Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'

 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
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Good evening! It’s Thursday  July 31th 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 J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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

Tonight at the Russell Library in Middletown, at 7, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group.  The website, , has information on summer children’s programs as well. 

Tonight the Goff House Concert Series continues with a FREE concert in East Hampton, featuring gigglejuice. The show starts at 6;30 at Center School. 

Down in New Haven  tonight, 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.  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.

 Tonight 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.   

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, 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.

Tonight, 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.


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 tonight.  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.

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:

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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