Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Thursday, June 7th. 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 Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for tuning in.
Tonight the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown brings Bob Gotta’s long standing acoustic Open Mic to the Buttonwood.
Friday night, The Brooklyn based harmony-driven power trio  ”Apollo Run”, take the stage. Saturday the buttonwood Tree offers a full line up of activities and events starting at 10:30 am as they participate in the CT Department of Tourism’s Annual  Open House Day.  Spiritual Workshops, live music, and an artist’s reception and gallery show are all in the works.  The day culminates at the Buttonwood Tree with The NYC-based Danny Fox Trio playing genre-defying original music that lies somewhere between jazz , chamber music, and rock.Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All ares welcome to the meal and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Later on Sunday evening at the Buttonwood, “Coming to the mic” is an open mic filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. It’s Produced and hosted by Ty Mapp, Sunday at 7:30 at the Buttonwood. More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine Chris Berardo and the Desperados w/ Al Raebuck play at Café Nine. Friday Night  BURLESQUE-A-PADES takes the Café Nine stage. Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday Night brings the Ideat Village XII Fundraiser  to Café nine featuring Sidewalk Dave, the Grimm Generation, Farewood and Bedroom Rehab Corporation. More online at

also happening tonight down in New Haven, its a local Rock showcase on the main stage at Toads.  While Justin Jones performs upstairs in Lily’s pad. SHAKEDOWN plays the Grateful DEAD & BEYOND at Toads place on Friday Night with Mushroom Cloud and Gigglejuice opening that show. Saturday night Unearth, This Is Hell,  Vengeance, and Torment the Dreamer make for a night of loud Rock at Toads. More online at

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Friday Night Joey Spampinato, founding member of the legendary NRBQ is back on the stage with his bro! Saturday night, JOHN FRIES & THE HEAT. FEATURING MATT ZEINER celebrate the release of their new CD at Sally’s.

Here in Middletown Friday Night, Vinnie’s  Jump and Jive presents their All Blues All Night Dance.   More online at

Tonight marks the launch of the Thursday Night "Jazz on the River " series at Mattabesett Canoe Club in Middletown (formerly Harbor Park).  The Legendary jazz drummer BERNARD "Pretty" PURDIE is appearing with vocalist Karen Frisk this Thurs. JUNE 7, from 6:00 - 10:00 pm Rain or Shine!  For info and Reservations call  860-347-9999

Fresh off their athletic victories from the Special Olympics CT-Eastern Regional Games twenty two athletes from the Greater Middletown Special Olympics are set to compete at  the Special Olympics Connecticut State Summer Games beginning on Friday June 8-10, 2012 hosted by Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven & the Hamden Hall School in Hamden.  Nineteen Athletes from the GMSO will be competing in Track & Field events & three in Cycling events.   For more info call SOCT at 1-800-443-6105 or visit

Saturday brings the 35th Anniversary Military vehicle show and flea market to the Chester fairgrounds from 8am-4pm.  The event features Antique Military vehicles, a flea market, food on site, Military displays and more. for info.

The Strawberry Fields FEST 2012 in East Hampton's Village Centre is happening this Saturday, June 9th. The event starts at 9am on the village green free yoga, everyone is welcome. Venders will be setting up along the sidewalks with crafts, food, and arts. Anyone interested in being a vender can sign up at 70 Main Coffeehouse and Art Gallery. There will be artist demonstrations, a strawberry wine and beer tasting, and music throughout the day including a performance from J-Cherry and the Strawberries and Giggle juice.

Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week. Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  continues their annual Gay and Lesbian film festival through Saturday. Opening on Sunday at Cinestudio, National Theatre Live presents FRANKENSTEIN . Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Real Art Ways in Hartford has extended their run of Marley through June 14. “Marley” celebrates the life and work of visionary reggae musician, Bob Marley. Tuesday through Thursday Real Art Ways presents “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" which follows a pregnant technophile who’s uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip .  Friday Real Art ways opens a run of 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 also kicks off a 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. Real Art way has also booked “The Room” which has been dubbed as “The best terrible movie ever”  for a series monthly late night screenings. 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.

Now stay tuned.  Here's what's playing on WESU tonight: 

Right after the Jive at Five,

5:05-6pmHomegrown with Rob DeRosaThe best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

6-6:30pmFree Speech Radio News From The Pacifica NetworkYour daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

6:30-8pmTotal Praise with Minister LatreciaA diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!

8-9:30pmEvening Jazz with Bill DenertWhere hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases

9:30-11pmArt Projects with Aaron BergerGoing far in the name of artistic expression, but never losing hold of anchors in quality control and cultural relevance. Shoegaze and Garage meets Psych-Folk and Ambient Drone; HipHop and Soul meets 2-Step and Grime. It's all fair game. Mixed with auditory bric-a-brac for optimal digestion.

11pm-12:30am Alphabet Soup with DJ BlazeAn anti-genre, request-based melting pot. Each episode, we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter. A wild romp through the annals of WESU's music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.

12:30-1:30am Sunspot LoopsLet's explore what's new in the world and rearrange what exists into a form we can claim to understand. Listen to everything. Nothing gets hyped on. (micro-genres)

Friday, 1:30-4amThe Graveyard with DJ Otto NationAn 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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