Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 8-15 at The Buttonwood Tree

This Week at The Buttonwood Tree

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457
www.buttonwood.org / 860.347.4957 

Happy International Woman's Day! Come see our March Art Show honoring the day. It's a collective woman's show featuring Lorna Morris Cyr, Laina Pauker, Maria Brower, and Mylene Poitras.  Come check it out!
On Friday night, Darren Sechrist and Friends will be here to make you laugh, and The Kris Allen Quartet will play jazz on Saturday.  Don't miss out! 

March 8 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm $5

The Connecticut Songwriters Association presents a workshop for all songwriters, artists, and creative folk: The Business of Being a Creative Musician: Publishing, Royalties & Taxes.
Many songwriters and artists never get all the income or tax deductions that they are entitled to because they don’t know what questions to ask or they just don’t want to deal with the complexities. This workshop, presented by Grammy Winner Bill Pere, will address the essential questions and make it all understandable so that you have a clear path ahead to maximize income while minimizing taxes.

March 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm $5

ELECTRIC GYPSY TRIBAL JAZZ The Grays will be performing on the second and fourth Wednesdays this spring starting January 13th sharing original works-in-progress and jams. Featuring special guest artists and dancers in a high-energy but chilled out vibe, in a cabaret style jazz lounge for Get-over-the-Hump Midweek Date Nights All ages welcome. For more information about the Grays visit: The Grays on Bandcamp

March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm $10

Connecticut’s own Darren Sechrist brings together some of New England’s top comics for a rollicking good time. A mix of headliners, seasoned comics, and new voices will be bringing the funny to the Buttonwood Tree. This is a show you don’t want to miss! This month’s lineup includes:
Tony Liberati (headliner) 
Since making his stand-up debut in 1998, Tony has been entertaining crowds all over the country. His energetic and charismatic delivery of observational humor connects with all types of audiences and his experience as an elementary school teacher blends a unique feeling of nostalgia and silliness that has audiences crying & laughing.

Darren’s bizarre and hilarious take on fatherhood, family, and the absurdities of life make him a hit with audiences of all types. You can catch him at clubs across New England and New York.

Mike Weiss
Originally from the New London area, Mike performs all over CT and NY, including both casinos and clubs throughout NYC.

Shawn Murray
The legendary Shawn Murray(22) is an international heartthrob and comedian from New Haven.

Adam Pru
Adam has performed at clubs and venues throughout New England and New York City.

March 12 @ 9:15 am - 10:00 am Donations Welcomed

Instructor: Mike McEwen Reduce stress by relaxing the body with movements of breath. Raise the body's vibrations to tap into the Supreme Ultimate YOU! Incorporates: Tai Chi warm up, stretching and exercise. Qigong Balancing Energy simple movements. No registration needed. Donations to The Buttonwood Tree are welcome. **Before undertaking any form of exercise or stress relief program involving movement or visualization exercise it is important to consult with a physician or qualified healthcare professional.

March 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm $5
A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita is experienced in applying varied healing modalities to a wide range of situations. In these inter-active workshops, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges, live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life. Life is never easy and change must come from within. In today’s environment of hardship, ill-health, corruption and inequality it is often difficult to see the Light. 

March 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm $10

The Kris Allen Quartet features:
Kris Allen – Alto and soprano saxophone
Frank Kozyra – Tenor saxophone
Matt Dwonszyk – Bass
Jonathan Barber – Drums
They will be playing original music from their upcoming release “Beloved” on Truth Revolution Records ( June 2016)

Kris Allen is a saxophonist, composer and educator, and member of the Truth Revolutions Recording Collective. He inherited a love of music from his mother, a church organist who gave him his first lessons on a tiny xylophone. At a young age, he displayed considerable gifting as a classical pianist, but it was jazz that truly won his heart at age 14 when a friend loaned him trumpeter Lee Morgan╩╝s album “ The Gigolo.” Kris began to devote most of his spare time to listening to great jazz records and practicing the alto saxophone.
In 1999, Kris also began a career as an educator when he was hand picked by Jackie McLean to teach saxophone and ensembles at the Hartt school. Kris went on to hold positions at Trinity College, Southern Connecticut State University and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He is presently the Lyell B.Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz at Williams College, a position he started in 2013. Kris has also been a teaching artist for the Litchfield Jazz Festival since 2001. Kris is a Vandoren Artist and plays Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures exclusively.

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