Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
Lets start with the Buttonwood located on Main street in Middletown CT
Thursday and every first Thursday, there’s a Buttonwood open mic, this one with Bob Gotta.
Friday, Sean Clapis, Noah Baerman, and Jesse Engle come to the Buttonwood Tree for a jazz performance.
Then Saturday, it’s the Vintage Vox Quartet, with Kathy Bonaccorsi on vocals, Darryl Patterson on piano, Kenny Palmieri on drums and Jerry Fanfarelli on guitar.
On Sunday, in front of The Buttonwood Tree, Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 p.m. Any and all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at www.buttonwood.org.
On Wednesday at noon, the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents a gallery talk on its latest exhibition, "Through Children's Eyes: Hiroshima," at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery, 343 Washington Terrace. The story: In 1947, the children of All Soul's Church in Washington, D.C., sent school supplies to children in Hiroshima as a gesture of compassion and friendship. The Japanese children sent back pictures they had drawn with the art supplies, bright and cheerful scenes of their everyday lives, betraying none of the post-World War II hardships the Japanese children were enduring. The drawings are considered a testament to the power of cross-cultural exchange and goodwill.
Also on Wednesday, at 4:15, as part of Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series, sociology professor Rob Rosenthal, who is also Wesleyan’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, will speak on “Pete Seeger—His Life In His Own Words," a book co-authored with his son Sam Rosenthal. The talk will take place in the Daltry Room, 50 Wyllys Ave.
Tomorrow night at 8, Writing at Wesleyan brings celebrated author Tom Perrotta to the university’s Memorial Chapel to read from his work. Perrotta's most recent novels are The Leftovers and The Abstinence Teacher. His novels Election and Little Children were both made into acclaimed movies, and he received an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay of Little Children, which he wrote with director Todd Field. Perrotta, who has been called an American Chekhov, has taught writing at Yale and Harvard; has published essays and reviews in Rolling Stone, GQ, and The New York Times; and edited the 2012 edition of Best American Short Stories. He is currently adapting The Leftovers into an HBO series along with Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of Lost.
For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or email RussellHouse@wesleyan.edu.
On Saturday, at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, the dance performance “visible” will take place in CFA Hall, with a pre-performance talk by dance professor Nicole Stanton.Choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (the trailblazing founder of Urban Bush Women) and Nora Chipaumire, winner of a Wesleyan emerging choreographer award, the performance work explores journeys, myths, dreams and memories of the known world, and an imagined future in an unknown land.
On Sunday afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Wesleyan’s Russell House, Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce and University of South Carolina viola professor Constance Gee will present “New & Recent Music for Viola and Piano," including Mozart's Sonata in F Major.
For more information, visit Wesleyan.edu/cfa.
On Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., over at Middlesex Community College, there will be an opening reception for Paul Qaysi’s “A Sea of Patterns,” an exhibit which will run through November 1st. By scavenging, cutting, pasting and animating digital images from a variety of sources, Qaysi investigates authority and truth.
On Friday evening, at the MAC650 Gallery and Artspace, located on the 1st floor of Middletown’s North End Artist Cooperative building on Main Street, there will be a closing reception for the Tibetan art show that’s been on view, as well as a Singing Bowl Concert. For information, contact Carolyn at Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Up next at the MAC650 gallery will be Bifurcated Nudes: Wall Sculptures by Anesti Zakos, with an opening reception on Saturday featuring live music, Tschudin chocolates & wine from 7 to 10 p.m.
Over at the Wesleyan Potters gallery shop, now through Nov. 2, “Fibers,” a show of baskets and weavings, will be on display.
On Saturday at the Russell Library, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's arts2GO.org.
Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s Mutemath, with Civil Twilight and Like Violet.
Wednesday brings Melvin’s Lite with its 51 Shows in 51 Days Tour. Special guest: Tweak Bird. The Melvins are seeking the Guinness Book of World Records record for the fastest tour of the US by a band.
Also on Wednesday, it’s the weekly EDM Night, with DJ HighLife and DJ Jigga Wompz. October
Thursday brings Wolfgang Gartner, Pierce Fulton and Popeska to Toad’s. Then Friday it’s Blue October, with Empires and Stars in Stereo.
Details at toadsplace.com.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s the early show features Joe Flood Soiree Brassens, followed by the late show film offering "What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf, Live at Cat's Cradle," in which indie rock icons are seen in rare concert footage and interviews.
Tomorrow at Café Nine, it’s North Sea Gas, one of Scotland's most popular bands.
Thursday, it’s Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs; w/ Detroit Rebellion.
Then Friday, the 2nd annual L.A.M.P. FESTIVAL, featuring the Mates of State in a free show with live visual projection.
Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host The Mike Coppola Trio, followed by the INDEPENDISC 14th ANNIVERSARY BASH, featuring: The Grimm Generation; The Sawtelles; and Farewood.
On Sunday, it’s the SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM: w/ host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More information online at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the Blues Jam with John Fries.
And Friday it’s Mixed Signals, a five-piece rock band.
Saturday brings John Fries & The Heat, with special guest Matt Zeiner, to Sally’s.
More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.
With the arrival of fall, farmers’ markets have given way to country fairs, including this one: The Berlin Fair, at the fairgrounds on Beckley Road in Berlin, running from Friday through Sunday. This major agricultural fair features horse shows, tractor pulling, flowers, arts and crafts, exhibits, a midway, contests, games, and more. For info, go to ctberlinfair.com.
You fair-lovers also might mark your calendar that the Portland Fair begins at the end of next week, on Oct. 12.
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten paths of central CT:
At Real Art Ways, “Mahler on the Couch” continues through Thursday, as does “Beauty is Embarrassing.”
Starting tomorrow night and then once a week through October, you can watch presidential and vice-presidential politics play out on a big screen at Real Art Ways. The café opens at 5, with Wednesday’s presidential debate starting at 9. There will be drink specials, debate BINGO and free WIFI for all of your Tweeting, blogging or Facebooking needs. It all leads up to a special Election Night event featuring a live, in-house broadcast by WNPR's Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky.
On Friday is a gay happy hour – formerly known as H4 Socials, now known as GAZE (G-A-Z-E).
More at realartways.org.
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s theater, “Samsara” continues through Wednesday; “Himalaya” is given a special one-time screening on Thursday. Friday and Saturday, it’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” And Sunday’s film is “Ruby Sparks.”
Tickets at cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU’s new fall schedule.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Finding Bliss:
words and music with DJ Lauren "Bliss" Agnelli, an interview, free-form talk show about people who are collowing their hearts and living authentically.
From 6-6:30 is Free Speech Radio news from the Pacifica Network, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
From 6:30-8:00 is Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, an eclectic selection of Americana, country with root influence.
From 8-9pm is The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, your source for live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.
From 9-10:30 is Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, he writes in, Ive got a song in my heart, a chemical imbalance in my head, and a musical library at my fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
From 10:30-11:30 is Record Roulette with Avery, featuring random, risky vynl.
From 11:30pm-12:30 am is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl, the dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk--just not entirely.
Wednesday, 12:30-1:30am is The Boss with DJ Moe, all about Bruce Springsteen: revered, remembered, relived. Each week shines the focus on a different era of the Boss.
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30am is Six Degrees Of David Bowie with Monica Kornis, where by connecting various artists to David Bowie in six steps or less we will observe his ubiquitous influence on modern music, as well as explore his many collaborations and influences.
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