Friday, July 6, 2012

07-06-12 jive

Good evening, it's Friday, July 6th and 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. I'm Ben Michael. Thank you so much for tuning in.

Tonight, The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. Tomorrow/Saturday, Singer/Songwriter Brian Colburn and Pianist Ryan Heidel bring their music to the Buttonwood Tree. Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 a.m.  Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon through July and August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program.  

\More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957
Tonight down at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, the Small Town Concert Series presents another "Everybody's Diggin' Dylan" tribute concert at 8 p.m. The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook. Call 860-510-0453, or visit for online ticketing or buy tickets at the box office.
Tonight, down in New Haven, at Toad's Place, brings the Battle for Mayhem Fest, featuring over 10 loud rock bands, battling for a spot to play at the Mayhem Music Fest in Hartford in August.  Tomorrow/Saturday night, Toad's hosts an event called “LUMINESCENCE: A NEON GLOW PARTY.” More can be found online at

Tonight, Café Nine in New Haven presents Oddball Entertainment’s BLUEGRASS HOEDOWN, featuring: Too Blue; Caroline Doctorow & the Steamrollers; and Hot Mustard. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Tomorrow/Saturday Night, Stark Raving Lulu celebrates the release of their new CD at Café Nine alongside Peacock Flounders and The Sawtelles. More can be found online at

In New Britain on tonight, Tools Bar & Grill presents an evening of Jazz with saxophonist and composer Kris Allen and his group. Tomorrow, DAVID DAVI S& SAX IN THE CITY are at Tools.   

Tonight in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, Junior Kraus and the Shakes bring play their brand of jump-up blues. Tomorrow / Saturday night, The JackLeg Preachers, based out of Salem, Massachusetts, bring their "Jamband"  music to Sally’s.

Tomorrow/Saturday morning, The Russell Knitters meet and work at The Russell Library here in Middletown. All are welcome to share their expertise and experience. More can be found online at  

Saturday night The JOSH EVANS QUARTET plays jazz at Royal Masala in Hartford at 8 p.m.,
With Independence Day falling mid week this year, there are still some fireworks displays scheduled across the state this weekend. Here’s a quick rundown:

Tonight, you can catch fireworks  in Salem and Windsor Locks. Saturday night displays are scheduled across the state in Beacon Falls, Bozrah, East Hartford, Greenwich, Groton, Hartford, Lebanon, Manchester, New London, New Milford, Orange, Portland, Torrington, Stafford and Wallingford.
Sunday, you can catch fireworks in Enfield.

Tis also the season for farmers’ markets and here are 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 p.m., through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green kicks off this week and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. The Middletown North End Farmers Market is now open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.

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. You can access for updated information.

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

Through next Tuesday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, presents Stanley Kubrick’s timeless 1964 noir doomsday satire, "Dr. Strangelove," starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Sterling Hayden and James Earl Jones.  Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Real Art Ways in Hartford has extended its "First Position" run through Sunday. This documentary follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professionals. Also showing through tonight at Real Art Ways is "OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bi-polar, Asperger's Movie."  Tonight, Real Art Ways begins a run of the feature-length documentary film "Marina Abramavic: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT," which follows the contemporary artist as she prepares for what may be the most challenging performance of her life. Tickets, times and more can be found online at
And now here's the WESU Friday night Line up during our Summer Program:

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s The Brittle Diameter w/Josh Sharp - A varied blend of brand new and time honored independent music, presented in a mixtape aesthetic.  Continuity and cohesion are the watchwords here.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm it’s Free Speech Radio News from The Pacifica

At 6:30, tune in for  The Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, it’s From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, featuring local artists from the region Spotlighting Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take inthe sounds of Rumba en el Patio with Michaelfeaturing Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk- featuring  Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave until 3am - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

From  3, to 4am it's the Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash for more underground  Hip-Hop.
Then, we bring you Sing Out! from 4 to 5am, preserving  and supporting the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk music.

WESU bring in the Saturday morning daylight at 5:00am with the BBC World News

At 6:00am it’s the Celtic Café featuring  Traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

 At 7am its Italia with Francesco Fiumara - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

If you didn’t get a chance to write down some information for an event mentioned in our jive at five –we’ve 
published the script for today’s jive online at

Thanks for listening and have a great weekend!

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