Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:
This evening at The Buttonwood Tree in MiddletownThe Modern Riffs present an evening of jazz, classic rock and swing beginning at 8p. On Saturday afternoon at 1pm, The Buttonwood Tree hosts the Free Poets Collective, featuring The Meeting House Poets, with the Piano-Bass Duo of David Sergio and Walter Mayo augmenting the poetry with jazz and American Songbook standards. At 8pm Saturday evening, Jazz Trumpeter Nick DiMaria and his ensemble will be playing original compositions from their upcoming studio release that was recorded at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 Studio. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it beforehand at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information go online at www.buttonwood.org
At Café Nine in New Haven tonight, Rizzo’s Dilemma makes for a night of hard-hitting improvisational rock. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday night The Spampinato Brothers take the stage w/ the Ivory Bills. Sunday there’s a special show to gather together to celebrate the life of the late, great Sam Velecca with an afternoon of Grateful Dead music. More can be found online at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford Rhett Tyler & Early Warning make for an evening of Modern Blues at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight. Saturday night The Alexis P. Suter Band brings their roots, blues and soul to Sally’s. More can be found online at blackeyedsallys.com
This evening at 8pm Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Music at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello” in Crowell Concert Hall: featuring what might have been heard after-hours in the Charlottesville, Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson, as well as in the slaves’ quarters. Featuring performances by singer, guitarist and banjo player Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Dennis James on glass harmonica (a creation of Jefferson friend, Benjamin Franklin), singer Jennifer Hope Wills, violinists Robert Mealy and Mazz Swift, cellist Katie Rietman, Christopher Layer on bagpipes and flutes, and Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce on harpsichord.
This Sunday Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Violin & Piano: Dramatic Partners” Featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Erika Schroth alongside Violinist Netta Hadari at the Russell House on High Street. Admission: FREE! Sunday also brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to Wesleyan’s Downey House at the corner of High and Court Sts. from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. More online atwww.wesleyan.edu/cfa
At 8:00 pm tonight in Hartford, Canadian Brass trombonist, Achilles Liarmakopoulos and Maestro Edward Cumming with Hartt Sinfonia join Ezequiel Menéndez for a Concert to Benefit Jubilee House at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. More information can be found at jubileehouse.org.
Saturday Night in Hartford at 7:30pm at Real Art Ways, The Taylor Ho Bynum Ensemble presents: The Prince Project World Premiere which pays tribute to the work of Pop icon and songwriter, Prince. More can be found at realartways.org
Now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford they’re showing 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films opening tonight for at least 3 weeks with 3 feature length programs – Animated Shorts, 100% kid-friendly and Live Action Shorts open tonight running through Thursday followed by Documentary Shorts opening 2/15. More information can be found at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight and Saturday Wreck It Ralph, an amusing animated movie about 80s-era video game characters who come to life is onscreen. There’s a special late showing tonight of Groundhog Day. Sunday begins a run of The Central Park Five, the documentary directed and written by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. More at can be found at cinestudio.org.