Monday, August 26, 2013

8-26-13 Jive

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

Here in Middletown, every Monday night at 8:00 J-Cherry presents the Anything Goes open mic.  Wednesday brings a FREE night Karaoke for all ages.  Friday night The Buttonwood Tree presents a rare opportunity to catch
From New Orleans to New England: Avery Sharpe & Charles Neville Duo featuring the legendary sax man, Charles Neville best known for his role as one of The Neville Brothers.
Saturday evening YORON ISRAEL bring his jazz quartet, “High Standards” to The Buttonwood Tree to perform selections from tier CD, “VISIONS, The Music of Stevie Wonder” . .   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 night brings a The Great Make Believe Society’s  Improv comedy Show to The Buttonwood Tree.  For ane evening of laughs made from 100% fresh suggestions and sharp wit harvested from years of experience. for more info.  

Also in Middletown on Moindays, the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park, hosts an open mic,   tomorrow the canoe club offers acoustic solo music. Wednesday brings the weekly Irish Session. Thursday the canoe club presents a weekly jazz series. Then Friday, you can catch some live blues. for details.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine,  you can catch the texas voodo-punk styling’s of  The Ghost Wolves. Milksop:Unsung, and Orb Mellon open the show., Tomorrow at Café Nine, Drinkdeeply's Saloon SIngers Showcasefeatures: Tall Tall Trees, Canvas, and  Kev King. Wednesday, at Café Nine you can catch Selfish Giant and Dr.Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps.  Thursday night DrinkDeeply presents a night of loud rock featuring:  Sperm Donor, Murdervan, and Beasty.   Then on Friday, Ego Free Productions presents The George Baker Band and  The Convertibles for a night of soulful Rhythm and Blues. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will hosted by Billy Cofrances and Friends. Saturday night The Kevin St James Band takes the Café nine Stage. for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s Jazz Monday. Tuesdays at 8 bring a weekly session with Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band. Wednesday’s Blues Jam at Sally's will be hosted by Tim Mcdonald, this week. Friday, Frank Bang & the Secret Stash take the Sally’s stage. Saturday  brings an evening with The Shiny Lapel Trio. www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Here in Middletown tomorrow /Tuesday, The Middletown Commission on the Arts Tuesday night weekly Summer Sounds concert series features the vintage sounds of ragtime and old time popular tunes by Elite Syncopation.  The concerts are on 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. rain location is across the St at South Congregational Church.details online at

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and take place at: 6 p.m. in Meeting Room 3 at The Russell Library on Broad St. in Middletown. Thursday, Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 in Meeting Room 2  in.

Wednesday night Manic Productions Presents New Jersey-based indie rock duo Brick + Mortar and  Coax Rhino for a free show at Bar in New Haven. Saturday night Manic Productions presents Art Popsters , Hop Along, alongside post punksters, The Sidekicks at the Space in Hamden with Two Humans and Poverty Hollow opening the show.

Acoustic Guitarist & Crooner,Dave Downs Makes His Monthly Stop at Brew Bakers on Main St in Middletown. He’ll be performing popular American songs from the 30's, 40's, 50's & beyond on Sunday, September 1st, 2013, starting around 10:00 a.m. 860-852-0034 for info.

The Shaped Note Singers gather at the home of Neely Bruce on Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome! Remember to bring a dish to share, as a potluck follows the singing. Contact Neely for further information or directions.

 Down in New Haven on Sunday, Toad’s Place presents their Annual LABOR DAY FUNKFEST, This year’s bill features:  Relative Souls, Greg Sherrod, Mr. Council, Funkinachea, T.W.O. ft. Doc P, The Dave Kardas Band, and 6 Train Soldier. 

'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. There’s another on Fridays in Middletown's North End in the ION parking lot on Main St near the intersection of Liberty St 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:
Through Thursday  Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of the documentary, Free the Mind, in which, Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness to offer new hope for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and kids with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Real Art Ways is also showing the drama “The Hunt” starring Mads Mikkelsen Through Thursday. This weekend Real Art Ways begins a run of Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm. Directed by Jacob Hatley, this intimate documentary finds the late four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his 2007 acclaimed comeback album, Dirt Farmer. for details.

Tonight and tomorrow , Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing the a 35mm restoration of the classic 1960 Italian film noir, L’Avventura, for a rare chance to see a great classic of cinema. Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of Far From Heaven, Starring Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore exploring infidelity, homosexuality, and racial relations in 1950’s Connecticut. for for information

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

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for a well-rounded jazz show on Charles Henry’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.

Weekdays at 6 Free Speech Radio News From the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 6:30 Michael Benson is in the Air-chair for 75% Folk, serving up contemporary folk and scoustic music  with side orders of jazz, blues, soul and more.  

At 8 pm  it’s Anvil Hour with Nate for a free form mix of music featuring alternative and indie  rock, blues, reggae, surf, world music and more. 

At  9:30 Tom Gatzen presents 2 hrs of stoner cosmic doom psychedelia and avant-garde noise.

At 11:30 It’s the Explorers hour withy Pickup Sticks for a venture into the infinity of the unknown realms of pop music via synthesis science, spoken word, and a ton of pop!

At 1 a.m. it’s Distilled Discographies with Cheshire Cat, distilling down the discography of an artist to an essential 60 minute career retrospective, sampling something from every cataloged release.

at 2am it’s Roots World Radio with Cliff Furnald for an exploration of roots music from around the world.

DJ Otto Nation offers the Graveyard shift from 3-4am for an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.

The BBC kicks on at 4, 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

Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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