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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 www.buttonwood.org 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 www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com.
Down in New Haven, at Café 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 www.cafenine.com.
Saturday night Hip Hop artist LUPE FIASCO tales the Toads main stage with Dee-1 and Political Animals opening the show. www.toadsplace.com.
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 atwww.blackeyedsallys.com.
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 email@example.com or by calling Real Art Ways at 860-232-1006. You can also access their website at www.Realartways.org
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 poet.www.riverwoodpoetry.org
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 Oddfellows.org, 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 www.arts2go.org
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 atwww.realartways.org
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. www.cinestudio.org for more information.
Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
Your Thursday night Gospel music connection! A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
Welcome to hip hop kitchen where you’ll hear african, jazzy, soulful, upbeat hip hop and rap mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. basically food to eat while you listen.
Each episode DJ Vegetable sits down with a pair to talk about their relationship, how they know each other and what they are doing in Middletown. We might even listen to some of their favorite music, or have them pick out a new release.
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice. Step outside the Dr. Luke degeneration into the magnificent streets of the city where the ravings of mad poets and mods dissipate into a smoky rain spilling down on an ocean of umbrellas.
Gram Parsons, the fast-living godfather of country rock n' roll, had a radical vision of the music that originated in the country of his roots. Country, soul, fuzzed-out rock; to him it didn't matter, it was all the music of cosmic America. This show will explore the music Parsons made, loved, listened to, and influenced, from the Louvin Brothers to Natural Child.
The best of the bands that have played at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Featuring music from the British Invasion to the present, each show will focus on one British city or region, mixing genre and time period.
Sad pop songs with a different title-based theme every show, with a focus on experimental pop, chamber pop, and Kate Bush.
Diecast features an element of spontaneity. Your favorite DJs, Ser Platypus and DJ Dat Anark, have compiled playlists from a variety of different genres. On air, we'll conduct a die-toss, and let fate decide what we'll be sonically entertaining you with each show. Special focus will be brought to skating and anti-authoritarian culture.
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