Thursday, August 28, 2014

08-28-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Thursday, August 28th, 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 DJ Semiquaver, host of The Fermata where I play themed selections of classical music on Sunday afternoons.

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

Friday at 9 at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, 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.

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

Down at New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight’s entertainment begins at 5 with 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.

 At Toad’s Place, in New Haven today 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.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue is now open. tonight you can catch Toad The Wet Sprocket,  Friday night its southern rock legends, The Outlaws, and Saturday night you can catch Aztec Two Step. for information

Wesleyan Potters opened their exhibit “Earth, Wind and Fire:  A Members Show,” this Wednesday, with an Opening Reception today, Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Rich Hill” continues through tonight.  This Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished midwestern town.  Also running through tonight is “To Be Takei,” a chronology of the seven decades of Star Trek’s George Takei’s life.  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.

 At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, Martin Scorsese’s Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series continues, with a different film each day. 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.

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
Right after the Jive Stay tuned for an hour of CT connected music on Homegrown with Rob DeRosa.
At 6:30 Karen Stein presents “Imagine”, for 2 hours of music from around the world and down the road that aims to spread peace.
From 8:30-10pm it’s Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, Where hearing is the best experience. Featuring a broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

From 10-11:30am Multifarious with DJ Bard and DJ Sunny D presents brief segments of music constantly interrupted by the hosts debating who has better taste in music.

At 11:30 Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Pete presenting arts and culture through an abstract prism. Radio Obscura aims to replace the tiny voice inside your head with new better voices. 

From 1-3am its Dr. Pitkow and the Waste of Time No talk. No jokes. 2hs of eclectic delights.

From 3-4am The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation offers a diverse 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

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