Friday, September 5, 2014

09-05-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Friday, September 5th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily 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.

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

Tonight at 5 in New Haven, at Café Nine, 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.

Tonight at 8 at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, you can see S. Carey of Bon Iver, and Califone, presented by Manic Productions.

Infinity Hall’s new  Hartford venue is now open. Tonight you can catch Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, and on Saturday there’s Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Tribute Band. for information

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, they’ve got The Lox, with other performers such as Tony Moxberg, Big Chi Chi, and Young Shawn. Hosted by Jenny Boom Boom and Bam.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts begins its fall season with an opening concert by University Organist Ronald Ebrecht, “Bach to School,” tonight at 8 p.m. at Memorial Chapel.  

Also happening here in Middletown tonight at 5 p.m. there’s an artist reception for Erik Person at the Buttonwood.  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.

At Blackeyed Sallys in Hartford  tonight at 8:30, bring your dancing shoes 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.

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 tonight, 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. That’s scatz with a z.

At The Green Street Arts Center you can catch a new sci-art exhibit throughout September. Joseph Smolinski, this month’s guest artist, is a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment. His work focuses on the notion of collapse in relation to human impacts on the environment in drawing, video, and 3D printed sculpture forms. more information at

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.

There’s a Mystery Scavenger Hunt this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Prizes will be awarded.

The Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.

Wesleyan Potters exhibit “Earth, Wind and  Fire:  A Members Show,” continues at the gallery and shop on S. Main St. in Middletown.

Hartford Public Library is hosting the exhibit “Pedal and Path:  Hartford & the Bicycle,” today at the downtown branch.  Maps, images, and a 1924 velodrome ‘track bike” will be displayed.
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
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.

The 72nd annual North Haven Fair will continue through Sunday.  Enjoy the rides, Beer Garden, exhibits, food, and horse drawing competition.  Musical entertainment this year includes Bad Mannerz tonight, 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.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight at Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can watch  “Abuse of Weakness,” a French film about a woman who suffers a stroke who gets involved with  a con man who swindles celebrities.  Tonight also 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

Tonight and tomorrow at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford you can catch “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.”  Also on Sunday, the British National Theatre Live’s performance of Medea at 2, will be rebroadcast.

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive, At Five Bill Revill is in the air chair for 90 minutes of Folk and americana filling in for Chocolate Cake with Rob.

Coming in at 6:30 it's a half-hour with of children’s storytelling on Story land.

At 7 make way for the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10:30pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee for  Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music from the hit makers alongside talent from our region.

Then at 10:30pm we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At Midnight until 4am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

from 6:00 to 7:00am on Saturdays it’sthe Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

Followed by Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara, for a weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

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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