Good evening! It’s Tuesday, June 17th. This is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM, WESU Middletown, your listener supported station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day, and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends. We are trying to close the gap on our Spring pledge drive and need your help to raise roughly 5000 by next Monday. I'm Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us!
Here at WESU, we’re celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community Radio that Matters, and are in the middle of our Spring Pledge drive. If you value the kind of important programming WESU provides, we need your support to help us cover the daily costs of operating WESU. Your donation will also help us stay on track to implement some needed studio upgrades as well. Please make your donation at our website, www.wesufm.org Thanks!
Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, and every Tuesday in June, WESU’s own DJ Lord Lewis presents The Rumpus Room on the Waterfront, playing vinyl sets of the best in contemporary and vintage heavy funk, soul, afrobeat, rare groove and more. That’s at the Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, in Middletown. www.mattabesettcanoeclub.com
Tonight at 6, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s Laughter Yoga. On Wednesday at 8 The Evening Oasis returns, offering belly dancers with traditional dress and music. On Friday at 8 there’s performer/songwriter Hugh Moffatt, offering music with international and multi-dimensional themes. Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday evening Omar Tamez & Angelica Sanchez Jazz Duo perform at the Buttonwood Tree. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. More at www.buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday night’s they have Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band that jams and presents new material. Tomorrow/Wednesday at 8 their long running weekly blues jams will be hosted by Danny Draher. And Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage, this week featuring The Matt Zeiner Band. On Friday, they’re hosting the 15th annual Black-eyed and Bluesfest starting at 5 p.m. at the Bushnell Park Pavilion in downtown Hartford. Some of the hottest blues bands around will be performing. On Saturday they’re featuring blues guitarist Chris Ruest at 9 p.m. www.blackeyedsallys.com .
Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, Manic Productions and Burger Records present White Mystery and more. Tomorrow/Wednesday, from 5 to 7, it’s La Cantina Flamenco, with guitarist Ed Peccerillo. That’s followed at 8 by Manic Productions’ presentation of Robert Francis & the Night Tide, along with Carly Ritter and Maxim Ludwig. . On Thursday there’s another Manic Productions show with The Toasters, King Django, and Across The Aisle. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 features Tom Hearn, and at 9 p.m. they offer True Blues, Someday Rumble, and Polluter. Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Later Saturday night, Taco Hut presents Zanders, Not Blood Paint, Loom, and Branchwater at 9 p.m. On Sunday at 3 they’ve got The Return of DrinkDeeply’s Summer Surf Series, featuring Ninth Wave, and The Vivisectors.. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Morris Trent Band. www.cafenine.com
Tomorrow night, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, brings Black Star Riders, as well as NightBitch and Vengeance at 9 p.m. On Thursday, Raekwon of The Wu Tang Clan take center stage at Toad’s. On Friday, the Summer Jam 2014 starts at 7:30, featuring a variety of artists. On Saturday at 8 their INTENSE! Series features The M Machine, Vaski, and others. On Sunday at 7:45 they headline Tegan and Sara, with their Let’s Make Things Physical tour, along with other acts. www.toadsplace.com
Manic Productions brings a number of additional acts to the area this week. On Tuesday, at The Space in Hamden, they feature Ratking and others at 7:30 p.m. Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they’ve got Maria Minerva, Mind Dynamics and Tinnniens for a 10 p.m. show. www.manicproductions.org
Middletown’s premier senior chorus, the Middletuners, performs live on Wednesday at 3 at the Middletown Senior Center. Information at 860-347-4887.
At the Russell Library in Middletown, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans’ Writing Group on Thursday at 7 p.m. www.russelllibrary.org
Tours of the Wadsworth Mansion happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m. 860-347-1064
This week, The Buttonwood displays the artwork of Kathy Parrish Peterson. Also, Michelle Podgorski’s exhibit, “Fragmented Landscape,” will be on view all month at the Green Street Arts Center, downtown Middletown. The Art Guild of Middletown offers their 2014 exhibit tonight through Saturday at the Zilkha Gallery South daily from one to four p.m.
The Middlesex Community College 10th Annual Arts and Media Festival continues at the Middletown Campus. Information at 860-343-5806.
On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers. Partners not necessary; 860-347-0278 for information. Also at First Church, Argentine Tango is taught on Fridays through June by a teacher who studied with Forever Tango performers. Beginners at 7:30; intermediate and advanced at 8:30; then a tango social at 9:30. Information by calling Gem at (203) 543 8099.
Also, every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a new weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.
Jeff Halper, founder and Coordinating Director of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, will be speaking this weekend in Storrs and Old Lyme. He is sponsored by the Israel/Palestine Peace, Education and Action Group of Northeast Connecticut. More information at 203-934-2761.
This Sunday, Riverwood Poetry, Incl, presents its annual Social Justice Poetry Reading at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, from 2-4 p.m. This years theme is “Alabanza: In Praise of The Spirits That Move Us,” featuring Martin [Mar-teen] Espada, UMASS-Amherst professor who has been called the Latino poet of his generation. He is joined by poet and performance artist Ngomo [In-go-mo] Hill. www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org has more.
Also on Sunday, the Greater Middletown Chorale has its annual gala event at the Wadsworth Mansion, starting at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is The Roaring Twenties. More at gmchorale.org, or 860-316-4854.
Spring Bird Walks happen every Saturday at 8 a.m. at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison. The number to call is 203-245-9056.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago,” continues this week on Tuesday and Wednesday only. This film follows pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot. “Ida,” a Polish film about a woman who, before taking final vows a nun, discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation, will be shown tonight through Thursday. This Thursday they host the Creative Cocktail Hour at 6 p.m., with this month’s theme being a Taste of Brazil. On Friday a run of “Next Goal Wins” begins, about the American Somoa soccer team that’s transformed from the world’s worst team into World Cup contenders by a Dutch coach. On Friday and Saturday, the late show at 9:30 is The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg. On Saturday, Realartways and Family Life Education celebrate the reopening of George Day Park with a block party from 1 to 4 p.m. that includes free art and music workshops for kids. Information at www.realartways.org .
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Queen Margot,” a high-definition restoration of a French film about the queen married to Henri VI, tonight through Thursday. This is a special director’s cut edition. On Friday through Sunday they’re showing “The Lunchbox,” a comedic love story about a widower nearing retirement in Mumbai who receives lunchboxes from a mysterious source. More at www.cinestudio.org .
Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU, as the new summer schedule continues.
Right after the jive stay tuned for: Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, which aims to take you places that you’ve never been before! Inviting you to venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.
From 6-8pm enjoy Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music that has a roots influence.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry presents live and local Connecticut arts and music , in this weekly show featuring area artists and musicians.
From 9-11pm Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat presents a free form music show spanning the scope of krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, and more!
From 11-12:30 Ian is in the house for a free form mix of Radio goodness.
From 2-3am 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 3-4am it’s the The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation for an an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
And 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 www.wesufm.org/jive
2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at www.wesufm.org where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive. We are hard pressed to raise $10,000 in community support in the next 2 weeks so, please step up to the place and make an investment in WESU if you value the service we provide. Many thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
Now stay tuned for Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks