Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1-29-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, January 29th 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 listener supported station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights 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!  Thanks for joining us.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining happenings in our area this week.

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood, on Friday night, Donna Martin and Gail Wade joining forces for a night of songwriting, great guitar playing and harmonies as they weave their way through their combined catalogs of folk, country, bluegrass and beyond. 

Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and a self empowerment workshop at The Buttonwood.  You can catch the internationally acclaimed Laszlo Gardony Jazz Trio Saturday night at 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. This Sunday evening brings the return of the improv-comedy troupe, The Great Make Believe Society to the Buttonwood at 7pm.

Down in New Haven, tonight, Cafe 9 presents Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound and The Hoolios for a night of rocking roots and rhythm and blues with a New Orleans flavor!!

Tomorrow night, Spirit Family Reunion plays homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with at the Nine. That bill also features Quiet Life from Portland, OR. 

Friday night Drink Deeply presents: a night of metal and loud rock with Intercourse, GRIZZLOR, Death Church, and Reptilian Race. 

Cafe Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends this week.  Saturday night Café nine hosts a record Release Show for Moving Brooklyn featuring Breakthrough Frequencies and Pat Mitchell.   Sunday evening brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod to The Nine.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight,  the long running weekly Blues Jam will be hosted by Tim Mcdonald. Friday Night, Shaka & the Soul Shakers take the Sally’s stage for a night of authentic Bluesiana Swamp Soul. Saturday night Easy Baby plays electric post war blues at Sally’s .

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its monthly meeting at 6pm tonight in meeting room 3 at the Russell Library. The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers also gather at The Library this evening at 7pm.

Also, 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: a free show at Bar In New Haven tonight featuring Brick + Mortar from NJ and  CT’s  “Dance, Charlatan!” Tomorrow night, Manic presents a bill featuring The Backyard Committee, Elijah Ocean, Daphne Lee Martin, & Frank Critelli at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Also down in New Haven tonight,  Toad’s Place presents a night of Americana with GREENSKY BLUEGRASS and Tumbleweed Wanderers.

Friday night SHAKEDOWN returns to the Toads Place Stage.  Eggy and Leaf Jumpers open that show.

Tomorrow evening at 5pm Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: The Opening Reception and Gallery Talk for the new Davison Art Center’s show, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" on display through March 5th. Thursday and Friday bring The New England Premiere of The Assembly’s production "HOME/SICK" t the CFA Theater.  The Assembly is a Brooklyn-based ensemble theater project of multi-disciplinary performance artists. "HOME/SICK", explores the political history of how a handful of student activist leaders, disgusted by the Vietnam War and the U.S. government’s repression of those seeking equality domestically, seized control of the Students for a Democratic Society movement in 1969.

There will be a post-performance Q&A with Mark Rudd tomorrow. Mr. Rudd was a student activist and organizer in the Students for a Democratic Society at Columbia University, and helped found the Weather Underground. He was a federal fugitive from 1970 to 1977. Upon his return to the U.S., Mr. Rudd has worked as an organizer and community college instructor in Albuquerque, New Mexico.    for details

Internationally acclaimed Folks songstress (and Wesleyan Alum) Dar Williams returns to Infinity Hall in Norfolk tomorrow night. Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, make for a night of rocking Celtic filled music at Infinity Hall Friday night.  Saturday night NRBQ returns to Infinity Hall.  Sunday.

Friday night, here in Middletown you can catch the Nu Groove band at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext That's Scatz with a "z"!

On Friday, The Arch Street Tavern in Hartford presents: CT Indie Punk Rockers, Dangerous Animals at the Arch. Saturday night brings the  conscious hip hop of Political Animals to The Arch St Tavern

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

Through tomorrow, Real Art Ways in Hartford, is showing  "The Rocket", in which a boy leads his family on calamity-filled journey Laos to find a new home. Also showing through tomorrow at Real Art Ways is “More Than Honey “, an informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the world wide bee-population crisis. This Weekend, Real Art Ways begins their series of Oscar nominate short films.

Opening tonight at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, is the film, “12 years a Slave”, a movie based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, who was born a free man in the North, only to be sold into slavery when he visited Washington, D.C. where he lived in bondage for another 12 years. Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of Generation War, part 2. 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: 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.

That's followed by 30minutes of news and commentary from the World Socialist Website at 6pm

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

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring underground house music.

From 9:30 to 11 the EDM continues on N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk bringing you 90 minutes of Raga- Jungle, break-beats, and dub step mixed live.

at 11pm It’s midnight Munchiez with Gus Lo for a late night snack of below ground hip hop and street music.

At 12:30 we air an encore broadcast of the 3rd installation of 75 years of Music for Social Change.

The Late Night Concert Series comes on at 2am and the BBC world news starts at 4am, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5am.

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 some great free form radio with Pickup Stix!

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