Here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays from 10am-noon during August, Stacey Sroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome! Every first Thursday of the month there’s an open mic with Bob Gotta, with sign ups starting at 6:30pm. Friday night, CT native Randy Burns will be playing with The Brothers Radcliffe at The Buttonwood Tree at 8pm. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org or 860.347.4957
Tonight down in New Haven is the weekly dubstep dance party at Toad’s Place, and Thursday brings the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace to the main stage at 9pm. Friday night rock out with Rock This Wild World, featuring Blacktop Forest, Tomorrow Just Started, The Restless and many more. Saturday night Toads hosts the Wu Block Tour featuring Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch. More online at www.toadsplace.com
Also down in New Haven tonight Café Nine Hadoukan presents a local metal showcase starting at 9pm. Thursday brings roots group Blue Pontiac to the stage, and Friday Night will see Detroit punk band Tyvek along with the Frustrations. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday Night there will be a Luau Variety Show, and Sunday Chain and the Gang along with Human Pontiac will be taking the stage. More online at www.cafenine.com
Every Wednesday night, Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! On Friday night singer-songwriters Peter Karp and Sue Foley will take the stage at Sally’s, followed by Mike Law and the Playboys on Saturday night. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com
Taking place at 5:30 this afternoon at Macdonough School in Middletown is “The Big Reveal”. This is the culmination of 5 weeks of hard work, learning and fun for children in the Creative Arts Workshops of Kids Arts 2012 sponsored by the Middletown Commission on the Arts with programming by North End Arts Rising/The Buttonwood Tree folks. And on Friday, Aug. 3rd, the Middletown Commission on the Arts and Oddfellows Playhouse present the 24th Annual Children’s Circus of Science. The talented young performers will bounce around like molecules in an atom, explore the elements of fire, earth, air and water, and of course there will be a mad scientist or two. The circus will explore a range of scientific subjects all the way from the dinosaurs and marine biology to string theory. Famous scientists — or famous scientist clowns — may also appear. The circus will begin at 5 p.m. at Macdonough School at 66 Spring St., Middletown. Visit arts2go.org to learn more.
This Saturday there will be a FREE family friendly one-day Festival of Caribbean Food, Music, Games and Traditions at the Riverfront Plaza in Downtown Hartford. Live entertainment will include Leroy Sibbles, Calypso Rose, Anthem, the St. Lucia Folk Singers, Orquestra Espada, Junior Holt, Toussaint Liberator, Don Minot and many more. More information at tastect.org
Saturday morning at 11, The Russell Knitters meet and work at The Russell Library here in Middletown. All are welcome to share their expertise and experience. More online at www.russelllibrary.org – please check that the Library has re-opened before attending.
ARTFARM presents Shakespeare Everywhere! The Compleate Work this Sunday, August 5th at 5pm in the Cedar Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. The event, hosted by Chion Wolf, is the culmination of a month-long series of guerilla Shakespeare performances. Shakespeare scenes, monologues and songs plus live music and stories. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. For info, go to www.art-farm.org
Speaking of farms, it’s the season for farmers’ markets and here are a few in our area: The Durham Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green on Main St, from 3 to 6:30 pm, through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ Market at the South Green is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm through October. The Middletown North End Farmers Market is open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.
Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will continue its run of the documentary ‘Paul Williams: Still Alive.’ Starting on Friday, Real Art Ways will begin a viewing of ‘The Queen of Versailles’ an epic documentary following billionaires Jackie and David and their rags to riches story. Tickets, times, and more online at www.realartways.org
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