Good evening, it’s, Thursday May 17th and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio. I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for tuning in.
Happenings at the Buttonwood Tree’s this week, Friday night The Press Gang Band blends their skill in traditional Irish music with their curiosity for other styles. Saturday brings the 3rd Annual Music Festival at Halfinger Farms – to Benefit the buttonwood Tree. This Year’s performers will pay homage to their mothers and invite you to do the same! Bluegrass will set the stage. Live animals, face-painting, dancing, and more. Featured artists include ANDY BUZZI, CHARTER OAK BLUEGRASS BAND, POOR OLD SHINE, SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS AND MORE! Additionally, there will be food from local eateries, with tours of the farm and greenhouses. This event is free and open to the public!
Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree on Sundays. All are welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am in preparation for the weekly event. More can be found online at foodnotbombs.net
This Sunday afternoon at 4pm The Buttonwood’s Monthly Poetry Potluck presents an opportunity for enthusiasts to get together to share and discuss their favorite poetry. More information about Buttonwood events is available online at www.buttonwood.org
Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington Street in Middletown presents their closing performances of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder this weekend. Performances are Thursday – Saturday, at 7:30:pm. “Our Town” is famed for daring both the actors and audience to interact in order to weave the themes of family, marriage, death, and eternity into the story of what was daily life. Tickets are available online at oddfellows.org
Thursday night Brings Real Art Ways Monthly “Creative Cocktail Hour” which features Steve Lambert’s “Capitalism works for me! True/False Project”, an interactive portable public art piece, which lets people have a say on Capitalism. More online at www.realartways.org
This Friday brings the Middlesex Community College 2012 Arts & Media Festival to Chatman Hall, at MXCC 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown. With a Reception starting at 6, and Film And Multimedia Project Screenings Begin At 7 pm. For more information call (860) 343-5800 or visit
The Russell Knitters invite you to join them at the Russell Library in Middletown this Saturday at 11:00 am to share your expertise and learn from other members. More online at www.russelllibrary.org
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents: Thesis Art Exhibitions at Zilkha Gallery featuring the work of the Class of 2012’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The show features drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture and is curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4pm through Saturday, May 26, 2012 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The exhibit is FREE and open to the Public. For more information can be found online at wesleyan.edu/CFA
Sunday afternoon at 4pm, The Greater Middletown Chorale presents “Come, Let Us Sound With Melody!” A concert for spring – American Spirituals and Sacred at the Second Congregational Church of New London United Church of Christ. Tickets and info can be found online at gmchorale.org/ or by calling 860 316 4854.
This Sunday, The 5th Annual “Thank the Lake Day” at Lake Pocotopaug, Sears Park, 68 North Main Street in East Hampton on Sunday May 20th from 1-5pm…a Free Celebration of the Waters open to free and open to the public…featuring the traditional Cheyenne flute and drum of Joseph Firecrow, the Gypsy Reggae of Hannah’s Field and the Spoken Word of Sympetalous…sponsored by Positively Clean
Sunday also brings Auditions for CT Gilbert & Sullivan performances for Trial By Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore. AUDITIONS are at 7pm on Sunday & Tuesday, May 22, 7pm at The Church of the Holy Trinity, on Main Street in Middletown. PERFORMANCES September 14-16 at the Performing Arts Center at MHS. For info call 800-866-1606 or visit ctgands.org
Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening outside the main stream of Cinema in central CT
Tonight through Saturday, Cinestudio in Hartford, celebrates the 45th anniversary of The Classic Film, “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman about a recent graduate of an elite East Coast College who refuses to settle for his preplanned future. Sunday Cinestudio Kicks off a run of “In Darkness” which is based on the true story of a Polish petty thief and sanitation worker, and the disparate group of Jews hiding in the sewers who must rely on him for protection during World War II. Showtimes and tickets can be found at cinestudio.org
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight, you can see “We Have A Pope” the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope.
Thursday Night Real Art Ways Presents multiple screenings of “A Great Day in Harlem”, This documentary features interviews of many of the Jazz musicians in a famous photograph taken back in 1939 discussing the day the photograph was taken, and showing film footage of that day by Milt Hinton and his wife.
Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of “Delicacy” the new French Drama about life, loss, and love. Saturday you can catch “How to Grow a Band”, a film about Chris Thile, of the Band Nickel Creek and his plans to move forward following his failed marriage and the dissolution of the Band. For more information and tickets, visit realartways.org
That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, go to arts2GO.org – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on in Middletown. You can access arts2GO.org for updated information.
Stick around for what’s playing on WESU tonight:
Right after the Jive at Five it’s Homegrown with Rob DeRosa – The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.
6-6:30: Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network – An independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN is collectively run by its workers and reporter.
6:30-8:00: Total Praise with Minister Latrecia – A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary Christian gospel music to uplift your spirit! Get your Praise on!
8-9:30: Evening Jazz with Bill Denert – Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
9:30-10:30: Bridging the Gap with JBrent – Exploring how music has changed forms through the years, and the links that tie together seemingly disparate genres such as blues and rap, or funk and Krautrock.
at 10:30 it’s Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze- is an An anti-genre, request-based show where we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands, or artists, whose names start with that letter.
From 1:00-2:00am Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder – is an eclectic assortment of instrumental music from all genres and generations.
From 2:00-3:00am Undercover with DJ Becca – who says The best covers take original tracks and transform them into their own creations. Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.
From 3-4am Sunspot loops with Rick Reaction Forces us to listen to music without the hype.
The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5am 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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Today’s jive was produced and edited by J-Cherry