Monday, July 28, 2014

7-28-14 jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, July 28th. 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, a look at the life and work of one of the most significant figures of modern Catholicism, social activist Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Can’t listen live? Find it at

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Now here’s a look at some of what’s going on in our area this week.

Tonight at 7:45 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the regular sharing of Moments of Gratitude, followed at 8 by the Anything Goes Open Mic.   On Friday at 8 they’ve got the Yabuno Ettun Project, an exciting 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.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays, with featured artist Steve Davis & Friends.  On Tuesday at 8 there’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band that works out new material.  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.

Down in New Haven at 9 p.m. tonight, Café Nine offers Urban Pioneers, DJ E-Bomb, and Dear Sirs.  On Tuesday they’ve got Drinkdeeply’s Saloon Singer Showcase, with a variety of performers. 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.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight there’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends, and it’s also Ladies’ Night.  On Thursday, host Jenny Boom Boom brings you Troy Ave., BSB, and Wiley Don at 11.  On Friday there’s the Riders on the Storm Doors Tribute, with other acts. On Saturday a variety of local performers take the Toad’s stage for their showcase Summer Slamfest IV, starting at 7.

Tonight’s Monday Night Jazz series at Bushnell Park opens at 6 with the Espada Jazz Ensemble, headlined by the Ray Mantilla Ensemble showcasing authentic Latino rhythms.

Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park brings you Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, with Wally Greaney on harmonicas and guest drummer Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band, at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday).

Manic Productions brings you U.S. Royalty, Golden Youth, and Beach Avenue this 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, they present Bob Log III, The Pork Torta, and Rusty Things.

Also on Wednesday, this week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features the Middletown Symphonic Band at 6:30.  Tours of the Mansion happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m. as well.

Tomorrow as 12, at Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford, their Conversations series presents a free talk: “From Farming to Therapy:  Animals at Work.”  Registration not required, but is encouraged.  There’s a free noon concert there on Friday, featuring folk and bluegrass artist Phil Rosenthal.

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. 

And 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.

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,, has information on other summer children’s programs that include stories, rhymes, music, and building with blocks and Legos. 

This Friday at 5, 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.

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.  

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. (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.

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 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

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.

5:05‑6pm Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry

 6‑8pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson.

 8‑9:30pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis

9:30‑11:30pm   Aargh with Tom Gatzen

 11:30pm‑2am Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q

 2‑2:30 Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH

 2:30‑3am New World Show with DJ LOKASH

 3‑4am  The Graveyard Shift w DJ Otto Nation with playlist

4‑5am BBC World News

5‑10am 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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