Monday, January 27, 2014

01-27-14 Jive

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining happenings in our area this week.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Monday nights bring the weekly Anything Goes open mic, hosted by J-Cherry, who  also hosts Voice of the City on WESU Tuesday nights at 8pm. The S.W.E.E.T. Potato Society Meets at The buttonwood on tomorrow/Tuesday evening from 6-8pm. Friday night, Donna Martin and Gail Wade joining forces for a night of songwriting, great guitar playing and beautiful harmonies as they weave their way through their combined catalogs of folk, country, bluegrass and beyond.

 Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and a self empowerment workshop.  You can catch the internationally acclaimed Laszlo Gardony Jazz Trio Saturday night the Buttonwood.  On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. This Sunday evening brings the return of the improv-comedy troupe, The Great Make Believe Society to the Buttonwood at 7pm.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Monday night’s bring a weekly dose of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday night night Toads presents a night of Americana with GREENSKY BLUEGRASS and Tumbleweed Wanderers. Friday night SHAKEDOWN returns to the Toads Place Stage.  Eggy and Leaf Jumpers open that show.

Also in New Haven, tonight you can catch Pat Dalton & Friends Dan Greene (of Mountain Movers), Sidewalk Dave live on stage at Café Nine.   Tomorrow Drink Deeply presents: A triple bill with James Fonicello,  Michael Kusek,  and M.T. Bearington. Wednesday night Cafe 9 presents Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound and The Hoolios for a night of rocking roots and rhythm and blues with a New Orleans flavor!! Thursday night, Spirit Family Reunion plays homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with at the Nine. That bill also features Quiet Life from Portland, OR.  Friday night Drink Deeply presents: a night of metal and loud rock with Intercourse, GRIZZLOR, Death Church, and Reptilian Race.  Cafe Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends this week.  Saturday night Café nine hosts a record Release Show for Moving Brooklyn featuring Breakthrough Frequencies and Pat Mitchell.   Sunday evening brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod to The Nine.
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly, Hartford Jazz Society “Jazz Monday” hosts Haneef Nelson's Birthday Bash . On Tuesday night’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s long running weekly Blues Jam will be hosted by Tim Mcdonald. Friday Night, Shaka & the Soul Shakers take the Sally’s stage for a night of authentic Bluesiana Swamp Soul. Saturday night Easy Baby plays electric post war blues at Sally’s .
on Monday night’s The Arch Street Tavern in Hartford presents: The Hartford Jazz Orchestra.  Friday night Youc can catch CT Indie Punk Rockers, Dangerous Animals at the Arch. Saturday night brings the  conscious hip hop of Political Animals to The Arch St Tavern

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its monthly meeting at 6pm this Wednesday in meeting room 3 at Russell Library. The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers gather at The Library Wednesday evening at 7pm.  Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursday night in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library. 

Manic Productions Presents: a free show at Bar In NewHaven Wednesday night featuring Brick + Mortar from NJ and  CT’s  Dance, Charlatan!” Thursday night Manic presents a bill featuring The Backyard Committee, Elijah Ocean, Daphne Lee Martin, & Frank Critelli at The Outer Space in Hamden.

 Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: The Opening Reception and Gallery Talk for the new Davison Art Center’s show, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" on display through March 5th. Thursday and Friday bring The New England Premiere of The Assembly’s production "HOME/SICK" t the CFA Theater.  The Assembly is a Brooklyn-based ensemble theater project of multi-disciplinary performance artists. "HOME/SICK", explores the political history of how a handful of student activist leaders, disgusted by the Vietnam War and the U.S. government’s repression of those seeking equality domestically, seized control of the Students for a Democratic Society movement in 1969.
There will be a post-performance Q&A with Mark Rudd on Thursday January 30. Mr. Rudd was a student activist and organizer in the Students for a Democratic Society at Columbia University, and helped found the Weather Underground. He was a federal fugitive from 1970 to 1977. Upon his return to the U.S., Mr. Rudd has worked as an organizer and community college instructor in Albuquerque, New Mexico.    for details 

Internationally acclaimed Folks songstress (and Wesleyan Alum) Dar Williams returns to Infinity Hall in Farmington Thursday night. Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, make for a night of rocking  Celtic filled music at Infinity Hall Friday night.  Saturday night NRBQ returns to Infinity Hall.  Sunday.

Friday night, here in Middletown you can catch the Nu Groove band at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext

Now here's a rundown of some cinema you can catch off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Showing through  Thursday At Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch "The Rocket", in which a boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family on calamity-filled journey Laos to find a new home. Also showing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is “More Than Honey “, an informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the world wide bee-population crisis. This Weekend, Real Art Ways begins their series of Oscar nominate short films.

Tonight and Tomorrow at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema you can catch the
 a controversial and widely-seen German television miniseries Generation War, part 1. Opening Wednesday at Cinestudio is 12 years a Slave, a movie based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, who was born a free man in the North, only to be sold into slavery when he visited Washington, D.C. where he stays I bondage for another 12 years. Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of Generation War, part 2. More can be found at 
And now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. 

At 6pm,  listen to 30 minutes of commentary from the  World Socialist news Website.

From 6:30-8pm Chip Michael Benson presents 75% Folk for 90 minutes of contemporary folks, blues, jazz, world music and  more.

At 8pm Chip Austen keeps the Americana music going with his show, unfocused folk, which features new and old folks and Americana with a spotlight on up and coming Nashville artists.

From 9:30pm to Midnight: The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee presents The music of yesterday’s future. 

At midnight DJ Otto Nation is in the hose for an eclectic mix of music until 3 when RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald brings you to music from far flung places around the world and sometimes from right in your own backyard.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.

And that’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at 

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