Good evening! It’s Tuesday, September 2nd, 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, Producer of Conversations on HealthCare.
Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park closes out the series tonight with a performance by the Middletown Symphonic Band, starting at 7pm, overlooking the Connecticut River. Rain location is South Church. www.arts2go.org
Also happening here in Middletown Tonight, at Buttonwood Tree, there’s laughter yoga and a vegetarian potluck with Mylene Poitras at 6 p.m. Friday night at 5 p.m. there’s an artist reception for Erik Person. Saturday afternoon, the free poets collective presents The Connecticut Beat Poetry Festival, followed at 8 by Slam Up! With Cali & Emily, giving you a musical ride through life and love. On Sunday at 1, the Connecticut Beat Poetry Festival continues, with more poetry readings, as well as music by David Sergio and Janice McCune. www.buttonwood.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 Gene Donaldson. On Friday at 8:30, bring your dancing shows for classic rock and soul with The Rib Rockers and special guests. On Saturday at 9, they’ve got the Mighty Soul Drivers, with classic Soul sounds. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, Sole, DJ Pain 1, Sketch the Cataclysm, and more share a bill starting at 8. Wednesday’s headliner for the 7 p.m. show is Lonesome Billy Calash. On Thursday they bring you Emil Asher’s Garden Party, and Jovan Alexandre. On Friday at 5, Shaun Bowen takes the stage, followed at 9 by Laundry Day, Loom, 10,000 blades, and Kindred Queer. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Goodnight Blue Moon, The Soldier Story, Matt Wheeler, and Max Garcia Conover. On Sunday at 8 they bring you Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod. www.cafenine.com.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers classes resume tomorrow/ Wednesday at First Church, Court Street in Middletown, at 7 p.m.. Partners not necessary, and wear soft-soled shoes. Details at 860-347-0278
Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tomorrow/ Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, the featured artist is Call It Arson, with performances by New Year’s Revolution, and Death Black Birds. On Friday, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, you can see S. Carey of Bon Iver, and Califone, at 8 p.m. www.manicproductions.com.
At The Green Street Arts Center you can catch a new sci-art exhibit throughout September. Joseph Smolinski is a visiting scholar at Wesleyan's College of the Environment is a guest artist for September's Middletown Gallery Walk. His work focuses on the notion of collapse in relation to human impacts on the environment in drawing, video, and 3D printed sculpture forms. The opening for his exhibit, Colony Collapse, is this Thursday, September 4th from 5:00-8:00pm. more information at www.wesleyan.edu/greenstreet
Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue is now open. Thursday night you can catch Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. Seun Kuti leads the band his father, the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti. Friday they have Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, and on Saturday there’s Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Tribute Band. http://www.infinityhall.com for information
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, on Thursday night, they’ve got the return of Day 26, along with Theory, Ru Williams, and Kendall and Kaeli. Friday’s show headlines The Lox, with other performers, and is hosted by Jenny Boom Boom and Bam. www.toadsplace.com
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts begins its fall season with an opening concert by University Organist Ronald Ebrecht, “Bach to School,” Friday at 8 p.m. at Memorial Chapel. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/
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 jazz group Easy Baby performs at 8. On Saturday, the R&B group Nu Direxion will play at 8:30. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. That’s scatz with a z.
Oddfellows Playhouse holds an Open House this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet the staff and artists, take a tour, and sign up for fall programs. www.oddfellows.org
There’s a Mystery Scavenger Hunt this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Prizes will be awarded. www.cedarhillcemetery.org
The Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. www.riverfront.org
Wesleyan Potters exhibit “Earth, Wind and Fire: A Members Show,” continues at the gallery and shop on S. Main St. in Middletown. www.wesleyanpotters.com
Hartford Public Library opens the exhibit “Pedal and Path: Hartford & the Bicycle,” this Wednesday at the downtown branch. Maps, images, and a 1924 velodrome ‘track bike” will be displayed. www.hplct.org
The Nook Farm Book Talk meet the author series brings you Daniel Sterner this Wednesday at 5 at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. He’ll discuss his book “Vanished Downtown Hartford.” www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org
Through September 21, 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. www.theaterworkshartford.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.
The 72nd annual North Haven Fair opens this Thursday and continues through Sunday. Enjoy the rides, Beer Garden, exhibits, food, and horse drawing competition. Musical entertainment this year includes Double J Sound on Thursday, and Bad Mannerz on Friday, along with Cinderella’s Tom Keifer who debuts his solo act. On Saturday they’ve got Groovetime at noon, followed by The Navels, and country artist Krystal Keith at 8. Sunday’s entertainment includes the oldies band Flashback at 1, with Northeast Wrestling events happening at 5 p.m. www.northhaven-fair.com
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Frank,” a comedy about a young wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop band, continues through Thursday. Also continuing through these dates is “Jealousy,” a French drama about how a man’s life changes when he decides to leave his wife and daughter. Their monthly feature, “Real Board Games,” happens on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Also on Friday, they open a run of “Abuse of Weakness,” a French film about a woman who suffers a stroke who gets involved with a con man who swindles celebrities. Friday marks the opening of “The Trip to Italy,” a comedic culinary road trip that reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they retrace the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy. Both films continue through Sunday. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a drama about New York musicians trying to reconcile integrity and success, continues through Wednesday. Thursday’s offering is the British National Theatre Live’s performance of Medea at 2, which will be rebroadcast on Sunday. Their Outfilm First Thursdays kicks off with “Yves Saint Laurent,” a Friench film about the life of this world-famous designer. On Friday and Saturday they’re showing “Get On Up,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. Sunday’s film is “The Dog,” a documentary of 1970’s New York about the man who inspired the 1975 classic “Dog Day Afternoon.” www.cinestudio.org.
Right after the jive stay tuned for The Explorer's hour with Pickup Sticks, who aims to take you places you’ve never been before and invites you to join her for exploration of indie rock and pop.
From 6-8pm Bill Revill presents Acoustic Blender, where you can catch an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, blues, and other roots music.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry puts the spotlight live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-11pm Wonderland, with DJ Cheshire Cat, presents a free-form music show spanning the scope of krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, and more!
From 11pm -12:30am Gus Lo is in the house for 90 minutes of underground hip hop.
From 12:30-1:30am: stay tuned for sounds from the Global Village from Pacifica.
At 1:30 its time for RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald to take you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far-flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.
At 2:30 The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation presents an eclectic 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 at www.wesufm.org/jive
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Thanks! Now stay tuned for Explorers Hour with pickup Sticks!