With its low self-esteem and high urban blight, Hartford is the ultimate underdog city. Sad City Hartford documents the joys, sorrows and eccentricities of New England's Rising Star.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Big Changes Ahead For Hartford Entertainment?

This week the Capital Region Development Authority accepted three requests for proposals to manage both the XL Center and Rentschler Field.  The CRDA announced earlier this fall that companies can submit to manage or purchase the XL Center and Rentschler Field.   The two venues are the largest sporting complexes in the Hartford metro area.  The three competitors for the venues have very big ideas for what direction Hartford's should go in.  Here is a  look at each and what they may have in store for Hartford’s entertainment and sports district.

Sad City's Guide To NES Games

If you are of a certain age, the Nintendo Entertainment System was the be all and end all of entertainment. With a complete and total hammerlock on the home gaming market, it is impossible to overstate how ubiquitous the NES was in the late 80's and early 90's.

An entire generation built their hand eye coordination mashing the rectangular controls and ride the emotional roller coaster of game glitches, cheat codes, throwing controllers, occasional horribly designed games, the repeating theme songs, a thrown controller or two, and blowing into the system and onto the cartridge in a desperate a tape to get a game to work.  Many of us from the generation vividly remember getting our first NES console, conquering favorite games, and devastating defeats at the hands of that always cheating computer.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Local Business: Freed McKeen LLC

It was only a matter of time before Sad City landed us in a lawyers' office. While spending time with lawyers isn't as scintillating as portrayed on television, we gladly accepted the invite from Ryan McKeen to visit his practice recently opened with partner Meghan Freed.

Beyond a cursory curiosity as to what lawyers were like and what they actually do all day, we were intrigued by the idea of checking out the space. Located street level in The Linden at 491 Main Street, Freed McKeen isn't the office building, industrial carpeted, fluorescent lit spot one would expect from a law firm. Instead it gives off the cozy feel of a Pier One catalog.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hartford Pic Of The Week

Finally we learn that fried chicken is that ever elusive fourth meal. What is your favorite spot for fried chicken and jo-jo's?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sad City's Guide To Christmas Shopping

We are within two weeks of Christmas which is followed by the most miserable time of the year, commonly referred to as January and February. With only a few shopping days (we aren't sure how shopping days are calculated, nor do we care) left before Christmas, there's always Amazon.com but some insist on personally venturing into the commercial sector. That's cool, that's what we are here for.

We aren't going to get all super boring and tell you to get some gift cards to a local restaurant,  you aren't amoeba, you already know that. Nor are we going to lecture you on buying only "local only, organic only, no animals, no Republicans, no sugar, all natural" you aren't schoolchildren. What we do have is some fine Hartford area selections. Think of anything we missed? Leave it in the comments.

Without further ado, we bring you the Sad City Christmas Guide, the latest installment in the Sad City Guide series.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Undeground Park River Video

(Originally posted May 29, 2012. After many misfires, Hakaan and Jumper finally got to get through the Park River thanks to the Hog River Revival dudes. Relive our journey on this post and check out the awesome work by the guys at the Hartford Art Walk tonight 6-8 at the Hartford Public Library on Main St. Check out more of Sad City and the Park River here.)

We've long since had a dream of riding underneath the city in the mysterious Park River.  Yes, we know that as far as dreams go, it's kind underwhelming. But a childhood built upon repeated viewings of The Goonies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles created a fascination with the subterranean. The mystery that the cement caverns held seemed liked the most amazing adventure promised. Well, thanks to the Hog River Revival guys, our dream was made a reality. And we brought our video camera along!

The video is available after the jump.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Adventures in Urban Kayaking: The Park River

(Sad City has a long and storied history with the Park River. This post is from the first time we attempted to conquer Hartford's hidden river, originally posted back on August 4, 2010 (before Sad City became the soulless corporate behemoth it was destined to become). 

We are looking back on this Park River post to celebrate Art Walk opening this Friday December 7 at from 6-8 at the Hartford Public Library. The Art Walk will be featuring incredible images from our good friend Senator Joe McCarthy, who has spent countless hours on the Park River documenting and photographing the tunnels beneath our fine city. It's really some fine work. Be sure to stop by and check it out. Rumors has it that there may even be a photo of Jumper and Hakaan in the gallery. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Barber Brings Bling to Hartford

A lot of time our friends will tell us "you have to try this fancy new barber in (Downtown/West Hartford)." Our reply is always the same, thanks but we're all set in that department. For about four years MC's Barbershop on Franklin Ave has been the official barber of Sad City.

Over the last year, MC has been telling us about being entering haircutting competitions and by the look of things, MC has been bringing some impressive hardware back to Hartford. With first place finishes in regional competitions, MC recently entered a large international competition in New York and finished in second place. The competition was also filmed as part of an upcoming documentary on barber competitions which we look forward to seeing MC in. We will keep you posted on details about the film as it gets close to release.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sad City Hartford Guide to Walmart

Guess where this photo was taken.

(Originally published November 13, 2011)

People often make a big deal about the fact that big box stores homogenize our society and make everything the same. To a certain extent, it's true. They often bring a certain level of standardization to things. But as easily as you can identify the connecting threads like logos and signage that exist from store to store, there are often very telling divides that exist when you examine a single retailer with stores in several communities. Anyone who has ever flipped through pics on Wal-Creatures or wandered into a Walmart in Mississippi knows what I am talking about.

Although they are only 11 miles apart, the Hartford and Avon Walmarts might as well be run by different companies. The inconsistencies between the two stores can create a fascinating, consumerized lens that spotlights the differences between the two communities as a whole. Community wealth, ethnography, cultural preferences and societal issues all come to life when you juxtapose the two stores. To help you better make sweeping judgements and gross oversimplifications of the complex socio-economic forces at play in our great state, we've created a handy guide to help you understand the difference between the Avon and Hartford Walmarts. We're sure you could probably do the same thing if you looked at the respective school systems of the two communities, but that level of access is much harder to come by and the contrasts are far more bleak.

So without further ado, the Sad City Hartford Guide to Understanding Class Disparities Between Hartford and Avon by Examining Their Respective Walmarts.

Friday, November 16, 2012

This Weekend: Hartford Harvest Farmer's Market

How about them tomatoes?

Saturday November 17th 10am-1pm inside the Knox Parks Greenhouse at 75 Laurel St.

Wouldn't you love to be able to do most of your Thanksgiving shopping at one place, all while supporting CT farmers and vendors? Well, Hartford's Farmers' Markets have been working hard to make that wish come true by organizing the 2nd Annual Hartford Harvest Farmers' Market!
Come to this fun and festive market where you'll find potatoes, apples, pumpkins, carrots, greens, eggs, a variety of cheeses, coffee, pies, cupcakes, gelato, beans, rice, and great craft items! A true "one stop shop" for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What To Do? Music at J.Rene Coffee

Sad City has been drinking J.Rene Coffee exclusively for a couple years now and well, if you're serious about coffee, this is where you should be drinking it too. While J.Rene has been roasting up the best coffee in the area for awhile, Jose Rene Martinez, the esteemed owner and roasting maestro, has taken a quantum leap forward and has opened hands down the best coffee shop in the area.

 Don't believe us?  Fair enough, we aren't coffee experts, but we know it's good. If you like coffee, check out J.Rene's for yourself.

Located at 320 Park Rd in West Hartford, J.Rene's offers superb coffee in a great atmosphere. One of the popular attractions at J.Rene's is live music on Friday nights. Tonight the shop is featuring InfiniTango, a band that alone has an interesting enough look and name to make us want to check them out. Eagle-eyed Sad City readers will also note the bands promo shots were taken in Hartford City Hall.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Everyone loves candy. It's one of the highlights of life as a child and long after most other guilty pleasures have reached the stage of inappropriate, candy remains an acceptable vice.Who doesn't love popping open one of those movie size boxes of Rainbow Nerds and pouring as many as possible into your mouth?

On Halloween there is nothing more satisfying than a great trick-or-treat stop. That said, there is little more frustrating than a bad trick-or-treat stop. With a nod to out most macabre holiday, Sad City looks at Halloween candies.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hartford Stage Pass

Hartford Stage is offering Stage Pass, a $38 season ticket, for young adult theater goersages 18-27. Purchasers will receive unlimited admissions to all Mainstage productions at Hartford Stage for the 2012-2013 season. Stage Pass is available through Sept. 29 and can be purchased by calling the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151, or in person by visiting the Hartford Stage Box Office. Purchase requires a valid State ID. 

The 2012-2013 season includes: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, world premiere musical, October 11-November11; the 15th Anniversary production of A Christmas Carol, November 23-December 29; Breath and Imagination – The Story of Roland Hayes, world premiere with classical and gospel music, January 11-February 3; Man in a Case, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, February 21-March 24; Beth Henley’s Abundance, April 4-28; Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, May 18-June 16.

Visit www.hartfordstage.org for more information and to learn more about the shows for the 2012-2013 season. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sad City Classic: Where Are They Now? Local Celebrities From the 1980s

(Originally posted by Jumper September 13, 2010)

Being self-centered children of the 1980’s, we decided to take a Sad City Hartford trip down memory lane and look at some of Connecticut’s local celebrities, then and now.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Somehow this list ended up being really WFSB biased. It’s probably because that’s just what our parents made us watch as kids. Send us suggestions and info on local celebrities you would like to see covered in the future.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sad City Travels: Addison County Fair

With the Big E underway, fair season is in full swing in New England. While fairs are pretty fun everywhere, they seem a little more fun in rural Vermont. Included in the afternoon, a tractor show, a tractor pull, an arm wrestling contest including a female division, and food, lots of food. Consumed during the afternoon; ribs, a pulled pork sandwich, a maple doughnut, (lots and lots of maple, which means lots and lots of great) fried dough, and the topper of them all, the harbinger to hardened arteries, maple fried bacon. Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hartford Pic of the Week

With the Spring Cup cars in Louden, New Hampshire this weekend, all eyes will be on the 24 and Jeff Gordon as he tries to dig out of an early hole in The Chase.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hartford Denim Co. Presents 860ph0

Our good friends Hartford Denim Co. have teamed up with Resurrection and YellowHouse to bring us the first ever 86ph0 party Monday September 17. This party pretty much brings everything but the kitchen sink, and it's entirely possible a kitchen sink could be found at the flea market. Booze, music, Vietnamese food, and a flea market? Is there anything else you need? Nope.

Party starts 630 at 30 Arbor St. See you there. Email us your best finds at the flea market!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sad City Classic: Meet The King of Recycle

(Originally posted by Jumper August 16, 2010)

He's filthy. He's got gigantic 1980's serial killer glasses. His hooded sweatshirt wraps around his hairy, sinewy torso like a ghetto variation of the classic "sweater over the shoulders" look. He is King of Recycle.

You might have seen him stalking the garbage cans of the West End. Or maybe you noticed him dumpster diving in Asylum Hill.

We've been watching him for years, but finally worked up the nerve to ask him for an interview earlier this week. It was an enlightening experience. Video after the jump.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sad City Guide To Downtown Lunch: The Sit Down Spots

So you've moved up a couple rungs in your career and no longer do you have to rely on the Sad City Guide To Quick Downtown Lunch to acquire, consume, and return to work within an hour. No, with a little more time on your hands, you might want to enjoy a nice sit down lunch, that won't break the bank, but will allow for some time with colleagues and friends over more than a sandwich.

You're a little more established, but thoughts of grandiose success and glory have long since retreated with youth. You're body isn't as tight as it once was, but your paychecks have acquired some heft. You drink good wines and expensive whiskeys, but the hangovers are much worse. You're more concerned about taxes and education, but your idealism has faded. You've accepted the fact that the promotion to New York isn't coming and you're going to be grinding it out in the hollowed out husk of downtown Hartford for the duration of your professional career.

It's just the natural order or things. As Phil Simms once said "once my brain figured out what I had to do, my body couldn't do it anymore."

But this is about lunch it Hartford, so without any further ado, we present the latest Sad City Guide:

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Wire: The RPG

At Sad City we are huge fans of The Wire and, having been born in the 1980's, we are huge fans of 8 and 16-bit role playing games. This genius video from College Humor combines both. The great thing about this video and The Wire, is that the players and setting could change but the narrative generally remains the same throughout many U.S. cities. 

This is a hilarious must watch for any fan of The Wire. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Samuel Colt Statute

Samuel Colt is probably the closest rival to Mark Twain for Hartford's most famous resident. While the Twain House is a well known local landmark, Hartford's most distinguishing feature is almost certainly the blue onion dome atop the Colt Factory.

If one wants to play a game of six degrees of separation (without Kevin Bacon getting naked) the Colt 45, by Hartford's Samuel Colt, was the gun that won the west. From 1962-1964 the MLB team now know as the Houston Astros was known as the Houston Colt 45's.

In 1963 and 1964 a young second baseman named Joe Morgan played a total of 18 games for the Colt 45's. In 1972 Joe Morgan would be traded to the Cincinnati Reds where he became a a legendary player on "The Big Red Machine" one of the greatest baseball dynasties ever.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sweet Dreams at The Webster Theatre

For many teens in the surrounding areas, The Webster Theatre is likely one of the first places they will go to in Hartford on their own. Located in the South End on Webster St (imagine that) The Webster Theatre hosts up and coming and somewhat past their prime rock acts. If you're not booking the XL Center or Comcast, you play the Webster.

It's a pretty cool place, though we haven't been in a few years, we've seen some memorable acts their including, GWAR and the above Marilyn Manson show almost 16 years ago. In late 1996 Marilyn Manson was starting an improbable run as a quasi mainstream act off the success of their single "Sweet Dreams." The next year would see the release of the Trent Reznor produced Anti-Christ Superstar, a global stadium tour, and legit stardom.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cruising Hartford

With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, it also marks the end of our favorite pastime, cruising the fine city of Hartford for some Sad City ghetto tourism. Cruising the city's neighborhoods is a great way to to get a feel for the city and to see some real, ehh, ummm, "interesting" stuff. The good news is that if you get a little tired, the city has thoughtfully left tons and tons of mattresses just laying around the sidewalk for adventurers to take power naps in! How nice.

Check out Jumper's classic video of cruising Hartford above.


Bring spare change and be prepared to be asked for cigarettes. Everyone in Hartford who looks like they might possibly have a job is going to get badgered for change for that mysterious "bus fare to New Britain." Also apparently it's 1954 in Harford and everyone is sucking down cigarettes like Coca-Cola because tons of people will ask you for a cigarette, even without a shred of evidence that you smoke.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Over the last few months, televisions have joined mattresses as staples of the Hartford sidewalk scene. With the price of flat screen tv's dropping, old tube television, as antiquated as much of the City's methods of doing business, now adorn sidewalks across the city. The phenomenom seems to know no racial or neighborhood boundaries. Televisions can be found scattered across the South End, West End and North End.

Why don't they pick up the televisions? Well, that job has been contracted out to a private company. Twice a week the company goes around Hartford and picks up televisions. But, they will only pick up televisions that have been reported and logged into the City's illustrious 311 system. So if a television is reported outside of 48 Bond and by some miracle the contractor arrives in a timely manner, they will pick up the reported television at 48 Bond, but if there are 10 more on the block, they will simply ignore them and leave them on the sidewalk.

Quite a system huh?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The 38th.....and Final Season?

The new season in the AHL is upon us and in the AHL, they play, even if the NHL doesn't. For the New York Rangers top affiliate, it will be the team's 16th season in Hartford. Will it be their last?  We do not know yet.

.Much of the talk in the AHL this summer has been about where would the Rangers go if they did leave.  Rumors have been swirling  that there may be vacancies in Glen Falls, Albany and Binghamton for next season.  These upstate New York cities that have very strong Ranger fan bases and would naturally be attractive places for a Rangers affiliate.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

H.A.R.D. Hartford Area Roller Derby

Roller derby conjures up image up 1980's late night ESPN and MSG programming. A sport that became more WWF than sport, roller derby seemed to have faded away along with jai-alai, Mr. T, Slaughter, and roller skates themselves. Well, the 80's are in again and while we haven't heard of a Slaughter reunion, roller derby is back, sans the WWF factor.

"The best part about the growing trend of Flat Track Roller Derby is that the viewer still gets all of the showmanship… Alias names, theme songs, shoulder hits, and hip checks that American spectators love. However, there are now many rules and regulations that have made this a truly competitive sport. The action you will see with the H.A.R.D. women will be real and unrehearsed; tough and as exciting as any competitive sport existing today."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sad City Presents: The O-Quilt

(Originally published by Hakaan on June 15, 2011, people today are still bickering about transportation issues throughout and around the city. Instead of bickering, we just came up with our own solution.)

Yesterday to much fanfare the long awaited iQuilt was unveiled.  Notwithstanding the silly name, the plan called for sensible and rationale improvements to the downtown. What iQuilt proposes to do is make downtown more walkable by extending Bushnell Park to Main Street in an effort to make shift the downtown area's focus away from accommodating automobiles and make area more pedestrian friendly.  Basically what iQuilt proposes to do is what the Big Dig in Boston did connecting the North End to Faneuil Hall, minus of course burying the interstate.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Local Film: The Last Intervention

We got an email from former Hartford resident Giovanny Blanco describing his project The Last Intervention and his Sad City fandom.

Hello, my name is Giovanny Blanco. I hope all is well with ya. I'm a big fan of the site (especially the pay phone pics). As a former resident I can always count on Sad City to give me a fix. I still consider Hartford my hometown even though I haven't lived there since 1996. Yes, there might be something wrong with me. I still go back several times a year. Anyway, I directed a film that we (friends and family) shot in Hartford called "The Last Intervention". Here's the quickie synopsis. 

The rebellious daughter of divorced Dominican parents discovers her family is having an intervention in her honor. It’s not exactly how she planned to spend the weekend.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Don't Name a Street After Abraham Giles

The Evil Undead Zombie of Abraham Giles has come back to terrorize Hartford once again.
Ed. Note: Originally published April 18, 2012, Council went forward and passed a resolution naming a street corner after Giles last night. Surrounding areas laugh and shake their heads.

Are we the only ones who are completely appalled by the  idea that an admitted extortionist, the late Abraham "Butt Ugly" Giles, is very likely to have a street corner named after him in Hartford? No? Good.

We know it's not good to speak ill of the dead, but this one really deserves it.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Give Howard Baldwin Credit

As usual, there are some people, fans and media, who are trumpeting around this summer saying they knew Howard Baldwin and his marketing company Whalers Sports and Entertainment would get into hot water over the contract he signed to run the New York Rangers farm team. 

What surprises me is what they are not seeing.

The price to run hockey in Hartford is absurd.  Over the last two seasons Baldwin and Hartford hockey fans, were beaten over the head with the notion that Hartford can never be an NHL market again.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hartford Pic Of The Week

We can't tell, so let us know what you think. Is the city getting into the used car business or merely the parking business? Send us in your Pic Of The Week candidates.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sad City Classic: The Pay Phone Contest

Originally posted by Hakaan July 13, 2010, click on the Pay Phones tag to see the progress.

If your like us (and you know you want to be) you probably spent a lot of time in your early teens hanging out in front of convenience stores. For those of us who grew up without cell phones (never mind a smart phone) convenience stores were a great hang out spot for a variety of reasons. The local convenience store offered a place where one could meet their friends, purchase Mountain Dew, burritos, cigarettes, and of utmost importance, communicate with friends through pay phones. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Rock Bottoms Up! - Hartford and Dubra

The plan was to drink until the pain over / But what’s worse, the pain or the hangover?”
-Kanye West, “Dark Fantasy,” Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Empty Dubra Vodka bottles litter the landscape of Hartford, like corpses from a silent war, the detritus of the damned. While this particular litter may not seem as portentous as the previous overwrought sentence claims, I think they’re worth noticing and thinking about. When I was a freshmen at Trinity College – in my younger and dumb(er) days – I used to drink Dubra heavily, to the point where my friends and I created a weekly mock celebration, Dubra Wednesdays. It was cheap (around $13 dollars for a handle, 1.75 liters), it was so-bad-it’s-good, and it wrecked our better judgment, as well as our insides.

Due in part to that nostalgic obsession, I started to notice them a lot while walking through Hartford near the end of my undergraduate career. I got into the habit of taking out my cell phone and snapping a picture every time I saw one. After only a couple months of walking through Hartford, I had over 20 images of separate bottles. These were just the ones that caught my eye; it wasn’t as if I went out looking for them.

They’re everywhere, from the Riverfront;

...to the middle of Downtown;

…on the side streets of Frog-Hollow;

...right up to the West end;

Pint and Half-Pint bottles were the most frequent (being the cheapest), but I’ve also seen handles;

For the past two years, I’ve worked for a non-profit that focuses on community indicators. Indicators are quantitative and qualitative measures, tailor made to the needs of a given community, which reveal the over-all quality of life. Using an established benchmark, they show the direction a community is heading, for better or worse. The number of empty Dubra bottles littered throughout Hartford can be seen as an unconventional indicator. What does it suggest?

Rampant litter in itself reveals a disregard for ones surroundings, a disregard that is extenuated by intoxication. Can whoever tossed these bottles be solely blamed? Those that left them behind may have been consciously running from something, or unconsciously reacting to circumstances outside of their control.

While not the whole story, these bottles reveal a larger web of poverty, health issues, and an overall lack of confidence within Hartford. So if there’s the feeling that governmental officials aren't being stewards of the city, why should those that feel disenfranchised care?   

There are other liquors of comparable price, but Dubra – which from my experience is the most vile – seems to be the discarded drink of choice; implying a masochistic impulse. Maybe I’m just over-intellectualizing from a point of privilege. It may simply be the stark design of the label that attracts customers. To stretch one last interpretation, let’s look at the design. If the star in the center is equated with New England’s Rising one, would you see the curtain surrounding it as one that just opened, or one that’s about to close?  
Thinking about my reckless college days, and how Dubra became an ironically cherished drink amongst students from affluent backgrounds; while many in the surrounding community most likely drank it because of economic limitations and learned helplessness; makes me feel as guilty and nauseous as I did during those incoherent Thursday mornings, years ago.

                                                                                                        -Written by William Moffett Jr.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sad City Classic: Guide To Supermarkets

(Originally published by Jumper on July 11, 2010)

One of the greatest things about living in Hartford is that we have a plethora of grocery shopping options within a very small radius. Whether you prefer shopping in the cozy confines of a neighborhood bodega or wandering through a yuppie organic food mecca, Hartford has it all.
So how do you make decision on where to go to buy your food stuff? Let the Sad City Hartford guide to Hartford supermarkets show you the way.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hartford Pay Phone #40: Baker's Cafe

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, all Hartfordites can exhale as Pay Phone #40 is unveiled in the greatest scavenger hunt to ever hit Hartford. While Sad City is determined to make pay phones Hartford landmarks, Pay Phone #40 itself is located in a Hartford landmark, the legendary Baker's Cafe on New Britain Ave.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sad City's Fractured Fan Base

Professional hockey has been in Hartford for 37 years.

 In that time there has only been two teams here from three different leagues but the fan base is not split, it's fractured. 

There are about half a dozen fan factions.

The New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association moved to Hartford from Boston for the 1974-75 season.  Hartford at the time was the head quarters of the WHA as well.

In 1979-80 season the WHA merged with the National Hockey League, joining the NHL was the newly named Hartford Whalers.  They played in Hartford until the 1996-97 season.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ice Cream!

On Thursday, July 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., neighbors from near and far can come to The Mark Twain House & Museum to enjoy lawn games, live music, hot dogs, discounted tours -- and, of course, a refreshing cup of ice cream donated by the UConn Dairy Bar, Shady Glenn, and Royal Ice Cream.

This is the fourth year for The Mark Twain House & Museum Ice Cream Social, which always draws a good crowd. After the social, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a preview screening of the ocumentary Linotype: The Film, a look at the unusual way printing technology changed in Mark Twain's day and after.

The Ice Cream Social this year benefits from a special grant for free programs fromThe First Niagara Bank Foundation.

The event includes:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Appettite: Now I Feel Old

Lifted from Deadspin.com
"You can taste the bright lights but you won't get them for free"

The seminal sports blog Deadspin is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of Appetite For Destruction by having readers send in their stories of the first time they heard the best album of the decade. Appetite was released on July 21, 1987. Coincidentally, Sad City would start appearing on Craig The Porn Star's WCCC program exactly 23 years later. After a quarter century, it's hard to overstate just how good Appetite was/is. While other music of the era has faded into hipster novelty, Appetite powerfully delivers over and over and over and over and over again.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Two Years Of Sad City & WCCC

Some might say that Sad City has become to Hartford blogs what WCCC is to Hartford rock stations. It's only naturally that we would team up at some point, what is surprising is how fast it happened. WCCC night jock Craig The Porn Star discovered Sad City on Facebook when we had "something like 30-35 fans." Craig suggested we should call in and that if it went well, maybe we could do it on a regular basis. Two year and close to 100 appearances later, Sad City can still be heard at about 9:20-9:30 Wednesday nights on Craig's show which airs Monday to Friday 7PM to midnight.

To celebrate our two years with Craig and WCCC, we present some of our more memorable appearances and in doing so, give you a great way to fritter away your work Monday. Let us know if the comments, which appearance is your favorite?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hartford Pic Of The Week

This pic does not do justice to just how awesome the Cinnamon Toast Crunch bike actually. Send us your Pic Of The Week contenders!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sad City Classic: An Overpass Love Story

Everyone loves a good love story. Whether in literary prose or told through a cinematic lens, little captures the hearts and minds of the public like a great love story. Romeo and Juliet. Ross and Rachel. Luke Han and Leia. Noam Chomsky and U.S. foreign policy. People just seems to have an insatiable appetite for a great romance.

That said, imagine our excitement when during our crossing of the sci-fi like overpass of I-91 we came across a Hartford love story told in the most unique way; the ubiquitous urban trademark of graffiti.

Ladies and gentlemen, Sad City is proud to a unique Hartford masterpiece, the story of Carmen and Danielle.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

RAW: Mixology

Tonight at The Russian Lady is, apparently, a massive art exhibit consisting of 20  RAW artists. The great thing about having a blog is that you get invited to a lot of cool stuff. The bad thing about having a blog is that you're more or less inherently anti-social and completely self-involved, so leaving Mom's basement sucks

 It always seems that there isn't a chair when they ask you to stay and sit anywhere.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Hartford's Latest Marketing Slogan

Unlike the much maligned "New England's Rising Star," this new slogan is at least somewhat based on reality.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hartford Pic Of The Week

Why would there be a shopping cart full of random flotsam and jetsam unattended in the middle of Main Street at noon on a weekday? 

In Hartford the appropriate question is why wouldn't there be a shopping cart full of random flotsam and jetsam unattended in the middle of Main Street at noon on a weekday? 

Have a candidate for Pic Of The Week? Send it in!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fire on Prospect

Thursday afternoon fire at 383 Prospect in West Hartford. No injuries.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Carpet Giant Looms Large

The Carpet Giant shouldn't mean anything but he is impossible to not notice. Rising from the South Meadows like a half-resurrected phoenix from the 1980's, The Carpet Giant sign is at the same time unmistakable and yet largely forgettable, unlit and a sign of a bygone era.

When we see the massive unlit Carpet Giant sign, it reminds us of a place where our parents might have shopped at some point. Kind of like how our kids might ask us one day if we ever shopped at a Sam Goody.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Local Business: Hartford Bicycle

While there's nothing new about the bicycle, Hartford Bicycle offers a unique take on the century old mode of transportation. With rising concerns over fuel costs and carbon footprints, bicycles are experience a renaissance in U.S. cities. Hartford Bicycle, located downtown at 75 Pratt St, meshes bicycling, art, and craftsmanship in restoring and customizing bicycles. Headed by Patrick Connolly, the seed for Hartford Bicycle was planted when Connolly was living in Boston (as seemingly all interesting Hartfordites do in their early 20's) when he started customizing his own bikes.

Friday, July 6, 2012