Woody Guthrie (pictured) was America's foremost Dust Bowl troubadour. He would have turned 100 this year. Guthrie's place in popular culture is secure; idolized by a young Bob Dylan, Guthrie sired a psychedelic-era successor in son Arlo (of Alice's Restaurant fame) and was revived a few years ago by Billy Bragg and Wilco, who began setting Woody's unused poems to new music. Now Thomas Jones, a Canadian musician, actor, mime, puppeter, improv artist and clown, performs as Guthrie in Woody Sed, an original 90-minute stage work playing for two nights at Middletown's Buttonwood Tree. Jones traces the arcs of Guthrie's life and music during the Great Depression.
Oct. 26, 8 p.m. and Oct. 27, 4 p.m., $10-$15, The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St., Middletown, (860) 347-4957, buttonwood.org.
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