Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU’s own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited.
Tonight brings Evening Oasis, a belly dancing presentation to the Buttonwood.
Thursday, it’s Writers Out Loud, the monthly open mic showcase of literary prose.
Friday, it’s Marci Geller’s Open Book Tour , with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals.
Saturday afternoon, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided.
Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to the Buttonwood. Among the performers is a ?percussionist/laptopist? and an ?effects-addicted guitarist.? The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.
Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. You?re invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Find out more about Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org.
On Friday, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown. SUBMERGED! is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.346.4390 for information.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight is the weekly EDM Night.
Thursday brings Sessions: A Nite of Reggae Dancehall & Soca, with Mr.
Vegas, Laza Morgan, Shane Fre, Indian, Alandon and Frassman & Dezey Coyotte.
Friday brings Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, to Toad’s, a celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential.
Saturday, it’s Marion Meadows’s Annual Jazz Christmas Show. More can be found online at toadsplace.com
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings Vandaveer to Café Nine, w/ Kindred Queer.
Thursday, it’s Them Damn Hamiltons. Also performing: Lys Guillorn.
The Friday happy hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Bill Kirchen?s Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as ?the twangiest holiday show in town with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen.
Then Saturday, it?s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC “Thick Beef” and DJ Dave Coon.
Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More can be found at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight is the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley to Sallys. It’s one of the longest running open blues jams in New England.
Thursday, it’s Eight to the Bar and Friday brings the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends to Sallys.
Saturday at Sally’s it’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. More can 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 and Thursday, screenings of The Flat continue.
“Right now, from 4 to 6″ is the Thomas Chapin Quartet CD Release.
Tonight also brings Inescapable Rhythms to Real Art Ways, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series.
Friday through Sunday bring screenings of The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
Also on Saturday, it’s the Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Wayss youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8. This and lots more can be found at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema tonight, Roman Polanski’s Tess in 4K continues. Four-K is the new ultra high-definition digital projection format now in place at Cinestudio.
Thursday through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara.
Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format.
Friday brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio.
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 stay tuned for 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 6-6:30pm, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Beginning 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!
Starting at 8 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 9:30-11pm it’s Missteps with Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall
Missteps is a club night, record label, and radio show run by Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall that seeks to bring attention to the latest in underground club music from around the world. Missteps focuses on forward-thinking dance music including juke, global bass music, uk-garage, underground house/techno, and wonky beats.
And from 11pm-12am stay tuned for Shelf Life with DJ Quandry
Shelf Life is an electronic music show consisting of random cds plucked from the shelves of the electronic music section minutes before the start of the show. It’s a guaranteed way to discover new, different, and surprising artists in the electronic genre.
From Midnight until 1:30am it’s Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.
Then in the wee hours from 1:30-2:30am it’s Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian McCarthy
(Primarily) Sad pop music with a different title-based theme every show; experimental, ambient, riot grrrl, synthpop, baroque pop all somewhat represented, plus more.
In the early morning hours of 2:30-3:30am it’s Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.
DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.
The BBC World News kicks on at 4am and we begin another day with Morning Edition from NPR.
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