Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8/29/12 jive

Good afternoon, it's Wednesday, August 29th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!! Thanks for tuning in!

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

Here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays  from 10am-noon through the end of August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome!  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

The Middletown Commission on the Arts presents its annual Summer Sounds concert series on the City's South Green (Union Park) on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. The concerts are free and you are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. More information about upcoming events can be found at

Tonight and every Wednesday night at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Sally’s hosts their long running Open Blues Jam, hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Thursday brings the Lucky Peterson band, the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues, to Blackeyed Sally’s. On Saturday at Sally’s, it’s the All Star Blues Jam. Details at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, the Black Swans, with J Russell and the Knife Lickers perform. Thursday night, at 9,  it’s Rohn Lawrence and Friends, New Haven’s own master of jazz, funk and R&B. Friday’s 5-to-7 happy hour features Hatfield. Then at 8, it’s the B-Stars with Big Fat Combo. The B-Stars are a San Francisco-based country combo playing honky tonk and hillbilly hits.

Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host the Mike Coppola, followed at 9 by 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 and every Wednesday at 10 p.m. it’s their weekly Dub Step party in Lilly’s Pad.  Thursday brings a mixtape release show: NEW ENGLISH PRESENTS: CT ON DECK - SMOKING ACES, hosted by the CT Battle League. Friday at 8 p.m., it’s the Cosmic Dust Bunnies at Toad’s. Sunday at 9 p.m. at Toad’s is the Annual Toad’s place Labor Day Funkfest featuring Rearview. Canned food donations will be collected. More information at .

Back in Middletown,  you can catch the new free weekly series: LaBOCA JAZZ - THURSDAYS at Laboca restaurant on Main St.  from 8-11pm! This week’s event features The Airborne Jazz group, a multi-cultural Contemporary Jazz group based out of  New Haven.

This weekend The Matabassett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents lots of live music.  Friday Night The David Davis Project takes the stage. 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

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 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

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
It's also farmers’ market season 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 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 open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.

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

Tonight and Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be presenting 'Ai Weiwei (pronounced I way way): Never Sorry' - a gripping documentary following the trials and tribulations of China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic.

Starting 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 and times at

At Cinestudio in Hartford, tonight is your last chance to see “Moonrise Kingdom,” by director Wes Anderson.
Wednesday through Saturday at Cinestudio, it’s the futuristic “Prometheus,” by director Ridley Scott. Then Sunday begins showings of “Safety Not Guaranteed,”  winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Dramatic Screenplay Award. Tickets and times at

For the latest in local 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 let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU-FM.

Right after the Jive at Five Right stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano for an hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm, it's Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 and running until 8pm, it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

From 8 to 11pm it's an extended edition of The Warehouse with Mike Nyce for the best of underground deep house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 11pm-12:30am it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo - The Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Beginning at 12:30 and running until 1:30am it's Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat. Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical standards!

and from 1:30-4am it's The Graveyard with DJ Otto Nation. An eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases.

The BBC News 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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