Monday, June 9, 2014

06-09-14 jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, June 9nd. 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.

We’re celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community Radio that Matters, and are in the middle of our Spring Pledge drive. If you value the kind of important programming WESU provides, we need your support to help us cover the daily costs of operating WESU.  Your donation will also help us stay on track to implement some needed studio upgrades as well. Please make your donation at our website,, Thanks!

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

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Reader’s Theater performs “Independence,” tonight at 7 p.m.  On Thursday, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets, also at 7.  On Saturday there’s a book sale from 9-5, and at 3 p.m. international tap dance star Kazunori Kumagai performs, accompanied by Joe Fonda. .

Tonight at 8, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s the usual Monday evening “Moments of Gratitude” at 7.45 and the Anything Goes Open Mic at 8 is hosted by Alan Bradley this week. Tomorrow/Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Buttonwood features The Parlor Sessions, a four-person indie singer/songwriter group. On Wednesday at 7:30 they offer the Jessica Fichout Quartet.  She’s an LA-based chanteuse and songwriter, with a French/Chinese/American heritage, and performs in a “delicious mix of acoustic styles.”  On Thursday, at 7, it’s the monthly Voices Out Loud literary prose open mic, hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr. On Friday at 8 there’s Don White, a songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts.  Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  At 2 p.m. it’s Connecticut Open House Day, with an outdoor concert in the Rockabilly Blues style performed by The Whiskey Rebels.  Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., the Omar Tamez and Angelica Sanchez duo performs, presenting combined improvisational and original compositions. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  Anyone is welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  The Buttonwood’s Monthly Poetry Potluck gathering will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday.  More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings the weekly Jazz Monday event, with tonight’s featured performers, the Lummie Span Group.  On Tuesday, Sally’s hosts the Connecticut Music Awards’ After Party, with a performance by the McLovins at 9 p.m.  On Wednesday at 8 one of the longest running weekly blues jams in New England will be hosted by Tommy Whalen. And Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage.  On Friday, they’ve got Jay Jesse Johnson, a Stratocaster guitar veteran.  On Saturday they’re showing the winners of the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam.  .

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, there’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends in Lilly’s Pad. Thursday brings Tower of Power, and the Greg Sherrod Duo. On Friday at 9 they offer Getter & AFK’s “Gnartillery Tour,” as well as Syncronize, HighLife, and Joey Fedz.  On Saturday they present Spring Glow 4 with the EDM Glow Party.

Also in New Haven, tonight at 8 pm, at Café Nine, they highlight Xavier Serrano, led singer for Kindred Queer, and other performers.  On Tuesday at 9 there’s Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers, along with K. Bestia. Wednesday, from 5 to 7, it’s La Cantina Flamenco, with guitarist Ed Peccerillo. That’s followed at 8 by Ponybird, M.T. Bearington, and Lexi Weedge. On Thursday they’ve got the Connecticut Music Awards Showcase at 8, with a variety of performers.  Friday at 5 you can catch an early show with Mountains of the Moon, followed at 9 by the 2nd annual Luau Caberet, including burlesque, circus, and music performances.  Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo and Friends. Later Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Simone Felice, and Elison Jackson. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Langley Project.

Tomorrow, and every Tuesday in June, WESU’s own DJ Lord Lewis presents The Rumpus Room on the Waterfront, playing vinyl sets of the best in contemporary and vintage heavy funk, soul, afrobeat, rare groove and more. That’s at the Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, in Middletown.

Manic Productions brings a number of additional acts to the area this week.   On Wednesday, at The Outer Space in Hamden, they offer Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, and Ringo Deathstar.  Also on Wednesday, there’s Gringo Star and Atrina, at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday, at the Space in Hamden, they’re featuring Wakey!Wakey!, as well as The Soldier Story, and Broadcast Hearts.  On Saturday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, they offer Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, as well as The Primate Fiasco, and Frank Viele.  On Sunday, they bring Willie Nelson & Family to the Summer Concert Series at Simsbury Meadows, with Alison Kraus & Union Station, and Kacey Musgraves.  

The Middletown Artists Co-op presents the Occom Woods Trio in concert at the MAC650 Gallery on Sunday at 7 p.m.  Information at 860-347-0834. 

This week, The Buttonwood displays the artwork of Kathy Parrish Peterson.  Also, Michelle Podgorski’s exhibit, “Fragmented Landscape,” will be on view all month at the Green Street Arts Center downtown. The Art Guild of Middletown offers their 2014 exhibit tonight through Saturday at the Zilkha Gallery South daily from one to four p.m. 

The Middlesex Community College 10th Annual Arts and Media Festival continues at the Middletown Campus.  Information at 860-343-5806.

Teens in grades 6 through 12 can build a suncatcher at the Wallingford Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m.  Registration is required.  Information at 203-265-6754.  They’re also showing “Surviving Progress,” a documentary based on the Ronald Wright bestseller, on Wednesday at 6:30.  On Saturday, in conjunction with the Kohler Environmental Center, they’re having an outdoor story walk at Choate Rosemary Hall, with a look at the night sky at the Choate observatory, weather permitting.  More at 203-269-2552.

On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers.  Partners not necessary; 860-347-0278 for information.   Also at First Church, Argentine Tango is taught on Fridays through June by a teacher who studied with Forever Tango performers.  Beginners at 7:30; intermediate and advanced at 8:30; then a tango social at 9:30. Information by calling Gem at (203) 543 8099.

Also, every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a new weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.

On Saturday the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown hosts an Open House, with an arts and crafts sale and music.  There will be door prizes, and the unveiling of the Green Street Mosaic Project, as well as the presentation of a new donor tree.  Information at 860-685-7871.

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.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Monday through Thursday run includes Ida, a Polish film about a woman who, before taking final vows a nun, discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation; and the 2014 Sundance Shorts Tour, which includes fiction and documentary.  On Wednesday night at 7 there’s Purple Light Poetry, with both featured readers as well as an open mic.  On Friday the run of “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” begins, and continues through Sunday.  This film follows pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot.  On Friday there’s also a post-film discussion with Annie, on of the pilgrims featured in the film.  Information at  .

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is closed for maintenance until Thursday, June 12th.  On Thursday they reopen with National Theatre Live’s “A Small Family Business,” a comedic exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier-award-winning playwright Alan McCracken.  This will be reshown on Sunday.  On Friday they offer Queen Margot, a high-def restoration of a French film about the queen married to Henri VI.  This is a special director’s cut edition.  More at . 

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
Right after the jive stick around for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry a well-rounded jazz program for true jazz fans.
 From 6-8pm tune in for 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering a  serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews. Bring a big plate.
 From 8-9:30pm, Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin offers Americana music from Nashville and around the country including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists. Plus, interviews with performers and songwriters.
 At 9:30pm tune in for 2 hours of  Stoner Cosmic Doom Psychedelia Avant Guarde Noise on the program Aargh! with Tom
 Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q switches it up from 11:30-2am while he music explores the outer reaches of the Universe. 
From 2-2:30am DJ LOKASH presents Bassment Beats with the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live followed by His New World Show featuring The best in Global Bass mixed live!
 From 3-4am it’s the The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation, presenting an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
That’s followed with an hour of news from the BBC from 4-5am and Morning Edition from NPR kicks off tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am here on WESU.

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

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive. We are hard pressed to raise nearly $10,000 in community support in the next 10 days so, please step up to the place and make an investment in WESU if you value the service we provide. Many thanks to those of you who have already contributed!

Now stay tuned for some great Jazz with Charles Henry.

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