Monday, July 20, 2015

07-20-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 20th, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, due to repair work on the antenna, you'll only be able to access the show online, either streaming live or archived at or later tomorrow evening at
Either way, you won't want to miss the episode, which features syndicated cartoonist Rick Stromoski, creator of the comic strip Soup to Nutz, which frequently puts to good comic use his having grown up in a devout Catholic family of 12 children! Where else will you find such a loving portrayal of a nun in a black habit wielding a ruler?

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

In Hartford, Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park continues its 48th annual season tonight at 6, opening with Trombeatz and headlining the Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet. Sponsored by the Hartford Jazz Society, it runs through August.  More at

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown has Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed at 8 by the Anything Goes Open Mic.  On Tuesday, there’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Poitras at 6, followed by a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing at 7:30 with Lou Sorrentino.   On Thursday the Middlesex Drum Circle meets at 7. Bring your own, or use one on site.  New York singer/songwriter Kate Mills debuts at the Buttonwood on Friday at 8.  Music is the Healing Force of the Universe III happens Saturday night, with special guest David LeClerc and more. The photography exhibit of works by Jennifer Misseri continues through the month.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence.  On Tuesday Silento takes the stage with his new hit single “Watch Me.”  Electric Thursdays returns this week, with DJ’s spinning in two rooms.  On Friday they bring you Konshens.  On Saturday you can catch Spring Heeled Jack USA, along with Mephiskapheles and Party Bois.

Also in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, they’ve got Jessica Lee Wilkes and Lindsey Cohen.  On Tuesday, Words & Music comes your way with a variety of performers.  Joe Fletcher and Proud Flesh take the Café stage on Wednesday.  On Thursday, it’s Jacques Le Coque, Disco Teen 66, and Straight to VHS. Friday’s Happy Hour features The Imaginary Pickups at 5, followed by The Cosmic Jibaros, I Anbassa, and Fernandito Ferrer at 9. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session features the George Baker Band, with Samantha Crain, Kath Bloom, and Canyon coming your way later at 9.  Sunday’s 8 p.m. show headlines Tommy Stinson, along with Simon Doom.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features the Haneef N Nelson Quintet.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Orchestra brings you new material.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen. On Friday, it’s Texas guitar master Lance Lopez, with special guests.  Cynthia Fabian & Co. headlines the Saturday night

On Tuesday at noon the Connecticut Old State House continues its Conversation series with “History for All,” featuring Laurie Pasteryak Lamarre, Executive Director of the Institute for American Indian Studies.  Details at

The Hartford Public Library presents “Hartford Heroes: The Hard Climb Up the Ladder,” the story of the first black fire chief of a major New England city, this Tuesday at 5.  Salsa Socials happen Tuesday at 6.  Their Poets on Poetry series continues this Saturday at 10.

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan brings you Okqui Okpokwasili at noon on Tuesday, discussing performance art and the story as they relate to race and gender.  On Thursday night, Marc Bamuthi Joseph returns with a collaborative work in progress, /peh-LO-tah/, featuring words, music, and shadow animation, at the CFA Theater.  On Saturday, an all star band performs The Beatles’ White Album in “Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund.  All details, times and locations can be found at

The City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts continue their Summer Sounds Series tomorrow (Tuesday), with the legends/rock group The Bus. Information on access and parking, as well as the full summer lineup, can be found at

On Wednesday the Music at the Mansion series at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown presents Jeff Pitch ell with Texas Flood and the Jeffettes.  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 on Wednesday with Jason Isbell and Blake Mills at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  Also on Wednesday, they bring you Primitive Man and more at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday they headline Beach Slang at The Space in Hamden.  It’s Neon Trees, Fictionist, and Ian Biggs on Saturday at the College Street Music Hall.  On Sunday, they bring  Marriages, Creepoid, and Birth of Flower to The Space in Hamden.  

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 f ree admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series continues this Wednesday in Hartford with a performance by Mass Confusion on the Rose Garden Lawn.  Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can catch the Ladies of Laughter comedy show on Thursday at 8.  On Friday, it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Lovin’ Spoonful.  Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville takes the Infinity stage on Saturday at 8.  On Sunday, it’s Arrival from Sweden – The Music of Abba, featuring some of the original members of the hit group ABBA.

The Middletown Stage Company performs “Fame, the Musical,” this Thursday through Saturday at the Middletown Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School.  For information and tickets visit

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Veteran’s Writing Group meets this Thursday at 7. Visit their website for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more.

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

Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford brings you Music Among the Memorials this Friday at 5, featuring the Celtic and American folk music of Greg Wilfrid & Jeff DesRosier.  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 details.

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 “Penguins of Madagascar.”  Visit for dates and times.

The Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Riverside Park.

The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series this week with “Halima’s Path,” about a mixed-religion couple who give up their child during the Bosnian war. Details at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of  “The Overnight,” a comedy about a couple who move from Seattle to East LA continues through Thursday.  Also running is “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” a Swedish comedy-drama about a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition.  They also open “Cartel Land,” a riveting look at two vigilante groups battling the Mexican drug cartels.  Also opening is “Wild Tales,” a Spanish comedy/mystery about the thin line between civilization and barbarism.

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of “Ex Machina,” a film that explores the consciousness of a computer through Thursday.  Opening Friday is “The Farewell Party,” an Israeli comedy about nursing home residents in Jerusalem inventing new ways to die with dignity.  It runs through the weekend.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we work our way through our summer program line up:

Right after the Jive stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6 p.m.

From 6 – 8:00, it's 75% Folk with Michael Benson then up next at 8, stay tuned for 90 minutes of new and vintage funk and soul with Lord Lewis on the Rumpus Room. 

At 9:30 we switch (audio) gears for Aargh!!! with Tom Gatzen who’ll provide 2 hours of  loud music including stoner and cosmic rock to doom and avant-garde and more!

From 11:30 to 1 DIY Haircut with  DJ Tim Daltrey, celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal.

From 1-2am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio keeps the loud rock music pumping.
At 2am its “in other words”from Pacifica.

At 3am, we’ll rebroadcast today’s noontime edition of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman before switching over to the BBC world news at 4am. Morning Edition comes your way at 5am each weekday, here at WESU.

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 Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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