Friday, September 21, 2012

The Buttonwood Tree's Bevy of Offerings starts NOW

The doors are open all day on Fridays to welcome you to browse our bookstore or delve into the intriguing art exhibit. After you pick up your veggies at the market next door, stop in! You may also wish to come by after 6pm to choose your seat for the concert tonight - which may be full - as we welcome five fantastic musicians and record live. Here's a brief rundown of our weekend's events, but do go to the website for details and to reserve your seat.

Friday, 8 pm    Double Bill: Frank Critelli, Michael Arafeh & Don Horton / Daphne Lee Martin & Jim Carpenter.   Rock/folk and surprises, including a free Frank Critelli cd recorded live at TBT!

Saturday, September 22:

8:30 - 9:45 am  Community Yoga (free / donations welcome)

1 - 5 pm  CHINESE BAMBOO BRUSH PAINTING Class - Adult beginners welcome. (reserve your space, $45.)   Materials included. Easy to learn, versatile to use to create your own projects.

8 pm    Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies - Album Release Tour for Fortune Songs.  Jazz Quintet

Jasmine Lovell-Smith is a composer and saxophonist from New Zealand, currently based between New York City and Middletown, CT. Born to an American mother, a trained opera vocalist, and a Kiwi father, the voice was her first instrument. After discovering jazz in high school, Jasmine took up the saxophone and went on to graduate from Massey University (Wellington, NZ) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music (1st class Honors) majoring in jazz saxophone performance and composition. She was awarded a full Honors scholarship on the basis of exceptional academic achievement.
As a composer/arranger, Jasmine’s works have been performed by such groups as the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra and the New Zealand High Schools Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed widely in New Zealand and North America with a variety of ensembles. In 2008 Jasmine was selected as a participant in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Alberta, CA, and in 2010 she attended the School for Improvisational Music Summer Intensive in Brooklyn, NY. Jasmine seeks to create music that is lyrical and memorable, balancing intuition and spontaneity with carefully crafted structures. Some of her interests include setting poetry to music, polyphony and composing for woodwind instruments. She is also an experienced educator, and has worked as an Artist Tutor in the New Zealand School of Music’s undergraduate jazz program.
Jasmine relocated to New York City in the summer of 2010, where she leads her own quintet, Towering Poppies. Towering Poppies released their debut album in August of 2012, which was described as a “dynamite debut” by UK jazz critic Stephen Graham. Towering Poppies performs regularly in New York at such venues as Seeds, the Douglass St Music Collective and the Launchpad.  Jasmine is also a member of the collaborative world/folk/improv trio Pangaea, and co-leads the “Common Wealth” sextet with saxophonist Angela Morris. She recently began studying towards her Master of Arts in Composition at Wesleyan University.

Sunday,  September 23
10 - 11 am  Rev. Ronnie Bantum
11 - 12 noon  Pastor Sandra Steele
1 - 2 pm  FOOD NOT BOMBS   (free vegetarian lunch)
7-9 pm  IMPROV Rehearsal(free)

Monday, September 24
Bookstore and Art Gallery open  11am - 10 pm
Anything Goes Open Mic with J-Cherry - 8 pm ($3-5 suggested donation)

Wednesday, September 25
NEW PROGRAM!  KARAOKE with Deni - Come sing to your heart's content!!  7-9pm  (free)

Preview for next weekend: Lost Acres String Band (Friday, 8 pm)
Michael Coppola Jazz and Blues Band (Saturday, 8 pm)

COME GET CONNECTED at  The Buttonwood Tree - to great music and art, to your highest Self, to friends new and former ... and to unlimited possibilities!

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