Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU’s own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited. It’s an eclectic selection of subjects that includes musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more.
This evening at the Buttonwood, the film “Genetic Roulette,” about the effects of genetically modified food, will be shown. You’re asked to donate $5 and a can of food.
Thursday and every first Thursday, it’s Open Mic night with Bob Gotta.
Saturday brings Isra-Alien’s CD Release Tour to the Buttonwood Tree. With two guitars and a second-nature connection, Isra-Alien finds the deep ties that bind rock and jazz, Israeli music and global sounds.
Then Sunday, and every Sunday in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares food. You’re invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. you can always find out more about buttonwood tree events at buttonwood.org
Over at the Russell Library, the teen group Otakus, for fans of Anime, Manga and all things Japanese, meets at 7 p.m.
Thursday at 7 p.m., the Center for the Arts presents Javanese Gamelan and Dance at World Music Hall.
Also Thursday, at Patricelli ’92 Theater, at 213 High Street, the Center for the Arts presents The Tempest, a Senior Thesis production of Nicholas Orvis, class of ’13, as well as a Graduate Composer Concert, at CFA Hall, .
Friday, as part of Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life Series, Richard Kostelanetz, noted literary artist and author of the first biography of John Cage, will discuss the social dimension of Cage’s work.
That will be followed by The Wesleyan University Orchestra’s performance, in the Crowell Concert Hall, of John Cage’s 1973 work “Etcetera,” which was commissioned by Wesleyan for the inauguration of the Center for the Arts. The piece calls for three conductors to stand before stations of two, three, and four chairs, as orchestra members, seated around these stations and gently playing cardboard boxes, may elect to move to a station and submit to the direction of one of the conductors. This will be followed by a performance of “HPSCHD” by the Wesleyan New Music Alliance in Fayerweather Beckham Hall.
Relatedly, also in conjunction with the centennial of Cage’s birth, the university’s Special Collections & Archives at Olin Library has put up “John Cage Writes,” an exhibit of notebooks, manuscripts and photographs from the John Cage Papers, focusing on his literary works. The show also features artists’ books influenced by Cage.
On Friday night at the CFA Theater, there will be a performance of the Winter Dance Concert: Impulse.
Saturday at 8 p.m., at Crowell Concert Hall, the celebration of John Cage continues with a performance of his “Song Books,” sponsored by the university’s Music & Public Life series.
For more information on any of these Wesleyan events, go to wesleyan.edu/cfa.
At the First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street in Middletown, the Diversion presents two comedy improv shows, Hartford’s Sea Tea Improv, and Middletown’s Ben Topher and Friends, performing at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Go to thediversion.com for details.
On Friday, at Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop on South Main St. in Middletown, Kaia Pazdersky, the guitarist and lead female vocalist for the gorup Little Ugly, voted CT’s Best Group, will perform at the pottery’s Cafe Night.
Also on Friday, the Greater Middletown Concert Association celebrates its 45th anniversary year with a musical gala at the Wadsworth Mansion at the Long Hill Estate in Middletown.
This fund-raising occasion will feature live musical entertainment, a buffet dinner and a silent auction. For details, call Marcia at 860-347-2035 or Gerry at 860-347-5360.
Saturday, at Central Connecticut State University, an event titled “An Injury to One is an Injury to All: A Conference in Defense of Civil Liberties and to End Indefinite Detention” will be presented. Featuring journalists, activists and scholars from throughout the region, the conference is meant to be a step toward building a movement to defend those targeted for their speech, political activity, race, religion or nation of origin, and to protect basic civil freedoms.
For information, contact Dan by calling 860-985-4576 or emailing him at email@example.com. Or go to ctstopindefinitedetention.wordpress.com.
Now let’s look at what’s going on in New Haven.
Over at Toad’s Place, tonight is the weekly EDM Night.
Friday brings the Cosmic Dust Bunnies to Toad’s, with The Alchemystics; Lucid; and Mandrake Mechanism; with Blinding Yellow spinning between sets. That’s followed by Aspen Powers Presents: A HOLIDAY CONCERT SOIREE, with Rohn Lawrence & Friends; Ricky Alan Draughn; Jenna Welch; E.L.E.I.; Timmy Maia; and Trever Somerville.
More information about all Toad’s shows can be found at toadsplace.com.
At Café Nine in New Haven, tonight The Saint James Jazz Band.
Thursday, MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Pearl and the Beard; w/ Lucius; and You Won’t.
Friday, UNITED RIOT RECORDS and CHANNEL HATE PRODUCTIONS Present: the NY/CT Hardcore Compilation CD Release Party featuring Hooks & Sinkers; Blastmat; and Progress.
Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends, and is followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse and Your 33 Black Angels. The SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM at Cafe Nine is hosted by 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 Blues Jam, with BRANDT TAYLOR.
Thursday brings John Mayock & the Homesteaders, as well as The Country Trio to Sally’s.
Then Friday, it’s the Rich Badowski Blues Band.
And Saturday brings Gina Sicilia to Sally’s. More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight, GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS continues through tomorrow.
Also through Thursday, the Loneliest Planet continues.
Then Friday opens with The Flat, and the Valtari Film Experiment.
Saturday, the late show brings a return of The Room.
This and lots more can be found at realartways.org.
Tonight over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, will bring the film “How to Survive a Plague” to the screen.
Starting Thursday and running through Saturday, it’s “The Perks of being a Wallflower”. Friday also brings The Dark Crystal.
On Sunday, “Different from the Others”, with live musical accompaniment, is the matinee. The evening show is Roman Polanski’s TESS in 4K. More can be found 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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