Monday August 13th Jive

Good evening, it’s Monday, August 13th. 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 Miranda Quast.

Mondays through Thursdays  from 10am-noon during July and August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome!

Every Monday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, J-CHERRY hosts the ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC. Signups begin at7:30pm. Performances start at 8:00pm.

This Wednesday from 5 to 8 is the Middletown Gallery Walk, where North End Galleries, Shops, and Restaurants are collaborating to offer a community event.

Friday night Shawn Taylor and the Wandering Roots bring their gritty soul stirring vocals & poetic blue collar lyrics to the Buttonwood stage at 8.

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

Tonight(Monday) and every Monday night down in New Haven, Rohn Lawrence and Friends make smooth jazz on the lily pad stage at Toad’s Place. Wednesday is always the weekly dubstep dance party, and Thursday brings renowned rapper DMX to the stage . Friday night is The Shakedown, featuring The Dead and Beyond and Dizzy Fish.  Saturday night Toads hosts La Coka Nostra, including members of the House of Pain, Non Phixion, and Special Teams. More online at 
Also down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, The Two Man Gentlemen Band brings their original brand of raucous, retro vaudevillian swing at 8.
Wednesday at 9 Die Hipster presents the area’s hardest edge punk rockers. 
Thursday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: You Won’t; w/ Plume Giant; Laurelin Kruse, and Friday Night there will be a local punk rock n’ roll showcase featuring The Hulls and Defcon 5. •
Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends. Saturday is the ANTHRAX CLUB REUNION NIGHT: featuring Seizure; Lost Generation; 76% Uncertain; C.I.A.; Zombie Squad; and Skeletal Ambitions
The SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM: will be hosted by Kevin St. James & the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars with signups at 7 and performances starting at 8. More online at
Wednesday night Ezra Furman and Golden Bloom play a free show at “BAR” in  New Haven, CT more at  

The Middletown Commission on the Arts present their annual Summer Sounds concert series on the City’s South Green (Union Park) on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Tomorrow night features the Trevor Davis Quartet, bringing a jazz/swing sound with vocalist Karen Frisk. More information at  

The Hartford Jazz Society brings live jazz every Monday night at 6 pm to Bushnell Park followed by a jam session at Blackeyed Sallys.
On Tuesday nights in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s you can catch Mike Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece jazz ensemble.  
Every wed at 8:00 pm Sally’s hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England!
Thursday night Little Ed & the Blues Imperials bring their raw-boned Chicago sound to the stage at Sally’s. 
Friday will see B. Willie Smith and Saturday the Walter Lewis Blues Trio brings songs from the deep south and muddy waters era in Chicago. more at
Friday night Sully’s Pub in Hartford host Wimbash 2012, The Annual musical gathering organized by Hartford native international musical legend and Bassist, Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Tackheadd, and more. This year’s Wimbash will feature over 20 artists and bands on two stages featuring Living Colour’s Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun, The School of Rock House Band, Jungle funk, Vinx, Kieth Leblanc and many more.

Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents a weekly Thursday night “Jazz on the River” series. For info and Reservations call  860-347-9999
Saturday at 4:30pm The Marino Foundation, Inc.  Presents Foodstock  at the Naugatuck Polish American Club for  7 hours of Food, Fun & Music Featuring Jeff Martinson plus Maestro Brett Connors & Friends.  Proceeds will be donated to the Waterbury ARC & Theater Works, Hartford . For info Contact Paul at 203-206-0379
Also this Saturday the Caribbean-American Multi-Cultural Association of CT presents their first annual Tace Middletown: Trinidad Style Carnival Launching. Festivities will take place from 1 to 9:30 pm by the waterfront at Harbor Park here in Middletown. There will be live performances by the Hartford Steel Symphony, Brooklyn’s own Women in Steel dance group, djs, and more. For vending and information call 850-818-0678.

Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week.

Tonight and Tomorrow, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, will be finishing its run of a digitally restored version of Jean Renoir’s 1937 film, Grand Illusion. Tomorrow through next Tuesday, Cinestudio will be presenting the recently released French film, The Grave-Digger’s Daughter.
Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Tonight through Thursday evening Real Art Ways in Hartford will continue viewings of ‘The Queen of Versailles’ an epic documentary following billionaires Jackie and David and their rags to riches story. This Friday Real Art Ways will begin their run of Chinese Take-Away, an Argentinian film about a Chinese man who can’t seem to find what he’s looking for in Buenos Aires, and a local man who tries to help him on his journey.
Tickets, times, and more at

Tis the season for farmers’ markets and here are a few in our area: The Durham Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green on Main St, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. The Middletown North End Farmers Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.

That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, you can visit – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on in Middletown. You can access for updated information.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of straight up Jazz on Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry during our weekday commercial free musical drive time programming.

At 6pm we bring you 30 minutes of alternative news reporting from the Pacifica Network on Free Speech Radio News.

6:30 it’s 75% Folk With Michael Benson, Serving up heaping portions of folk and Americana,with side orders of blues, jazz, world music, soundtracks and more.

8:00 DJ Open I is in the house for a new summer program “Beats to the Rhyme” featuring contemporary conscious Hip Hop, instrumental tracks and some of the original sampled material.

At 9:30  Tom Gatzen delivers a 2 hr weekly does 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. Tonight’s late night concert series will feature 2 concerts. First up: The Brand New Heavies live  in London in 2009. After that Tune in for Miles Davis live in concert at the Filmore East recorded back in 1970.

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 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, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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