Friday, August 31, 2012

08-31-12 Jive

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 31st, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Jaki Valensi-Lauper with Jaki's Buzz every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 6pm. Thanks for joining us today.

Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week-end:

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Friday evening the B-Stars and Big Fat Combo take the stage. The B-Stars are a San Francisco-based country combo playing honky tonk and hillbilly hits.

Saturday, at 4:30 it’s Café Nine’s weekly Afternoon Jazz Jam with this week’s host, Mike Coppola. Later onm Saturday night Café Nine presents Patrick Sweany; Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons; and the Danglers. Sunday, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. Information at .

Also down in New Haven at Toad's Place Tonight/Friday at 8 p.m., the Cosmic Dust Bunnies Headline a show at Toad’s with Seed, The Alchemystics, and Vasudo opening the show and Deph (spinning between sets). Sunday at 9 p.m. brings the annual Toad’s place Labor Day Funkfest featuring Rearview, Fear The State, D.K.B., and  Greg Sherrod. Canned food donations will be collected. More information at .

This weekend The Matabassett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents live music Friday Night with The David Davis Project. Saturday  afternoon  Tony Gabrielle performs from 3-7pm and The ICE-9 Trio takes the stage from 7-10pm. Sunday Brian McDonald performs at The Canoe Club followed by the soul and RnB group, Mass-Conn-Fusion.  For info and reservations call  860-347-9999 or visit their website at

Tonight The Lucky Peterson band, performs at Black-eyed Sally’s in Hartford. On Saturday at Sally’s, it’s the All Star Blues Jam. More details at

The Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library on Saturday in Middletown. The Russell Knitters are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. Bring your knitting projects!

Saturday night American Roots Singer/Songwriter Kerri Powers takes the Buttonwood Tree stage. Food Not Bombs shares food starting around 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at  or by calling 860.347.4957 Saturday night you can catch The Michal Cleary band live on stage at Red House located on Main St in Deep River. more online at or by calling (860) 526-2600
Monday- Labor Day- the 4th Annual Antique Labor Day Car Show takes place! Please come by between 12-4pm and see great Antique cars along the Shoreline in Old Saybrook at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa.
Fall is in the air, which means it's time for New England Agricultural fair season. Opening Friday evening and running through Monday, the Haddam Neck Fair offers live music, a carnival midway, concessions, a petting zoo, food, agricultural and craft exhibits, a circus, children's contests and the ever-popular horse-, truck-, and tractor pulls! There is live music on band stand each night, Friday features the local talent of Rock Landing and Organized Chaos. Saturday features The Monthei Brothers Band and The McLovins.  Sunday brings a great musical lineup starting at 1pm featuring Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, String Theorie,Heirlooms,  and Shakedown. Go to  for more info

For the latest in Middletown arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on in Middletown.

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford is currently showing  'Ai Weiwei (pronounced I way way): Never Sorry'  through next Thursday. This is a gripping documentary following the trials and tribulations of China's most famous international artist, and one its most outspoken domestic critics.

Starting tonight/Friday and running through next Thursday at Real Art Ways, the film “Elena,” winner of a special jury prize at Cannes, offers a modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Tickets, info and times at

Through Saturday at Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema, You can catch director Ridley Scott’s futuristic film“Prometheus”.  Sunday begins showings of “Safety Not Guaranteed,”  winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Dramatic Screenplay Award. Tickets and times at

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU-FM.
Right after the Jive at Five Right stay tuned for The Brittle Diameter w/Joshua Sharp from 5:05 to 6pm
At 6pm it’s Free Speech Radio News for your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 Universal Sound Wave w/Sista Queen T - Informing Listeners about Global Issues
At 8-10pm Catch From The Otherside with Rok-A-Dee The Voice of Hartford, including local artists that from Connecticut, New York, Massachussetts and Rhode Island. Also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and International music.
From 10-Midnight Rumba en el Patio with Michael- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave
Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.
Basement Beats with DJ Lokash The Real Hip Hop is over here.
Sing Out! Contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.
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 If you know of any events that you think should be included in the Jive, send an email to

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