Tonight, the Middletown Commission on the Arts’ monthly meeting happens at 7 pm in the City Arts office at 100 Riverview Center.
Also happening down in New Haven tonight, Toad’s Place hosts their weekly dubstep dance party, and there’s a local Rock Showcase at Toad’s on Thursday night. Saturday night, Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and beyond on the Toad’s main stage. Rhythmic Circus and Carbonated Insight open that show. Emily’s Army plays the Toad’s Lily Pad Stage on Friday night. Saturday, Cosmic Dust Bunnies and special guests perform at Toad’s. www.toadsplace.com.
Sixers. The Alternate Routes take the stage Thursday night, and Abrosia are at Infinity Hall on Friday. The McLovins take the stage Saturday night, and Sunday catch Sha Na Na. More info at www.inifinityhall.com.
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas is in full gear this week down in New Haven with too many offerings to list in this calendar. Highlights include live performances from The National Theatre of Scotland; Circa); The Ben Allison Band with Robert Pinsky; The Yuval Ron Ensemble; Inca Son; and Roseanne Cash; plus so much more. Info online at www.artidea.org.
The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents a weekly Thursday night “Jazz on the River ” series. For info and reservations, call 860-347-9999.
Also here in Middletown Tomorrow night its theOddfellows Playhouse fundraising event, Food Improv – Where the Culinary arts meet the Performing arts. This event features interesting cuisine, refreshments and performances by the Traveling Circus company on the grounds of the Wadsworth Mansion at the Long Hill Estate from 6-9pm. Tickets and information available by calling 860-347-6143 or visiting oddfellows.org.
Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, The RJ Ruotolo group plays a wide mix of pop music and jazz standards from the ’50s to today. Saturday evening, the Andy Buzzi Trio makes for a night of jazz at the Buttonwood. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome to the meal and are also invited to help prepare the food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org or 860.347.4957.
‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and here’s a few in our area:
The Durham Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green on Main St, from 3 to 6:30 pm, now thru September. The Middletown North End Farmers Market is now open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets next week. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm through October.
During the month of June, WESU DJ and artist Bill Revill has a number of his seascape paintings showing at Green Well Organic Coffee and Tea, 44 Crown Street, New Haven.
Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this week:
This week, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook hosts the Connnecticut Film Festival. More information at http://www.thekate.org or 860-388-3286.
Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, opens a week-long run of the 1957 musical comedy classic “Funny Face,” starring Audrey Hepburn, with dancing by Fred Astaire and music by Gershwin. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at www.cinestudio.org
Through Friday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues its run of “First Position,” which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet for a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow. Friday, Real Art Ways begins a run of OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bi-polar, Asperger’s Movie. Tickets, times, and more at www.realartways.org.
That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, you can visit www.arts2GO.org – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on in Middletown.
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The festival grounds are the front lawn of the City Hall Municipal Building at 245 Dekoven Drive. The festival will include activities for children, music for all, select vendors, and fireworks shot high over the Connecticut River. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. (raindate is Friday, July 6, for the fireworks). The event is free and there is free parking throughout the downtown. Please call the Mayor’s Office for more details – 860-344-3401.