09-05-12 Jive


Good afternoon, it’s Wednesday, Sept. 5 and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night’s Evening Jazz where “hearing is the best experience” AND Connecticut’s number 1 Washington Nationals Fan! Thanks for joining us today!!

At the Buttonwood Tree, Thursday evening at 7, it’s the every-first-Thursday Open Mic with Bob Gotta!

Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buttonwood, two of Connecticut’s finest cellists, Ringrose & Freeman, play songs from Ireland and Scotland, interweaving traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes and haunting slow airs with poetry, history, laughter and song.

Food Not Bombs shares food every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of The Buttonwood. All are welcome and invited to help prepare food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events at buttonwood.org or 860.347.4957.

All through September, drawings, paintings and sculpture by inmates of Connecticut prisons will be displayed at Russell Library in Middletown. The exhibit is sponsored by Community Partners in Action, which operates on the belief that the arts are an integral tool for inmates to develop valuable life skills while also providing  the general public a unique window into an important, but often unseen, part of our community. For more information, call 860-347-2528.

Every Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Middletown Scottish Country Dancers lead Scottish dancing classes for beginners and experienced dancers, staring at 8 p.m. at the First Church at 190 Court Street . Partners are not necessary. Wear soft-soled shoes. More more information call 860-347-0278.

Today and running into December, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents “Performance Now,” explaining how performance has come to be integral to the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. For more information, contact the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan.edu/cfa.

On Friday at 8:30 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents “Bach to School,” a student performance of concertos for two organs, to be performed downstairs in Memorial Chapel on two pipe organs in separate rooms, with the musicians coordinating their performance via their smartphones. The show will also include university organist Ronald Ebrecht’s performance of works by Bach, Mozart and others. Admission is free.

Playing down in New Haven at Café Nine tonight Hadoukan Presents Bang-a-Rang #8, Dread the Woods, Eyes of the Dead and Mortifica.

And Thursday’s Two-Headed DJ Funky Chicken Party features Dooly-O, playing old-school funk and soul. The Friday happy hour brings uke player Moe Porn, followed by Anonymous Inc., with Crunk Witch, Jesse Dangerously, Adam Warrock, Mikal K. Hill, and indie, folk and hip-hop from Fake Four Record.

Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam with host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed by the comedy series Fistful of Jokes’ Special Summer Showcase Edition.  Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. More information can be found at cafenine.com

Over at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s the Dubstep Dance Party. Thursday night, Starlife Presents Beanie Sigel, featuring Run Way Ty, King Dreams, M.A.R., and Gold.

Friday, it’s Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, and Carbonated Insight. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:30. More information can be found online at toadsplace.com.

Up in Hartford, at 8 p.m. at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the BLUES JAM, this week with DANNY DRAHER. One of the longest-running open blues jams in New England, it features a different host each week. Show starts at Friday at 9, it’s T. Rubble, bringing a blend of blues and rock to the Blackeyed Sally’s stage. Then Saturday at 9, it’s Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys playing traditional blues.
Details can be found at blackeyedsallys.com

Back in Middletown, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library on Saturdays. The Russell Knitters are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. Bring your knitting projects! www.russelllibrary.org




This Saturday,  at Edgerton Park, New Haven Brigs the CT Folk and Green Expo. Offering FREE Admission All Day & Night beginning at 11:00am with over 75 exhibitors, educators, and vendors plus  Workshops and activities for kids and adults food from local vendors and lots of live music featuring Shawn Taylor, Kate Callahan, Kristen Graves, Professors of Bluegrass , The Levins , “The Sea, The Sea”, String Fingers , Pesky J. Nixon, Cheryl Wheeler and more! http://www.ctfolk.com

For the latest in Middletown arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on in Middletown.

Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this weekend:

Real Art Ways in Hartford is currently showing  ‘Ai Weiwei (pronounced I way way): Never Sorry’  through tomorrow. This is a gripping documentary following the trials and tribulations of China’s most famous international artist, and one its most outspoken domestic critics.

Also running through tomorrow at Real Art Ways is the film “Elena,” winner of a special jury prize at Cannes  and offering a modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Starting Friday and running through next Thursday, it’s “Sleepwalk With Me,” the story of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Based on the successful one-man show.

Playing Saturday for a one late-night performance is “The Room,” described as “the best terrible movie ever.” It’s about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one. Tickets, info and times can be found online at realartways.org

Starting tomorrow at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema,  and running through Saturday it’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Spidey is played by Andrew Garfield, the British actor who played Mark Zuckerberg’s roomie in The Social Network, and who won a Tony nomination for his role in Death of a Salesman on Broadway. As Garfield’s Spider-Man alternates between a moody, arachnid charm and the arrogance of a young man discovering his power, he is more than able to take on the worst that giant lizards and New York punks have to dish out.

Then Sunday at Cinestudio, at 2:30 p.m. and for one showing only, National Theatre Live presents a screening of the play THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, which compellingly begins, “My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.” The screening celebrates the installation of new equipment allowing Cinestudio to present High Definition presentations directly via satellite.

Sunday evening at 7:30 – and then again on Monday – it’s the acclaimed film “The Deer Hunter,”  one of the best films ever made about the Vietnam War and its devastating effects on one blue-collar community. Featuring a very young Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, and the incredible John Cazale, who died shortly after the shoot ended.  The film won Academy Awards for Best Film and Best Director. For tickets and times, you can access their website at cinestudio.org.

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU-FM.

At 5:05 stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronica, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
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 until 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 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.

At 11pm until 1230am it’s Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

At 12:30 until 1:30am it’s Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat
Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical standards!

Beginning at the wee hours of 1:30 until 4am it’s The Graveyard with DJ Otto Nation
An eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases.

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 jive@wesufm.org
If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you.
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Needle Drop

09-04-12 Board Meeting

WESU Board Meeting Notes 9/4/12

 

Avery begins; doesn’t care about anyone’s summer

  • She is our president
  • 2 big things:

o   MTVu

§  5 in the archive; 5 whatever

o   Speaker Series

  • Go around

Rick is still Program Manager

  • Will help with automation

Adrien D is Program Director

  • Adrien is putting together the program

Dan N is the Tech Director

Adam I is still Music director

  • Has talked to Jesse this summer
  • Is going to a music festival

David Bauer is Public Affairs

Mickey  is Events Coordinator

Isabelle  is Production Direction

Adam W is here

Virgil T is Public Relations Director

  • Going to make WESU a thing in Facebook as opposed to a person

Jesse Brent is the brand new music director

 

-Ben’s updates:

 

- WESU is now in the Center for Community Partnerships! Should be a super positive   change.

-2 campus projects we’ve been asked to be involved in:

1) Music and Social Life (campus-wide program hosted by the CFA). We’ll help promote it; coordinate with specific DJs of different genres (sort of like we did with Midnight on Main).

2) Middletown Remix Project (commissioned project with an online interactive application; clearinghouse online with audio samples; public records sounds and artists are encouraged to turn them into music). Ben is on the steering committee but cannot attend the meetings on Monday at 6:30. We can help them spread the word.

-2014: 75th Anniversary!!!!! Get our projects together NOW. Video documentary anyone?!?!?!

-Ben’s working on developing an Alumni Advisory Council.

 

-Speaker series:

-4 speakers who are game: Anthony Fantano (On the radio and also has a YouTube channel where he reviews albums), Ilya Maritz, Lynn Levy, Doug Berman

-Name?? WESU Lecture Series, There’s Something in the Air, Radio Ain’t Dead, Not Your Typical College Radio Lecture Series, WESU Broadcasts, WESU Presents a Conversation with _____ and _______

-Virgil: Timeline, figure out branding, name, flyer and info on the website, email the staff, make a pitch for it at the meeting Sunday etc.

-Location: CFA Hall

-Live streaming? Mickey got IMS to record Fantano for us (for 30 dollars more we could have IMS live stream for us), WESU laptop?, Dan’s on it.

-We need to make a promo and promote this live

-Date for Fantano: September 13th

-Mickey likes Thursday evenings for this series (October 11th=Lynn Levy? November 8th=Ilya)

-Structure of event: 45 minutes of talking, 30 minutes of Q&A, 15 of buffer zone

-Q&A: open to the audience/a board member moderating/have people write down questions beforehand

-Task force meeting: Virgil, Isabelle, Adam, Mickey, Avery, Mary, Ben(?)

-Format? Speech versus question-answering. Mission for the series? Three questions we ask everyone to tie the series together (value of their work, value of radio, value of WESU), Amy B being a moderator? Prof. Kauanui? Susan C? Barbara R?

 

-MTVU:

-Board discusses postmodern possibilities for the video we’re submitting. Adrien and Will F are producing the video (due October 20th, script due October 10th)

-Which videos do we want?

-Task force: Avery, Virgil, Adam, Mickey, Dan, Adrien

-Don’t want to over-promote MTVU too much. Wesleying post, Wesleyan Connection post, Michael Roth blog??

-Artsy instagram photos!

-In email about staff meeting, possibly alert staff to the MTVU

 

-Personnel????? Put this on the agenda for the staff meeting. Avery will send out a staff-wide email.

-ML

-Could be on air on Saturday but didn’t meet requirements (missed meetings and possibly shows) Can we make an exception? To be discussed later.

-Keep in mind possibly developing a new protocol for this situation?

 

-Ben has awesome vinyl of a Wesleyan Glee Club and some other awesome things.

Tues., Sept. 4 Jive

 Good afternoon, it’s Tuesday, Sept. 4. This is the Jive at Five – WESU’s 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 Maria Johnson. Thanks for joining us today.
Here’s some of what’s happening in our area:
At the Buttonwood Tree tonight at 7 p.m., it’s the Open Improv Jam/Performance, an evening of improvised theater games. Come either to perform or to watch as players engage in improvised scenes and sketches.
Thursday evening at 7, it’s the every-first-Thursday Open Mic with Bob Gotta at the Buttonwood Tree.
Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buttonwood, two of Connecticut’s finest cellists, Ringrose & Freeman, play songs from Ireland and Scotland, interweaving traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes and haunting slow airs with poetry, history, laughter and song.
Food Not Bombs shares food every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of The Buttonwood. All are welcome and invited to help prepare food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events at buttonwood.org or 860.347.4957.
Starting today and running through September, drawings, paintings and sculpture by inmates of Connecticut prisons will be displayed at Russell Library in Middletown. The exhibit is sponsored by Community Partners in Action, which operates on the belief that the arts are an integral tool for inmates to develop valuable life skills while also providing  the general public a unique window into an important, but often unseen, part of our community. For information, call 860-347-2528.
Every Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Middletown Scottish Country Dancers leads Scottish dancing classes for beginners and experienced dancers, starting at 8 p.m. at the First Church on Court Street . Partners not necessary; wear soft-soled shoes. More information is at 860-347-0278.
This evening is the final performance of the Middletown Symphonic Band in the Summer Sounds on the South Green (Union Park) series sponsored by the Middletown Commission on the Arts. Come hear popular tunes performed by the 50-plus-member band. The concert begins at 7.
Beginning today and running into December, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents “Performance Now,” explaining how performance has come to be integral to the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. For more information, contact the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan.edu/cfa.
On Friday at 8:30 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents “Bach to School,” a student performance of concertos for two organs, to be performed downstairs in Memorial Chapel on two pipe organs in separate rooms, with the musicians coordinating their performance via their smartphones. The show will also include university organist Ronald Ebrecht’s performance of works by Bach, Mozart and others. Admission is free.
Playing down in New Haven at Café Nine tonight the early show at 7 p.m. features Joe Flood Soiree Brassens, an interpretation of the songs of legendary French composer George Brassens. Then the late slow at 9 is Uber Dami’s Birthday Bash. Tomorrow, Hadoukan Presents Bang-a-Rang #8, Dread the Woods, Eyes of the Dead and Mortifica.
And Thursday’s Two-Headed DJ Funky Chicken Party features Dooly-O, playing old-school funk and soul. The Friday happy hour brings uke player Moe Porn, followed by Anonymous Inc., with Crunk Witch, Jesse Dangerously, Adam Warrock, Mikal K. Hill, and indie, folk and hip-hop from Fake Four Records.
Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam with host Gary Grippo and Fiends, followed by the comedy series Fistful of Jokes’ Special Summer Showcase Edition.  Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com.
Over at Toad’s Place tomorrow, it’s the Dubstep Dance Party. Thursday, Starlife Presents Beanie Sigel, featuring Run Way Ty, King Dreams, M.A.R., and Gold.
Friday, it’s Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, and Carbonated Insight. Doors open at 7:30; show starts at 8:30.
More information at www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at 8 p.m. at Blackeyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Admission is free.
Tomorrow at Sally’s, it’s the Blues Jam, this week with Danny Draher. One of the longest-running open blues jams in New England, it features a different host each week.  Friday at 9, it’s T. Rubble, bringing a blend of blues and rock to the Blackeyed Sally’s stage. Then Saturday at 9, it’s Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys playing traditional blues.
Details at www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Back in Middletown, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library on Saturdays. The Russell Knitters are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. Bring your knitting projects! www.russelllibrary.org
For the latest in Middletown arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on in Middletown.
Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this weekend:
Real Art Ways in Hartford is currently showing  ‘Ai Weiwei (pronounced I way way): Never Sorry’  through Thursday. This is a gripping documentary following the trials and tribulations of China’s most famous international artist, and one its most outspoken domestic critics.
Also running through Thursday at Real Art Ways is the film “Elena,” winner of a special jury prize at Cannes  and offering a modern twist on the classic noir thriller.
Starting Friday and running through next Thursday, it’s “Sleepwalk With Me,” the story of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Based on the successful one-man show.
Playing Saturday for one late-night performance is “The Room,” described as “the best terrible movie ever.” It’s about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one.
Tickets, info and times at www.realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Dramatic Screenplay Award, wraps up tonight.
Starting tomorrow and running through Saturday it’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Spidey is played by Andrew Garfield, the British actor who played Mark Zuckerberg’s roomie in The Social Network.
Then Sunday at Cinestudio, at 2:30 p.m. and for one showing only, National Theatre Live presents a screening of the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The screening celebrates the installation of new equipment allowing Cinestudio to present High Definition presentations directly via satellite.
Sunday evening at 7:30 – and then again on Monday – it’s the acclaimed film “The Deer Hunter,”  one of the best films ever made about the Vietnam War and its devastating effects on one blue-collar community. Featuring a very young Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, and the incredible John Cazale, who died shortly after the shoot ended.  The film won Academy Awards for Best Film and Best Director.
 Tickets and times at www.cinestudio.org.
Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU-FM.
Right after the Jive at Five Right stay tuned for Finding Bliss: Words and Music with DJ Lauren “Bliss” Agnelli, an interview, free-form talk show about people who are following their hearts and living authentically.
Then from 6 to 6:30 pm it’s Free Speech Radio News for your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
From 6:30-8pm J-Cherry Presents ‘The Voice of the CITY.’ Join J-Cherry and the Strawberries for live and local Connecticut arts and music at it’s best.
After that, from 8-10pm, stay tuned for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence.
From 10pm-Midnight, it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. He’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
At midnight, there will be a very cool documentary about the Star Man, David Bowie.
From 1:30-2:30am, it’s Random Access Music – with DJ Cheshire Cat, a suicide shuffle of songs and sounds.
Then, from 2:30-4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard with DJ Otto Nation, an eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases.
The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4 a.m. and tomorrow’s broadcast of Morning Edition from NPR begins at 5.
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 jive@wesufm.org.
If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.
Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you.
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Finding Bliss!

Mon., Sept. 3 Jive

Good afternoon, it’s Monday, Sept. 3 – Happy Labor Day! This is the Jive at Five – WESU’s 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 Maria Johnson. Thanks for joining us today.
Here’s some of what’s happening in our area:
At the Buttonwood Tree tonight and every Monday, it’s the “Anything Goes” Open Mic, a chance for budding artists to showcase their talents in a nurturing environment. Recite a poem, sing a song, dance – the microphone is yours for the asking. Congas and a piano provided, or BYO instrument. Sign-ups start at 7:30. The show runs from 8 to about 10.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s the Open Improv Jam/Performance, an evening of improvised theater games. Come either to perform or to watch as players engage in improvised scenes and sketches.
Thursday evening at 7, it’s the every-first-Thursday Open Mic with Bob Gotta at the Buttonwood Tree.
Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buttonwood, two of Connecticut’s finest cellists, Ringrose & Freeman, play songs from Ireland and Scotland, interweaving traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes and haunting slow airs with poetry, history, laughter and song.
Food Not Bombs shares food every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of The Buttonwood. All are welcome and invited to help prepare food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events at buttonwood.org or 860.347.4957.
Starting tomorrow and running through September, drawings, paintings and sculpture by inmates of Connecticut prisons will be displayed at Russell Library in Middletown. The exhibit is sponsored by Community Partners in Action, which operates on the belief that the arts are an integral tool for inmates to develop valuable life skills while also providing  the general public a unique window into an important, but often unseen, part of our community. For information, call 860-347-2528.
Every Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Middletown Scottish Country Dancers leads Scottish dancing classes for beginners and experienced dancers, staring at 8 p.m. at the First Church at 190 Court Street . Partners not necessary; wear soft-soled shoes. More information is at 860-347-0278.
Tomorrow evening is the final performance of the Middletown Symphonic Band in the Summer Sounds on the South Green (Union Park) series sponsored by the Middletown Commission on the Arts. Come hear popular tunes performed by the 50-plus-member band. The concert begins at 7. For more information, call the City Arts Office at 860.343.6620 x201.
Beginning tomorrow and running into December, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents “Performance Now,” explaining how performance has come to be integral to the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. A survey of the world’s most experimental currents of the last 10 years, the exhibit runs from noon to 5 each day at the Zilkha Gallery on campus. For more information, contact the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan.edu/cfa.
On Friday at 8:30 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents “Bach to School,” a student performance of concertos for two organs, to be performed downstairs in Memorial Chapel on two pipe organs in separate rooms, with the musicians coordinating their performance via their smartphones. The show will also include university organist Ronald Ebrecht’s performance of works by Bach, Mozart and others. Admission is free.
Playing down in New Haven at Café Nine tonight as its Labor Day BBQ and Blues event continues, are, in this order, the Langley Brothers, the Convertibles, the Crown Street Orchestra and the Travis Moody Band.
Tomorrow, the Café Nine early show at 7 p.m. features Joe Flood Soiree Brassens, an interpretation of the songs of legendary French composer George Brassens. Then the late slow at 9 is Uber Dami’s Birthday Bash. Wednesday, Hadoukan Presents Bang-a-Rang #8, Dread the Woods, Eyes of the Dead and Mortifica.
And Thursday’s Two-Headed DJ Funky Chicken Party features Dooly-O, playing old-school funk and soul. The Friday happy hour brings uke player Moe Porn, followed by Anonymous Inc., with Crunk Witch, Jesse Dangerously, Adam Warrock, Mikal K. Hill, and indie, folk and hip-hop from Fake Four Record.
Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam with host Gary Grippo and Fiends, followed by the comedy series Fistful of Jokes’ Special Summer Showcase Edition.  Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com
Over at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Doors open at 9; show starts at 9:30. Wednesday, it’s the Dubstep Dance Party. Thursday, Starlife Presents Beanie Sigel, featuring Run Way Ty, King Dreams, M.A.R., and Gold.
Friday, it’s Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, and Carbonated Insight. Doors open at 7:30; show starts at 8:30.
More information at www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s is closed tonight for the holiday. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Admission is free.
Wednesday, at Sally’s, it’s the BLUES JAM, this week with DANNY DRAHER. One of the longest-running open blues jams in New England, it features a different host each week. Show starts at 8.
Friday at 9, it’s T. Rubble, bringing a blend of blues and rock to the Blackeyed Sally’s stage. Then Saturday at 9, it’s Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys playing traditional blues.
Details at www.blackeyedsallys.com
Back in Middletown, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library on Saturdays. The Russell Knitters are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. Bring your knitting projects! www.russelllibrary.org
For the latest in Middletown arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on in Middletown.
Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this weekend:
Real Art Ways in Hartford is currently showing  ‘Ai Weiwei (pronounced I way way): Never Sorry’  through Thursday. This is a gripping documentary following the trials and tribulations of China’s most famous international artist, and one its most outspoken domestic critics.
Also running through Thursday at Real Art Ways is the film “Elena,” winner of a special jury prize at Cannes  and offering a modern twist on the classic noir thriller.
Starting Friday and running through next Thursday, it’s “Sleepwalk With Me,” the story of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Based on the successful one-man show.
Playing Saturday for one late-night performance is “The Room,” described as “the best terrible movie ever.” It’s about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one.
Tickets, info and times at www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Dramatic Screenplay Award, continues through tomorrow.
Starting Wednesday and running through Saturday it’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Spidey is played by Andrew Garfield, the British actor who played Mark Zuckerberg’s roomie in The Social Network, and who won a Tony nomination for his role in Death of a Salesman on Broadway. As Garfield’s Spider-Man alternates between a moody, arachnid charm and the arrogance of a young man discovering his power, he is more than able to take on the worst that giant lizards and New York punks have to dish out.
Then Sunday at Cinestudio, at 2:30 p.m. and for one showing only, National Theatre Live presents a screening of the play THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, which compellingly begins, “My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.” The screening celebrates the installation of new equipment allowing Cinestudio to present High Definition presentations directly via satellite.
Sunday evening at 7:30 – and then again on Monday – it’s the acclaimed film “The Deer Hunter,”  one of the best films ever made about the Vietnam War and its devastating effects on one blue-collar community. Featuring a very young Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, and the incredible John Cazale, who died shortly after the shoot ended.  The film won Academy Awards for Best Film and Best Director.
 Tickets and times at www.cinestudio.org
Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU-FM.
Right after the Jive at Five Right stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.
Then from 6 to 6:30 pm it’s Free Speech Radio News for your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
At 6:30, it’s Johnny Analog’s Life is a Killer. Moving through the blues diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.
Then at 8:00 Lord Lewis presents:  the Rumpus Room for 90 minutes of scorching vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.
At 9:30 Tom Gatzen presents a two-hour weekly dose of loud and heavy music on Aaargh!!
From 11:30 – 12:30 Anvil Isle presents a musical monsoon of alternative rock, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf, and world music inviting you to bury your feet in the sand and hear the waves come crashing through your speakers.
From 12:30-3:00 Psychedelic Rick presents the late night Summer Concert Series featuring live concerts in their full glory.
From 3-4am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio features an hour of international loud rock and punk.
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 jive@wesufm.org
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