Wednesday, November 13, 2013

11-13-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, November 13th 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 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!


And I'm Donna Denert. Thanks for tuning in!

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

On Wednesday nights in Middletown, the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park brings the weekly Irish Session. Thursday the canoe club presents a weekly jazz series. Then Friday, you can catch some live blues. for details.

At The Russell Library here in Middletown tomorrow night at 7pm, Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group. Also that evening at 7:00 pm the Award Winning wind ensemble, WindSync, performs in the Hubbard room. Go to for more about these events.


On Wednesday nights At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, the long running Blues Jam at Sally's will be hosted by Ed Bradley, this week.

Friday, The Michael Cleary Band takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday night qualified Blues chanteuse Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers take the stage. www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, Drink Deeply presents Food and The In-Side. 

Thursday night at Cafe 9, Manic Productions Presents: Fake Babies and Violent Mae.

On Friday, there’s an early show featuring Paul Belbusti and Scott Fitch.  Eddie Spaghetti, Bloodshot Bill, & Shaka & the Soul Shakers take the stage at 8pm for the late show. 

Saturday, the weekly Café 9 Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends.  Later on Saturday night Oddball Events presents The Tarbox Ramblers along  Girls, Guns, and Glory on the Café nine stage.

Also down in New Haven At Toad's Place this Thursday, it’s “DSK CHK” (sounds like disk check) Presented by Midnite Society. 

Here in Middletown, tonight at The Buttonwood Tree the Evening Oasis returns with an evening of traditional belly dancing. On the second Thursday each month Cocomo Rock & Al Bower Jr, co-host the Monthly writers out loud literary prose open mic at the Buttonwood.  Friday night, the band TRAG performs original Prog-Rock with an Alterna-twinge at The Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday mornings get started with Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga followed by self empowerment workshops.


Saturday evening, Singer Songwriter Brad Cole stops by the buttonwood for his self described eclectic blend of Americana over a grooving bossa nova/rock sound.

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.  Sunday evening popular pianist/composer Robin Spielberg will perform solo piano for one night only. Details about all this and more online at: for more info. 

Here in Middletown tonight at 7pm,Wesleyan University Center for the Arts: presents a stage production of  "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov in the CFA Theater, on Washington Terrace.  This Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Wesleyan’s 92 Theater you can catch the Connecticut premiere of Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.In.Motion’s dance event, “Pavement” in which the company re-imagines John Singleton's 1991 film "Boyz N The Hood" .   Saturday night at 8pm brings The Annual Wesleyan Orchestra Fall Concert to the Crowell Concert Hall. More details about all of these events at


Tonight Manic Productions Presents: And So I Watch You From Afar, This Town Needs Guns, Mylets, and Wess Meets West  at the Space in Hamden Also on Wednesday night, Manic presents Plants and Animals Kindred Queer at Bar in New Haven.  Friday night Manic presents A Special Intimate Evening with... CAT POWER (performing SOLO) at Center Church on the Green (aka Meeting House) in New Haven. Nico Turner opens that show.

On Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. the annual Benefit Bowl Supper will be held in the Middletown High School cafeteria. All proceeds are donated to the Amazing Grace food pantry. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children.  Homemade meat and vegetarian chilies  will be served in handmade pottery bowls decorated by MHS students, staff and Wesleyan Potters.  All attendees can take their bowls home at the end of the evening. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Charlotte McCoid at 860-632-1185.

Riverwood Poetry Series' 2013-14 season continues this Thursday, at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford featuring OneWordCT, Connecticut's National Youth Slam Team. Doors open at 6:30 PM featured poets begin promptly at 7:00. This is FREE but donations are gratefully accepted.You can find more info at and on Facebook.


The Art Guild of Middletown’s November demonstration will be The Art of Doodling: Historic to the current fashion of Zentangle, presented by Ann Grasso at 7 pm this Thursday at the Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main Street, Middlefield.

Friday night hometown musical superstars, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem will perform at Middlesex Community College at 7 p.m. in Chapman Hall. The concert will be family-friendly with the first part aiming at the kid crowd, and the second half directed to an older audience, but will contain nothing a child couldn’t enjoy as well. Although the concert is free, reservations will be required. Check for the reservation link.


Speaking of local musical superstars, Two of Middletown’s own will perform this weekend at a new venue in Middletown. The Noah Baerman Trio will perform at Scatz Restaurant and Lounge on Main St Extension this Friday evening.  Saturday night living legend  blues and Jazz Vocalist, Ms. Kitty Kathryn takes the Scatz stage.  For more information call (860) 347-2289

Gallery 53 is running its "Miniature Masterpiece" show through November 20th. Gallery 53 is located at 53 Colony Street in Meriden. For further information please go to


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

Through tomorrow at Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch Jonathan Demme’s documentary “ENZO AVITABILE: Music Life”, about the Neapolitan multi-musician and composer. Also showing through Thursday is the film: After Tiller, which intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. Tomorrow night, The Science on the Screen film series presents: FORBIDDEN PLANET .This weekend Real Art Ways begins runs of the surrealist film “Escape from tomorrow” and the documentary “La Camioneta“ for details.

Wednesday, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford kicks off their 15th annual Eros Film festival. You can find the detailed listings online at


Now, 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 6:30, it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live.

And from 8 - 9:30, 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

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, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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