Thursday, June 26, 2014

06-26-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, June 26th.  This is the Jive at Five – our 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 weeknights and weekends. Thanks for joining us!  I’m Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Mind Matters, a show that explores a variety of topics on the brain disorders known as mental illness.  I'm on the air every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

Here at WESU, we’re celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community Radio that matters, and we're trying to wrap up our Spring Pledge Drive. We are still a little short, but with your help we can reach our goal and stay on track to implement some much needed studio upgrades.  Please make your donation at our website,  And thanks for your generosity!

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage.  On Friday at 9 they have Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, with a new blues sound they’re calling “Charles River Delta Blues.” On Saturday at 9, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood return to Sally’s, with their mix of blues, rock, funk, and soul. 

 Tonight down in New Haven, Café Nine  they offer  JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, and Joe Fletcher.  Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, and at 9 p.m. they've got Jesse Mailin’s Full Band, Don DiLego, and The Backyard Committee.  Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band. Later Saturday night, they’ve got Five in the Chamber, and Brother Stanley.  On Sunday at 4 they’re presenting a Bluegrass Jam with Stacy Phillips, followed by the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings.

Also tonight, down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, you can catch roots reggae singer Luciano with Ikronic, A New Day, Blessing, and Be Aware.  Friday's 9:00 show features Get The Led Out.  On Saturday you can catch The White Panda, Skizzy Mars, and MarBar.

On Saturday, Manic Productions brings you Mother Falcon, Goodnight Blue Moon, and The Family Crest, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight at 7 Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans’ Writing Group.

At First Church in Middletown, Argentine Tango is taught on Fridays – more Information by calling Gem at (203) 543 8099.

 This Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,  there’s a CD Release Celebration for singer songwriter Frank Critelli & Friends, who are presenting their 13th album.  Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  Saturday evening brings the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta, an Italian composer and performer who plays and sings his personal mosaic sounds. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  Anyone is welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More at

In some of our local galleries 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.

Registration is still open for the Middletown Children’s Circus, a five-week summer program offering instruction in Circus Arts to children ages 8-15.  More at

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art is sponsoring River Paddle, a crowd performance art event, this Saturday at Harbor Park in Middletown.  Canoe and kayak paddlers of all ages are needed for the event.  For information, call 860-398-3371.

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford.  More at .

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.

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, their run of “Next Goal Wins” ends tonight.  This film is 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 they’re showing “Citizen Koch,” an exposé that follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party.  There’s a post-film discussion Friday night with AFL-CIO of Greater Hartford President Peggy Buchanan, and others.  “Citizen Koch” continues on Saturday.  Also on Saturday, at 6 p.m. there’s a one time showing of “Before Stonewall,” commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  There will be an after-screening discussion with Executive Producer John Scargliotti and True Colors.

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, ends its run of “The Lunchbox,” a comedic love story about a widower nearing retirement in Mumbai who receives lunchboxes from a mysterious source, tonight.“Fed Up,” a documentary that investigates corporate interests in the food industry, runs from Friday through Sunday.  This film was co-produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David.  More at

This Saturday the Woodbury Ski Area presents the 41st Annual Woodbury Reggae Festival with a special tribute to Bob Marley from 11am to 7pm.  

The lineup includes the New Kingston Band, Papa Biggie, Marley Richard, Ras Majesty and the New Vibrations Band, Ms. Phillye, Cuban, and special guest Kymani Marley. for info

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa for the best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

From 6:30-8:00pm it's Imagine with Karen Stein, with an aim to embrace peace, Karen plays mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road.

At 8:00 stay tuned for 2 hrs of Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where hearing is the best experience.  Bill presents a broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde, as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

From 10-11:30pm, DJ Bard and DJ Sunny D present Multifarious, a radio show featuring brief segments of music constantly interrupted by the hosts debating who has better taste in music.

At 11:30 it’s time for Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Pete, who present arts and culture through an abstract prism aiming to replace the tiny voice inside your head with new better voices. 

From 1-3am  stay tuned for Dr. Pitkow and the Waste of Time with Jake Pitkow No talk. No jokes. You're getting 2 hrs minutes of eclectic delights, with a twist: every week's playlist will form a story based on a theme which is both specific and universal.

3-4am is The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation, for an eclectic romp through the WESU music library.

The BBC World News kicks on air at 4am, and we continue 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

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at, where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive.

With less than $700 to raise, our pledge drive goal is within reach and with your support we can wrap it up. Less please make a contribution to support the community service we provide online at

Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!


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