Good evening, it's Tuesday, July 21st, 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.
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Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
The City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts continue their free weekly Summer Sounds Series at Harbor Park, tonight (Tuesday), with the legendary local rock group, The Bus. Information on access and parking, as well as the full summer lineup, can be found at www.arts2go.org.
Also tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 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. www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, 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.www.toadsplace.com
Also in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, 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.http://www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesdays, 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 showwww.blackeyedsallys.com.
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 right now (Tuesday at 5pm). Salsa Socials happen shortly (Tuesday at 6). Their Poets on Poetry series continues this Saturday at 10. http://www.hplct.org
Tomorrow (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. http://www.wadsworthmansion.com
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.http://www.manicproductions.com.
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. Visithttp://www.art-farm.org 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.www.thewadsworth.org
The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series continues this Wednesday in Hartford with a performance by Mass Confusion on the Rose Garden Lawn. Details at http://www.elizabethpark.org
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. http://www.infinityhall.com
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 visithttp://www.middletownstagecompany.org
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. http://www.russelllibrary.org
You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. Details athttp://www.firstchurchmiddletown.org
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 athttp://www.cedarhillfoundation.org
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 visithttp://www.ctnofa.org 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.” Visithttp://www.hartford.spotlighttheatres.com 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. http://www.riverfront.org/parks/
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 athttp://www.hplct.org
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. http://www.realartways.org
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. www.cinestudio.org
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 stay tuned 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.