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the dirt on the dirt salon

the dirt salon logoThe Dirt Salon is a new creative venture in Parkville, billing itself as “Hartford’s first and only art salon”. The space that once housed the RLF Home Design Center now houses a collection of galleries, a cabaret and artists studios. On Friday night, hundreds of visitors streamed in and out of the turn-of-the-century foundry building as The Dirt Salon hosted a grand opening soiree, aptly titled The Dirt Flirt. The photos below don’t do justice to the space, so next time they host an event, we encourage you to check it out for yourself. “Like” them on Facebook for more dirt on The Dirt Salon.

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Paintings by Gabriela Galarza-Block grace one of the beautiful brick galleries.

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On the left, an installation by David Borawski.

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Artist Anne Cubberly and some of her sculptures can be found in one of the studios. The crown she is wearing will be used at this Friday’s CT Forum.


one city. one take.

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.

my kingdom for a metro

Hartford Metro Map, originally uploaded by jamesplankton.

CT- and DC-based designer Brian Cook has conjured up a Metro for Hartford, if only on paper. The Orange and Red lines intersect at the Capitol, with major hubs at the Old State House and in the West End, while the Yellow line loops around the Downtown area and into the North and South Ends. Other lines crisscross the city and dip into the suburbs, east of the river and even BDL. It looks great on paper, makes complete sense, and we salivate at the thought of such a thing coming to fruition.

Subway maps from NYC and Paris are all the rage in decor magazines and catalogs, and a print of this is going to look great on our wall… and yours. Size is 27″ x 16.5″ and all post-printing proceeds go to ConnectiKids.

More here.

walk in a winter wonderland

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This time of year, Constitution Plaza is transformed into a virtual fairyland of lights. If you haven’t been to see them yet, you have only 4 days left, as they come down starting January 6. It’s a nice way to spent a little time outside in the cold crisp air, and if you need to warm up, pop into Spris for a glass of prosecco.

not your average nursery rhyme

Nick D'Angelo, Josiah Rowe and Scott MacDonald in Babes in Toyland

Need a festive break from holiday shopping and wrapping? Check out the Hartford Children’s Theatre production of BABES IN TOYLAND, the 2009-2010 Family MainStage Holiday Show.  BABES IN TOYLAND is a holiday classic that follows “Tom” and “Mary” on an incredible journey through Toyland.  Featuring the original Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough score, this old-fashioned family musical is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

All performances take place at HCT’s Carriage House Theatre (360 Farmington Avenue):

Friday, December 18 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 pm

Ticket info here.

bah your humbug this weekend


HartBeat Ensemble’s localized – and irreverent – take on Dickens’ classic tale makes its seasonal debut this weekend, and plays all month in various locations.  Don’t be a Scrooge, go see it!

Ebeneeza – A Hartford Holiday Carol!
All Hartford shows are FREE!

Dec 4 & 5 @7:30pm
Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts

Dec 11 & 12 @7:30pm, Dec 13 @2:00pm
Mark Twain House & Museum

Dec 18 & 19 7:30pm
West Indian Social Club

$20/$15 Students, Seniors & Let’s Go Arts
Dec 26 @7:30pm, Dec 27 @2:00pm
Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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Need more info? call 860 548-9144

the love bus

bus stop on Pearl St.

bus stop on Pearl St.

Noticed on Saturday night, 6:30 pm, May 23:  one  standard city bus stop, Pearl Street at Haynes, festooned with enormous heart-shaped candy-type box, mini-picket fence, assorted silk flowers.  Too late in the year for Valentines Day. Does anybody know what this is about? Inquiring minds want to know….