Friday, July 12, 2013

07-12-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday July 12th, 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.  I'm Ben Michael, Thanks for tuning in. 

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight  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 (Chee gung),  followed by community yoga and self-empowerment workshops. Saturday night brings Covert Jazz, a 5-piece ensemble. 

On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street.  for details about these events and more.

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment by Mixed Signals tonight.  Rural Legend performs at the Canoe Club tomorrow Saturday eve. Sunday Jazz vocalist Linda Ransom takes the stage at 3pm and Nekita Waller performs at 7pm.  More details can be found at

 Gallim Dance presents the 2nd showing of the New England Premiere of "Mama Call" under the direction of Andrea Miller, at Wesleyan's CFA Theater tonight at 8pm.  Mama Call has its roots in the directors' Sephardic-American heritage and explores ideas of displacement and alienation as it affected Spanish Jews during the centuries surrounding the Inquisition. Gallim Dance will also perform Pupil Suite, an exhilarating selection of wildly quirky excerpts from Ms. Miller's  I Can See Myself in Your Pupil, performed to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box. More can be found online at  

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

The Second Annual Take Back the Park Starts this Evening outside Klekolo Coffee On Court street with performances by Rumpus, Supertrance, Two Virgins, DJ Chesire Cat of Wonderland on WESU,  plus J-Cherry and the Strawberries, and more!  Taking Back The Park" Festival is an annual community event showcasing local Arts, Music and much more and is Free For Anyone to attend.

Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, you can catch  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 roller derbyteam): 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 more details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place tonight, it’s brings BIG JIM’S BIRTHDAY BASH 2013 featuring over 12 bands on 2 stages. More can be found at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight, 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.More can be found at

Tomorrow morning brings the Monthly "Friends of Russell Library" to Book Sale to the library on Broas St in Middletown at 9am. for details.

If you haven’t yet had your fireworks fix, there are still a few displays you can catch this weekend. Tonight night you can head to Farmington, Norwich, or  Windsor Locks.  On Saturday fireworks can be seen at The Bridgeport Bluefish game; Groton, New London. Unfortunately, the much anticipated Portland fireworks display just over the River from Middletown schedule for this weekend at the Portland Fairgrounds have been postponed due to flood conditions. The Rain date has not yet been announced.

'Tis  also the season for  farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. Here in Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green; and another on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. in Middletown's North End at 575 Main Street.

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 & 154. 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 For more information on farmers markets, you can go to


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford, begins a run of "Dirty Wars" in which Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill [ Skay-Hill] 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. for details.

Cinestudio, [Si-Neh-studio] The Trinity College cinema in Hartford is now showing the new Danish thriller, "A Hijacking."   You can find show times and info at

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 stay tuned for 

At 6:00 it’s Free Speech Radio News - Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 he Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up at 8pm, we take itFrom the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take in the sounds of Rumba en el Patio with Michael- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 2am Saturday we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 2, to 3am it's the Bassment Beats and the new World Show with DJ Lokash.

At 3am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio  featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore.
+Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s the Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

Francesco Fiumara presents Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am
for a  - A weekly roundup of music and memories from Italy.

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

Thanx for listening and stay tuned for some sweet tunes on Chocolate Cake with Rob.

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