Tonight (Thursday June 18) is a very busy Arts night in Middletown (read "On The Town - June 16-19" here.) Your choices are "New Plays" from members of the Floating Theater Company at Oddfellows Playhouse, the Middle City Stage Company "Get Acquainted Fundraising Reception" in the old ION Market site in Main Street Market (call 346-6051 for more information), and Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem in concert at The Russell Library.
All these events take place at 7 p.m. (sigh......)
Friday, the Floating Theater Company moves to the Green Street Arts Center for night 2 of "New Works" (7 p.m.), guitarist Miche Fambro at The Buttonwood Tree (7:30 p.m.) and the Jeff Albert Quartet at Boney's Music Lounge (8:30 p.m.) One has a little more flexibility on this night to go between events. (Read a preview of the Jeff Albert show later today by going to www.courant.com/kamins/. )
Saturday, Elizabeth Petry will speak at 3:30 p.m. at The Book Bower, 386 Main Street (inside Main Street Market.) Petry's new book, "At Home Inside: A Duaghter's Tribute to Ann Petry", is an intimate look at the woman, born in Old Saybrook, who became the first African American woman to have a book sell over 1,000,000 copies. This event is free and open to all.
The Eternal Perks Coffeehouse at Grace Lutheran Church, 1055 Randolph Road, presents an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by people from the Church as well as "Joyful Noise", singers from the Church of the Holy Trinity. For more information, go to www.GraceMiddletown.org.
The Buttonwood Tree presents the Jerrod Cattey Double Trio Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Cattey's Trio appeared as part of the Susan Allison celebration several months ago and really impressed a number of the listeners with its clean sound and fine improvising. Cattey, the drummer, makes it a "Double" by adding pianist Darren Litzie to the lineup of guitarist Rick Baumer and bassist Kevin Smith. For more information, call 347-4957 or go to www.myspace.com/jerrodcattey.
Boney's Music Lounge welcomes the Tom Sanders Band Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. The quintet features twin guitarists, Sanders and Jim Shepley, alongside Joe Elliot (keyboards), Greg Allen (bass) and Ken Hebert (drums) and plays a smoking repertoire based in blues and Southern Rock. To get a taste of the band's sound, go to www.myspace.com/tomsandersband.
Father's Day Sunday, one should take Dad down to Brew Bakers, 169 Main Street, to not only enjoy the victuals and beverages but also the music of Dave Downs. He starts playing at 11 a.m.