Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Jive 7-18-14


For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Tonight and again Saturday and Sunday evenings, Artfarm’s Shakespeare in the Grove series is back with a production of King Lear, starring John Basinger.  Performances start with live music at 6 p.m. in the Grove at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown.  More at

On Sunday at Crowell Hall on the Wesleyan Univ. campus, music professor Neely Bruce presents Part III of the recital of his original piano music at 3 p.m. Visit

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight at 8 there’s The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, performing originals and favorites. Pretty Thieves, an indie-rock duo from a small island in the Pacific is the opener.  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

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight 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. There's more at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight’s 8:00 show features Zach Deputy, and on Saturday, Us the Duo, Caroline Glaser, and Sarah Barrios take the stage. Visit

Also in New Haven at Café Nine, tonight 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. Go to

Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week. Tonight's show at The Space in Hamden features Cage, and others beginning 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. Details at

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz runs tonight through Sunday at Bushnell Park.  Tonight’s performance at 7 includes Manuel Valera and David Sanborn.  On Saturday, they’ve got David Davis, the Urban Jazz Coalition, Jazz All Stars with Marian Meadows, 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. Visit

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. Complete listings at

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. They have details at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Life Itself,” the Steven James documentary of film critic Roger Ebert’s life, starts its run tonight at 5:20pm. Also, opening tonight is "Venus in Fur" directed by Roman Polanski. During the day Saturday and Sunday they continue the showing of the documentary, "Sol Lewitt". 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?” Visit

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight opens with a 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

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:30pm it’s
 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

Coming in at 6:30 it's a half-hour with Earth Out Loud/Youth Radio- which digs into learning about our habitat! For more info on this lively youth project visit

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10:30pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

Then at 10:30pm we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At Midnight until 4am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla 
 - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop Records.

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