Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Today's Jive was produced by,
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'
 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local... This ain't no commercial radio!

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 3rd, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown 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 J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit archives to hear VOICE of the CITY, and other great shows recorded here on WESU! And Thank you for voting WESU Number One College Radio in the Hartford Advocate Readers Poll! “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” 
― Jim Morrison. Happy Independence Day, thanks for tuning in.

Here in Middletown, The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park has a busy holiday weekend planned, beginning tonight with fireworks and the Chester Fife and Drum marching up and down the boardwalk beginning at 7 p.m. On Thursday night, The Covert Jazz Band plays as part of the Canoe Club's Thursday Night Jazz Series. The Friday Night Blues Series features the Rich Badowski Blues Band, winner of the 2012 CT Blues Society Contest.On Saturday, The Village Band plays, and on Sunday, it's calypso from Florida Bickley Island Chill. For details, go to
The Buttonwood Tree  is closed for the Fourth of July. 
Friday at 8, at the Buttonwood, singer songwriter Joe Flood will be sharing some of a work in progress featuring songs by three 19th Century songwriters from Middletown: Henry Clay Work, Reginald De Koven, and Edward Barrett, “the Poet Laureate of South Farms.” Musicians include Jim Clark on drums and piano; John Kalinowski on fife, concertina, accordion;  Joe Fonda on bass and Fred Moses, percussion, blues harp, and vocals. 
Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Gung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night brings the John Brighenti and Friends CD Release Concert. The album, "Swingin’ on a Sunday Afternoon," was recorded live as part of the popular Baby Grand Jazz Series at the Hartford Public Library. On Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Sunday at 7 p.m., it’s  "The Great Make Believe Improv Show" at the Buttonwood, featuring different kinds of improvised comedy. You can go to for details about all these events.

Down in New Haven tonight Caf√© Nine will be closed for the Fourth of July. 
Then on Friday, the happy hour features  Bruce and Loralee Crowder. That’s followed at 9 p.m. by JAZZ HAVEN’s presentation of  the Mario Pavone Orange Sextet. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and friends. Then, Saturday night at 8 brings The Hulls; w/ Wrist Like This; Rusty Things; and Trophy Lungs. Sunday, from 3 to 7 p.m., DRINKDEEPLY Presents: Summer Surf Series with The Vultures; Dark City; and Thee Icepicks. Then at 8 pm, it’s the SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM. You can go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place, Friday at 9 brings XAVIER RUDD to Toad’s, with Frank Viele. Saturday afternoon at 3, it’s Jacob  Latimore’s Young Stars Concert. Then, Saturday at 9, it’s SUMMER GLOW 2, a showcase of  EDM / DUBSTEP / HOUSE / DnB, with Vinyl Child; Joey Fedz; HighLife; A-Ron; Kapsoul; Tango; E-Roc; LarryLuck; and Diatonic. You can go to for details about all these events.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford  is closed for the holiday. Friday at 9, it's The Walter Lewis Blues Trio. Then Saturday night, it’s The Hoolios, steeped in the rhythms of the Gulf of Mexico: Americana, Latin, Reggae, Texas Folk and Zydeco. You can access blackeyedsally’s for details.

Here's a list of fireworks displays in central Connecticut. New Britain's fireworks are scheduled for tonight following the Rock Cats' game at New Britain Stadium. Thursday, there are fireworks in Madison at West Wharf Beach, at New Britain's Stanley Park, and at New Haven's East Rock Park. Then Saturday, July 6, there are fireworks at the River Fests in Hartford and East Hartford's, as well as in Manchester, at Meriden's Hubbard Park, and in Wallingford.

'Tis the season for  farmers' markets; several in our area are in full swing. Here are a few: In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's North End at 575 Main Street, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the town green on Rte. 17. 

In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road. In Higganum Village, on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the market is on the town green, at the intersection of Rtes. 81 & 154. 

In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street. Learn more about farmers' markets all over the state by going to

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Hannah Arendt, the biopic about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist, continues through tomorrow. Friday begins a run of "Hey Bartender", about two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams. Also starting on Friday is a run of Hecho en Mexico, showcasing the richness of Mexican music. Visit for more details.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, begins a run tonight of "Renoir", about the final years of the Impressionist painter, when both he and his son, Jean, the future filmmaker, fall under the spell of a free-spirited young woman.  Sunday at 2:30, it’s Exhibition: Munch 150, a celebration of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s 150th birthday. Thanks to the new Exhibition series, audiences in Hartford will be able to see Munch’s unique, haunting and brilliantly colored paintings in ultra high definition on the big screen, accompanied by the expert commentary of critic Tim Marlow. While many know Munch as the man who created The Scream, this extensive exhibition of over 200 works secures his place as a major artist of the 19th and 20th centuries.
You can find show times and info at

Now here’s a run-down of what's on the air tonight here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:

right after the jive sty tuned for 

-Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Free Speech Radio News
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
Your Thursday night Gospel music connection! 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.

10pm - Midnight
Underdogs Edge with DJ1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on radio.

Midnight 1:30am
The Block Party with DJ Storm
A nostalgic throwback with an eclectic mix of 80's-90's music from all genres, pop, hip hop, dancehall, reggae, punk rock or r&b. Come take a journey through this historic 20 year period and fall in love with music again.
1:30 – 2:30 am
Dub Revolution (Archives) with big bent
Presenting archive episodes of this popular WESU radio series, exploring the evolution of Dub Reggae and related music.

2:30 – 4am
The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation
An eclectic mix of music from the WESU library. The Graveyard Shift With DJ Otto Nation
The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. 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 If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on. 
Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Tonights music for the Jive, The Cantina was recorded at Coffeehouse Recording Studio by J-Cherry and the Strawberries. Stay tuned for Rob Derosa. 

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