Monday, May 14, 2012

05-14-12 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, may April 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 Ben Michael.

Every Monday J-CHERRY  hosts The "ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC WITH AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE on Main Street here in Middletown. Sign-ups are at 7:3o, performances at 8:00. Tomorrow, There’s a Yoga Laughter workshop at the buttonwood Tree at 7pm. Wednesday night the Buttonwood Tree’s  Buddhist Film Festival presents : “Dhamma Brothers” at  7 pm  This film shows how an overcrowded maximum-security prison in Alabama is transformed by the inspirational influence of Buddhism in the lives of its inmates.  Friday night The Press Gang Band blends their skill in traditional Irish music with their curiosity for other styles.

This Saturday brings the 3rd Annual Music Festival at Halfinger Farms – to Benefit the buttonwood Tree. Families, friends, fun, food, and flowers come together once again at Halfinger Farms to celebrate another year of cultural and entertaining events provided by The Buttonwood Tree. This time performers will pay homage to their mothers and invite you to do the same! Bluegrass  will set the stage at the farm’s lush and lovely valley setting surrounded by the rolling hills of Higganum. Live animals, face-painting, dancing, raffles, popcorn, and ice cream will make it the place to be for kids of all ages.  Featured artists include ANDY BUZZI, CHARTER OAK BLUEGRASS BAND, POOR OLD SHINE, SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS AND MORE! Additionally, there will be food from local eateries, tours of the farm and greenhouses and more. This event is free and open to the public!

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. In preparation for the weekly event. More online at
This Sunday afternoon at 4pm  Poetry Potluck is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works at The Buttonwood Tree. more information about Buttonwood events is available online at

Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington Street in Middletown presents their closing performances of "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder this weekend.  Performances are Thursday, May 17, 2012 - Saturday, May 19,  at 7:30:pm.  "Our Town" is famed for daring both the actors and audience to interact in order to weave the themes of family, marriage, death, and eternity into the story of what was daily life. Tickets are available online at

Thursday night Brings Real Art Ways Monthly “Creative Cocktail Hr” and presents Steve Lambert's Capitalism works for me! True/False Project, an interactive portable public art piece, which lets people have a say on a topic that is central to our lives: Capitalism.  More online at
This weekend brings the Middlesex Community College 2012 Arts & Media Festival to the Jean Burr Smith Library, Pegasus Gallery and the Niche at MXCC in Middletown.  With a Reception: Friday, from 6-9 pm and  Film And Multimedia Project Screenings Begin At 6 pm, the annual Arts and Media Festival showcases projects produced by MxCC Broadcast Communications, Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Multimedia students. In addition to the student film and multimedia projects screening, student works are displayed throughout the Jean Burr Smith Library, Pegasus Gallery and the Niche.   Middlesex Community College 2012 Arts & Media Festival.  Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall Library summer session hours are Mondays -Thursdays 8:30am-6:00pm and Fridays 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information please contact: Matthew Weber, Art Curator 860.343.5806

The Russell Knitters invite you to join them at the Russell Library Saturday, May 19, at 11:00:am. Join the Russell Library Knitters to share your expertise and learn from other members. The meeting runs from 11a - 1p,.
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents: Thesis Art Exhibitions at Zilkha Gallery featuring the work of the Class of 2012's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. The show feauteres drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture and is curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm through Saturday, May 26, 2012 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The exhibit is FREE and open to the Public. For more information, online at  

Sunday afternoon at 4pm, The Greater Middletown Chorale presents "Come, Let Us Sound With Melody!" A concert for spring - American Spirituals and Sacred at the Second Congregational Church of New London United Church of Christ.   Tickets and info online at or by calling 860 316 4854. 

Sunday also brings Auditions for CT Gilbert & Sullivan performances: Trial By Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore.  AUDITIONS are at 7pm on Sunday & Tuesday, May 22, 7pm at The Church of the Holy Trinity, on Main Street in Middletown. PERFORMANCES September 14-16 at the Performing Arts Center at MHS. For info call 800-866-1606 or visit
Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening outside the main stream of Cinema in central CT
Tonight and tomorrow at Cinestudio in Hartford, you can catch the Israeli Film, Footnote,  a comedy springing from the universal tale of the rivalry between a father and son. Wednesday Through Saturday Cinestudio celebrates the 45 anniversary of The Classic Film, The Graduate starring Dudton Hoffman about a recent graduate of an elites East Coast College who refuses to settle for his preplanned future.  Sunday Cinestudio Kicks off a run of “I Darkness” which is based on the true story of a Polish petty thief and sanitation worker, and the disparate group of Jews hiding in the sewers who must rely on him for protection during 2012. Showtimes and tickets at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through Wednesday, you can see "We Have A Pope" the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Thursday Night Real Art Ways Presents multiple screenings of “A Great Day in Harlem”, The documentary compiles interviews of many of the Jazz musicians in the famous photograph (f the same Name) taken back in 1939 to talk about the day of the photograph, and it shows film footage taken that day by Milt Hinton and his wife. Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of the new French Dram about Life, Loss, and Love, “Delicacy”. Saturday you can catch In How to Grow a Band, about Chris Thile, of the Band Nickel Creek,  plan to move forward following his failed marriage and the dissolution of his Band. For more information and ticket, visit

That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, go to – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on and what’s to do in Middletown.

Now stay tuned, here's what's playing on WESU tonight:

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 Michael Benson presents 75 % Folk, serving up contemporary folk and acoustic music with sides of world music, jazz, blues and more.  

at 8:00 It’s the season Finale of Dad Air,  with Uncle Dad and Schlogg Father presenting a mix of funk soul, afro pop and much more.  

At 9:30 Make way for the return of “Aargh” to the WESU airwaves.  Argh has featured heavy duty loud rock and experimental music on WESU for over 20 years. 

At Midnight Its Total Trash  with “A” exploring more loud music from Crust and thrash, to power metal, grind core, and more. 

At 1am, Tyler presents “Mind the Gap” exploring the world of music, poetry and literary works together.

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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