Wednesday, July 17, 2013

7-17-13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 17th 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 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! Thanks for tuning in!


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

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, the romantic comedy, “A Bird of the Air,” about a man in search of his past, and a woman who lives in the moment will be shown.

On Thursday evening at 7:30, the Buttonwood presents, Mr. Ho’s Orches-tro-tica, a vibraphone quartet voted “Boston’s 2012 Best World Music Act,” performing global jazz and exotic chamber music with world-music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America.

Friday brings Rabbit in the Rye, a progressive folk rock trio to the Buttonwood, at 8 p.m. Saturday morning at 7:30 it’s weekly Quigong (Chi Kung), followed by community yoga.

Saturday night at 8  Jann Klose and Jeffrey Gaines, present a songwriters-in-the-round evening of pop. 

On Sunday, there is a worship service at 10 am. From 1-2pm, you can express your rhythmic self with Rumpus.   Also, from 1-2pm. 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. Later on Sunday, at 4, there will be a Poetry Potluck, an opportunity to share and discuss your favorite authors.


Tonight, the Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park presents an Irish session. Thursday brings Karen Frisk & Co. Friday it’s the Burt Teague Trio. Saturday, All Good performs. And Sunday, it’s Nekita Waller. Go to for more.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, it’s The Well-Informed, with Them Damn Hamiltons. Then Thursday, Oddball Events Honky Tonk Throwdown presents New Country Rehab, with The Silks. Friday, The Tragically Said performs. At 4:30, the Saturday Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends. The Sunday-After-Supper Jam begins at 8. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place, tomorrow is a local showcase featuring Grinning Dog, Ice Brothers, Insano Vision, Kamikaze Fighter Pilots, Kim Torrance Fusion Band, Kings Of Nothing and The Raw Revival. Friday at 8:30 brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and Beyond, with Relative Souls and Full Spectrum. Upstairs at Lily Pad's, at 8, it's Blake Schwarzenbach, (of Jawbreakers and Jets to Brazil) along with Wolves at Bay and New Year’s Resolution. Saturday, the B. Willie Smith Band with Bobby T plays Toad’s, along with Washboard Slim & the Blue Lights. Go to for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, every Tuesday at 8, brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band. Wednesday’s Blues Jam at 8 is hosted by Ed Bradley. Friday, B. Willie Smith plays Sally’s. And Saturday night brings Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling w/ the Jewel Tones. Go to for details.


Back in Middletown, on Thursday, at 8pm, Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts presents hip hop artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and "Word Becomes Flesh." The play documents letters from a young single father to his unborn son using spoken word, dance, and live music. It features an ensemble cast of six emerging poet-performers, who fuse deep honesty, tender stories, playful wit, purposeful rage, and raw physicality to examine the legacy of patriarchy and male privilege, the continuum between fathers and sons, and the relationships between women and men. For more information, please visit the CFA website.

This week is the annual Giant Tag Sale benefiting Tabor House in Hartford, which serves formerly homeless men with HIV and AIDS. The sale takes place at the Sisters of St. Joseph convent on Thursday at 5 p.m. with wine and hors d'ouvres, then on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will feature a large silent auction of autographed sports items and tickets for many attractions, performances and services. For information or to volunteer, contact David at or call Loretta at 860-563-9217.


Tonight, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly "Music at the Mansion" series features Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem at 6:30 pm. for details and the full schedule.

On Thursday, the much-anticipated ArtFarm performance of “Much Ado About Nothing,” opens at the Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Marcella Trowbridge and Brian Jennings team up as Beatrice and Benedick.Performances are Thursday through Sunday, this week and next. Each performance starts with live music at 6pm. Opening night is a pay what you can preview and kicks off with a performance by  Layah Jane and Oliver Johnson. Friday night's music headliner is  Kate CallahanPhil Rosenthal takes the stage Saturday, and Sunday you can catch the South Indian music of Balu Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson. Lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, are welcome.   Much Ado is directed by ARTFARM Executive Director Dic Wheeler and will be accompanied live by the Irregular Orchestra. For information please contact or call (860) 346-4390.

The 22nd annual Greater Hartford Festival Jazz happens in Bushnell Park this weekend and features top notch regional and International Performers for four nights of free jazz in Bushnell Park - next to the State Capitol.. The festival kicks off Thursday, July 18th with “Jazz Scramble at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, at  6:30 p.m. with  music provided by the Liviu Pop Group, a funk & groove jazz ensemble. The rest of the events occur at Bushnell Park. Friday’s headliners are Ed Byrne’s Latin Jazz Evolution and Living legend Arturo Sandoval.  Other highlights include The New Urban Jazz Jam featuring Bob Baldwin, Walter Beasley, Tom Browne, Eric Darius,  a Motown Dance Party featuring Jus Us Band, Ross Tucker's Hot Cat Dixieland Jazz Band, and The Steve Davis Group.  The festival will go on Rain or Shine! You can find all of the details online and make a donation to support at


'Tis the season for farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. Here are some: 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. Go to 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:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, this week is your final chance to see “Hannah Arendt,” about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. 

Also continuing through tonight is "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.

The film opening on Friday and running through next week is “Byzantium,” in which two mysterious vampire women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort.  The Friday and Saturday late show is V/H/S/2:  On the weekend, you can catch the New York International Children's Film Festival’s Kidflix Mix, the best short films and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6. Go to for details about all events.

At Cinestudio, [Si-Neh-studio] The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, the new Danish thriller, "A Hijacking" ends tonight. Wednesday begins a run of director Roberto Rossellini’s rediscovered and restored 1955 film “A Voyage to Italy,” starring Ingrid Bergman. 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 The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronica, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm, it, Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

From 6:30-8pm it'sFusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Beginning at 8 and running until 9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Next, from 9:30 to 11pm it's The Vault with Anton Banks.

The Vault presents listeners with the very latest in techno, house, idm, and ambient as it was intended to be heard, in mixed form. Anton regularly features exclusive sets from international producers and DJs. Visit for the latest schedule and show information

And from  11pm to 12:30  it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for.

Right after Midnight Munchies, from 12:30 to 3am it's Overdrive with Clarence and  Shantay Scott. Overdrive takes the word of God and the music of God, mixes it together and throws it into overdrive. Urban contemporary, hip hop, and classic gospel music at it's best! Changing the way you listen to gospel music everyday!

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

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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