Good evening, it’s Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 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 Kate Rushin.
On with the Jive.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight it's Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Wednesday, 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, a Middletown yoga 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 (Chi Kung) 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 www.buttonwood.org for details about all events.
Also here in Middletown, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club, Harbor Park, tonight, it's Acoustic Solo Music Night; Wednesday, 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 www.mattabessetcanoeclub.com.
Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, Manic Productions presents Suuns, Rose Windows, and Snake Oil. Wednesday, 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 www.cafenine.com for details.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, it's A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday is 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 www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight, it's Michael Palin’s 18-piece, Other Orchestra. 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 www.blackeyedsallys.com for details.
Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight, it's the Positive Jam w/ Joey Batts & Self Suffice. Wednesday, 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 www.sullyspub.com for details.
Back in Middletown tonight, at 7, the Middletown Symphonic Band will play popular tunes on the South Green/Union Park, as part of the Summer Sounds concert series sponsored by the Middletown Commission on the Arts. Call the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510 for information.
Also tonight, the Greater Middletown Chorale will hold auditions for experienced choral singers. To schedule an audition, call (860)-633-6198.
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 www.downtownmiddletown.com/events 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 www.wesleyan.edu/greenstreet for details.
Also on 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 www.wesleyanpotters.com 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 www.hartandsoulweekend.com.
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 www.wesleyan.edu/cfa 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. www.mxcc.edu/Content/RedMoon.asp
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 www.ctagfairs.org 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 www.northendfarmersmarket.org.
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 www.ctnofa.org/FarmersMarkets.htm .
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 Thursday is "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 www.realartways.com for details.
Tonight and tomorrow, 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 www.cinestudio.org 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 an hour of folk and Americana roots music with Bill Revill.
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 back in the air chair for another 90 minutes of roots music on Acoustic Blender.
At 8pm, J-Cherry presents Voice of the City, a 60-minute spotlight on local arts and culture.
At 9pm, It's Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. He's got a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingertips.
At 10:30, tune in to "Unfocused Folk" with Chip Austen, a mix of Americana: folk, alt-Country, roots-Rock and a taste of the "East Nashville" sound.
At Midnight it's Amateur Hour with Omardaslayer and Tree Paths.
At 1am, our Summer Late Night Concert Series Features 3 hrs. of live recordings of concerts, in their entirety, from a wide range of musical genres.
At 4 am, The BBC brings news from around the world, followed by Morning Edition from National Public Radio at 5 am.
And 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 wesufm.org/jive. Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Bill Revill.