Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 14th 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! Thanks for tuning in!  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 Kirtan Yoga and Music to the Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday evening Christa Joy & The World Cup Rodeo perform at The Buttonwood Tree  at 8pm for an evening of  folk and

On Sundays, 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 afternoon at 4pm brings the Poetry Potluck  to The Buttonwood Tree , providing and opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their
favorite works.  More can be found online at about all these events.

Down in New Haven, tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can catch a night of Americana from the Carolinas with The Boston Boys, sharing a bill with the Mike Dillon Band.

Thursday night Jazz Haven presents  a free night of Jazz  with M.O.B. (aka
The Matt Oestreicher Band).   

Then on Friday, Dave Milone and Jeremy
Sage share an early bill from 5-7pm followed by Guitarist,  Songwriter, Singer, and  one-man cheering section for the blues,  Duke Robillard .

Paul Gabriel opens the show.   Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be
hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends, this week. Saturday night you can catch Hate Breed guitartist, F. Sean Martin at Café Nine with Benn Grim
opening.    You can access for details on these events and more.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight it's the Blues Jam hosted by Ed Bradley, this week.

Friday, The Blu Union trio featuring, Felicia's Vibe, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday brings an evening of R&B and Swing with THE MYSTIC HORNS You can go to www.blackeyedsally’s for more information.

Down in New Haven,at  Toad's Place, on tonight,  Living Legend of Reggae, Beres Hammond, takes the Toad’s Place Main stage.

Thursday night you can catch a solo acoustic performance by Kevin Seconds on the Toad’s Lily Pad stage. Shakedown plays "The Dead and Beyond" on Friday night on the Toads main stage with Downstairs Sally and Rhythmic Circus opening the show. 

Arch-nemesis hits the Lily Pad on Friday night. Saturday night, Manic Productions Presents JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND at Toads with The Low Anthem and "You Won’t," opening the show.  More can be found at

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights. Tuesdays feature Acoustic Solo Music  and there's a weekly Irish music session on Wednesdays. Thursday, there’s a new Jazz Series. Friday brings live Blues to The Canoe Club. Sunday, vocalist Nekita Waller  performs at the Canoe Club.  Details can be found at .

On Thursday at 7:00 pm, also in Middletown, author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group; We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences at Russell Library. You can access the library website at

On Saturday from 1pm - 9pm The Trinbago American Cultural Explorers present the 2nd Annual Middletown Trinidad-Style Caribbean Festival at Harbor Park. Admission is Free with musical entertainment by Patch, Baba Shanta, Randy Isacc, and Benji hosted by Naomi Rogers. There will be Caribbean and American food available, as well as other vendors. For info you can contact: Michael Charles, 860.818.0678 or visit

This Saturday also brings the the 2nd Annual West Side Reggae Festival to Ives Concert Park in Danbury featuring the legendary Reggae artists Beres Hammond & Maxi Priest. Doors open at 4pm show time is 5. Tickets at e - t – i -,

'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 the corner of Main & Liberty, 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: at 5:15 pm this evening, you can catch 2013 SUNDANCE SHORTS  at Real Art Ways . The Sundance shorts will continue over
the weekend.  

Blackfish has been extended all week. This documentary tells the story of a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity and challenges the ethics of the mulit-billion dollar sea-park industry. Friday night there’s a special showing of the classic thriller, Jaws.  This weekend Real Art Ways also continues runs of "Crystal Fairy" and The New York International Children's Film Festival: Party Mix. 

You can access  for more information.

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of the 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby, the screen through next Tuesday. 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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