Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
At the Buttonwood on Saturday at 8pm, the jazz trio UPSTREAM with Frank Varela, Rick Marshall and Bob Laramie leading a mind-boggling improvisational excursion.
Sunday, and every Sunday, at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood Tree, Food Not Bombs serves vegetarian food. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street and all are welcome to the meal.
Learn about all Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org
Friday kicks off Middletown’s Holiday on Main Events. There will be a free holiday crafts fair at the MAC650 Gallery from 2-8 P.M., a chance to support the local economy and local artists with your holiday dollars! Baked goods and hot beverages provided!
There will be a Festival of Wreaths from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Liberty Bank.
From 2 to 5 p.m., the Middlesex County Historical Society will host an open house at the General Mansfield House, 151 Main St.
From 4 to 8 p.m., the Middletown Lions Club will be staffing the popcorn-and-hot-pretzel stand in front of the Chamber. Holiday music will be played by Harvest Woods Audio.
The Middletown High School Crew Team will sell hot chocolate in front of the Church of the Holy Trinity!
On Saturday, the Holiday on Main festivities continue with various civic and school organizations manning the booths. There will be a visit by Santa; free hayrides along Main Street; and free train rides on the sidewalk around downtown.
Webster Bank is sponsoring a “giving tree” to benefit the Middletown Parks & Recreation’s Holiday Program, providing presents for disadvantaged children. Take an ornament off the Giving Tree, buy a suggested gift and return it with the ornament to Webster Bank during the week, or to the Middlesex Chamber during Holiday On Main Street on Saturdays. All items should be new, unopened and unwrapped.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tomorrow night is there weekly EDM Wednesday, they will also feature Deep Banana Blackout and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Friday brings Chris Webby to the Toad’s stage, with D. Lector, PR1MO, TGIF and Dublin. Also on Friday at Toad’s, Manic Productions presents Bomb the Music Industry, with The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die; Hop Along; and LVL UP.
Saturday, NRBQ comes to Toad’s, along with Remember September and DizzyFish.
More about all Toad’s shows at toadsplace.com.
Café Nine in New Haven brings the Elm City Americana Series, with Milksop: Unsung. Wednesday, Safety Meeting presents Lord Fowl; w/ The Naked Heroes.
Thursday evening Dean Falcone and Friends present the Thanksgiving Vomitorium, in which otherwise good songs are overcooked. Watch friends & enemies battle their way through songs they don’t know! Watch in amazement as audience members are unwillingly dragged to the stage to sing! See who fills the Vomitorium buckets with holiday cheer! See all your favorite bar stars!!
Friday, Sal Paradise plays during happy hour, followed by the Casa de Warrenton presentation of You Scream I Scream; w/ MT Bearington and Weird Beards.
Saturday, the Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker, followed by the Duke Robillard Band; w/ Paul Gabriel.
Then Sunday, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More can be found at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band jamming and working out new material.
Wednesday, it’s the weekly Blues Jam, hosted this week by Gene Donaldson.
Then Friday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez take the Sally’s stage.
And Saturday, it’s Roxy Perry’s All Star Revue.
More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten path in Central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Photographic Memory continues tonight and tomorrow.
Friday and Saturday, it’s a screening of Ingenious, in which a small-time inventor of clever but impractical products finally comes up with the Big Idea, the one he’s been waiting for to save his business and marriage. Wild money-raising schemes ensue.
Friday and Saturday also brings the Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival, a family favorite, to Real Art Ways. This colorful collection of short films from around the world features audience and jury favorites from the 2012 festival and is suited for children ages 4 to 8.
Friday through most of next week, it’s Knuckleball, the story of a handful of pitchers in the entire history of baseball who throw a ball so slowly and unpredictably that no one wants anything to do with it.
Then on Sunday, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with Part 7, “New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia, Latin America” and “New American Independents & the Digital Revolution.”
More details can be found at realartways.org.
Tonight over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, begins screenings of The Master in 4K, in which a charismatic trickster played by Philip Seymour Hoffman claims to heal people by separating them from the trauma of past lives.
Then Sunday through Tuesday, it’s Easy Money, a Swedish thriller which director Martin Scorsese helped bring to the States. It’s described as sharing with the best gangster movies a sense of morality and a critique of society.
Learn more at cinestudio.org.
For those looking for alternative holiday shopping after the holiday, on Saturday, Nov. 24th at 9am Sheehan High School in Wallingford hosts a Vendor Fair to benefit their Music Department which is free to shoppers. And on Tuesday, Nov. 27th from 4-8pm at The Gallery in Glastonbury, there is a JINGLE BELL MINGLE. Co-sponsored by the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and Women-Lead this free craft fair features over 30 vendors and local artisans.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive at 5, it’s the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.
From 6-6:30 it’s
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!
From 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
Beginning at 9:30 until11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.
Then from 11pm-midnight, it’s The Smorgasboard with Hygge Li and Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.
From midnight to 1:30am, DJ Gus Lo presents Midnight Munchies! Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for!
From 1:30-2:30am it’s Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.
And starting at 2:30 and running for an hour it’s Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.
And from 3:30 to 4am it’s DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.
The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.
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, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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