Tuesday, July 8, 2014


07-07-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, July 8th. 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 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five.

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

 WESU is proud to present our Doo Wop Extravaganza at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center on This Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. It’s headlined by The Tokens, who recorded the mega hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”  There’s also The Super Girls Group, with five amazing female singers from hit-making groups of the 50’s and 60’s.  making for a night to remember with world-class entertainment. For tickets and info call the Wesleyan Box office at 860-685-3355 or visit www.wesufm.org
Tonight (Tuesday), Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday evening Concert Series at Harbor Park features The Musical Cavaliers), playing standards and polkas, at 7 p.m.  www.arts2go.org

The Middletown Symphonic Band is playing outdoor concerts all week.  Tonight ( Tuesday) at 7 they’re at Mystic River Park on Cottrell Street in Mystic, and tomorrow ( Wednesday) at 7 they’ll be at Cromwell’s Pierson Park. On Friday they perform at The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, at 6:30 p.m.  www.middletownsymphonicband.org

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Readers will meet this evening (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. to discuss “Papi,” by Edwidge Danticat.  On Thursday, their Teen Movie Series presents the 1956 film “Robots in Our World – Forbidden Planet,” at 2 p.m., and at 7 Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group.  The Russell Writers meets on Saturday morning at 9:30.

 Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,tonight ( Tuesday) they have Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band that jams and presents new material.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8, one of the longest running weekly blues jams in New England will be hosted by Geoff Willard.  Friday the Sally’s stage brings you B. Willie Smith at 9, said to be the best Blues-based band to come out of Connecticut.  On Saturday at 8 they’ve got the three acts of Connecticonn Entertainment, including Art the “Adult” Hypnotist, the Glum Puppet Band, and Zach Anderson.  www.blackeyedsallys.com   

In New Haven,tonight (Tuesday) brings Jim Oblon and Friends. Tomorrow ( Wednesday) at 7, their Sounds of Summer Fundraiser features Torque, and Knot A Band.  Thursday’s 9 p.m. show gives you Hannah Fair, Ian Fitzgerald, and Wise Old Moon.  Friday night you can catch Ports of Spain, Hannibal Montana, and Dance Charlatan!  On Saturday the weeklyJazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30, followed by the 9 p.m. show with M.T. Bearington, and Snake Oil.  Sunday’s 4:30 show headliners are Michael William Charles, and High Times For Low Lifes. www.cafenine.com

Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week.  Tomorrow (Wednesday), at Bar in New Haven, they’ve got Potty Mouth, the Blessed State Record Release, and others.  On Saturday, at the Ballroom at Outer Space in Hamden, they present King Buzzo (of Melvins), Mary Halvorson, and Emma Ruth Rundle.  On Sunday, at the Space, also in Hamden, there’s DIIV, Lodro, and Regal Degal.  www.manicproductions.org

This week’s World of Sounds Summer Concert Series event, sponsored by the Hartford Public Library, takes place at the Dwight branch tomorrow (Wednesday), and at the Albany branch Thursday, both at 6 p.m.  The Hartford Steel Drum Symphony, Trombeatz, Los Calientes, and others provide world music of various genres.  www.hplct.org

 This week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features Eight to the Bar tomorrow ( Wednesday) at 6:30 www.wadsworthmansion.com
Tomorrow (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.

 At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on Thursday at 7, there’s Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic. Friday at 8 brings the Eight Mile River Band, offering traditional and modern interpretations of bluegrass.  On Saturday, there’s an Art Reception featuring the glassware of Alex Ortiz at 4 p.m., followed at 8 that evening by the CD Release Party for WESU’s own J-Cherry and the Strawberries.   Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  All are  welcome. More at www.buttonwood.org

Down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday, Manic Productions presents Guided by Voices, with Speedy Ortiz. www.toadsplace.com

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents Camille A Brown and Dancers at 8 p.m.Friday at CFA Hall.  www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

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. 

Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture presents its annual Riverfest on Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, and Great River Park, East Hartford.  The event ends with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.  www.riverfront.org

 Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full gear, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays.  www.ctnofa.org

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

The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1933 Laurel and Hardy film “Sons of the Desert,” tomorrow ( Wednesday) at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.  www.center.hlpct.org

 Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Whip It,” on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Bushnell Park.  www.hartford.gov/parks

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “We Are the Best,” a Swedish film about three girls in the 1980’s who decide to form a punk band, continues through Thursday.  They’re also showing “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, until Thursday.  On Friday  “Sol LeWitt,” a film about the contemporary American conceptual artist , opens.  The opening event includes a post-film discussion with Lary Bloom, the authorized biographer of DeWitt.  “The Dance of Reality” also starts its run on Friday.  This is a Chilean autobiographical film about the surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.   www.realartways.org

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “A Hard Day’s Night,” the stunning 50th anniversary restored edition of a Beatles classic, tonight through Thursday.  Friday opens the run of “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts.  Gia Coppola directs this film about a high school soccer coach in Northern California.  More at www.cinestudio.org

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

Right after the jive stay tuned for The Explorer's hour with Pickup Sticks.

From  6-8pm  Michael Benson fills in for Bill Revill on tonight's episode of
Acoustic Blender. He'll bring an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk,
folk-rock, blues, and more

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

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 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.

From 12:30-1:30: It's "The Deli" with Greg, featuring "Burgers, mellow music,
and odd late night encounters at a 24-hour diner/deli".

At 1:30 its time for RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald to take 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 2:30 The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation presents 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 <http://www.wesufm.org/>  

Hope to see you on Saturday at the doowop show!

Now stay tuned for Explorer's Hour.

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