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Here are 7 picks in arts & entertainment for Aug. 20-26

August 18,2017 20:16

http://www.nhregister.com/entertainment/article/Here-are-7-picks-in-arts-entertainment-for-Aug-11942989.php. Here are 7 picks in arts & entertainment for Aug. 20-26. By Joe Amarante, jamarante@nhregister.com @Joeammo on Twitter. Published 4:12 pm, ...

By Joe Amarante, jamarante@nhregister.com @Joeammo on Twitter

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Cafe Nine on State Street in New Haven will host San Francisco’s Flamin’ Groovies on Aug. 23 at 9 p.m.
Cafe Nine on State Street in New Haven will host San Francisco’s Flamin’ Groovies on Aug. 23 at 9 p.m.
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Here are 7 picks in arts & entertainment for Aug. 20-26
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This coming week’s top seven picks in arts and entertainment are heavy on music and film, but there’s also a nod to the eclipse and books on Native Americans:
Mayer in Hartford
Fairfield County-raised singer/songwriter John Mayer brings his “The Search for Everything Tour” to XFinity Theatre in Hartford Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, at livenation.com, are $28 (lawn) to $117.
Flamin’ Groovies
Cafe Nine on State Street in New Haven will host San Francisco’s Flamin’ Groovies, playing music from an all-new album of high-energy, pop-inflected original songs that bring together the band’s prime movers of the ’70s, singers/guitarists/songwriters Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson, for the first time in 38 years. Tickets to the Aug. 23, 9 p.m. concert are $20. (Doors open at 8.)
Total eclipse
Storyteller Tom Lee of Chester will be part of a special National Parks program featuring performing artists, scientists and an astronaut in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Aug. 21 eclipse (which is only partial in Connecticut) will be live-streamed on NASA 360 from the site at Clingmans Dome in the park. The four-hour broadcast will be viewable at https://livestream.com/accounts/7167144/solareclipse2017-GreatSmokyMountains. Lee frequently performs in Connecticut schools, libraries and museums.
Books at gift shop
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Annie Philbrick, owner of Savoy Bookshop in Westerly, Rhode Island, and Bank Square Books in Mystic, announced recently they have partnered to offer a robust variety of Native American authors and titles for sale at the museum’s gift shop. The collaboration brings more than 500 new titles to the shop and allows the museum and the bookstores access to host book tours and guest lectures at the museum’s auditorium and various gathering spaces.
Brooks to speak
Daphne A. Brooks, professor of African American studies, theater studies, American studies and women’s, gender & sexuality studies at Yale University, will be guest speaker at Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium following the Aug. 20, 3 p.m. matinee performance of “Appropriate,” an Obie Award-winning play about family secrets by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program is free and open to the public. Brooks will engage in a conversation about the play with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director and director of the production.
‘Rumble’ film
The award-winning Rezolution Pictures’ music documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” will open at Real Art Ways and other locations Aug. 25. The movie is about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music, and features some of the greatest music stars of our time. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the festival’s World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling. It stars Link Wray (above, who was a Shawnee), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Ed Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Castillo, Taboo, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Steven Van Zandt, Iggy Pop, Tony Bennett and others.
Art in the underpass
A documentary dedicated to the artistic transformation of an unsafe public-underpass site into an environment brought to life and purpose by youth art fellows will be shown Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. at Gateway Community College in New Haven. “Art in the Underpass” will be introduced by jazz musician Jesse Hameen II and feature original artwork by the year’s Public Art Fellows (14 gifted students, above). “There is a grand space at the Union Avenue Underpass,” said Laura Clark, executive director at Site Projects New Haven. “The documentary is intended to draw attention to that deteriorated, industrial space that most people ignore or avoid. ... We want people to discover the underpass as a destination and a place to make art, as New Haven’s newly founded public park.” Email hello@siteprojects.org in order to gain entry into buildings at Gateway Community College.

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