Wednesday, October 9, 2013

10-09-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 9th 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. Thanks for tuning in, I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!

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

 Down in New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine presents Syd Straw and The Shellye Valauskas (sounds like Shelly Va-loos-kas)Experience at.   also tonight, Oddball Events presents Bluegrass Hoedown featuring Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The String Fingers Band.  

Friday night at Cafe 9, Manic Productions Presents: Quasi and  The Mountain Movers .  Saturday the weekly CafĂ© 9 Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends.  Later on Saturday night its The 15th IndepenDisc / 1st Cygnus Radio Birthday Bash, featuring Paper Hill Casket Company, Post Modern Panic,  and Hannah Fair.

Sunday morning Drinkdeeply presents: an 11am set by Saxtet

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight you can the long running Blues Jam,hosted by Allan James, this week.

Friday, seasoned veteran of the guitar Jay Jesse Johnson  takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday night Avenue B plays R&B, Funk and Dance Music. www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Author Elisabeth Petry leads The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursday in Meeting Room 2 of the Russell Library. Friends of the Russell Library Book Sale runs Friday and Saturday at noon. The Russell Writers will meet on Saturday, October 12, 9:30am - noon in Meeting Room 3.  More can be found at

Here in Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree, the second Thursday each month bring Writers Out Loud!, a literary prose open mic to the Buttonwood w/host Cocomo Rock & co-host Al Bower, Jr.  

Friday night, brings with Brian Adler ‘s The Helium Project to the Buttonwood Tree for an evening of Jazz.

Saturday mornings get started at 7:30 with Tai Chi and Qigong followed by Community Yoga and self empowerment workshops.    

Saturday evening, Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli perform Folk, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Pop” at 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 Tree while Food Not Bombs serves it up outside. You're also invited to help prepare the Food Not Bombs vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street.  All Month you can catch the Photography of David Bauer on display in the Buttonwood Gallery.You can go to for more info.

Manic Productions Presents: Lux Perpetua, Pan,  and The Gentle Stunts tonight at Bar in New Haven. 

Friday night Manic presents Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Cruel Hand, and  Slingshot Dakota at El n’ Gee club in New London. Sat night Manic also Presents: Ra Ra Riot,  Caveman, and Cayucas at Center Church on the Green (Meeting House) in New Haven. More can be found about these events at

Wesleyan Universities Center For The Arts Annual Navaratri Festival Kicks off tomorrow, continuing through Sunday. One of India's major festival celebrations, Navaratri is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors. A full list of performers and events for Wesleyan’s 37th Navaratri festival can be found online at

Down in New Haven tomorrow, CONSPIRATOR and Digital Tape Machine stop at Toad's Place. 

Friday KELLER WILLIAMS and Floodwood appear on the Toads Main stage.

Sunday MATT JAFFE & THE DISTRACTIONS take the Toads stage.

The Riverwood Poetry  2013-14 Series continues tomorrow featuring Bruce Cohen, author of three acclaimed volumes of poetry. The reading is at Asylum HIll Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford upstairs in the music hall. More can be found at

Vocalist Nekita Waller performs on Sunday night at 7:00 at The Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown. You can visit for details.

There are still a few farmers' markets in our area holding out until the very end of the season. 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    Through October 25th, in Higganum, there’s a market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green.. Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to
This weekend also brings the Portland Agricultural Fair To the Exchange club fairgrounds on RT 17A just over the river from Middletown in Portland CT. This annual event features all the fixing of a good new England county fair including Truck, Tractor, and Draft pulls, agricultural exhibits, a carnival midway, and more. Live entertainment includes Addison station, Theresa Wright, Big Charlie's Rubber band, Faith Zeigler, Gunsmoke, The Michael Cleary Band, and more.

Last but not Least - This Saturday brings the WESU Fall Community Record Fair to Wesleyan's Beckham Hall on Wyllys Avenue from 11am-4pm.  This is a free event that is open to the public. Our Community Record Fair features dozens of vendors selling music of all genres in all formats. Plus some of your favorite WESU DJs will be spinning vinyl live all day. WESU will also be selling super cheap records and CDs  as well as offering WESU merchandise. So, come on out to support your favorite community radio station and pick up some new (or old) music. WESU is also seeking music donations to sell to benefit the station. This includes CDs and albums in good shape. Please no show tunes or classical music, we have plenty already. Don't miss the WESU Community record fair this Saturday.  more online at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Common Ground 2013: The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival happens on
Tuesdays in October and November. Tonight at  7 PM, you can catch  Mouth to Mouth – directed by Manuel Gomez Pereira, Spain,  at Russell Library. This is a funny romantic comedy about an unemployed aspiring actor who works for a phone-sex enterprise. Prof Bernardo Gonzalez, of  Wesleyan University, will speak about the film as well.

Tonight at  08:00,   Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents a free Screening of John Cohen's film "Dancing with the Incas" in the CFA Hall. This is part of John Cohen's historic Peruvian ethnographic films in conjunction with his residency at Wesleyan.

Through tomorrow, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers, and the documentary, The Trials of Muhammad Ali.  This weekend brings a run of Blue Caprice. for details.

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, will screen Roman Polanski’s Macbeth. This is connected to the October 10, Hartford Stage presentation of Darko Tresnjak’s new theatrical version of MacBeth . Thursday Cinestudio begins a run of the new indie film THE SPECTACULAR NOW.  More information can be found at

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 Thanks for listening and stay tuned for the Explorer's Hour.

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