Friday, July 27, 2012

Monday July 30th jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 30th. 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. I’m Miranda Quast, Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio.
Here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays  from 10am-noon during July and August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome! 
Every Monday night, J-CHERRY hosts the ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE.  Signups beginning at 7:30pm and Performances starting at 8:00.
Every first Thursday of the month there's an open mic with Bob Gotta, with sign ups starting at 6:30pm.
Friday night, CT native Randy Burns will be playing with The Brothers Radcliffe at the Buttonwood Tree at 8pm.
Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957

Tonight and every Monday night down in New Haven, Rohn Lawrence and Friends make smooth jazz on the lily pad stage. But before they hit the stage, indie folk-pop band The Head and the Heart will be taking the stage at 8pm.Wednesday is always the weekly dubstep dance party, and Thursday brings alternative rock band Our Lady Peace to the main stage at 9pm. Friday night rock out with Rock This Wild World, featuring Blacktop Forest, Tomorrow Just Started, The Restless and many more.  Saturday night Toads hosts the Wu Block Tour featuring Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch. More online at

Also down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, The Elm City Americana Series returns featuring Milksop: Unsung. Tomorrow night Café Nine will have an indie showcase including Ceschi, Dark Time Sunshine and Crushcon 7. Wednesday night Hadoukan presents a local metal showcase starting at 9pm. Thursday brings roots group Blue Pontiac to the stage, and Friday Night will see Detroit punk band Tyvek along with the Frustrations. • Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday Night there will be a Luau Variety Show, and Sunday Chain and the Gang along with Human Pontiac will be taking the stage. More online at

The Middletown Commission on the Arts present their annual Summer Sounds concert series on the City's South Green (Union Park) on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Tomorrow night features the Kenn Morr Band. More information at   
Also on Tuesday, Klekolo World Coffee is bringing back a weekly poetry night hosted by Evan Okun. This will be every Tuesday from 6-8pm.

The Hartford Jazz Society brings live jazz every Monday night to Bushnell Park followed by a jam session at Blackeyed Sallys. Starts at 6 pm.   
On Tuesday nights in Hartford, you can catch  Mike Palin’s “Other orchestra” an 18 piece big band live on stage at Black-eyed Sally’s.  Every Wednesday night Sally's hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! On Friday night singer-songwriters Peter Karp and Sue Foley will take the stage at Sally's, followed by Mike Law and the Playboys on Saturday night. More at

This Saturday there will be a FREE family friendly one-day Festival of Caribbean Food, Music, Games and Traditions at the Riverfront Plaza in Downtown Hartford. Live entertainment will include Leroy Sibbles, Calypso Rose, Anthem, the St. Lucia Folk Singers, Orquestra Espada, Junior Holt, Toussaint Liberator, Don Minot and many more. more information at

Saturday morning at 11, The Russell Knitters meet and work at The Russell Library here in Middletown. All are welcome to share their expertise and experience. More online at

ARTFARM presents Shakespeare Everywhere! The Compleate Work this Sunday, August 5th at 5pm in the Cedar Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. The event, hosted by Chion Wolf, is the culmination of a month-long series of guerilla Shakespeare performances. Shakespeare scenes, monologs and songs plus live music and stories.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley.
For info, go to 
 ‘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. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm through October. The 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 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 herein central CT this week.
Tonight and Tomorrow,  Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  will be finishing its run of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Opening Wednesday and running through Next Tuesday, Cinestudio, will be presenting the 1977 classic Woody Allen movie, Annie Hall. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Tonight through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will continue their run of the documentary 'Paul Williams: Still Alive.' Starting on Friday, Real Art Ways will begin a viewing of 'The Queen of Versailles' an epic documentary following billionaires Jackie and David and their rags to riches story. Tickets, times, and more online at 
Now stay tuned.  Here's what's playing on WESU tonight:  as we kick off our Summer Program guide.
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of straight up Jazz on Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry during our weekday commercial free musical drive time programming.

At 6pm we bring you 30 minutes of alternative news reporting from the Pacifica Network on Free Speech Radio News.

6:30  Johnny Analog’s Life is a Killer. Moving through the blues diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.

at 8:00 Lord Lewis presents:  the Rumpus Room for 90 minutes of scorching vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

At 9:30 Tom Gatzen presents a 2 hr weekly dose of loud and heavy music on Aaargh!!
From 11:30 - 12:30 Anvil Isle presents a musical monsoon of alternative rock, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf, and world music inviting you to bury your feet in the sand and hear the waves come crashing through your speakers.
From 12:30-3:00 Psychedelic Rick presents the late night Summer Concert Series featuring live concerts in their full glory.
From 3-4am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio features an hour of international loud rock and punk.
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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