Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wed., June 26 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, June 26th. This is The Jive at Five – our 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 Maria Johnson, host and producer of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which airs every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive. Thanks for tuning in.

Here in Middletown, tonight, at The Buttonwood Tree, brings a night of Karaoke for all ages.   Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree presents an evening of Jazz with The Sean Clapis Trio featuring Noah Baerman and Henry Lugo.

On Saturday mornings, The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Qigong (sounds like > Chi gung) and yoga, to Self empowerment workshops. Saturday night, The Buttonwood Tree "Songwriter Sessions" featuring Lara Herscovitch, Phil Henry & Gary Moon.
Sunday, is a busy day The Buttonwood starting with a worship service at 10am. Then, 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 them beforehand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Sunday afternoon at 1pm brings Rumpus, a platform for others to explore their own music. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at .

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven, it's FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG ROADSHOW: featuring Patrick Corman; Jenee Halstead; Susan Cattaneo, and Johnny Mainstream. Thursday night at Café Nine, MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Night Beds, Jenny O. & John Parson (of Modern Merchant).  Friday night brings Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent to Café Nine for a night of solid blues.  The weekly, Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by The Nick DiMaria Quartet this week. Then, Saturday The Defibulators, Rusty Things, and  Proud Flesh take the stage for a night of roots music at The Nine. Sunday afternoon at 4pm, DRINKDEEPLY Presents: Saxtet, an Eight-piece jazz ensemble under the direction of pianist/composer Darren Litzie & featuring sax great Andrew Beals.  Sunday night, MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Cory Chisel and Brian Dolzani at The Nine. for details.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight it's the weekly Electronic Dance Music Night downstairs while The Del Lords take the Lily Pad Stage. Thursday the WHAT U COLOR BLIND? TOUR features: Freeway, Fred The Godson, Milliano, Drag-On & more with music Spun By: DJ KG & DJ Token.  Friday electronic artists VASKI performs at Toads with MANTIS plus additional performances over TWO stages by GNOSTIC, SCATZ, HIGHLIFE, BIG, I.C., SPLITLIP and more. BLAKE SCHWARZENBACH (of Jawbreaker & Jets To Brazil) performs on Friday on the Toad’s LILLY’S PAD stage Friday night with Wolves At Bay and New Year's Revolution opening the show. Saturday night The White Panda and Yonas stop at Toads. for details.

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, it's  the long-running, weekly Blues Jam, hosted, this week, by Tim McDonald.  Friday, Chicago native, Bluesman Kal David takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s the blues stylings of Mike Law & the Playboys. for more.

The CT Poetry Society, Middletown Chapter, holds its meeting tonight and on the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and take place at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room 3
at Middletown’s Russell Library on Broad St.

The Middletown Commission on the Arts monthly meeting is tonight (June 26),  at 7 pm in the City Arts Office, 100 Riverview Center-Suite 140. The public is welcome to attend; the public session is at the beginning of the meeting.

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing an outdoor concert tonight at Pierson Park in Cromwell beginning at 7. The concert, which is part of the Cromwell Summer Concert Series, is open to the public and admission is free. The Middletown Symphonic Band will also be performing an outdoor concert on Thursday,  at the 7 Summit Street Gazebo in East Hampton beginning at 6 PM.

Artists for World Peace presents the 2nd Annual Dance for Peace at The Kate, in Old Saybrook, on Saturday, June 29, from 6:30 to 8pm. Showcasing a wide range of dance styles, including contemporary, Haitian, Bollywood, and belly dance, Dance for Peace promises an uplifting and inspiring celebration of dance and community.

The acoustic duet, Rusted Keys, performs on the last Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 9:00 a.m.- at BrewBakers, on Main Street, Middletown,  (860-852-0034)

New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas concludes with an action-packed agenda this week. Highlights include the acclaimed stage production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, a new collaboration from the team behind the Tony Award-winning Broadway & West End hit, WAR HORSE; A One Man Circus, Traditional Indian Dance,  and a free concert of Ethiopian Dance Music featuring Debo Band and Fendika, Saturday evening on the New Haven Green. More online at

'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, through Thursday you can catch, The Source Family, about a secretive and outlandish commune in Los Angeles in the 1970’s.  Also showing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is: Violeta Went to Heaven, a portrait of  the influential figure in world music and a complex icon of Chilean history. Friday, Real Art Ways begins a run of Hannah Arendt,  a  new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. for details.

At Ci-ne-studio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford presents "Becoming Traviata," a thrilling witness to the efforts of opera director Jean-François Sivadier and exceptional coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay . You can find show times and info at

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

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano, an hour of the latest and greatest independent, rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

That's followed at 6 by Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica network.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion comes on at  6:30, featuring techno from around the globe.

Then it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, the best of underground house music, mixed live for your listenign pleasure.

At 9:30,it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk, serious turntablism since 1998.

That's followed at 11 by Midnite Munchiez with DJ Gus Lo, the below-ground street music you've been craving.

And then at 12:30, it's Overdrive with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott, a mix of urban contemporary, hip hop and traditional gospel at its best.

Then at 4, the BBC kicks on, followed by Morning Edition on NPR.

If you missed any of today's Jive, the script is published online at
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Now stay tuned for The Needle Drop!

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