Titanium Lounge on Main Street in Middletown is kicking off a new series of weekly live music events. The Jazz Series launches tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. with renowned trombonist Steve Davis and his quintet featuring, alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth. The quintet is followed by a “Late Night Jazz Jam” featuring guitarist Andrew Renfroe and bassist Alex Tremblay from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. For information call: 860-788-2419.
At The Buttonwood Tree tonight at 8, songwriters Anitra Brooks and Eric Kuhn perform as the “Two of Us”, doing some songs by him, some by her, some by both, and some by others. Saturday, at 8 there’s an Irish FUNraiser at The Buttonwood, with Irish storytelling, Celtic tunes and baked treats from O’Rourke’s Diner. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs shares food right around 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood and all are welcome. At 4pm this Sunday, you can catch the Monthly Poetry Potluck, an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Later Sunday Evening, at 7, it’s a release party for Gale B Garduner’s new album ”‘Welcome Home’, a ‘journey thru genres’. Gale will be joined by special guests playing hammer dulcimer, mandolin, and penny whistle, with spoken word over piano. More information about all of these events can be found atbuttonwood.org
This Saturday here in Middletown from 11-1 at The Green Street Arts Center, The Community Music initiative offers KIDBOP – the Kids Incredibly Daring Bird Orchestra Project with special guest Michael Pestel followed by a potluck lunch. The event is FREE and open to all ages and music skill levels. For more information call NEAT at 860 346 4845 or visitwww.neatmiddletown.org/cmi
This Saturday ArtFarm presents a Hands-On Workshop in Starting your Vegetable Garden from Seeds led by Eleanor Poole and Sioux Wimler from 2 – 5 pm at 218 Jackson Hill Road, in Middlefield. For details visitwww.art-farm.org
Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven, Leila Crockett and Lipgloss Crisis make for a night of Burlesque. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi. Saturday night brings “A”, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at Café Nine, featuring some New York City Punk Rock heavyweight legends: Manitoba, with Dead City and Jacques Le Coque. Sunday Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School returns to Cafe Nine! First pose at 4 p.m. Learn more atcafenine.comAt Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford tonight at 9, AJ Jansen plays rockin’ country, and on Saturday at 9, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood take the stage for more blues. Check out blackeyedsallys.com for details.
The acclaimed Matthew Shipp Trio performs avant-garde jazz Saturday at 8 at Real Art Ways. Check outrealartways.org for details.
Tonight The Small Town Concert Series presents their 3rd annual Tribute to the Grand Ole Opry featuring the songs of the Carter Family years at The Kate on Main St in Old Saybrook at 8pm. For info visitwww.katherinehepburntheater.org
Now here’s a look at what’s happening in the world of alternative cinema in Central CT this week.
Showing on Real Art Way’s Silver Screen tonight is Chico and Rita, an animated feature about how music and romantic desire unite a talented pianist and a beautiful singer. Also Real Art Ways kicks off a run of Bullhead, a drama set in the world of illegal bovine steroids and hormones and mafioso meat trade deals. Sunday Real Art Ways’ Crime on Screen series presents Silence of the Lambs at 2 PM followed by a Post-film discussion with Mitchell Glidden. Tickets, show times and more atwww.realartways.org
Tonight through Saturday, Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater in Hartford starts their run of “The Descendants”, in which George Clooney plays the wealthy scion of a Hawaiian royal family who discovers, after his wife is injured in a boating accident, that he knows little to nothing about his 10- and 17-year-old daughters, and clumsily tries to reconnect with them. Visitcinestudio.org for a complete listing.