Tuesday, June 28, 2016

06-28-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday, June 28th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of talk radio featuring NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Week nights and weekends, WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us. I'm Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Healthcare.
Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, KINGS OF NOTHING, Bloodred Whiskey, and Goat Herder share a bill.  Tomorrow (Wednesday), Visual artist, Lucien Shapiro Presents: A Fool's Journey - Film & Ritual featuring, CESCHI AND ANONYMOUS INC, RUUNE, and DEJA VU. Thursday night, Café presents the SONNY VINCENT FAMILY BENEFIT - to benefit the family of one of the legends of Rock and Roll, who were left in critical condition from a recent gas explosion.  All proceeds benefit the family with performances donated by New York Junk, Poetry by Puma Pearl, Matt and The Marauders, Do It For Your Heros, & Susan Said. Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features The Tommys. Later on Friday night, Fernando Pinto Presents: PETER ASHER & ALBERT LEE with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights opening.   Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Copolla & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening at Café Nine, it’s the Jeffery Thunders FREE Punk Rock Grill & Spill July 4th Party! Featuring THE RATZ, FLAPJACK ATTACK, and WEST ROCKERS.  “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee at Cafe 9 features The George Baker Band, this week.  Sunday evening, at Café 9, "C-Site Recordings Presents" ALTO!, WORN LEATHER, and ROMAN WOLFE   www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Sally’s stage. Wednesday night’s Black-eyed Sally’s features one of New England’s longest running blues open mics, hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  Friday night EasyBaby take the Sally’s stage for a night of blues.  Eliot Lewis of Live From Daryl’s House and Hall & Oates takes his solo show to the Sally’s stagen Saturday night.  www.blackeyedsallys.com    
Here in Middletown tomorrow, Wednesday, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers an OPEN MIC/JAM, HOSTED BY MARTY of BASICALLY BLUES.  Learn more by calling 860 346 3367. Or look for their event calendar at http://www.cypressgrill.com
The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its monthly meeting this Wednesday at The Russell Library. The meetings are open to the public and take place in meeting Room 3: The Veteran’s writing group meets Thursday nights at 7pm at the Library. www.russelllibrary.org
Wednesday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, & Churchburn at Bar in New Haven. MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: We Were Promised Jetpacks & Prism Tats at The Ball Room at the Outer Space in Hamden, Thursday night. Friday night, Manic Presents The Tallest Man On Earth and Lady Lamb at The College St Music Hall. http://www.manicproductions.org   
This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Wednesday night you can catch ABSENCE OF DESPAIR @ 7PM. Thursday night brings Straight to VHS @ 8PM with The Prozacs, The Tatz and 1 other band.  Saturday night Cherry Street presents Problem With Dragons. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.
Thursday evening at 7pm, Wesleyan’s Center For The Arts invites you to Dance to northeast Brazilian grooves and New Orleans funk of the Brooklyn-based collective, Nation Beat, who returns to the CFA Courtyard for a free show.  Rain Location is Crowell Concert Hall.  For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Friday night in New Haven, Toad’s Place, presents Hip Hop crew, "The Lox". Saturday, Toad’s Place presents RIDERS ON THE STORM, American Trash, Chasing Cooper, Double the Dial, Electric Lady Band, INK, Mount Pocono and more. Toad’s Place. www.toadsplace.com
The City of Middletown Fireworks Festival is this Friday, July 1 beginning at 5 p.m. Performing live on stage for the festival, this year, are the City's Music Ambassadors. Starting things off at 5 p.m. will be The Rust'd Keys featuring Music Ambassador Dave Downs. Next up at 6:15 p.m. will be Music Ambassador Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem. Then, at 7:30 p.m. the band is the Jay Hoggard Quartet featuring Music Ambassador Jay Hoggard. The Middletown Symphonic Band will be providing patriotic music from approximately 8:30 p.m. through the fireworks.  The Middletown High Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the early crowd on the riverfront in Harbor Park beginning around 6:30 p.m. Come early for a good seat to view the fireworks and enjoy the activities. Seating sites are along the riverfront in Harbor Park and in front of City Hall at 245 DeKoven Drive, and there will be plenty of food vendors at both locations. For more information, please contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510.

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are back at it! Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods too:  On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester.  Details, including times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, at www.ctnofa.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians performing at various locations across the globe.  Also showing through Thursday is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. 2016 SUNDANCE SHORT FILMS open Friday at Real Art Ways as well as “The Fits”.  www.realartways.org 


This week, through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their run of “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater!. Opening Friday, is Fireworks Wednesday, in the US premiere of a 2006 film (just released in the States) by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. www.cinestudio.org   for details.
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for three hours of   Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music that has a roots influence with a concert listing at 7pm and frequent concert and festival ticket giveaways.

From 8-9pm Deni Fills in for J-Cherry’s Voice of the City.

From 9-10:30pm Radio Obscura will do their best to melt your brain with their experimental radio antics and shticks.

At 10:30 its an hour of underground hip hip with DJ Malik1Fam  on Underdogs Edge

at 11:30, every Tuesday night this summer, Upfront Soul with Sanguine Fromage offers  Funk, soul, and jazz, plus sprinklings of R&B, gospel, and hip-hop.

From 1:30-2:30am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.

From 2:30-3:30am All Mixed Up with Peter Bochan from Pacifica Presents a collage of great music and current events soundbites.

BBC World report comes your way at 4 am and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at wesufm.org/jive. And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.


Stay tuned, now, for 3 hrs of Folk, Roots, and Americana music with Michael Benson filling in for Bill Revill’s Acoustic Blender. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

06-27-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 27th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of talk radio featuring NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Week nights and weekends, WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us. I'm Ben Michael.

Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Fernando Pinto Presents: The Baltimore based hardcore punk rock co-ed band, WAR ON WOMEN. Watchlist and Empty Vessels open the show. Tomorrow (Tuesday), at Cafe Nine, KINGS OF NOTHING, Bloodred Whiskey, and Goat Herder share a bill.  On Wednesday, Visual artist, Lucien Shapiro Presents: A Fool's Journey - Film & Ritual featuring, CESCHI AND ANONYMOUS INC, RUUNE, and DEJA VU. Thursday night, Café presents the SONNY VINCENT FAMILY BENEFIT - to benefit the family of one of the legends of Rock and Roll, who were left in critical condition from a recent gas explosion.  All proceeds benefit the family with performances donated by New York Junk, Poetry by Puma Pearl, Matt and The Marauders, Do It For Your Heros, & Susan Said. Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features The Tommys. Later on Friday night, Fernando Pinto Presents: PETER ASHER & ALBERT LEE with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights opening.   Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Copolla & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening at Café Nine, it’s the Jeffery Thunders FREE Punk Rock Grill & Spill July 4th Party! Featuring THE RATZ, FLAPJACK ATTACK, and
WEST ROCKERS.  “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee at Cafe 9 features The George Baker Band, this week.  Sunday evening, at The Café "C/Site Recordings Presents" ALTO!, WORN LEATHER, and ROMAN WOLFE   www.cafenine.com

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lily Pad Stage – Tonight is Ladies Night. Friday night, Toads’ Place features Hip Hoppers, "The Lox". Saturday Toad’s Place presents RIDERS ON THE STORM, American Trash, Chasing Cooper, Double the Dial, Electric Lady Band, INK, Mount Pocono and more. Toad’s Place. www.toadsplace.com

Here in Middletown this Wednesday, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers an OPEN MIC/JAM, HOSTED BY MARTY of BASICALLY BLUES.  Learn more by calling 860 346 3367. Or look for their event calendar at http://www.cypressgrill.com

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, on Monday night you can participate in the Weekly “Anything Goes” Open Mic. The Buttonwood tree has no further scheduled events until next week. http://buttonwood.org/
  

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month at The Russell Library. The meetings are open to the public and take place in meeting Room 3: The Veteran’s writing group meets Thursday nights at 7pm at the Library. www.russelllibrary.org

Tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 12:10pm Wesleyan university’s center for the arts presents: Aaron Jafferis - preaching from the choir—can hip hop theater change us?  Hip hop poet and playwright Aaron Jafferis performs excerpts of works in progress and grapples with existential questions. This lecture takes place in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall), at 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown and is FREE and open to the public. 

Thursday evening at 7pm, Wesleyan’s Center For The Arts invites you to Dance to northeast Brazilian grooves and New Orleans funk of the Brooklyn-based collective, Nation Beat, who returns to the CFA Courtyard for a free show.  Rain Location is Crowell Concert Hall.  For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa .


Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Tonight’s featured Jazz Monday guess are the RAY MCMORRIN QUINTET. On Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Sally’s stage. Wednesday night’s Black-eyed Sally’s features one of New England’s longest running blues open mics, hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  Friday night EasyBaby take the Sally’s stage for a night of blues.  Eliot Lewis of Live From Daryl’s House and Hall & Oates takes his solo show to the Sally’s stagen Saturday night.  www.blackeyedsallys.com   

Wednesday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, & Churchburn at Bar in New Haven. MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: We Were Promised Jetpacks & Prism Tats at The Ball Room at the Outer Space in Hamden, Thursday night. Friday night, Manic Presents The Tallest Man On Earth and Lady Lamb at The College St Music Hall. http://www.manicproductions.org  

 This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Wednesday night you can catch ABSENCE OF DESPAIR @ 7PM. Thursday night brings Straight to VHS @ 8PM with The Prozacs, The Tatz and 1 other band.  Saturday night Cherry Street presents Problem With Dragons. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. 

The City of Middletown Fireworks Festival is this Friday, July 1 beginning at 5 p.m. Performing this year are the City's Music Ambassadors. Starting things off at 5 p.m. will be The Rust'd Keys featuring Music Ambassador Dave Downs. Next up at 6:15 p.m. will be Music Ambassador Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem. Then, at 7:30 p.m. the band is the Jay Hoggard Quartet featuring Music Ambassador Jay Hoggard. The Middletown Symphonic Band will be providing patriotic music from approximately 8:30 p.m. through the fireworks.  The Middletown High Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the early crowd on the riverfront in Harbor Park beginning around 6:30 p.m. Come early for a good seat to view the fireworks and enjoy the activities. Seating sites are along the riverfront in Harbor Park and in front of City Hall at 245 deKoven Drive, and there will be plenty of food vendors at both locations.

For more information, please contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510.


Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are back at it! Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods too:  On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester.  Details, including times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, at www.ctnofa.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:


Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians performing at various locations across the globe.  Also showing through Thursday is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. 2016 SUNDANCE SHORT FILMS open Friday at Real Art Ways as well as “The Fits”.  www.realartways.org  


This Week, through Thursday Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their run of “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater!. Opening Friday, is Fireworks Wednesday, in the US premiere of a 2006 film (just released in the States) by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. www.cinestudio.org   for details. 


Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU

Right after the Jive at Five, stay  tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00pm, stay tuned for Michael Benson’s 75% Folk.

At 8pm, stick and stay for Chip Austen’s Unfocused Folk.

From 9:30-10:30pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 - 1960s that provides the music and the news of that era.

At 10:30 stay tuned for an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, this is a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.

From Midnight to 3am all summer, Franco’s Studio 54 with Francaccio di Roma provides 3 hours of  Disco and dance music of the 70’s and 80’s.

We switch it up big time at 3am when Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes alive to offer the best DIY punk, garage, and hardcore Rock and Roll.  

BBC World news comes your way at 4 and then we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.



That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at wesufm.org/jive. And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

Stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday's Jive 06-24-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 24th, 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, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

In Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree this evening it’s Medusa, a Hartford-based jazz quartet playing standards, R&B, and original compositions. Saturday morning there’s transitional Tai Chi class, and on Saturday night it’s a record release show for singer/songwriter Allysen Callery, with special guests Lys Guillorn, Paul Belbusti & American Elm. Throughout June you can experience the photography of Curt Tota’s exhibit “Joy”. Details at
buttonwood.org

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early 5pm set features Ed Peccerillo’s Flamenco, followed by Dangerous Animals, Lea, Off Days, and The Right Offs. Saturday’s Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the evening show with Savak, Hamish Kilgour, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kath Bloom and Linda Draper, with the evening show bringing you Western Estates, Zulynette Morales, White Savages, and Zak G. Details at cafenine.com

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Rodrigo y Gabriela and Ryan Sheridan at the College Street Music Hall. Details at manicproductions.org

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening it's the One Love, One Life Tour with Beres Hammond.  On Saturday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party with a variety of performers. Details at toadsplace.com

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight it's Necroptic Engorgement, Physics of Demise, and more. On Saturday it’s the Cry Havoc! 10 Year Anniversary Show. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it's Roots of Creation, with reggae pop and electronic improvisation. On Saturday the Eric Ducoff Band takes the stage with vintage blues and more. Details at blackeyedsallys.com

The fourth annual Dance for Peace performance, a signature event of the non-profit Artists for World Peace, takes place this Saturday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. An opening reception and performance by Melissa Craig starts at 7, followed by performances by acclaimed dancers and dance companies. will perform. Details at arts2go.org

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are back at it! Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods too:  On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester.  Details, including times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, at ctnofa.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight Hartford's Real Art Ways opens “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians performing at various locations across the globe.  Also opening is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. Both run through the weekend. Details at realartways.org

Meanwhile tonight, Trinity College's Cinestudio opens a run of “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater! Details at cinestudio.org

For the latest in local 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 and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's arts2GO.org
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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU and to be safe, it's best to check the WESU website for the up-to-date schedule.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6 pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live with Chris for some live studio treats and other sonic events.

From 6 to 7pm, Audio Autonomy explores a  new topic and with a different host each week - covering  a mix of culture, politics, music and the arts - brought to you by Wesleyan students from the "Radio Production and the Politics of Independent Media" course.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - offering listeners a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
                                                        
Then from 10 to 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist blends R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

And then, from 3 until 5am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has
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.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

After that from 8-10am you can catch Weekend Edition, Saturday from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is the title track from Talking Drums' Some Day Catch Some Day Down, re-issued and re-mastered as a cd on the innova label in 2011. The original vinyl was released in 1987.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive

Is WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life? Support the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org/pledge anytime. Thanks for listening!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Monday, June 23rd. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk programs featuring NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local public affairs broadcasts. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us. 

I’m J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!


Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight the Middlesex Drum Circle meets, and on Friday you can catch Medusa, a Hartford-based jazz quartet playing standards, R&B, and original compositions. Saturday morning there’s transitional Tai Chi class, and on Saturday night it’s a record release show for singer/songwriter Allysen Callery, with special guests Lys Guillorn, Paul Belbusti & American Elm. Through the month you can view the photography of Curt Tota’s exhibit, “Joy”. http://buttonwood.org/

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch Woodhead, and Sperm Donor.  Friday’s Happy Hour features Ed Peccerillo’s Flamenco, followed by Dangerous Animals, Lea, Off Days, and The Right Offs. Saturday’s Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the evening show with Savak, Hamish Kilgour, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kath Bloom and Linda Draper, with the evening show bringing you Western Estates, Zulynette Morales, White Savages, and Zak G.


Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, they headline Maino and Uncle Murda.  Friday’s show is the One Love, One Life Tour with Beres Hammond.  On Saturday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party with a variety of performers. www.toadsplace.com

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the West Hardford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner is Roots of Creation, with reggae pop and electronic improvisation. On Saturday the Eric Ducoff Band takes the stage with vintage blues and more. www.blackeyedsallys.com

Tonight, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group holds their usual meeting at 7.  Visit the website for more information on programs and activities for all.  www.russelllibrary.org



Here in Middletown this Wednesday, The Cypress Grill On Saturday they feature The Redliners 8 pm. http://www.cypressgrill.com/

This Wednesday Manic Productions brings you  On Friday, it’s Rodrigo y Gabriela and Ryan Sheridan at the College Street Music Hall.
  


This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford.  On Friday, you can catch Necroptic Engorgement, Physics of Demise, and more. On Saturday it’s the CRY HAVOC! 10 Year Anniversary Show. Nasty Disaster take the stage Friday night for more loud music! Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation

The fourth annual Dance for Peace performance, a signature event of the non-profit Artists for World Peace, takes place this Saturday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. An opening reception and performance by Melissa Craig starts at 7, followed by performances by acclaimed dancers and dance companies. will perform. www.arts2go.org
Connecticut’s Famers Markets are going into full gear. Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local famers and get nutritious home-grown goods too:  On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester.  For times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, visit www.ctnofa.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “Chevalier,” a Greek film about six men playing a sinister game on a luxury yacht.  Also continuing is “Weiner,” a Sundance Prize-winner about the political meltdown of Anthony Weiner. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians who performing at various locations across the globe.  Also opening is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. Both run through the weekend.  www.realartways.org 

Continuing through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening “Belladonna of Sadness,” a restored version of a 1973 Japanese animated film about a young woman who makes a pact of revenge with the devil.  On Friday they open “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater! Details at  www.cinestudio.org 

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 5:05-6:30pm For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
Up next at 8 it’s Bill Denert Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.

From 9:30-10:30pm enjoy hometown browns with dj jaFREE and the nan who offer South Asian diasporic meditations on: music, talk and live art. Half-music, half-music workshop. 
From 10:30-12am it’s the The American Empire with Tootse Mutant who explores the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

At midnight it’s time for 4 hours of “The Greatest Sounds Under the Sun” with Sir Bruce laying down some serious old school R&B music.
The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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