Thursday, June 20, 2013

06-19-13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, June 19, 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!


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Okay, on with the Jive!:

Here in Middletown,  at the Buttonwood  tonight, at 8pm, it’s Evening Oasis, a belly dancing demonstration. Thursday at 8:30, it’s Dance Party with Liviu Pop, mixing live beats with techno, house and trance; Phil Bullaro adds his wild video element!

Friday at 8, it’s Warren Byrd with the Afro-Semitic Experience, a Workshop Performance of their new project, “Jazz Souls On Fire,” a benefit for The Buttonwood Tree Piano Fund. Warren Byrd is a Hartford native with an international reputation. Saturday mornings start off your day at 7:30 with Quigong (Chee Gung)  followed by community yoga.

Saturday at 8pm, it’s the not-to-be-missed Gail Wade Trio. 

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. Also, all month, The Buttonwood will be exhibiting “Forest, Form and Fantasy,” a show of mixed-media works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at


Down in New Haven at Toad's Place brings "Say Anything," with "Eisley," "HRVRD," and "Northern Faces," followed at 10 by the weekly EDM Night. Thursday brings "Fredo Santana & ASAP ANT," with Jitta on the Track, Kyd Gwap, G. Runna, DJ Dyber, and Mall E. Gee.

Friday brings the Jadakiss birthday bash and single-release celebration, hosted by DJ Phenom, CirocBoy Mitch, and DJ G King. Saturday, it’s Opus-palooza 2013, with Dad by Wednesday, JennCity, Bonded Through Hate, Split Shift, Children of the Korn, Maniac, The Curse of Her Flesh, Priapism and "Everybody Hates Me." You can go to for details about all these events.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight at 8, it’s the "No BS Brass Band;" w/ Lyric Hall Large.

Thursday at 8, it’s" Off the Dome;" w/ The Self; and Relative Souls. Friday’s happy hour is followed at 9 by "The Paul Collins Beat;" w/ The 509ers; and Thee Radiation. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by George Baker. Saturday night, Manic Productions presents "The Handsome Family" with Sean Rowe. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam is hosted by Stacy Phillips. The Sunday After-Supper Jam is hosted by "The George Baker Experience." You can access their website at for details about these and other events.

Also in New Haven at Bar tonight at 9 p.m., Manic Productions presents "A Great Big Pile of Leaves," Hospital Ships and Hanging Hills. And on Thursday at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Manic Productions presents David Byrne and St. Vincent.  Go to for more about these, and other, shows.

You'll want to check out the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven on-going through Sunday, June 29th.  Tonight, The Mighty Soul Drivers are giving a free concert on The New Haven Green.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight it's the Blues jam with Tommy Whalen. Thursday at Sally’s, it’s Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble. Friday at 9, Diane Blue and the Lisa Mann Band play.  Saturday at 9, it’s Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. Go to for details.


Back in Middletown, on Thursday at 5 p.m., there will be an opening reception of the Wesleyan Potters student exhibit at the gallery at 350 South Main Street.

Also on Thursday in Middletown, at 7:30 p.m., Oddfellows Playhouse will present the last performance of “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.

Riverwood Poetry, presents it's annual Social Justice Poetry Reading at The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, this coming Sunday, June 23rd, from 2-4-pm. "None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds," will feature performance poet adn Haiti activist, Prof. Gina Athena Ulysse of Wesleyan University and CT poet/educator John Stanizzi.  They will be joined by Richard McGee III on reeds and vocalist, Margaux Hayes. for details.

On Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., children ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, are invited to the Children’s Peace Festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary with storytelling, dance, face-painting, games, crafts and more. The festival, at the Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, is free and will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Cindy at 860-487-3827.

'Tis the season for  farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing.

Here are some:
in Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's north end, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; that's at 575 Main Street. Go to

In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the town green on Rte. 17. Go to

In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road.

In Higganum Village, on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the market is on the town green, at the intersection of Rtes. 81 & 154. Go to

In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street.

Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to


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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Deceptive Practice: the Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay continues through tonight.

Tomorrow, it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday begins a run of The Source Family, about a secretive and outlandish commune in 1971 Los Angeles. Also starting Friday, Violeta Went to Heaven, a portrait of Violeta Parra, the influential figure in world music and a complex icon of Chilean history. Saturday at 7 p.m., there will be a free outdoor concert by the quartet Wicked Knee. Check out for details about all films and events.


At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, Reality, Roberto Rossellini’s voyage to Italy, is shown tonight.

Tonight also begins a run of Augustine, examining the real-life story of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, a renowned 19th-century neurologist and a teacher of Freud, and Charcot’s patient Augustine, an illiterate 19-year-old kitchen maid. Saturday brings a screening of Hugo, director Martin Scorcese’s only film based on a children’s book.


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

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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