Friday, March 16, 2012

03-16-12 Jive

For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, go to – the City’s new website that features the arts/entertainment options available on any given day along with much more for anyone interested in what’s going on and what’s to do in Middletown.

Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

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. For more information and gallery hours, please visit

Titanium Lounge on Main Street in Middletown is kicking off a new series of weekly live music events. The Jazz Series launches tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. with renowned trombonist Steve Davis and his quintet featuring, alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth. The quintet is followed by a "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.

At The Buttonwood Tree tonight at 8, songwriters Anitra Brooks and Eric Kuhn perform as the "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 right around 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood and 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

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 ArtFarm 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 Middlefield. For details visit

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven, Leila Crockett and Lipgloss Crisis make for a night of Burlesque. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi.  Saturday night brings "A",  the annual St. Patrick's Day Massacre at Café 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. Learn more at
cafenine.comAt Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford tonight at 9, AJ Jansen plays rockin' country, and on Saturday at 9, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood take the stage for more blues. Check out for details.

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

Tonight 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 
Saturday night, Michael Cleary Band plays Donahue's Madison Beach Grille
9:30pm 1320 Boston Post Road in Madison, call 203-318-8362

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 tonight is Chico and Rita, an animated feature about how music and romantic desire unite a talented pianist and a beautiful singer.  Also 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. Visit for a complete listing.

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 The Brittle Diameter
 w/Josh Sharp - 
A varied blend of brand new and time honored independent music, presented in a mixtape aesthetic.  Continuity and cohesion are the watchwords here.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News from The Pacifica Network - An independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN is collectively run by its workers and reporters.

At 6:30 until 7pm, listen in to The Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

From 7pm to 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, featuring local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Spotlighting Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until 11:30pm, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At 11:30pm until 1am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave 
until 3am - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am it's the Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry with Bob - The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out! 
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 - Traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffe Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara
 - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

If you didn’t get a chance to write down some information for an event mentioned in our jive at five –we’ve published the script for today’s jive online at

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