Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 8th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!
Here’s a look at some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 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 at www.buttonwood.org .
Down in New Haven tonight 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
This 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, this week'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 tonight with Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, and The Expendables , part of the summer concert series at Simsbury Meadows. Also this evening 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 Williams, 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 Aldrous 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
Saturday evening "The Mixashawn Trio: presents 100 years of jazz with original saxophonics, flute, vocals and spoken word, percussion and bass. Infinite sounds for the heart and mind...." Plus a Drum Finale and open mike following the concert, BYOB Sat. 7 PM July 11 @ Bregamos Commumity Theater 315 Peck St New Haven, CT. 203 904 2967
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 opened 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, 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:
Dub Revolution with Big Bent follows the Jive, with an international exploration of new and old roots, dub, raggae and more.
From 6-6:30 its Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. where Guests discuss holistic approaches to the brain diseases we call mental illness, or share their stories of personal healing and achievement.
Fusion Radio with James Fusion follows from 6:30 to 8, with the best Techno mix on radio.
From 8 to 9:30 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, bringing you deep underground sounds mixed live for your listening pleasure.
NE Tempo with DJ Berk comes your way from 9:30 to 11. Serious turntablism, dub step, dnb, ragga jungle and breakbeats mixed live since 1998.
From 11 to 1 a.m. it’s The Dungeon with Executioner Snow, bringing you heavy metal, underground and gangsta rap from all eras, all the way up to recently-released material.
From 1 to 3 a.m. it’s All Mixed Up from Pacifica. At 3, we’ll rebroadcast today’s session of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman. BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 a.m.
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.