More than 200 people rallied in the rain outside of the Connecticut State Capitol Saturday morning in support of Syrian refugees. Their messages included the ability and willingness for the United States to care for both new refugees and our existing homeless population, dismissing the either/or rhetoric that has been presented as fact in recent weeks. Speakers also dismissed the idea the refugees would be given a free ride once here, or that the State has any control over who the United States does or does not accept. Continue reading 'Hundreds Extend Welcome to Syrian Refugees'»
Photo courtesy of Wildaliz Bermudez
Hartford’s Democratic Town Committee endorsed exactly zero women in 2011. That Cynthia Jennings served on City Council beginning in 2012 was thanks to her affiliation with the Working Families Party.
The last four years must have sent a message. This time around, the Democrats, Working Families, and Republicans each endorsed two women on their respective slates; ultimately, voters opted for two newcomers,Wildaliz Bermudez and Glendowlyn Thames, along with incumbent Cynthia Jennings and rJo Winch, who previously served on City Council, but not during the current term.
Of the four women, Ms. Bermudez is also coming in as the first Latina member of City Council since the previous was elected in 1999.
Though new to this position, Bermudez is not new to Hartford or City Hall. She was moved to run out of “frustration” with “fighting things from the periphery,” namely, the baseball stadium that is currently being erected in Downtown. Continue reading 'Ladies Rising'»
Photo courtesy of Trinity College // “The Red Chador: What is it you fear? Performances from Paris to Hartford” opens November 3, 2015
- Jimmy & Lorraine at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. $25. 2 p.m. They say: “Jimmy and Lorraine, a new play written by New York-based playwright Talvin Wilks and directed by HartBeat Ensemble member Brian Jennings, is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Together, the lives of these two social activists give a profound perspective on the quandary of the artist in the political struggle and challenges of a radical life.”
- Infinity Bistro hosts a free open mic every Sunday. It’s free to perform or to just listen to the music. Sign up for performers begins at 6:30; music starts at 7:30 p.m.
Continue reading 'November 2015 Events'»
Photo courtesy of Andy Hart, Hartford News // Juan and Maria Jacinto perform a traditional Peruvian dance.
Parkville played host to an Hispanic Heritage Month celebration earlier this week. The “month” runs from September 15-October 15.
Twelve people were arrested in an announced Black Lives Matter rally late Monday afternoon when they blocked Albany Avenue at Bloomfield Avenue, one of the major roads used for commuters leaving Hartford for West Hartford and beyond during rush hour.
There were two non-violent action trainings provided for participants before this latest rally, trainings that were also announced and should have clued in anyone paying any attention that a detour might have been in the stars for Monday afternoon. Continue reading 'More Arrests in the Black Lives Matter Movement'»
- Billings Forge Farmers’ Market: This farmers’ market is year-round either on the green (Broad between Capitol and Russ) or at 563 Broad Street, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- David Baker, author of 11 books of poetry, is the featured reading in this afternoon’s edition of the A.K. Smith Reading Series at Trinity College in the Reese Room of Smith House, 4:30 p.m. This is free and open to the public.
- First Thursday After Hours at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 5-8 p.m. This marks the opening of Mark Dion/MATRIX 173 with an artist talk at 6 p.m. Music to be provided by Orice Jenkins and Friends. $5 general admission. Stick around for a free screening of Far from the Madding Crowd at 8 p.m.
- Chris Grosso, author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality and Everything Mind will be at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave) tonight at 6:30 p.m. The first 25 people will receive a free autographed copy of his new book.
- Free Bikram Yoga class at the Hilton (315 Trumbull) at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own mat and water. No registration necessary.
- The next meeting of the West End’s Public Safety Committee is at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Anyone with questions or concerns may attend. CSO Joe Sherbo will be in attendance.
Continue reading 'October 2015 Events'»
Photo courtesy of Andy Hart/Hartford News
Between the Dragon Boat & Asian Festival, African-American Parade of Connecticut, Family Day at Keney Park, and more, there was no shortage of free entertainment this past weekend. Continue reading 'Fifteen Years of Dragon Boat & Asian Festival'»
After a several year hiatus, the African-American Parade of Connecticut returned on Saturday. Continue reading 'African-American Parade Makes Joyful Return'»
While Democrats scrambled to endorse their slate, or, in some cases, put on a show by walking out of a high school auditorium last month, the Working Families Party was still undecided about what route it would take. Three would definitely be endorsed for City Council, I was told, but maybe, just maybe, they would feel emboldened and run a fourth. At the time, it looked like Wildaliz Bermudez, Levey Kardulis, and Shonta Browdy would be the picks, with Larry Deutsch as the potential fourth. Continue reading 'Working Families Party, with Input from Public, Endorses Five for Council'»