Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday's JIVE

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Good evening, it's Thursday, June 4th. 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 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.

Tonight it's  ArtWalk in Middletown happening on the north end of Main Street. There will be a free concert  with Dada Vida in the Louis Lopez Community Garden, an art reception for Jeff Sullivan at Middletown Framing, and attend the opening reception at Green Street Center for Ben Parker’s “Breaking the Pattern.”  Details for these events and more at

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight they’ve got Bob Gotta’s longstanding monthly acoustic open mic.  They also open their June art exhibit “Imagine,” featuring paintings by WESU’s Karen Stein. On Friday it’s Nested Drift, giving you fusion, improvisational jazz, and more. Saturday at 8 it’s the George Mastrogiannis Quintet. 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. Sunday night, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv group of actors and musicians. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

The annual St. George’s Greek Festival takes place this tonight through Saturday in Hartford.  There’s music, theater, food and more. Information at

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine, tonight, The Woggles, DJ Dave Coon, and DJ Fast Eddy take the Café stage. Friday’s weekly Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Gary Heriot, followed at 9 by The Famines, Spectral Fangs, and Lea.  Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features Mike Coppola and Friends.  Saturday night they’re throwing an after party following the screening of “Danny Says,” a documentary about Danny Fields showing at the Whitney Humanities Center. Headliners are The Hymans, Dave Richman and The Modern Covers, and Jacques LeCoque.  The School of Rock Madison CT Showcase starts Sunday at noon, followed by the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8.

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, on Friday it’s Danny Pease & the Regulators, bringing you Dirty Punk Reggae and more. Enjoy New Orleans funk on Saturday with The Colbys, along with special guest Charles Neville. 

Manic Productions on Friday brings, Sebadoh and Total Babes take the stage at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday, at The Space in Hamden, they bring you Alex G, Pinegrove, and Pupppy.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s An Acoustic Evening with Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, along with David O’Grady.  On Friday they bring you folk legend Livingston Taylor. Saturday, Americana singer/songwriter Martin Sexton takes the stage, along with special guests Brothers McCann.  VIP pre-show meet and greet tickets are available.  Sunday, you can hear soul singer/songwriter Marc Broussard, along with special guest Andy Suzuki & The Method.  Details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, Clean Bandit and Roman GianArthur take the stage. On Friday you can enjoy the John Valby XXX-Comedy show.  They finish out the week on Saturday with Mobb

The Haddam-Killingworth High School student art exhibit opens this Friday at the MAC650 gallery on Main St in Middletown. An opening reception with music, refreshments, and more starts at 5:30.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday and Saturday evenings at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Reservations are required.  Find out more at

The reSet Incubator Space in Hartford’s Parkville region hosts a National Day of Civic Hacking all day Saturday.  Learn about open data sources in Hartford, and join in designing community tools for I-84 redesign and more.

The Sporting Chance for Youth Day happens on Saturday at Riverside Park in Hartford.  Youth of all abilities can try rowing, fishing, soccer, mountain biking and more.  Visit for details. 

Tree expert John Kehoe leads a 2-mile tree walk this Saturday in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Learn more at

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. 

The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival Del Coqui happens this Sunday at Bushnell Park in Hartford.  Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Hispanic culture.  More at

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are starting their new season.  The Durham market is open tomorrow, or check out the Higganum Village market on Fridays. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for details

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

Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of the new comedy “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared. “Every Secret Thing,” a crime thriller based on the novel by Laura Lippman, about the deception surrounding a series of missing child cases, is screening Friday and continues through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the 28th Connecticut LGBT Festival.  Tonight they’re showing “Back On Board: Greg Louganis,” about the Olympic gold medalist and activist.  A centerpiece reception, with Director/Producer Cheryl Furjanic, starts at 6.  On Thursday it’s “How To Win at Checkers (Every Time).”  They close out the festival on Friday with “Happy End,” a German/Dutch production preceded by several shorts. The theater will reopen on June 11.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:  
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!             

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, Bill Revill of Acoustic Blender will be filling in for Evening Jazz tonight with some Acoustic Americana.
A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.                                         

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
Featuring local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists not normally played on the radio. 
(2,4) Experience The Experiement (ETEShow) with DJ Marquis
Album Cuts of main and non mainstream artists. The show does interviews from all backgrounds of music.

Metal on Metal!! with the Metal Messenger
Welcome to Metal on Metal!! 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
Ill vill for the unsigned artist, small biz, and non profit with different guest hosts plus dj's

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald

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 Wesleyan University since 1939.

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