Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 15th, 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.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week: 
On Thursday at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 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.
Visit the Russell Library's  website for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more. 

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.

The 24th Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this Friday through Sunday in Bushnell Park.  Friday’s performers are Tony Succar, and Mondy Alexander and the Harlem Kingston Express. Saturday’s offerings include the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Eric Lione, Side Street, and others.  Sunday it’s dixieland jazz, Kim Scott, Airmen of Note, and more.  View the full schedule at

New Haven tonight,  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.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s  On Saturday, Brian Macdonald brings his Street Life Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue to the stage. .

Manic Productions brings more concerts to area venues this week, On Friday they headline Elle King at The Space in Hamden.  On Saturday, it’s Elvis Depressedly and more, also at the Space. 

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   for full details, times, and tickets. 

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

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. Details at

The Church of Eternal Light presents its 4th annual Summer Festival. This is a free event for all walks of life. There will be workshops from noon until 3, and live music from GreenIrene, Jacket Thor, Eddie Baci and J-Cherry from 3 till 7. At 7 pm there will be a public ritual celebrating love in our lives. The festivities close with a bonfire and drum circle. There will be many vendors as well as concessions available for purchase. The church is located at 1199 Hill St in Bristol, CT.

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 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 for dates and times.

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.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Charlie’s Country,” about an Australian aboriginal lost between two cultures, continues through tonight. 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.
Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run “Gueros,” a black and white tribute to student unrest in Mexico in 1999.  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.

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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