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Good evening! It’s Thursday, September 11th. 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.
Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight at 7, The Middlesex Drum Circle. on Friday they’ve got the Allendale Rose trio playing balladry and world folk music. Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, with this week’s theme being “Healing Hearts – The Courage to Trust.” Saturday’s offering is “Noise in the Key of Bliss – Part 2: Going for a SerenDip,” with Warren Byrd and Saskia Laroo. www.buttonwood.org
Today at 4:30 at Wesleyan University, Faye Driscoll presents an Artist Talk at the Cross Street Dance Studio on the campus. Also on Thursday, there’s an Opening Reception for the “Call to Action – American Posters in World War I” exhibit at the Davison Art Center at 5:30. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
tonight Manic Productions present Nick Waterhouse, and Pep, performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. On Friday at The Space, Astro- nautalis takes the stage, along with other acts. On Saturday, also at the Outer Space, Manic presents Diane Cluck and Olive Tiger. www.manicproductions.com
Tonight night at Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue, you can catch blues guitarist/organist and songwriter John Mayall at 8. On Friday they’ve got comedian Paula Poundstone. On Saturday, contemporary folk artist Suzanne Vega takes the stage at 8. http://www.infinityhall.com for information
Tonight the Guilford Poets Guild presents Kate Rushin reading her work at the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford. There’s an open mic at 7 before the reading.www.guilfordpoetsguild.wordpress.com
At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Friday at 8 there’s the Truck Stop Troubadours show, bringing you the classic sounds of country music. On Saturday at 9, they’ve got Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, bringing rock n’ soul from the long-time vocalist of the Saturday Night Live Band. www.blackeyedsallys.com
This Friday and Saturday, Wesleyan University celebrates and commemorates the Freedom Summer of 1964 with several events, A Freedom Summer Rolling Concert will start Friday at 6pm at Olin Library featuring the Middletown High School Choir, the Wesleyan Singers, and the Children’s Choir of Cross Street AME Zion Church. This march culminates at Welseyan’s Memorial Hall with performances by Dar Williams as well as Kim and Reggie Harris. Saturday Wesleyan presents several lectures and conversations with civil rights activists, leaders, and educators including Margaret Burnham, Stephen Oleskey, Penny Patch, Muriel Tillinghast, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and more. Details online at www.wesleyan.edu
On Friday, The Village at South Farms in Middletown is holding a free outdoor concert at 6:30 featuring the Skyriders. Bring your own chairs. Details at 860-344-8788
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.
Also on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, The Lady Elizabeth Trio performs at 8. On Saturday, the Rahsaan Langley Project will play at 8.www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. That’s scatz with a z.
Also on Saturday evening, as part of their Songs of Peace Love and Civil Rights concert series, The Dry Dock in Wallingford presents a Brian MaacDonald and Steve Vozzolo. This event is sponsored in part by WESU. For more info call 203-626-5560
The Wimbash returns to Sully’s Pub in Hartford this Saturday from 2pm to 2am. This annual event hosted by virtuoso bass man Doug Wimbish features over 20 performers on stage and hosting musician clinics. Special guests include Wonder Mike and Master Gee of Sugar Hill Gang, a New Breed, Sworn Enemy, Adam Falcon, The New Brees, Joey Batts and more. www.sullyspub.com
As Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets wind down, our local farms offer their fall harvest to you at markets across the state here 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.
This month 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. They’ve got a Hootenanny on Sunday at 4:45. www.theaterworkshartford.org
Hartford Public Library’s exhibit “Pedal and Path: Hartford & the Bicycle,” continues at the downtown branch. Maps, images, and a 1924 velodrome ‘track bike” are on display. www.hplct.org
On Saturday, “Hartford Hodgepodge” takes place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at State House Square. You can sample the offerings of food trucks, vendors, artisans and musicians. www.hartfordhodgepodge.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Abuse of Weakness,” a French film about a stroke victim who gets involved with a celebrity-swindling con man, continues through tonight. Also running through tonight is “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. On Friday it’s the opening night of “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memories in nursing home residents. There’s a special post-screening event Friday night with Writer/Director Michael Rossato-Bennett and Executive Producer Eric Bertrand. The film continues through the weekend. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight, they open “Calvary,” an Irish film about a priest and a man seeking revenge for childhood clerical abuse. “Calvary” continues through Saturday. On Sunday they open “Land Ho!” about a pair of older characters who take a road trip to Iceland. www.cinestudio.org.
At the Russell Library this week, they’re showing the PBS documentary “Freedom Summer” tomorrow evening at 6, followed by a discussion wish Wesleyan Professor Lois Brown and civil rights activist Muriel Tillinghast. Their monthly book sale happens this Saturday. www.russelllibrary.org
Now for a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown as we kick of our brand new Fall program schedule.