Wednesday, July 24, 2013

07-24-13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 24th 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!


And I'm Donna Denert. Thanx for joining us!

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

Here in Middletown during July and August, from 10 am–2 pm, 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.”

Also, 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. for details about all events.


Down in New Haven tonight 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.  More can be found at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s the Blues Jam 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. Go to www.blackeyedsally’ for details.

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights.  Wednesdays is a weekly Irish music session. Thursday, there’s a new Jazz Series. Friday brings live Blues to The Canoe Club.  More details can be found  at .


Tonight, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly "Music at the Mansion" series features Gail Wade and Turning Point. Go to for details and the full series schedule.

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is in full swing at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.  This evening 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

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. 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 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.  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

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

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.


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Now stay tuned for The Needle Drop!

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