Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, June 18th, 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s Groove Jam and Super Foods, with treats, chants, and world music at The Buttonwood Tree.  On Friday, the Buttonwood offers Joe Flood and Bill Gross, with Americana roots music, harmonica, and more. The Aligned with Source Workshop series continues Saturday morning, with this week’s theme being Define & Embrace Your True Self.  Saturday evening it’s O.K. – Olivia King, a singer/songwriter and dancer with an R&B/NeoSoul sound. 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.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, Revolution, I Love You. Friday’s early set at 5 features Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone. Friday night at Café Nine Uncle Sonny, Circle//Circle, headline a 9pm bill.  Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session, at Café Nine, is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30. The Grand Band Slam Showcase from CT Now (formerly The Advocate) happens later at 9.  On Sunday at 2 Mega Ran takes the Café stage, with the Sunday Soul Service happening at 8.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s tonight they showcase some of the CT Now Grand Band Slam winners.  On Friday it’s Spiritual Rez, bringing you a reggae funk dance experience. Saturday they host the 16th annual Black-eyed & Bluesfest starting at 4 in Bushnell Park, with music, craft beers, southern food, and more. Musical acts for the festival include Orb Mellon, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones,  Brandon Santini, The Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Balkun Brothers, and  Big Mean Sound Machine.

Tonight Manic Productions brings Reel Big Fish & Less Than Jake come to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  At The Ballroom at The Outer Space on Thursday, it’s Phox, Mechanical River, and more.  Friday’s Ballroom event features HoneyHoney and Sonya Kitchell.  On Saturday, Mike Gordon comes to the College Street Music Hall, and on Sunday you can enjoy The Helio Sequence at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.
Tonight At Toad’s Place in New Haven, They’ve got Electric Thursdays with DJ’s spinning in two rooms and on Friday, they headline hometown loud rockers, Hatebreed for a 20th anniversary show.   On Saturday it’s The Kooks, Joywave, and Young Rising Sons.

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are opening across the state.  You can visit East Haddam every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham every Thursday from 3 to 6, Middletown North End Friday from 10 to 2, Higganum Village 

Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7, and Chester Sunday from 10 to 1.  Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit 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, Kevin Bacon takes the stage tonight when Infinity brings you The Bacon Brothers with special guest Kathryn Gallagher.  On Friday enjoy alternative Americana from The Honeycutters, with special guest Switch Factory.  The Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour 2015 comes your way on 
Friday with Latin jazz.  On Sunday, Infinity brings you Spiritual Medium Patti Sinclair at 3.  Details at
This Friday, Wesleyan Potters in Middletown invites you to their first ever Chintz-Zee Patron Party at the studio on S. Main St.  where you can find treasures, prototypes, and one-of-a-kind seconds plus refreshments and live music.
At Scatz Restaurant and Lounge in Middletown, you can enjoy funk and R&B this Friday with A Touch of Soul.  On Saturday, Meme Simpson and Yamanika bring you a Father’s Day Comedy Show. has details.  That’s Scatz with a Z.
A fundraiser for the Middlesex Historical Society takes place Friday at the Inn at Middletown, featuring an illustrated lecture by Dione Longley and Buck Zaidel, co-authors of “Heroes for All Time:  Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories.”  Details at
You can hunt for butterflies this Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Details 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.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of the comedy “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared” through tomorrow. Also continuing is “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. On Friday they open “The Yes Men Are Revolting,” which chronicles the activists currently targeting the climate change issue.  They also open the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning shorts of 2015.  Both run through the weekend.  There’s also a weekend screening of “When Marnie Was There,” an animated parable about friendship and emotional repair.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of “About Elly,” an Iranian drama about middle class citizens trying to adapt to strict Islamic laws, through tomorrow.  On Friday they open “Juaja,” starring Viggo Mortensen in a drama about a Danish engineer who sets out to find this magical city in Argentina in the 1880’s.  It runs through the weekend.  Sunday’s matinee is Julie Taymor’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Details at

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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