Thursday Jive

Good evening, it’svThursday, July 12th and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and run-down of nighttime 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 Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for tuning in.

Tonight at the Buttonwood, Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr., host Writers Out Loud!, Connecticut’s premier literary prose open mic. Signups begin at 6:45 pm and presentations start at 7:15 pm.

Tonight The 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.

Friday night at The Buttonwood Tree there will be a performance of African Rhythms, Jazz and Tone Poems by InnerAttainment called “Music is the Healing Force of the Universe.” Show starts at 8:00 pm.

Also here in Middletown, on Friday night, Vinnie’s Jump ‘n’ Jive presents its All Blues All Night Dance. Saturday night Vinnie’s hosts a Break Dance Cypher.   More can be found online at

Saturday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes classically trained pianist and vocalist Brianne Chasanoff as well as Bella Voce, a talented, young acapella group. Show begins at 8:00 pm.

Food Not Bombs shares food at 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.

Later, at 4 pm on Sunday, the Buttonwood’s monthly Poetry Potluck gathering offers an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike.

More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at their website: or by calling 860.347.4957.

Tomorrow and Friday, Wesleyan’s Center For the Arts Theater presents:  Brian Brooks Moving Company, with two of its intelligent and risky recent works: “Descent,”  an exploration of the paradoxical tendency of bodies to exhibit both dependency and detachment, and the New England premiere of “Big City.”  More can be found online at

This Saturday also brings Indie fest to the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. This free all-day music fest kicks off at noon and runs through midnight, featuring Music from The Radical Dads, Ovlov, Farewood, The Suicide Dolls, Kevin MF King, Brett the One-Man Band, Rum Glass Serenade, plus more local and regional acts. There will also be opportunities to indulge in music, food, and a really, really free market. More can be found online at

Sunday morning from 10:00 – 11:00 am there will be “The Centennial and Legacy of Woody Guthrie,” presented by singer/songwriter Bill Collins at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden.  Mr. Collins will lead songs of Woody Guthrie, the musician who inspired thousands of musicians and activists to stand up, sing, and protest injustice during the years of the Great Depression through the 1960s.  For info contact: Harry Mangle, 203.980.4661

Connecticut Ballet returns to Middletown for its 2nd annual Summer Dance Caravan performance on Sunday at 5:00 pm at Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall. The performance is free and open to the public and will feature four different ballets with styles ranging from classical to Broadway. Doors open at 4:30pm. For info, visit

The Middletown Symphonic Band Performs this evening at  6:30 at the Essex Town Green in the Essex Summer Concert Series.

Soulful tenor-sax player Greg Piccolo returns to Blackeyed Sally’s Friday night. American bluegrass singer Janiva Magness will be taking the stage at Sally’s on Saturday Night. More can be found at

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

Tonight  Real Art Ways in Hartford will continue viewings of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, a feature-length documentary of one of the most compelling artists of our time. The film will start at 7:00 pm.

This Friday through next Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be showing “I Wish”, a Japanese film displaying the journey of two young brothers separated by divorce, as well as Keyhole, which is described as a “surreal fusion of family melodrama, film noir, gangster movie, ghost story, and Homer’s Odyssey.”

Tickets, times, and more can be found 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 now 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.

Now stay tuned.  Here’s what’s playing on WESU tonight, as we kick off our Summer Program guide.

Right after the Jive at Five,


Homegrown with Rob DeRosa

The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.


Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network

Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.


Total Praise with Minister Latrecia

A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!


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


Art Projects with Aaron Berger

Going far in the name of artistic expression, but never losing hold of anchors in quality control and cultural relevance. Shoegaze and Garage meets Psych-Folk and Ambient Drone; HipHop and Soul meets 2-Step and Grime. It’s all fair game. Mixed with auditory bric-a-brac for optimal digestion.


Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze

An anti-genre, request-based melting pot. Each episode, we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter. A wild romp through the annals of WESU’s music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.


Sunspot Loops

Let’s explore what’s new in the world and rearrange what exists into a form we can claim to understand. Listen to everything. Nothing gets hyped on. (micro-genres)

Friday, 1:30-4am

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 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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