Monday, July 8, 2013

07-08-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 8th, and 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. Thanks for tuning in. I'm Ben Michael
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, at 8 on Monday’s it's the Anything Goes open mic.  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, brings Bob Gotta’s long running acoustic open Mic to the Buttonwood.  Friday at 8, at the Buttonwood Tree presents an evening of Jazz and improv with Stephen Campiglio and Gaslight Arkestra. Saturday mornings at the Buttonwood Tree kick off  at 7:30 with weekly Quigong (Chi Kung),  followed by community yoga, and self empowerment workshops. Saturday night brings Covert  Jazz, a 5 piece ensemble. 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. for details about all events.

Tonight the Hartford Jazz Societies’ Monday night live jazz series in Bushnell park presents
RAHSTET - a sextet led by saxophonist Richard McGhee III with vocalist Margaux Hayes performing at 6 to be followed at 7:30 pm by the MARIO PAVONE / ORANGE DOUBLE TENOR SEPTET.
Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine,  DRINKDEEPLY Presents: Saloon Singer's Showcase - featuring Ben Erickson, Mark Ferraro, and The Business People. Tomorrow at Café Nine, ODDBALL EVENTS Presents: Della Mae and Phoebe Hunt for a night of roots music.  Wednesday, at Café Nine you can catch Wasted Days a 7-piece ska band. Thursday night Eilen Jewell and Joe Fletcher take the stage. Then on Friday, it’s LONESOME BILLY'S ROCK-A-THON featuring Torque; Gary Heriot, and more.  Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday night brings a FUNDRAISER FOR CT DEATH QUADS (CT's only MEN's derby team): featuring Heavy Breath, Canvas, and The High Noon.  Sunday THE IRON GIANTS TOUR stops at Café Nine: featuring Benn Grim, Timmy Wiggins; Giant Gorilla Dog Thing; Iron Bar Collective; and Azstro Boii. for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place, tonight brings the weekly Smooth Jazz set with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday at 9, LUMINOX features HighLife, Joey Fedz, Jitta On The Track, and Billy Jones. Thursday, Conscious Reggae artist, Luciano performs at Toads. Friday brings BIG JIM’S BIRTHDAY BASH 2013 featuring over 12 bands on 2 stages.  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  will be hosted by Mike Law. Friday, it’s live and local with Jennifer Hill & Co., Isaac Young Quartet, and Kate Callahan. Saturday night Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts make for an evening of Blues at Sally’s. www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Here in Middletown tomorrow /Tuesday, The Middletown Commission on the Arts Kicks off their annual Tuesday night weekly Summer Sounds concert series on the City's South Green (Union Park) just off Main st. The concerts are free and you are encouraged to bring lawn chairs/blankets. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. rain location is across the St at South Congregational Church. Tomorrow’s featured entertainers are Vintage Vox.

The Russell Readers Gather at the Russell Library in Middletown Tuesday evening to discuss the poetry of Mark Strand. Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm Thursday. Saturday brings the Monthly Friends of Russell Library Book Sale at 9am.
The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing an outdoor concert on Tuesday, at Mystic River Park in Mystic beginning at 7 PM. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. The park is located on Cottrell Street. For more information about the band you can visit

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights including Tony Gabriel Tuesday night and a weekly Irish music session on Wednesdays. Thursday, Vintage Vox takes the stage. Friday it’s Mixed Signals and Rural Legend performing at the canoe club on Saturday eve. Sunday Linda Ransom take the stage at 3pm and Nekita Waller performs at 7pm. details at .

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is in full swing at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.  This Wednesday you can catch Carolyn Forche and Mary Jo Firth Gillett with Music by Abu  Allvin Carter Sr and Jim Mercik.  Details online at 

On Wednesday, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly Music at the Mansion series features Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood with the Jeffettes at 6:30 p.m. for details and the full series schedule. 

The Monthly Middletown Gallery Walk invites you to Take a leisurely stroll downtown on Friday evening to view the latest art exhibitions. Find the Gallery Walk on Face book for more details. 

If you haven’t yet had your fireworks fix, There are still a few displays you can catch this weekend. Friday night you can head to Farmington, Norwich, or Windsor Locks. Saturday’s fireworks displays can be found at Bridgeport’s Bridgeport Bluefish game, Groton,  New London,   and just over the River from Middletown in Portland  At the fairgrounds on Route 17A.

'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.  In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the town green on Rte. 17. 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 & 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 Wednesday you can catch Hey Bartender,  about two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams.  Thursday evening at Real Artways brings BOTTOMS UP! celebrating Cocktail Culture with a screening of the documentary and post-film discussion with Tom Federle, author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist.

Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of Dirty Wars in which Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. Friday and Saturday nights RAW present’s screenings of Maniac starring Elijah Wood a serial killer with a fetish for scalps. Saturday morning you can catch the New York International Children's Film Festival: Kidflix Mix at Real Art Ways.  Visit  for details.

Tonight and Tomorrow, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing  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.  Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of the new Danish thriller, A Hijacking.   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 Michael Benson is in the Airchair for 75% Folk. 

At 8pm  it’s an extended (3.5 hr) edition of Aargh! with Tom for some 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.
at 2am it’s Roots World Radio with Cliff Furnald for an exploration of roots music from around the world.

DJ Otto Nation offers the Graveyard shift from 3-4am for an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.

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
Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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