Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,
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Good evening! It’s Thursday, July 24th 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.

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

Artfarm’s Shakespeare in the Grove The King Lear performances continue tonight through Sunday, starring John Basinger.  They begin with live music at 7 p.m. in the Grove at Middlesex Community College, Middletown.  On Friday, there’s also a post-production “Talk Back” with the director and actors.  More at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Thursday at 7, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group.  For kids, they’ve got the third annual Gnome and Fairy House Program on Wednesday at 2 p.m., and their Teen Movie Series – Robots In Our World – features “The Iron Giant,” also on Wednesday at 2.  The website,, has information on other summer children’s programs that include stories, rhymes, music, and building with blocks and Legos.

Tonight There’s a Democratic Primary Candidate Forum this at 6 at the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture. Their “Lunch at the Library – Folk Fridays” series begins this Friday at noon and features music by Donna Martin. for information on the continuation of their “World of Sounds Summer Concert Series,” with performances on Wednesday and Thursday.

Down in New Haven at Café Nine, Tom Goss takes the Café Nine stage, along with Daniel Eugene. Friday brings Useless Degree during happy hour, followed at 9 by Elison Jackson, Pat Dalton, Clenn Thousand Blades and J. Screamin. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the Sarah Borges Band, with Jay Russel and Jim Aveni of TheWagon Riders. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips, followed at 8 by The Morris Trent Band.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, Juicy J takes the stage, with MarBar and Benny Z. Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, with String Band and Deep. Saturday at Toad’s, Afton Shows presents 2Face Entertainment, pi, E.T.A., and Tall, White with Ransom and Guests. That’s followed by Wake Up Productions’ presentation of a Summertime Party with Love Dollhouse and Jacob Latimore. On Sunday, The Winery Dogs take the Toad’s stage, with Charm City Devils.

this week at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Friday at 8, the Buttonwood presents a concert called Music is the Healing Force of the Universe, featuring improvisational sax, flutes and vocals. The goal is to create healing and balance and elevate consciousness.  Saturday morning at 10:30, a holistic healing workshop is offered. At 8 pm Saturday, La Hot Jazz performs music from the Great American Songbook. Then Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome, and you’re also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 a.m.

Manic Productions brings a number of acts to our area this week. Friday brings Midlake and Snake Oil to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

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:

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 tonight.  Tuesday through Thursday they’re showing “Venus in Fur.” This French film about a director auditioning women for a lead in his play is based on the Award-wining Broadway play by David Ives. Friday opens the run of “Snowpiercer,” a futuristic action thriller about a perpetual motion train that travels the world in a post-apocalyptic setting.  It continues through Sunday.

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

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Belle,” the lavishly-costumed drama about a biracial woman raised as an aristocrat on the estate of Lord Mansfield in 18th century England. Friday begins a 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.   More at

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

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! I'll play mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road. Music that I love that I want to share with WESU listeners. 

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.

(2,4) Multifarious with DJ Bard and DJ Sunny D
Brief segments of music constantly interrupted by the hosts debating who has better taste in music.

Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Pete
Looking at the arts and culture through an abstract prism. Radio Obscura aims to replace the tiny voice inside your head with new better voices. 
Dr. Pitkow and the Waste of Time with Jake Pitkow
No talk. No jokes. You're getting 60 minutes (ok, 53 with breaks) of eclectic delights, but here's the twist: every week's playlist will form a story based on a theme which is both specific and universal.
The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation

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

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