Good evening! It’s Tuesday, July 15th. 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.
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Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight they have Laughter Yoga at 6 with Certified Laughter Leader Poitras. On Friday at 8 there’s The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, performing originals and favorites, opened by Pretty Thieves, an indie-rock duo from a small island in the Pacific. On Saturday they offer the Mike Augeri Jazz Quintet, with Afro-Cuban, jazz, Latin and contemporary-themed music. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome. The AMO glassware exhibit by Alexandra continues through the month. More at www.buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings 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 Cynthia Fablan and Carl Ricci. Friday the Sally’s stage brings you The Mojomatics, specializing in the 1950’s blues-style music pioneered by Muddy Waters. On Saturday at 8 they’ve got Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band, a nominee for the Best Blues Act for the 2014 New England Music Awards. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday, they’ve got the Start Making Sense Talking Heads Tribute, and the HmfO Hall & Oates Tribute, featuring Eggy, and Tanooki Suit. Friday’s 8:00 show gives you Zach Deputy, and on Saturday, Us the Duo, Caroline Glaser, and Sarah Barrios take the stage. www.toadsplace.com
Also in New Haven, tonight tonight they’re offering Freedy Johnston, The Shinolas, and others. On Wednesday at 5, there’s La Cantina Flamenco, followed at 8 by Mario Pavone – Street Songs/The Accordion Project. Thursday’s 9 p.m. show gives you Grizzlor, The Vultures, and Spectral Fangs. Friday’s night you can catch one of New Orleans’ favorite bands, The Iguanas. On Saturday the weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed by the 9 p.m. show with The Meatmen, and others. Sunday’s 4:00 early show headlines Omega Vague, followed by the Original Sunday Night Jam with the Langley Brothers Band at 8. www.cafenine.com
Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week. Tomorrow, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, you can catch Miniature Tigers, the Griswolds, and Finish Ticket. Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they give you Wess Meets West, Shy Low, and The Traveler. This Thursday at 9, The Deen Ween Group, and Back From Earth, will be at The Ballroom at The Outer Space at 9. Friday’s show, also at The Space, features Cage, and others at 7:30. The headliner for Saturday’s show at The Space is The Early November (Acoustic), and I Can Make A Mess (Acoustic). On Sunday, it’s back to The Ballroom at the Outer Space for an 8:30 show with Marissa Nadler, and Violent Mae. www.manicproductions.org
Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park tonight features the reggae/Caribbean sound of Moto at 7 p.m.tomorrow. www.arts2go.org
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the world premier of “Joe Lavano Trio Fascination” this Thursday, which features that Grammy-award winning artist, along with special guest vocalist Judi Silvano, at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall. On Sunday at Crowell Hall, music professor Neely Bruce presents the Part III recital of his original piano music at 3 p.m. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
On Wednesday there’s an Open Mic Blues Jam in Middletown at Cypress Grill, 1265 South Main Street, starting at 7:30, hosted by the Basically Blues Band. The number to call is 860-346-3367.
Also on Wednesday, this week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features the Lonely Heartstring Band – again, that’s tomorrow at 6:30. Tours of the Mansion happen every Wednesday as well, at 2 p.m. www.wadsworthmansion.com
Every 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.
Artfarm’s Shakespeare in the Grove series begins this Thursday with a production of King Lear, starring John Basinger. Performances continue through Sunday, and start with live music at 7 p.m. in the Grove at Middlesex Community College, Middletown. More at www.arts2go.org
Hartford Public Library holds an opening reception for cartoonist Joe Young’s Artwalk exhibit, “Young @ Art,” on Thursday at 5:30. They’ve also got African drumming classes at various locations. Details at www.hlpct.org
At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Thursday at 7, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group. Refer to the website for information on summer children’s programs that include stories, rhymes, music, and building with blocks and Legos.
The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz runs this week from Friday through Sunday at Bushnell Park. Friday’s performance at 7 includes Manuel Valera and David Sanborn. On Saturday, they’ve got David Davis, the Urban Jazz Coalition, Jazz All Stars, and others. Sunday starts with Ross Tucker’s Hot Cat Dixieland Jazz Band, and later they’ve got Sherry Winston, Javon Jackson, and Azar Lawrence. www.hartfordjazz.com
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 “Rio,”this Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Pope Park. www.hartford.gov/parks
The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents “The Wizard of Oz” at 1:30. www.center.hlpct.org
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Sol LeWitt,” a film about a contemporary American conceptual artist, continues tonight through Wednesday, along with the run of “The Dance of Reality” a Chilean autobiographical film about the surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. On Thursday at 6 they’ve got the monthly Creative Cocktail Hour, and this month’s theme is a maker-fair fest featuring food, music, and conversation. “Life Itself,” the Steven James documentary of film critic Roger Ebert’s life, starts its run on Friday. On Saturday at 8 p.m. they’ve got the monthly live storytelling event, “Speak Up,” with this month’s theme being: “Who’s the Boss?” www.realartways.org
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts, tonight through Thursday. Gia Coppola directs this film about a high school soccer coach in Northern California. On Friday they open the run of “Belle,” the lavishly-costumed drama about a British biracial woman raised on the aristocratic estate of Lord Mansfield in 18th century England. More at www.cinestudio.org
Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
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 Bill Revill presents Acoustic Blender, where you can catch an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, blues, and other roots music.
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 talent.
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 - every 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
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