Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening! It’s Thursday, August 14th, 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 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.

Tonight at 7PM , author Elisabeth Petry leads the weekly Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library in Middletown.

This evening in New Haven at Cafe' Nine Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, Ceschi, Not Blood Paint, and The Little Books.   Friday with Stephany Brown plays an early show at 5, followed at 9 by jazz with the Kris Jensen Quintet. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Walt Wilkins, and Chris Berardo and the Desberardos.  Sunday at 8, the original Sunday Night Jam features The Langley Project. .

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch “The Return Of” Day 26.  On Friday Shakedown plays The Dead Beyond, and shares the bill with The Backyard Committee and The Mushroom Cloud.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight they bring the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and The Wood Brothers, to the Summer Concerts at Simsbury Meadows series.  On Friday, at The Space in Hamden, they offer Titus Andronicus, Liquor Store, and Wicked Kind. .

Tonight The Hartford Public Library’s “World of Sounds” Summer Concert Series presents Los Calientes, and the Hartford Steel Symphony.   Their Folk Fridays music series presents Steve Nystrup this Friday at noon.  Details at
At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Friday at 9, they’ve got the Blu Union trio featuring Felicia’s Vibe, with the vocal talent of Felicia Renee March. Saturday’s 9 p.m. show opens with John Fries, and is followed by blues harmonica with Brandon Santini.

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, Outa the Boxx performs at 8:30. Saturday brings Sez Zion to the stage. That’s scatz with a z.

The Buttonwood Tree is closed for renovations, but reopens on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Aligned with Source workshop, featuring spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandh.  The topic is “In Tune with Nature – Accepting Her Gifts.”

This Saturday brings the 3rd annual Trinidad style Caribbean Carnival to Harbor Park in Middletown from 1-9pm featuring 8 steel drumming bands plus performances by Baba Shanta, Patch, Yankee Boy, Taplree, Lava Rebel and more.  For info Call. Michael Charles at 860-818-0678

The Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival happens this Saturday and Sunday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More at

The Dry Dock in Wallingford, an alcohol and drug free venue, presents The Joey Sexton Band live, this Saturday at 8.  They’re celebrating the upcoming release of their new CD, THESE HORSES!   For more information call 203-626-5560. This event is sponsored in part by WESU.

WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard, host of “Mind Matters,” will be at the Astrological Society of Connecticut’s New Age Fair this Sunday from 10-4 at the Keeney Memorial Center, 200 Main St., Wethersfield.  She’ll have copies of her book “Positive Matters:  Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire.”  Information at 860-538-6241

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:

The Classic urban take on The Wizard of Oz (Starring a young Michael Jackson, Dianna Ross, and many more popular pop artists) The Wiz will be presented this Friday at Keney Park in Hartford, as part of their Free Movies After Dark series.

The Connecticut Historical Society presents the 1940 romantic comedy “The Philadelphia Story” this tonight on the lawn in Hartford.  More at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of  “Gore Vidal: United States of America,” continues tonight.  In this documentary, the controversial and brilliant late writer recalls his remarkable life as America's most outspoken intellectual.   Also continuing through tomorrow is “Breathing Earth,” a film exploring the works of Japanese kinetic sculptor Susumu Shingu, who works with wind.  On Friday, they start 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. It continues through Sunday.  Also on Friday, they bring back the 50th anniversary release of the 1964 Beatles’ classic, “A Hard Day’s Night,” also continuing through the

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Immigrant” continues through tonight.  This film is a reminder that New York City, although a beacon for immigrants, often impassively turns its back on anyone not lucky or scrappy enough to get by. On Friday they begin the Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series, with a different film each day, chosen by filmmaker Martin Scorsese.  Friday’s offering is “The Saragossa Manuscript,” followed by “Ashes and Diamonds” on Saturday, with two films offered on Sunday:  “Blind Chance,” and “Mother Joan of the Angels.”

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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