Wednesday, July 15, 2015

07-15-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 15th, 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 rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place on Friday they headline Shakedown, with The Dead & Beyond, Just Wingin’ It, and Leaf Jumpers.  Saturday, they’ve got another Bright Night; Electro Glow Party, with DJ’s spinning in two rooms.

Also in New Haven tonight, at CafĂ© Nine, Manic Productions presents Deadgrass, along with Jeff Martinson and Jordan Giangreco. Thursday they bring you Real Numbers and Worn Leather.  On Friday, it’s The 3 Pack, and Big Fat Combo. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session features Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Grammy Award-winner Redd Volkaert with Robbie Fulks. On Sunday, the Soul Service begins at 8.
 Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s it's the Wednesday’s Blues Jam hosted by Brandt Taylor. On Friday, the Alchemystics bring you their modern-day roots mix.  On Saturday, Brian Macdonald brings his Street Life Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue to the stage. .

On Thursday at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, CinTinami and Aruna Chocolates bring you a Groove Jam with superfood treats and world music at 7:30.  On Friday at 8, it’s an Evening of Songwriting featuring Carrie Johnson, Libby Johnson, and Julia Russo.  La Hot Jazz takes the Buttonwood stage on Saturday at 8.  The photography exhibit of works by Jennifer Misseri continues through the month.
Visit the Russell Library's  website for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more. 

Check out the City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts for their full summer lineup at

Tomorrow, the Bridging Cultures Series at the Hartford Public Library sponsors a talk and book signing by F. Mark Granato, presenting “Out of Reach: The Day Hartford Hospital Burned.”
This evening, the Music at the Mansion series at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown presents latin Jazz with Goza.  Grounds are open at 5:30 for picnicking, with the concert starting at 6:30.  Tours of the estate happen every Wednesday at 2.

Manic Productions brings more concerts to area venues this week, starting this evening with Yonatan Gat, Head with Wings, and The Morning on Fire at Bar in New Haven.  On Friday they headline Elle King at The Space in Hamden.  On Saturday, it’s Elvis Depressedly and more, also at the Space.
Artfarm celebrates its tenth season of professional outdoor Shakespeare in Middletown with their Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running this Wednesday through Sunday in the Cedar Grove of the Middlesex Community College.  Performances are held regardless of weather.  Visit   for full details, times, and tickets. 

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

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival opens on Thursday with its Kickoff Concert, featuring the “Unity Tribute” to Michael Jackson and Salsa dancing.  On Friday it’s Draw the Line, the Aerosmith Tribute Band.  On Saturday they bring you George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.  They top off the weekend with a Jazz Festival Brunch on Sunday, featuring Kim Scott.

The 24th Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this Friday through Sunday in Bushnell Park.  Friday’s performers are Tony Succar, and Mondy Alexander and the Harlem Kingston Express. Saturday’s offerings include the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Eric Lione, Side Street, and others.  Sunday it’s dixieland jazz, Kim Scott, Airmen of Note, and more.  View the full schedule at

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. Details at

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 Friday from 10 to 2. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. On the shore, in Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long-running market on the South Green runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for d etails.

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

The Spotlight’s Free Summer Movies Series continues in Hartford, with this week’s feature of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”  Visit for dates and times.
The Connecticut Historical Society holds Movie Night on the Lawn this Wednesday at 7, screening Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks.

The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series this week with a screening of “From Two Worlds as a Keepsake,” about a child custody battle between divorced Armenian parents in Soviet Azerbaijan.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Charlie’s Country,” about an Australian aboriginal lost between two cultures, continues through tomorrow. Also running is “The Overnight,” a comedy about a couple who move from Seattle to East LA.  The weekend offerings, opening, start with “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” a Swedish comedy-drama about a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition.  They also open “The Wanted 18,” in stop-motion animation, about a Palestenian underground dairy. Weekend screenings also include “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll,” a documentary about musicians crafting their own rock & roll music during the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970’s.

Tonight and tomorrow, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run “Gueros,” a black and white tribute to student unrest in Mexico in 1999. 

On Friday they open “Ex Machina,” a film that explores the consciousness of a computer. Their Thursday and Sunday matinee offering is National Theatre Live: Everyman, a new production of a 14th century Medieval drama.

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.

The Vault with DJ Anton Banks comes your way from 9:30 to 11, with hard techno, minimal, and leftfield mixed live. 
There’s exclusive music from international artists.

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.
 Now stay tuned for Dub Revolution with Big Bent.

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