Monday, March 19, 2012

03-19-12 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March19th, 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 Ben Michael.

Every Monday night in Middletown, J-Cherry hosts the "ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC  AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE on Main Street, with 7:30pm sign-up, 8:00pm start.  Wednesday In honor of Women’s History Month The Buddhist Faith Fellowship is offering a screening of the film “Blessings” at 7 pm at the Buttonwood tree. Blessings is narrated by Richard Gere, filmed in Tibet, tells the story of 3000 nuns living in the remote nomadic region of Nangchen in Eastern Tibet who practice an ancient yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.  Friday night the Buttonwood hosts an Americana Double Bill: with North Carolina’s Humble Tripe and Southenr California’s Carolann Ames. Saturday night, The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul, Singer Betty Harris and the Breaking News Band graces the Buttonwood stage for an 8pm show.  Every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome.  At 7:30 pm this Sunday Coming to the Mic is a monthly open mic that is filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. More about all of these events online at

Down at Toad's Place in New Haven tonight,  it's a weekly night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends Upstairs In the Lilly's Pad. Wednesday it's Dubstep night. Thursday at Toad's, LIVE KAMP ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS PUSHA T. Upstairs in Toad’s Lily Pad on Thursday night you can catch Mimi page. TAUK…plays IN LILLY’S PAD  Friday night.

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven, at 7pm it’s the FISTFUL OF JOKES Comedy Series. Tomorrow at Cafe Nine, Milksop Unsung takes the stage for a night of Americana music. The power Jam banc Dirty Sanchez, plays the Nine Wednesday night. Thursday, the BLUE PLATE RADIO JAZZ SERIES Presents a The Doug Jones Group.  Friday CafĂ© Nine presents Thee Duke Robillard Band; w/ Paul Gabriel. Saturday The Nines Weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by George Baker and Friends. Saturday night The Wagon takes the Cafe Nine stage.

Titanium Bar and Lounge in Middletown is now hosting live entertainment 3 night per week. Wednesday's are local band nights, Thursday features live comedy and Friday is Jazz night. This week you can catch Ed Fast and Conga Bop performing Latin Jazz. more online at
Thursday night, Hip Hop artist, Blacastan performs at Sully’s pub in Hartford. Friday night Broken Glow takes the stage at Sully’s. Saturday night Pickpocket, The Hempsteadys, and Hooks & Sinkers make for a night of Punk Rock at Sully’s.

This Saturday at 11am The Mac 650 Gallery in Middletown opens their gallery show, THE ART OF SPEED II open through March 31. This is a Hot Rod and Custom car Culture Art show featuring 80+ pieces from more than 40 artists from around the globe.  There will be a closing Reception March 31st from noon -5pm. The MAC 650 Art Gallery is located at: 650 Main Street in Middletown more info on this event and other upcoming events can be found at: MAC650 Art Gallery

This Saturday at 3pm there is a Family Dance at Vinnie's on Main Street in Middletown including accessible, energizing, and interactive dances for folks of all ages. There will be circle dances, snakes, trios, and more! *This is ideal for kids over age 5, but little ones are welcome to come try it anyway!  

Acclaimed blues singer/songwriter Guy Davis performs at the Kate in Old Saybrook this Saturday. More online at
This Sunday and occurring on the last Sunday each month at 10 am, Diane & Dave Downs perform their "Nouveau Croon" at Brew Bakers on Main St in Middletown.  The acoustic duet perform popular American music from the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and into the 21st Century.

Now here's what's going on in the world of cinema in central Connecticut:
Wednesday In honor of Women’s History Month The Buddhist Faith Fellowship is offering a screening of the film “Blessings” at 7 pm at the Buttonwood tree. Blessings is narrated by Richard Gere, filmed in Tibet, tells the story of 3000 nuns living in the remote nomadic region of Nangchen in Eastern Tibet who practice an ancient yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

tonight and tomorrow, Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, is showing a newly restored 35mm film print of the 1977 French Film: The Devil, Probably. Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of:  Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, the adaptation of the classic spy novel of Cold War deception and betrayal. Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of Pariah, the coming of age story of an African American lesbian girl in Brooklyn.

Through Thursday this week, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of the new animated film Chico and Rita, about two talented musicians who venture from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas to unite in music and love.  Through Thursday, Real art Ways is also showing Bullhead, a drama set in the world of illegal bovine steroids and hormones and mafioso meat trade deals. Tomorrow (Tues) night Real Art Ways Science on Screen series presents Awakenings with Robert Deniro and Robin Williams with a Pre-film discussion with John Salamone, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at UConn. More online at

Now, here's a rundown of tonight’s programming here on 88.1 FMWESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of straight up Jazz on Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry during our weekday commercial free musical drive time.

At 6pm we bring you 30 minutes of alternative news reporting from the Pacifica Network on Free Speech Radio News.

6:30 it's Life is a Killer with Michael Benson filling in for Michael Benson moving through the blues diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul

8:00 it's Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis: The best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves. Pure Dynamite Mojo Explosion!

At 9:30 Its everyone’s favorite Attention Deficit DJ. Lee bringing us the sounds of yesterday’s future today.
At midnight DJ AWOL presents an hour of loud rock and roll on A Hate Supreem.

at 1:00am Margaret Toth hosts 600 Pounds of Sin, A brew of prog rock, jam band, metal, and the spaces between.

2:00 - 3:00 Rebecca Kitsis & Ella Dawson co-host City Spotlight

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

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