Thursday, July 23, 2015

07-22-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 22nd, 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 joining us!
Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree 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, Electric Thursdays returns 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

Also in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine,  Joe Fletcher and Proud Flesh take the Café stage.  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, it's the Wednesday’s Blues Jam with Tommy Whalen. On Friday, it’s Texas guitar master Lance Lopez, with special guests.  Cynthia Fabian & Co. headlines the Saturday night show

This evening, 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 tonight with Jason Isbell and Blake Mills at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  Also tonight, 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 this evening  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

The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series continues this evening 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 tomorrow.  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.

Thursday night,  Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of “Ex Machina,” a film that explores the consciousness of a computer.  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:
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 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Dub Revolution with Big Bent!

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