Good evening! It’s Tuesday, August 26th, 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 Marianne O’Hare, Thanks for joining us!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Tonight, Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park brings you Elite Syncopation, who cover late 19th and early 20th century jazz and ragtime starting at 7pm overlooking the CT River. Rain location is South Church www.arts2go.org
Through September 14, you can catch, “Woody Sez”, a stage show, about the life, times and music of the legendary American folk musician, Woody Guthrie at Theater works in Hartford. You can join the cast of “Woody Sez on WESU, tonight, for a sneak peak on Bill Revill’s Acoustic Blender program which starts 6pm. www.wesufm.org
On Tuesday night’s at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Michael Palin’s other orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam at 8 is hosted by Tim McDonald. On Friday at 9, they’ve got the Brandt Taylor Band, playing blues with elements of funk, soul, old school country, and rock. On Saturday, Brooklyn’s Trinity takes the stage at 4 with her All Ages Show, followed at 9 by Tommy Whalen & the Ragged Edge, playing blues, rock, soul, and funk. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight, at The Space in Hamden, the featured artist is Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers), performing at 7:30. Wednesday’s 10:00 show at Bar in New Haven brings Beverly, and Verdigris, to the stage. On Thursday at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, you can see Zammuto, and loom. LVL UP, Krill, and others will be at The Space for a 7 p.m. show on Friday. www.manicproductions.com.
Down New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 9 they’ve got Elis Lynn, Mercy Choir, and Buck McGrane at 8. Wednesday’s entertainment begins at 5 with La Cantina Flamenco, followed at 7 by Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge, with a third show at 9 featuring The Travis Moody Band. On Thursday they bring you Post Modern Panic, Wess Meets West, and The Oddbodies. On Friday at 5, Irish folk artist Sean Conlon takes the stage, followed at 9 by Five Stories Falling, Moving Brooklyn, and Chaser Eight. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Billy Cofrances 4:30, followed at 9 by Elison Jackson, Kindred Queer, and Analog Sunset. On Sunday at 4, there’s a bluegrass jam with Stacy Phillips, and their original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Cobalt Rhythm Kings. www.cafenine.com.
At the Hartford Public Library, there’s a Salsa Social in the Atrium, tonight at 6 p.m. Dancers of all levels are welcome. www.hplct.org
At Toad’s Place, in New Haven on Thursday, you can catch Cyhi The Prynce on stage. Celebrate Labor Day on Sunday at 7:30 with Toad’s Labor Day Funkfest, featuring 6 Train Soldier, Hearts & Thieves, Chew, and the Dave Kardis Band. www.toadsplace.com
“Caught in the Trees,” an exhibit of Barbara Hocker’s work using paint, rice paper, and beeswax, continues through Wednesday at the Green St. Arts Center in Middletown. www.wesleyan.edu/greenstreet/
On 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
Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue is now open. Thursday night you can catch Toad The Wet Sprocket, Friday night its southern rock legends, The Outlaws, and Saturday night you can catch Aztec Two Step. http://www.infinityhall.com for information
Wesleyan Potters opens their exhibit “Earth, Wind and Fire: A Members Show,” this Wednesday, with an Opening Reception on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. www.wesleyanpotters.com
On Friday the Buttonwood Tree reopens after being closed for renovations. Friday night at 7pm, Enzo Boscarino, presents VIVA ITALY: A narrative and music Musical Tour of Italy’s regions. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support WESU 75th anniversary capital campaign. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. the Aligned with Source workshop continues, featuring spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandh. The topic is “Living in the Light.” On the stage Saturday at 7, a variety of artists will present “Gilbert and Sullivan Highlights. www.buttonwood.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, the R&B group ADL performs at 8:30. On Saturday, the Scatz Comedy Show starts at 8. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. That’s scatz with a z.
On Friday, the Asylum Quartet plays eclectic music at noon in the Summer Fun at the Farmer’s Market series at the Connecticut Old Statehouse in Hartford. www.ctosh.org
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.
Along with the end of summer, CT offers many agricultural fairs across the state. This weekend brings the Haddam Neck Fair to the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds. With Traditional agricultural exhibits & contests, Tractor, Truck, and draft animal pullinng cxompetitions, a carnival midway, fair court and more, this fair kicks off Friday evening and is open through Monday. Musical entertainment for this year includes, reunions of 2 local rock bands, “The Bus” and “Fountain head”, plus Good Night Blue Moon, Shakedown, Mark Mercier and friends, and Aztec Two Step. Details at www.haddamneckfair.com
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
This week’s Way Back Wednesday series at the Hartford Public Library brings you the last Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable film, “The Misfits,” at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. www.hplct.org
At the Russell Library, they’re showing “Metropolis” on Wednesday at 2, in the 2014 Teen Movie Series: Robots in Our World. At 7 pm on Thursday, author Elisabeth Petry leads the weekly Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library in Middletown. www.russelllibrary.org.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Rich Hill” continues through Thursday. This Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished midwestern town. Also running through Thursday is “To Be Takei,” a chronology of the seven decades of Star Trek’s George Takei’s life. On Tuesday their monthly event, “Taste,” features Chef Chris Prosperi, and is hosted by Rand Richards Cooper, contributing writer for the New York Times and Bon Appetit. On Friday they start a run of “Frank,” a comedy about a young wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop band, which continues through Sunday. Also opening Friday and running through the weekend is “Jealousy,” a French drama about how a man’s life changes when he decides to leave his wife and daughter. 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 “The Constant Factor.” On Tuesday, it’s “Austeria,” followed by a showing of “Eroica” on Wednesday. Thursday’s film is “Camouflage.” On Friday, they open a run of “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a drama about New York musicians trying to reconcile integrity and success. www.cinestudio.org.
Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
Right after the jive stick around for:
The Explorer's hour with Pickup Sticks. For an hour of indie rock and pop explorations!
at 6pm stay tuned for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 2 hrs folks and americana music. On tonight’s show you can catch special guests from the Cast of Woody Sez who’ll talk about and play music from their production, currently on stage at Theater works Hartford.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry presents live and local Connecticut arts and music , in this weekly show featuring area artists and musicians.
From 9-11pm Join DJ Cheshire Cat in Wonderland for a 90 minute free form music show
From 11-12:30 Ian is in the house for Head to Head: where, Each week, two
artists connected by a common theme go head to head in an exploration of the
similarities and differences between them.
From 12:30-1:30: stay tuned for an hour of world music on Sounds from the Global Village.
At 1:30 it’s time for more world music on RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald.
At 2:30 The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation presents an eclectic mix of
music from the WESU library.
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