Saturday in Bushnell Park

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By , June 28, 2014 1:47 pm

The Festival of India & Ratha Yatra (chariots) — sponsored by ISKCON of Connecticut — could be found in the western section of Bushnell Park. There were greetings of peace and love as families gathered under the trees for shade.

A display about changing bodies and reincarnation

Display on the ethics of eating meat

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Letting Go

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By , June 27, 2014 9:23 am

“Elegba Sitn” 2013 by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

Bold works produced by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo in 2013 and 2014 are now on display in the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park through August 21.

 

The price list calls them “paintings,” but there’s more going on than that. The “Tar Baby” series (seven in all) combines roofing materials and dirt to create silhouettes of the female body.

 

The “Letting Go” exhibit features nearly forty works with titles like “Resistance,” “We Wear the Mask,” and “Ghetto Scream.”

 

The Pump House Gallery is open Monday-Wednesday, 11-2; Thursday, 11-4; and Saturday by appointment. Continue reading 'Letting Go'»

Forum Discusses Models for Non-Violence

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By , June 26, 2014 3:41 pm

Nelba Márquez-Greene speaking at forum hosted by Trinity College on Thursday

“Tell the truth, shame the devil.”

Nelba Márquez-Greene explained that a woman from Glory Chapel — a church she used to attend — would say this during services.

Márquez-Greene said she was going to be doing much of that during her presentation A Professional and Personal Perspective on Trauma and Recovery at the Building a More Peaceful Connecticut: Tools, Models and Initiatives that Promote Non-Violence forum hosted by Trinity College on Thursday.

Márquez-Greene, founder of the Ana Grace Project of Klingberg Family Centers, is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She alternated between speaking as a professional, and speaking from personal experience. Her daughter, Ana Grace, was one of the Sandy Hook shooting victims in 2012.

The Ana Grace Project’s purpose is to promote love, community, and connection for every child and family, Márquez-Greene said. Part of that is addressing trauma, which does not only appear following natural disasters or shootings, she said, but also when one experiences poverty, racism, and insecure housing. Continue reading 'Forum Discusses Models for Non-Violence'»

July 2014 Events

Do you need programmed events? Put on some sneakers and walk around. This photo was taken on a path along the Park River, accessible from where Lorraine Street turns. Park River trails are also accessible from Mark Twain Drive (near Plainfield Street) and Brookfield Street (near Flatbush Avenue).

Here’s some of what is happening in Hartford:

July  1

  • Love Wins on Oakland Terrace: free family festival from 5-7pm at Glory Chapel, 221 Greenfield Street.
  • Drop into Real Art Ways for Real Board (Games). Play the games they provide or bring your own. 6-10pm. Free.
  • Fed Up, a documentary about the food industry, screens at Cinestudio at 7:30pm. General admission is $9.

July 2

  • The Kid, a Charlie Chaplin film, will be screened in the Hartford Public Library at 1:30 and 5:30pm today. Free.
  • Love Wins on Barbour Street: free family festival from 5-7pm featuring haircuts, pony rides, face painting, music, and more. This will be hosted by The Hartford Project and the Citadel of Love, 167 Barbour.
  • Every Wednesday — as long as it isn’t raining — there will be free yoga in Elizabeth Park at 5:30pm. Bring your own mat or towel. Yoga is in the picnic area across from the Pond House.
  • Hartford 2000 is hosting what it calls an “informational meeting” about the proposed Rock Cats stadium. This will be held at the Hartford Public Library at 6pm. Mayor Segarra and other City officials are expected to be presented to answer questions and listen to public opinion. As of publication, only Segarra has been named as a speaker. Continue reading 'July 2014 Events'»

Goodwin Park Golf Course to Re-Open this Week

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By , June 25, 2014 6:30 pm

Closed since November, the public golf course will be officially re-opening Thursday morning following at 10:30 appearance by Mayor Segarra. The City of Hartford has spent upwards of $1 million to repair it.

The Keney Park Golf Course will remain closed for the 2014 season as it also undergoes extensive repairs.

NewWorks/NewWORLD: A Latino PlayFEST Opens Wednesday

HartBeat Ensemble –  in collaboration with NoPassport Theater Alliance and support from the City of Hartford and the Greater Hartford Arts Council — presents a four day celebration of Latino/a artists in theater, film, and visual art.

On June 25-27, 11:30-2 and 4-6:30, stop by the Carriage House Theater (360 Farmington Avenue) to view art curated by Nina Salazar of Studio N111 and to pick up tickets for other events.

Members of the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project will give a free reading of The Güegüense, a farcical theatrical work dating back to 17th century Nicaragua. This will take place at 7pm on June 25. Continue reading 'NewWorks/NewWORLD: A Latino PlayFEST Opens Wednesday'»

Expanded Seating Options for Downtown

You know how awkward it is to sit on a park bench while balancing your sandwich on your lap at the same time as trying to find a place to put your iced tea, only to remember that the benches are not exactly flat? Anything that touches the ground for a moment is set upon by pigeons and squirrels. And at lunch time, getting a spot in Bushnell Park is not a given unless you want to be seated where you can stare off in enchantment at Elm Street, soothed by the sounds of food trucks.

Now, you can dine, or just park yourself, at one of the red tables set up outside of the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park or in other locations Downtown.

The tables are not many, but for a thirty minute stretch in the noon hour, only one table was occupied.

Incoming Superintendent Describes Entry Plan

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By , June 23, 2014 11:21 am

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, incoming superintendent of Hartford Public Schools

“I want my [tenure as superintendent] bookends to be about equity,” Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez said.

“It’s not just about surviving. It’s not just about graduating. . .. It’s about thriving.”

Immediately following Monday’s press conference to unveil Schiavino-Narvaez’s entry plan, she met with the transition team.

Larry Leverett, a former superintendent and Assistant State Commissioner of Education, is the chair of that eleven-member team, which also includes Jennifer Allen, Paula Altieri, Andres Alonso, Richard Lemons, Sheryl Petty, Enid Rey, Kelvin Roldan, Maree Sneed, Jonathan Swan, and Robert Villanova. Continue reading 'Incoming Superintendent Describes Entry Plan'»

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Parkville’s Park Re-Opened

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By , June 22, 2014 10:36 pm

 

Kids jamming with the Hartford Hot Several

George Day Park, Parkville’s only park, had its grand re-opening on Saturday. The event featured music from Cuban conga player, Pedrito Martinez, along with the Hartford Hot Several. The water features were on. Food and refreshment trucks lined the streets that had been closed to traffic for the afternoon. Continue reading 'Parkville’s Park Re-Opened'»


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