Good evening, it's Tuesday, July 28th, 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 Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Healthcare.
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 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 athttp://www.arts2go.org.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight you can catch some New Orleans Funk and soul with Dr. John and the Nite Trippers. Thursday they bring you reggae, headlining Jah-9, 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.http://www.infinityhall.com
Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, you can catch 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 (funk and soul dance party with DJ Dooley-O) happens at 8. http://www.cafenine.com
Back up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, 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. www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Tomorrow/ Wednesday, here in Middletown, 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. http://www.wadsworthmansion.com
Tomorrow/Wednesday Manic presents Leisure Cruise, Spectral Fangs, and more at Bar in New Haven. www.manicproductions.org
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. http://www.russelllibrary.org
On Friday The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents 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. www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place on Friday, they’ve got Big Jim’s Birthday Bash with a host of artists performing. It’s Summer Slamfest 5 on Saturday. www.toadsplace.com
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. www.thewadsworth.org
You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. Details at http://www.firstchurchmiddletown.org
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. http://www.riverfront.org
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 http://www.arts2go.org
This Weekend also brings one of CTs biggest summer music festivals, The Gathering of the Vibes. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the music fest and features a huge line up with dozens of national acts at seaside park in Bridgeport. Highlights include Warren Haynes, String Cheese incident, Zappa plays Zappa, Cole Porter, Wilco, Weezer, Johns Brown’s Body, Sharon Jones, Ben Harper, and Greg Allman plus much more including many regional acts. Tickets and info at https://gatheringofthevibes.com/
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 http://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, “The Book of LIfe.” Visit http://www.hartford.spotlighttheatres.com for dates and times.
The Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of “Mrs. Doubtfire” in Elizabeth Park. http://www.riverfront.org/parks/
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 http://www.hplct.org
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. http://www.realartways.org
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 www.cinestudio.org
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. http://www.arts2go.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 jive stay tuned for nearly three hours of folk and Americana music on Acoustic withj Michael Benson filling in for Bill Revill.
From 8-9 pm stay tuned for Voice of theCity with J-Chery for live and local radio presenting area artists and arts promoters
From 9-10:30 tonight, its Radio Obscura, whose hosts claim “Radio Obscura is 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
at: 11:30 It's summer throwbacks withj DJ Frau Mau.
at 12:30 stay tuned for the Church of the Subgenius
From 1:30-3am it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. Who’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers.
At 3am, we will rebroadcast today’s noontime broadcast of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.
The BBC world news report follows that at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
You can find the rest of our daily schedule online at www.wesufm.org where you’ll also find a link to our online audio stream and archives (where you can listen to any WESU show for up to 2 weeks after it airs.
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 Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill.