Thursday, July 2, 2015

07/02/15 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, July 3rd, 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.

Thanks for joining us, I'm Ben Michael. Special shout-out to those of you, who supported WESU during our recent pledge drive and capital campaign. That money
The annual Middletown Fireworks Festival takes place on this evening with activities and music that started at 4, at two riverfront locations: Harbor Park and the City Hall lawn on Dekoven Drive (which is closed to traffic).  You can food and family fun and enjoy music by Shaded Soul, Prelude, The MHS Jazz Band and the Middletown Symphonic Band

Tonight you can also catch the  show  happening at New Britain Stadium, following the Rockcats baseball game

Tomorrow, July 4, there will be fireworks displays in:
The Madison fireworks (originally scheduled for tonight) have been Postponed to July 5. ,

Dodd Stadium, Norwich, post-game,

The Marina at American Wharf, Norwich, 9 p.m.,

Sunday, July 5 in our area you can catch fireworks shows at
Bradley Point Park, West Haven, 9 p.m., .
Muzzy Field, Bristol, following concert,
Darien High School, Darien, 9 p.m., Rain date: July 6.

Manchester Community College, Manchester, 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 6.

Fort Hill/Still Meadow, New Milford, 9:30 p.m., Rain date: July 6.

Dodd Stadium, Norwich, post-game,

Sheehan High School, Wallingford, 9:15 p.m., has a long list of other shows plus more that will happen next week.

Now, here’s a rundown of some other entertainment options in our area this weekend.

At Scatz Restaurant and Lounge in Middletown, you can enjoy R&B music by Showtime tonight . has details. That’s Scatz with a Z.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,  you can catch the Nu Band, with special guest, guitarist Erhard Hirt from Germany, for a night of  improvisational jazz. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Sunday night it’s comedy with the Great Make Believe Improv Show. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30. The July art exhibit features the photography of Jennifer Misseri.

In New Haven, right about now, Cafe Nine presents  Chris Merk, followed later  by the headline show featuring  The Hound and Tyrone Shoelaces. On Saturday starting at 4 it’s the Big Fat Café 9 BBQ and Rhythm & Blues Marathon featuring The Lonesome Sparrows, The Langley Brothers Band, The Convertibles, & The Travis Moody Band. Sunday night Dooley O  presents Soul Service, for a night of soul, funk, and disco dance floor jams.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s.  tonight  Eran Troy Danner takes the stage with Jake Kulak & The Lowdown, for a night of  you blues, swing, dance, and more.  

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight brings thier Bright Night 20: Electro Glo Party, with DJ’s spinning in two rooms.

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

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got Lotus Land – The American RUSH Tribute, tonight (Friday) at 8. Sunday at 7:30, you can hear Destiny Africa’s Children’s Choir from Uganda, bringing you Gospel and world music. 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 Fridays from 10 to 2. There’s one in Higganum Village on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 and in Cromwell on Fridays from 4 to 7. Back down on the sore in Old Saybrook there are farmer’s markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester Farmer’s Market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long running Farmer’s Market at the South Green opens July 7th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for full details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight they open a run of "Charlie’s Country," about an aboriginal lost between the old and new cultures of northern Australia. Also opening is "Tangerines," a film about conflict caused by the 1992 Soviet Union breakup that takes place on an Estonian farm during harvest time. Both run through the weekend.

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens their run of "Woman in Gold," starring Helen Mirrin as an Austrian Jew tracking down works of art stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. It continues through the weekend. Details at

The Hartford Parks free Movies After Dark series is showing "The Sandlot"  this evening at Cal Ripkin Field in Hartford.

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

From 5:05-6:30pm, it'll be Covering the Beatles - Take a ride forward and backwards on a "Magical Mystery Tour." An exploration of cov er tunes of Beatles songs by new artists and early rock and roll tunes covered by the Beatles.          
6:30-7pm its Radio Curious from Pacifica.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it  From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing different genres like Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.  
Then from 10pm - midnight, we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied soundscapes.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

3-3:30 am will be Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica - The best in underground & above ground hip-hop mixed by DJ LOKASH.

From 3:30-4 am is a New World Show with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica, exploring contemporary sounds in global bass redefining the term "world music." curated & mixed by DJ LOKASH.   
Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

We continue our Saturday morning programming here at WESU with The Celtic Café at 6am followed by Café Italia at 7am before Weekend Edition Saturday from NPR at 8am.
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.

Thanks so much to those among us in the WESU community who came tog  ether to make our recent Pledge drive and capital campaign a success! It was a long haul and we appreciate the patience of our listeners as our Spring pledge drive dragged on into the summer.  Stay tuned as we put listener support to good use maintaining and improving the service we provide. 

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