Monday, September 9, 2013

09-9-13 Jive

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.Afterwards I will let you know what to expect on air tonight on WESU as we kick off our Fall program season!

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. Tuesday brings an Evening Oasis Belly dance presentation.  The
Writers Out Loud literary prose open mic w/host Cocomo Rock & co-host Al Bower, Jr. happens on Thursdays at 7pm. Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree steps away from regular programming to say thanks to its many volunteers, sponsors, members, and facilitators. Saturday morning at the Buttonwood starts at 7:30 with Tai Chi and Qigong followed by community Yoga, and self empowerment workshops.     Saturday evening, the Jazz group Nilsson/Fonda/Nilsson  celebrates the release of their new CD, “Powers”. The group features composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, producer and educator, Joe Fonda alongside Swedish brothers – Anders and Peter Nilsson. 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. 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. for details.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine,  you can catch The plot-rock- ing, word-spouting, tale-spinning storytelling series, Get to the Point! Hosted by Chris Arnott.  Tomorrow at Café Nine, Mission O and Hank and the Cupcakes share a bill.  The Wednesday night Manic Productions  Majical Cloudz concert has been cancelled but instead you can enjoy a free night of folk and solo music with Circle//Circle, Michael Kusek, and Jacket Thor. Thursday night Run Boy Run and The Seth AdamTrio share a bill.    Then on Friday, Manic Productions Presents Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion plus The Melodic and Frank Critelli. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends and Saturday night The Manchurians, The Downbeat 5, and Big Fat Combo make for a night of CT rock and Rhythm and Blues on the Café nine Stage.  Drink Deeply invites you to Swap vinyl with friends and strangers at Café Nine as Bill Beckett spins records during their Record Swap Sunday from 11am-5pm!

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 Ed Bradley, this week. Friday, Biscuit Miller & the Mix take the Sally’s stage for a night of funk soudl and Rock and Roll. Saturday brings an evening of blues and roots rock and roll with John Fries & The Heat . www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Tomorrow night The Middletown Commission on the Arts Tuesday night weekly Summer Sounds concert series concludes with Italian Night featuring the Angelo Sapia Band on the City's South Green (Union Park) just off Main st.  The event is free and open to the public. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. rain location is across the St at South Congregational Church. Details online at

The Russell Readers gather tomorrow/ Tuesday to discuss the poetry of T. S. Eliot. At 7pm. Assistant Professor Sarah K. Croucher will talk about Middletown’s Beman Triangle archaeology project on Thursday, at 7pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library. This piece of land was home to a planned African American community from the mid- to late-nineteenth century, tied to the AME Zion Church. The Veterans writing group will also meet at 7pm at the library. The monthly Friends of Russell Library Book Sale happens at noon on Friday and The Russell Writers gather this Saturday at 9am.

Here in Middletown tomorrow Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents the opening Reception for “The Alumni Show II” at 5pm in Zilkah Gallery. in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the CFA, this exhibition features  a selection of seventeen alumni artists  work in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films. Opening Reception will have a Performance by Aki Sasamoto '04 at 7:30 pm. Sasamoto will also present her “Centrifugal March”   Performance/Installation piece at Art Studio North Tuesday night at 7:30. Wednesday from noon – 4pm, brings the opening for the Photography Exhibit, Faces From China , 1981 featuring the photography of Tom Zetterstrom.  Wednesday evening at 8pm there will be a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa at Wesleyan’s Russell House , to celebrate the release of a limited edition of  the Art Book "Love in the Time of War," designed and produced by Middletown's own Printer & Publisher, Robin Price.  Thursday, and Friday Bring Doug Varone and Dancers: performing "Stripped/Dressed" featuring "Rise" and "Carrugi" at the  CFA Hall at 08:00 PM. There will be a Pre-Performance Talk by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Naya Samuel at 7:30 prior to the Thursday evening performance. Saturday morning from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM the Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall. Sunday, afternoon   at 3:00 PM Music at The Russell House: features Chai-lun Yueh, the baritone vocalist, performing 17th and 18th century Italian songs and arias with piano accompaniment.

Manic Productions has a busy week in store, kicking off tonight with  Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth & the Catapult, and  Kindred Queer at the Space in Hamden tonight. Tomorrow Mani Presents Man Man, Xenia Rubinos, and Milksop:Unsung at the Space.  Wednesday night Mani presents Born Cages, Lion's Teeth, and  All In Blind at Bar in NewHaven. Thursday night Manic presents Pinback and Death fix at the Spaceland Ballroom with a pre show featuring Ovlov performing at the Outerspace at 7:30. Friday night Manic presents The Stepkids andMad Sattat in the Spaceland Ballroom and O’brother, Native, Daylight, and Old Gray Saturday night at the Space.

 Down in New Haven on Monday nights you can catch some smooth Jazz with Rohn  Lawrence and friends on the lily pad stage.  Tomorrow/ Tuesday night Michael Faranti and Spearhead take the Main Stage. Wednesday night is the weekly Electronic Dance Music night. Friday night The Machine performs the music of Pink Floyd at Toads. 

This Saturday Middletown Gospel Fest! features various local Gospel groups with a special appearance by The Believers. Plus food, a community resource booth, and free gently-used clothing on Middletown’s South Green / Union Park.  Free Admission - All are Welcome! Noon to 6 p.m.

'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 Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm. Directed by Jacob Hatley. Also on the Real Art Ways Screen through Thursday is: Ain’t them Bodies Saints, a romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law in 1970s Texas Hill country. Opening Friday is: Computer Chess, about  A group of software programmers who organize a chess tournament and lay the groundwork for artificial intelligence in the early days of personal computing.  The late night shows this weekend feature  Rob Reiner’s Mocumentary, This is Spinal Tap. for details.

Tonight and tomorrow , Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing the Mud starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of Cinestudio opens Joss Whedon’s film adaptaion of the Shakespeare Classic Much Ado About Nothing. for for information

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming as we kick off  day one of our new Fall Program Season 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 Bill Revill is in the air chair filling in for Michael Benson’s 75% Folk.

At 8 pm the folk music continues on Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin featuring 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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