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July 2016


Summer Courtyard Concerts: Samba Rio Trio

July 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Summer Courtyard Concerts will be a four-concert series featuring a multicultural slate of music styles and showcasing a diverse lineup of local musicians. These afternoon concerts run approximately 90 minutes each and are free to the public. Food will be served a half hour before showtime. This week we will feature The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio. About Joe Carter: Joe Carter started guitar studies at an early age, eventually focusing on Jazz. While earning B.A. and M.A. degrees in Jazz Performance…

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August 2016


Dinner and a Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

August 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Our summer literacy event will feature a free meal, a viewing of the film and a free book for the first 25 families. This month’s movie is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst.

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Summer Courtyard Concerts: Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble

August 20, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 3:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Summer Courtyard Concerts will be a four-concert series featuring a multicultural slate of music styles and showcasing a diverse lineup of local musicians. These afternoon concerts run approximately 90 minutes each and are free to the public. Food will be served a half hour before showtime. This week we will feature Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble. About Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble: The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is one of the best Flamenco fusion groups in the United States. Established in 1994, the group…

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October 2016


Judaic Studies Road Show: Forgiveness in Shakespeare

October 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holidays, this interactive lecture by UConn professor Jeffrey Shoulson explores the themes of forgiveness in the works of William Shakespeare. Live presentations of scenes from the selected works will make this a powerful evening of art and ideas. This event is part of the 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, our yearly exploration of the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish identity in art.

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Traversing Traditions/India: Traversing Music

October 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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The rich cultural traditions of India will be celebrated in Traversing Traditions / India at Charter Oak Cultural Center, beginning September 22. Traversing Traditions / India is a month-long celebration of Indian music, visual arts, dance and film. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary classical music and dances of India. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of traditional, indigenous, popular, and current art practice by both Indian and Western…

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Traversing Traditions/India: Panel Discussion

October 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The rich cultural traditions of India will be celebrated in Traversing Traditions / India at Charter Oak Cultural Center, beginning September 22. Traversing Traditions / India is a month-long celebration of Indian music, visual arts, dance and film. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary classical music and dances of India. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of traditional, indigenous, popular, and current art practice by both Indian and Western…

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Traversing Traditions/India: Traversing Dance

October 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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The rich cultural traditions of India will be celebrated in Traversing Traditions / India at Charter Oak Cultural Center, beginning September 22. Traversing Traditions / India is a month-long celebration of Indian music, visual arts, dance and film. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary classical music and dances of India. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of traditional, indigenous, popular, and current art practice by both Indian and Western…

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Traversing Traditions/India: Traversing Film & Closing Reception

October 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The rich cultural traditions of India will be celebrated in Traversing Traditions / India at Charter Oak Cultural Center, beginning September 22. Traversing Traditions / India is a month-long celebration of Indian music, visual arts, dance and film. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary classical music and dances of India. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of traditional, indigenous, popular, and current art practice by both Indian and Western…

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November 2016


“The Rescuers”: A Documentary

November 3, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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We will screen the 2011 documentary, 'The Rescuers,' which traces the journey of a young Rwandan genocide activist and a renowned Holocaust historian who interview survivors and descendants of diplomats who rescued thousands of Jews from the death camps. This event is part of the 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, our yearly exploration of the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish identity in art.  

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Healing the Rift: An Election Eve Vigil for the Well-Being of the Nation

November 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center will host “Healing the Rift: An Election Eve Vigil for the Well-Being of the Nation” on Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m. It is a free community event. The evening will feature brief readings of inspirational text and space for personal reflection. Regardless of what election-year issues that bring you to the event – concern about gun violence, terrorism, gender injustice, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism – “Healing the Rift" will offer a safe, reflective space to…

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Read It and Sleep: Chicken In Space

November 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Our monthly literacy program, "Read It and Sleep," returns for the fall! Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids recieve a FREE copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! November's book is CHICKEN IN SPACE by Adam Lehrhaupt (Author) and Shahar Kober (Illustrator). Zoey isn’t like the other chickens. She has dreams. She has plans. And she…

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The Good Adoptee by Suzanne Bachner

November 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$25

Can you imagine not knowing your own identity? That’s the reality for millions of adoptees and the focus of Suzanne Bachner’s award-winning show, The Good Adoptee, which will tour Connecticut this fall to help garner support for restoring Connecticut adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates. The tour will run Oct. 22 to Dec. 9, coinciding with National Adoption Awareness Month and will benefit Access Connecticut’s adoptee rights efforts. Each performance will include a post-show Talk Back with Suzanne Bachner…

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SUPERMEN: A Play by Adam Esquinazi Douglas

November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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“Supermen” explores the intersection of faith and art in this story about the Jewish creators of Superman. Weaving together Jewish identity with the lore of comic books, “Supermen” is an engaging play about what makes a hero. This event is part of the 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, our yearly exploration of the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish identity in art.  

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“Legends of the Forgotten Borough” A Play Inspired by the Life & Legacy of Hip-Hop R&B Pioneers, The Force MD’s

November 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Written & Directed by Hartford native, Sharece M. Sellem Executive Producers, Khalil Lundy & Stevie D. of The Force MD’s Music Director, Colin Ivan Osborn Saturday, November 26, 2016 2:00pm Show Advance Tickets $25 7:00pm Show Advance Tickets $27 Door Price $30 For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit: www.VintageSoulProductions.com or call 860-840-2877 In the 1980’s, a group of teens formed a sound that no one had ever heard, and a brotherhood that couldn’t be broken. After…

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December 2016


Without You: A World AIDS Day Public Art Action

December 1, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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To mark this year's World AIDS Day on December 1, Charter Oak will present “Without You,” a public art action. The Charter Oak gallery space will house an array of blank panels on the walls and floor of our space. Anyone in our community is invited to visit our space and transform a blank panel into art. Commemorate the loss of a loved one to AIDS. Respond in art to the AIDS epidemic. Share the experience of living with AIDS.…

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4th Annual Super Sensitive Dude-A-Palooza

December 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$20 – $25

We are excited to announce the 4th annual Super Sensitive Dude-A-Palooza brought to you by Jen Lowe and The Charter Oak Cultural Center.  The evening concert will be held on Sunday December 4, 2016.  Doors are at 6:30, and the show starts at 7PM. “I am excited to be hosting the event at Charter Oak again this year.” remarks Lowe. “We had such an incredible experience holding the concert there last December and this year will be even better.”  …

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Let Me See That Body: Julia DePinto

December 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on December 9 for a closing reception and artist Q&A for Julia DePinto's "Let Me See That Body," curated by Neil Daigle-Orians. Julia DePinto is a Columbus-based artist and educator. Her interdisciplinary practice explores the discourse of contemporary self-portraiture by combining traditional and experimental approaches to printmaking and photography with the tools of smart technology and design. Highly emotive self-portraits are used as a conduit for contextualizing social and political commentary, including the societal structures placed on women…

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Open House: Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman

December 15, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman bring their public art installation "Open House" to the Charter Oak gallery. The installation -- an evolution of their "Home" project, explores the experience of homelessness and the notions of home.

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January 2017


Auditions for The Vagina Monologues

January 9, 2017 @ 6:00 am - January 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Our annual production of The Vagina Monologues is gearing up -- auditions are coming soon! Auditions for this year's production will be held at Charter Oak Cultural Center on January 9 and 10, 2017 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. The production will be directed by Adrienne Marie, who made her directorial debut with last year's production. Auditioners are asked to bring a selection from The Vagina Monologues to read. Monologue material will be available at the audition for those…

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Art as Social Justice: Considering “Open House: Hartford”

January 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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In honor of Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman's site-spectific installation "Open House: Hartford," Charter Oak Cultural Center is hosting a panel discussion inspired by the installation called "Art as Social Justice: Considering 'Open House: Hartford'." The panel, which will include the artists, will explore the many uses of art as a tool to further the values of social justice and, specifically, how "Open House: Hartford" illuminates the meaning of home and issues surrounding homelessness in Connecticut. The discussion begins…

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Read It and Sleep

January 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Our monthly literacy program, "Read It and Sleep," returns for the fall! Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids recieve a FREE copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! READ IT AND SLEEP begins at 7 p.m. in the Charter Oak Gallery. For more information, call 860-310-2580.

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To Be Real: Portraits by Shona Curtis

January 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Shona Curtis has been making art her entire life. Although she works in many mediums, she is particularly drawn to photography. Through her portrait photography she brings to bear her 15 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, of seeing people in all their dimensions and beautiful contradictions. Through stunningly intimate portraits, photographer Shona Curtis illustrates how portraiture is not about the subject or the photographer, but the alchemy of the relationship between the two. To Be Real, an exhibit of film…

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February 2017


The Vagina Monologues

February 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - February 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Eve Ensler's groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues,  is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. Adrienne Marie, a veteran of previous productions, signs on this year as director! V-Day is a global activist movement to stop vioelnce against women and girls. Further information about V-Day can be found at: www.vday.org. Proceeds benefit My Sister's Place, Interval House and Connecticut Transadvocacy. Doors open at 7 pm Friday and Saturday.   Tickets for Friday,…

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Bearded Fruit: Live!

February 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Bearded Fruit goes live! Join us for the very first live recording of Bearded Fruit, an LGBT-focused podcast based in Hartford. Each week on Bearded Fruit, hosts Cody and Neil Daigle-Orians tackle culture and politics through an intersectional queer lens. For their very first live event, they've invited a terrific panel of guests to join them, including Mark Richards (reigning Mr. CT Bear), Tyron Chapman (father of the House of Escada) and Shona Curtis (photographer who's exhibit "To Be Real"…

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Revolutionary Read: Between the World and Me

February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Join us as we kick off a new community reading series, focused on books that spark revolutionary conversations about social justicce. We kick off the program with Ta-Nehisi Coates' incredible book, "Between the World and Me," a book The New York Times called "expressionistic... lyrical and gritty." Pick up a copy of the book, and start reading. Then join us in the Sanctuary on February 23 at 7 p.m. for an interactive lecture about the book .  

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March 2017


The Man Behind the Curtain: Steve Bannon, Fascism in America, and Where We Go From Here

March 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to welcome Professor Christopher Vials for 'The Man Behind the Curtain: Steve Bannon, Fascism in America, and Where We Go From Here." The white nationalist Steve Bannon is an unprecedented figure in mainstream presidential politics, but he didn’t come out of nowhere. Professor Vials will take a look at Bannon within the long history of fascist movements in the United States, while also examining the current status of antifascist currents in this country. After…

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Read It and Sleep: Ada Twist, Scientist

March 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Read It and Sleep returns for March with "Ada Twist, Scientist!" Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this?…

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Adrianne Greenbaum: “Farewell To the Homeland: Poyln”

March 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture continues with flutist Adrianne Greenbaum and Fleytmusik performing the program "Farewell to the Homeland: Polyn." The concert is being presented in collaboration with the UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. "Farewell to the Homeland: Poyln"  Concert: The Geshikhte/Story: A tiny shtetl in Dubiecko, Poland; three generations of a family klezmer band; post shabbos torchlight parade to Belzer rebbe; 1934 Bar Mitzvah on a boat to America; family members…

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IROKO: Home of the Ancestors/La Casa de los Ancestros

March 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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IROKO, The Tree of Life project featuring three Eastern faculties, Imna Arroyo, Tao Chen and Jaime Gomez, opens this spring in three Connecticut art spaces. The project includes three art exhibitions, a video 10 minutes multi media and a book whi ch will se rve as th e ca ta lo g fo r th e traveling art exhibition. IROKO is inspired by the sacred Tree of Life, known as Iroko to the Yoruba people of West Africa and those…

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April 2017


Passover and Politics: How to Lead a Meaningful Seder in These Challenging Times

April 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Rabbi Donna Berman, Charter Oak Cultural Center's executive director, will lead "Passover and Politics: How to Lead a Meaningful Seder in These Challenging Times" on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. The story of the Exodus from Egypt is extremely political. It is about oppression, revolt and liberation. Join Rabbi Donna Berman, Executive Director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center, for an exploration of the meaning of the holiday, the treasure trove of wisdom the Haggadah brings to bare on our…

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Ted Hershey Dance Marathon

April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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The 19th Annual Ted Hershey Dance & Music Marathon Concert features dance companies, choreographers and schools in a signature celebration of Hartford's rich, culturally diverse dance community. It celebrates the life and work of Ted Hershey, principal dancer with Hartford Ballet and co-founder of Works Contemporary Dance, who died of AIDS in 1998.

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Revolutionary Read: Stuck Rubber Baby

April 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

This month, we are honored to be welcoming underground comix legend, Eisner and Harvey Award winner Howard Cruse! In the 1960s American South, a young gas-station attendant named Toland Polk is rejected from the Army draft for admitting “homosexual tendencies,” and falls in with a close-knit group of young locals yearning to break from the conformity of their hometown through civil rights activism, folk music and upstart communality of race-mixing, gay-friendly nightclubs. Toland’s story is both deeply personal and epic…

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May 2017


Project Poetry Live!

May 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$12

Public Performance of Project Poetry Live! - a multi-disciplinary performance project created by Vita West Muir and Litchfield Performing Arts. Bringing together students from the R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, the final performance features an original performance work created by choreographer Matthew Westerby, composer Albert Rivera and set designer Lydia Heubenthal. The performance work is inspired by poetry written by students under the direction of renowned poet Kate Rushin. The final…

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Jazz Masters: Portraits by Pierre Sylvain

May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Charter Oak Cultural Center welcomes award-winning artist, Pierre Sylvain for the inaugural exhibition in our spring celebration of Jazz, Jazz Masters: Portraits by Pierre Sylvain. In this premiere exhibition, Pierre Sylvain's paintings evoke a pop-surreal journey through the history of Jazz in America. Sylvain's Haitian background informs each portrait with abstract color and charm. Join us for a complimentary wine and cheese reception in our Gallery, and meet the artist!  Charter Oak Cultural Center May 18–June 30, 2017 Artists Reception:…

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Read It & Sleep: The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

May 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Join us and our guest reader, Tanisha Whitter of Connecticut Science Center, as we read this Caldecott Medal-winning book, and enjoy hot chocolate and light snacks! Pajamas strongly encouraged (not required) One look at this amazing-but-true picture book introducing the little-known artist Hawkins and his dreams of dinosaurs, and kids may well forget about Jurassic Park. As a child growing up in 19th-century London, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins discovered his passion: drawing and sculpting animal figures, especially prehistoric dinosaurs. His artistic…

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June 2017


Dinner And A Movie: The Jungle Book (2016)

June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Dinner and a Movie is back for the summer!   Charter Oak Cultural Center takes its love of reading out into the courtyard for "Dinner and a Movie." Enjoy a meal under the Hartford sky in our courtyard, then settle in for an awesome movie based on a popular book. Each of the first 20 families goes home with a copy of the book -- and it's all FREE!   June's movie is "The Jungle Book (2016)" based on the…

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Jazz Modern: The Music Of Orice Jenkins

June 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$18

Join us for a night of jazz standards, featuring modern interpretations of songs made famous by Nat "King" Cole, and additional music featuring Orice Jenkins' unmistakable sound. Discount student tickets are available!

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July 2017


Summer Courtyard Concerts: The Funky Dawgz

July 22, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Charter Oak Cultural Center is once again setting the summer to music with our Summer Courtyard Concerts series. We are excited to be hosting the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, one of the premier touring acts on the live music scene today. Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself…

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August 2017


PVS: Homebound

August 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present an exhibition displaying the works of current Parkville Studios Artists; Alexis Crowley, Justyna Dabrowski, Angela Godoy, Jack Hollant, and Micha Izydorczak. Enjoy the latest art from a brand new collaboration with Parkville studios! Join for a complimentary wine and cheese reception from 6-8pm on August 3, and get a chance to meet some of the cutting edge artists of the popular art studio. Charter Oak Cultural Center August 3–August 23, 2017 Artists Reception:…

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Dinner and a Movie: Coraline

August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Enjoy a meal under the Hartford sky in our courtyard, then settle into our sanctuary for an awesome movie based on a popular book. Each family (first 20 in attendance) goes home with a copy of the book -- and it's all FREE! August's movie is "Coraline" based on the modern classic children's book by Neil Gaiman! Coraline is a strange, heartfelt and action-packed family adventure that everyone will enjoy. "Dinner and a Movie: Coraline" will take place on August…

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Summer Courtyard Concerts: Americas Ensemble

August 26, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Charter Oak Cultural Center is once again setting the summer to music with our Summer Courtyard Concerts series. From streets of Buenos Aires to the foot of the Andes, The Americas Ensemble take the listener on a Latin-inspired journey that features music by renowned composers such as Piazolla, Gardel, Pujol, Montes and Lauro as well as exciting new arrangements of traditional music.   The group is comprised of three outstanding virtuosos: Guitarist Daniel Salazar, flutist Gonzalo Cortes and special guest,…

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September 2017


DEEP ROOTS

September 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to once again welcome Professor Christopher Vials for another community talk, unpacking recent disturbing events and their ramifications. This talk reviews the history of fascist and antifascist currents in the United States from the 1920s to the present. It pays special attention to the middle class nature of fascism and the current debates over white nationalist rallies and free speech. Chris Vials is the author of Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the…

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Read It and Sleep: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

September 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Read It and Sleep is back for our Fall Season, featuring "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs!" Join us and our special guest reader as we read this award-winning book, explore an artistic activity, and enjoy some hot chocolate and light snacks! (Pajamas strongly encouraged) This is a free event, and the first 20 families in attendance will receive a free copy of this month's featured book!

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Sukkah Decorating Party

September 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Join us on September 28 to celebrate Sukkot with the decorating of our sukkah! The family-focused event will feature arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, and a few more surprises. The decorating begins at 4:30 p.m and participation is FREE. Immediately following the Sukkah Decorating Party is our September Family Dinner. Join us for more music and a free community meal. The meal begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-310-2580.  

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The Art of Protest: Photographs by Arienne Davey

September 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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Free

Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present an exhibition displaying the works of photographer Arienne Davey, "The Art of Protest." Join the artist for a complimentary wine and cheese reception from 6-8pm on September 28! About the Artist: Arienne Davey has been creating photographs for a little over 25 years. She has shot from below sea level, snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, to the ruins of Machu Picchu at almost 8,000 feet. On the spur of the…

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October 2017


Stand Up For DACA Vigil

October 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Join us and tell everyone that we will not be silent for this. Hear from community leaders on how you can help the cause, and join hands in support of DACA. For more information, call 860.310.2580

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Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

October 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Charter Oak Cultural Center is excited to announce a free lecture featuring the author of Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, Jeremy Dauber! In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. His exploration takes us from the Book of Esther to Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm from the work of such masters as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody…

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Tell Me Another Stories: Tales of the Unexpected

October 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$20

Go figure, right? Life is full of unexpected moments. Spend an evening hearing about them with Tell Me Another at the Charter Oak Cultural Center on Saturday October 21. Enjoy stories from Moth GrandSLAM Winner Terry Wolfisch Cole and:     Richard Cardillo Shoshanna Foster Carolyn Freer Judith Mann Andre Medano Lorrie Pearson Mark Scerra Erica Thrall Just a reminder about Charter Oak, by the way: It's a BYO venue. Feel free to bring a 6-pack or a bottle of wine and some glasses.…

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Natural Instincts

October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Laurie Wohl, "Window of Prayers" “The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected.” – David Suzuki, scientist. This exhibition will bring together works that embody harmonious multiculturalism and inter- religious unity. In the current age, we focus on what divides, rather than what unites us. Artists are encouraged to submit works that highlight our common humanity, rather…

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Annual Halloween Bash

October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak gets spooky for our annual Halloween Bash, a fun family-friendly evening of music, treats, games an art activities for the kids. Come dressed in your spookiest costume and have a blast! Our annual Halloween Bash will take place in our Sanctuary space on October 26 at 6:30 p.m. The event is FREE. For more information, call 860-310-2580.

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November 2017


A Little Help For Our Friends

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$15

A benefit concert for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Join us for a sparkling night of music and entertainment. 100 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the ongoing hurricane relief effort.   Including performances by: Orice Jenkins, Sarah Morin, and Daniel Salazar. Suggested Donation: $15 For more information, call 860.310.2580

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The Guy Mendilow Ensemble

November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center and The UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life are coming together to present The Guy Mendilow Ensemble, back by popular demand once again! This special performance is a featured event in Charter Oak's 13th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture. The Guy Mendilow Ensemble operates on the notion that incredible stories and emotionally sweeping experiences can do far more than just entertain. They can spark resonance, fascination and motivation to care beyond…

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Read It & Sleep

November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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The Giving Tree Read It and Sleep returns for November with Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree!"   The Giving Tree, a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein, has been a classic favorite for generations.   Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to…

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December 2017


Tax Credits and Grant Opportunities: A Non-Profit Workshop

December 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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This workshop has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for a date in the first half of 2018(TBA). Check back soon! Join us for a reception and then a discussion presented by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) about tax credits that are available to corporations to help non-profits with capital projects.  The SHPO’s grant programs for non-profits will also be discussed.  It’s a great program and we want to share the news! This event is free and open…

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Golda’s Balcony

December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$15

The rise of Golda Meir from impoverished Russian schoolgirl to prime minister of Israel is one of the most amazing stories of the 20th century. Now her life has been transformed into a play of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph by William Gibson, author of "The Miracle Worker." Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present this staged reading as a part of our 13th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture. Tickets on sale now!

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January 2018


Auditions: The Vagina Monologues

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - January 11 @ 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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Our annual production of The Vagina Monologues is gearing up -- auditions are coming soon! Auditions for this year's production will be held at Charter Oak Cultural Center on January 9 and 11, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The production will be directed by Adrienne Marie. Auditioners are asked to bring a selection from The Vagina Monologues to read. Monologue material will be available at the audition for those who need it. The Charter Oak Cultural Center production…

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Read It & Sleep: My Mother’s Sari

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Read It and Sleep returns for 2018 with My Mother's Sari by Sandhya Rao!   In My Mother's Sari, a little girls sees her mothers sari as ""long like a train"" and that it ""fills the air with color when I dance and sing."" A blue sari is a ""river""; a patterned one is a place to hide with her friends. Best of all, the youngster wraps herself in the vivid cloth because she loves how it makes her dream.…

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February 2018


Erik Williams: A Sad and Beautiful World

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present "A Sad and Beautiful World," photography by Erik Williams. Previously exhibited at Real Art Ways, Charter Oak's installation will feature exclusive and previously unseen works that have been added to the collection. Erik Williams’ aesthetic is informed by the opportunity for rawness that his camera allows him, helping him to create moments of honesty. Says Williams, “I use my photography to catch a glimpse of what I see, in order to share it…

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Day Of Tears

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$15

In special association with the author, Charter Oak is proud to present a staged reading of the modern classic, Day Of Tears, by Julius Lester. Join a talented cast of actors directed by Laurie Maria Cabral as they retell the story of the largest slave auction in American History. Tickets on sale now!

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Read It & Sleep: Dave the Potter

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Read It & Sleep is back for Black History Month with Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill! Join us for free snacks, hot chocolate, a fun activity and an entertaining read of our featured book from our guest reader, Lina Osho-Williams of Hartford Public Library! Each family in attendance goes home with a FREE copy of the book! (while supplies last)

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The Jewish Play Writing Contest

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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An international search for the best unpublished Jewish plays.Part of the 13th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, and produced in collaboration with the UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. Enjoy – and judge – this year’s top three. This year all plays are special "best of" selections from previous years' winners and finalists! Watch a cast of stellar actors read 20-minute sections from three plays, hear JPP Founder David Winitsky share the latest trends, and…

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SIPS AND SCRIPTS: The Vagina Monologues

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$25

You're invited to Sips and Scripts! You bring the wine, we'll provide the glasses, hors d'oeuvres, works from local artisans on sale, music, and mingling with members of the cast of The Vagina Monologues. Wear red to mark this VDay event. $25 ticket includes admission to the Friday, February 23rd opening night performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm. Limited space. Get your tickets early! Tickets for Sips & Scripts      art by Elaine Lynders, GHS '17     Now Accepting Donations…

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The Vagina Monologues

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$15

Eve Ensler's groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues, is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. Adrienne Marie, a veteran of previous productions, returns this year as director! V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Further information about V-Day can be found at: www.vday.org. Proceeds benefit My Sister's Place, Interval House and Connecticut Transadvocacy. Doors open at 7 pm Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24. The…

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The Vagina Monologues

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$15

Eve Ensler's groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues, is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. Adrienne Marie, a veteran of previous productions, returns this year as director! V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Further information about V-Day can be found at: www.vday.org. Proceeds benefit My Sister's Place, Interval House and Connecticut Transadvocacy. Doors open at 7 pm Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24. The…

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March 2018


Harvesting Stones: The Jewish Farmers of Eastern Connecticut

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present a special screening of Harvesting Stones, featuring an exclusive Q&A with the filmmaker!   About Harvesting Stones: It's the 1890s. Connecticut Yankees are selling their rocky farms, Jews are fleeing Czarist Russia, and a Jewish back-to-the-land movement sees turning shtetl refugees into farmers as the best way for them become productive, self-sufficient Americans. Add some funding from the German-Jewish philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsch and you have the recipe for a Jewish…

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Read It & Sleep: Spring Book Grab

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Join us in our gallery, as Read It & Sleep mixes it up for the "Spring Book Grab." Join us for snacks, some fun Spring art activities and a book-fair style grab featuring Read It & Sleep's greatest hits and new favorites! Special guest reader TBA As always, Read It & Sleep is free and open to the public! For more information, visit www.charteroakcenter.org, or dial 860.310.2580

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20th Annual Ted Hershey Dance Marathon

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$25

Charter Oak Cultural Center is honored to present the 20th Annual Ted Hershey Dance & Music Marathon Concert features dance companies, choreographers and schools in a signature celebration of Hartford's rich, culturally diverse dance community. It celebrates the life and work of Ted Hershey, principal dancer with Hartford Ballet and co-founder of Works Contemporary Dance, who died of AIDS in 1998.

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April 2018


Cooking Class For Kids

April 9 @ 9:00 am - April 12 @ 12:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Cooking Class for Kids Spring Break, April 9th – 12th Monday through Thursday 9:00 – Noon In this class for students ages 6 to 12, Make bread, soup, silly snacks, pinwheel sandwiches and more!   To register: 860-30-2589 ericaw@charteroakcenter.org  

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Call For Art: (Not) Sitting on the Fence, a New Outdoor Exhibit

April 11 @ 8:00 am - April 23 @ 5:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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The signs you made for the women’s marches and The March for Our Lives are too clever to be put in a closet somewhere!  Charter Oak Cultural Center is now accepting submissions for our upcoming art installation of protest signs from those recent marches.  The signs will be installed on the beautiful, historic fence on our property—an outdoor exhibit that will withstand and be impacted by the weather, just as committed protesters are. Please send us pictures of your funny,…

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Reception | Race and Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present "Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal" in a special partnership with Uconn's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Join us for a complimentary wine and cheese reception on April 13! ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: "Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal," investigates the prevalence of segregation in the United States public school system. Since the inception of #BlackLivesMatter in 2012, the American population is reflecting on what happened after the Civil…

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Revolutionary Read: Interactive Lecture

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Join us for the latest installment of our free community reading series, focused on books that spark revolutionary conversations about social justice. In an exciting partnership with Hartford Public Library, this Spring we are featuring Citizen: An American Lyric! Pick up a copy of the book at Hartford Public Library, Charter Oak Cultural Center, or your local book seller and start reading. On April 19, join us in the Charter Oak Sanctuary for an interactive lecture with UConn's own Shardé…

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Read It & Sleep: Chocolate Me

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Read It and Sleep's 2018 season continues with Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs! The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is. For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book…

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Human Dignity in Judaism: A Talk featuring Susannah Heschel

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Human Dignity in Judaism: A free lecture In this talk from acclaimed author and intellectual Susannah Heschel, we explore the themes of human rights and dignity within Jewish religious texts, and how they relate to the modern human experience. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of “Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus” and “The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany” as…

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May 2018


Reception: Mosaic Affair & Spring Song

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Mr. President (Mosaic Tile) Pierre Sylvain, 2018 Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present the premiere exhibition of a series of mosaics created by award-winning artist, Pierre Sylvain,  and a site-specific mixed media installation on The Wall, Spring Song, by Kim Sobel.   Mosaics are often associated with abstract art or works of antiquity, but Sylvain is working to change that perception with Mosaic Affair. "Mosaic is an ancient art, and it's very exciting to update it with depictions…

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Read It and Sleep: Spring Book Grab II

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Back by popular demand! Our second book grab of the season. Come out and enjoy hot chocolate, light snacks, activities, and select your favorite in our book fair-style grab.

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June 2018


Center For Creative Learning Graduation

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEARNING Come celebrate with our graduates: Allen Redding, Elsa Melly Koulla, Jacob Dudzik, Ogecih C. Eneh, Tiffany Martin, Briannicka Gregory, Nickie Sealy Thursday, June 7th, 2018 5:30 p.m. dinner 7 p.m. ceremony (reception to follow) RSVP to 860.310.2580 or BOTS@charteroakcenter.org

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Reception: House Of Love – Prayers For the Earth by Elisabeth Moss

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center is excited to announce House of Love- Prayers For the Earth- paintings by Elisabeth Moss. Enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese reception on June 14, discover this new and exciting collection, and get a chance to meet the artist! Elisabeth Moss has been creating visual expressions since childhood. Her exhibit "House Of Love- Prayers For The Earth" was inspired by a watercolor she made at the age of 7- presaging the spiritual nature of her art making today. In the…

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Make Music Hartford

June 21 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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The first annual Make Music Hartford, a wild and wonderful mix of free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21. Make Music Hartford is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. This year, more than 750 cities worldwide will host thousands of Make Music performances as part of the world’s largest annual…

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Dinner and A Movie: A Wrinkle In Time

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Enjoy a meal under the Hartford sky in our courtyard, then settle into our sanctuary for an awesome movie based on a popular book. Each family (first 20 in attendance) goes home with a copy of the book -- and it's all FREE! June's movie is A Wrinkle In Time (2018), based on the award-winning classic by Madeleine L'Engle! A Wrinkle In Time is a strange, heartfelt and action-packed family adventure that everyone will enjoy. "Dinner and a Movie: A…

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Summer Courtyard Concerts: Hartford Steel Symphony

June 30 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center is once again setting the summer to music with our Summer Courtyard Concerts series. We are proud to once again welcome Hartford Steel Symphony, one of the most well known steel drum and West Indies music groups in all of New England! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIq1iLiHyY8 Join us, bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy food and music under the Hartford sky. As always, admission to this concert series is free of charge. Food and drink will be…

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July 2018


Dinner and a Movie: The BFG (2016)

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Food is served at 6PM. Movie starts at 7PM. Enjoy a meal under the Hartford sky in our courtyard, then settle into our sanctuary for an awesome movie based on a popular book. Each family (first 20 in attendance) goes home with a copy of the book -- and it's all FREE! July's movie is "The BFG," the Spielberg-directed film based on the award-winning classic by Roald Dahl! "Dinner and a Movie: The BFG" will take place on July 14…

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Summer Courtyard Concerts: Tom Dempsey Trio

July 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Charter Oak Cultural Center is once again setting the summer to music with our Summer Courtyard Concerts series. July 21, we are excited to welcome the prodigious jazz stylings of the Tom Dempsey Trio! Food and drink will be available at 1:30 p.m. (While supplies last) The 60-minute concert will begin at 2 p.m. Admission to this event is free! “Summer Courtyard Concerts” is funded through a grant by The Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Fund, Bank of America. N.A., Trustee.…

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Responding to the Trauma of Children at Our Borders

July 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

“The world endures only for the sake of the breath of children.” - Talmud Monday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm @ B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield Featuring mental health experts, educators and child survivors, this teach-in is free and open to the the entire community.

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Portrait Of The Artist : A Mystical Painted Poetry Walk

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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Followed by intimate conversation with artist Elisabeth Moss Join us to discover new poems inspired by the paintings of Elisabeth Moss, and gain insight into the process of creating the latest installation in the Charter Oak gallery at this exclusive talk from the artist.   This event is free and open to the public.

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August 2018


Traversing Traditions: Opening Reception

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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The rich cultural traditions of the nations of the West Indies will be celebrated in Traversing Traditions / West Indies at Charter Oak Cultural Center, beginning August 16. Traversing Traditions / West Indies is a month-long celebration of the music, visual arts, and dance of the West Indies. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary music and dances native to the West Indies. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of…

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Traversing Traditions/West Indies: Panel Discussion

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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The rich cultural traditions of the nations of the West Indies will be celebrated in Traversing Traditions / West Indies at Charter Oak Cultural Center, beginning August 16. Traversing Traditions / West Indies is a month-long celebration of the music, visual arts, and dance of the West Indies. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary music and dances native to the West Indies. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of…

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September 2018


Street Pianos at Charter Oak: Launch Day

September 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Over 38 cities around the world have what are called “Street Pianos,” pianos placed on the street for anyone to play, regardless of ability and now Hartford is joining them. In providing free access to a musical instrument, Charter Oak enables Hartford to join the likes of New York, Melbourne, London, Sydney and Barcelona in bringing access to the piano to residents.   “Street Pianos at Charter Oak: Launch Day” will be held on September 5, 2018 at 12PM. Guests…

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Traversing Traditions: Music

September 6 @ 7:00 am - 8:15 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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We are pleased to welcome back Hartford Steel Symphony to our stage for Traversing Traditions: Music. Traversing Traditions / West Indies is a month-long celebration of the music, visual arts, and dance of the West Indies. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary music and dances native to the West Indies. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of traditional, indigenous, popular, and current art practice by the featured artists.Taken as…

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Traversing Traditions: Closing Reception

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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The rich cultural traditions of the nations of the West Indies will be celebrated in Traversing Traditions / West Indies at Charter Oak Cultural Center. Traversing Traditions / West Indies is a month-long celebration of the music, visual arts, and dance of the West Indies. High-caliber performing artists will present both traditional and contemporary music and dances native to the West Indies. The visual and media arts segments redefine notions of the “contemporary” through an amalgamation of traditional, indigenous, popular,…

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Sukkah Decorating Party

September 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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Join us on September 20 to celebrate Sukkot with the decorating of our sukkah! The family-focused event will feature arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, and a few more surprises. The decorating begins at 4:30 p.m and participation is FREE. Immediately following the Sukkah Decorating Party is our September Family Dinner. Join us for more music and a free community meal. The meal begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-310-2580.

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Read It And Sleep: September

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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Our monthly literacy program, "Read It and Sleep," returns for the fall! Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 20 kids recieve a FREE copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! READ IT AND SLEEP begins at 7 p.m. in the Charter Oak Gallery. For more information, call 860-310-2580.

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October 2018


Through Compassionate Eyes: Exhibition Opening And Panel Discussion

October 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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"Azalel" (detail) by Alan Falk. 1:30-4:30pm. OPENING Reception 3:00-4:00pm. PANEL Discussion: "Through Compassionate Eyes, the Exhibition: Judaism, Veganism, Animal Rights, Art". Panel featuring: the Curators; Jeffrey Cohan, President Jewish Veg; Dorit Jordan Dotan, Artist; Diana Kurz, Artist. Curated by Julie Seidman, Joel Silverstein & Aimee Rubensteen. Participating Artists: Helen Barker, Sigal Ben-David, Siona Benjamin, Filipe Cortez, Alan Falk, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Katarzyna Kozera, Diana Kurz, Jane Lewis, Boris Lyubner, Philip McCulloch- Downs, Archie Rand, Corey Rowland, Linnea Ryshke, Julie Seidman,…

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Auditions: Civil War Christmas

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

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CT

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Charter Oak Cultural Center will be hosting auditions for "A Civil War Christmas" on October 11, 2018, in partnership with the University of Connecticut.   Students must be in grades 9-12 to audition, no appointment necessary. Field trips to UConn to watch the professional production and transportation will be provided.   For more information: Brennah@charteroakcenter.org 860.310.2589

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Big Sonia

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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  Charter Oak Cultural Center is excited to offer a screening of the acclaimed film from Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday.   A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, this documentary, focusing on 91 year Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski, offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.   The screening will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. Presented as part…

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Annual Halloween Bash

October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

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Charter Oak gets spooky for our annual Halloween Bash, a fun family-friendly evening of music, treats, games an art activities for the kids. Come dressed in your spookiest costume and have a blast! Our annual Halloween Bash will take place in our Sanctuary space on October 25 at 5:00 p.m. The event is FREE. For more information, call 860-310-2580.

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November 2018


A Tribute To Sandy Parisky

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

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CT

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On November 1 from 6-8PM Charter Oak Cultural Center will host a Tribute to Sandy Parisky.   Sandy was part of a group that worked to save the building from the efforts of The Hartford Redevelopment Agency to reuse the land, putting the building at danger of demolition or reuse as a profit making entity. The Restoration of the Charter Oak Temple became a civic goal that resulted in the commitment to make Connecticut’s first synagogue a lasting monument to…

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Kristallnacht Commemoration

November 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Our yearly commemoration event of Kristallnacht brings the community together with local artists to mark "The Night of Broken Glass." This multi-faith event is a meditation on the horrors of war and a call for peace. This year, we will also pause to reflect on the tragic Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. This event is part of the 14th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, our yearly exploration of the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish identity…

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Read it & Sleep: November

November 16 @ 7:00 pm

FREE Our monthly literacy program continues in November. Our young readers will participate in some fun art activities, hear Vera B. William's A Chair For My Mother read by a special guest, and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. Every child takes home a free copy of the month's featured book! About A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER: This classic and award-winning picture book was written and illustrated by the celebrated Vera B. Williams and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the…

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Improv Comedy Workshop For Kids

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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This event is great for children ages 8 to 12 who love the spotlight or need to get more comfortable in the spotlight. Join us for improv games and techniques! A perfect opportunity for kids to learn public speaking, quick thinking, and teamwork. FUN and FREE! Email brennah@charteroakcenter.org to register.

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HOW IT IS – Reflections on Prison from “Brave in a New World” and “In My Shoes”

November 17 @ 7:30 pm

$20.00

$20 General Admission / $15 Seniors 65+ / $5 Students / No one turned away due to lack of funds. In a mix of narrative, song and dance that audiences have praised as "powerful," and "incredibly brave... moving," How It Is brings key issues of incarceration to the stage. Performed by members of Judy Dworin Performance Project's Ensemble and guest artists that have, at one point, spent time in prison, this work sheds light on the experience of incarceration and the challenges…

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