Good evening! It’s Tuesday, June 10th. 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.
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Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
This evening, 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. www.mattabesettcanoeclub.com
Tonight the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown, features The Parlor Sessions, a four-person indie singer/songwriter group who sing in the round. Tomorrow/Wednesday at 7:30 they offer the Jessica Fichout Quartet. She’s an LA-based chanteuse and songwriter with French/Chinese/American heritage. 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 you can catch 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. The Buttonwood participates in Connecticut Open House Day, with an outdoor concert in the Rockabilly 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 www.buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford tonight Blackeyed Sally’s, hosts the Connecticut Music Awards’ After Party, with a performance by the McLovins at 9 p.m. On Wednesday at 8 Sally’s will showcase the winners of the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam. www.blackeyedsallys.com .
Down in New Haven tonight, Café Nine, presents Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers, along with K. Bestia. Tommorrow/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. 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 is with Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Later Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Simone Felice, and Elison Jackson. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Langley Project. www.cafenine.com
Manic Productions brings a number of additional acts to the area this week. Tomorrow/ 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, Manic presents Wakey!Wakey!, 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, Manic presents Willie Nelson & Family to the Summer Concert Series at Simsbury Meadows, with Alison Kraus & Union Station, and Kacey Musgraves. www.manicproductions.org
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday night at 7pm. 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. www.russelllibrary.org .
Thursday down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch the legendary monster horn band Tower of Power, and the Greg Sherrod Duo. On Friday, Getter & AFK’s “Gnartillery Tour,” passes by Toads. www.toadsplace.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through Thursday you can catch Ida, a Polish film about a woman who, before taking final vows a nun, discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation. Also showing through Thursday, is 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 www.realartways.org .
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is closed for maintenance and reopens Thursday with National Theatre Live’s “A Small Family Business,” a comedic exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier-award-winning playwright Alan McCracken with a second show on Sunday. Friday they offer a high-def restoration special director’s cut of Queen Margot, a French film about the queen married to Henri VI. This is. More at www.cinestudio.org .
Right after the jive stay tuned for: Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, which aims to take you places that you’ve never been before! Inviting you to venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.
From 6-8pm enjoy Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music that has a roots influence.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry presents live and local Connecticut arts and music , in this weekly show featuring area artists and musicians.
From 9-11pm Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat presents a free form music show spanning the scope of krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, and more!
From 11-12:30 Stage Presence with J-Rock invites you to Put your hands together in applause for some of the greatest musical performances ever captured on recording. From Led Zeppelin to John Coltrane, Bob Dylan to Victor Wooten, even YoYo Ma to Daft Punk, Stage Presence has a place for all live musical performance. Tune in and get excited; no tickets required for this free show.
From 12:30-2am Ian is in the house for a free form mix of radio goodness until…
2 am when its time for RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald to take you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.
From 3-4am it’s the The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation for an An eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
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 www.wesufm.org/jive
2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at www.wesufm.org where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive. We are hard pressed to raise over $8,000 in community support in the next 10 days. S, 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 musical exploring with Pickup Sticks