Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, July 30th, 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 some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight 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.

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.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight  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.

Down in New Haven tonight,  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.

Back up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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. Tickets and info 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 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 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 for dates and times.

The Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of “Mrs. Doubtfire” in Elizabeth Park.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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