Thursday, May 24, 2012


Good evening, it's Thursday May 24th 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 J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for tuning in.

Here in Middletown, tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree 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

Tonight 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 Cinema off the beaten path in central CT.

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 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  it's Homegrown with Rob DeRosa – The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.


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 reporter.


Total Praise with Minister Latrecia - A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary Christian gospel music to uplift your spirit! Get your Praise on!


Evening Jazz with Bill Denert – Where hearing is the best experience.  A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

10-11pm Art Projects with Aaron Berger

11:00 - 12:30 Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze- An anti-genre, request-based show where we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter.

12:30 to 4AM Itso-ezee with DJ Otto Nation providing an eclectic mix of new releases from the WESU music library

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at, and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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