Thursday, March 15, 2012

03-14-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, March 14th, and this is the Jive at Five, WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio. I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience." Thanks for tuning in.

Here in Middletown tonight at 8, The Buttonwood hosts an evening of Belly Dance with Evening Oasis. Friday at 8, Songwriters Anitra Brooks and Eric Kuhn perform "Two of us", doing some songs by him, some by her, some by both, and some by others. Saturday, at 8 there’s an Irish FUNraiser at the buttonwood, with Irish storytelling, Celtic tunes and baked treats from O’Rourke’s Diner.  On Sundays, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome.  At 4pm this Sunday,  you can catch the Monthly Poetry Potluck, an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Later Sunday Evening, at 7, It's a release party for Gale B Garduner's new album ”‘Welcome Home’, a ‘journey thru genres’. Gale will be joined by special guests playing hammer dulcimer, mandolin, and penny whistle, with spoken word over piano.  More information about all of these events can be found at 

Now through Sunday, the Middletown Board of Education presents the annual Middletown public schools art exhibition, in Wesleyan’s  Zilkha Gallery. This show features hundreds of pieces of art created by Middletown youth grades K-12. Admission is Free and open to the public. on. For more information and gallery hours, please visit online

Tonight at 7, the General Mansfield House on Main Street in Middletown is opening a display of World War II artifacts, along with a reception to honor veterans for their service. The display will be up through the Spring. This is a 'One Book, One Middletown' event, exploring themes in the book selected for 2012, 'Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,' by Laura Hillenbrand. Call 860.346.0746 for more info.

Tune to WESU at 4 pm on Thursday for a conversation with members of local jazz vocal trio, Vintage Vox, on River Valley Rhythms with host Stephan Allison.

Wednesday, Manic Productions presents a free show by shoegazers-turned-indie-metal pioneers, Constants, along with Cold Snap, at Bar in New Haven. Check out for information about this show and others in central connecticut.

Tonight at Black Eyed Sally's night club in Hartford you can catch STEVE BALKUN  host of Sally’s weekly BLUES JAM. Friday at 9 on the Sally's stage AJ Jansen plays rockin' country, and on Saturday at 9, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood take the stage for more blues. Check out more at  for details.

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven,DIE HIPSTER Presents UNPUNKED, featuring local punk rock bands gone acoustic. Thursday, The Field Recordings play Noise pop and experimental stoner rock. Friday, Leila Crockett and Lipgloss Crisis make for a night of Burlesque at Cafe Nine. Saturday’s,  afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by host Tony Dioguardi  this week.  Saturday night brings "A",  the annual ST. PATRICK'S DAY MASSACRE at CafĂ© Nine, featuring some New York City Punk Rock heavyweight legends MANITOBA, with Dead City and JACQUES LE COQUE.  Sunday Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School returns to Cafe Nine! First pose at 4 p.m. Check out more at

Titanium Lounge on Main Street in Middletown is kicking off a new series of weekly live music events. Tonight is local band night, Thursdays feature live comedy and Friday nights are for live Jazz.  The Jazz series launches this Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. with renown trombonist Steve Davis and his quintet featuring, alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth. launches a new "Friday night Live Jazz Series" Friday at the. The quintet is followed by "Late Night Jazz Jam" featuring guitarist Andrew Renfroe and bassist Alex Tremblay from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for Information call: 860-788-2419.
 Tonight at real arts ways in hartford, catch Inescapable Rythms, a poetry reading double-feature involving an English-to-English translation, during which two poets -- Joanna Solfrian and Inescapable Rhythms host, Kristin Kostick -- will interpret and re-write each other's poems and read them aloud. This Thursday is the third of the month and Brings Real Art Ways monthly Creative Cocktail hr offering a view of the current Gallery shows and a glimpse at this year’s upcoming Annual Odd Ball fundraiser.

The acclaimed Matthew Shipp Trio performs avant-garde jazz Saturday at 8 at Real Art Ways. Check out for details.

Friday Night The Small Town Concert Series presents their 3rd annual Tribute to the Grand Ole Opry featuring the songs of the Carter Family years. at The Kate on Main St in Old Saybrook at 8pm.  for info visit 
This Saturday here in Middletown from 11-1 at The Green Street Arts Center, The Community Music initiative offers KIDBOP - the Kids Incredibly Daring Bird Orchestra Project with special guest Michael Pestel. Followed by a potluck lunch. The event is FREE and open to all ages and music skill levels. For more information call NEAT at 860 346 4845 or visit
This Saturday Art Farm presents A Hands-On workshop in Starting your Vegetable Garden from Seeds Led by Eleanor Poole and Sioux Wimler from 2 – 5 pm at 218 Jackson Hill Road, in Middlelfield. For details visit

Now here’s a look at what’s happening in the world of alternative cinema in Central CT this week.

Showing on Real Art Way's Silver Screen through Friday is Chico and Rita, an animated feature about how music and romantic desire unite a talented pianist and a beautiful singer.  Friday Real Art Ways kicks off a run of Bullhead a drama set in the world of illegal bovine steroids and hormones and mafioso meat trade deals. Sunday Real Art Ways’ Crime on Screen series presents Silence of the Lambs at 2 PM followed by a Post-film discussion with Mitchell Glidden. Tickets, show times and more at

Tonight through Saturday, Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater in Hartford starts their run of "The Descendants", in which George Clooney plays the wealthy scion of a Hawaiian royal family who discovers, after his wife is injured in a boating accident, that he knows little to nothing about his 10- and 17-year-old daughters, and clumsily tries to reconnect with them.

Now here’s the rundown of tonight's programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive at Five, it's The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network takes the air. It's
your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

From 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Starting at 8 and running until 9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 until 11pm, it's Smorgasbord with DJ Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance..

Starting at 11pm til 230am it's Word…Life Radio with H Biz & B Fiz
Early 90's hip-hop is the focus here, with the occasional touch of punk, funk, reggae and soul.

From 1230-2am, it's Beats with Dylan Bostick
Hip-hop. Electro. Techno. UK bass. Music that makes you groove.

In the wee hours from  2-3am it's The Postman Express Hour with DJ JD, DJ MacChillin, & DJ Jack 3 DJs give their take on a specific "post" genre, be it post-folk jangling, post-psychedelic, post-rock, post-punk, any other post. Exploring jarring, weird and stimulating new music, and placing it in a historical context.

From 3-4am, it's Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat
Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical standards!

The BBC World News kicks on at 4 and we begin tomorrow's programing at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at (the five is the number five), and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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