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Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree Thursday evening, The Andrew and Noah Band brings their improvisation, deep dance grooves and take on the future of American roots music to the Buttonwood stage.
Friday Night The Kenn Morr Band returns to the Buttonwood for a night of authentic Americana rock and roll.
Saturday morning’s at 8:30 Terri Johnson instructs Free community Yoga at the buttonwood tree followed by Annaita Ghandi’s “Aligned with Source” Workshop for Empowerment at 10:30am.
Saturday afternoon at 2pm the Larry Gareau Trio makes for some afternoon jazz. At 8pm Saturday night, Charter Oak Bluegrass takes the stage.
Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree. You’re invited to help prepare them prepare their vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.
Sunday afternoon at 2pm Free Poets Collective Presents an Artist Gala to Benefit Newtown, CT Tragedy Victims at the buttonwood. Artists from all over the world have contributed original artwork to be sold to benefit victims of the Newtown, CT tragedy. This event features visual arts, music, poetry, sculpture, and more. 10% of all proceeds and all ticket sales will be donated to a charity representative on hand. This is followed by the Monthly Poetry potluck event at the buttonwood tree. You can always find out more about buttonwood tree events at www.buttonwood.org
At Café Nine in New Haven tonight café funk-rock nomads. Aotearoa (pr. Aey-oh-tay-uh-row-uh) take the stage with The Moving Company opening the show. Thursday night at Café Nine hosts a NewHaven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser featuring the Jovial Crew; w/ Danny Quinn.
Friday, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones; w/ Paul Gabriel make for anight of traditional and contemporary blues . Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends this week. Saturday night Manic productions presents Nashville Rock ‘n’ rollers Denney and The Jets; w/ Derek Hoke and Elison Jackson. SUNDAY afternoon DR. SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOLs”50 Shades Of Sketchy” is where art, alcohol and traditional figure drawing collide. Sunday evening Café nine presents Gringo Starr and the Mountain movers. More can be found online at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight it’s Black eyed Sally’s longstanding Blues Jam session hosted with STEVE BALKUN this week. Thursday brings Miss Tess & the Talkbacks to Sally’s for a night of golden era pop and honky tonk. The eight piece Soul of a Man band (complete with booming horn section) takes the stage at Sallys for an evening of soul music Friday night. Saturday night Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers play their retro early electric blues sound at Sally’s. more online at www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven at Toads Place tonight brings their weekly Electronic Dance Music Night. Thursday Toad’s presents a local band showcase. Friday brings the annual Opus Birthday Bash for a night of loud rock and roll. Saturday brings Big another night of loud musicin Big Jim’s “Screw Winter” Bash. Sunday the annual MLK Jr Funk Fest features Rearview. Greg Sherwood, Terryl Lee and Funkinachea to the Toads place main stage while The Ne Haven Battle of the Bands takes over the Lily Pad Stage. More can be found at toadsplace.com
On the third Thursday of every month, creative people come together for conversation, art and music at Real Art Ways Creative Cocktail hour in Hartford. January’s event features music by DJ Cajar. www.realartways.com
Friday night at 7:30PM you are invited to an evening of improvised comedy here in Middletown. Hartford’s Sea Tea Improv, Middletown’s Great Make-Believe Society and East Hampton’s The Sticks Improv take to the stage without a script and create scenes based on audience suggestions at Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington St. for info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday night here in Middletown, The Russell Library presents the writing workshop: “We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences” under the direction of author Elisabeth Petry . This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices in Meeting Room 2.Saturday morning the Russell knitters meet and invite you to join them for knitting tips and tricks. All levels of experience are welcome. www.russelllibrary.org
The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet, play on the third Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, on Main Street, East Hampton (860-467-6643).
Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Sunday you can catch “Central Park Five,” for a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case. Tonight and Tomorrow (Wednesday) Real Art Ways is also showing “Chasing Ice” in which Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog who was once a skeptic about climate change, through his Extreme Ice Survey, discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.. More information at www.realartways.org.
Tonight, Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, presents: The Sessions, which tells the story of childhood polio survivor Mark O’Brian who wrote an article about hiring a sex therapist to help him lose his virginity. More at can be found at cinestudio.org
Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive at 5, it’s the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.
From 6-6:30 it’s
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!
From 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
Beginning at 9:30 until11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.
Then from 11pm-midnight, it’s The Smorgasboard with Hygge Li and Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.
From midnight to 1:30am, DJ Gus Lo presents Midnight Munchies! Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for!
From 1:30-2:30am it’s Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.
And starting at 2:30 and running for an hour it’s Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.
And from 3:30 to 4am it’s DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.
The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.
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