Good evening! It’s Monday, July 7th. 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.
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
Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
Qt the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight there’s the usual “Moments of Gratitude” at 7:45, and the Anything Goes Open Mic at 8. On Thursday at 7 there’s Writer’s 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
Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz series, sponsored by the Hartford Jazz Society, kicks off its 47th consecutive season tonight at Bushnell Park, headlining Yoron Israel and High Standards. www.hartfordmondaynightjazz.com
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings the weekly Jazz Monday event, featuring the Jonathan Barber 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 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
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. On Thursday, Manic Productions presents Guided by Voices, with Speedy Ortiz. www.toadsplace.com
Also in New Haven, tonight at 8 pm, Café Nine kicks off the week with Living Room Jazz!, featuring Kevin St. James with Steve Donovan. On Tuesday they’re offering Jim Oblon and Friends. On 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’s 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 headlines Michael William Charles, and High Times For Low Lifes. www.cafenine.com
Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week. On 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
Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday evening Concert Series at Harbor features The Musical Cavaliers tomorrow night, playing standards and polkas, at 7 p.m. www.arts2go.org
The Middletown Symphonic Band is playing outdoor concerts all week. On Tuesday at 7 they’re at Mystic River Park on Cottrell Street in Mystic, and on 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
This week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features Eight to the Bar on Wednesday at 6:30 www.wadsworthmansion.com
This week’s World of Sounds Summer Concert Series event, sponsored by the Hartford Public Library, takes place at the Dwight branch 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
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
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Readers will meet on 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.
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts opens “James Grashaw: Art and Cardboard,” on Tuesday at 12:10 p.m, at CFA Hall. This Connecticut mixed media artist will discuss his recent work with corrugated cardboard. At the CFA theater on Friday, they present Camille A Brown and Dancers at 8 p.m. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
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.
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:
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
The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1933 Lauren and Hardy film “Sons of the Desert,” this Wednesday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. www.center.hlpct.org
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 tonight 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 they open the run of “Sol LeWitt,” a film about a contemporary American conceptual artist. Friday night’s 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 until 6pm stick around for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry
6‑8pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson
8‑9:30pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis
9:30‑11:30pm Aargh with Tom Gatzen
11:30pm‑2am Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q
2‑2:30 Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH
2:30‑3am New World Show with DJ LOKASH
3‑4am The Graveyard Shift w DJ Otto Nation
4‑5am BBC World News
5‑10am 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 www.wesufm.org/jive
Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.