Monday, January 13, 2014

01-13-14 Jive

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 is Film night at The Buttonwood and they will be showing “Heart of the Country at 7pm.  Friday night Firecracker – Nathan Day & JD Williams make for a night of Americana and folks music.  Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and a self empowerment workshop.  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 meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday evening brings the Monthly Poetry Pot-Luck to the Buttonwood.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Monday night’s bring a weekly dose of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday night Toads presents LOCAL ROCK SHOWCASE with,  Agenda 21,
Civil Pilots, Cold Pizza, Common Ground, Haris Shah, House Silbor, Royal Din, and  Walking Contradiction. Friday night blues rock legend JOHNNY WINTER returns to the Toads Place Stage.
Murray The Wheel and JW Jones open that show.  Sunday brings the Toad’s Place Annual  MLK FUNKFEST…IN LILLY’S PAD featuring  Dave Kardas Band, Greg Sherrod, High Gear, 6 Train Soldier, and T.E.A.P.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, Oddball Events presents, country western musical legend Michael Martin Murphey for a special evening of cowboy songs, poetry and wonderful stories. Tomorrow the Café nine Manic Productions Presents: East African Soul Singer,  Meklit Hadero. Tet Offensive opens that show. Wednesday, Jazz Haven presents the Tony Purrone Trio at Cafe 9!! Thursday night, the Councious hhip hoppers, Political Animals headline a show at The Nine with Zak G, Apollo Suns and more opening the show.  Friday night you can catch a Record Release Show for Goodnight Blue Moon with special guests “Oh Cassius” and  “Milksop:Unsung”. Cafe Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the George Baker BAnd this week.  Saturday night there’s a St Patricks Day Parade Fundraiser at Café nine with Jovial Crew and Ample.  Sunday afternoon at 4pm Drink Deeply presents: Saxtet & Andrew Beals to be followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Langley Brothers Band.
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly, Hartford Jazz Society “Jazz Monday” features the Stephen King Porter Group . On Tuesday night’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s long running weekly Blues Jam will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Friday Night, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops take the Sally’s stage for a night of authentic Blues. Shawn Holt is the son of legendary Blues Legend Magic Slim, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band. Ct blues group Bad Rooster takes the Sally’s Stage Saturday night.
Also in Hartford on Monday night’s The Arch Street Tavern presents: The Hartford Jazz Orchestra.  SATURDAY  brings the  PLEASUREDOME PARTY to The Arch St Tavern featuring
Shag Frenzy, Post-Modern Panic, Garage Flower, and Jennifer Hill.

Wednesday here in Middletown, The Arts Stakeholders Community Group will meet in The Russell Library’s Hubbard Room.  The Arts Stakeholders Group (ASG) meeting is open to any interested and invested arts stakeholder, be that an artist, an arts organization, a creative business, a concerned advocate, etc. more online at

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers gather at The Library Wednesday evening at 7pm.  Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursday night in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library.  

Manic Productions Presents: Black Taxi and Violent Mae at Bar In NewHaven Wednesday night. Friday Manic presents a bill headlined by Saintseneca at The Space in Hamden. LVL UP, I Kill Giants, Circle//Circle, & For Everest open that show.
On the third Thursday of every month, creative people come together for conversation, art and music at Real Art Ways Creative Coktail hour in Hartford.  This month DJ Mal provides the music. Saturday night Real Art Wasy presents “Speak Up”, an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. All stories are 5-10 minutes long. The storytellers include: Chris Hall, Andrew Mayo, Matthew Dicks, Christina O'Sullivan, Jennifer Stanish, Cara Paiuk, Nathaniel Bates, John Leahy. More online at

Dave Mason returns to Infinity Hall in Farmington Thursday night. Tracy Walton and Eddie Seville make their way back to Infinity Hall for their rescheduled date, this Friday.  Saturday night Country Rocker Junior Brown takes the Infinity Hall stage.  Sunday night at 7:30pm, Singer & songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Infinity Hall!

Alice in Wonderland goes to the Circus in “Circophony's Circus in Wonderland at Oddfellows Playhouse this weekend  in this fast-paced, all ages 45 minute show presented by the talented teen performers of Circophony under the Direction of Dic Wheeler.  Performances are  Friday at 7:30 pm & Saturday at 2 pm & 7:30 pm.
Friday night, here in Middletown Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.   Jocelyn Pleasant Featuring Corey Hutchins.

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

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

Showing through Thursday At Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch "Bettie Page Reveals All", an intimate look at the rise, and fall, and rise again of one of the world's most recognized and controversial sex symbols. With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang Bettie Page emerges from decades of seclusion to reveal her secret past and narrate her own life story.  Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of the new documentary,  More than honey, an informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema this week you can experience the film, "The Great Beauty", which has been both hugely popular and sharply dividing audiences with its overarching question, Is Italy in Decline? Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of the 1986 critically acclaimed French film, Mauvais Sang, in which Small-time crook Denis Lavant gets pulled into a superheist to break into a high tech lab to steal the cure to a fatal disease that strikes people who “make love but do not love.” More can be found at 
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,  listen to 30 minutes of commentary from the  World Socialist news Website.

From 6:30-8pm Chip Austen  sits in for Michael Benson on tonight’s edition of 75% Folk.  

At 8pm Chip Austen keeps the Americana music going with his show, unfocused folk, which features new and old folks and Americana with a spotlight on up and coming Nashville artists.

From 9:30pm to Midnight: The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee presents The music of yesterday’s future. 

Then stay tuned for some classic WESU from the vaults with a special archived edition of Eating your Feelings with DJ Butter: 

At 1am DJ Otto Nation is in the hose for an eclectic mix of music until 3 when RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald brings you to music from far flung places around the world 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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Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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