Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week:
This evening at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletownat 7 p.m., the documentary film “Genetic Roulette,” about the dangers of genetically modified food, will be shown .
Thursday at 7 p.m., Writers Out Loud, a networking opportunity for prose writers, meets at the Buttonwood; signups start at 6:45.
Friday at 8 p.m., the band The Violet Lights performs at the Buttonwood, playing a combination of indie and garage rock, with Britpop elements.
Saturday at 8 p.m., Turkish jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir brings “Tales and Stories,” a CD-release concert, to the Buttonwood.
Every Sunday around 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at buttonwood.org.
Tonight at 8 p.m., over at Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, award-winning writer Bernard Cooper reads from his work. He has been described as “a master of the language of memory and truth,” and “one of the most compelling, ambitious writers at work today.” A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, call 860.685.3448 or visit Wesleyan.edu/writing
On Thursday at 8 p.m., WESU, brings Lynn Levy, producer of RadioLab and a class of ’05 Wesleyan alum, to CFA Hall for a conversation with her thesis advisor Prof. Bricca as part of the WESU lecture series.
Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with a presentation by ethnomusicologist Anthony Seeger and performances by the string band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir. The event will be held at the Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave.,and admission is free.
On Friday, the Merita Halilli & Raif Hyseni Orchestra/Cumbiamba Eneye will be playing at Fayerweather 202 from 8:30-10:00pm. Admission is free. More information can be found at wesleyan.edu/mpl
Also on Thursday evening at 7, Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, the film and discussion series will be hosting a presentation of “Common Ground. The 4th Annual Middletown International Film Festival” continues with a screening of “Dancing Dreams,” directed by Rainer Hoffmann & Anne Linsel. This free series is the result of a collaboration among the Russell Library, Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan.
The program “Harnessing the waterways: the history of dams in Middletown,” is being presented by the Middletown Historical Society on Thursday at 7p.m.at the Jonah Center for Earth and Art. Wesleyan philosophy Prof. Elise Springer will recount the findings of a group of researchers who spent the last year wading in hip boots upstream from the Connecticut River along its many tributaries through Middletown to learn the significance of those streams and the industries that relied upon them. The talk will be given at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 190 Court Street. For more information, contact John Hall at 860-398-3771 or visit thejonahcenter.org .
On Saturday, the Branford Folk Music Society presents fiddle and banjo workshops, followed by a Red Hen Stringband concert, all at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, at the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford. The workshops will be led by two band members, one teaching the clawhammer banjo and the other, techniques for adding musicality to traditional tunes. Each workshop costs$25 and you must register by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to folknotes.org/branfordfolk.
Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtown New Haven.
At Toad’s Place tonight is the weekly EDM night.
Thursday brings Yelawolf , the Slumerican tour, to the Toad’s stage, as well as Rittz, Show You Suck, and DJ Vajra.
There have been some show cancellations, by the way, and ticket refunds are being offered. Go to toadsplace.com for the complete story.
Over in New Haven, tonight it’s Low Cut Connie at the Café Nine stage; w/ Rusty Things.
Thursday, Manic Productions presents Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society, with Spirit Family Reunion; and The Proud Flesh .
Then Friday, it’s Rockabilly Riot, featuring Rosie Flores; w/ Marti Brom.
Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ hosts Gary Grippo and friends , followed at 9 by the Manic Productions presentation of Dignan Porch; w/ Eraas; and Space Orphans .
Sunday at 4 p.m. brings Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, with a “A Very Viking Thanksgiving”: What do you get when you combine art school and alcohol? A great time and some creative drawings. Gorge on the glory of our featured model, Lipgloss Crisis!
Then at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, this week with Brandt Taylor.
Then Thursday at 8, it’s horn-fueled blues rock with Tommy Castro and his band.
Friday brings to Sally’s the Michael Cleary Band, a Hartford institution celebrating its 21st year of making original groove/funk/rock music.
Then Saturday, it’s Biscuit Miller & the Mix. More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten path in Central Connecticut.
Real Art Ways in Hartford will cover the Election tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. WNPR’s Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky will broadcast the results live. There will be Real Board (Games), also at 6.
Tonight and Thursday, “Bill W” and “Stars in Shorts” continue.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “Compliance,” a film inspired by true events, telling the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. Also beginning on Friday and running for six days: “Holy Motors,” a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. The late show on Saturday is “The Room.”
Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, continues with Part 5: “American Cinema of the ‘70s”; and “Movies to Change the World” (1970s). More details can be found at realartways.org.
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, “Sleepwalk with Me” plays tonight.
Then it’s the 14th Eros Film Festival with “Facing Mirrors” on Wedneday, “Gay by Friday” on Thursday; and “My Best Day” and “Loose Cannons” on Friday. Saturday’s festival offerings are “Cal me Kuchu,” “Four,” and “Strange Frame.” The festival wraps up on Sunday with “The Laramie Project.”
Also on Sunday, the film “Max et Les Ferailleurs.” will be presented. Learn more at cinestudio.org
And now let’s take a look at 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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