Thursday, August 7, 2014

08-06-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, August 6th and this is the Jive at Five, our community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!

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

Friday at the Buttonwood Tree, at 8, Isra-Alien performs high-energy Balkan, Israeli, Russian guitar music, finding the deep ties that bind rock and jazz. Saturday afternoon at 1 brings a Chinese painting class to the Buttonwood Tree. Then at 8 on Saturday, Seattle folk singer and songwriter Naomi Wachira sings about the tension of being an African living in America.

On Wednesday nights at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, it's the  Blues Jam at 8 is with Brandt Taylor. Then Friday at 9, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts plays. Saturday, Cynthia Fabian and Co. perform roots music and torch songs.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight's entertainment begins at 5 with La Cantina Flamenco, followed at 8 by the Travis Moody Band. Thursday at 9 at Café Nine, it’s Gasoline Therapy with Kings and Liars. Friday’s weekly wind-down happy hour at 5 is with Sean Bowen, followed at 9 by Funk and Soul Night, with The Greg Sherrod Band and The Langley Project. Saturday’s afternoon jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 by Big Lazy and The Claudettes. Sunday at 8, the original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band.

This evening, starting at 6, and every Wednesday in August, WESU’s own DJ Lord Lewis, the Velvet Knight, longstanding host of the legendary Rumpus Room radio show, will be returning to the Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown to play all-vinyl sets of the best in contemporary and vintage funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae, rare groove and more from one of CT’s most heavyweight collectors and taste-makers.  

Also tonight, this week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features Goza, Spanish for joy, playing dance rhythms from Latin America.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight, at Bar in New Haven, you can catch Bob Log III, The Pork Torta, and Rusty Things. Thursday at the Outer Space in Hamden, it’s David Dondero with Jacket Thor and Mike Kusek (of Elison Jackson).

At 7 pm on Thursday, Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7pm  in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  Also, the Friends of the Library’s book sale is on Friday and Saturday.

Also here in Middletown On Thursday, August 7th, from 5-8:00 p.m. (in conjunction with Middletown’s Gallery Walk series) there will be an opening reception for Barbara Hocker’s exhibit, Caught In The Trees. At the Green Street  Arts center. Hocker’s exhibit consists of printed images using pigmented inks on rice paper. She then embeds them in beeswax and damar varnish (encaustic medium – one of the oldest painting mediums known).

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday’s feature is a local band showcase; among them: Something Simple, Montgomery Parkway, Drained Glory, Grawlix, Honestly, and Standby. Friday, it’s an evening of comedy with Boston-based stand up comic Dan Boulger making his Toad's Place debut. Saturday night brings the Bright Night 3 Electro Glow Party to the Toad’s stage, featuring EDM/DnB/Trap/Trance/and House music.
The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Road, Middletown is holding a free outdoor summer concert series open to the general public. The Survivors Swing Band will be playing outdoors under the tent on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6 pm. Refreshments will be available in our first floor library. Participants can bring their own lawn chairs or enjoy the seating provided under the tent. This is a family friendly event.
For more information please call Program Director, Julie Deak at 860.344.8788 x22.

On Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Michael Augeri and Friends perform. Saturday brings the Rahsaan Langley Project. That’s scatz with a z.
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.

The 3rd Annual Middletown Music Festival this Sunday, from 12-8PM!  The festival will take place in the Cedar Grove at Middlesex Community College. Brought to you by J-Cherry Presents, with support from The Middletown Commission on the Arts, and Middlesex Community College, the annual festival is a celebration of local music.  In case of rain the festival will be held indoors at Chapman Hall. This year’s lineup includes the 2014 winner of The Best Jam Band 2014 CT Music Awards, The Michael Cleary Band; grammy nominated artist, Lauren Agnelli & Ravens in The Woods; Gigglejuice, J-Cherry & The Strawberries, HannaH's Field, and Randomizer! With special guests, The Alex Trouern-Trend, Jennifer Dauphinais, The MayFlys, Ebin-Rose Trio, more! There will be vendors, crafters, local artisans, food, Italian Ice, NoRa Cupckaes, face painting, dancing and hula hooping! This year we are also celebrating two big birthdays, WESU 88.1FM turns 75, and the Buttonwood Tree turns 25!!
This weekend brings the Podunk Bluegrass festival as well. The annual bluegrass festival happens in Hebron CT August 7-9. This year's line up includes nearly 2 dozen local, regional and national bluegrass acts.
This weekend also brings the "Vision & Grit" music festival to the Brookwood Olney farm, bringing together award-winning bands, artists, and food vendors from all over New England. The lineup includes Relative Souls, José Oyola & The Astronauts, Balkun Brothers, Daphne Lee Martin,  Isaac Young Quartet,Post Modern Panic, Elison Jackson, Dirty Sanchez, Farewood, Jennifer Hill and Co.and much more!   for details

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full bloom, 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.  fills in the details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “A Coffee in Berlin,” a German film about the twists and turns encountered by a solitary observer drifting through the streets of Berlin, runs through tonight. Snowpiercer,” a futuristic action thriller about a perpetual motion train that travels the world in a post-apocalyptic setting, runs through tomorrow.

Also tomorrow evening, at 7, there’s also an unusual improv event at  RealArtWays:  In what’s called “Improv’d Cinema: Summer Mockbuster,” the audience will choose among five bad B movies to play.
Then the improv troupe "Sea Tea" will hit mute and drastically improve this terrible film by voicing over the entire movie - on the spot! Opening Friday is the documentary Gore Vidal: United States of America, in which the controversial and brilliant late writer recalls his remarkable life as America's most outspoken intellectual.
Also opening Friday , in an exclusive East Coast premiere, is  Breathing Earth exploring the works of Japanese kinetic sculptor Susumu Shingu, who works with wind.  

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford,  the restored 1967 film “Accident” continues through this evening. It’s 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. Thursday, Cinestudio and Out Film CT First Thursdays bring  a one-time showing of the remastered 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. Then Friday begins a run of The Immigrant, a reminder that New York City has long been a beacon for immigrants that impassively turns its back on anyone not lucky or scrappy enough to get by.

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

 Right after the jive at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!
That's followed by 30 minutes of "Mind Matters" with Helen Evrard, MD. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

at 11pm It’s 75 Years of... For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's an hour of Sussurus. Tune in for grunge, rock, folk and other whisperings of daydreaming music in the nighttime.

At 1:30 am it's and hour of Maximum Rock n' Roll Radio. A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n' Roll collection!

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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 where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive.

Stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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