Wednesday, June 13, 2012

06-13-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, June 13th 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" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan. Thanx for listening!

Down in New Haven tonight Café nine and 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

On Wednesday nights in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s you can catch one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! This week’s session is hosted by Brandt Taylor.  

Then Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood are back on the stage at Blackeyed Sally's  on Friday Night. Saturday night, Phili Blues singers Gina Sicilia returns to Black-eyed Sally’s. More information can be found at

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the “Evening Oasis” Belly Dance crew Presents – their annual fundraiser for The Buttonwood Tree and Thursday night brings the Monthly Writers Out Loud Open Mic to the Buttonwood.

Friday night, The Buttonwood 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 enjoy the meal and 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 can be found at or by calling 860.347.4957

The 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 in Norfolk 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. More can be found at

Here in Middletown Friday night, Vinnies Jump and Jive present their Salsa Social dance Night. On Saturday night Vinnies hosts a Break Dance Cypher.   More can be found online at

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 can be found at or by calling 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 the Russell Library in Middletown on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays each month.  You can get more information at or by calling 860.347.2528

Our hats are off to the Twenty-Two Greater Middletown Special Olympics Athletes who 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.

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

Tonight through Friday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford 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 tomorrow evening 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.

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

Now stay tuned for what's playing tonight on WESU 88.1 FM in Middletown:

Right after the Jive at Five Right  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, running until11pm it's More Warehouse with Mike Nyce.  Join Mike Nyce for an extended mix of the best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure

From 11pm-12:30am it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo - The Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Beginning at 12:30 and running until 1:30am 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!

and from 1:30-4am it's The Graveyard with DJ Otto Nation. An eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases.

The BBC News 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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