Wednesday, May 22, 2013

05-22-13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 22nd 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!

And I'm Donna Denert. Thanks for tuning in.

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Okay, on with the Jive!

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood at 7 tonight, it’s karaoke with Deni. Friday at 8, Karl Rausch and the Moments Notice Ensemble plays contemporary and original jazz compositions. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Gung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night at 8, the South Carolina Broadcasters bring their harmonies and acoustic music to the Buttonwood., 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


Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight is the weekly EDM Night. Thursday is the Ultimate Local Showcase, with Round 3, Dexter, Drawing a Blank, The Foresters, The Yogibros, If Not for Dreaming, Big Charlie’s Rubber Band, Chaser Eight, Auburn Row, Deception Fades, Branchwater, Loki, Terra Firma, and Rockerific. Friday brings Talib Kweli, Cory Mo, and Jus & Company with special guest Sotorios of Political Animals; plus, The Shift. Saturday brings the Reggae Springfest to Toad’s, with I Anbassa, B-plus, Gnostic Roots, All Good Feel Good Collective, I Am Natty Congo and the Kronic Band, and BruckHeart. Sunday, Styles P performs. Go to for more details.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight it’s Jess Klein, with Ada, playing gutsy folk rock. Thursday, JEFF the Brotherhood plays, along with Hunters and Lemuria. Friday’s happy hour is with Sal Paradise, followed by Broken; w/ Tomb & Thirst; and Anu. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker. Then Saturday night, it’s The Morning on Fire; w/ Milksop: Unsung; and Kindred Queer. Sunday’s Bluegrass jam is hosted by Stacy Phillips. And the Sunday After Supper Jam is hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. Go to for more information.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight is the Blues jam with Tommy Whalen. Friday brings Latanya Farrell & Bookman Styles Band to Sally’s. Saturday, it’s Mixed Signals. For more information, go to


Also up in Hartford, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, it’s “Middletown High School Goes to the Symphony,” a bi-ennial event in which students in the concert band, string orchestra and concert chorus perform side-by-side with the professional musicians of the Hartford Symphony. Tickets are still available. Go to for more details.

Back in Middletown on Thursday, the Oddfellows Playhouse presents “Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale,” a theatrical family portrait celebrating the life of an Italian grandfather from Middletown. The show’s creator, Stephen Scionti, plays all eight characters, including some Middletown fixtures whom longtime local residents may recognize. The show will be performed every Thursday through June 20.

On Friday at 6 p.m., Middlesex Community College hosts an opening reception for its annual Arts and Media Festival, showcasing the most accomplished projects produced by the school’s humanities division students. In addition to the student film and multimedia projects screening, student art works will be displayed throughout the Jean Burr Smith Library, Pegasus Gallery and the Niche.

Over at Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at 2, there will be an opening reception at the Zilkha Gallery for the graduating seniors’ thesis artworks in this showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture. For more information, visit the CFA website at

On Saturday evening at 7, the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford. You can get more information on this event at

Sunday morning at 9  – and every last Sunday morning of the Month – have breakfast while enjoying the music of The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet. They play at BrewBakers, 169 Main Street, Middletown.

On Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at the MAC650 gallery on Main Street. Shaped notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in 1801, became a popular teaching device in American singing schools. Potluck follows the singing. Bring a dish to share. Contact Neely Bruce at for further information or directions.


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a post 9/11 story in which conflicting ideologies have the power to determine life or death, continues through tomorrow.

Then Friday begins a run of “Molly's Theory of Relativity,” a sexy, funny, surreal, and devastating portrait of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer who, having unexpectedly lost her job, is poised to make perhaps the first reckless decision of her life.

Also opening Friday at Real Art Ways is “Gimme the Loot,” in which Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teenage graffiti writers from the Bronx, hatch a plan to get revenge on their rivals by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Go to for details.


Tonight over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, begins a run of “Quartet.”  Dustin Hoffman’s first film as a director is set in a home for retired singers and musicians, as they prepare for their annual benefit operatic concert. You can find show times at


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

Starting at 5:05 until 6pm 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 to 6:30 it's Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

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

From 8 - 9:30 it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

9:30 and running until 11pm it's  N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious Turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, Ragga Jungle, and Breakbeats mixed live since 1998.

And starting at 11 until 12:30, it's MidniteMunchiez with DJ Gus Lo. Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

From12:30 until 2am it's Overdrive with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott.Overdrive takes the word of God and the music of God, mixes it together and throws it into overdrive. Urban contemporary, hip hop, and classic gospel music at it's best! Changing the way you listen to gospel music everyday!

And starting at 2, it's two hours of DJ Otto Nation’s Night Train featuring an eclectic mix of new music from the WESU Vaults.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.


And 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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