Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening! It’sThursday, August 7th and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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

At 7 pm on Thursday, Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7pm  in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  Also, the Friends of the Library’s book sale is on Friday and Saturday.

Tonight its The NorthEnd Galley Walk from 5-30 to 8PM. Tonights Community Garden Concert Series brings the Rusted Keys to the Luis Lopez Community Garden on the corner of Main and Green Street. Also  in Middletown On Thursday, tonight  from 5-8:00 p.m. (in conjunction with Middletown’s Gallery Walk series) there will be an opening reception for Barbara Hocker’s exhibit, Caught In The Trees. At the Green Street  Arts center. Hocker’s exhibit consists of printed images using pigmented inks on rice paper. She then embeds them in beeswax and damar varnish (encaustic medium – one of the oldest painting mediums known).

Tonight The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Road, Middletown is holding a free outdoor summer concert series open to the general public. The Survivors Swing Band will be playing outdoors under the tent on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6 pm. Refreshments will be available in our first floor library. Participants can bring their own lawn chairs or enjoy the seating provided under the tent. This is a family friendly event.
For more information please call Program Director, Julie Deak at 860.344.8788 x22.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight  feature is a local band showcase; among them: Something Simple, Montgomery Parkway, Drained Glory, Grawlix, Honestly, and Standby. Friday, it’s an evening of comedy with Boston-based stand up comic Dan Boulger making his Toad's Place debut. Saturday night brings the Bright Night 3 Electro Glow Party to the Toad’s stage, featuring EDM/DnB/Trap/Trance/and House music.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, it’s Gasoline Therapy with Kings and Liars. Friday’s weekly wind-down happy hour at 5 is with Sean Bowen, followed at 9 by Funk and Soul Night, with The Greg Sherrod Band and The Langley Project. Saturday’s afternoon jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 by Big Lazy and The Claudettes. Sunday at 8, the original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight, at the Outer Space in Hamden, it’s David Dondero with Jacket Thor and Mike Kusek (of Elison Jackson)

Friday at the Buttonwood Tree, at 8, Isra-Alien performs high-energy Balkan, Israeli, Russian guitar music, finding the deep ties that bind rock and jazz. Saturday afternoon at 1 brings a Chinese painting class to the Buttonwood Tree. Then at 8 on Saturday, Seattle folk singer and songwriter Naomi Wachira sings about the tension of being an African living in America.

On Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Michael Augeri and Friends perform. Saturday brings the Rahsaan Langley Project. That’s scatz with a z.
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.

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Friday at 9, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts plays. Saturday, Cynthia Fabian and Co. perform roots music and torch songs.
The 3rd Annual Middletown Music Festival this Sunday, from 12-8PM!  The festival will take place in the Cedar Grove at Middlesex Community College. Brought to you by J-Cherry Presents, with support from The Middletown Commission on the Arts, and Middlesex Community College, the annual festival is a celebration of local music.  In case of rain the festival will be held indoors at Chapman Hall. This year’s lineup includes the 2014 winner of The Best Jam Band 2014 CT Music Awards, The Michael Cleary Band; grammy nominated artist, Lauren Agnelli & Ravens in The Woods; Gigglejuice, J-Cherry & The Strawberries, HannaH's Field, and Randomizer! With special guests, The Alex Trouern-Trend, Jennifer Dauphinais, The MayFlys, Ebin-Rose Trio, more! There will be vendors, crafters, local artisans, food, Italian Ice, NoRa Cupckaes, face painting, dancing and hula hooping! This year we are also celebrating two big birthdays, WESU 88.1FM turns 75, and the Buttonwood Tree turns 25!!

This weekend brings the Podunk Bluegrass festival as well. The annual bluegrass festival happens in Hebron CT August 7-9. This year's line up includes nearly 2 dozen local, regional and national bluegrass acts. 

This weekend also brings the "Vision & Grit" music festival to the Brookwood Olney farm, bringing together award-winning bands, artists, and food vendors from all over New England. The lineup includes Relative Souls, José Oyola & The Astronauts, Balkun Brothers, Daphne Lee Martin,  Isaac Young Quartet,Post Modern Panic, Elison Jackson, Dirty Sanchez, Farewood, Jennifer Hill and Co.and much more!   for details

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:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford,  Snowpiercer,” a futuristic action thriller about a perpetual motion train that travels the world in a post-apocalyptic setting, runs through tonight Also tonight evening, at 7, there’s also an unusual improv event at  RealArtWays:  In what’s called “Improv’d Cinema: Summer Mockbuster,” the audience will choose among five bad B movies to play. Then the improv troupe "Sea Tea" will hit mute and drastically improve this terrible film by voicing over the entire movie - on the spot! Opening Friday is the documentary Gore Vidal: United States of America, in which the controversial and brilliant late writer recalls his remarkable life as America's most outspoken intellectual. Also opening Friday , in an exclusive East Coast premiere, is  Breathing Earth exploring the works of Japanese kinetic sculptor Susumu Shingu, who works with wind.   

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford,  the restored 1967 film “Accident” continues through this evening. tonight Cinestudio and Out Film CT First Thursdays bring  a one-time showing of the remastered 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. Then Friday begins a run of The Immigrant, a reminder that New York City has long been a beacon for immigrants that impassively turns its back on anyone not lucky or scrappy enough to get by.

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown: 

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! I'll play mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road. Music that I love that I want to share with WESU listeners. 

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.

(2,4) Multifarious with DJ Bard and DJ Sunny D
Brief segments of music constantly interrupted by the hosts debating who has better taste in music.

Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Pete
Looking at the arts and culture through an abstract prism. Radio Obscura aims to replace the tiny voice inside your head with new better voices. 
Dr. Pitkow and the Waste of Time with Jake Pitkow
No talk. No jokes. You're getting 60 minutes (ok, 53 with breaks) of eclectic delights, but here's the twist: every week's playlist will form a story based on a theme which is both specific and universal.
The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation

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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