Good evening, it's Tuesday, July 7th, 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.
Thanks for tuning in. I'm Marianne O’Hare producer of CHC Radio. Here’s a look at some of what’s going on in our area this week:
The City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts kick off their Summer Sounds Series tonight (Tuesday), with the Angelo Sapia Band playing Italian favorites live on stage at the South Green. In case of inclement weather the show will go on in the sanctuary of the South Church located at the corner with the YMCA and the City's South Green (Union Park), Main & Pleasant Streets. Find the complete lineup at www.arts2go.org.
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight, you can catch the weekly Laughter Yoga session and a vegetarian potluck at 6. On Thursday, Writers Out Loud read at 7 p.m. Friday, Jim Matus brings solo laoutar, described as beautiful melodies, harmonic twists and trance grooves with an emphasis on improvisation. Joining him will be Larry Derdeyn on solo piano. That’s at 8. And Saturday at 8 brings Sissy Castrogiovanni’s Unplugged Trio to the Buttonwood Tree, playing jazz, Mediterranean and world music, with a touch of classical and African influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old folk traditions. Sunday at 5 pm at the Buttonwood Tree, there will be an artist’s reception for Jennifer Misseri, whose photographs are on view through July. The Hearing Voices group meets at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 12. Details atwww.buttonwood.org.
Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, there’ll be a benefit for the Sounds of Summer Festival, with Rope, Off The Trax, and Sid Ironson. Wednesday at 9 brings another benefit to Café Nine, this one for The Ansonia Nature Center, featuring This Criminal Soul, La Tunda and Viet Tom. Thursday, Eilen Jewell performs, with Elisa Flynn. Friday’s weekly wind-down happy hour features Sean Conlon at 5 p.m., followed at 9 by Big Lazy and The Claudettes. Saturday’s afternoon jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Manic Productions’ presentation of Shilpa Ray, with Rydeya and Violent Mae. Sunday at Café Nine, at 3 p.m., it’s The Rezillos, with Lost Generation and The Deacons. Then at 8, the Sunday Soul Service begins. www. cafenine.com.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, starting at 6:30, the Music at the Mansion concert at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown will be by the United States Coast Guard Band. www.wadsworthmansion.com.
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place on, Thursday you can catch Electric Thursday, with DJs spinning in two rooms: Alex Panda, August Rush, DJ Krazii, DJ L.A.W., DJ Rye Bread, eleven11, JohnnyG, Lauren Valentine, lzrwlf, MurMur, and Philibass. Friday at Toad’s, it’s Styles P and Sheek Louch, with Tony Moxberg and the Big V Bday Bash. Then Saturday brings the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to the Toad’s stage, along with Street Dogs and Interrupters.www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley. Friday, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang take the Sally’s stage. And Saturday it’s the Pat McGee Band. www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Manic Productions brings concerts to a number of area venues this week, starting Wednesday with Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, and The Expendables , part of the summer concert series at Simsbury Meadows. Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents Ports of Spain, Sharkmuffin and If Jesus Had Machine Guns. www.manicproductions.com .
The Veterans' Writing Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 at Russell Library. www.russelllibrary.org.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford on Thursday at 8, it’s an evening with singer/songwriter Keller Wi lliams, playing bluegrass and pop rock. Friday brings Black Violin, also playing bluegrass, as well as classical, hip hop and R&B to Infinity Hall. Then Saturday, it’s blues rock with the The Allman Neville Pitchell Band, comprised of Gregg Allman’s son Michael, Charles Neville (from the famed Neville Bros) and Jeff Pitchell (CT’s pride and joy). www.infinity hall.com has information.
On Friday, the CT Tango Fest's opening tango social happens at 8:30, after the 7:30 tango class, at First Church of Christ, 190 Court St. in Middletown. Visiting guests are Dale Ellison and Jorge “Gem” Duras. On Saturday, there will be a tango boot camp for beginners. Find information at cttangofest.org.
Free performances of “Tomorrow the World,” an immersive play, continue on Friday and Saturday at the KidCity Children’s Museum in Middletown. The play is for mature audiences, however. It is adapted from Aldous Huxley’s thought-provoking 1931 novel Brave New World and explores the future of technology and humanity and the things people do to protect it. During the show, the audience members will choose which characters and story lines to follow as scenes happen simultaneously in Kidcity's wild and colorful exhibits.The cast, crew, and design team - working together as The Mad Generation Theater Company - are all recent high school graduates from throughout New England. www.arts2go.org for details.
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. www.thewadsworth.org
Back in Middletown, at Wesleyan, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall, Neely Bruce presents “That’s It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce,” the sixth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the world premiere of Four Friendly Fugues. www.wesleyan.edu/cfahas details.
You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. The Clinton market is every Thursday from 4 to 7. Middletown’s North End farmers market is on Fridays from 10 to 2. There’s one in Higganum Village on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 and in Cromwell on Fridays from 4 to 7. Back down on the shore in Old Saybrook there are farmer’s markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester Farmer’s Market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long running Farmer’s Market at the South Green opens July 7th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit http://www.ctnofa.org/FarmersMarkets for full details.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight (Tuesday) for one night only, you can catch "Boulevard," Robin Williams's last film. It tells the story of a man who’s worked at the same bank for almost 26 years in a life of monotony. He and his wife have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality. However, one day, he meets a troubled young man on his drive home and finds himself breaking from the confines of his old life and coming to terms with who he really is. The screening will be followed by a live broadcast Q&A with the director, one of the stars, and the writer, and moderated by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers. Two other films – “Animals” and “Tangerines” – continue through Thursday, and then on Friday, three films open: “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll,” “Charlie’s Country,” and “The Overnight.” www.realartways.org
Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of "Woman in Gold" through Thursday. Also on Thursday, there’s a one-night showing of “Tab Hunter Confidential.” On Friday, the 2015 Mexican road trip movie “Gueros,” shot in black and white, opens for a run into next week. www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the jive Deni Young fills in for Bill Revill’s Acoustic Blender
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 “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 an exploration of rock, pop, and experimental music
From: 11:30-12:30am its #tbt: summer throwbacks with Frau Miau Tune in to listen to all your favorite summer throwbacks! #tbt: summer throwbacks will have you bouncing and bumping to pop hits from summers past.
12:30-1:30am Coming to America with DJ Korean Kween Coming to America" will explore music people associate with new beginnings in their lives. Featuring interviews with people who will bring in songs they fell in love with in a new environment.
From 1:30-3am Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. Who says he’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers 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.
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.