Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, July 2nd, 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

Tonight its Art Walk! starting at 5:30 the north end of middletown's galleries and restaurants have specials and art. Free for the whole family with a community garden concert by Kalimur at Luis Lopez Community Garden on the corner of Main and Green Streets.. 

There’s an opening reception for the painting and glass collage exhibit "On the Diagonal" by Nancy Eisenfeld this Tonight at 5 at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center in Middletown.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, brings Bob Gotta’s longstanding acoustic Open Mic. Friday they’ve got the Nu Band, with special guest German guitarist Erhard Hirt, bringing you 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 tonight, Cafe Nine presents Undercliff. Friday’s Wind-down Happy Hour artist is Chris Merk, followed later by The Hound, and Tyrone Shoelaces. On Saturday it’s the Big Fat Café 9 BBQ with a Rhythm & Blues Marathon, starting at 4. Sunday’s usual Soul Service is at 8.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s. On Friday it’s singer/songwriter Eran Troy Danner, with Jake Kulak & The Lowdown, bringing you blues, swing, dance, and more. 

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the Local Rock Showcase, starting at 6:15. Friday you can enjoy the 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. It’s free as well this Saturday as part of their Second Saturdays for Families series.

You can take a free tour of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arc every Thursday at noon in Bushnell Park in Hartford. More information is available at

The annual Middletown Fireworks Festival takes place on Friday starting at 4, at two locations: Harbor Park and the City Hall lawn. Enjoy music by Shaded Soul and Prelude, along with food and family fun. The festival has expanded fireworks this year, accompanied by music by the Middletown Symphonic Band. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got Lotus Land – The American RUSH Tribute, this Friday at 8. On Sunday at 7:30, you can hear Destiny Africa’s Children’s Choir from Uganda, bringing you Gospel and world music. at

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

A book signing takes place this Friday at the Book Bower on Main Street in Middletown, featuring "Locus Amoenus" by Victoria N. Alexander, a dark comedy about a post 9/11 widow living in upstate New York.

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of WESU’s Imagine radio show airing on Thursdays, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown.

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 andThursdays 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, they continue their run of "The Yes Men Are Revolting," a documentary about an activist group taking on climate change. Also running is "The Wolfpack," a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary about brothers locked in a Lower East Side apartment who discover the world through movies. You can see both through tomorrow. On Friday they open "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.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of "The Last Waltz," a restored version of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 concert film of The Band’s farewell performance in San Francisco. On Friday they open "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 Friday at Cal Ripkin Field in Hartford.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:  
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!             

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, Bill Revill of Acoustic Blender will be filling in for Evening Jazz tonight with some Acoustic Americana.
A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.                                         

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
Featuring local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists not normally played on the radio. 
(2,4) Experience The Experiement (ETEShow) with DJ Marquis
Album Cuts of main and non mainstream artists. The show does interviews from all backgrounds of music.

Metal on Metal!! with the Metal Messenger
Welcome to Metal on Metal!! Traditional heavy metal, progressive metal, death metal, power metal, black metal...any kind of metal as long as it's shreddin'!
Mentaltown with El Vee
Ill vill for the unsigned artist, small biz, and non profit with different guest hosts plus dj's

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald

Democracy Now

Morning edition from NPR  starts tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am.
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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