Monday, June 30, 2014

6-30-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, June 30th. 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.  

I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a visit with Ophelia Tyler, who, at 104 years old, plays bingo at a Catholic church in Stratford every week. I also carved out a little time for Trinity Professor Mark Silk's expert analysis of today's Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. Can't listen live. You can find the show archived at and at the blog.

 Thanks  to all our listeners who made our Spring 2014 Pledge Drive a success!   Because of your generous donations, we reached our goal a few days early! We knew you'd come through! 

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

Tonight at 8, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s the usual Monday evening “Moments of Gratitude” at 7:45, and the Anything Goes Open Mic at 8 is hosted by WESU’s own J-Cherry.  Tomorrow at 6 they’ve got Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire, and a Happy Healthy Vegetarian Potluck. On Thursday the First Thursday Gallery Walk at 5 brings the AMO Glassware Design Showcase by Alexandra, which continues through the month. That’s followed by Bob Gotta’s Open Mic at 7.  Saturday evening they’re offering singer/songwriter and Middletown native Joe Flood, who performs “Busker Stories, Blues, Brassens. . . and Beyond.”  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. Sunday evening at 7 there’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings the weekly Jazz Monday event, featuring the Stephen “King” Porter Group.  On Tuesday they have Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band that jams and presents new material.  On Wednesday at 8, one of the longest running weekly blues jams in New England will be hosted by Ed Bradley. And Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage.  Saturday at 9 they’re featuring the Rich Badowski Blues Band, winners of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Band Challenge.

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, there’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends in Lilly’s Pad. Tuesday’s show features Say Anything, along with The Front Bottom, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!  On Thursday they’ve got Tye Henney, and the “Highway Henney” Mixtape Release Party.  Saturday’s offering at 9 is Terravita Mantis, and on Sunday Manic Productions presents Swans, along with Xiu Xiu.

Also in New Haven, tonight at 9 pm, Café Nine kicks off the week with The Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Milksop:Unsung.   Tuesday’s show features Dan Rice and a variety of other performers.  On Wednesday they’ve got Skychase, and Animals Talking.  Thursday’s 9 p.m. show gives you The Skeleton Beats, and The Evil Streaks. Friday there’s The Big Fat Cafe9 BBQ and Rhythm & Blue Marathon, with The Convertibles, The Langley Project, and The Crown Street Orchestra, starting at 4.  On Saturday they’ve got the Jazz Jam with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed by the 9 p.m. show with Big Bad Johns, and The Incorrigibles. Sunday at 3 they offer The Del Rios, and at 8 there’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod.

On Tuesday at 12:10 the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Banning Eyre, Senior Editor at This author, guitarist, and journalist will be at CFA Hall.  On Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the CFA Hall Courtyard, they present the New World Soul rhythms of Zili Misik.  You’re invited to bring a picnic and dance with friends and family.

At the Wallingford Library, you can hear Roger Tincknell perform “Songs of the Seas, Rivers, & Waterways,” this Tuesday at 7.  On Wednesday at 1 they have Major League Baseball Live on the big screen.  It’s Yankees vs Rays.  More at 203-265-6754Manic Productions brings additional acts to the area this week.   On Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they feature Teen, Hubbell Mountain, and loom.  On Friday at 9 they’ve got Mission Zero, along with Jay Prince (of Eurisko), and Rudeyna, at The Outer Space in Hamden.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, sign-ups for the children’s summer reading programs start today. There's also an adult summer reading program. On Tuesday at 10 Craig Norton brings his interactive drumming program, “One World, Many Stories,” for kids ages 3 to 3rd grade. Tours of the historic Wadsworth Mansion happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  860-347-1064.

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.

The City of Middletown Fireworks Festival takes place on Thursday, July 3rd, starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring music performances by the High School Jazz Ensemble and the Middletown Symphonic Band.  More at 860-638-4801,, or

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.

 Mark your calendar for the WESU 75th Anniversary fundraiser concert on July 12 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center.  We’re featuring Jay Siegel’s Tokens, the legendary group that recorded the mega hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “The Super Girls Group,” featuring original members of some of the greatest female groups of Rock and Roll.  860-685-3355 or visit 

The Middlesex Community College 10th Annual Arts and Media Festival continues at the Middletown Campus.  Information at 860-343-5806.

The Hartford Public Library presents the Hartford Artisan Weaving Center Exhibit:  “Let’s Weave Historic Overshot,” with pieces inspired by historic patterns, through August 10th at the library’s downtown location.

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

Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Field of Dreams” on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Colt Park.

The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1921 Charlie Chaplin masterpiece “The Kid,” this Wednesday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Walking the Camino” continues tonight through Thursday.  The film follows pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot.  On Tuesday at 6 there’s a night of Real Board Games.  Bring your friends and play.   Opening Friday is “We Are the Best,” a Swedish film about three girls in the 1980’s who decide to form a punk band.  Also opening on Friday is “Cold in July,” starring Don Johnson, a drama about a small town hero in Texas who gets in trouble after killing a low-life burglar.

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “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.  On Thursday at 7:30 they’re showing “Birthday Cake,” a fun-filled comedy about a gay couple planning a birthday party for their one-year-old daughter. Friday begins the run of “A Hard Day’s Night,” the stunning 50th anniversary restored edition of a Beatles classic.  More at

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

5:056pm Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry

 68pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson

 89:30pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis

9:3011:30pm   Aargh with Tom Gatzen

 11:30pm2am Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q 

 22:30 Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH

 2:303am New World Show with DJ LOKASH

 34am  The Graveyard Shift w DJ Otto Nation with playlist

45am BBC World News

510am Morning Edition from NPR

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

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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