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April 2018


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

April 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 23, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 6:30 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 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 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! 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 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. 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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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, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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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, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

"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, 2018 @ 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 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, 2018 @ 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 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, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

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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In the Gallery: The Art of Robert Neiditz

November 15, 2018 - December 21, 2018

FREE

November 15 through December 21 Weekdays 10am - 5pm EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday, November 17 from 5pm to 7pm. Charter Oak Cultural Center honors the late Robert Neiditz with an exhibition of his original art in their gallery space located at 21 Charter Oak Avenue in downtown Hartford. This retrospective of Neiditz’s work, which encompassed paintings, etchings, and pastels, will be on display from November 15 through December 21, 2018. The exhibit will be open during Charter Oak Cultural Center’s normal operating hours, weekdays…

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Read it & Sleep: November

November 16, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE

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, 2018 @ 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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December 2018


“Growing Up Gonzales” – Direct from Off-Broadway

December 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$20.00

Tickets: $20 / $15 for Seniors / $5 for Students / No one turned away due to lack of funds. ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE ENDED FOR THIS EVENT. Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the performance. Growing Up Gonzales, the funny and moving celebration of a bond shared by two Puerto Rican brothers, is coming to Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center on Saturday, December 1stat 7:30pm. Written, directed and produced by Felix Rojas and starring Andres “Chulisi” Rodriguez, it is one of…

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Youth Arts Winter Showcase

December 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE

FREE! December 10, 2018. A dinner will be held at 5:30P.M. with the show started promptly at 6:30P.M. Join us for an celebrating all the children have learned this fall in their annual Youth Winter Arts Showcase. The children in the Youth Arts Institute make music that matters. Come out and support them!  

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A Civil War Christmas

December 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE

FREE! Saturday, December 15 at 7pm It is 1864 and Christmas time, however due to the war, it is not a normal Christmas. It is a crucial time for the country. On one side of the Potomac is a mother, trying to rescue her daughter from the life of slavery. While on the other side a Confederate soldier runs in the frost of night to join the fight. In the middle, First Lady Lincoln looks for the perfect gift to…

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Charter Oak Cultural Center Holiday Party

December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

FREE

Come join us for a night of joy and celebration at our annual community holiday party! We'll have food, craft activities, hot chocolate station and an appearance from Santa!

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January 2019


Auditions for “The Vagina Monologues”

January 8, 2019 - January 9, 2019

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Is your vagina tired of not being able to get a word in edgewise? NOW'S YOUR CHANCE! All women 18 and up are invited to audition for a speaking part in Eve Ensler's hilarious, touching and riveting THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Interested parties can pick from TWO nights for auditions: Tuesday, January 8th at 6PM Wednesday, January 9th at 6PM Everyone who would like to participate MUST be available for both performances: Friday, February 15th at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 16th…

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Read It & Sleep – MOLE MUSIC

January 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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  Our monthly literacy program for kids! Enjoy Drinks, cookies, and a children's book read by a guest. Come in your pajamas and take home a free copy of the book. This month's featured book: MOLE MUSIC by David McPhail with special guest performer, Hartt School violinist Lindsay  Rosenberg. A spiritual story about the far-reaching effects of private actions. Mole has always led a simple life, but lately he feels something is missing. When he first hears someone playing a…

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Pizza Party to Benefit Charter Oak Cultural Center at Flatbread Company!

January 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center Friends & Family Pizza Party Come with your friends and family and purchase a pizza dinner! Charter Oak Cultural Center will receive a portion of the proceeds from each pizza purchase made during those hours on that day. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Flatbread Company is a strip-mall eatery with a relaxed vibe serving flatbread pizzas with locally sourced ingredients.  Address: The Shops at Farmington Valley, 110 Albany Turnpike # 914, Canton,…

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Lecture – “White Nationalism Beyond Trump” by Christopher Vials

January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Professor Christopher Vials comes to Charter Oak Cultural Center to present his lecture “White Nationalism beyond Trump: The U.S. Right, The White House, and Neo-Fascism in Europe” This talk outlines how neo-fascist movements in Europe have directly influenced not only the language and ideas of the “alt-right” in the United States, but also the Trump White House. After briefly reviewing the history of fascist currents in the United States, it will cover the contemporary “identitarian” movement and the ideology of…

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February 2019


The Charter Oak Readings – Poetry Series w/ Julie Choffel & Ciaran Berry

February 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Ciaran Berry’s most recent book is Liner Notes, published by The Gallery Press in October, 2018. He is also the author of The Dead Zoo, which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and The Sphere of Birds, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Originally from the West of Ireland, he lives in West Hartford and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Trinity College.…

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The Vagina Monologues w/ Opening Night Reception in 3V!

February 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Online sales close Friday at 3pm. Tickets will be available at the door. 6PM - Opening Night Reception in 3V! (details below) 7:30PM - Performance of The Vagina Monologues Vaginas Unite! A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In this stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Eve Ensler gives us real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery. Charter Oak…

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The Vagina Monologues

February 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Online sales close Friday at 3pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Vaginas Unite! A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In this stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Eve Ensler gives us real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery. Charter Oak Cultural Center's annual presentation has become both a community event and a communal rite. Celebrated…

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Help City Steam help Charter Oak’s Rose Window!

February 21, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

City Steam Brewery Cafe,

942 Main Street

Hartford,

CT

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Read It & Sleep – “Rosie Revere, Engineer”

February 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Our monthly literacy program for kids! Enjoy drinks, cookies, a children’s book read by a guest, and a special basic engineering activity themed with this month's book. Come in your pajamas and take home a free copy of the book. February's selection: ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER by Andrea Beaty with illustrations by David Roberts Rosie Revere dreamed of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from…

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The Zamir Chorale of Boston – Four Centuries of Jewish Music

February 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$5 – $20

          Don't miss one of the world's premier Jewish choral ensembles performing an eclectic repertoire that spans centuries! Program to include: Liturgical masterworks from the 19th and 20th centuries. A tribute to Leonard Bernstein with two selections. Italian Baroque music by Salamone Rossi and Carlo Grossi Songs from Israel on the theme of reconciliation. Tickets: $20 / $15 Seniors (65+) / $5 Students & Children. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Part of…

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March 2019


The Charter Oak Readings: Anderson & Brim

March 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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The Charter Oak Readings                                                                                 Sunday March 3, 3pm—Jonathan Andersen and Antoinette Brim Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the…

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The Women of York – “Shared Dining” Exhibition Opening

March 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WOMEN OF YORK – “SHARED DINING” Exhibition: March 8 through April 8, 2019 Opening Reception – March 8 from 6pm to 8pm. A group of ten women incarcerated at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, calling themselves “Women of York,” produced this work of art inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. Shared Dining echoes the structure of The Dinner Party, with entry banners and place settings, each composed of a plate, chalice, and runner dedicated to a woman of personal…

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Read It & Sleep – Olivia Travels: A Guide to Modes of Transportation

March 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Join us for our FREE monthly literacy program for kids! Enjoy drinks, cookies, and a children’s book read by Melissa-Sue John, the author of OLIVIA LAUREN'S OLIVIA TRAVELS - A GUIDE TO MODES OF TRANSPORTATION! Come in your pajamas and take home a free copy of the book.

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21st Annual TED HERSHEY DANCE MARATHON!

March 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$25.00

Hartford's premier dance event returns for its 21st year! Charter Oak Cultural Center is honored to present the 21st Annual Ted Hershey Dance & Music Marathon Concert featuring dance companies, choreographers and schools in a signature celebration of Greater 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. See flyer below for featured dance troops! CLICK HERE…

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April 2019


Charter Oak Readings: Brian Sneeden & David Leff

April 7, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Brian Sneeden is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry collection, Homerica (World Poetry Books, 2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book…

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Jewish Plays Project Live 2019 Contest Finals!

April 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$5

The Jewish Plays Project's 2019 Jewish Playwriting Contest committee has reviewed, discussed and debated some of the best new plays exploring 21st century Jewish identity. On Thursday, April 11, JPP will be presenting 20-minute excerpts from the three Hartford finalists at Charter Oak Cultural Center! This event will feature actors performing excerpts from the highest vote-getting plays directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Associate Will Steinberger and produced by JPP Artistic Director David Winitsky. A $5 suggested donation will be accepted…

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Read It & Sleep – “Roxy’s Forever Home” with author Teresa Pelham

April 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Our monthly literacy program for kids! Enjoy drinks, cookies, and a children’ read by our special guest, author Teresa Pelham. Come in your pajamas and take home a free copy of the book! About ROXY'S FOREVER HOME: Roxy's Forever Home is a children's book based on a rescue dog's journey from the streets of Tennessee to her forever home in Connecticut. The main character of the book is a little brown dog, who is now a certified therapy dog.

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May 2019


Read It & Sleep – A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR

May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE

Our monthly literacy program for children! Join us for a snack, drinks, fun activities, and a reading of "A Big Mooncake for Little Star" read by a special guest. Every child leaves with a FREE copy of the book!   A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR   A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin   Pat, pat, pat...   Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to…

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June 2019


The Charter Oak Readings – Andrea Barton, Steven & Benjamin Ostrowski

June 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE!

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS Poetry Series Andrea Barton, Steven & Benjamin Ostrowski Sunday, June 2 at 3:00pm Andrea Barton is a mother, a daughter, a poet, and a teacher, in that order. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Labletter, The Cleave Webzine, Broken Publications,(a journal of domestic violence,) Haiku Journal #42, Bards Against Hunger Anthology. Most recently she and some other local poets (including Jim Finnegan) published an anthology, Shadows from Unfinished Things. Andrea has taught Creative Writing, American Lit, and Communications at RHAM High…

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Summer Concerts in the Courtyard: ON THE SPOT JUG BAND

June 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Saturday, June 15th from 2pm to 3pm FREE Summer Concert in the Courtyard - starring YOU! RJ and the On the Spot Jug Band  is made up of Ruth O (on guitar ) and Jim H ( playing  banjo, uke and guitar) along with members of the listening audience.  A variety of  traditional rhythm instruments, including washboards as well as a washtub bass and an actual jug...provide a solid beat to  many old time favorite songs, sing-a-longs, just fine for…

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Charter Oak’s Funky Dawgz Brass Brand in Concert

June 21, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Students who participate in Charter Oak Cultural Center’s free brass band program will be performing with members of the nationally-known Funky Dawgz Brass Band.  The ensemble will be playing selections of New Orleans Jazz.  Come and join the party!!! Part of MAKE MUSIC HARTFORD.     

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Concerts in the Courtyard – The DeChamplain Jazz Quartet

June 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Charter Oak Cultural Center for a FREE outdoor concert in our courtyard featuring The DeChamplain Jazz Quartet! Atla and Matt DeChamplain use the bandstand to share an amazing American tradition. It was their love for jazz that originally brought Matt and Atla together and now their passion is to share this classic music with contemporary audiences. Their unique combination of accessibility and musicality allow them to present a variety of music including the American songbook, bebop, contemporary jazz pieces…

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July 2019


Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious! Dinner & A Movie – MARY POPPINS RETURNS

July 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Charter Oak Cultural Center for a FREE family event when we host DINNER & A MOVIE: MARY POPPINS RETURNS! 5:30pm - FREE community dinner! 6:30pm - FREE screening of Disney's MARY POPPINS RETURNS! The magic continues in Disney’s classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of being a child. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in celebration that everything is possible…even…

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COATED – Hartford 1944 Circus Fire Project

July 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$25.00

    Charter Oak Cultural Center commemorates the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944 with a special performance by Open Ring Circus. $40 - Circus Hero! Includes VIP seating and a donation to One Ring $25 - General Admission $20 - Seniors (65+) and students No one turned away due to lack of funds About this Event Open Ring Circus is a collective of contemporary circus artists led by Connecticut born artist Jack Kavanagh. In honor of the fire’s 75th anniversary,…

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August 2019


Summer Concerts in the Courtyard – Trombeatz: A Latin Jazz Ensemble

August 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Saturday, August 3rd - 2pm to 3:30pm TROMBEATZ - A LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE Trombeatz is a musical group of Latin Jazz fusion on a mission to express cultural and social issues that an artist lives. This vibrant ensemble features Trombone, Congas, Drums, Bass, Vibraphone, and Tenor Sax. Join us in Charter Oak's gorgeous courtyard for an evening to make your heart beat faster. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will move indoors. Family friendly and FREE! Sponsored by the…

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Concerts in the Courtyard: The DeChamplain Quartet

August 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE!

Saturday, August 17th at 2pm Join Charter Oak Cultural Center for a FREE outdoor concert in our courtyard featuring The DeChamplain Jazz Quartet! Atla and Matt DeChamplain use the bandstand to share an amazing American tradition. It was their love for jazz that originally brought Matt and Atla together and now their passion is to share this classic music with contemporary audiences. Their unique combination of accessibility and musicality allow them to present a variety of music including the American…

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PRAYING WITH OUR FEET – An Evening of Education, Conversation and Action on the Border Crisis

August 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

First Church of Christ Congregational,

12 South Main Street

West Hartford,

CT

United States


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PRAYING WITH OUR FEET Standing Together Against Cruelty and Injustice at Our Borders & in Our Communities   Monday, August 19th at 6pm Candlelight Vigil Walk at 8pm First Church of Christ Congregational 12 South Main Street in West Hartford.   SPONSORED BY: B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Christian Activities Council (Hartford), Congregation Beth Israel, Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition, Farmington Valley League of Light, First Church Congregational, Hartford Family Institute, Mandell Jewish Community Center, Metropolitan Community Church of…

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September 2019


The Charter Oak Readings: James Black and poets from “Shadows from Unfinished Things”

September 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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THE CHARTER OAK READINGS: James Black and poets from "Shadows from Unfinished Things" Readings from James Black Poets from the anthology Shadows from Unfinished Things: Marilyn Johnston, Dom Failla, Andrea Barton, Jim Govoni and Jim Finnegan. Reading starts with an Open Mic. Charter Oak Cultural Center 21 Charter Oak Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 Free event. http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/ For more info contact— Jim Finnegan JforJames@aol.com 860.508.2810  

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Start of Youth Arts Institute Fall Classes!

September 23, 2019

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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NOW ENROLLING!!! YOUTH ARTS INSTITUTE FALL 2019 CLASSES   Charter Oak Cultural Center's Youth Arts Institute is a truly one-of-a-kind program. Youth arts provides TUITION-FREE arts classes, workshops, and programming to over 1,000 Hartford area youth each year. All children should have access to high-quality arts education. Learning an art form enhances creativity, and teaches perseverance, team skills, self-confidence, self-expression and more.   All classes begin September 23rd and are FREE for all students! Final student showcase and community dinner…

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DE NOVO – A play by Houses on the Moon

September 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On the streets of Guatemala City, gang members were Edgar’s only family…but he dreamed of a different future. To leave the gang was a death sentence. Coming to the USA was his last hope. This documentary play, crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters tells the gripping true story of fourteen year old Edgar Chocoy and his legal struggle to be allowed to stay in the United States. De Novo provides a rare glimpse into the lives of…

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October 2019


Seth Rudetsky in SETH’S BIG FAT 70s VARIETY SHOW!

October 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$15 – $30

  Seth Rudetsky in SETH'S BIG FAT 70s VARIETY SHOW  Sirius/XM Radio host Seth Rudetsky will be focusing on the fantastic/horrific variety shows from the 70's. Liza Minelli singing "I Don't Know How To Love Him" and brazenly not blinking throughout the entire song, Donny and Marie being forced to dance while introducing all of their guest stars and most importantly, the short-lived but mind-boggling series: "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour." The show debuted in 1977 and was (not suprisingly)…

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The Charter Oak Readings: Glenn Shea & Lori Desrosiers

October 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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THE CHARTER OAK READINGS: Glenn Shea & Lori Desrosiers Glenn Shea was born and has lived most of his life in Connecticut.  He has worked in the library of a cancer clinic and in the French department of a foreign-language bookstore, washed dishes in the Scottish Highlands, gone to pilgrim's mass in Santiago, and eaten really good tex-mex in Chengdu.  He has read his poems in local libraries and shops and in venues in Dublin, Paris, and Verona.  He works…

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Sukkah Decorating Party!

October 10, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us as we 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 a Family Dinner. Join us for more music and a free community meal. The meal begins at 5:30 p.m.  

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New date! “THE INVESTIGATION – A Search for Truth in 10 Acts” – with HartBeat Ensemble

October 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE - Donations Accepted

Charter Oak Cultural Center presents HartBeat Ensemble in a reading of THE INVESTIGATION: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts A play based on The Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election by Robert Schenkkan Directed by Brian Jennings Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, The Kentucky Cycle, The Great Society) has devised an ingenious way for American citizens to understand the results of the Mueller Report: he edited and dramatized it. The result is a 70-minute sprint…

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Charter Oak’s Halloween Bash!

October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 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 24 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (860) 310-2589 or email brennah@charteroakcenter.org. Sponsored by The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.    

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Read It & Sleep – “The Mitten”

October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Free

Our monthly literacy program for kids! Enjoy drinks, cookies, and a children’s book read by a guest. This month's selection: THE MITTEN by Jan Brett When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a…

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November 2019


“RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook” – A Documentary Screening

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106

FREE

  What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote?” What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in a new feature documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook, which will be screened on Friday, November 1 at 7pm and Saturday, November 2 at 2pm at Charter Oak Cultural Center . The screenings, presented in conjunction with…

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The Charter Oak Readings: Obed Sebastian Fonder & Cortney Davis

November 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Sunday November 10, 3PM: Obed Sebastian Fonder and Cortney Davis Obed Sebastian Fonder is a young local poet on the rise, working to one day become a national poet. He was born in Queens, New York, but grew up in Hartford. Obed was first bit by the poetry bug in eighth grade English when his class was assigned to study Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus” poem. From that point on, he knew poetry had to be a part of his…

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Kristallnacht – A Commemoration

November 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Join Charter Oak Cultural Center and special guests for our annual observation of the anniversary of Kristallnacht on Sunday, November 10 at 5:30pm.   On November 9–10, 1938, Nazi leaders unleashed a series of pogroms against the Jewish population in Germany and recently incorporated territories. This event came to be called Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) because of the shattered glass that littered the streets after the murder, vandalism and destruction of Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and homes. Some 30,000…

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DE NOVO – A Play by Houses on the Moon

November 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$10 – $20

Gripping theatre at Charter Oak! November 16th, we present DE NOVO, performed by Houses on the Moon Theater Company. On the streets of Guatemala City, gang members were Edgar’s only family…but he dreamed of a different future. To leave the gang was a death sentence. Coming to the USA was his last hope. This documentary play, crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters tells the gripping true story of fourteen year old Edgar Chocoy and his legal struggle…

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Lunchtime Community Conversation – THE 1619 PROJECT – Part 1

November 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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In late August 1619, twenty enslaved Africans were delivered to the colony of Virginia. The trade of "20 and odd" enslaved Africans marked a major turning point in American slavery. In August 2019, The New York Times launched a major journalistic and programmatic initiative called The 1619 Project . This multi-pronged and far-reaching examination of the four-century legacy of slavery will serve as the springboard for a series of lunchtime community conversations presented as a collaboration between Charter Oak Cultural Center, The…

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Read It & Sleep: “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”

November 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Our monthly literacy program for kids! Enjoy drinks, cookies, and a children’s book read by a guest. Come in your pajamas and take home a free copy of the book. This month's selection: SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE by William Steig Sylvester can’t believe his luck when he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion jumps out at him on his way home, Sylvester is shocked into making a wish that has unexpected…

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December 2019


The Charter Oak Readings: Lucy Ferris & Tim Parrish

December 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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THE CHARTER OAK READINGS: Lucy Ferris & Tim Parrish The Charter Oak Readings Sunday December 1, 3PM: Tim Parrish and Lucy Ferriss Lucy Ferriss is the author of ten books, mostly fiction. Her novel A Sister to Honor, set partly in northern Pakistan, was a WNBA 2015 Great Group Read; her novel The Lost Daughter was a Book–of-the-Month pick; and her memoir, Unveiling the Prophet, was named Best Book of the Year by the Riverfront Times. Recent essays appear in…

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The 1619 Project – A Lunchtime Community Conversation Part 2

December 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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In late August 1619, twenty enslaved Africans were delivered to the colony of Virginia. The trade of “20 and odd” enslaved Africans marked a major turning point in American slavery. In August 2019, The New York Times launched a major journalistic and programmatic initiative called The 1619 Project . This multi-pronged and far-reaching examination of the four-century legacy of slavery will serve as the springboard for a series of lunchtime community conversations presented as a collaboration between Charter Oak Cultural…

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Youth Arts Institute Showcase & Family Dinner

December 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Join us for an celebrating all the children have learned this fall in their annual Youth Winter Arts Showcase. The children in the Youth Arts Institute make music that matters. Come out and support them! A dinner will be held at 5:30P.M. with the show started promptly at 6:30P.M.    

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The 1619 Project – Lunchtime Community Conversation Part 3 – at Stowe Center

December 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center,

77 Forest Street

Hartford,

CT

United States


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In late August 1619, twenty enslaved Africans were delivered to the colony of Virginia. The trade of "20 and odd" enslaved Africans marked a major turning point in American slavery. In August 2019, The New York Times launched a major journalistic and programmatic initiative called The 1619 Project . This multi-pronged and far-reaching examination of the four-century legacy of slavery will serve as the springboard for a series of lunchtime community conversations presented as a collaboration between Charter Oak Cultural…

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Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Holiday Party!

December 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Come join us for a night of joy and celebration at our annual community holiday party! We’ll have food, craft activities, hot chocolate station and an appearance from Santa!

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ARE JEWS WHITE? Yes. No. Maybe. And Why It Matters.

December 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom,

180 Still Road

Bloomfield,

CT

06002

United States


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$36 – $50

Are Jews White? Yes. No. Maybe. And Why It Matters. Presented in collaboration with the B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom and the Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning Part of the 15th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts & Culture Facilitator: Amelia Mae Paradise, Jewish Bridge Project of New Mexico Sunday, December 15th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom. 180 Still Road, Bloomfield, CT What is the meaning of “whiteness” in our society? Is it a matter of skin tone? Or more than…

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The 1619 Project – Lunchtime Community Conversation #4 – at Amistad Center/Wadsworth Atheneum

December 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Wadsworth Atheneum,

600 Main Street

Hartford,

CT

06103

United States


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In late August 1619, twenty enslaved Africans were delivered to the colony of Virginia. The trade of "20 and odd" enslaved Africans marked a major turning point in American slavery. In August 2019, The New York Times launched a major journalistic and programmatic initiative called The 1619 Project . This multi-pronged and far-reaching examination of the four-century legacy of slavery will serve as the springboard for a series of lunchtime community conversations presented as a collaboration between Charter Oak Cultural…

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January 2020


Auditions for Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

January 6 @ 6:00 pm - January 7 @ 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Be a part of the worldwide V-Day phenomenon and a Charter Oak tradition!   Auditions for Eve Ensler's THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Monday, January 6th at 6pm to 8pm Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm to 8pm   All women 18 and up are invited to audition for a speaking part in Eve Ensler’s hilarious, touching and riveting THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. No previous acting experience or monologue required. Audition will be a reading from the script.   Casting guidelines: All women and…

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Read It & Sleep – “The Bossy Gallito” & Storyteller Liz Gruber

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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READ IT & SLEEP, our monthly literacy event for kids, returns for 2020 with a very special evening! Charter Oak Cultural Center will be reading "The Bossy Gallito (El Gallo de Bodas)" by Lucia Gonzalez, a classic Cuban folktale told in Spanish and English. Every child will leave with a FREE copy of the book!   Thanks to generous support from Connecticut Humanities, we are also pleased to present storyteller Liz Gruber as part of this event!   We encourage guests to…

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day Brunch & Film

January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Emanuel Synagogue,

160 Mohegan Drive

West Hartford,

CT

06117

United States


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Join us  at Emanuel Synagogue on Sunday, January 26 as we mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with our 10th annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day brunch. This year will feature a dairy brunch, the presentation of our Chesed Award, and will be followed by a FREE screening of Robbery of the Heart with a post-film discussion with the producer, Micah Brandt, and local survivors Eva Weichsel Hausman and her brother Harry Weichsel. This event is co-sponsored by:…

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February 2020


The Charter Oak Readings Poetry Series: Poetry on the Streets

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

FREE - Donations Accepted

 Sunday February 2, 3PM: "Poetry on the Streets" a project by Melanie Pappadis Faranello, with guest readers:      Frederick-Douglass Knowles https://www.frederickdouglassknowles.com   Ginny Lowe Connors https://www.ginnyloweconnors.com/index.html   James Dale https://www.instagram.com/justanotherhopefullfoolinlove/   You can participate by creating your own poem on the typewriters we provide. Enjoy our current exhibition of poems and images from Poetry on the Streets.   ‘Poetry on the Streets' (POTS) mission is to engage communities in creative expression, and by sharing these voices of people from…

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The Vagina Monologues & Special Opening “Sips & Scripts” Reception

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$5 – $30

6PM - Opening Night Sips & Scripts Reception (details below) 8PM - Performance of The Vagina Monologues A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In this stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Eve Ensler gives us real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery. Charter Oak Cultural Center's annual presentation has become both a community event and a communal rite.…

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The Vagina Monologues

February 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

$5 – $20

8PM - Performance of The Vagina Monologues IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATRONS WITH LIMITED MOBILITY. Due to unforeseen construction issues with the resurfacing of our neighbor's parking lot, our handicap accessibility has been compromised. Therefore, it is extremely challenging for people who need our ramp to safely enter our building. The theatre is accessible via the front stairs, but if you are ambulatory with assistance (eg. a cane or a walker), it will be imperative to have someone assist you into the…

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The 1619 Project: “Historically Black Colleges & Universities” at The Amistad Center at The Wadsworth Atheneum

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Wadsworth Atheneum,

600 Main Street

Hartford,

CT

06103

United States


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FREE

August 1619, twenty enslaved Africans were delivered to the colony of Virginia. The trade of “20 and odd” enslaved Africans marked a major turning point in American slavery. In August 2019, The New York Times launched a major journalistic and programmatic initiative called The 1619 Project . This multi-pronged and far-reaching examination of the four-century legacy of slavery will serve as the springboard for a series of lunchtime community conversations presented as a collaboration between Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Thomas J.…

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Read It & Sleep – “The Snowy Day”

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

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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Join us for our monthly event for toddlers and beginning readers! Come in your pajamas, enjoy a snack and a beverage and a special guest reading Ezra Jack Keats' classic Caldecott-winning book, The Snowy Day. The fun includes a special snowy craft activity! FREE family event! First ten children to arrive will receive a free copy of the book! ABOUT THE SNOWY DAY. No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snow Day. Universal…

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CT Allstars Dance Crew & Charter Oak’s LEAP! Young Choreographer’s Showcase

February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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March 2020


The Charter Oak Readings Poetry Series: Lucy Ferriss & John Stanizzi

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE - Donations Accepted

The Charter Oak Readings                                                                                  Sunday March 1, 3PM: Lucy Ferriss and John Stanizzi   Lucy Ferriss is the author of ten books, mostly fiction. Her novel A Sister to Honor, set partly in northern Pakistan, was a WNBA 2015 Great Group Read; her novel The Lost Daughterwas a Book–of-the-Month pick; and her memoir, Unveiling the Prophet, was named Best Book of the Year by the Riverfront Times. Recent essays appear in The American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, and The New…

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POSTPONED – “La Cucaracha Martina/Martina the Little Roach” – Teatro SEA

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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$5

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED! Stay tuned for a new date. A story from Cuba and Puerto Rico performed by Teatro SEA, the premiere bilingual Latino theatre for young audiences! LA CUCARACHA/MARTINA, THE LITTLE ROACH A Latin rock-n-roll musical based on a popular Cuban and Puerto Rican children’s tale of a little roach who learns many lessons on her journey to find true love. Recommended for Pre-K to 6th Grade. Performed bilingual. Basada en un cuento de origen cubano y puertorriqueño, esta…

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CANCELLED – Read It & Sleep: “The Great Kapok Tree” & Storyteller Liz Gruber

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

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. SORRY! READ IT & SLEEP, our monthly literacy evening, returns with a very special event! Charter Oak Cultural Center will be reading "The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest" by Lynne Cherry.   Thanks to generous support from Connecticut Humanities, we are also pleased to present Liz Gruber, Storyteller as part of this event!   We encourage guests to attend in their pajamas, enjoy a story (or two!), snacks, and a…

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Charter Oak Chatter w/ Rabbi Donna Berman

March 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

JOIN RABBI DONNA BERMAN TONIGHT FOR OUR FIRST "CHARTER OAK CHATTER"! Overwhelmed by everything going on during this unsettling time? You are not alone. Embracing, serving and creating community has always been at the heart of Charter Oak Cultural Center. Tonight at 6:30pm, join our Executive Director Rabbi Donna Berman as she discusses the poem Jesse is back this summer. Read the poem below and then log on Thursday at 6:30pm via this Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/899070773 as we create an…

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April 2020


Charter Oak Chatter 2 with Rabbi Donna Berman

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online

FREE - Donations Accepted

Join us for our second Charter Oak Chatter where we gather online as a community to reflect on and discuss a poem with Rabbi Donna Berman, executive director of Charter Oak Cultural Center. Zoom link below. This week's poem: THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES By Marge Piercy Under a sky the color of pea soup she is looking at her work growing away there actively, thickly like grapevines or pole beans as things grow in the real world, slowly enough. If…

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