The Coleman Brothers Carnival has opened in Middletown for their 96th annual event. With more than 30 rides and attractions for all ages, the carnival has set up camp at Palmer Field on Bernie O’Rourke Drive. The Carnival will run through Sunday and is located just off of Rt 66 on Bernie O’Rourke Drive.
In the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room Saturday at 2pm, Singer/guitarist Enzo Boscarino offers a musical tour of some of his favorite regions of Italy. For more information on Russell Library events, visit www.russelllibrary.org
Here in Middletown on Saturday, The Buttonwood Tree on Main Street presents Songwriters In the Round featuring Tiff Jimber, Jen Vanderlyn, & Luis Narino. Sunday night, the Buttonwood hosts a fundraiser for St.Vincent dePaul with a night of spoken word and improvisational music. Every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food around the 1 pm hour in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. There is more information about all of these events at www.buttonwood.org
Trinity College in Hartford holds their 7th International Hip Hop Festival through Saturday. This event features top performances by Hip Hop artists from around the globe plus film screenings, panel discussion, workshops, and competitions, art shows and Break Dancing. Of note is the DMC World Turntablist regional championship from noon -4pm on Saturday, which will showcase CTs best DJs on the “ones and twos” flexing their skills. Lots of details online at www.trinityhiphop.com
The Davison Arts Center presents an exhibition of acquired prints “with a lot of help from our friends: 50 years of acquisitions” – celebrating the Friends of the Davison Art Center which has raised funds to purchase more than 900 works of art since its start in 1962. Works are on display from noon to 4pm in the Davison Art Center on the Wesleyan University campus thru May 29.
This week, you can view the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, in the first round of senior thesis exhibitions, featuring Kuan-lin Huang, Elizabeth Chabot, Gil Sunshine, Johnny Tan, Sienna Perro, Xiao You. The exhibit runs through Sunday in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The gallery is open from noon to 4pm and admission is free.
The Australian dance company Chunky Move, presents the CT premiere of “Connected“, which animates the physical connection between body & machine as dancers construct a kinetic sculpture designed by California-based artist Reuben Margolin. Performances are tonight and Saturday at 8pm in Wesleyan’s CFA Theater.
A senior music recital by Owen Callahan entitled “Music I Find Myself Writing.” is at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel at 9 tonight, and is free and open to the public. Information on all of these Wesleyan University events is at wesleyan.edu/cfa
Tonight the Higher Grounds Coffee House at 70 Main St. in East Hampton hosts their weekly open mic. Show starts at 7PM. Every Saturday night there is live local music.
The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1 CD Release Party is Saturday night, and virtually every artist on the CD is performing live! John Fries and The Heat, The River God, WESU’s Lauren Agnelli and Dave Rave, Franklin Brothers, Dogbite and more! At the Rose Barn @ Eugene O’Neill Theater 305 Great Neck Road Waterford, CT (860) 443-5378; 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. You can also visit Good Sponge at goodsponge.com
Starting at 10 am at Brew Bakers on Main St. in Middletown this Sunday, acoustic duet Diane & Dave perform popular American music from the 1930′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and into the 21st Century.
Sunday night in Collinsville at Bridge St. Live, you can catch Red Molly w/ special guest Roosevelt Dime for a night of creative Americana music at 8:00 PM. More online at 41bridgestreet.com
Now here’s what’s going on in the world of cinema in central Connecticut:
Tonight and Saturday at Real Art Ways in Hartford is Salt of Life, about a man questioning why all of the passion seems to have disappeared from his life. Also, All In: The Poker Movie, a film on poker’s renaissance, has a run this weekend. Realartways.org offers film ticket sales, trailers, and show times.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema Friday and Saturday, The Adventures Of Tintin brings the cartoon classic to the big screen. Ready to tackle a new quest with his faithful white fox terrier Snowy by his side, Tintin teams up with the tipsy seafarer Captain Haddock to recover the treasure from the sunken ship, the Unicorn. Beginning Sunday Cinestudio shows Albert Nobbs, “A heady mix of sexuality, identity, class politics and romantic self-deception” says Ann Hornaday, of the Washington Post starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer. Visit cinestudio.org for more.
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