Here’s a run sown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.
Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight at 8, it’s Ari and Mia Friedman, a sister duet harmonizing as they explore the traditions of Southern Appalachia and Northeastern fiddle music. On Saturday, community yoga is offered at the Buttonwood Tree beginning at 8:45am. Also on Saturday at the Buttonwood, it’s An Afternoon with Liela Marie Fuller, a poet whose first collection has been called an emotional roller coaster ride from joy and happiness to sadness and pain. Then Saturday night at 8, enjoy Federico Ughi’s music at the Buttonwood. His music infuses the New York avant garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome. Then Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal. And, you can help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit their website at www.buttonwood.org.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight once again it’s the award-winning Shakedown, playing the Dead and beyond. Also playing are Down-Stairs Sally and Eggy & the Delegates. Afton Presents in Lilly’s Pad: Paragon; Molly Maine; Boltcutter; Fortune’s Gale; and Bob Raymond and Guests. Details can be found at toadsplace.com.
On Saturday at 7:30, the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents “Maria de Buenos Aires,” an opera by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, including tango dance pieces, at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane (off Newfield Street) in Middletown. For information, contact Barbara Arafeh email@example.com.
Now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten track, here in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the schedule through tonight. Friday through next Thursday brings the film “Searching for Sugar Man,” nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, to Real Art Ways. Also on Friday: Michelle Ellsworth’s “Preparations for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome.” More can be found online at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight through Saturday, it’s “Skyfall,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Then Sunday brings “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” another Oscar nominee. The film was made by Wesleyan film grads. Times and other details atwww.cinestudio.org.