Wednesday, July 9, 2014

07-09-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, July 9th and 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for listening!

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

The Middletown Symphonic Band is playing outdoor concerts all week.  Tonight (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.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Readers will meet tomorrow, 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 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.  

In New Haven,tonight  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.

Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week.  Tonight, 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.

This week’s World of Sounds Summer Concert Series event, sponsored by the Hartford Public Library, takes place at the Dwight branch tonight, 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.

This evening 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

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

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

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.

 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.

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,” this evening at 5:30 p.m.

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

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 tomorrow.  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.

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`.  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

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
Right after the jive at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!
That's followed by 30 minutes of "Mind Matters" with Helen Evrard, MD. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. One the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

at 11pm It’s 75 Years of... For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's an hour of Sussurus. Tune in for grunge, rock, folk and other whisperings of daydreaming music in the nighttime.

At 1:30 am it's and hour of Maximum Rock n' Roll Radio. A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n' Roll collection!
From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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 where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive.

Stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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