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Here’s a rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining event happening in our region this week.
Right here in Middletown
On Thursdays, beginning tomorrow through June 20, Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown presents, "Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale"; a one man show by Steven Scionti, set against the backdrop of a post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of his grandfather, Angelo Morello (who owned Angleo's Shoe Repair on Main Street in Middletown). This event and more can be found at oddfellows.org
At The Buttonwood Tree Friday night Pesky J. Nixon stops at the Buttonwood for an evening of compelling harmonies and narratives drawing on Zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood Tree presents Qigong (chee gung), Tai-chi, yoga and self empowerment workshops starting at 7:30am. Saturday night bassist and jazz composer Joe Fonda returns to the Buttonwood stage with two of Italy’s greatest jazz musicians: Carlo Morena on Piano and Michele Salgarello on Drums.for an evening of hard swing jazz with a pinch of European romanticism. Sunday brings the Monthly Poetry pot luck gathering to the buttonwood. Sunday evening at 7pm you can catch Klezwoods at the buttonwood tree. Klezwoods is an amalgam of strings, horns and percussion that melds the spirit of traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and original repertoire. More details can be found at buttonwood.org
The Russell knitters gather at 11am Saturday morning and invite knitter novices and accomplished to join them to share tips n' tricks.
The Vermont based Michele Fay Band, an acoustic quartet that features original and roots music, will perform on Saturday, May 18, 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library. More online atwww.russelllibrary.org
The Shaped Note Singers Meet at MAC650 galley on Main ST in Middletown each Sundays from 4:00p to 6:00pm with a potluck follows the singing for participants. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday evening here in Middletown at 6pm The Eric Kuhn Group performs at the Mattabassett Canoe Club at Harbor Park here in Middletown. http://mattabesettcanoeclub.com/
At Cafe 9 in New Haven tonight modern-day blues troubadour "Brownbird Rudy Relic;" plays with Orb Mellon and Jason Prince. Friday at Cafe 9 "Paper Hill Casket Company, Castle, and Milksop: Unsung make for an evening of alternative Americana music. This Saturday Café Nine’s "SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM," will be hosted Tony Dioguardi and Friends. Later on Saturday at 9 pm, "FAKE FOUR Presents: A Benefit Concert for A Probable Koz," in memory of Rob Koziura, featuring Ceschi & Anonymous Inc. I CON the Mic King; Passage (of Anticon) & Ordeal. Sunday May from 3 to 7pm, there will be a benefit for "TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS" featuring Life On the Sideline; Those Guys; Skyline for A day of music and community. Sunday at 8pm "MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Coliseum, w/ California X, and 2 Ton Bug." For a night of loud rock. More can be found at cafenine.com
At Toad's Place in New Haven tonight Juicy J, featuring A$AP Ferg takes the Toads Main stage.This Friday you can catch "AFTON PRESENTS…IN Toad’s LILLY’S PAD." featuring over 10 bands. Also on Friday Toad's present "Shakedown playing The Dead and Beyond," on the Main stage with "String Band" and "Father Time." Opening the show. Saturday afternoon at 4pm, New Haven's Battle of the Bands takes the Toad Place Lilly Pad stage, featuring Red River Soul, Temporarily Famous, Low Key Confusion, Nova Paradox, The Hail, The Planets, Fading Tides, JellyFace, and Credible Evidence.
Saturday night "New Found Glory," brings thier "STICKS AND STONES" 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR to toads featuring Cartel and Living with Lions. These and other events can be found at toadsplace.com
The City Singers of Hartford will perform “A Chorus of Peace” at the Wesleyan University Chapel, 221 High Street in Middletown, on Saturday, May 18 at 7pm. This is a benefit event for Artists for World Peace. As part of the evening, Artists for World Peace will host an art show and sale adjacent to the chapel, in the Zelnick Pavilion. More online at http://www.artistsforworldpeace.org/
The acoustic duet Rusted Keys, play on the third Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, on Main Street, over the river and through the woods in East Hampton. For info you can call (860)344-8297.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.
Through tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford presents "Hava Nagila", which reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. Opening Friday, at Real Art Ways is "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death. More info can be found at realartways.org
at CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema kicks off a run of "Place Beyond The Pines," starring Ryan Gosling as a stunt motorcycle rider who turns to crime to support his young son. Saturday at Cinestudio " NT Live Presents THIS House." It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation. More can be found online at www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's cookin' tonight on WESU, 88.1 FM:
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