Sunday, September 1, 2013

9-2-13 Jive

Good evening, and Happy Labor Day! It’s Monday, Sept. 2nd, and 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.  I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which airs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday afternoon, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, an interview with National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson as we continue to unpack recent comments of the Pope’s. Find audio of that and other shows at Okay, 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 is the Anything Goes open mic night. Tomorrow evening brings Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire, followed by a potluck dinner. Wednesday, Shubalananda Saraswati brings Kirtan, a form of yoga with a musical aspect, to The Buttonwood Tree. Thursday is open mic night with Bob Gotta. Friday evening, there will be an artist’s reception for Divya Jyoti, a Middletown yoga teacher who will discuss how her philosophy, expressed in her book Living Yoga, can be incorporated into daily life. All profits from the sale of her book go to support orphaned children and destitute elderly in India, through the Atma Vidya Ashram charity and The Buttonwood Tree. 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, MuseFest Weekend offers a celebration of the ancient muses, including appearances by all nine of them throughout the festival, at various Middletown venues within walking distance of each other. Among the featured performers will be poet Lori Desrosiers, musician Ian Cloudy,  and 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 for details about all events.

Also here in Middletown, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park, tonight is open mic night;  tomorrow, acoustic solo music is on tap; Wednesday is Irish Session Night; Thursday brings the weekly jazz series to the canoe club; then Friday, it’s Friday Night Blues. For details, go to

Down in New Haven tonight at Café nine, Drink Deeply presents Xavier Serrano with Dan Carrano, Chris Gabriel, Michael Kusek, Shaun Bowen, Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine. Tomorrow, 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 for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow brings 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

Up in Hartford, Blackeyed Sally’s is closed tonight for the holiday. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam, one of the longest running open blues jams in New England, is with Gene Donaldson. Friday celebrates a 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 for details.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight is an Acoustic Open Mic night. Tomorrow brings 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 is the Shag Frenzy Tiki Party. Saturday, 1974, voted CT’s Best New Artist in 2012, performs. And Sunday brings an Electric Open Mic night. Go to for details.

Back in Middletown tomorrow evening 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 tomorrow evening, 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 Middletown Gallery Walk. Take a leisurely stroll downtown on Friday evening to view the latest art exhibitions. Conveniently located within a 3 block area along the main thoroughfares of the City, you can speak with the gallery owners and the artists, visit bars and restaurants offering specials to gallery walkers, and check out shops offering unusual items of interest. Be a pioneer of this growing arts district. Go to  for more.

In conjunction with the gallery walk, at the Green Street Arts Center, there will be an opening reception for artist Barbara Alden DiOrio’s Flesh and Bones, featuring pastel and charcoal drawings, relief prints, and mixed media works. Go to for details.

Also on Friday, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan Potters, at 350 South Main Street in Middletown, an exhibition titled Tea Time opens. It’s a special show of tea party themed work in clay, fiber and jewelry crafted by Wesleyan Potter members. Visit 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.hart[spelled h-a-r-t]

Wesleyan University is back in session tomorrow, 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 during the 19th century by Brahms, Liszt and Mendelssohn, performed by Wesleyan students and Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht. Go to for details.

Saturday, the Middlesex County Historical Society marks Civil War Day by highlighting the contribution of Connecticut’s Irish during the War Between the States with a program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Mansfield House headquarters, 151 Main St., Middletown. Cheshire historian Robert Larkin will talk at 1 p.m.  Call 860-346-0746 for information.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., the Middlesex Community College Foundation holds Red Moon Fest, the 2nd annual celebration featuring locally-produced foods, wines, beers, and works of art. The event includes both live and silent auctions to raise funds for new and continuing student scholarships. Go to for details.

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 Mind, in which Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness to offer new hope for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 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. Go to for details.

Tonight and tomorrow, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford is showing  Frances Ha, a 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 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 a well-rounded jazz show on Charles Henry’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.

Weekdays at 6 Free Speech Radio News rrom the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 6:30 it's 75 Percent Folk, with Michael Benson, a serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music, with side orders of blues, jaz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews.

At 8pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis offers the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.

Aargh! with Tom plays stoner cosmic doom psychedelia avant garde noise from 9:30-11:30 pm.

Then from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., it's the Explorers' Hour, with Pickup Sticks, a synthesis of science, spoken word and a lot of popular music.

At 1 a.m. it’s Distilled Discographies with Cheshire Cat, distilling down the discography of an artist to an essential 60 minute career retrospective, sampling something from every cataloged release.

From 2 to 3 a.m., it’s Rootsworld Radio with Cliff Furnald, a tour across borders and genres.

That’s followed at 3 by the Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation, an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.

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

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Thanks for listening!

Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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