Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday's JIVE

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Good evening, it's Thursday, July 9th, 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 look at some of what’s going on in our area this week:

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on tonight, Writers Out Loud read at 7 p.m. Friday, Jim Matus brings solo laoutar, described as beautiful melodies, harmonic twists and trance grooves with an emphasis on improvisation. Joining him will be Larry Derdeyn on solo piano. That’s at 8.And Saturday at 8 brings Sissy Castrogiovanni’s Unplugged Trio to the Buttonwood Tree, playing jazz, Mediterranean and world music, with a touch of classical and African influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old folk traditions. Sunday at  5 pm at the Buttonwood Tree, there will be an artist’s reception for Jennifer Misseri, whose photographs are on view through July. The Hearing Voices group meets at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 12. Details at .

Tonight The Veterans' Writing Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 at Russell Library. At Infinity Hall in Hartford on Thursday at 8, it’s an evening with singer/songwriter Keller Williams, playing bluegrass and pop rock. Friday brings Black Violin, also playing bluegrass, as well as classical, hip hop and R&B to Infinity Hall. Then Saturday, it’s blues rock with the The Allman Neville Pitchell Band, comprised of Gregg Allman’s son Michael, Charles Neville (from the famed Neville Bros) and Jeff Pitchell (CT’s pride and joy). www.infinity has information.

Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, Eilen Jewell performs, with Elisa Flynn. Friday’s weekly wind-down happy hour features Sean Conlon at 5 p.m., followed at 9 by Big Lazy and The Claudettes. Saturday’s afternoon jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Manic Productions’ presentation of Shilpa Ray, with Rydeya and Violent Mae. Sunday at Café Nine, at 3 p.m., it’s The Rezillos, with Lost Generation and The Deacons. Then at 8, the Sunday Soul Service begins. 

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place on, tonight you can catch Electric Thursday, with DJs spinning in two rooms: Alex Panda, August Rush, DJ Krazii, DJ L.A.W., DJ Rye Bread, eleven11, JohnnyG, Lauren Valentine, lzrwlf, MurMur, and Philibass. Friday at Toad’s, it’s Styles P and Sheek Louch, with Tony Moxberg and the Big V Bday Bash. Then Saturday brings the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to the Toad’s stage, along with Street Dogs and

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang take the Sally’s stage. And Saturday it’s the Pat McGee Band.

On Friday, the CT Tango Fest's opening tango social happens at 8:30, after the 7:30 tango class, at First Church of Christ, 190 Court St. in Middletown. Visiting guests are Dale Ellison and Jorge “Gem” Duras. On Saturday, there will be a tango boot camp for beginners. Find information at

 Free performances of “Tomorrow the World,” an immersive play, continue on Friday and Saturday at the KidCity Children’s Museum in Middletown. The play is for mature audiences, however. It is adapted from Aldrous Huxley’s thought-provoking 1931 novel Brave New World and explores the future of technology and humanity and the things people do to protect  it. During the show, the audience members will choose which characters and story lines to follow as scenes happen simultaneously in Kidcity's wild and colorful exhibits.The cast, crew, and design team - working together as The Mad Generation Theater Company - are all recent high school graduates from throughout New England. for details.

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

Saturday evening "The Mixashawn Trio: presents 100 years of jazz  with original saxophonics, flute, vocals and spoken word, percussion and bass. Infinite sounds for the heart and mind...." Plus a Drum Finale and open mike following the concert, BYOB Sat. 7 PM  July 11 @ Bregamos  Commumity Theater 315 Peck St New Haven, CT. 203 904 2967  

Back in Middletown, at Wesleyan, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall, Neely Bruce presents “That’s It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce,” the sixth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the world premiere of Four Friendly Fugues.

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 shore 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 opened 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, two other films – “Animals” and “Tangerines” – continue through Thursday, and then on Friday, three films open: “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll,” “Charlie’s Country,” and “The Overnight.”

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of "Woman in Gold" through Thursday.  Also on Thursday, there’s a one-night showing of “Tab Hunter Confidential.” On Friday, the 2015 Mexican road trip movie “Gueros,” shot in black and white, opens for a run into next week.

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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