Monday, July 1, 2013

Mon., July 1 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 1, 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, in part one of a series about being homosexual and Catholic, we hear from the leader of the support group Courage.  It’s not one of those groups that tries to “convert” homosexuals to heterosexuality, but it does tow the official Church line that faithful gays and lesbians should be celibate. Tune in for some straightforward back and forth with the deacon who founded the Connecticut chapter. And then, in the July 16 show, responses from those the Church policy affects. If you'd like to contribute a comment, contact me at or at I look forward to hearing from you!
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. Wednesday brings Kirtan with Shubalananda to the Buttonwood Tree at 7:30 p.m.. Kirtan is a form of yoga with a musical aspect. Thursday, the Buttonwood is closed for the Fourth of July.  Friday at 8, at the Buttonwood, singer songwriter Joe Flood will be sharing some of a work in progress featuring songs by three 19th Century songwriters from Middletown: Henry Clay Work, Reginald De Koven, and Edward Barrett, “the Poet Laureate of South Farms.” Musicians include Jim Clark on drums and piano; John Kalinowski on fife, concertina, accordion;  Joe Fonda on bass and Fred Moses, percussion, blues harp, and vocals. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chi Kung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night brings the John Brighenti and Friends CD Release Concert. The album, Swingin’ on a Sunday Afternoon, was recorded live as part of the popular Baby Grand Jazz Series at the Hartford Public Library. 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. Sunday at 7 p.m., it’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show at the Buttonwood, with different kinds of improvised comedy. Go to for details about all events.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, it’s Get to the Point!, hosted by Chris Arnott. To be among the writers who perform, contact Chris at Tomorrow at Café Nine, ODDBALL EVENTS Presents: The Black Lillies; w/ Liz Frame & the Kickers. Wednesday, DRINKDEEPLY and DIE HIPSTER Present the 2nd Annual Punk Rock BBQ featuring: The Lost Riots; w/ Bragging Rights; Cell 63; and Empty Vessels. Café Nine is closed on the Fourth of July. Then on Friday, the happy hour features  Bruce and Loralee Crowder. That’s followed at 9 p.m. by JAZZ HAVEN’s presentation of  the Mario Pavone Orange Sextet. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and friends. Then Saturday night at 8 brings The Hulls; w/ Wrist Like This; Rusty Things; and Trophy Lungs. Sunday, from 3 to 7 p.m., DRINKDEEPLY Presents: Summer Surf Series with The Vultures; Dark City; and Thee Icepicks. Then at 8 pm it’s the SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place, tonight at 7 brings the CABIN BY THE SEA TOUR, with The Dirty Heads; Expendables; Big B; and Remember September. That’s followed at 9:30 by A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday at 9, it’s VIRAL SOUND with Full Spectrum, followed at 10 by the weekly EDM night. Friday at 9 brings XAVIER RUDD to Toad’s, with Frank Viele. Saturday afternoon at 3, it’s Jacob  Latimore’s Young Stars Concert. Then, Saturday at 9, it’s SUMMER GLOW 2, a showcase of  EDM / DUBSTEP / HOUSE / DnB, with Vinyl Child; Joey Fedz; HighLife; A-Ron; Kapsoul; Tango; E-Roc; LarryLuck; and Diatonic. Go to for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s Jazz Monday. Tomorrow at 8 brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band working out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam at 8 is hosted by Brandt Taylor. Thursday, Sally’s is closed for the holiday. Friday at 9, the Walter Lewis Blues Trio plays the blues. Then Saturday night, it’s The Hoolios, steeped in the rhythms of the Gulf of Mexico: Americana, Latin, Reggae, Texas Folk and Zydeco. Go to www.blackeyedsally’s for details.
Middletown's "Over the River" Fireworks Festival! is slated for Wednesday beginning with a music festival on the lawn of City Hall.The Festival begins around 6 p.m. and ends with fireworks splashing the night sky beginning around 9:30 p.m. The music begins with the Middletown High School Traveling Jazz Band. The Middletown Symphonic Band will accompany the fireworks with live music appropriate for the display. at 6 p.m. This year's Festival will be covered live and the music accompanying the fireworks will be included in the live broadcast - tune in to WMRD (1150 AM)/WLIS (1420 AM). A featured band is Forever Motown, featuring the music and choreography of Motown's hitmakers, and led by Middletown born and bred Neal Hatcher. You can also expect some new features this year with additional food vendors in a user-friendly location adjacent to the festival grounds. There is abundant free parking throughout the festival area downtown. Arrive early for the best seats, the best parking, and the best entertainment. For more information, contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or call the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510 or email

The Mattabessett Canue Club at Harbor Park has a busy holiday weekend planned, beginning on Wednesday with fireworks and the Chester Fife and Drum marching up and down the boardwalk beginning at 7 p.m. On Thursday night, the Covert Jazz Band plays as part of the canoe club's Thursday Night Jazz Series, and the Friday Night Blues Series features the Rich Badowski Blues Band, winner of the 2012 CT Blues Society Contest. Saturday, Village Band plays, and on Sunday, it's a calypso band, Florida Bickley Island Chill. For details, go to

Here are some other fireworks displays this week: tomorrow night in Westbrook, you can catch the Water's Edge Resort display at 9:30 p.m.,or you can head to downtown Rockville at approximately 9:40 p.m. Both venues have a rain date of Wednesday. New Britain's fireworks are scheduled for Wednesday following the Rock Cats game at New Britain Stadium. Thursday, there are fireworks in Madison at West Wharf Beach, at New Britain's Stanley Park, and at New Haven's East Rock Park. Then Saturday, there are fireworks at East Hartford's and Hartford's river fests, as well as in Manchester, at Meriden's Hubbard Park, and in Wallingford.

On Wednesday, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly Music at the Mansion series kicks off with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Go to for details and the full schedule.

'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 at 575 Main Street, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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, Hannah Arendt, the biopic about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist, continues through Thursday. Tomorrow, there’s also Real Board Games at 7 p.m. Friday begins a run of Hey Bartender, about two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams through bartending. Also starting on Friday is a run of Hecho en Mexico, showcasing the richness of Mexican music. Visit for details.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, Becoming Traviata, about an opera director and soprano’s efforts to communicate the raw emotion of Verdia’s La Traviata to a modern audience, plays tonight and tomorrow. Then Wednesday begins a run of Renoir, about the final years of the Impressionist painter, when both he and his son, Jean, the future filmmaker, fall under the spell of a free-spirited young woman.  Sunday at 2:30, it’s Exhibition: Munch 150, a celebration of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s 150th birthday. Thanks to the new Exhibition series, audiences in Hartford will be able to see Munch’s unique, haunting and brilliantly colored paintings in ultra high definition on the big screen, accompanied by the expert commentary of critic Tim Marlow. While many know Munch as the man who created The Scream, this extensive exhibition of over 200 works secures his place as a major artist of the 19th and 20th centuries. You can find show times and info at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
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 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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