Wednesday, September 24, 2014

09-24-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, September 24th.  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. 

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Wesleyan’s 38th annual Navaratri Festival kicked off at 4:15 this afternoon  with a colloquium featuring Harvard professor and author Richard Wolf at the CFA Hall.   The Festival continues tomorrow night (Thursday), with a Henna and Chaat sampling event at Wesleyan’s Olin Library at 7pm.

On Friday, there’s Vocal Music of South India performance at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall.  The Indian dance film “The Unseen Sequence” will be shown Saturday at 3:30 and will be followed by a post-screening discussion. Grammy-award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs Saturday night on the Mohan Veena with keyboard virtuoso Sathya at Crowell Hall.

Wesleyan’s   Navaratri Festival concludes with the New England premiere of the dance work "Rasamanjari" at 3pm on Sunday. "Rasamanjari" is a celebration of the classical dance language of India. You can find all of the details of this years festival by calling 860-685-3355 or by visiting 

Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, you can catch a Bluegrass Barn Dance with Cricket Tell the Weather, and Front Country. Tomorrow/Thursday night jazz groove guitarist, Charlie Hunter along with Scott Amendola at Café Nine.  Friday’s early show at 5 brings you Gary Heriot. Later at 9 blues sax man, Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, take the stage with Rocky Lawrence opening. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with the George Baker Band at 4:30 and that’s followed by a 9pm triple bill featuring The Royal Swindle, Wasted Days, and The Screw-Ups.  On Sunday at 4pm Stacy Phillips leads a Bluegrass Jam, and later on Sunday night at 8pm The Morris Trent Band leads the Original Sunday Night Jam.

On Wednesday nights at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, you can catch their long running weekly Blues Jam,  hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  Tomorrrow/ Thursday Little Ugly and Midnight Snack to the Sally’s stage. On Friday at 9, they have the blues sounds of Greg Piccolo. There’s more blues on Saturday at 9, with Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends.  

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. tonight (Wednesday) at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, you can catch J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr) and Purling Hiss.  Also tonight (Wednesday), at Bar in New Haven, Manic presents Waylayers and Liam Walds,. On Friday, at The Space in Hamden, they present a triple bill featuring Betty Who, Paperwhite, and Ian Briggs Saturday, once again at The Space, they’ve got Touché Amoré, The Saddest Landscape, Native Wildlife, and Deep Trouble. for information.

Tonight, Infinity Hall Hartford brings Grammy-award-winner Shawn Colvin and  political country roots rocker, Steve Earle to the stage. Tomorrow/ Thursday night, you can catch singer/songwriter John Hiatt, with special guest Rick Brantley. Saturday’s show is Kashmir, a Led Zeppilin Tribute Band, at 8.  On Sunday, Manhattan Transfer performs at 7:30. for information

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow, Thursday night, Dopapod takes the main stage. Consider the Source opens that show.  Friday night you can catch rapper Joey BadA$$.

Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree back here in Middletown, the Kennedy’s take the stage, for a night of folk rock.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, with this week’s theme, “Being Your Best.”  On Saturday at 8  Joe Flood presents a show called:  “Busker Stories, Blues, Brassens. . . and Beyond.” Eric Kuhn’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues through the month.

The 95th annual Durham Fair, Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair, opens this Thursday, offering animals, craft exhibits, a demolition derby, food and more through Sunday.  Friday’s entertainment headliner is Tower of Power at 7, with Montgomery Gentry on Saturday, also at 7.  They finish up on Sunday with Jo Dee Messina at 1.  Details at

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown.  Info at 860.788.2736.

This weekend at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Jazz vibraphonist, composer, and Wesleyan professor of music,  Jay Hoggard, hosts a Jazz series featuring his quartet on Friday, Saturday and That’s scatz with a z.

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Fall Book Sale happens this Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm in the Lobby of Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, here in Middletown. There you can find over 3,000 academic and popular books for sale in a dozen categories - Email for more information. 

The Pipes in the Valley Celtic Music Festival happens this Saturday starting at 11 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  There you can enjoy bagpipes, fiddling, rock bands, food, and more.

The Hartford HodgePodge street fair and festival continues through October 18 every Saturday from 11 to 4 at State House Square.

The Hartford Public Library continues their Hispanic Heritage Month programming with Bomba & Plena workshops with a variety of activities.  The exhibit “Family Traits,” by Peruvian artist Isabel Acosta, continues through the month at the Artwalk gallery downtown. Their Master Artist Workshop starts this Saturday; you can register for “The Art of Storytelling” with Dr. Raouf Mama. The exhibits “Pedal and Path:  Hartford & the Bicycle,” and the Horace Wells Exhibit, continue through the week. 

The Connecticut Historical Society offers the Secrets of the Veeder House Tour this Saturday at 1 p.m.  Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, jazz pianist Noah Baerman will present a discussion and performance, “Resonant Motion – Jazz Interpretations of Stevie Wonder,” this Saturday at 2:00.

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are winding down and some have closed for the season but several are offering fall harvests. check for the latest details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through Thursday, you can catch “The Trip to Italy,” a comedic culinary road trip retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy.  Also on the Screen at Real Art Ways through Thursday is: “God Help the Girl,” a story of musicians spending a dream-like summer together in Glasgow, Scotland.  On Friday they open weekend runs of “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal and “Take Me to the River,” a celebration of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians making a historic new album.  There’s a post-screening live performance by soul artist Betty Harris and Connecticut’s own Mighty Soul Drivers. On Saturday at 8 they’ve got Speak Up, a live story telling event with this month’s theme of Shoulda Coulda Woulda, along with live music.  Sunday’s matinee event, in partnership with the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, brings you “Ivory Tower,” an exploration of the American higher education system at the breaking point.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight, there’s a one-time screening of the 1969 restored rock musical “Tommy,” to benefit the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective.  Opening  Thursday and continuing through Saturday, Cinestudio presents “A Most Wanted Man,” a spy drama that starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last screen performance.  On Sunday they open “Frank,” starring Michael Fassbender as the musical genius Frank Sidebottom, about a group of performers who take to the Irish countryside to perform and record their creations.

Now for a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown as we kick of our brand new Fall program schedule.

At 5:05-6pm tonight, stay tuned for The Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks for an exploration into the realm of indie rock and roll.  

From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D.The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness (brain disease). The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Starting at 9:30 it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And from 11-12am it's Missteps with Djmsal. MISSTEPS is a monthly club night, FM radio show, and up-and-coming record label run by friends, DJs, and fellow producers – Djmsal & Guy Fridge. Dedicated to the underground, MISSTEPS seeks to bring attention to forward-thinking, cutting-edge club music from around the world. All rights reserved. All wrongs reversed.

At 12-1:30am it's 75 Years Of… For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres.  During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff!

From 1:30 to 2:30am stay tuned for  Biz Marquee with DJ Cole. Come join DJ Cole for some hip-hop and movie talk. The show features an eclectic mix of contemporary and old school hip-hop, ending with a discussion about films featuring rap artists and music created by those artists.

And at 2:30-4am it's  In the Mix with WillTech.  "In the Mix" aims to bring the best in trance, house, and deep house to the Wesleyan and Middletown community.    

The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

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 for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Wild Wild Live!

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