Wednesday, September 25, 2013

09-25-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, September 25th.  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 Ben Michael.

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

Here in Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree, tonight
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.  

 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.

Each Wednesday night in Middletown, The Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park offers a weekly Irish music 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 Cafe Nine,  you can catch 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 you can catch the long running Blues Jam session,  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.

Manic Productions Presents: Black Joe Lewis and Pickwick  at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden tonight. Manic also presents The Beets, Hippy, and  Estrogen Highs tonight 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

Down in New Haven on 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 
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,”.

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, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, ends their run of 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: Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, Inviting you to  Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.

At 6pm each weekday Free Speech Radio News offers a  daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At  it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live.

Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring  underground house music.

At 9:30 it’s N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk for some Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

11pm-12:30am  The Flip Side with Radiodad  features  unreleased songs, b-sides, maybe some singles, and EP-sourced material.

From 12:30-2am The Chill Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean presents quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."

From 2-3am  Amalgamation with DJ Symphonia   is a “cross-genre” music show that focuses on artists who utilize elements from different genres to create different and often unique music.

From 3-4am
Late Night Concert Series  Features  live recordings of concerts in their entirety from a wide range of musical genres.

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

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