Good evening! It’s Monday, June 23rd. 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. Thanks for joining us! I’m Karen Stein,host of Imagine Radio hear from 6:30-8:00 Thursday evenings.
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Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
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 Karen Stein. On Friday at 8 there’s a CD Release Celebration for Frank Critelli & Friends, who are presenting their 13th album. Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday evening brings the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta, an Italian composer and performer who plays and sings his personal mosaic sounds. 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. More at www.buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings the weekly Jazz Monday event, featuring Matt & Atla DeChamplain. On Tuesday they have Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band that jams and presents new material. On Wednesday at 8, one of the longest running weekly blues jams in New England will be hosted by Tim McDonald. And Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage. On Friday at 9 they have Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, with a new blues sound they’re calling “Charles River Delta Blues.” On Saturday at 9 they’re featuring singer/songwriter Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, with their mix of blues, rock, funk, and soul.
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. Wednesday at 7:30 brings the Jam Series Finale, featuring Back From Earth, The Backyard Committee, Balkun Brothers, and more. On Thursday at 10 they’ve got Luciano & Ikronic, A New Day, Blessing, and Be Aware. Thursday’s 9:00 show highlights Get The Led Out. On Saturday there’s The White Panda. www.toadsplace.com
Also in New Haven, tonight at 8 pm, Café Nine and Manic Productions kick off the week of Super Roots Rock shows with Scott H. Biram, Austin Lucas, and Paul Manamarenko. Tuesday at 9 they offer The Henchmen and Duck Helmet. Wednesday, from 5 to 7, it’s La Cantina Flamenco, with guitarist Ed Peccerillo. That’s followed at by the Outlaw Country!! Show with Whitey Morgan and the 78s, and Dave Hill. On Thursday they’ve got JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, and Joe Fletcher. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, and at 9 p.m. they offer Jesse Mailin’s Full Band, Don DiLego, and The Backyard Committee. Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band. Later Saturday night, they’ve got Five in the Chamber, and Brother Stanley. On Sunday at 4 they’re presenting a Bluegrass Jam with Stacy Phillips, followed by the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings. www.cafenine.com
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. www.mattabesettcanoeclub.com
Manic Productions brings a number of additional acts to the area this week. On Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they feature The Courtneys, Stagnant Pools, and Jacques LeCoque. On Saturday, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got Mother Falcom, Goodnight Blue Moon, and The Family Crest. www.manicproductions.org
At the Russell Library in Middletown, there will be a meeting of the Connecticut Poetry Society this Wednesday at 6 p.m. On Thursday at 7, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans’ Writing Group. www.russelllibrary.org
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 Middletown. 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.
Registration is open for the Middletown Children’s Circus, a five-week summer program offering instruction in Circus Arts to children ages 8-15. More at www.oddfellows.org
The Jonah Center for Earth and Art is sponsoring River Paddle, a crowd performance art event, this Saturday at Harbor Park in Middletown. Canoe and kayak paddlers of all ages are needed for the event. For information, call 860-398-3371.
The Middletown Symphonic Band performs on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford. More at www.middletownsymphonicband.org .
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.
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 run of “Ida,” a Polish film about a woman who, before taking final vows a nun, discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation, continues tonight through Wednesday. “Next Goal Wins” also continues through Thursday. This film is about the American Somoa soccer team that’s transformed from the world’s worst team into World Cup contenders by a Dutch coach. On Friday they’re showing “Citizen Koch,” an exposé that follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. There’s a post-film discussion Friday night with AFL-CIO of Greater Hartford President Peggy Buchanan, and others. “Citizen Koch” continues on Saturday. Also on Saturday, at 6 p.m. there’s a one time showing of “Before Stonewall,” commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. There will be an after-screening discussion with Executive Producer John Scargliotti and True Colors. www.realartways.org
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “The Lunchbox,” a comedic love story about a widower nearing retirement in Mumbai who receives lunchboxes from a mysterious source, tonight through Thursday. “Fed Up,” a documentary that investigates corporate interests in the food industry, runs from Friday through Sunday. This film was co-produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David. More at www.cinestudio.org
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 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 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.