Monday, December 9, 2013

12-9-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, December 9th.  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 weeknights and weekends.  I'm Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us.

Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Monday nights bring the weekly Anything Goes open mic, hosted by J-Cherry. Wednesday there will be an “Evening Oasis” Belly Dancing Presentation from 8-9pm. The Writers Out Loud poetry and prose open mike happens on the   2nd Thursdays monthly at the Buttonwood.  Friday night Connecticut’s 15th State Troubadour, Kristen Graves  and Glenn Roth Share a bill at the Buttonwood.
Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and community yoga followed by a self empowerment workshop.  Saturday afternoon brings the annual family friendly Holiday ornament making workshop to the buttonwood tree.  Saturday night Charter Oak Bluegrass returns to the Buttonwood.   On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the f meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Monday night’s bring a weekly Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday night ANTHONY GREEN, Dave Davison (of Maps & Atlases) and
Psychic Babble take the stage. Friday brings the Marion Meadows Annual Jazz Christmas Celebration with Special Guests Vincent Ingala & Elan Trotman. Saturday night Hip Hop artist LUPE FIASCO tales the Toads main stage with Dee-1 and Political Animals opening the show.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch Dan Greene (of the Mountain Movers) sharing a bill with Steve Rodgers and If Jesus Had Machine Guns. Tomorrow the Café nine stage features Floating Lanterns, Greg Perault, and  The Iron Fudge.  Wednesday, brings Loves It to Café nine for a 7pm show. Later at 10pm Wednesday night Paul Panamarenko  performs at Café nine. Chris Mir opens the show.  Thursday night  The Rosenthals and Naomi Sommers make for anight of bluegrass and roots music.
 Friday’s Early show at 5pm features Mountains of the Moon. Later on Friday night you can catch Rizzo's Dilemma with Blessed and Gifted.  Cafe Nine’s Saturday afternoon’s weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday night Tripeg Lobo Productions presents All I've Got is a Photograph featuring:

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly, Hartford Jazz Society “Jazz Monday” features a “College Showcase”.  On Tuesday night’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, will be hosted by Tommy Whalen. Friday Night, Mike Law and the Playboys return to the Sally’s stage for a night of roots rock and blues.  Saturday night, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood play the blues at Sally’s.

Back here in Middletown on Saturday, The City’s Holiday on Main Street festivities continue at 10am. More online at
Wednesday night, here in Middletown Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.  presents a new Weekly spoken word night. Friday night Sez Zion takes the stage and Saturday night the Alvin Carter Project Feat. Nita Zarif takes the Scatz stage.

Riverwood Poetry offers Entertaining And thought--‐provoking poetry on the Second Thursday of the month, at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on Asylum Avenue, in Hartford . This Thursday, December 12, 2013, you are invited to share a poem on the theme of Snowflakes on Your Tongue.
This is the closing week for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s co production Oliver!  The classic Dickens' story of Oliver Twist comes alive in this musical adaptation brought to life for families this holiday season through the 14thTickets and info online at Oddfellows dot org. 860-347-6143

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

And now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

At 6pm,  Feature Story News offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

From 6:30-8pm: Michael Benson presents 90 minutes of folk, blues, jazz, and more on 75% Folk. 

At 8pm Chip Austen keeps the Americana music going with his show, unfocused folk. 

From 9:30-11pm: The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee The music of yesterday’s future, today.

From 11-12am: Girl Power with DJ Moe and DJ Jeffery brings you an hour of oChicks with licks and Picks!

At 1am: it’s No Wave New York with DJ Monica.

From 1-2am: Dr Strangelove presents:  Kevin’s Monday night sound scapes.

Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.

At 2am: Background Appreciation with Clip is A lyric-less hour: experience how much no words can say as "accompaniment" takes center stage. Featuring post-rock, electronica, and everything else.

From 3-4am: RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald brings 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.

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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