Good evening, it's Monday, July 13th, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. A week from tomorrow: a chat with cartoonist Rick Stromoski, creator of the syndicated strip Soup To Nutz, which runs in the Hartford Courant, among many other newspapers. Rick grew up in a devoutly Catholic household and even though he’s no longer Catholic, that upbringing still informs his work. There are not many other comics in which you’ll find a lovingly portrayed nun in a black habit wielding a ruler. So mark your calendar and tune in on July 21, or else find the show archived at www.reasonablycatholic.com.
In Hartford, Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park continues its 48th annual season tonight at 6, opening with Samantha Gilbert and headlining Ronnie Burrage and Band Burrage. Sponsored by the Hartford Jazz Society, it runs through August. More at http://www.bushnellpark.org
Tonight, Buttonwood Tree in Middletown has Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed at 8 by the Anything Goes Open Mic. On Thursday, CinTinami and Aruna Chocolates bring you a Groove Jam with superfood treats and world music at 7:30. On Friday at 8, it’s an Evening of Songwriting featuring Carrie Johnson, Libby Johnson, and Julia Russo. La Hot Jazz takes the Buttonwood stage on Saturday at 8. The photography exhibit of works by Jennifer Misseri continues through the month. www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence. On Tuesday it’s the Jake Miller Dazed and Confused Tour, along with Jasmine V and Alex Angelo. On Friday they headline Shakedown, with The Dead & Beyond, Just Wingin’ It, and Leaf Jumpers. Saturday, they’ve got another Bright Night; Electro Glow Party, with DJ’s spinning in two rooms. www.toadsplace.com
Also in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, they’ve got Ben Caplan, Steve Gilbert and Taryn Kawaja for a 9:00 show. On Tuesday, Manic Productions presents The Wooden Sky and more at 8:30. Wednesday, you can catch Deadgrass, along with Jeff Martinson and Jordan Giangreco. Thursday they bring you Real Numbers and Worn Leather. On Friday, it’s The 3 Pack, and Big Fat Combo. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session features Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Grammy Award-winner Redd Volkaert with Robbie Fulks. On Sunday, the Soul Service begins at 8. http://www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features the Karim Rome Quintet from the Rising Star Series. Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Orchestra brings you new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Brandt Taylor. On Friday, the Alchemystics bring you their modern-day roots mix. On Saturday, Brian Macdonald brings his Street Life Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue to the stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com.
The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan sponsors a talk this Tuesday with directors Ana Margineanu and Tamila Woodard of PopUp Theatrics, presenting “How to Seduce an Audience” at noon at CFA Hall. On Thursday, jazz violinist Regina Carter returns with her quartet, debuting new works at Crowell Concert Hall. Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
At the Russell Library in Middletown, their Great Books Discussion series continues on Tuesday, exploring “On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life,” by Frederich Nietzshe. Visit their website for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more. htt p://www.russelllibrary.org
The City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts continue their Summer Sounds Series tomorrow (Tuesday), with the reggae/Caribbean band Moto at 7. Information on access and parking, as well as the full summer lineup, can be found at www.arts2go.org.
The Bridging Cultures Series at the Hartford Public Library sponsors a discussion of the poems of the Nicaraguan poet Vidaluz Meneses this Wednseday at 12:30 at the main branch location. On Thursday, there’s a talk and book signing by F. Mark Granato, presenting “Out of Reach: The Day Hartford Hospital Burned.”
On Wednesday the Music at the Mansion series at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown presents Goza. 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 Yonatan Gat, Head with Wings, and The Morning on Fire at Bar in New Haven. On Friday they headline Elle King at The Space in Hamden. On Saturday, it’s Elvis Depressedly and more, also at the Space. 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. Visit http://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 Middlesex County Historical Society hosts a Garden Gathering this Wednesday at 4 in the rose garden of their headquarters, the Mansfield House, at 151 Main ST, Middletown. Marci Martin, former curator for the Elizabeth Park Conservancy, will speak about roses. Information at www.arts2go.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival opens on Thursday with its Kickoff Concert, featuring the “Unity Tribute” to Michael Jackson and salsa dancing. On Friday it’s Draw the Line, the Aerosmith Tribute Band. On Saturday they bring you George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. They top off the weekend with a Jazz Festival Brunch on Sunday, featuring Kim Scott. http://www.infinityhall.com
You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. Details at http://www.firstchurchmiddletown.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 visit http://www.ctnofa.org for d etails.
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 of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” Visit http://www.hartford.spotlighttheatres.com for dates and times.
The Connecticut Historical Society holds Movie Night on the Lawn this Wednesday at 7, screening Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks. http://www.chs.org
The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series this week with a screening of “From Two Worlds as a Keepsake,” about a child custody battle between divorced Armenian parents in Soviet Azerbaijan. http://www.hplct.org
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Charlie’s Country,” about an Australian aboriginal lost between two cultures, continues through Thursday. Also running is “The Overnight,” a comedy about a couple who move from Seattle to East LA. The weekend offerings, opening, start with “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” a Swedish comedy-drama about a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition. They also open “The Wanted 18,” in stop-motion animation, about a Palestenian underground dairy. Weekend screenings also include “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll,” a documentary about musicians crafting their own rock & roll music during the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970’s. http://www.realartways.org
Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run “Gueros,” a black and white tribute to student unrest in Mexico in 1999. It’s up through Thursday. On Friday they open “Ex Machina,” a film that explores the consciousness of a computer. Their Thursday and Sunday matinee offering is National Theatre Live: Everyman, a new production of a 14th century Medieval drama. 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:
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 Nate Delaney fills in for Michael Benson’s 75% Folk until 8pm, when its time for Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk, which presents Americana music from Nashville and around the world from both emerging and veteran artists.
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 11:30 to 1 DIY Haircut with DJ Tim Daltrey celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal.
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.
At 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.
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