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Bare Faces, Baryshnikov, Suess, Sisters and Spring On Tap This Weekend

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] The thought of going without any make-up is a scary one for many women, but a gallery full of bold ladies have done just that .

“Revealed, Images of Women Who Bared to Make Change” opens tonight at 6 p.m.  at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. This exhibition, part of the March Girlcott campaign, presents the images of the women leaders from the Hartford area who have dared to bare it all, make-up wise  for the camera. Photographs of over thirty women leaders from the Greater Hartford community will be revealed without their make-up, as photographed by Nilofer Haider, Lena Stein and Nicolette Theriault. This exhibition is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities.

dr.seuss[1]If you notice a lot more reading than usual going on in schools Friday it’s because it is 2013 “Read Across America” week in the United States, and Friday is the day many, many schools are choosing to celebrate.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that
calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or near March
2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. This year the theme is  “Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat” and Java will be doing just that at the Northwest Village School on Friday! Can’t wait!

My Sisters’ Place, a non-profit that provides assistance to women and children in need, will  host the “Changing Lives Gala” on Friday March 1 at the Downtown Hartford Marriott Hartford. The celebration features dinner, dancing to the music of The Groove Junkies and fabulous live and silent auctions.

mbFriday is opening night at Hartford Stage production of  “The Man In A Case” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. And that means a pre-party and opening night post-party to celebrate the show that is in Hartford until March 24.knoxheadermain_02[1]

Also on Friday night, “75* An Urban Greenhouse Party”  will be hosted by the Knox  Foundation from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Knox Greenhouse on Laurel Street. The tropical themed party will include food, dancing, auctions, music with proceeds  benefiting the environmental preservation organization.

stephanpFor those that are fans of the Courant comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” there’s a weekend treat in store for you . Creator Stephan Pastis has just written his first children’s book titled “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” and will be meeting fans and talking about this book Saturday March 2 at RJ Julia in Madison. Go to rjjulia.com for information. for an interview with Pastis go here.







Mraz Leaves More Than A Song Behind in Hartford

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When most Grammy winning performers come to Connecticut for a concert, there are sound checks, rehearsals, and downtime to rest up for the show. Not Jason Mraz.

The singer-songwriter donned a tee shirt and cargo shorts, grabbed a pick and shovel and was part of the landscaping crowd at Burns Elementary School Saturday to the delight of fans, students and environmentalists.

“I don’t want to just come to a place, sing and leave without doing something for someone else,” said the award winning singer who performed at Comcast Theater later in the day. “I don’t want to just leave plastic and crap behind,” he said explaining his “Tree is a Four-Letter Word” program that is part of his tour.  “I consider each of my concert venues a temporary home and want to leave something good behind.”

Mraz ended up planting trees at the Frog Hollow elementary school thanks to a cooperative effort by WTIC radio, Billings Forge, the Knox Foundation and area friends. And it was quickly clear he was not just doing it for show.

The longtime environmentalist, who also owns his own avocado farm, chatted with organizers about their environmental efforts, grabbed a pick and shovel and went to work with crews including Squawn Lewis from the Knox Foundation, digging holes for six new red maple trees.

“We are trying to replace the 1,000 trees we lost in the storms last year around the city,” said Charmaine Craig, better known in Hartford as “The Tree Lady.”  “We are making progress.”

Volunteers also planted banks of flowers, raked up dozens of bags of garbage and dead plants and leaves, and along the way, had the chance to pose with Mraz for pictures.

“I just can’t believe he would give up an afternoon and help,” said Robin Melendez, a resident who stopped with others to watch the action. “That’s a pretty good guy.”