Good evening! It’s Tuesday, August 19th, 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.
Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Tonight here in Middletown, The Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park brings you Brazilian songs and jazz performed by Sambeleza in a free concert overlooking the Connecticut River. www.arts2go.org.
At the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown tonight, there’s Laughter Yoga at 6 p.m., with Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Poitras. On Thursday at 8 they’ve got country music with Cart*Wheel. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. they’ve got the Aligned with Source workshop, featuring spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandh. The topic is “Merging With All That You Are.” On the stage Saturday night at 8 will be Connecticut guitarist Dan Arcamone and his jazz group. www.buttonwood.org
On Tuesday night’s at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, you can catch Michael Palin’s other orchestra, an 18-piece band, working out new material. This Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam will be hosted by Tommy Whalen. On Friday at 9, they’ve got the eclectic mix of music performed by Blonde & Blue. Saturday’s 9 p.m. show features blues guitarist and performer Popa Chubby. www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch Dinosaur Truckers and The Henchmen. Wednesday’s entertainment begins at 5 with La Cantina Flamenco, followed at 9 by Estrogen Highs, The Frustrations, and The Mountain Movers. On Thursday at 8:00, they present the “Jazz Fest in the Clubs,” featuring the Verve Jazz Ensemble. Friday’s 9:00 show gives you The Throttles, and The Radiation. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with the George Baker Band at 4:30, followed at 8:30 by the CD Release Show of John D’Amato. Sunday at 8, their original Sunday Night Jam features The Morris Trent Band. www.cafenine.com .
Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they present Kishi Bashi, along with Bombadil, and Heidemann. Wednesday’s 9:30 show at Bar in New Haven brings Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dead Gaze, and Strange Kids to the stage. On Thursday at the Space in Hamden, they bring you Dan Deacon, Fake Babies, and Furnsss. On Sunday, also at The Space, the 7:30 show features Kevin Morby (of Woods), along with The Oddbodies, Cold Feet, and Budris. www.manicproductions.com.
Wednesday’s noontime conversation series at The Connecticut Old State House in Hartford features Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, Connecticut’s state archeologist, who will discuss his thirty-year career in preserving Connecticut’s archeological treasures. www.ctosh.org
Tomorrow/ Wednesday starting at 6, and every Wednesday in August, WESU’s own DJ Lord Lewis, the Velvet Knight, longstanding host of the Rumpus Room radio show, will be returning to the Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown to play all-vinyl sets of contemporary and vintage funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae, and rare groove. www.mattabesettcaneoeclub.com
Also tomorrow here in Middletown, Main street will be closed for Motorcycle Mania, which will bring thousands of bikes to town. The event features custom and classic bike awards plus live music by Elliot Lewis at 6:30 and food vendors. https://middletownmotorcyclemaniact.com/
Also this Wednesday, in Hartford, the Elizabeth Park summer concert series continues with a performance by Nifty Fifties, at 6:30 on the Rose Garden Lawn. www.elizabethparkct.org
Down in New Haven, on Thursday, Toad’s features Red Wanting Blue/The Alternative Routes with the Sounds Like Summer US Tour. On Friday, Adrenaline Mob is the headliner, sharing the stage with Crossing Rubicon, Evil Eyes, and Eyes of the Dead. www.toadsplace.com
This Thursday at 6, the Hartford Marathon Foundation and Riverfront Recapture sponsor a 5K race at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. www.riverfront.org
At 7 pm on Thursday, author Elisabeth Petry leads the weekly Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library in Middletown. www.russelllibrary.org.
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.
Also on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Jay E! performs at 8. Saturday brings NuGroove to the stage. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. That’s scatz with a z.
On Saturday, the Grit ‘N Wit event will occur from 9 to 3 at Keney Park in Hartford. There are over three miles of mental challenges, mind puzzles, and physical obstacles. www.hartford.gov/parks/
The Wadsworth Mansion’s annual Open Air Market happens this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Middletown. Music is provided by the Middletown Symphonic Band, The Michael Cleary Band, and Slowpoke. Vendors will be offering Connecticut grown or made products, and docents will lead historical tours. www.wadsworthmansion.com
Also, on Sunday this week, The CT Chapter of the National Food Associates presents their 61st Annual All Natural Food Summer Picnic. This event is hosted by Jim and Rosemary, Hosts of WESU’s own Living Naturally program and is free and open to the Public. The guest speaker will be Dr Matthew Robinson, ND who will present Natural Therapies, Essential Nutrients missing from today’s food, and how Main stream Media misleads people. The event happens rain or shine at Marcus Cooke Park in Wallingford and begins at 1:30. For more details and information you can call 203-269-06492
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. www.ctnofa.org fills in the details.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Free Movies After Dark series wraps up this week on Friday with a showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in Bushnell Park. www.hartford.gov/events
This week’s Way Back Wednesday series at the Hartford Public Library offers the Elvis Presley classic “Jailhouse Rock,” at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. www.hplct.org
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Siddharth,” a contemporary Indian film about a twelve year old boy who, after leaving home to find work, is discovered to have been abducted by possible child traffickers, continues through Wednesday. Also continuing through Wednesday is the 50th anniversary release of the 1964 Beatles’ classic, “A Hard Day’s Night.” On Thursday they have the monthly Creative Cocktail Hour at 6, where creative people meet for conversation, art, and music. There’ll be dance classes, so bring your dancing shoes. On Friday the run of “Rich Hill” opens. This Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished midwestern town. “Rich Hill” continues through the weekend, as well as “To Be Takei,” opening Friday, a chronology of the seven decades of Star Trek’s George Takei’s life. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, Martin Scorsese’s Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series continues, with a different film each day. Tonight they’re showing “To Kill This Love.” On Tuesday, it’s “Jump,” followed by a showing of “The Illumination” on Wednesday. Thursday’s film is “The Promised Land;” and Friday’s will be “The Hourglass Sanitorium.” On Saturday they offer “Man of Iron,” and Sunday’s films are “The Wedding,” and “A Short Film About Killing.” www.cinestudio.org.
Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
Right after the jive stay tuned for The Explorer's hour with Pickup Sticks, who aims to take you places you’ve never been before and invites you to join her for exploration of indie rock and pop.
From 6-8pm Bill Revill presents Acoustic Blender, where you can catch an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, blues, and other roots music.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry puts the spotlight live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-11pm Wonderland, with DJ Cheshire Cat, presents a free-form music show spanning the scope of krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, and more!
From 11pm -12:30am Ian is in the house for Head to Head, where - every week – two artists connected by a common theme go head to head in an exploration of the similarities and differences between them.
From 12:30-1:30am: stay tuned for sounds from the Global Village from Pacifica.
At 1:30 its time for RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald to take you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far-flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.
At 2:30 The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation presents an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
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 www.wesufm.org/jive
2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at www.wesufm.org.
Thanks! Now stay tuned for Explorers Hour with pickup Sticks!