Wednesday, May 29, 2013

05-29-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 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!

And I'm Donna Denert! Thanks for joining us!

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Here’s our community calendar:


Tonight at Cafe Nine in New haven, Jill Hartman and Denise Clarke share a bill. Thursday, ODDBALL EVENTS Presents: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen with The Hillbenders, and Five in the Chamber for some rocking roots music. Friday night brings the anticipated Duece Bug MANTIS album release show to CafĂ© nine.  The weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will hosted by Mike Coppola, this week. Saturday night Nightbitch, Gasoline Therapy, Thrillhouse, and Feed the Pigs make for an all Heavy Metal lineup. DRINKDEEPLY Presents a Summer Surf Series with Ninth Wave and SPF-4 at 3pm Sunday afternoon. More can be found at

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, brings the long running weekly Blues jam, hosted by Tim Mcdonald this week.  Friday, The Mighty Soul Drivers bring the classic Soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and points South to the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s the blues styling of the Roberto Morbioli Band. If you want more information, go to

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight, it's the weekly Electronic Dance Music Night. Thursday TEA LEAF GREEN and The Spring Standards Take the Toad’s Main stage.  Friday brings COSMIC DUST BUNNIES, The Manhattan Project, Full Spectrum, and Blessed & Gifted with ConnetiCON .DJing set breaks.  Saturday brings the annual Toad’s Place MEMORIAL DAY FUNKFEST FT. REARVIEW & SISTER FUNK, Mr. Council, Soul Circus, and  Funkinachea.  Go to for details.

The CT Poetry Society Chapter of Middletown holds its meetings this evening at 6 p.m. in The Russell Library’s Meeting Room 3. Tomorrow evening at 7pm, Author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group in Meeting Room 2. More online at

Through June 12, The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers gather on Wednesday nights from 7-9:30p at Middletown’s First Church on Court Street with classes for beginners and experienced dancers alike. Partners are not necessary. For info call 860-347-0278


Hear What's In the Heart: A Shoemaker's Tale is written and performed by Middletown native Steven Scionti (Shon - tee), who journeys through the post funeral events of his grandfather Angello Morello, painting a theatrical family portrait in a series of humorous and poignant vignettes. The one man show is on stage Thursday evenings at 7:30 through June 20.  Information and tickets are available by calling 860-347-6143 or visiting 

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street Friday night you can catch a singer songwriter Double Bill featuring Marci Geller and Kristen Graves. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Chi kung and yoga to Self empowerment workshops. This Saturday  night the buttonwood tree presents another double bill, this time with Singer Songwriter, Frank Critelli and the banjo, trumpet, cello, violin, and upright bass wielding ensemble, Goodnight Blue Moon.

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it before hand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Sunday afternoon at 3pm at The Buttonwood, Canadian performance artist Jonathon Ellison will share his experiences of clowning to prevent Cholera, clowning for kids with HIV, clowning for the elderly, joining a theatre company in Sri Lanka to tackle heroin-use and young girls being sold into marriage, clowning in a Mumbai slum, and his most recent experience of being kidnapped and married off by a large group of African women.

Sunday night at 7pm, The Great Make Believe Society performs different kinds of improv comedy at The Buttonwood offering an opportunity to experience improvised scenes created right before your eyes, based on your suggestions!


During June there will be a new mixed media exhibit on display in the buttonwood gallery by Carole Dubiell.Her show Forest, Form and Fantasy features works on brown paper, copper, paint and more on canvas with a Reception TBA. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at .

On Sunday afternoon, here in Middletown, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at Wesleyan’s Downey House gallery on High Street. A 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:

Tonight and tomorrow at Real Art Ways in Hartford this week, you can catch  “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 showing tonight and tomorrow is the film, “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.  This weekend brings Room 237, a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining plus a screening of the original Thriller, The Shining. for details.

Through Thursday Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, continues their run of  "Safety Last", the Harold Lloyd classic where he hangs perilously from a large skyscraper clock.  You can find all show times at


We’ve already slipped into our new Summer program schedule, here at WESU. Here’s a rundown of tonight’s  line up:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 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 The Vault with Anton Banks.

The Vault presents listeners with the very latest in techno, house, idm, and ambient as it was intended to be heard, in mixed form. Anton regularly features exclusive sets from international producers and DJs. Visit for the latest schedule and show information

And from  11pm to 12:30  it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for.

Right after Midnight Munchies, from 12:30 to 3am it's Overdrive with Clarence 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!

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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