Good evening, it's Monday, August 25th, 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 Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on HealthCare, broadcast on WESU every Weds at 4:30. Thanks for joining us.
Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
The Summer Sounds Tuesday evening concert Series at Harbor Park, sponsored by Middletown’s City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, continues tonight with Elite Syncopation, bringing you ragtime and early jazz. The show begins at 7 p.m. The Rain location is South Church across from Middletown’s South Green. Information on access and parking, as well as the full summer lineup, can be found at www.arts2go.org.
Manic Productions brings The Good Life and Big Harp to The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden tonight / Tuesday. Tomorrow / 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. http://www.manicproductions.org
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, a 16 piece big band, 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. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com
In New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch a bill featuring four bands - The Most, Art Contest, Scab Queen, and Guest House. Tomorrow / 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. http://www.cafenine.com
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. http://www.wadsworthmansion.com
At the Hartford Public Library tomorrow / 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.” http://www.hplct.org
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. http://www.russelllibrary.org
On Thursday, the Middlesex Drum Circle meets at 7 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,. 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.
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Electric Thursdays brings you DJ’s spinning in two rooms. On Friday, the Riders on the Storm (Doors tribute Band) comes your way http://www.toadsplace.com
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they headline the roots rock sounds 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. http://www.infinityhall.com
You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. Details at http://www.firstchurchmiddletown.org
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday and Saturday at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. You can make a reservation at http://www.marktwainhouse.org
Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown holds its fall Open House this Saturday from 10 to 1. Stop by to meet teaching artists and learn about their Youth Theater and empowerment programs. Refreshments, juggling demos, arts activities and more are all part of the fun. www.oddfellows.org
Here in CT as the summer winds down and kids head back to school, we enter agricultural fair season bringing carnival midways with rides and games, agricultural displays, and contests, as well as truck and tractor pulls, animal shows, vendors and more. This weekend brings the The Brooklyn Fair which opens Thursday night Aug. 27 running through Sunday. The Chester Fair also happens this weekend, opening Friday and Running through Sunday. The Terryville Lion’s Club fair also happens this weekend. The Haddam Neck and Woodstock Fairs will take place Labor Day weekend.
This weekend also brings the 2015 PLAINVILLE FIRE CO Hot Air Balloon Fest. Events kick off Friday evening at 5pm with a craft fair, food, music, a balloon glow at Dusk and Fireworks. Activities continue on Saturday and Sunday with more music, crafts and balloon launches. http://www.plainvillefireco.com/
You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! Middletown’s long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays continues through October. Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10 to 2, outside It’s Only Natural groceries store on Main St. Durham’s market is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Down on the shore, The Clinton market happens on Thursdays from 4 to 7 and in Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s also a new market is open at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2. Visit http://www.ctnofa.org 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 http://www.hartford.spotlighttheatres.com
The Hartford Public Library concludes its Global Lens Film Series tomorrow night at 6pm with “Pardon My French,” an Egyptian film about a boy from a privileged background trying to fit in at a government school. Screen time tomorrow / Wednesdays is 6:00pm in the Downtown Library http://www.hplct.org
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 Real Art Ways 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. http://www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its series of restored films from “The Apu Trilogy,” by Satyajit Ray 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 www.cinestudio.org.
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 http://www.art2go.org
Now here's a rundown of tonight’s programs on WESU, as we approach the final weeks of our summer programming schedule:
From 8-9 pm stay tuned for Voice of the City with J-Chery for live and local radio presenting area artists and arts promoters
From 9-10:30 tonight, its Radio Obscura, whose hosts claim “Radio Obscura is a gasoline powered cat purring its way through the highways and byways of the weeks topics. Join us and. Pet the cat.”
DJ Pickup Sticks is back in the air-chair after that at 10:30 for her show, Explorers’ Hour, which offers an exploration of rock, pop, and experimental music.
at: 11:30 It's summer throwbacks withj DJ Frau Mau (sounds like Meow J).
at 12:30 stay tuned for the Church of the Subgenius and feel the power of Bob.
From 1:30-3am it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. Who’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his finger-tips.
At 3am, we will rebroadcast today’s noontime broadcast of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.
The BBC world news report follows that at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
You can find the rest of our daily schedule online at www.wesufm.org where you’ll also find a link to our online audio stream and archives (where you can listen to any WESU show for up to 2 weeks after it airs.
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.