Monday, June 22, 2015

06-22-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 22nd, 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 Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters, the show that explores issues about the brain conditions we call mental illness every Wednesday at 6 pm. Join me this week to hear Ann Dagle speak about the foundation she created to help people deal with grief and loss.  She founded it after the loss of her son Brian to suicide.

Now here’s some of what’s happening in our area this week:

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine tonight it’s a Summer Solstice Celebration with Michael Illian.  On Tuesday, they’ve got Rockabilly legend Sleepy Labeef, along with Bronson Rock.  On Wednesday, you can catch Corina Corina, Ang13, and Dina Brass.  On Thursday, Mark Sultan, Jack Oblivian, and The Sheiks take the Café stage. Friday’s Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, followed later by A Muscle Shoals Music Revue featuring Amy Black and Sarah Borges. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, with Butch Hancock and special guest Rory Hancock appearing later at 9.  On Sunday at 1 there’s a Tribute to the Life of Kenny Melillo, with the usual Sunday Soul Service happening later at 8.

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic with host Nora Camby.  On Thursday the Middlesex Drum Circle meets at 7.  Extra instruments available.  On Friday you can join The Hollands! for Americana folk harmonies and a sing-along. On Saturday The Red Hots take the stage, with classic blues, jazz, and more. 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. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence at 9.  On Tuesday they bring you Turquoise Jeep.  On Thursday, Zach Deputy takes the stage, along with Organically Good Trio.  On Saturday you can catch Shakedown, Eggy, and The Remnants.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s continues its usual Jazz Mondays tonight with the Steve Davis Quintet. On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. The Wednesday Blues Jam features Tim McDonald this week. On Friday it’s award-winning music by Roots of Creation, bringing you reggae, funk, electronica and more.  Enjoy blues rock on Saturday with Night Train. 

From 6-7 pm, tomorrow here in Middletown, The Cross Street AME Zion Church will hold a candle light vigil for Mother Emmanuel A.M.E.  Church in CHARLESTON, SC .

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight the Reader’s Theater performs “The Velocity of Autumn” at 7.  There’s Introduction to Meditation for Teens on Wednesday at 3. Visit the website for details on community activities, workshops, children’s programs and more.

Manic Productions brings Jim Adkins and Small Time to The Space in Hamden on Tuesday. Shonen Knife and CJ Ramone appear at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, also on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, they headline Giant Squid at Bar in New Haven.  Thursday, you can catch Cibo Matto and Invisible Familiars at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.  On Saturday, it’s Old Gray, Milo, Clique, and Setsuna at The Space.  Sunday, Manic brings you Melvins, and Le Butcherettes at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.

At the Hartford Public Library, they celebrate LGBT Pride Month this Thursday with a panel discussion and book signing led by John Wenke, author of “The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” Their Poets on Poetry series continues this Saturday with a discussion of the work of Galway Kinnell.

Support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! You can visit East Haddam every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham every Thursday from 3 to 6, Clinton every Thursday from 4 to 7, Middletown North End Friday from 10 to 2, Higganum Village Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7, Old Saybrook on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Chester on Sunday from 10 to 1.  Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for full details.

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 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.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, The Seldom Scene brings you bluegrass this Thursday at 8.  On Friday, Liberty Comedy presents “Letterman’s Favorites.”  On Saturday, Connecticut’s own Jeff Pevar and “Mo” Pleasure bring an all-star lineup to the stage with special guests.  On Sunday, iconic folk artist Tom Rush performs at 7:30. Details at

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

At Scatz Restaurant and Lounge in Middletown, you can enjoy the Medusa Band this Friday. On Saturday, Rahsaan Langley takes the stage. has details.  That’s Scatz with a Z.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday and Saturday at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Visit for details. 

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.

Artists for World Peace holds its third annual Dance for Peace this Saturday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  Proceeds benefit the Dr. Yoram Kaufmann Scholarship Fund.  Details at

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs an outdoor concert this Saturday at Riverfront Recapture Great River Park in East Hartford.  Details at

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

The Global Lens film series resumes at the Hartford Public Library’s downtown location. This week they’re screening “Image Threads,” a film from India about self-discovery through the eyes of an internet hacker.  Visit for days and times. 

Hartford Parks free Movies After Dark series returns, showing “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory this Friday in Bushnell Park.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning shorts of 2015, along “When Marnie Was There,” an animated parable about friendship and emotional repair. Both run through Thursday.  On Friday they open “The Ye Men Are Revolting,” a documentary about an activist group taking on climate change.  They also open “Charlie’s Country,” about an aboriginal lost between the old and new cultures of northern Australia.  Their third offering is “The Wolfpack,” a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary about brothers locked in a Lower East Side apartment who discover the world through movies.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of “Juaja,” starring Viggo Mortensen in a drama about a Danish engineer who sets out to find a city in Argentina in the 1880’s.  It runs through the Thursday.  On Friday they open “The Last Waltz,” a restored version of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 concert film of The Band’s farewell performance in San Francisco.   Saturday’s matinee is Julie Taymor’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Sunday’s matinee is the National Theatre Live’s proction of “The Audience,” starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. Details at

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: 

After the Jive stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6 p.m., when it’s time for Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson, a locally produced “watchdog” public affairs show covering Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

After that Nate Delaney fills in for Michael Benson’s 75% Folk until 8pm, when its time for Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk, which presents Americana music from Nashville and around the world from both emerging and veteran artists.

At 9:30 we switch (audio) gears for Aargh!!! with Tom Gatzen, who’ll provide two hours of  loud music from stoner and cosmic rock to doom, avant garde and more!

From 11:30 to 1 DIY Haircut with DJ Tim Daltrey celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal.

From 1-2 a.m. Maximum Rock and Roll Radio keeps the loud rock music pumping.
Then we switch gears again for “In Other News,” a weekly public affairs show from Pacifica exploring topics that range from the conspiratorial and controversial to esoterics near the fringe of belief systems.

At3 a.m. we’ll rebroadcast today’s noontime edition of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman before switching over to the BBC world news at 4.   Morning Edition comes your way at 5 a.m. each weekday here at WESU.

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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Thanks - Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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