Monday, July 22, 2013

07-22-13 JIVE

Good evening, it's Monday, July 22nd. 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,  from 10 am – 2 pm during July and August, the Buttonwood Tree, offers  Arts and Crafts activities kids & adults. At 7pm tonight there’s an opportunityto Meet John Kilian ,the Author, “Downtown Drive-Thru” .  Every Monday at 8pm J-Cherry presents the Anything Goes open mic at The Buttonwood.  Wednesday brings a night of Karoke with Deni and Friday night you can catch the Shannon Whitworth Jazz Quintet at the Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday afternoon at 1:30 there’s a Creative Painting With Pastels Workshop with artist Jason Alster who is the author of the book “Creative Painting for the Young Artist.”  Saturday evening a new, local bluegrass band Hesitant Squirrel plays a mix of traditional bluegrass music and fiddle tunes, songs from other genres played in the bluegrass style, as well as some original bluegrass tunes at The Buttonwood.   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 FREE live jazz series in Bushnell park present:
NORMAN GAGE-KENNY REED QUINTET at 6pm followed by The JAY HOGGARD QUINTET at 7:30. for details.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine,  DrinkDeeply presents: If Jesus Had Machine Guns . Tomorrow at Café Nine, ODDBALL EVENTS Presents:  Young Dubliners .  Wednesday, at Café Nine you can catch Davey and the Chains and This Frontier Needs Heros . Thursday night Manic Productions Presents Night Moves and Big Tusk (Featuring WESU Alumni and past Student President, Sam Long formerly of The Appledaughters). Olive Tiger opens that show. On Friday, Café Nine presents the Mike Weed Benefit featuring M.T. Bearington,  Ponybird, and Violent Mae .  Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by George Baker this week. Saturday night Elison Jackson, Lake Superior,and Kindred Queer Share a bill at Café Nine.  Sunday afternoon at 4pm there’s a Bluegrass Jam w/ Stacy Phillips and Sunday night at 7, Chris Hicks of the Marshall Tucker Band takes the Café Nine stage. Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos open the show. for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight at 8, it’s the weekly Jazz Jam. Tuesday's at 8 brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band working out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam at Cafe nNine will be hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. Friday, The Matt Zeiner Band takes the stage. Saturday night brings the X Y Eli CD Release Party to Sally’s. www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Here in Middletown tomorrow /Tuesday, The Middletown Commission on the Arts weekly Tuesday night Summer Sounds concert series features the Caribbean sounds of the Band Moto, playing Reggae and more. The concerts are on City's South Green (Union Park) just off Main st. and are free and open to the public. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. rain location is across the St at South Congregational Church.  for info

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights.  Tonight there’s an open Mic.  Tuesday night features Acoustic Solo Music  and there's a weekly Irish music session on Wednesday. Thursday, there’s a new Jazz Series and Friday brings live Blues to The Canoe Club.  details at .

On Wednesday, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly summertime, Music at the Mansion series features Gail Wade and Turning for details and the full series schedule. 

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is in full swing at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.  This Wednesday at 5:00 you can catch Latina poet Bessy Reyna, followed by music with master Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, and the evening culminates’s with a reading by Richard Blanco. Details online at 

Thursday kicks off the second week of ArtFarm’s  “Much Ado About Nothing,” at the the Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, with live musical headliners each night at 6:00. Thursday Night’s musical guest is Lorena Garay. Friday you can catch The Jazz Piano styling of Noah Baerman, Saturday Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard open the show and Sunday’s musical guest is Rani Arbo. for details.

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

'Tis the season for farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. 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, on the town green. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village.  In Higganum There’s a Market  on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. 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:
Real Art Ways in Hartford, has extended their run of “Hannah Arendt,” a biopic documentary  about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist who’s perhaps known for her controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker and her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil.".  Through Thursday, Real Art ways is also showing  “Byzantium", in which two mysterious vampire women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Thursday at Real Art Ways its  RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: This weekend brings Sundance Film Festival Shorts and the continuation of The New York International Children's Film Festival: Kidflix Mix.  for details.

Tonight and Tomorrow, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, wraps up their run of RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER:  Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of What Masie Knew starring Julianne Moore. 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 8 pm  it’s Anvil Hour with Nate.

At  9:30 it’s Aargh! with Tom for some stoner cosmic doom psychedelia avant garde noise
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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