Wednesday, August 20, 2014

08-20-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, August 20th, 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:

At the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown 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.

This Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford 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.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch  La Cantina Flamenco, at 5, 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. .

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight 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.

This evening, 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.

Also, 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.

This evening, in Hartford, the Elizabeth Park summer concert series continues with a performance by Nifty Fifties, at 6:30 on the Rose Garden Lawn.

Down in New Haven, tomorrow night, 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.

Tomorrow at 6, the Hartford Marathon Foundation and Riverfront Recapture sponsor a 5K race at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.

At 7 pm on Thursday, author Elisabeth Petry leads the weekly Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library in Middletown.

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. 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.

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.

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.  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.

This week’s Way Back Wednesday series at the Hartford Public Library offers the Elvis Presley classic “Jailhouse Rock,” at 5:30 p.m.
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 today. Also continuing through today 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.

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 “The Illumination”.  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.”

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!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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