Thursday, June 28, 2012

06-28-12 Jive

Good evening. It's Thursday, June 28th. This is the Jive at Five, WESU's daily community calendar and run- down of nighttime 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. Thanks for joining us. I'm Ben Michael.

Here in Middletown tonight The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents thier Thursday night "Jazz on the River " series. For info and reservations, call  860-347-9999.

Also here in Middletown tonight, it’s the Oddfellows Playhouse fundraising event, Food Improv - Where the Culinary arts meet the Performing arts. This event features interesting cuisine, refreshments and performances by the Traveling Circus Company on the grounds of the Wadsworth Mansion at the Long Hill Estate from 6-9pm.  Tickets and information available by calling 860-347-6143 or visiting

Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, tonight, Manic Productions presents The Sadies and Elison Jackson.  Friday, The Figgs and Golden Bloom make for a night of power pop and punk rock. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Billy Cofrances Quartet this week. Saturday night, Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez return to the Cafe Nine Stage. More online at

Also happening down in New Haven tonight, Toad's Place hosts a local Rock. Saturday night, Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and beyond on the Toad’s main stage.  Rhythmic Circus and Carbonated Insight open that show. Emily’s Army plays the Toad's Lily Pad Stage on Friday night. Saturday, Cosmic Dust Bunnies and special guests perform at Toad's.

In Hartford tonight, at Blackeyed Sally’s, you can catch Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band live on stage. Friday night, Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling are at Sally’s with the Jeweltones. Saturday night, Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs return to Black-eyed Sally’s.

Tonight, Infinity Hall in Norfolk presents The Alternate Routes. Abrosia takes the stage at Infinity Hall on Friday. The McLovins jam out Saturday night, and  Sunday catch Sha Na Na. More info at
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas concludes this weekend down in New Haven. Tonight’s lineup includes the Peruvian folk music ensemble Inca Son, The National Theatre of Scotland, a solo performance of King Lear by Taiwan’s Contemporary  film and theater legend Wu Hsing-Kuo,  Australian circus arts troupe Circa, and a sold out performance by multicultural spiritual musicians The Yuval Ron Ensemble. Performances tomorrow evening kick off at 6pm with the alternative R&B band, DangerZone followed by opportunities to catch National Theatre of Scotland, King Lear, and Circa. The evening wraps up with an 8pm performance of the newest evening-length theater work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, love fail.  The International festival of Arts and Ideas concludes on Saturday culminating with a performance by icon of country rock, Roseanne Cash. There many other events for the whole family starting in the morning through the end of the festival. You can find specific information including show times, venues, and ticket prices online at .

 Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street here in Middletown, The RJ Ruotolo group plays a wide mix of pop music and jazz standards from the '50s to today. Saturday evening, the Andy Buzzi Trio makes for a night of jazz at the Buttonwood. 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.  More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957.

Red Scroll Records presents an evening of live music with The Young, Purling Hiss, Estrogen Highs, and Inclined Plane down in New Haven Saturday night at Intercambio on Chapel St. More info online at

Big Sam’s Funky Nation plays at  Sully’s Pub in Hartford Saturday night.

Many CT towns are offering Independence Day fireworks displays this weekend. Here's a quick list:  
  Tomorrow you can catch fireworks in Bridgeport at Seaside Park, in Hamden - at Town Center Park, and at Killingly's - Owen Bell Park at 9 p.m.. Saturday night Coventry's fireworks will  begin at Sundown, at Patriots Park, as well as in Danbury at Candlewood Lake. You can also catch fiireworks displays on Saturday night in East Haven at Town Beach, in Lakeville at Lime Rock Park, in Norwich, and in Orange.

The City of Middletown and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, present a pre-Independence Day Fireworks Festival on Tuesday, July 3rd, beginning at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the City Hall Municipal Building at 245 Dekoven Drive. The festival will include activities for children, music for all, select vendors, and fireworks shot high over the Connecticut River. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. (raindate is Friday, July 6, for the fireworks). The event is free and there is free parking throughout the downtown. Please call the Mayor's Office for more details – 860-344-3401.

‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and here’s a few in our area: 
The Durham Farmers' Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green on Main St,  from 3 to 6:30 pm, through September. Middletown North End Farmers Market is now open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday and is located at the corner of  Liberty and Main Streets. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green will be open starting next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm through October.

Through the end of June, WESU DJ and artist Bill Revill has a number of his seascape paintings showing at Green Well Organic Coffee and Tea, 44 Crown Street, New Haven.

Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this week:

This week, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook hosts the Connecticut Film Festival. More information at or 860-388-3286.

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is now showing the 1957 musical comedy classic "Funny Face," starring Audrey Hepburn, with dancing by Fred Astaire and music by Gershwin. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Through Friday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues its run of "First Position," which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet. Friday, Real Art Ways begins a run of OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bi-polar, Asperger's Movie.  Tickets, times, and more at

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.

Right after the Jive at Five Right stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosafor The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

At 6pmFree Speech Radio News offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting  From The Pacifica Network

At 6:30its Total Praise with Minister Latreciafor A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!

At 8pmits Evening Jazz with Bill Denert,Where hearing is the best experience. Join Bill for a broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases

At 9:30 Art Projects with Aaron Bergeris where Shoegaze and Garage meets Psych-Folk and Ambient Drone; and HipHop and Soul meets 2-Step and Grime. It's all fair game. Mixed with auditory bric-a-brac for optimal digestion.

At 11pmAlphabet Soup with DJ Blazeis An anti-genre, request-based musical melting pot. On Each episode, they randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter for A wild romp through the annals of WESU's music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.

From 12:30-1:30am Sunspot Loops explores  what's new in the world and rearranges what exists into a form we can claim to understand.

From 1:30-4amThe Graveyard with DJ Otto Nationspins an eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases.

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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