Thursday, May 9, 2013

05-08-13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 8, 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!

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Here in Middletown tonight at the Buttonwood, is Evening Oasis, a belly dancing demonstration that begins at 8.

Thursday at 7 is the Writers Out Loud open mic night.

Friday at 8 is folk musician Arlon Bennett’s CD release concert, celebrating “World of Possibility.”

Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chi Kung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga.

Saturday evening, there will be a double bill of folk music with Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine & The Levins. And, of course, on Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Tonight , the The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Sarah Stockton, performs at Crowell Concert Hall.

On Thursday, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Javanese Gamelan and Dance. That’s at 7 p.m. in World Music Hall.

Friday afternoon at 3, the Center for the Arts presents West African Drumming & Dance. Choreographer Iddi Saaka and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will perform with their students in West African Dance courses, as well as guest artists and drummers.That’s in the CFA Courtyard (rain site: Crowell Concert Hall), Washington Terrace. Friday at 8, the Toneburst laptop & electronic arts ensemble, directed by Assistant Professsor of Music Paula Matthusen, begins with a series of works for live electronics, including premieres of new works written for the group by Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila and Carl Testa '06. That’s at World Music Hall. On Saturday afternoon, at 2 at World Music Hall, the Center for the Arts presents Middletown Remix, a festival of art and sound.  After a year of exploring, sharing, and remixing the sounds of Middletown on the Wesleyan University's MiddletownRemix website, celebrate the city's acoustic identity at a festival featuring four world premieres of works commissioned for the festival, three live DJ sets, two art/sound installations, a laptop orchestra, food trucks, graffiti art, improv sketches, and a gallery walk.

Master of ceremonies is DJ Arun Ranganathan (pr: Rang a Nathan) and there will be a flash mob dance at 2:30 p.m.

MiddletownRemix is a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables people to develop and express the acoustic identity of greater Middletown. details online at

Photographic scenes of Middletown by experienced and up-and-coming local artists are featured in the "Hear More, See More" exhibition, which accompanies Wesleyan University's Middletown Remix "Hear More, See More" festival on May 11 from 2-5 p.m.
The free opening reception is May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at MAC 650 Gallery, 650 Main Street, Middletown.

The show, originally called "Angles of Middletown," is curated by Carolyn Reeves, president of the MAC 650 Artist Co-op, as part of the North End Gallery Walk. The photographic tribute to Middletown features images from novices to professionals, and shows a variety of shots of the city.

Details at the CFA website and Middletown Remix. Finally, on Sunday, at 4 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers meet at Wesleyan University’s Downey House, at the corner of High and Court Streets. Information about all Wesleyan events can be found at

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight is the weekly EDM Night.

Thursday is a local rock extravaganza with Action Potential, The Alpaca Gnomes, Broadcast Hearts, Disable Time, Funk You Up, Great Blue, Red December, Samsara, and Vienna. Friday brings Ghostface Killah’s 12-Reasons-to-Die-Tour, with Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn, Debo, and Rowdy City. That’s followed by Gorilla Music Presents Black Heart Heros’ Birthday Suit Bash, with Victim of Innocense; Esrede; Simple Machinery; Runamuk; Lightsbane; Raven Down; Kudra; and Mind over Master. Saturday, it’s Project/Object, the Music of Zappa & More, with five Zappa alumni: Ike Willis; Ray White; Ed Mann; Tom Fowler; and Denny Walley. That’s followed by Electron, featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner from the Disco Biscuits, Tommy Hamilton from Brothers Past, and Mike Greenfield from Lotus on drums.  More can be found at

Also in New Haven, tonight Cafe Nine, hosts The Railers, with Calvin DeCutlass to CafĂ© Nine. Thursday, it’s Moving Broklyn, with Chaser Eight and Chris Gallo. Friday’s happy hour features Solin. Friday, Manic Productions Presents: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper; w/ Xenia Rubinos; and Double King • Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Gary Grippo and friends. That’s followed at 9 p.m. by Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys; w/ Girls, Guns, and Glory • Sunday’s After Supper Jam is  hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. for details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight is the Blues jam with Brandt Taylor. Thursday, it’s the CT Blues Challenge and Friday brings the Chris O’Leary Band to Sally’s. Then Saturday, it’s the legendary Roomful of Blues. Go to for more.

Back here in Middletown,Thursday through Saturday, Oddfellows Playhouse’s Teen Repertory Company presents Nightmares & Streetscapes: An Evening of One Act Plays.The evening features comedies and dramas by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Eric Lane and Peter. Tickets are available online at Oddfellows Playhouse or by calling 860-347-6143.

Friday and Saturday, The Friends of Russell Library hosts its Book Sale. Learn the times at Also on Saturday, at 2 at Russell Library, is Roger Ceresi’s All Starz Concert , featuring an eight-piece horn band.

The Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library will sponsor a program by Connecticut Gravestone Network founder Ruth Shapleigh-Brown on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, in Middletown. The mission of the Connecticut Gravestone Network is “to educate the public on the importance of old graveyards and cemeteries in our history.” Shapleigh-Brown will give a talk on how to preserve and study our cemeteries as a way of connecting with the past. For more information, please call Ray L’Heureux at 203-237-3614.
On Saturday evening at 7:30, the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the new MHS Performing Arts Auditorium at Middletown High School. The center is at 200 La Rosa Lane. E-mail for info or call (860) 347-4887 or (860) 346-3369

Also on Saturday evening, at 7, it’s ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash, featuring interesting and unorthodox performances of Shakespeare, live music, costumed characters, celebrity host Chion Wolf of WNPR, food and drink, all in a festive Elizabethan atmosphere where masked adults have fun in a children's museum. Perform! Imbibe! Enjoy! It all happens at Kidcity in Middletown. Contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390 or email

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.

Through tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues its run of "Lore" which follows 5 German children at the end of World War II, who undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions.

Real Art Ways is also showing the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winning comic fable "The Angels Share" through tonight. There will be no films shown on Thursday. Friday night RAW opens a run of the new film from renowned filmmaker Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, The New World), "To the Wonder." Friday, Real Art Ways also opens a run of "Hava Nagila," a documentary that makes the case that the film's namesake song  is much more than Jewish kitsch  and that it embodies an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. More can be found at

Tonight, CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, begins a run of Pablo Berger's distinctive new silent film version of Snow White that pays tribute to the original Gothic dark romanticism of the Brothers'
Grimm. Details at

And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air here at WESU, 88.1 FM in 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, electronica, 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 for.

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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