Monday, June 11, 2012

06-11-12 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 11th. 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.

Here in Middletown Tonight and every Monday at 8:30, Vinnies Jump and Jive presents a FREE swing and blues practicum. Friday night Vinnies presents their All Blues All Night Dance. Saturday night Vinnies hosts a Break Dance Cypher.   More online at
Every Monday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, J-CHERRY hosts the ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC. Signups begin at7:30pm. Performances start at 8:00pm.

Wednesday night, the “Evening Oasis” Belly Dance crew Presents – their annual fundraiser for The Buttonwood Tree!

Thursday night brings the Monthly Writers Out Loud Open Mic to the Buttonwood.

Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes Amandla, an original roots reggae ensemble featuring five internationally renowned reggae artists: YahKali, Ras Iba, Toussaint the Liberator, Tuff Lion, and Burnie T. 

Saturday brings the buttonwoods annual “Bloomsday” event celebrating James Joyce’s literary legacy. This year’s event is hosted by Abby Reynolds and features live music by Full Gael followed, by an Open Mic.

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome to the meal and are also invited to help prepare the food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.

Later at 4pm on Sunday, the monthly Poetry Potluck gathering offers an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike.

More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957

Down in New Haven tonight at 7:30 pm you can catch some Belly Dancing w/ Uber Dami & Friends  at Café Nine. At 10pm the Nine Presents an Acoustic Open Mic w/ Miss Kriss.  Tuesday Night Café nine presents Les Rhinocéros, hailing from the Washington, DC area, the young band Les Rhinocéros delivers a crazy world in sound, blending aspects of rock, world music, noise, ambient and jazz. Wednesday night DIE HIPSTER PRESENTS "UNPUNKED" where local punk rockers show their chops on on acoustic instruments!! Thursday MANIC PRODUCTIONS and FISTFUL OF JOKES Present a night of comedy at café nine with Neil Hamburger, Duncan Trussell; and Dan Rice.  Friday night Sarah Lou Richards; w/ Mike Clifford make for an early set of night of Nashville twang at 6:30/. Later at 9:30 Christina Harris returns to New Haven and co-headlines a night of piano driven pop.  

Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends this week. Saturday Night Babement; Dead Wives; and Two Inch Astronaut  make for a Garage, post punk showcase with all girl Pavement cover band. More online at

Also tonight in Hartford,The Charter Oak Cultural Center’s weekly event JAZZ MONDAYS at Black-eyed Sally's features Craig Hartley.

On Tuesday nights in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s you can catch Mike Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18 piece jazz ensemble.  Every wed at 8:30pm Sally’s hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! This week’s session is hosted by Brandt Taylor.   

Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood are back on the stage at Blackeyed Sally;s Friday Night. Saturday night, Phili Blues singers Gina Sicilia returns to Black-eyed Sally’s.

Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents,  a weekly Thursday night "Jazz on the River " series. For info and Reservations call  860-347-9999

Thursday night, Infinity Hall inNorfolk presents an evening of music with Peter Mulvay and Andy Friedman. Friday night you can catch Robert Randolph and The Family Band. Saturday Night Mathew Sweet brings his “Girlfriend” tour to Infinity Hall. Sunday night Donna The Buffalo performs take the stage.

Friday Night The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook presents Ollabelle, a New York based folk-roots-rock band that began playing gospel tunes in Manhattan’s Lower East Side following 9/11. more information at or 860-388-3286.

Saturday night at the Outer Space in Hamden you can catch  Jug band revivalists Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights in a double bill with Americana sweethearts, Amalgamated Muck (including the Grammy-nominated Lauren Agnelli), for a night of local roots music.

Saturday morning at 11am you are invited to Join the Russell Library Knitters,
an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.  The group meets in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library in Middletown  on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays each month. 860.347.2528

Our hats off to the Twenty-Two Greater Middletown Special Olympics Athletes competed at the 2012 Special Olympics Connecticut State Summer Games this past weekend of June 6-8.  Special kudos to David Crovo of Middlefield, Scott Thayer, and  Anna Kozinski of Middletown who were presented with medals for their accomplishments.  For more info call SOCT at 1-800-443-6105 or visit

That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local 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.

Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week. 

Tonight and Tomorrow, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, presents National Theatre Live’s production of FRANKENSTEIN. Weds through Friday, Cinestudio presents an incredible restoration of Marcel Carné’s film Les Enfants du Paradis which has been called by some, the greatest of all French movies.
Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Real Art Ways in Hartford has extended their run of the new Bob Marley Documentary, “Marley” through Thursday.

  Also showing through Thursday at Real Art Ways, you can catch “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success.

Tomorrow night the first season of Real Art Ways' Science on Screen will come to a close with a screening of the classic 1944 American Film Noire:  Double Indemnity.

Friday night Real Art Ways continues their “Weekends Only” run of: “Lovecraft, Whisperer in Darkness”, written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft's iconic genre-bending tale of suspense and alien terrors is brought to life in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s. Tickets, times, and more at 

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 programming.

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

6:30 it's 75% Folk With Michael Benson, Serving up heaping portions of folk and Americana,with side orders of blues, jazz, world music, soundtracks and more.

8:00 DJ Open I is in the house for a new summer program “Beats to the Rhyme” featuring contemporary conscious Hip Hop, instrumental tracks and some of the original sampled material.

At 9:30  Tom Gatzen delivers a 2 hr weekly does of loud and heavy music on Aaargh!!

From 11:30 - 1:00 Anvil Isle presents a musical monsoon of alternative rock, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf, and world music inviting you to bury your feet in the sand and hear the waves come crashing through your speakers.

From 1-3:00 Psychedelic Rick presents the late night Summer Concert Series featuring live concerts in their full glory. 

From 3-4am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio features an hour of international loud rock and punk.

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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