Tuesday, July 29, 2014

07-29-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, July 29th. 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 Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Healthcare, heard on Wednesdays at 4:30 here on WESU. 

Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week.
Here in town tonight, Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park brings you Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, with Wally Greaney on harmonicas and special guest drummer Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band. This show kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight.  www.arts2go.org.

Also happening here in town tonight, it’s Hip-Hop Night at the MAC650 Gallery. Local hip-hop groups Glitch Mouth, Neon Leather Drip, and Arkatex take the stage at 8pm. Doors will open at 7:30pm there is a cover charge and and this event is open to All Ages. MAC650 is located at 650 Main Street, Middletown . You can also catch a taste of these hip hop artists on Tonight’s episode of Voice of the City with J-Cherry on at 8pm right here on WESU.  
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,  Tuesday nights bring the weekly session with Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam, one of the longest-running open jams in New England, is hosted by Tim McDonald.    On Friday at 9 they offer Tas Cru, a blues performer who’s been dubbed the “Master of Triple Entendre.”  On Saturday, also at 9, Easy Baby, finalists in both the 2012 and 2013 Connecticut and Boston Blues Society Blues Challenges, takes the stage.  www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven at 9 p.m. tonight, brings Drink deeply’s Saloon Singer Showcase. Wednesday, it’s La Cantina Flamenco at 5, followed at 8 by Chain and the Gang, Ed Shrader’s Music Beat, and Dangerous Animals.  On Thursday they’ve got singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves. Friday highlights include Knife, and Miggs, along with other acts, at 9.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Mike Coppola and Friends, followed at 9 by Estrogen Highs, Civil Union, and Medication.  On Sunday, there’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8.  www.cafenine.com.

Tomorrow/Wednesday, this week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features the Middletown Symphonic Band at 6:30.  www.wadsworthmansion.com

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Connecticut Poetry Society meets this Wednesday at 6 p.m.  And on Thursday at 7, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group.  The website, www.russelllibrary.org , has information on summer children’s programs as well.

Also happening here in town 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.

Manic Productions brings you U.S. Royalty, Golden Youth, and Beach Avenue tomorrow/Wednesday night at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday, at The Space in Hamden, they present the 2014 “I am the Avalanche” Tour, with Somos, Rust Belt Lights, and Anchors Away. 
On Friday, back at Bar in New Haven, Manic presents Bob Log III, The Pork Torta, and Rusty Things.  www.manicproductions.org

This Thursday, at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch Troy Ave., BSB, and Wiley Don.  On Friday there’s the Riders on the Storm Doors Tribute, with other acts. On Saturday a variety of loud rockers take the Toad’s stage for their showcase Summer Slamfest IV, starting at 7.  Acts include Blacklist, Goat Herder, Mind Over Master, Paragon, The Rips, Runamuk, and the Middletown connected band, Stikpin. www.toadsplace.com.

Also on Thursday at 6, the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s Riverfront Scramble takes place at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. And on Friday they’ve got the annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival at the Plaza from 1 to 11 p.m.  www.riverfront.org   

On Friday night at 8 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch the Yabuno Ettun Project, an jazz collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruko Yabuno and Israeli double bass player Enud Ettun.  .  On Saturday at 7 there’s Charter Oak Bluegrass, offering an evening of traditional acoustic bluegrass.  Then on Sunday at 7, the Great Make Believe Society hosts First Sundays with the GMBS Improv troupe, offering improv comedy. www.buttonwood.org

The “Lunch at the Library – Folk Fridays” series continues this Friday at noon at the Hartford Public Library, and features music by Dave Costa.  www.hlpct.org for information on that, as well as on the continuation of their “World of Sounds Summer Concert Series,” with performances on Wednesday and Thursday.  

This Friday at 5pm, the Middletown Commission for the Arts and the United Way bring you the 26th annual Oddfellow’s Playhouse Children’s Circus performance: Circus Saves the Day, at the Macdouough School, 66 Spring St., Middletown.  www.arts2go.org
Also, every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. (Dave also makes his monthly stop at Brewbakers this Sunday at 10 in the morning .  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 for a complete statewide listing.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Life Itself,” the Steven James documentary about film critic Roger Ebert’s life, continues tonight through Thursday.  And the run of “Snowpiercer,” a futuristic action thriller about a perpetual motion train that travels the world in a post-apocalyptic setting, also continues.  On Friday through Sunday they have “A Coffee in Berlin,” a German film about the twists and turns encountered by a solitary observer drifting through the streets of Berlin.  On Saturday at 2 there’s a one-time screening of “Tiny: A Story About Living Small,” about people who downsize their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space.  There’s a post-film discussion with tiny house builders Luise and Shawn Gleason, as well as Katie Jackson, administrator of tiny House Connecticut.  There’s also a gallery reception Saturday at 6 to celebrate the exhibits “Real/Unreal,” “Extraction,” and “Collision Repair.”  www.realartways.org
Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present   “The Karate Kid” on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Goodwin Park.  www.hartford.gov/parks
The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1944 classic “Meet Me in St. Louis” this Wednesday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.  www.center.hlpct.org

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Ida,” a Polish film about an orphaned woman, ready to take final vows as a nun, who embarks on a trip to find out the truth about her dead parents. On Friday they open a run of the restored 1967 film “Accident,” a psychological thriller by Harold Pinter, starring Dirk Bogarde as an Oxford Don whose involvement with one of his students ends in a fatal outcome.  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, who aims to take you places you’ve never been before  and invites you to join her for exploration of indie rock and pop.

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. Tonight’s show will feature artists performing at The Mac 650 live Hip Hop concert tonight.  

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

To remind you once again, 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

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