Thursday, June 25, 2015

06-25-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, June 25th, 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 Ben Michael, thanks so much for joining us. Thanks also for your patience throughout out enduring Spring pledge Drive. With under $900 to go to reach our goal, the end is in sight! We’ve already begun putting listener funds to work on upgrades to improve the service we provide. At this point all new donations will directly go towards upgrades. Donations can be made online at

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

The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at 7pm this evening (Thurs) at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown.  Tomorrow/ 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.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Cibo Matto and Invisible Familiars at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.  Saturday, manic presents 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.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine tonight they’ve got a triple bill featuring Mark Sultan, Jack Oblivian, and The Sheiks. Friday’s early set at 5pm features Victor Roland, followed later by A Muscle Shoals Music Revue featuring Amy Black and Sarah Borges. CafĂ© Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. Butch Hancock and special guest Rory Hancock take the main stage at 9pm.  On Sunday at 1pm there’s a Tribute to the Life of Kenny Melillo, with the usual Sunday Soul Service happening later at 8.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, Zach Deputy takes the stage, along with Organically Good Trio.  On Saturday you can catch Shakedown, Eggy, and The Remnants.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, The Seldom Scene performs bluegrass this tonight (Thursday) at 8.  On Friday, Liberty Comedy presents “Letterman’s Favorites” at Infinity Hall Hartford.  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

At, Black-eyed Sally’s in Hartford Tomorrow/ Friday, you can catch award-winning music by Roots of Creation, bringing you reggae, funk, electronica and more.  You can enjoy blues rock on Saturday with Night Train. 

The Hartford Public Library celebrates LGBT Pride Month.  Thursday there’s 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.

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 Scatz Restaurant and Lounge in Middletown, you can enjoy the Medusa Band tomorrow/Friday. 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. 

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

By supporting Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets you can enjoy healthy locally grown food. 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.  Middletown’s Long Standing Farmer’s market on the south green will begin in July. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for full details.

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 tonight (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.

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends their 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.  Tomorrow/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: 

Right after the jive stay tuned for our extended summer edition of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring the best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

From 6:30-8pm Someone will fill in for Karen Stein’ Imagine.           

From 8-9:30pm  Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, presents broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde Jazz as well as a sprinkling of new releases.                                         

From 9:30-11pm Experience The Experiment with DJ Marquis featuring less heard album cuts of mainstream and underground artists.

After that we switch gears from 11pm-1am on Metal on Metal!! with the Metal Messenger presenting traditional heavy metal, progressive metal, death metal, power metal, black metal...any kind of metal as long as it's shreddin'!

Mentaltown with El Vee hits the airwaves from 1-2am offering Ill vill for the unsigned artist, small biz, and non profits with different guest hosts and dj's

At  2am We offer RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald

From 3-4am we’ll rebroadcast today’s edition of Democracy Now.

Morning edition from NPR  starts tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am.

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 
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