Friday, September 6, 2013

09-06-13 jive

Good evening, it’s Friday, Sept. 6th 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 Ben Michael.  Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Right now until 8 p.m., it’s the 1st Friday, Middletown Gallery Walk. Offering a leisurely stroll downtown to view the latest art exhibitions.  for more info.

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. for details.

Also happening right now at Wesleyan Potters, on South Main Street in Middletown, there’s an opening reception for the new "Tea Time" exhibit. It features teaparty-themed work in clay, fiber and jewelry crafted by Wesleyan Potter members. Plus Tea and Crackers. Visit for more.

Also Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight there’s an artist’s reception for Middletown yoga teacher, Divya Jyoti, who will discuss her book, Living Yoga.  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. Sunday evening, the Om Shalom Trio, combines traditional Jewish music with Classical Indian music for a performance described as Itzhak Perlman-meets-Ravi Shankhar, for details about all events.

Also here in Middletown, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club, Harbor Park, tonight, brings the weekly live Blues Night.

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight, you can catch Barrence Whitfield & The Savages.  Saturday afternoon, 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 Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight, brings the Shag Frenzy Tiki party.  Saturday, the band "1974," performs. Sunday brings the Electric Open Mic night. for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings DRK Takeover 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

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Tonight, you can catch the blues/rock CD release by the Hartford-born Balkun Bros. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s more blues with JR Krauss & the Shakes. for details.

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. The Weekend features WESU’d own Lord Lewis host of the Rumpus Room both DJ’ing and lecturing about the history of soul music. Go to

Wesleyan University is back in session and tonight 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 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 Mindthrough Sunday.  "Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm". Directed by Jacob Hatley, has an extended run through next Thurasday . Tonight begins a run of Ain’t them Bodies Saints, a romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law in 1970s Texas Hill country.  You can also catch the classic film, The Harder They Come, starring Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff for late nigh showings this weekend. for details.

Tonight and tomorrow, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford is showing the comedy The Heat, starrign Melissa McCarthy Sandra Bullock. Sunday Cinestudio opens Joss Whedon’s film adaptaion of the Shakespeare Classic Much Ado About Nothing. 

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 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. For  an hour long musical sugar high featuring Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm it’s Free Speech Radio News - Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 until 8pm we have the 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 until 10pm, we take it From 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.

At 11pm, it’s 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 – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

The next hour 'til 4am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.

+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.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara, for A weekly roundup of  music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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