Friday, July 5, 2013

07/05/13 jive

Good evening, it's Friday, July 5th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's 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 joining us. I hope you are enjoying a long holiday weekend. If not - Hang in there!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this weekend.
Here in Middletown,  at the Buttonwood Tree tonight, singer songwriter Joe Flood will be sharing some of a work in progress featuring songs by three 19th Century songwriters from Middletown: Henry Clay Work, Reginald De Koven, and Edward Barrett, “the Poet Laureate of South Farms.” Joe will be joined by Jim Clark, John Kalinowski, Joe Fonda and Fred Moses.

Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Gung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night brings the John Brighenti and Friends CD Release Concert. The album, "Swingin’ on a Sunday Afternoon," was recorded live as part of the popular Baby Grand Jazz Series at the Hartford Public Library. 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. Sunday at 7 p.m., it’s  "The Great Make Believe Improv Show" at the Buttonwood, featuring different kinds of improvised comedy. You can go to for details about all these events.

Here in Middletown tonight, The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park Friday Night Blues Series features the Rich Badowski Blues Band tonight. Tomorrow, Saturday, The Village Band plays, and on Sunday, it's calypso from Florida Bickley Island Chill. For details, go to

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, JAZZ HAVEN’s presents The Mario Pavone Orange Sextet. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and friends. Then, Saturday night brings The Hulls; w/ Wrist Like This; Rusty Things; and Trophy Lungs to Café Nine. Sunday, from 3 to 7 p.m., DRINKDEEPLY presents their Summer Surf Series with The Vultures; Dark City; and Thee Icepicks. Followed by the SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM. More online at  

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place tonight, you can catch  XAVIER RUDD with Frank Viele. Saturday afternoon at 3, it’s Jacob  Latimore’s Young Stars Concert. Then, Saturday at 9, it’s SUMMER GLOW 2, a showcase of  EDM / DUBSTEP / HOUSE / DnB, with Vinyl Child; Joey Fedz; HighLife; A-Ron; Kapsoul; Tango; E-Roc; LarryLuck; and Diatonic. You can go to for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 9, The Walter Lewis Blues Trio takes the stage. Tomorrow/ Saturday night, it’s The Hoolios, steeped in the rhythms of the Gulf of Mexico for a mix of Americana, Latin, Reggae, Texas Folk and Zydeco infused grooves.

If you are still looking for fireworks, Saturday, brings River Fests in Hartford and East Hartford,. There are also displays in Manchester, Wallingford, and at Meriden's Hubbard Park.

'Tis the season for  farmers' markets; several in our area are in full swing. Here are a few: 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 & 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 more 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 begins a run of "Hey Bartender" tonight. It’s a film about two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams. Also starting tonight is a run of Hecho en Mexico, showcasing the richness of Mexican music. Visit for more details.

Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of "Renoir" tonight. This is a film about the final years of the famous Impressionist painter, when both he and his son, Jean, the future filmmaker, fall under the spell of a free-spirited young woman.  Sunday at 2:30, Cinestudio presents Exhibition: Munch 150, a celebration of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s 150th birthday. Thanks to the new Exhibition series, audiences in Hartford will be able to see Munch’s unique, haunting and brilliantly colored paintings in ultra high definition on the big screen. 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 at Five, stay tuned for Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob until 6pm for an hour long musical sugar high featuring Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

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, and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

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