Friday, June 14, 2013

Mon., June 17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 17, 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. Thanks for tuning in. I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which airs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday afternoon, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow,  award-winning writer and commentator Jamie Manson speaks about "The Church and Young Catholics" to the lay group that grew out of the sexual abuse crisis, Voice of the Faithful, at its annual convention in Boston. Rounding out the show, two Harvard Divinity School students talk about their hopes.

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Okay, on with the Jive!:

Here in Middletown,  at the Buttonwood Tree, at 8 tonight, it's the Anything Goes open mic night.  Tomorrow at 7 brings Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire to the Buttonwood. Tomorrow at 8, and every third Tuesday, as part of The Buttonwood Tree’s Happiness Project, Richard Sanford will perform "For a Laugh." Wednesday at 8, it’s Evening Oasis, a belly dancing demonstration. Thursday at 8:30, it’s Dance Party with Liviu Pop, mixing live beats with ultra-groovy techno, house and trance tracks; Phil Bullaro will add another dimension to this show with his wild video element! Friday at 8, at the Buttonwood, 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 touring schedule after many fruitful years playing jazz throughout Connecticut, Southern New England, and New York. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chi Kung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday at 8, it’s the 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 tonight, it’s The Joy Formidable, in association with Manic Productions, with You Won't and Vinyl Thief. That’s followed at 9 by A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow is Streetlight Manifesto, with Rodeo Ruby Love and Empty Orchestra. Wednesday at 7 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 Opuspalooza 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. Go to for details.

 Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight at 8, it’s the Fistful of Jokes comedy series, hosted by the Morgan Brothers, Andrew and Jerry. Tomorrow at 8, Drink Deeply Presents a Saloon Singer Showcase with Kev King, Jake Klar, Matt Karsmarski, Eric Hartlett. Wednesday 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. And the Sunday After Supper Jam is hosted by the George Baker Experience. Go to for details. 

Also in New Haven, on Wednesday at 9 p.m., at Bar, 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 shows and others.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight is Jazz Monday. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra. Wednesday is 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.

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 Wednesday. Thursday, 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. Visit for details about all films and events.

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

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 stay tuned for a well-rounded jazz show on Charles Henry’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.

Weekdays at 6 Free Speech Radio News From the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 6:30 it's The Fermata with DJ Semiquaver for 90 minutes of free-form radio goodness.

At 8pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis offers the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.

Aargh! with Tom Stoner, plays stoner cosmic doom psychedelia avant garde noise chair from 9:30-11:30 pm.

Then from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., it's the Explorers' Hour, with Pickup Sticks, a synthesis of science, spoken word and a lot of popular music.

At 1 a.m. it’s Distilled Discographies with Cheshire Cat, distilling down the discography of an artist to an essential 60 minute career retrospective, sampling something from every cataloged release.

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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Thanks for listening!

Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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