Although there are “Hartford”s in states other than CT, we’d like to think that the woman in the ad below is asking the Siri app on her new iPhone 4s for our Hartford Hospital…
(HT to clif of socialhartford.com)
If you have never heard of String Theorie, let us introduce you:
They describe themselves as “an Instrumental World Fusion band from Central Connecticut that brings together fingerstyle acoustic guitar, extended modern bass technique, and a wide variety of world percussion instruments to forge a sound that can’t really be described in words.” We first heard them this spring at a Friday-night session in the bar at Firebox, but they play at venues all over the area. They’ll be back at Firebox again Friday, August 26, and they open for Sea Tea Improv at City Steam on Sunday, August 28. They’ll also open for Don Ross and Brooke Miller at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Thursday, October 6. Try to catch them, you won’t be disappointed.
We have so many talented people right here in our midst, one of whom is the fabulous Helder Mira of Mira Hartford and Rabbit Ears Media, who has combined his passions for writing, directing & comic books into the pilot for a web series: Royal Comics. It features Hartford actors you may have seen on stage with Sea Tea Improv, Hartford Children’s Theatre etc., and was filmed in Hartford. The screening is next Friday at La Paloma Sabonera, come and check it out!
The fine folks at hartford.com and the MetroHartford Alliance have been working for two years on a project to change the way the city is marketed. As it says on their website: “This isn’t a tourism campaign. This is a way to promote our city to our own metro area and encourage those roughly 1.2 million people to come to Hartford more often.” They’ve already had meetings with various constituencies throughout the city and will be holding two informational sessions this Wednesday, July 27 at the Convention Center in the AM and at the Hartford Public Library in the evening. Visit the hartford.com site for more info on the campaign and the meetings, and to register to attend. If you live in, work in or just love the City of Hartford, please consider attending one of the sessions to learn more and give your input on the message that will convey that our city is a great one.
Google was in town mapping the streets of Hartford today. This pic was snapped by @AgentMurphy on Ansonia Street in the South End (Tom, you were at a full and complete stop when you took this, right?).
When Newsweek dubbed Grand Rapids, MI a “dying city”, some residents took issue with that moniker and responded with this spirited video, showing off city streets, parks, fire and police departments, and their place on the Grand River. The video involved 5,000 people, and was funded by $40K in donations. Kudos to those involved for coordinating such an undertaking, which was filmed on May 22 in one uninterrupted take.
It would be so cool to film a Hartford version of this, and show off our parks, theaters, museums and neighborhoods. It would be hard to go from Downtown and the riverfront to, say, Hartford Children’s Theatre and the Mark Twain House in the West End in one take, but who needs one take when we have so much to boast about?
More info here and here.
No matter how you feel about the Healthcare Act or “socialized medicine”, you have to admit that our local emergency rooms are not the proper place for the poor and uninsured to seek routine medical care. Hartford’s Malta House of Care provides free healthcare to the uninsured and the extremely ill. Dr. Pauline Olsen, a retired obstetrician, has been instrumental in establishing the clinic and volunteers at nearly 90 percent of all available clinic days since it opened in 2006. She is a nominee for the L’Oreal Women of Worth Award. If she gets the most votes, Malta House will receive $25,000. It only takes a second to help make a big difference!
When they put a grocery store where a dress shop used to be, you will not be required to dress up when shopping there. Unless you are Taylor Swift.
The Hartford Business Journal reports that the former Niro dress shop, at 241 Asylum Ave., will soon be the site of a new grocery/deli. Unlike Rose Gourmet or Max Bibo Deli, the hours for shop will be more amenable for downtown residents and evening visitors instead of just lunching business-folk.
We find it interesting that it will be across the street from the Hartford 21 storefront that Northland outfitted to be a grocery store on spec a few years ago, that still sits empty. So many of the Northland storefronts (Goodwin Hotel shops, Hartford 21, the North side of Pratt St) have sat empty for years while the properties across the street from them are occupied. Makes you wonder how hard they tried to fill them.
Taylor Swift photo via.