Wednesday, July 30, 2014

07-30-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, July 30th 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 tuning in! 

 Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

 In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,  tonight it’s the Wednesday night Blues Jam, one of the longest-running open jams in New England, 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.

 Down in New Haven  tonight,  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.

 This evening, this week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features the Middletown Symphonic Band at 6:30.


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

 Also happening here in town today, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers.  Partners not necessary; 860-347-0278 for information.

 On Thursday, at The Space in Hamden, Manic Productions 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.


Tomorrow, 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.


Also tomorrow 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.   


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.


The “Lunch at the Library – Folk Fridays” series continues this Friday at noon at the Hartford Public Library, and features music by Dave Costa. 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.


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. 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.”


Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present   “The Karate Kid” on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Goodwin Park.


The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1944 classic “Meet Me in St. Louis” this Wednesday at 5:30 pm.


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


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. On 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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