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February 2019


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

United States


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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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FREE

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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Free

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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FREE!

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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FREE!

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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FREE!

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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FREE!

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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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 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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FREE!

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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FREE

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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Free

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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FREE!

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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FREE

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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FREE!

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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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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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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FREE!

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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FREE

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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FREE!

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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Charter Oak Chatter 3 with Rabbi Donna Berman: “The Power of Passover During a Plague”

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

Online

FREE

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. Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30pm, join our Executive Director Rabbi Donna Berman as she discusses The New York Times' opinion piece "The Power of Passover During a Plague" by Alana Newhouse. Read "The Power of Passover During a Plague" by CLICKING HERE. Join the conversation on Tuesday at 6:30pm by CLICKING…

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Mindful Stress Management – a Zoom Conversation w/ Professor Jim Malley & Jacques Lamarre

April 10 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Online

FREE

Join BuzzEngine's Jacques Lamarre and Charter Oak Cultural Center for a conversation on MINDFUL STRESS MANAGEMENT with Professor Jim Malley, CCSU This online workshop will address the importance of managing stress at this challenging time in our lives. Of course, we need to protect ourselves and loved ones from the coronavirus, but we also need to manage the stress that comes when our well-being and way of life is being threatened. We will discuss the nature and origins of stress…

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The Actor’s Life – A Zoom Conversation with Broadway’s Susann Fletcher

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Online

FREE

From Broadway to national tours to regional theatre, Susan Fletcher has lived the actor's life. What are the ingredients for a decades-long career in this notoriously difficult career? Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present this esteemed theatre veteran in conversation with playwright Jacques Lamarre. Use this ZOOM link to join the chat on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30pm: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/802867502   Susann Fletcher has been in the Original Broadway companies of The Goodbye Girl, (Donna Douglas), Jerome Robbins' Broadway,…

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Charter Oak Chatter 4: Rabbi Donna Berman discusses “Praise Song for the Day”

April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Online

FREE

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. Thursday, April 16 at 5:00pm, join our Executive Director Rabbi Donna Berman as she discusses Elizabeth Alexander's Praise Song for the Day, a poem written for President Barack Obama's inauguration. The text is below; to participate on Thursday CLICK HERE. Praise Song for the Day by Elizabeth Alexander A Poem for Barack Obama’s…

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POSTPONED – “My Superhero Roberto Clemente” – Teatro SEA

April 19 @ 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. An inspiring story for children performed by Teatro SEA, the premiere bilingual Latino theatre for young audiences! Bobby and his friends discover the super powers that make this legendary baseball player and humanitarian a Superhero! As a sports star, civil rights advocate, humanitarian and family man, Clemente defied all odds and triumphed, forging a legacy of motivation and excellence that is still alive today. Recommended for Pre-K to 5th…

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Charter Oak Chatter – Artist Elisabeth Moss in conversation with Rabbi Donna Berman

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

Online

FREE

Charter Oak Chatter returns this Thursday for a unique virtual art exhibition opening featuring artist Elisabeth Moss discussing HOLDING LOVE'S VISION, her collection of paintings with Rabbi Donna Berman.  Thursday, April 23 at 6:30pm - CLICK HERE for the Zoom link! CLICK HERE to learn more about Elisabeth Moss.

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Canceled – Read It & Sleep: “There’s a Bear On My Chair” & Two Right Feet Arts

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

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE!

Charter Oak Cultural Center's monthly literacy program returns for another fun evening for families! Well read Ross Collins' picture book "There's a Bear on My Chair" and enjoy an interactive performance by Two Right Feet Arts, thanks to our friends at Connecticut Humanities!   Come in your PJs, enjoy the book, a performance, snacks and drinks. FREE event! First ten children to arrive will receive a free copy of the book!   About THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR:  …

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Charter Oak Chatter with Rabbi Donna Berman – “On the Pulse of the Morning” by Maya Angelou

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

Online

FREE

During this time of isolation and separation, Charter Oak Cultural Center continues its weekly evening of conversation and community. This Thursday, April 30 at 6:30pm, join Rabbi Donna Berman as we reflect on the poem "On the Pulse of the Morning," written by Maya Angelou. Join us by clicking the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85056015111 Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQQThtav41o ON THE PULSE OF THE MORNING by Maya Angelou A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Marked…

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May 2020


Mindful Stress Management for Families – A Zoom Conversation with Professor James Malley

May 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Online

FREE

Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30pm - Join Charter Oak Cultural Center for a Zoom conversation on Mindful Stress Management for Families. Be a part of the conversation by clicking here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89654767417 Caregiving for a family and children has always been one of the world’s most stressful jobs that a person can experience. But it becomes even more difficult when one’s well-being and way of life is being threatened by the COVID pandemic. In this online session Jim will discuss ways…

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Charter Oak Chatter: Rabbi Donna Berman discusses “Everything Makes Me Cry…”

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online

FREE

Over a month into quarantine do you find the isolation and separation getting to you? You are not alone! In this edition of Charter Oak Chatter, Rabbi Donna Berman discusses the Daily Kos article I'm on Day "Everything Makes Me Cry" of the Stay at Home Orders. Log in Thursday, May 7 at 6:30pm to be a part of the conversation by CLICKING HERE. 

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Charter Oak Chatter – A Poem for Ella Fitzgerald

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online

FREE!

For this week's Charter Oak Chatter, we will gather virtually Thursday, May 14 at 6:30pm with Rabbi Donna Berman to discuss Sonia Sanchez's A Poem for Ella Fitzgerald. Get comfy and be prepared to dive into this gorgeous piece of writing!   To read the poem click here: https://poets.org/poem/poem-ella-fitzgerald   To join the conversation, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89008332768

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The Charter Oak Readings Poetry Series

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE - Donations Accepted

NEW DATE - Sunday May 17, 3PM: Krysia Jopek and Sharon Lattig Krysia Jopek’s first novel, Maps and Shadows (Aquila Polonica 2010), winner of a Silver Benjamin Franklin award in historical fiction, narrates from four points of view—her father’s family’s deportation to Siberia in 1940 and the twelve-year aftermath. Her chapbook Hourglass Studies (Crisis Chronicles, 2017), a sequence poem in twelve sections, was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart in Poetry. She has published poems in Meta/Phor(e)/Play, Crisis Chronicles Cyber Litmag,…

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Charter Oak Chatter: From “Giornata: On Faith”

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

FREE

For this week's Charter Oak Chatter, we will gather virtually Thursday, May 21 at 6:30pm to discuss Gregory Pardlo's From Giornata: On Faith No. 11. Join us for an evening of communal conversation on this striking work!   To join the conversation, CLICK HERE.   From “Giornata: On Faith”   11.   The swear jar isn’t empty. Full of flowers instead of coins it makes a cursed bouquet of love-me-nots, a tangled vine of credit extended to one most likely…

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Virtual Read It & Sleep: “Freedom Soup” with Richard Hollant

May 22 @ 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 monthly event for toddlers and beginning readers! Join us for our monthly event for toddlers and beginning readers! READ IT & SLEEP - “Freedom Soup” While quarantine is in effect, it may seem that we cannot get out to explore the world. Thanks to books, we can travel anywhere in the world at any time! Charter Oak Cultural Center is happy to present READ IT & SLEEP, our monthly storytime slumber party, for the first time…

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From Charter Oak with Love – A FREE Virtual Performance Event

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

Online

FREE!

ONLIN REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED. If you have pre-registered, you will receive a link that will take you to the performance at 7pm EDT.  If you have not pre-registered and it is between 6:30pm and 7pm, please email jlamarre@buzz-engine.com to receive a link at 7pm. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Charter Oak Cultural Center was forced to cancel its 2020 Vision Awards Gala, originally scheduled for May 11. If you have attended this important fundraiser in…

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Charter Oak Chatter: When the World Went Away, We Made a New One

May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online

FREE

Join Charter Oak Executive Director Rabbi Donna Berman as we consider The New York Times Magazine article, "When the World Went Away, We Made a New One." What unexpected joys, benefits, discoveries, and accommodations have YOU made during this unexpected time of solitude? A FREE, interactive Zoom conversation with people like YOU!   To access the article, CLICK HERE   To participate in the chatter, CLICK HERE

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June 2020


“Betty Jo’s Fan Club” – A Virtual Play Reading

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

FREE

Charter Oak Cultural Center is pleased to present a virtual play reading of Hartford-area playwright Jacques Lamarre's dark comedy BETTY JO'S FAN CLUB starring 7-time Broadway veteran Susann Fletcher. This FREE online event will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30pm. The play contains mature themes and is not recommended for children.   Betty Jo Whiffle, a retired school teacher and member of the Hamden Town Beautification committee, has been apprehended by the FBI! During her interrogation, we learn…

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The Charter Oak Readings Poetry Series – CANCELLED

June 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center,

21 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford,

CT

06106


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FREE - Donations Accepted

This event is cancelled. We look forward to resuming this program later in 2020.   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 information, contact: Jim JforJames@aol.com 860-508-2810  

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Charter Oak Chatter: Toni Morrison’s “Racism & Fascism”

June 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online

FREE!

Join Rabbi Donna Berman for this week's Charter Oak Chatter as we explore Toni Morrison's powerful address to Howard University students on the insidious relationship between of Fascism and Racism. The speech is 25 years old and as relevant as ever. To join the conversation, Thursday, June 11 at 6:30pm CLICK HERE. You can read the text here (be sure to scroll down) CLICK HERE.

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4th Annual Jewish Plays Project at Charter Oak – A Virtual Event

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

FREE!

Charter Oak Cultural Center will be hosting a virtual edition of an exciting and interactive theatrical event celebrating the best of new Jewish playwriting. The Jewish Plays Project (David Winitsky, Artistic Director) has taken its National Playwriting Contest online and is seeking dedicated theater lovers and Jewish culture aficionadas to vote for a winner in the contest. Charter Oak's fourth annual presentation of three of the finalists from the JPP competition will be presented via livestream on Thursday, June 18…

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Summer Concerts in our Virtual Courtyard – Jazz Vocals & Trumpet with Leala Cyr

June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Online

FREE!

Charter Oak Cultural Center's Concerts in the Courtyard Series moves online for 2020! Join jazz vocalist and trumpeter Leala Cyr and her band for a Facebook livestream on Saturday, June 20 from 2pm to 3pm. FREE virtual show at www.Facebook.com/CharterOakCulturalCenter   Leala Cyr is fast becoming one of the most sought-after jazz vocalists of her generation. A rare “double threat,” Cyr complements her impeccable vocals with a warm, golden tone on the trumpet. As a member of Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio…

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UNSPOKEN TRUTHS: A Public Forum on the Murder of George Floyd, Race Relations and the Journey Towards Equity

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Online

FREE!

Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm UNSPOKEN TRUTHS - A Public Forum on the Murder of George Floyd, Race Relations and the Journey Towards Equity Panel to include: Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar; Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.; Donessa Colley and Ayesha R Clarke MPH MSW Moderated by Joelle A. Murchison Presented in collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Amsitad Center for Arts & Culture, B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom, CT Mirror, Exec Mommy Group, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, HartBeat Ensemble, The Mark Twain House &…

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CHARTER OAK CHATTER with the New Britain Museum of American Art

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Online

FREE!

CHARTER OAK CHATTER: “Speak to Me Always of our Intimate Relation”: Kara Walker, Zadie Smith, and The Ties that Bind Hosted by Charter Oak Cultural Center & New Britain Museum of American Art Moderated by Charter Oak's Rabbi Donna Berman and artist and professor Marisa Williamson Thursday, June 25 at 6:30pm PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited - Advanced registration by Eventbrite is a must. You will receive an email with a Zoom link in advance of the conversation. PRE-REGISTRATION FOR…

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Read It & Sleep: “A Chair for My Mother” with Andre Keitt

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

Online

FREE!

READ IT & SLEEP: "A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER" with Special Guest Andre Keitt Friday, June 26 at 7pm Join Charter Oak Cultural Center for our monthly pajama party for the little ones! This "Read It & Sleep" virtual event features a bedtime story with a special guest, a craft activity and interactive fun for the kids. Join the fun! CLICK HERE Meeting ID: 798 961 3433 Password: Nehring THIS MONTH'S FEATURED BOOK - “A Chair for My Mother” by…

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July 2020


FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

FREE!

FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course July 8 – August 19 Wednesdays at 11am to noon   Creating art is a fun and natural way for children to express themselves. Making art helps us feel engaged and connected to one another. It can give us an outlet for our feelings and even gives us hope and joy.   Kids ages 6 – 12 and invited to join art therapist Wendy Bradley for on Wednesday, July 8 – August 19…

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Charter Oak Chatter: Zadie Smith’s Essay “What Do We Want History to Do to Us?”

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online

FREE

Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm Our next Charter Oak Chatter is a deeper dive into acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith's NY Times Review of Books essay, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?" In this essay, Smith considers the questions asked by Kara Walker's art and confronts what the images say about race, history, art and the legacy of slavery in the United States. Join Rabbi Donna Berman for this FREE virtual conversation on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm.…

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FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

FREE!

FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course July 8 – August 19 Wednesdays at 11am to noon   Creating art is a fun and natural way for children to express themselves. Making art helps us feel engaged and connected to one another. It can give us an outlet for our feelings and even gives us hope and joy.   Kids ages 6 – 12 and invited to join art therapist Wendy Bradley for on Wednesday, July 8 – August 19…

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Charter Oak Chatter: “Afterward but not Afterword” by A. Van Jordon

July 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Charter Oak Chatter Thursday, July 16 at 6:30pm   For the last Charter Oak Chatter for the summer, we consider a very visceral poem, "Afterward but not Afterword" by A. Van Jordan. In 1959, four white men stood trial for the rape of an African American woman. This poem considers the impact of this violence on Black bodies and consciousness.   A FREE virtual conversation with Rabbi Donna Berman.   To read the poem CLICK HERE.   To join the…

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Concerts in the (Virtual) Courtyard – Abhik Mukherjee & Ehren Hanson

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Online

FREE

Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present an hour-long concert of classical Indian music with sitar master Abhik Mukherjee and special guest Ehren Hanson on the tabla! This free virtual concert will be presented on Charter Oak Cultural Center's YouTube page, premiering Saturday, July 18 at 2pm. This concert performance is supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America N.A., Trustee. Abhik Mukherjee is an Indian classical sitar artist of the Etawah gharana known for his passion,…

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FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course

July 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

FREE!

FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course July 8 – August 19 Wednesdays at 11am to noon   Creating art is a fun and natural way for children to express themselves. Making art helps us feel engaged and connected to one another. It can give us an outlet for our feelings and even gives us hope and joy.   Kids ages 6 – 12 and invited to join art therapist Wendy Bradley for on Wednesday, July 8 – August 19…

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Unspoken Truths: Our Second Public Forum on the Murder of George Floyd, Race Relations & the Journey Toward Equity

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Online

FREE

Thursday, July 23 at 7pm UNSPOKEN TRUTHS – Our Second Public Forum on the Murder of George Floyd, Race Relations and the Journey Towards Equity Panel to include: Neville Brooks, Miriam Gohara, Brian Syms & Jay Williams Moderated by Joelle A. Murchison Presented in collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Amsitad Center for Arts & Culture, B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, CT Mirror, Exec Mommy Group, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, HartBeat Ensemble, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Neshama Center for Lifelong…

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Read It & Sleep: “The Great Kapok Tree” with storyteller Andre Keitt

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

Online

FREE!

READ IT & SLEEP: "The Great Kapok Tree" with storyteller Andre Keitt Join Charter Oak Cultural Center for our monthly pajama party for kids - this time we party virtually! Special guest storyteller Andre Keitt will read "The Great Kapok Tree" by Lynn Cherry, a story of the endangered rainforest and the creatures who live there, delivers a powerful environmental message. Andre will present the book, lead an activity and, will tell some of his own tales! To participate: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89656152053?pwd=VUlod0RBcDFQVXBiRVVUL0krcldQQT09…

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Read It & Sleep: “Woods & Wouldn’ts” – Woodland Fun with Two Right Feet

July 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, August 21 at 7pm READ IT & SLEEP PAJAMA PARTY FOR KIDS Two Right Feet's nutty evening of "Woods & Wouldn'ts." Come join the fun with Two Right Feet's new, whimsical educational program about the wonders of the woodlands. Two Right Feet’s WOODS & WOULDN'TS program includes: • “Turkey Little” a literacy and math rhyme, mime, and sign song about a turkey and six little acorns whose name begins with a vowel. Each acorn, whether Ivy or Yves… Ulrich…

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FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course

July 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

FREE!

FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course July 8 – August 19 Wednesdays at 11am to noon   Creating art is a fun and natural way for children to express themselves. Making art helps us feel engaged and connected to one another. It can give us an outlet for our feelings and even gives us hope and joy.   Kids ages 6 – 12 and invited to join art therapist Wendy Bradley for on Wednesday, July 8 – August 19…

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August 2020


FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

FREE

FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course July 8 – August 19 Wednesdays at 11am to noon   Creating art is a fun and natural way for children to express themselves. Making art helps us feel engaged and connected to one another. It can give us an outlet for our feelings and even gives us hope and joy.   Kids ages 6 – 12 and invited to join art therapist Wendy Bradley for on Wednesday, July 8 – August 19…

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Virtual Gallery Opening: HER DRAGONS FLY – A Virtual Exhibit of the Shanna Melton Collection

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

Online

FREE

Thursday, August 6 at 6:30pm Join Charter Oak Cultural Center for a special virtual gallery opening of Her Dragons Fly from the Shanna Melton Collection. The artist will be joined in conversation with Rabbi Donna Berman. To participate: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82685689157?pwd=RFZreWJHUEdYVzV4SWFhTnNBZzZ4QT09 Meeting ID: 826 8568 9157 Passcode: 145629 About the Exhibit: Her Dragons Fly is an art exhibit featuring a selection of The Shanna Melton Collection. Through these vibrant paintings, Her Dragons Fly explores transition, evolution and blooming. The exhibition is a…

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FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course

August 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

FREE

FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course July 8 – August 19 Wednesdays at 11am to noon   Creating art is a fun and natural way for children to express themselves. Making art helps us feel engaged and connected to one another. It can give us an outlet for our feelings and even gives us hope and joy.   Kids ages 6 – 12 and invited to join art therapist Wendy Bradley for on Wednesday, July 8 – August 19…

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FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

FREE

FREE Online Children’s Art Therapy Summer Course July 8 – August 19 Wednesdays at 11am to noon   Creating art is a fun and natural way for children to express themselves. Making art helps us feel engaged and connected to one another. It can give us an outlet for our feelings and even gives us hope and joy.   Kids ages 6 – 12 and invited to join art therapist Wendy Bradley for on Wednesday, July 8 – August 19…

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Read It & Sleep Pajama Party w/ Storyteller Andre Keitt – There’s a Bear in My Chair!

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

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Friday, August 21 at 7pm READ IT & SLEEP PAJAMA PARTY FOR KIDS with Storyteller Andre Keitt Friday, August 21 at 7pm READ IT & SLEEP PAJAMA PARTY FOR KIDS with storyteller Andre Keitt   Have your children join the fun with professional storyteller Andre Keitt at our monthly READ IT & SLEEP PAJAMA PARTY! Andre will perform a rreading of the humorous children’s book "There’s a Bear on my Chair," lead a craft activity, and more. All you need…

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Concert in our (Virtual) Courtyard: Ed Fast & Congabop!

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Saturday, August 22 at 2pm!   Grab a lawn chair and a cool drink, because we're about to heat up your summer weekend with the Afro-Cuban sounds of ED FAST & CONGABOP! We'll be posting a link for you to enjoy the show soon, but for now - mark your calendar for a sizzling afternoon of Latin Jazz. Concerts in Charter Oak's Virtual Courtyard are sponsored by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America NA Trustee.  …

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September 2020


UNSPOKEN TRUTHS – Our Third Public Forum on the Murder of George Floyd, Race Relations and the Journey Towards Equity

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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UNSPOKEN TRUTHS – Our third Public Forum on the Murder of George Floyd, Race Relations and the Journey Towards Equity Panel to include: Kimberly Kersey, Shanna T. Melton, Daryl McGraw & Tiheba Bain Moderated by Joelle A. Murchison FREE but registration required: CLICK HERE Presented in collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Amsitad Center for Arts & Culture, B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, CT Mirror, Exec Mommy Group, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, HartBeat Ensemble, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Neshama Center…

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Virtual Lecture: Rabbi John Moscowitz on “The Rav & The Boss – Joseph Soloveichik and Bruce Springsteen”

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Rav and The Boss: Why Joseph Soloveichik and Bruce Springsteen are My Two Best Teachers with Rabbi John Moscowitz Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 How is it that the preeminent intellectual of late 20th century Jewish religious life and the leading rock star over the past several decades— an Orthodox rabbi and a self described “New Jersey shore rat”—are my best teachers? You'll discover during this FREE lecture by John Moscowitz, rabbi emeritus, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, is the author…

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