Wednesday, May 16, 2012

05-16-12 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May15th, 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". Thanx for tuning in!

Tonight, 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. This Year’s performers will pay homage to their mothers and invite you to do the same! Bluegrass will set the stage. 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 Tree on Sundays. All are 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 can be found online at

This Sunday afternoon at 4pm The Buttonwood’s Monthly Poetry Potluck presents an opportunity for enthusiasts to get together to share and discuss their favorite poetry. 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 - Saturday,  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 Hour” which features Steve Lambert's “Capitalism works for me! True/False Project”, an interactive portable public art piece, which lets people have a say on 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. For more information please contact: Matthew Weber, Art Curator 860.343.5806

The Russell Knitters invite you to join them at the Russell Library in Middletown this Saturday at 11:00 am to share your expertise and learn from other members. More online at

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 features drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture and is curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 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 can be found 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 can be found online at or by calling 860 316 4854.

Sunday also brings Auditions for CT Gilbert & Sullivan performances for 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 through Saturday, Cinestudio in Hartford, celebrates the 45th anniversary of The Classic Film, “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman about a recent graduate of an elite East Coast College who refuses to settle for his preplanned future.  Sunday Cinestudio Kicks off a run of “In 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 World War II. Showtimes and tickets can be found at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight, 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”, This documentary features interviews of many of the Jazz musicians in a famous photograph taken back in 1939 discussing the day the photograph was taken, and showing film footage of that day by Milt Hinton and his wife.

Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of "Delicacy" the new French Drama about life, loss, and love. Saturday you can catch “How to Grow a Band”, a film about Chris Thile, of the Band Nickel Creek and his plans to move forward following his failed marriage and the dissolution of the Band. For more information and tickets, 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 in Middletown. You can access for updated information.

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned 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, it's Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 and running until 8pm, it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

From 8 to 9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

At 9:30 until11pm it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

From 11pm-1230am 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.

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