Friday, May 23, 2014


Good evening! It’s Friday May 23rd 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 Ben Michael.

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Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown you can catch Hartford’s Orice Jenkins Trio performing music ranging in scope from hip-hop to Beethoven. Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and a guided forgiveness meditation. Saturday night at 8, The Buttonwood presents the Matabesset String Collective, a 5-piece acoustic ensemble playing an eclectic mix in string-band style.

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 afternoon, WESU’s own J-Cherry invites you to celebrate the life of Tommy Jakula Moses at 4 p.m. More at can be found at

This evening Middlesex Community College in Middletown kicks off its 2014 Arts and Media Festival, with a reception and screenings starting at 6 p.m. The number for that is 860-343-5806.

Also tonight here in Middletown, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.

And also on tonight here in town, The Greater Middletown Concert Association sponsors Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at 7:30. The number to call for info is 860-347-4887.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings the multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis at 9. On Saturday at 9 Sally’s offers the Kortchmar/McDonald Band .

Tonight, down in New Haven, Café Nine presents   Lonesome Billy’s Rockathon and BBQ beginning at 5, featuring TORQUE, Gary Heriot, and more. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session starts at 4:30 with the George Baker Band, and Saturday night Manic Productions offers Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps, and The Mountain Movers. On Sunday they’ll have a Bluegrass Jam starting at 4, with Stacy Phillips.

Down at Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight brings their Memorial Day Meltdown, presented by Gorilla Music, featuring the Bright Night EDM Glow Party, with over twenty different performers on two stages. Saturday’s EDM Party Spring Glow 1 at 9 includes Mike Skillz, stylite, Psylar, V1BES, Alex Panda, GBJ, Sith, and Basket Case.On Sunday you can catch HardCore Rapper, Mobb Deep with Opium Black, Political Animals, and more opening the shows. More at .

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing an outdoor patriotic music concert on Tomorrow/Saturday at the Great River Park in East Hartford, at 7 p.m. More details can be found at

Spring Bird Walks happen every Saturday at 8 a.m. at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison. The number to call is 203-245-9056.

The Middletown Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for the summer Kids Arts enrichment program for both local kids and out-of- towners. The number is 860-638-4510 (MCA Office).

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, today kicks off a run of the French film, "Young and Beautiful," about a seventeen-year-old who returns from a family holiday and starts working as a call girl.

Also starting tonight at Real Art Ways is "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden," a documentary about an unsolved murder that took place in the 1930’s.

Saturday at 8 is Spectacle, when musicians gather for small ensembles, ending in a collective performance by the entire group playing as the Abstract Forest orchestra. Details at

Tonight Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, begins a run of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s comedy about a World War II era central European republic.

On Sunday at 2:30 there’s a one-time presentation of National Theatre Live’s "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," about a 15-year-old savant with a social disorder who solves a neighborhood mystery.

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU, as we set sail on a new summer schedule.
5:05-6:30pm Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob a 90 minute musical sugar high.  Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60’s to today.
At 6:30 Storyland a half hour show for children ages 5-11. Every show features a story read with sound effects and music, a puzzle, and a youth segment where one or more kids read their own stories.
From 7-8:30pm The Universal Sound Wave with Sista Queen T features a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.
 From  8:30-10:30pm its From The Otherside with Rok-A-Dee, The Voice of Hartford, featuring local artists alongside upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and International music.
 From 10:30-12am is In The Master Bedroom, Under The Bed with Dope Dave in its new time slot, celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.
 From midnight - 4am  OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott  presents  Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.
 From 4-5am Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller  A weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk music’s.

 We kick of Saturday’s programming with the BBC World News at 5am.
 From 6-7am The Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher Presents traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.
 From 7-8am Caffè Italia offers  a weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy with Francesco Fiumara.
 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

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