Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays from 10am-noon through the end of August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome! Food Not Bombs shares food starting around 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at www.buttonwood.org or by calling 860.347.4957
The Middletown Commission on the Arts presents its annual Summer Sounds concert series on the City’s South Green (Union Park) on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Tonight’s performance, starting at 7 p.m., is by Elite Syncopation, a string and woodwind ensemble playing Ragtime and early jazz.
Tonight and every Tuesday night at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, it’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band. Get funky as they jam and work out new material. On Wednesday at Sally’s hosts their long running Open Blues Jam, hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Thursday brings the Lucky Peterson band, the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues, to Blackeyed Sally’s. On Saturday at Sally’s, it’s the All Star Blues Jam. Details at www.blackeyedsallys.com
On Wednesday at Café Nine, it’s the Black Swans, with J Russell and the Knife Lickers. Thursday, at 9, it’sRohn Lawrence and Friends, New Haven’s own master of jazz, funk and R&B. Friday’s 5-to-7 happy hour features Hatfield. Then at 8, it’s the B-Stars with Big Fat Combo. The B-Stars are a San Francisco-based country combo playing honky tonk and hillbilly hits.
Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host the Mike Coppola, followed at 9 by Patrick Sweany; Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons; and the Danglers. Sunday, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. Information at www.CafeNine.com .
Also down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Every Wednesday at 10 p.m. it’s their weekly the Dub Step party in Lilly’s Pad. Thursday brings a mixtape release show: NEW ENGLISH PRESENTS: CT ON DECK – SMOKING ACES, hosted by the CT Battle League. Friday at 8 p.m., it’s the Cosmic Dust Bunnies at Toad’s. Sunday at 9 p.m. at Toad’s is the Annual Toad’s place Labor Day Funkfest featuring Rearview. Canned food donations will be collected. More information at www.toadsplace.com .
It’s farmers’ market season 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 on 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 and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.
Fall is in the air, which means it’s time for country fairs. Beginning Friday evening and running through Monday, the Haddam Neck Fair offers live music, horse rides, concessions, a petting zoo, food, exhibits, a circus, children’s contests and the ever-popular horse-, truck-, and tractor pulls! Go to www.haddamneckfair.com for more info
Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this weekend:
Tonight and running through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be presenting ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ – a gripping documentary following the trials and tribulations of China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic.
Starting Friday and running through next Thursday at Real Art Ways, the film “Elena,” winner of a special jury prize at Cannes, offers a modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Tickets and times at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio in Hartford, tonight and tomorrow are your last chance to see “Moonrise Kingdom,” by director Wes Anderson.
Wednesday through Saturday at Cinestudio, it’s the futuristic “Prometheus,” by director Ridley Scott. Then Sunday begins showings of “Safety Not Guaranteed,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Dramatic Screenplay Award. Tickets and times at www.cinestudio.org
For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on in Middletown.
Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU-FM.
Then, from 6:30-8pm, J-Cherry Presents ‘The Voice of the CITY.’Join J-Cherry and the Strawberries for live and local Connecticut arts and music at it’s best.
From 8 to 10 p.m., it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, and other music that has a roots influence.
After that, from 10pm-Midnight, enjoy Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. He’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
From Midnight to 1:30 am, Tune in for an hour all about Rock and Rollers, the Ramones.
Then, from 1:30-2:30am,its Random Access Music – with DJ Cheshire Cat, a suicide shuffle of songs and sounds.
Finally, from 2:30-4am, it’s The Graveyard with DJ Otto Nation, an eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases. after which e BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.
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