Monday, May 13, 2013

05-13-13 jive

Good afternoon, it's Monday, May 13th and 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, 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 Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
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Here’s a rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining event happening in uor region this week.
Right here in Middletown on Monday night’s, J- Cherry host the Anything goes open Mic at the buttonwood Tree. You can also catch J- Cherry on WESU Tuesday nights for her radio show, Voice of the City. Wednesday night The Buttonwood’s Buddhist Film series presents: Amongst White Clouds Buddhist Hermit Masters of China’s Zhongnan Mountains. Friday night Pesky J. Nixon stops at the buttonwood tree for an evening of compelling harmonies and narratives drawing on Zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood Tree presents Qigong (cheegung), Tai-chi,  yoga and self empowerment workshops starting at 7:30am.
Saturday night bassist and jazz composer Joe Fonda  returns  to the Buttonwood stage with two of Italy’s greatest jazz musicians: Carlo Morena on Piano and Michele Salgarello on Drums.for an evening of hard swing jazz with a pinch of European romanticism. Sunday brings the Monthly Poetry pot luck gathering to the buttonwood. Sunday evening at 7pm you can catch Klezwoods at the buttonwood tree. Klezwoods is an amalgam of strings, horns and percussion that melds the spirit of traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and original repertoire. More details online at 

Tonight at 7pm here in Middletown, The Russell Reader’s Theater Performs The Gin Game at Russell Library. This play is about two elderly residents of a nursing home, who strike up an acquaintance.  Tomorrow at 1pm, Elizabeth Abbe, Director of Public Outreach at the Connecticut Historical Society presents a lecture: From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950’s at Russell Library. Tomorrow/ Tuesday evening at 7pm, The Russell Reader discuss the poetry of Robert Frost. The Russell knitters gather at 11am Saturday morning and invite knitter novice and accomplished to join them to share tips n tricks. The Vermont based Michele Fay Band, an acoustic quartet that features original and roots music, will perform on Saturday, May 18, 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library. More online at 
At Cafe 9 in New Haven tonight i "DRiNKDEEPLY Presents New Haven indie pop rockers, “ If Not for Dreaming;". Tomorrow at Cafe you can catch Bronson Rock w/ Phantom Pluckers featuring  Brian Torff for an evening of obscure soul, rockabilly and garage rock classics. On Thursday modern-day blues troubadour "Brownbird Rudy Relic;" plays with Orb Mellon and Jason Prince.  Friday at Cafe 9  "Paper Hill Casket Company, Castle, and Milksop: Unsung make for an evening of  alternative Americana music. This Saturday CafĂ© Nine’s "SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM,"  will be hosted Tony Dioguardi and Friends. Later on Saturday at 9 pm, "FAKE FOUR Presents: A Benefit Concert for A Probable Koz," in memory of Rob Koziura, featuring Ceschi & Anonymous Inc.  I CON the Mic King; Passage (of Anticon) & Ordeal .  Sunday May from 3 to 7pm, there will be a benefit for  "TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS" featuring Life On the Sideline; Those Guys; Skyline  for A day of music and community.  Sunday at 8pm  "MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Coliseum, w/ California X, and  2 Ton Bug." For a night of loud rock. More online at

At Toad's Place in New Haven tonight at 9pm, it's "A Night of Smooth Jazz" with Rohn Lawrence & Friends…IN LILLY’S PAD. On Wednesday, you can catch "LOUDPVCK  &  M|O|D." at Toads. 
Wednesday night at 10 pm bvrings Toad’s weekly "Electronic Dance Music NIGHT featuring ELECTRO / DUBSTEP / HOUSE / Etc,  Then on Thursday Juicy J, featuring A$AP Ferg takes the Toads Main stage.
This Friday you can catch "AFTON PRESENTS…IN Toad’s LILLY’S PAD." featuring over 10 bands. Also on Friday Toad's present "Shakedown playing The Dead and Beyond,"  on the Main stage with  "String Band" and "Father Time." Opening  the show.  Saturday afternoon at 4pm  New Haven's Battle of the Bands takes the Toad place Lilly Pad stage, featuring  Red River Soul, Temporarily Famous, Low Key Confusion, Nova Paradox, The Hail, The Planets, Fading Tides, JellyFace, and Credible Evidence.
Saturday night  "New Found Glory," brings thier "STICKS AND STONES" 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR to toads featuring Cartel and Living with Lions.
On Thursdays, May 16 through June 20, Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown presents,  Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale.  A one man show by Steven Scionti, set against the backdrop of a post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of his grandfather, Angelo Morello (who owned Angleo's Shoe Repair on Main Street in Middletown).
The City Singers of Hartford will perform “A Chorus of Peace” at the Wesleyan University Chapel, 221 High Street in Middletown, on Saturday, May 18 at 7pm. This is a benefit event for Artists for World Peace. As part of the evening, Artists for World Peace will host an art show and sale adjacent to the chapel, in the Zelnick Pavilion. More online at
 The acoustic duet Rusted Keys,  play on the third Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, on Main Street, over the river and through the woods in East Hampton. For info you can call (860)344-8297.
The Shaped Note Singers Meet at MAC650 galley on Main ST in Middletown each Sundays from 4:00p to 6:00pm with a potluck follows the singing for participants. Email; for info.
Sunday evening here in Middletown at 6pm The Eric Kuhn Group performs at the Mattabassett Canoe Club at Harbor Park here in Middletown.  
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.

Through Thursday , Real Artways in Hartford presents "Hava Nagila", which reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level.  Also showing through Wednesday, you can catch "To The Wonder," which boldly and lyrically explores the complexities of love in all its forms.   Tomorrow/Tues Real Artways’ "Science on Screen: features Little Shop of Horrors." Opening Friday, at Real Art Ways is "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.  More info online at

Tonight and Toorrow CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, continues a run of Pablo Berger's distinctive BlancaNieves, a new silent film version of Snow White that pays tribute to the original Gothic dark romanticism of the Brothers' Grimm. On Wednesday, cinestudio kicks off a run of "Place Beyond The Pines," starring Ryan Gosling as a stunt motorcycle rider who turns to crime to support his young son.  Saturday at Cinestudio " NT Live Presents THIS House."  It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation.
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Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive at 5, from 5:05 to 6, it's Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for fans of classic jazz.

Then at 6pm each weekday, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network, for your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 6:30 tonight, Michael Benson brings you this week’s edition of 75 % Folk, offering a double serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews. Bring a big plate.

At 8pm it’s anvile Isle with Nate for a 90 minute musical monsoon of alternative, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf and world music.

From 9:30-11pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, bringing you the music of yesterday’s future, today.

Then from 11pm-12am, listen to: It’s About Time! With DJ Meat Pie and SkaBoi-101, a free form show including music from any and all genres, including a heapin' helping of indie, alternative, free jazz, hip-hop, shoegaze,  hardcore punk, and contemporary poetry with a new theme weekly.

At Midnight, DJ Mac Taylor presents Imaginary Genres another themed free form show.

At 1am, DJ Sunshine and DJ Thunder present another hour of themed free form music, putting the spotlight on underrepresented music focusing on a new genre weekly.

At 2am Catch our comedy show, The Laugh injection with Willie Zabar and Saarim Zamin.

At 3am DJ Anna Beezy present Coachillin featuring an hour of her favorite bands that have played the legendary Coachella Music festival over theyears.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and that’s followed at 5 by 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

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