Wednesday, May 23, 2012

05-23-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 23rd. 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

Here in Middletown, tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree, you can join the students of the “Green School” for an evening of prose readings and music. The Green School is a group of children from across CT who are home-schooled and meet Wednesdays at The Buttonwood Tree and at The Green Street Art Center for group classes.

Thursday night acclaimed Jazz pianist, composer, and educator, Noah Baerman returns to the Buttonwood Tree to celebrated the release of his seventh album. “Turtle Steps.” For this performance he will be playing some new music with some old friends.

Friday night, Amalgamated Muck returns to the Buttonwood tree in celebration of their new CD. Since playing shows together in Small Town Concert Series and joining musical forces, the melodic amalgamation of Lauren Agnelli with Matthew Male, Brian Wolfe, Rose Bengston and Rodney Maxwell has become more than just some pretty mucking about. Amalgamated Muck enjoys performing a mix of traditional and original Americana – roots, country, and folk music with rock & blues influences. 

Saturday Night the Riverwood Poetry series returns to the buttonwood tree with a Memorial Day Commemoration by Lisa Siedlarz and Michael Lepore.  An open mic follows the main event and poets are invited to  honor the memory of those who gave their lives in our nation’s service.  Admission is free though donations gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable foods will also be accepted for Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown. To learn more about Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc., visit

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare the food at the First Church of Christ on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30 am.
Later on Sunday, “Coming to the mic” is an open mic that will be filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957
Tomorrow/Thursday night down in New Haven, Mitch Beatz Entertainment presents: THE OFFICIAL JADAKISS BIRTHDAY BASH at Toad’s Place.  Friday CHRIS WEBBY’s "There Goes The Neighborhood Tour" Featuring M.A.R., and AREA stops at Toads. Saturday Night Toad’s place presents REGGAE SPRINGFEST 2012 on the Main stage featuring, All Good Feel Good Collective, Balcony, The Green Line, Mitigue, I Anbassa, and King Charlton. Also on Saturday on the Toads Lily pad stage, AFTON PRESENTS 7 local bands and artists. Sunday  Night Brings The Toad’s Place Annual Memorial Day Funk Fest featuring the Terryl Lee Band, Mystic Force, Soul Squad, Mr. Council, and Funkinachea. More online at
Friday night in Hartford, Real Art Ways presents an evening of live music at 8pm by Eric Ross, who will perform on piano, guitar, synthesizer and Theremin. Compositions include elements of jazz, classic, serial, and avant garde. Mary Ross's videos, projected in performance, are organized, arranged and edited to his music. More online at 

Now here’s a brief rundown of out the main Stream Cinema offerings in central CT.
Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, kicks off a run of the new Iranian film, “A Separation”, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The film offers a fascinating look at a middle class couple in Iran who are contemplating divorce. Sunday Cinestudio will begin showing a new 35 mm print of Terence Davies’ “The Long Day Closes”.  Tickets and more at

Tonight and tomorrow Real Art Ways in Hartford is showing "Delicacy", the new French drama about life, loss, and love. Friday Night, Real Art Ways opens a run of the new documentary on the late king of Reggae Music, Bob Marley.  From Academy Award winning director Kevin Macdonald, “Marley” celebrates the life and work of visionary performer and icon Bob Marley.  Tickets, times, and more at 
That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in Middletown  arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, you can visit – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on in Middletown.
Now stay tuned.  Here's what's playing on WESU tonight. Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano for 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 on the 2nd and 4th wednesday's during our Summer program, Big Bent presents a 30 minute "Dub Meditation" mixing instrumental music tracks with spoken word and other sonic elements followed by Sunspot Loops with Rick Reaction.
who invites you to explore what's new in the world of music and rearrange what exists into a form we can claim to understand.

From 11:00 - 12:30 Midnight Munchies with Gus  Lo is back in action bringing you 90 minutes of below ground hip Hop and street music.

from 12:30-1:30  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!
at 1:30 Dj Otto Nation is in the house with an eclectic mix of music until 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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