Good evening, it’s Thursday, Aug. 16th 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.
Tonight in Middletown at The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park presents a weekly Thursday night “Jazz on the River” series. For info and Reservations call 860-347-9999.
Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, brings renowned rapper DMX to the stage . Friday night is Shakedown, featuring The Dead and Beyond and Dizzy Fish. Saturday night Toad’s hosts La Coka Nostra, including members of the House of Pain, Non Phixion, and Special Teams. More can be found online at toadsplace.com
Tonight in New Haven at Cafe Nine, 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 cafenine.com
Tonight in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s 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 Wuddy Waters era in Chicago. More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com
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. For more information about all Buttonwood events you can go online to their website at buttonwood.org or by calling 860.347.4957
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. 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, Keith Leblanc and many more. More can be found online at sullyspub.com/
Friday night at Higher Grounds Coffee House at 70 Main Street in East Hampton, is their weekly open mic. The show starts at 8PM. Every Saturday night brings local music to Higher Grounds.
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 860-818-0678.
Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week.
Tonight through next Tuesday,Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, will be presenting the recently released French film, The Grave-Digger’s Daughter. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at cinestudio.org
Tonight and 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 Argentine 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 can be found at realartways.org
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 www.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.
Now stay tuned. Here’s what’s playing on WESU’s Summer program schedule tonight.