Good evening, it's Tuesday, June 9th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day, and the best in free-form community programming week-nights and weekends.
I’m Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Healthcare, heard on Wednesdays at 4:30 here on WESU.
How here’s some of what’s happening in our area this week:
Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s a CT Songwriters Association workshop with Bill Pere. Jim Clark of Artist Enhancement will speak on achieving creative balance, and a song critique session follows. Lyric sheets required. The literary prose Open Mic session Writers Out Loud happens on Thursday. On Friday, Cynthia Holiday offers you jazz, blues, and pop standards. The Aligned with Source Workshop series continues Saturday morning, with this week’s theme being A Journey of Peace. Saturday evening the Buttonwood brings you the folk/soul duo Lillie and John, along with singer/songwriter Mark Wayne Pollard. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. At 5, there’s an opening reception for WESU’s Karen Stein, celebrating her month-long painting exhibition, “Imagine.” The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30. http://www.buttonwood.org
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Great Books conversation series continues tonight (Tuesday) at 7, discussing “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain. On Thursday they bring you country and bluegrass artists Amy Gallatin and Roger Williams at 7. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday. The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens on Friday and Saturday this week. Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on additional community activities
The BBE (Bach & Beethoven Ensemble) has a debut performance Tuesday at 6 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford. Enjoy the Baroque music of this Grammy-nominated ensemble. http://www.cccathedral.org
In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine tonight presents Fireships, and The Destiny Twins for a double bill. There’s a Comedy Open Mic on tomorrow/Wednesday, hosted by Dan Rice at Café Nine. On Thursday, Pinto Graham, Office Bonfires, and Midnight Suns take the Café stage. Friday’s Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge, with Hymen Holocaust and more later for a 9:00 show. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session brings you Gary Grippo & Friends, followed later by Kingsley Flood, Lines West, and James Maple. Coppola and Friends. On Sunday there’s a fundraiser for She’s Well Preserved, a New Haven pickling and preserving company, at 3, with the usual Sunday Soul Service happening at 8. http://www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s on Tuesday nights Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. The Wednesday Blues Jam features Danny Draher this week. On Friday it’s the debut show of the Loups Garou Band, with electric funk, mandolin, junk-accordion and more. Saturday’s headliner is Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, with R&B, rock, soul and more. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch Balkun Brothers, Breakfast on Neptune, and more for their Jammin’ Thursdays event this week. On Saturday with it’s the Bright Night 19: Electro Glow Party, with a host of artists and DJs spinning in two rooms. Sunday they headline Golden Gate Wingmen. www.toadsplace.com
Manic Productions brings Alvvays, and American Wrestlers, to The Space in Hamden tomorrow (Wednesday). At Bar in New Haven, also on Wednesday, Manic presents Ringo Deathstarr, Armstrong Leigh, and Copper Blue. On Thursday they present MONO and Holly Hunt at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Friday, at The Space in Hamden, it’s Self Defense Family and more.http://www.manicproductions.org
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
The annual Hartford Blooms Garden Tour takes place all week and showcases the city’s spectacular gardens and historic architecture. A special tour of the Colt Complex is included. Sunday’s wrap-up, “The Spirit of it All,” includes visits to churches, labyrinths, and a contemplative garden. Tour tickets are available at various locations. Information at http://www.hartfordblooms.org
Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are revving up. Visit the market at East Haddam every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham every Thursday from 3 to 6, Higganum Village Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visithttp://www.ctnofa.org/FarmersMarkets for details.
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. It’s free as well this Saturday as part of their Second Saturdays for Families series. http://www.thewadsworth.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy jazz with The Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman, this Thursday at 8. On Friday it’s a magic show with illusionist Mike Super. On Saturday they headline Connecticut native On Cue with hip-hop. Details at http://www.infinityhall.com
You can take a free tour of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arc every Thursday at noon in Bushnell Park in Hartford. More information is available at http://www.bushnellpark.org
In preparation for the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival later this summer, there's a Children's Village Youth Talent Fundraiser this Friday at ArtSpace on Asylum Avenue in Hartford. This event, which includes a fashion show, song, poetry, and more is open to youth of all ages. Call 860-214-2557 for information.
Scatz Restaurant and Jazz lounge in Middletown welcomes David Davis and his band to the stage on Friday night. Saturday night, Vocalist Theresa Wright returns to the Scatz stage. More at http://www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com/ that’s Scatz with a “Z”.
This weekend Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown celebrates forty years of promoting the growth of young people through the performing arts, with two days of events on Friday and Saturday at its Washington Street location. Festivities include a “(pay the) Rent Party,” an all star alumni variety show, a family dance party and more! Details at http://www.oddfellows.org
The Art Guild of Middletown holds an opening reception for it’s 2015 exhibition this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ziklha Gallery on the Wesleyan campus. Meet the artists and view the show. The exhibition continues through June 20. http://www.arts2go.org
WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of WESU’s Imagine radio show airing on Thursdays, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown.
This weekend also brings the grand opening of the Vintage Hi-Fi museum in West Hartford, on Saturday and Sunday June 13/14th. You can explore examples of mid-century stereo design, listen to music on vintage tube amplifiers, check out their vinyl collection and more. Information at www.vintagehifi.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they end their run of the comedy “The 100-Year-Old Man Who
Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared” through tonight (Tuesday). Running through Thursday is “Man From Reno,” a Japanese/English murder mystery that takes place in San Francisco. On Wednesday there’s a one-time screening of “The Search for Freedom,’ a documentary about living in the moment through surfing, skiing, mountain biking, and more. On Friday they open “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” a documentary of the man who has been Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for over four decades. A post-film talk follows the opening night screening. It runs through the weekend.www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio reopens this Thursday with a one-time screening of “The Circle,” an award-winning documentary abut the fragile gay community in 1950’s Zurich. On Friday they open “About Elly,” an Iranian drama about Iranian middle class citizens trying to adapt to their country’s strict Islamic laws. It runs through the weekend. http://www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the jive stay tuned for nearly three hours of folk and Americana music until 8pm, on Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill who offers and eclectic selection of Americana plus an extensive concert listing and regular ticket giveaways.
From 8-9pm it’s The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, A weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
After that at 9pm its Radio Obscura, whose hosts describe the show as follows “Radio Obscura is a gasoline powered cat purring its way through the highways and byways of the weeks topics. Join us and. Pet the cat.”
DJ Pickup Sticks is back in the air-chair after that at 10:30 for her show, Explorers’ Hour which offers sn exploration of rock, pop, and experimental music
at: 11:30 Zoe Thrasher provides an hour of free form fun in the studio.
From 1:30-3am it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. Who claims he’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
At 3am, we will rebroadcast today’s noontime broadcast of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.
The BBC world news report follows that at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
You can find the rest of our daily schedule online at www.wesufm.org where you’ll also find a link to our online audio stream and archives (where you can listen to any WESU show for up to 2 weeks after it airs.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
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