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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. Tonight 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
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.
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 email@example.com. Or go to ctstopindefinitedetention.wordpress.com.
Now let’s look at what’s going on in New Haven.
At Café Nine in New Haven, tonight 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.
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 tonight
Also through tonight, 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.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, starting tonight 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.
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