Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Good evening, it's Wednesday, March 13th 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. Thanks for tuning in, 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! Thanx for tuning in!!

 Here's a rundown of some of what's happening in the community this week.

Thursday at 6:30pm at The Russell Library in Meeting Room 2 is the "We Were There" Veterans Writing Group. Also Thursday evening at 7pm The Library presents a viewing and discussion of the documentary The King of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters spotlighting the world of competitive video gamers.  

Friday at 9:30am in the Hubbard Room is an Introduction to Image Editing with the free computer graphics program, GIMP where you can learn to crop, resize, color correct, add text and fix scratches and blemishes to yoru digital images.  Saturday at 11am in Meeting Room 3, The Russel Knitters invite you to bring your knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. 

Tonight at 8pm  at Café Nine down in New Haven , it’s guitar-playing singer-songwriter Keith Harkins taking the stage.  Thursday night: ODDBALL ENTERTAINMENT Presents: Alt-country singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier; alongside Scott and Joanna.  Friday night at Cafe Nine it's JEFFREY THUNDER'S BIRTHDAY BASH featuring: The Vultures, Fatal Film, The Lost Riots and The Hempsteadys with DJ Live Mike spining between sets. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 at Café nine, it’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ this week’s host, Tony Dioguardi and friends.  Later Saturday night Steve Broderick , best known for playing with Trans Siberian Orchestra for the past 10 years takes the stage. Sunday night at Cafe Nine, its the SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM open mic with host The Cafe Nine all Stars.  More can be found at

Over at Toad’s Place, tonight at 7:30 its  it’s the weekly Electonic Dance Music Night in the lily pad stage while DJ BUCK’S REGGAE BIRTHDAY SESSION W/KONSHENS, Morgan’s Heritage, and Black-Am and Angelique on the main stage.  Friday at 7pm at Toads The Cosmic Dust Bunnies take the main stage with Viral and Brass Tax opening.  Saturday night at Toads UPCROWN NEON & TRUE CREW PRESENT: DANK including Trap, Dubstep, Electro, House, and EDM. For more information, you can go to for more details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it's the weekly Blues Jam at Sally’s is hosted by Gene Donaldson this week. Thursday at Black Eyed Sallys, starting at 6:30pm is the Hole In the Wall Fundraiser w/ Sundance Kidz.  Friday at 9pm The Lance Lopez Band w/Sal Iacobucci and Dreaming the Blues perform at Sally’s.  Saturday at 9pm Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood perform their  mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul and funky Texas Blues.   More can be found at

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree on this evening at 7:00, it’s  the "Evening Oasis",Belly Dancing Presentation.

Thursday at 7:00 brings the "Writers Out Loud" open mic to the buttonwood stage featuring prose writers of every ilk come hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower JR.  Sign up is at 6:45. 

Friday at Cotton Hollow Rising brings you songs of love, songs of war & peace, of hearth & home, and of the people from the American West to the Celtic Isles. 

Saturday mornings starting at 7: 30 the Buttonwood offers, Qigong (Chi Kung), yoga, and self empowerment workshops.   This Saturday, at 2:00pm there’s Stop Smoking through Hypnosis workshop.  Saturday night Award-Winning Composer Joshua Kwassman brings his mini jazz orchestra to The buttonwood  to release Songs of the Brother Spirit for an evening of Contemporary Jazz.

Every Sunday  "Food Not Bombs" shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church at on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit for information on all of these happenings.

In Middletown, The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park opens for the season this Friday March 15th, Featuring live music with Danny Quinn at 5:30 and on Sunday at 4pm The Canoe Club features fiddle  player Jeanne Freeman alongside accordion player Loretta Egan Murphy. At 7pm  there’s also an Irish music session. Visit for more information

Now, here’s a rundown cinema offerings off the beaten track here in central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through tomorrow, you can catch the award winning Documentary Searching for Sugarman about the all but forgotten American musician Rodriguez who was un beknonst to him a superstar in South Africa. Also showing through tomorrow is: “Knife Fight,” an inside look at American politics with Rob Lowe playing a savvy strategist.

Friday night you can catch "The House I Live In" a documentary examining the real effects of the War on Drugs.  Details about all events can be found at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, is showing The Sci Fi film Glactica. Thursday begins a run of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. More can be found online at

now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive at Five it's The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
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, Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

From 6:30-8pm it'sFusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Beginning at 8 and running until 9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Next, from 9:30 to 11pm it's Missteps with Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall
Missteps is a club night, record label, and radio show run by Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall that seeks to bring attention to the latest in underground club music from around the world. Missteps focuses on forward-thinking dance music including juke, global bass music, uk-garage, underground house/techno, and wonky beats.

And from  11pm to 12:30  DJ Quandry presents Shelf Life, an electronic music show consisting of random cds plucked from the shelves of the electronic music section minutes before the start of the show. It's a guaranteed way to discover new, different, and surprising artists in the electronic genre.

From 12:30 til 2:00am it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Right after Midnight Munchies, from 2:00 to 3am it's Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian McCarthy
(Primarily) Sad pop music with a different title-based theme every show; experimental, ambient, riot grrrl, synthpop, baroque pop all somewhat represented, plus more.

And from 3:00 to 4am it's Tracking Transcience..

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. 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 If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

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