Mondays through Thursdays from 10am-noon during July and August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome!
Tomorrow night at the Buttonwood, Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr., host Writers Out Loud!, Connecticut’s premier literary prose open mic. Signups begin at 6:45 pm and presentations start at 7:15 pm.
Friday night at The Buttonwood Tree there will be a performance of African Rhythms, Jazz and Tone Poems by InnerAttainment called “Music is the Healing Force of the Universe.” Show starts at 8:00 pm.
Also here in Middletown, on Friday night, Vinnie’s Jump ‘n’ Jive presents its All Blues All Night Dance. Saturday night Vinnie’s hosts a Break Dance Cypher. More can be found online at vinniesjumpandjive.com
Saturday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes classically trained pianist and vocalist Brianne Chasanoff as well as Bella Voce, a talented, young acapella group. Show begins at 8:00 pm.
Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome to the meal and are also invited to help prepare the food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.
Later, at 4 pm on Sunday, the Buttonwood’s monthly Poetry Potluck gathering offers an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike.
More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at their website: buttonwood.org or by calling 860.347.4957.
Tomorrow and Friday, Wesleyan’s Center For the Arts Theater presents: Brian Brooks Moving Company, with two of its intelligent and risky recent works: “Descent,” an exploration of the paradoxical tendency of bodies to exhibit both dependency and detachment, and the New England premiere of “Big City.” More can be found online at wesleyan.edu/cfa
This Saturday also brings Indie fest to the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. This free all-day music fest kicks off at noon and runs through midnight, featuring Music from The Radical Dads, Ovlov, Farewood, The Suicide Dolls, Kevin MF King, Brett the One-Man Band, Rum Glass Serenade, plus more local and regional acts. There will also be opportunities to indulge in music, food, and a really, really free market. More can be found online at charteroakcenter.org
Sunday morning from 10:00 – 11:00 am there will be “The Centennial and Legacy of Woody Guthrie,” presented by singer/songwriter Bill Collins at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden. Mr. Collins will lead songs of Woody Guthrie, the musician who inspired thousands of musicians and activists to stand up, sing, and protest injustice during the years of the Great Depression through the 1960s. For info contact: Harry Mangle, 203.980.4661
Connecticut Ballet returns to Middletown for its 2nd annual Summer Dance Caravan performance on Sunday at 5:00 pm at Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall. The performance is free and open to the public and will feature four different ballets with styles ranging from classical to Broadway. Doors open at 4:30pm. For info, visit www.connecticutballet.com
The Middletown Symphonic Band Performs this evening at 6:30 at the Essex Town Green in the Essex Summer Concert Series.
Tonight and every Wednesday night in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s you can catch one of the longest running open blues jams in New England!
Soulful tenor-sax player Greg Piccolo returns to Blackeyed Sally’s Friday night. American bluegrass singer Janiva Magness will be taking the stage at Sally’s on Saturday Night. More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com
The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents a weekly Thursday night “Jazz on the River ” series. For info and reservations call 860-347-9999.
Now, here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week.
Tonight through Thursday evening Real Art Ways in Hartford will continue viewings of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, a feature-length documentary of one of the most compelling artists of our time. The film will start at 7:00 pm.
This Friday through next Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be showing “I Wish”, a Japanese film displaying the journey of two young brothers separated by divorce, as well as Keyhole, which is described as a “surreal fusion of family melodrama, film noir, gangster movie, ghost story, and Homer’s Odyssey.”
Tickets, times, and more can be found at realartways.org
Tis 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 p.m., through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. The Middletown North End Farmers’ Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.
That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, you can visit www.arts2GO.org – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on in Middletown. You can access arts2GO.org for updated information.
Now stay tuned. Here’s what’s playing on WESU tonight, as we kick off our Summer Program guide.
Right after the Jive at Five Right stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano for an hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.
From 6-6:30pm, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
At 6:30 and running until 8pm, it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!
From 8 to 11:00 it’s and extended version of The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground deep house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 11pm-12:30am it’s Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo – The Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.
Beginning at 12:30 and running until 1:30am it’s Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat. Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical standards!
and from 1:30-4am it’s The Graveyard with DJ Otto Nation. An eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases.
The BBC News kicks on at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.
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