From the beginning at BL&D (we are around about 5 years into this now) we have been hosting parties to enjoy big tunes and give ya’ll a good excuse to dance. At some point early on it became clear that our city wasn’t really well set up for this kind of fun anymore.
If you haven’t seen or heard about YUPntwk yet its time to pay attention. The new initiative from Connecticut Public (formerly CPBN, i.e. CPTV and WNPR) is set up to help push the boundaries for the local, young creatives.
Before we kick off the 2018 season we are back with another KGM recap, this time we put together a video and another infographic to tell the story of the 2017 season. We hope you enjoy.
Sea Tea Improv's 9 year rise is a fascinating tale of steady growth, friendship, and commitment. You may know of Sea Tea but you probably don't know their history or realize just how big an operation they run. We sat down with 10 of their members to find out.
Hartford is, geographically, a small city that sits roughly in the center of what is a relatively small state. Despite that it is pretty common to find that residents and outsiders alike don't know a whole lot about places and spaces that exist city wide. Personally, we thought it be better if we did know more about the space people love all around town.
A little over a year ago the City of Hartford created the Office of Sustainability to help city get to where it needs to be. Recently this led to the creation of the Climate Action Plan to help provide the framework and goals for all stakeholders in the city to be a more resilient community. We sat down with Shubhada Kambli to learn more.
The Trash Museum is a view into the lenses of Jeff Dietz and Dan Rubenbauer. Their work provides a unique look at their surroundings and manifests as some of the most creative zines we have ever seen. Check them out on Instagram at @the_trash_museum, or pick up a copy of their newest zine, The Big E-Z.
We sat down with the guys behind Blue Earth Compost. Not only great partners for the KNOW GOOD Market but a very exciting business growing at the intersection of sustainability and good business. Read on to learn more.
Parkville Studios is an upstart artist collective based in Hartford. After graduating from nearby universities, the group came together to further pursue their own artistic endeavors, collaborate with the community, and create zines. The Collective has aspirations of becoming a formal organization that will help local artists grow their craft.
Events make a mess. Big events can make a huge mess.
Joseph Dickerson, the newest member of BiCi Co's staff, takes a break from the workshop and comes to talk with us about BiCi Co, his new role, and his hopes for the project and Hartford's youth.
Writer, most well known for his Hartford based journalism, Mr. Ragland keeps it real with us. We talk about how he got here and experiencing life on both sides of the tracks right here in Hartford. This is a long one but you are gonna want to read to the end.
As the KNOW GOOD Market returns for the second full season, we look back and tally the numbers from 2016 and share the plan ahead for 2017.
We sat down with our friend and accomplished photographer, Adrian Martinez, and talked about shooting with real film, family, expectations, and new beginnings.
Months ago, we got a chance to sit down with Hartford City Councilwoman and Working Families Party Minority Leader Wildaliz Bermudez for an informative chat about Hartford, her organizing efforts and how we can fix the city's fragmented culture.
Months ago, we spoke with UZOO, one of the most unique and talented collectives to come out of Connecticut in a while. We housed the members in our BL&D loft for a few hours to chat about the group's inception, where they got the UZOO name, and how CT and Hartford can shed that local mentality. - Q
Carolyn Kuan, the conductor of the Hartford Symphony and all-around star, was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about her beginnings in music, her influences and upcoming events that all Hartford residents should check out.
For Joshua Jenkins and the Sticky Pages collective, For Now, Until My Last Dying Day doubles down on the inventiveness and creates a film that rewards critical thinking and promotes awareness and conversation.
Ony got a chance to speak with Pepe Burby, the owner of EightSixty Skate Shop. He opened up about various topics and we saw a side of Pepe most rarely get to see. Check it out
Featuring: Brea Simone & Bleek
Last we saw of the film photography collective, Sticky Pages, was at their group show for Open Studios Hartford last year.
Maybe you have heard of us, a new Hartford business called Breakfast Lunch & Dinner, but more than likely you have not. Even if you have you could be very easily forgiven for being confused about it is we actually do. I
Marshall Deming and Breakfast Lunch & Dinner team up to bring you Part II of the the best party of last summer. There will be dancing. Many more details to come.
Featuring: Brandon Serafino and 12Rounz
Featuring : 1/2 of Free Wifi, Brittany Crush & Tinazia Monai
The BL&D Podcast is a thing now. Episode 1 is live and with host Zvlu & Ony and special guests Kid Dop3, Michael Fahey from podcast sponsor Armored Info, and the very talented Tekowa Lakica.
because you deserve it.
we threw a party.
Recently, Ony and Jeff had an opportunity to sit down with Luke Bronin, newly appointed mayor of the City of Hartford, for a brief chat.