Monday, July 27, 2015

07-27-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 27th, 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 Billy Johnstone, host of The Broadway Radio hour!

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

In Hartford tonight, Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park continues its 48th annual season at 6, opening with Ricky Alfonso and headlining Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense.  Sponsored by the Hartford Jazz Society, the series runs through August.  More at

Manic Productions brings you The Decemberists and Lady Lamb tonight at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  On Wednesday, they offer Leisure Cruise, Spectral Fangs, and more at Bar in New Haven.

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown has Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed at 8 by the Anything Goes Open Mic.  On Friday they bring you Layers and Frames, a Philly-based duo with world music, folk, and more.  On Saturday at 4 there’s a guitar workshop with Japanese performer/composer Hiroya Tsukamoto. Later at 8, he performs Cinematic Guitar Poetry. On Sunday at 7, the Great Make Believe Improv Show brings you Comedy for the Family.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence. On Friday they’ve got Big Jim’s Birthday Bash with a host of artists performing.  It’s Summer Slamfest 5 on Saturday.

Also in New Haven tonight, at CafĂ© Nine, you can catch Dr. Martino, Grotto Girl, and Standby.  On Tuesday it’s Astrophest Day 1, headlining Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, Ceschi, and more.  Wednesday they continue with Astrophest Day 2, featuring Joey Batts and Them, Chaser Eight, and others.  On Thursday they’ve got David Poe, Winterpills, and Sam Perduta. Friday’s Happy Hour features The Helwigs this week, followed at 9 by Five in the Chamber and River Whyless. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session features Mike Coppola and Friends, with Rideyna, Mercy Choir, and The Tet Offensive coming your way later at 9. 
The Sunday Soul Service happens at 8.
From 11:30 to 1 DIY Haircut with DJ Tim Daltrey celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features the Steve Porter Group. On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Orchestra brings you new material.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim McDonald this week.  On Friday, it’s a double-header, with Damon Fowler and Jason Ricci taking the stage. Saturday’s headliner is The Kinsey Report, with brothers Donald and Ralph and their legacy blues sound.

The City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts continue their Summer Sounds Series on Tuesday, bringing you standards and polkas performed by The Musical Cavaliers.  Information on access and parking, as well as the full summer lineup, can be found at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, there’s funk and R&B on Tuesday with Dr. John and the Nite Trippers.  Thursday they bring you reggae, headlining Jah9, along with Dubtronic Kru.  On Friday, Girls, Guns and Glory take the stage, with special guests The Mallett Brothers, bringing you Country Rock.  On Saturday you can catch some laughs with A Christian, A Muslim and a Jew, or Two Comedy show.

On Wednesday the Music at the Mansion series at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown closes their summer series with Avenue Groove.  Grounds are open at 5:30 for picnicking, with the concert starting at 6:30.  Tours of the estate happen every Wednesday at 2.

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

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the 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

The Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival happens this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  Enjoy Caribbean food, music, cool island beverages, and more. Rain date is Sunday.

The Connecticut Ballet brings its Summer Dance Caravan to Middlesex Community College in Middletown on Saturday with a free open-air performance at 7:30.  Rain date is Sunday, August 2.  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, “The Book of LIfe.”  Visit for dates and times.

The Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of “Mrs. Doubtfire” in Elizabeth Park.

The Hartford Public Library’s Global Lens Film Series brings you “Nina’s Dowry,” about a husband pursuing dowry rights in Cameroon. Full details at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Cartel Land,” a riveting look at two vigilante groups battling the Mexican drug cartels, continues.  Also continuing is “Wild Tales,” a Spanish comedy/mystery about the thin line between civilization and barbarism.  Both run through Thursday.  On Friday they open “Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary,” a documentary about LEGOs, their global fan base, and innovative uses.  Also opening is “A Borrowed Identity,” about a Palestenian boy trying to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates at boarding school.  Both run through the weekend.

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of  “The Farewell Party,” an Israeli comedy about nursing home residents in Jerusalem inventing new ways to die with dignity. On Friday they open “The Third Man,” a restoration of the 1949 classic Cold War tale that takes place in occupied Vienna.  Starring Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard, and Orson Welles, the restoration is released on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Welles.  Details at

Films on Foss is a pilot open-air movie series happening in Middletown at Foss Hill on the Wesleyan Campus.  A brainchild of the Mayoral Youth Cabinet, they’re bringing you “Frozen” this Saturday at 7.

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

After the Jive stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6 p.m., when it’s time for Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson, a locally produced “watchdog” public affairs show covering Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

After that its Michael Benson’s 75% Folk followed by  Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk at 8pm.
At 9:30 we switch (audio) gears for Aargh!!! with Tom Gatzen, who’ll provide two hours of  loud music from stoner and cosmic rock to doom, avant garde and more!

From 1-2 a.m. Maximum Rock and Roll Radio keeps the loud rock music pumping.
Then we switch gears again for “In Other News,” a weekly public affairs show from Pacifica exploring topics that range from the conspiratorial and controversial to esoterics near the fringe of belief systems.

3 a.m. we’ll rebroadcast today’s noontime edition of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman before switching over to the BBC world news at 4.   Morning Edition comes your way at 5 a.m. 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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