Here then is a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:
Tonight in Middletown The Buttonwood Tree is bringing in the George Schuller Trio with George Schuller on drums, Frank Kimbrough on piano, and Matt Pavolka on bass.
On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone and everyone is welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church, 190 Court St., at 11:30 a.m. For more information about all Buttonwood Tree events, go to www.buttonwood.org.
Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Russell Library director Arthur S. Meyers will discuss his new book “Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement” at the Russell Library. In 1908 a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum Lecture Movement. Meyers book explains how this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Tonight, down in New Haven at Toad’s Place is Johnny Winter with the Johnny I Band and Murray the Wheel. Also, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents CityState, Four Barrel Billy and Madison Red. Saturday brings Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute, along with The Bonesmen, Circadian Rhythm, INK and The Modern Tribe. More at Toadsplace.com
Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, the Happy Hour brings Sal Paradise in, followed by Atrina; w/ Old Man Lady Luck; and Lasher. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 p.m. by The Iguanas; w/Joe Flood. Sunday brings the Sunday After Supper Jam to Café Nine, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys tonight, hear the Jackleg Preachers, a diverse and dynamic group, in both age and musicianship, running the gamut of musical genres. Saturday, it’s Delta Generators at Sally’s, finalists (out of 55 entries worldwide) in the best self-produced CD competition at last year’s International Blues Challenge. More at blackeyedsallys.com
Saturday night at 8pm, The Connecticut Guitar Society presents Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Avenue in Hartford.
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight begins screenings of “Central Park Five,” a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case. Saturday’s monthly late show is “The Room,” about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one by one. the film is described as so amazingly bad it’s great. More information can be found at realartways.com.
Over at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema presents “A Late Quartet,” which takes place inside the lives of a New York City quartet as they rehearse Beethoven’s ravishing Quartet in C sharp minor. Hidden allegiances, ambitions and passions are revealed when the cellist (Christopher Walken) announces his plans to leave. Sunday’s matinee and evening show is “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel.”
More can be found at cinestudio.org.