Middletown Happenings: Summer Stock, North End Farmers Market, Bellydance, and more!

With summer upon us once again, we are returning to our practice of highlighting some of the incredible events happening around Middletown each week. With the help of Arts2go.org, the Middletown Patch, and Wesleyan’s calendar, we’ve put together a list of some of the incredible events happening this week. Get out for a study or work break, and enjoy the Middletown community!


KlekoloTuesday Music at Klekolo: Check in every Tuesday beginning at 7 pm for live music. The line-up changes weekly. If you want your coffee with music, chess, friendly conversation on any Tuesday evening, visit Klekolo! (7:oop, Klekolo)



“Evening Oasis” Bellydance Performance: The Evening Oasis returns with beautiful dancers, traditional dress and music. All are welcome for this entertaining and empowering evening. (8:00p/The Buttonwood Tree/$5 suggested donation)


summerstockConnecticut at Work Film Series: Summer Stock: Jane Falbury (Judy Garland) is a farm owner whose actress sister Abigail (Gloria DeHaven) arrives at the family farm with her theater troupe. They need a place to rehearse, and Jane and her housekeeper Esme (Marjorie Main) reluctantly agree to let them use their barn. The actors and actresses, including the director Joe Ross (Gene Kelly), repay her hospitality by doing chores around the farm. Although Joe is engaged to Abigail, he begins to fall in love with Jane after Abigail leaves him in an angry fit. Similarly, although Jane is engaged to Orville (Eddie Bracken), she falls in love with Joe.


North End Farmer’s Market: Come get fresh fruit and veggies at the first North End Farmers Market of the season! (Outside ION Market)


argentinetangoArgentine Tango with Gem Duras: Jorge “Gem” Duras has been dancing tango for 19 years and teaching for 11. He initially studied with the original cast members of the famous show Forever Tango in 1995, in particular the legendary Carlos Gavito. He then visited Buenos Aires numerous times to study ballet as well as advanced technique and stage tango with younger Forever Tango stars Jesus Velazquez and Francisco Forquera. Bring a friend and learn a new skill, or brush up on an old one! (Beginner’s lessons at 7:30, First Church/$20-30)


Oscar Tamaz and Angelica Sanchez: An intimate duo, Omar Tamaz and Angelica Sanchez have a unique and rare communication. They take the listener to many different places through a combination of improvisation and original composition. The music that the duo creates is haunting, dream-like, floating, unsettling yet somewhat calm. Tamez and Sanchez work well together, slowly weaving their lines into an unpredictable tapestry. At times they start heading to the outer regions, yet always seem to end up in a familiar raft drifting together. (8:00p/The Buttonwood Tree/$10)


Food Not Bombs: Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. (The Buttonwood Tree)


anythinggoesAnything Goes Open Mic Monday: The World’s a stage … the mic is OPEN! This Open Mic is for YOU – the budding artist. Showcase your talents, nurture them with this supportive group. Recite a poem, sing a song, dance, read some spoken word, the microphone is yours for the asking. Community spirit prevails. We have congas and a piano or BYO instrument. Ends around 9:30 – 10pm. (7:30, The Buttonwood Tree)

Jelisa Adair

I am the Civic Engagement Fellow for 2013-2014. While a student at Wesleyan I double majored in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and completed a joint thesis during my senior year. I am interested in issues of social justice, mental health, media, and global welfare.