Monday, September 23, 2013

09-23-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, September 23rd.  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. Thanks for tuning in, I'm Tim Blanchette

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 at The Buttonwood Tree. Signs ups start at 7:30. Wednesday night brings an evening of Karoke buttonwood Style hosted by Deni. Friday night, Singer/songwriter and humorist, Don White performs at The Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday mornings get started at 7:30 with Tai Chi and Qigong followed by self empowerment workshops at 10am.     Saturday evening, Parker’s Tangent, based out of greater New Haven, CT brings their blues and roots based original art rock to the Buttonwood. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm. All are Welcome.  Rumpus, invites you to join in a community rhythmic experience on Sunday inside the buttonwood while Food Not Bombs serves it up outside. You're also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. for more info. 

There’s another open mic event on Mondays nights in Middletown at the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park.  Tomorrow/Tuesday, 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.  Vocalist Nekita Waller performs at the Canoe Club on Sunday night at 7:00. for details.

Down in New Haven tonight at 8pm at Cafe Nine,  you can catch Robbie Fulks with Joe Flood opening.    Tomorrow at Café Nine, at 8pm you can catch Austin’s Jon Dee Graham, with Mike June opening. Wednesday night Drink Deeply presents Wess Meets West, with Beijing opening.  Thursday night at Cafe 9, The King of DieselBilly returns for a night of Honkey Tonkin' in the Elm City. Sharing the bill this Thursday is Bill Kirchen.  On Friday, Oddball Events Presents: Scott Biram along with Black Pistol Fire, and Fave Hill opening.  Saturday  the weekly Café 9 Jazz Jam session will be hosted by The George Baker Band.  Later on Saturday night at 9pm String Band takes the Cafe 9 stage. Mountains of the Moon and Knot the Band open the show.

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 long running Blues Jam at Sally's will be hosted by Tim Mcdonald, this week. Friday, Jimmy Thackery takes the Sally’s stage for a night of Blues Rock and Roll. Saturday brings more Blues with BAD ROOSTER . www.blackeyedsally’s for details.
 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 Russell Library.  RSVP to Pamela: .  Aaron Krerowicz Baseball is the featured speaker for a program entitled Baseball Before the Civil War at Russell Library at 7pm on Thursday. Author Elisabeth Petry leads The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursday in Meeting Room 2. Elaine Wolf, “the anti-bullying novelist,” will speak at 2pm on Saturday, September 28 in the Hubbard Room.

This Friday and Saturday, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts and Theater Department present the Connecticut Premiere of Who's Hungry, a stunning work of Puppet Theater that weaves together oral histories of five very different homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, California.  Together with the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) and Amazing Grace Food Pantry, we are hoping that the production will also help focus attention on food insecurity in Greater Middletown.  This month, Amazing Grace issued a RED ALERT: meaning they simply don’t have enough food to feed the over 1,000 families that rely on the pantry to put food on their tables.  The pre-holiday season is often one of the most difficult times of the year for contributions. To learn how you can help, search Amazing Grace Food Pantry online.

Sunday at 3pm you can catch the first of twelve CD-length recitals by Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce of his piano music. This recital will feature the world premieres of “A Partita for Wilhelm Gertz (1927-2007)”, and “A Fugue for Sophia,”.
Down in New Haven At Toad's Place tonight, You can catch some smooth Jazz with Rohn  Lawrence and friends on the lily pad stage. This Thursday, Chief Keef comes to Toad's Place.  Friday afternoon There’s a local Battle of the bands on the Toad’s place Lily pad stage starting at 4pm. Later on Friday Toads Main stage, The legendary reggae rhythm section, Sly and Robbie present: DanceHall masters Shaggy and Barrington Levy live on stage. For list of Bands 

Manic Productions Manic Productions Presents: Black Joe Lewis and Pickwick  at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden Wednesday night. Manic presents The Beets, Hippy, and  Estrogen Highs Wednesday night at Bar in New Haven.  Friday night you can catch a night of Ska with Big D and the Kids Table and The Pietasters at The Space.  Manic also presents Blitzen Trapper and PHOX at The Arch St Tavern in Hartford. Learn more about these shows and more online at
This Friday and Saturday Grammy nominated Folk/Pop/Rock/Punk Singer/Songwriter  and former WESU DJ,  Lauren Agnelli is featured in 2 events  in Artreach's year-long Songwriting for Social Change project.  Friday night you can catch Lauren in a solo concert and Saturday afternoon songwriting she will present a songwriting workshop at the Donald Oat Theater in Norwich. 860-887-0014 for more information.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association 2013-2014 Concert Series presents The Swing Legacy featuring seven acclaimed jazz musicians, six instrumentalists and a vocalist at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center. For info and reservations: call (860) 347-4887

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 Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village through September 26a nd features 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:
Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of The Artist and the Model, set in occupied France in 1943.  Also showing through Thursday is:  is Short Term 12, an emotional drama set in a foster care facility.  This weekend, Real Art Ways shows: Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali. for details.

Tonight and tomorrow , Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing Fruitvale Station starring Michael B. Jordan as the real life 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot to death, unarmed, by a police officer on an Oakland subway platform.  Wednesday Cinestudio is showing Charlie Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR. Thirsday Cinestudio begins a run of Star Trek Into Darkness. for for information

Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

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 tune in for Michael Benson’s show 75% Folk, for heaping helping of folk, Americana, and roots music with sides of blues, world music and more!

At 8 pm Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin features Americana music from Nashville and around the country including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists.

At  9:30 we welcome back The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee bring you The music of yesterday’s future, today.

At 11:00 Girl Power Hour with DJ Moe and DJ Jeffrey brings you 60 minutes of Chicks with picks and licks.

At midnight No Wave New York with DJ Monica explores No Wave, a noisy and uncompromising genre that was born out of the squalor and decay of downtown New York in the late 1970's.

From 1-2 am tonight check out Kevin’s Monday Night Soundscapes with DJ Strangelove for a seamless hour of Speeches, news, tunes, and friends plus Kevin's birdcall collection and Strangers’ voicemails.

at 2am Background Appreciation with Clip offers  a lyric-less hour:  of post-rock, electronica, and everything else.

 From 3-4 am Roots World Radio with Cliff Furnald takes you on a tour across boarders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.

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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