Tuesday, July 1, 2014

07-01-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, July 1st. 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. 

I'm Ben Michael.  Thanks to all of the WESU friends and family who made our Spring 2014 Pledge Drive a success! With your support WESU  was able to close out our fiscal year with a little wind in our sail as we work on a capital campaign to  upgrade our studios. 

Next on Deck is our Doo Wop Extravaganza at the Middletown High School Performing arts Center on July 12. Headlined by The Tokens, who recorded the mega hit The Lion Sleeps tonight, and supported by 5 amazing female singers from hit making groups of the 50’s and 60’s, this fundraising concert brings world class entertainment to Middletown. Tickets and info online at www.wesufm.org  

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

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown 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 www.buttonwood.org

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s on Tuesday night’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band works out new material.  On Wednesday at 8, their long running weekly blues jam will be hosted by Ed Bradley. And Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage.  Saturday night at Sally’s you can catch the Rich Badowski Blues Band, winners of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Band Challenge.

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch 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 n night Terravita Mantis takes the Toads Place Stage and on Sunday Manic Productions presents Swans, along with Xiu Xiu.  www.toadsplace.com

Also in New Haven, tonight, Café Nine features Dan Rice more.  tomorrow/Wednesday Café Nine presents Skychase, and Animals Talking.  Thursday’s night The Skeleton Beats, and The Evil Streaks that the stage and Friday  Café Nine presents The Big Fat Cafe9 BBQ and Rhythm & Blues Marathon, with The Convertibles, The Langley Project, and The Crown Street Orchestra, starting at 4.  On Saturday their weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed by a 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. www.cafenine.com

At the Wallingford Library, you can hear Roger Tincknell perform “Songs of the Seas, Rivers, & Waterways,” tonight at 7.  On Wednesday at 1 they have Major League Baseball Live on the big screen.  It’s Yankees vs Rays.  More at 203-265-6754

Tomorrow/Wednesday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the New World Soul rhythms of Zili Misik for a free show at the CFA Hall Courtyard. You’re invited to bring a picnic and dance with friends and family.  www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Manic Productions brings additional acts to the area this week.   Tomorrow/ Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they present Teen, Hubbell Mountain, and loom.  On Friday night they’ve got Mission Zero, along with Jay Prince (of Eurisko), and Rudeyna, at The Outer Space in Hamden. www.manicproductions.org

At the Russell Library in Middletown, registration for the children’s summer reading programs is now open. There's also an adult summer reading program.

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.

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.

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.  www.hlpct.org

Here a rundown of some of the Independence Day Celebrations in our area this week.

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, Prelude playing pop hits of yesterday ad today, and the Middletown Symphonic Band.  More at 860-638-4801, www.arts2go.org , or www.middletownct.gov .

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, Prelude playing pop hits of yesterday ad today, and the Middletown Symphonic Band.  More at 860-638-4801, www.arts2go.org , or www.middletownct.gov .

On Friday, Willimantic presents its 29th annual WILI Boom Box Parade on Friday at 11am. Details at www.wili-am.com.

New Britain's Great American Boom is July 4 in Stanley Quarter Park from 5 to 9:15 p.m. with with family activites all day ending with a fireworks display. There is a fee for participation info at 860-826-3360 and www.newbritainct.gov.
Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, hosts a 3D fireworks after dark beginning at 10 p.m. with proceeds to benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance.  Information: at 203-758-2913 or www.quassy.com.
The annual Lake Compounce fireworks display in Bristol begins at 10 p.m. July 4.  Complete with a laser light show. Park admission is required.  Information: 860-583-3300 and www.lakecompounce.com.

Manchester Community College hosts the 31st annual James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday July 5 featuring children's activities and musical performances Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Information: 860-647-5235 or www.townofmanchester.org.

Brownstone Exploration Park in Portland celebrates Independence weekend with a Food Fest on July 4, and a hot-dog eating contest July 5. Information at 866-860-0208 or www.brownstonepark.com.

New Haven's Fourth of July celebration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 4, at the Summit of East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven. Live music, free horse-drawn carriage rides, food and a soldiers and sailors monument tour are part of the fun, finishing with the fireworks show at 9 p.m. 203-946-8378 and www.cityofnewhaven.com.
The Madison Exchange Independence Day Parade celebrates 35 years of July 4 celebrations with the theme "America's first responders." The parade starts at 11 a.m Admission is free. Information: 203-350-9244 or www.madisonexchange.org.

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.  www.hartford.gov/parks

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.  www.center.hlpct.org

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Walking the Camino” continues through Thursday.  The film follows pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot.  Opening Friday, Real Art Ways presents “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. www.realartways.org

Tonight and Tommorrow, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Fed Up,” a documentary that investigates corporate interests in the food industry. 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 www.cinestudio.org

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

Right after the jive stay tuned for an extended 3 hour edition of 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!

 At 11pm  Ian hosts “Head to Head” where, each week, two artists connected by a common theme go head to head in an exploration of the similarities and differences between them. 
Then at 12:30 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.

 At 2 am we begin The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation for 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

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