Monday, August 18, 2014

8-18-14 jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, August 18th, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs and streams every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: we mark the 40th anniversary of women's ordination to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, an institution which, for the record, did not go up in flames as a result. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at and

Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, the featured Jazz Monday performer is the Mike Pallas Quartet.  Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s other orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam at 8 is 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 Toad’s Place, tonight at 6:30 they have the OMG Music Fest.  Tuesday is the usual Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends. 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.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 8, it’s the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series.  On Tuesday, they’ve got 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. .

At the Buttonwood Tree this week, there’s Laughter Yoga on Tuesday 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.

Middletown’s 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.

Tuesday’s noon concert at the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford features the music of Simply Us, with Vivian LaRosa.  On Wednesday, their Conversation at Noon series continues with Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, Connecticut’s state archeologist, who will discuss his thirty-year career in preserving Connecticut’s archeological treasures.

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.

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

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. On Tuesday, 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.

This Thursday 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.

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 1:30 and 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 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.

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.”

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
5:056pm Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry
68pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson.
 89:30pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis
9:3011:30pm   Aargh with Tom Gatzen
 11:30pm2am Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q
 22:30 Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH
 2:303am New World Show with DJ LOKASH
 34am  The Graveyard Shift w DJ Otto Nation with playlist
45am BBC World News
510am Morning Edition from NPR

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

Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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