Monday, August 24, 2015


Good evening, it's Monday, Aug.24th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.

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

Tonight at 7:45 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, they’ve got the weekly Moments of Gratitude .  On Thursday, the Middlesex Drum Circle meets at 7.  Friday brings the folk duo Oakes and Smith to the Buttonwood stage.  The National Beat Poetry Festival happens on Saturday.  Call the Buttonwood at 860-347-4957 for details.  The website is down for redesign.

Also in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Jazz Mondays featured artist tonight is the Josh Bruneau Band. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra comes your way every Tuesday.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim McDonald. On Friday you can catch the psychedelic Dixieland Jazz band Primate Fiasco.  On Saturday it’s the classic Soul sounds of Mighty Soul Drivers.

In New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch Glenn Roth, D.W. Ditty, and Paul Panamerenko.  On Tuesday they’ve got The Most, Art Contest, Scab Queen, and Guest House.  On Wednesday they headline jazz singer Isabel Stover. On Thursday, Manic Productions brings Dead Heavens and more to the Café Nine stage.  Friday’s early show features the Jen Allen Quintet at 7, followed by Grizzlor, Intercourse, and Fashion Week for a 10 p.m. show. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Billy Cofrances, followed at 9 by Jittery Jack and more. Sunday’s matinee show brings you the folk/punk music of Leonhardt, and Kiel Grove, with a Reunion Weekend Show featuring Pencilgrass later at 9.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, there’s the Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight in Lilly’s Pad.  Electric Thursdays brings you DJ’s spinning in two rooms.  On Friday, the Riders on the Storm Doors Tribute comes your way, for a night of music by the Doors.

The Summer Sounds Series at Harbor Park, sponsored by Middletown’s City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, continues Tuesday with Elite Syncopation, bringing you ragtime and early jazz. 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, starting with The Good Life and Big Harp at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden on Tuesday.  On Wednesday you can hear Moon Honey, Mission Zero, and Dr. Martino at Bar in New Haven, or Beach House and Romantic States at the College Street Music Hall.

At the Hartford Public Library on Wednesday, you can join their Escape the Ordinary Book Discussion at 1 p.m.  This week’s feature is Larry Bloom’s “The Writer Within: A Guide to Creative Nonfiction.”

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown every Wednesday at 2 p.m., with tea available every second Wednesday of the month.  This Sunday it’s the annual Open Air Market and Festival at the Mansion starting at 10 a.m., with Connecticut-grown produce, local artisan vendors, and music by the Middletown Symphonic Band, The Michael Cleary Band, Slowpoke, and more.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Visit their website for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they headline the roots rock sound of The Bo Deans on Friday. On Saturday, Lotus Land takes the stage with The American RUSH tribute.  On Sunday you can hear world music with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, performing with special guests The Alchemysts.

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

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday and Saturday at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  You can make a reservation at

Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown holds its fall Open House this Saturday from 10 to 1.  Come meet teaching artists and learn about their programs. Refreshments, juggling demos, arts activities and more are all part of the fun.

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.  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 “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  Information on times and dates at

The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series with “Pardon My French,” an Egyptian film about a boy from a privileged background trying to fit in at a government school.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Listen To Me Marlon,” an inner look into Marlon Brando’s mind using archival personal material, continues, along with “Best of Enemies,” which chronicles the 1968 television news debate between William F Buckley and Gore Vidal. Both run through Thursday.  On Friday they open two features.  First is “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” celebrating Gibran’s elegant text as an animated musical adventure.  They also open “Meru,” about three friends and their attempts to conquer the Shark’s Fin on Mt. Meru in the Himalayan Mountains of India.  Both run through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its series of restored films from “The Apu Trilogy,” by Satyajit Ray, considered the greatest Indian director of his generation. Selections run through Wednesday.  On Thursday they open “The Kindergarten Teacher,” an Israeli film about a teacher who discovers that her kindergarten student has a rare facility for poetry.  It runs through the weekend.  Full details at

Middletown’s first ever Mayoral Film Series continues this Saturday at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, with a screening of “Angels With Dirty Faces” at 7:30.  The series continues for three weeks and features classic gangster movies.  Proceeds benefit the Buttonwood Tree. Details at

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we continue our summer programming schedule:

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 its time for Michael Benson’s 75% folk, exploring folks and Americana as well as some world music, jazz, and blues!

At 8:00 stay tuned for Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk, bringing you Americana music from Nashville and around the country.

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 ranging from conspiratorial and controversial to the esoterica of fringe belief systems.

At 3 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. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at And 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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