Wednesday, August 26, 2015


 Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 26th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!

And I'm Donna Denert. Thanx for joining us!
Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

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 Hartford Public Library, 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.”

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.

Tonight, Manic Productions brings Moon Honey, Mission Zero, and Dr. Martino at Bar in New Haven, or Beach House and Romantic States at the College Street Music Hall.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday’s Blues Jam 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 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.

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

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.

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.  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.

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.

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 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 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 is this evening at 6:00pm in the Downtown Library

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.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its series of restored films from “The Apu Trilogy,” by Satyajit Ray through this evening.  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 a rundown of tonight’s programs on WESU, as we approach the final weeks of our summer programming schedule:
Dub Revolution with Big Bent follows the Jive, with an international exploration of new and old roots, dub, raggae and more.

From 6-6:30 its Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. where Guests discuss holistic approaches to the brain diseases we call mental illness, or share their stories of personal healing and achievement.
Fusion Radio with James Fusion follows from 6:30 to 8, with the best Techno mix on radio.

From 8 to 9:30 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, bringing you deep underground sounds mixed live for your
listening pleasure.

The Vault with DJ Anton Banks comes your way from 9:30 to 11, with hard techno, minimal, and leftfield mixed live.
There’s exclusive music from international artists.

From 11 to 1 a.m. it’s The Dungeon with Executioner Snow, bringing you heavy metal, underground and gangsta rap from all eras, all the way up to recently-released material.

From 1 to 3 a.m. it’s All Mixed Up from Pacifica.

At 3, we’ll rebroadcast today’s session of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.

BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 a.m.

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 Dub Revolution with Big Bent.

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