Good evening, it's Tuesday, July 23nd. 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 Kate Rushin. 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 for kids & adults. 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 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. www.buttonwood.org for details about all events.
Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, ODDBALL EVENTS Presents: Young Dubliners. Wednesday, at Café Nine you can catch "Davey and the Chains" and "This Frontier Needs Heroes ." 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. Then 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 the 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. www.cafenine.com for details.
At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band working out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam 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.com for details.
Here in Middletown tonight, The Middletown Commission on the Arts' Tuesday night, weekly, Summer Sounds concert series features the Caribbean beats of the Band Moto, playing Reggae and more. The concerts are on the 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. The rain location is across the street at South Congregational Church.
The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights. Tuesday night features Acoustic Solo Music, followed by a weekly Irish music session on Wednesdays. Thursday, there’a a new Jazz Series. Friday brings live Blues to The Canoe Club. details at www.mattabessetcanoeclub.com .
On Wednesday, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly "Music at the Mansion" series features Gail Wade and Turning Point. www.wadsworthmansion.com 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 from 5:00-6:00pm, poet and columnist Bessy Reyna will present a "Prelude on Richard Blanco" followed by music with master Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. The evening culminates with a reading by the President Obama's 2013 Inaugural poet Richard Blanco. Details online at www.sunkengardenpoetry.org
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 piano jazz of Noah Baerman. Saturday, Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard open the show. Sunday’s musical guest is Rani Arbo. www.art-farm.org 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. www.northendfarmersmarket.org. 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 www.ctnofa.org/FarmersMarkets.htm .
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 known for her controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of the Nazi leader 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. www.realartways.org for details.
Tonight [Tuesday] Cinestudio [SIN-EH-STUDIO] 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 www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
And now here's a run-down of what's on the air tonight [Tuesday] here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:
Right after The Jive at Five stay tuned for an hour of folk and Americana
roots music with Bill Revill.
Weekdays at 6, Free Speech Radio News, from the Pacifica Network, offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
At 6:30 Bill Revill is back in the air chair for another 90 minutes of roots music on Acoustic Blender.
At 8pm, J-Cherry presents Voice of the City, for a 60 minute spotlight on local arts and culture.
At 9pm, It's Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, with a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingertips.
From 10:30-Midnight, tune in for Stage Presence with J-Rock and enjoy some of the greatest live musical performances ever captured on recording. From Led Zeppelin to John Coltrane, Bob Dylan to Victor Wooten, and YoYo Ma to Daft Punk, Stage Presence has a place for all live musical performances. No tickets required!
At Midnight it's Amateur Hour with Omardaslayer and Tree Paths.
At 1am, our Summer Late Night Concert Series Features 3 hrs. of live recordings of concerts in their entirety, from a wide range of musical genres.
The BBC kicks on at 4am , 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 www.wesufm.org/jive
Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Bill Revill