Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Thursday, June 14th 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 Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for tuning in.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, brings the Monthly Writers Out Loud Open Mic. Friday night, The Buttonwood welcomes Amandla, an original roots reggae ensemble featuring five internationally renowned reggae artists. 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

Tonight The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents a weekly "Jazz on the River " series. For info and Reservations call:860-347-9999
Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, MANIC PRODUCTIONS and FISTFUL OF JOKES Present a night of comedy with Neil Hamburger, Duncan Trussell; and Dan Rice.  Friday night Sarah Lou Richards; w/ Mike Clifford make for an early set 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

Tonight, 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 take the stage. More can be found at

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood are back on the stage on Friday Night. Saturday night, Phili Blues singers Gina Sicilia returns to Black-eyed Sally’s. More information 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 I East Hampton at the Higher Grounds Coffee House at 70 Main Street, it’s their weekly open mic. Show starts at 8PM. Every Saturday it’s a live local music at Higher Grounds.

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.  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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