Monday, July 14, 2014

7-14-14 jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, July 14th. 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, with children pouring across the border, we bring you an encore show about immigration reform, with an update by our expert on the subject, Fr. John Baptist Pesce. Can’t listen live? Find it at

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
At 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 Tuesday 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

Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz series, sponsored by the Hartford Jazz Society, continues tonight at Bushnell Park. It opens with the Peter Greenfogel Quintet, and headlines the Marc Cary Focus Trio.

The Middletown Symphonic Band plays tonight at the Manchester Band Shell.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings the weekly Jazz Monday event, featuring the Jocelyn Pleasant 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 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. 

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, 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.

Also in New Haven, tonight at 8:30 pm, Café Nine kicks off the week with The Morning on Fire, Hudson K, and Alives.  .  On Tuesday 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.

Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week.  Tonight, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they headline Eyehategod and others.  On Wednesday, at The Space as well, 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.

Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park features the reggae/Caribbean sound of Moto at 7 p.m.tomorrow (Tuesday).

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts brings Aaron Jefferis to the World Music hall tomorrow ( Tuesday ) at 12:10, to speak on “How to Change the World with Hip-Hop Theater.”  On Thursday they present the world premier of “Joe Lavano Trio Fascination,” featuring the Grammy-award winning artist, 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.

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 Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features the Lonely Heartstring Band – again, that’s on Wednesday, at 6:30.  Tours of the Mansion happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents “The Wizard of Oz” at 1:30.

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?”

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

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

5:056pm Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry

 68pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson, with Bill Revill covering his slot tonight.

 89:30pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis

9:3011:30pm   Aargh with Tom Gatzen

 11:30pm2am Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q

 22:30 Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH

 2:303am New World Show with DJ LOKASH

 34am  The Graveyard Shift w DJ Otto Nation with playlist

45am BBC World News

510am 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

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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