Monday, August 10, 2015

08-10-15 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Aug.10th, 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 Billy Johnstone, host of the Broadway Music Hour.

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

In Hartford tonight, Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park ends its 48th annual season at 6, opening with Jocelyn Pleasant and Medusa, followed by headliner Mimi Jones.  More at

Tonight at 7:45 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, they’ve got the weekly Moments of Gratitude. On Thursday at 7:30 you can hear The Charles Neville & Khalif Neville Jazz Duo, with BeBop, New Orleans jazz, and more.

Also in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Jazz Mondays featured artist tonight is the Matt Dwonszyk Band. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra is on vacation this week.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson. Friday they’ve got Shawn Holt & the Teardrops. On Saturday, it’s Johnny & the Pushers, bringing you American rock ‘n’ roll that was born in a Columbian prison.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch Sketch the Cataclysm, along with Darien Cunning, Ada Pasternak, and Chelsea Genzano.  On Tuesday they bring you Lea, The Right-Offs, and Worn Leather.  On Wednesday they headline Ponybird, appearing with Lexi Weege and Tracy Walton.  On Thursday, it’s Johnny A, Jeremy Lichter, and Dean Falcone. Friday’s Happy Hour artist is Victor Roland at 5 p.m., followed at 10 by Quiet Life, and Caroline Rose, brought to you by Manic Productions. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed at 9 by the Full Blast Summer Tour with Duece Bug, Joey Batts and Them, Stryfe, and Dinero. Sunday’s matinee show headlines Slaid Cleaves, followed by the Soul Service at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday at noon you can attend a Conversation with Connecticut’s new Commissioner of Education, Dr. Dianna Wentzell, at the Old State House in Hartford, moderated by Diane Smith.  Topics include the new Social Studies Frameworks, capacity building for teachers, and the School Based Diversion Initiative.  Details at

The Summer Sounds Series at Harbor Park, sponsored by Middletown’s City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, continues Tuesday with Bootstrap, bringing you instrumental riffs on rock and soul hits. The show begins at 7 p.m.   Information on access and parking, as well as the full summer lineup, can be found at

Manic Productions brings concerts to area venues this week, with Psychedelic Furs and Church appearing Tuesday at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  On Wednesday, The Beach Boys with Mike Love appear at the College Street Music Hall.  They also bring you Chris Staples, The Backyard Committee, and Lemolo at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday.    , On Sunday you can hear Failure, Hum, and Nothing at the College Street Music Hall.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Tuesday at 7 you can join the Russell Readers to discuss “The Devil Baby at Hull House,” by Jane Addams, and “The Man Who Could Work Miracles,” by H.G. Wells.  The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Visit their website for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more.

At the Hartford Public Library, there’s the Heart City Story Club this Wednesday at 6 for an open mic, with true personal stories live on stage.

Elizabeth Park in Hartford ends its Summer Concert Series on the Rose Garden Lawn this Wednesday with a performance by Locomotion.

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown every Wednesday at 2 p.m., with tea available every second Wednesday of the month.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, they headline Lil Herb on Thursday.  On Friday, 365ent presents the Roc-a-Fella Reunion, with a variety of performers. On Saturday it’s Shakedown, along with Off The Dome, and Creamery Station.

On Thursday you can enjoy The Mighty Soul Drivers, bringing you the classic soul of Memphis and more, as part of the Sunset Sounds Concert Series at the Butler McCook House and Garden in Hartford.  There’s a pop-up art show too.  More at

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

The National Beat Poetry Festival happens at Broad Street Books in Middletown this Friday at 6:30.  Featured poets are George Wallace and Geraldine Green, along with live music and an open mic.  Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Introduction to Chicago – Celebrating the music of “Chicago,” this Friday at 8.  On Saturday, the Atlanta Rhythm Section plays Southern Rock.  On Sunday at 1:30, you can hear Bob McArthur as Elvis Presley.

The National Society of Black Engineers hosts a Minute to Engineer It STEM learning experience and competition this Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Hartford Hotel on Trumbull St.  Call 646-652-7226 for registration and details.

The 4th annual Middletown Trinidad Style Evolution Carnival happens this Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. in Harbor Park.  Enjoy steel band music, limbo contests, calypso, Caribbean food, and more.

The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival happens this Saturday and Sunday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  Enjoy dragon boat races, Asian music, dance, martial arts, culture and more.  Details 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 market is on Friday from 10 to 2, with the long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. 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, Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A new market is open at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2.  The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Tune in 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 Free Movies series in Hartford continues this week with “The Boxtrolls,” based on Alan Snow’s children’s novel “Here Be Monsters.”  Information on times and dates at

The Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of “Drumline,” about a Harlem street drummer at a Southern university, in Keney Park.

The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series with “Voice of My Father,” a Turkish film about a father who discovers hidden family audiotapes while preparing for the birth of his child.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford is screening “In Order of Disappearance,” a comedic crime thriller from Norway, this Thursday through Sunday.  Info at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Tangerine” about transgenders dealing with the various subculture in Los Angeles, and shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, continues through Thursday.  Also continuing is “Court,” an absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. Opening on Friday is “Tribe,” a Ukranian film about a high school for the deaf, presented without subtitles or voice-overs.  Also opening are “Unexpected,” a drama about an inner-city Chicago high school, and “Listen To Me Marlon,” an inner look into Marlon Brandon’s mind using archival personal material.  Check the website for times; all three run through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd,” starring Carey Mulligan, through Thursday. Their Out Film CT series presents a screening of “Tiger Orange” on Thursday, about two gay brothers leading very different lives. On Friday, and continuing through the weekend, they open “The Apu Trilogy,” with screenings of three restored films by Satyajit Ray, the greatest Indian director of his generation.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU,

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 at 6:30pm Bill Revill of Acoustic Blender fills in for Michael Benson’s 75%.

At 8:00 stay tuned for Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk.

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 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.

At3 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.

Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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