 in New York and directed to the American working class. Lost for a hundred years, the songbook is at once a collection of stirring revolutionary songs and a vital historical document.” This is part of the 360 Music Series. Admission is $15.
  • Craig Hartley will be in the spotlight today at the Hartford Public Library’s Baby Grand Jazz series. This is free at 3pm. If you want to sit down, get there early.
  • The Lonely Heartstrings Band (bluegrass) will be performing at the Firebox, 539 Broad Street. Music goes from 5-8pm and is free, but there is a passing of the boot for donations.
  • Last chance to order from the Taste of Hartford 2014 menu. Continue reading 'February 2014 Events'»

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