Thursday, September 5, 2013

09-04-13 jive

Good evening, it’s Wednesday, Sept. 4th and this is the Jive at Five - our daily community calendar and run-down 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! Thanx for tuning in!

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, Shubalananda Saraswati brings Kirtan, yoga with a musical aspect.

Thursday is Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta. 

Friday evening, The Buttonwood hosts an artist’s reception for Middletown yoga teacher, Divya Jyoti, who will discuss her book, Living Yoga.  All profits from the sale of the book go to support orphaned children and destitute elderly in India. 

Saturday morning, there’s Qui Gong (Chee Gung) practice, followed by community yoga and "The Aligned with the Source" empowerment workshop.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Free Poets Collective presents the MuseFest Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree and various, nearby venues. Among the featured performers will be poet Lori Desrosiers, musician Ian Cloudy,  and the Meeting House Poets with Sandy Sergio. 

On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm.  All are welcome.  You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, happens during Food Not Bombs.  Sunday evening, in a performance described as Itzhak Perlman-meets-Ravi Shankhar, the Om Shalom Trio, combines traditional Jewish music with Classical Indian music. Go to for details about all events.

Also here in Middletown, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club, Harbor Park, tonight, it's Irish Session Night; Thursday brings the weekly jazz series to the Canoe Club; then Friday, it’s Blues Night. For details, go to

Down in New Haven tonight, We Dat Brass Band plays at Café Nine. Thursday brings Supersuckers and Hellbound Glory. 

Friday at 5 p.m., the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features The Shellye Valauskas Experience to Café Nine, followed at 9 by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages. 

On Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam with Mike Coppola and Friends.  Saturday night, Uber Levels Up! Version 31 presents Goat Herder, Circus Delecti, and the Moron brothers, a benefit for The Wounded Warrior Project in honor of PFC Scott Ganz. The Sunday After Supper Jam will be with the George Baker Band. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, it's the weekly EDM Night. Friday brings DRK Takeover to Toad’s, with Cosmic Jokers, DJ Eludis, DJ Daft b2b SKM, DJ Elation, Slipcell, and Stegga. Sunday, Manic Productions presents S-T-R-F-K-R, with Small Black and Feelings. More info at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight, it's the Wednesday’s Blues Jam, one of the longest-running open blues jams in New England, is hosted by Gene Donaldson. Friday celebrates blues/rock CD release by the Hartford-born Balkun Bros. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s more blues with JR Krauss & the Shakes. Go to for details.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight, it’s Karaoke w/ Tastefull Productions.  Thursday brings Sully’s First Thursday Comedy Series. Friday at Sully’s it's the Shag Frenzy Tiki.  Saturday, "1974," voted CT’s Best New Artist in 2012, performs. And Sunday brings the Electric Open Mic night. Go to for details.

On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s the 1st Friday, Middletown Gallery Walk. Take a leisurely stroll downtown on Friday evening to view the latest art exhibitions. Conveniently located within a 3-block area of the City, you can speak with the gallery owners, the artists, visit bars and restaurants offering specials to gallery walkers, and check out kindred shops offering unusual items of interest. Be a pioneer of this growing arts district. Go to  for more.

In conjunction with the Gallery Walk, the Green Street Arts Center will host an opening reception for artist Barbara Alden DiOrio’s exhibit "Flesh and Bones," featuring pastel and charcoal drawings, relief prints, and mixed media works. Go to for details.

Also this Friday, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan Potters, at 350 South Main Street in Middletown, an exhibition entitled "Tea Time" opens. It features teaparty-themed work in clay, fiber and jewelry crafted by Wesleyan Potter members. Visit for more.

Up in Hartford from Friday through Sunday, it’s the CT Hart & Soul Weekend, a Motown and Soul dance weekend focused on blending quality instruction and music while showcasing the cultural assets of the Hartford area. Go to

Wesleyan University is back in session and on Friday night at 8, the Center for the Arts will present Bach to School, major works composed for the organ in various styles by Brahms, Liszt and Mendelssohn, performed by Wesleyan students and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht. Go to for details.

Saturday, from 10-3, the Middlesex County Historical Society marks "Civil War Day,"at The Mansfield House, 151 Main St., Middletown.  This event will focus on the contributions of Connecticut’s Irish community.   Activities include enactments, music by Black Swamp at 11 am and a talk by Cheshire historian, Robert Larkin at 1 p.m.  Call 860-346-0746 for details.

On Saturday, 6-9 p.m., the Middlesex Community College Foundation holds the 2nd annual Red Moon Fest, featuring locally-produced food, wine, beer and art. The event includes both live and silent auctions to raise funds for new and continuing student scholarships. Go to the Middlesex Community College website for details.

This Saturday brings the Many Colors of a Woman Jazz music Festival to The Artists Collective in Hartford on Albany Ave. For over 25 years this Free event has celebrated the passionate, melodious sounds of jazz with a feminine flair. The festival kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and features many performers, Including Nicki Mathis’ Afrikan Amerikan Jazz New Millennium All Stars,  Antoinette Montague, The Women of the Cross, and more. 860.527.3205 for info

As students head back to school and the leaves start to turn, we head into Agricultural Fair season here in CT. Among those starting at the end of this week are fairs in Hebron, North Haven, Wapping, Bethlehem, Granby, Ledyard and Meriden. Go to for the full schedule.

Several farmers' markets in our area are still in full swing. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Halloween, there's a longstanding farmer’s market on the South Green. Through October 25th, on Fridays, in Middletown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The North End Farmers Market happens in the parking lot of It's Only Natural Market on Main St., near the intersection of Liberty St. from

In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green through September 12. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village through September 26 with live entertainment weekly from 4-5pm.  Through October 25th, 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 through October 2nd. 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 its run of the documentary, Free the Mind, in which Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness to offer new hope for soldiers suffering from PTSD and kids with ADHD. Also continuing through tomorrow it's "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. Friday begins runs of Ain’t them Bodies Saints, and The Harder They Come. starring Reaggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Go to for details.

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford is showing  Frances Ha. Anyone who spent (or is thinking of spending) their 20s broke and living in New York City will get the roller coaster ride of romance and cold-hearted reality of this, a gorgeous and funny tribute to NYC in black and white. Thursday brings Hairspray to Cinestudio. Friday and Saturday, it’s The Heat. And Sunday brings Mud. Go to for more.

Now here’s a run-down of what's on the air tonight in this final week of the summer season, 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's Fusion 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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