Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'

 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
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Good evening! It’sThursday, December 12th 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 weeknights and weekends.  I'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for joining us! 

Here's what’s happening in our area this week:

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, The Writers Out Loud poetry and prose open mike happens on the 2nd Thursday 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. Go to for more about these events.

Also in Middletown tonight, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.  presents a new weekly spoken word event. Friday night Sez Zion takes the stage and Saturday night the Alvin Carter Project Featuring Nita Zarif takes the Scatz stage. More can be found at

Down in New Haven, at Caf√© Nine,The Rosenthals and Naomi Sommers make for a night of bluegrass and roots music.   Friday’s Early Show at 5pm features Mountains of the Moon. Later on that 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:Lys Guillorn, Elisa Flynn, The Sawtelles, Frank Critelli, George Hakkila, Brother Burnet, Daphne Lee Martin, Grimm Generation, Dawn Cook, Dave Hogan, Mercy Choir, Chris Bousquet, The Park. For information about all these events and more go to

Saturday night Hip Hop artist LUPE FIASCO tales the Toads main stage with Dee-1 and Political Animals opening the show.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, 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. More can be found
Down New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight,  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. 

Also in Hartford tonight,  Real Art Ways presents the musical event, Improvisations: with Joe Morris & Stephen Haynes, featuring Ingrid Laubrock on Tenor Saxophone. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, Real Art Ways and Hartford Public Library invite you to engage in a Community Conversation about how the physical characteristics of neighborhoods affect community experiences. Seating is limited: please RSVP by email to or by calling Real Art Ways at 860-232-1006. You can also access their website at
Riverwood Poetry’s monthly event happens on the Second Thursday of each month, at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on Asylum Avenue, in Hartford . This Thursday’s theme is Snowflakes on Your Tongue. You are invited read your own work or the work of a favorite

This is the closing week for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s co production "Oliver!"  bringing the classic Dickens' story of Oliver Twist alive in this musical adaptation for families this holiday season through Saturday, Dec 14th. Tickets and info online can be found at, or by calling 860-347-6143.

Also in Middletown this Saturday, The City’s Holiday on Main Street festivities continue at 10am. More online at

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

Through tonight at Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch: the documentary “Muscle Shoals”. The new critically acclaimed Belgian love story, The Broken Circle Breakdown is also on the screen this week at RAW through Thursday. Friday night, Real Art Ways opens the film MOTHER OF GEORGE about  a Nigerian Crown heights  family trying to keep old traditions in a modern world.  Saturday and Sunday Real Art ways is showing "American Promise", a documentary following the 12-year journey of two African-American families as they navigate the ups and downs of educating their sons.  The Sunday afternoon screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Learn more   

Tonight at Cinestudio begins a run of  Enough Said, in which Two of television’s biggest icons - James Gandolfini  (The Sopranos) and Julie Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) - star in a bittersweet comedy that this is also Gandolfini’s final film. for more information.

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

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