Friday, August 10, 2018

Happenings at the Buttonwood Tree August 9th - 15th

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The Frank Varela Quartet
August 10 @ 8-10pm 
$15 Admission

For a long time, Frank’s dazzled audiences with his guitar-strumming prowess. Recently, he’s developed his solo game by adding what he calls “foot bass,” which is sure to amaze you on a level beyond the standards of jazz. It’s an instrument he plays with his feet! Frank has honed his skill to the point where he can play both bass and guitar at the same time – something only a skilled few can boast.
He's backed with a special guest, Carl Cox - an accomplished talent straight from the heart of Connecticut. He currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies and teaches Applied Saxophone at CCSU where he directs the highly acclaimed CCSU Jazz Ensemble and teaches a variety of courses, including jazz history, jazz improvisation, woodwind methods, and jazz history and chronology. Dr. Knox has been awarded a sabbatical for Fall 2011 at which time his focus will be composing music for the CCSU Jazz Ensemble.
Together with an entire quartet, this troupe will rock the house and the beat in your soul. Reserve your ticket if you haven't already!

Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise
August 11 @ 8-10pm 
$8 Admission

MC/ Poet/Songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist/Pianist/Vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to create a new album. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision, wanting to create positive, forward-thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.

Their upcoming show at Buttonwood is going to be a blend of Hip Hop, Soul, and Reggae – their style digs into your heart and manages to leave a smile upon your face. With their new album coming out, the pair is currently on the road this summer, available for full band or smaller acoustic duo shows. Kuf and Christine are very excited about the tour ahead and looking forward to experiencing how the positive journey unfolds.

NEAR and Far Storytellers (FEAT. James Harriman)
August 12 @ 3-5pm
$5 Donations Appreciated!
Join Carolyn Stearns, Jim Harriman and the NEAR and Far Storytellers at The Buttonwood in Middletown on August 12th from 3-5 PM for an exciting two hours of story evolution. Come with ideas, images or semi-finished stories to work on with other creative people. There will also be an opportunity for open mic.

Anything Goes Open Mic - Hosted by Ashley Hamel
August 13 @ 7-10pm
$5 Admission
A popular staple of the Middletown Arts scene, Ashley Hamel is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, improv comedian, and wizard rockstar (Harry Potter fan music). With a background in theatre and improv comedy, Ashley delivers audience-centric performances that entertain and aim to connect with the deepest parts of ourselves.
She encourages any and all with a talent to share! If you have one, step up to the mic and let it out. Don't be shy! We're a positive, judgement-free zone. 

Gentle Yoga with Theresa 
August 14 @ 1:15pm - 2:15pm
$5 Donations Appreciated!
Theresa Govert is a yoga instructor and feminist activist based out of East Haddam, CT. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and is insured with Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. She has studied and practiced meditation and yoga in the USA and Southern Africa and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. Along with group classes and individual sessions, Theresa leads workshops bringing together yoga, feminism & activism and yoga hikes.

For Theresa, yoga has been a journey back into her own body- celebrating it for movement, strength and life rather than hating it for not being perfect enough. Theresa believes that yoga is for everyBODY regardless of size, gender, race, ability, etc. She’s excited to make the gifts of community, connection, movement and yoga available to all.
Join us for a fun, accessible and supportive Hatha Yoga class that brings awareness to breathing, intention to movement and an emphasis on inner wisdom and body positivity. We promise, you will leave feeling connected and empowered!

The Buttonwood Tree August Calendar - View or print HERE

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457
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CONTACT: Anne-Marie McEwen - 860.347.4957

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