Monday, August 17, 2015

8-17-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Aug.17th, 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 Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters, where we talk about the brain conditions we call mental illness.   Join me this Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a conversation with Kate Thompson, faculty member of the Therapeutic Writing Institute in Boulder, CO.  We discuss writing as therapy.

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 at 7:45.  On Thursday, CinTamani & Aruna Chocolates bring you world music, superfoods, dance and more at 7:30. You can hear bluegrass by the Matt Flinner Trio on Friday at 8.  Another trio - Jazzage - takes the stage on Saturday at 8, performing to celebrate the opening of the Saratoga Soul Photo Exhibit, which continues through the month of August.

Also in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Jazz Mondays featured artist tonight is the Scott Sasanecki Group. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra comes your way every Tuesday.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen. On Friday they bring you the Selwyn Birchwood Band, rising blues stars from Florida.  On Saturday it’s Rhythm Inc., with Reggae, Dub, Hip Hop, and more.

In New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, tonight you can catch Terri Lynn, Stephanie Austin, and Krizta Moon. On Tuesday they bring you Urban Pioneers and The Dukes of Hamden. On Wednesday they headline Hollis Brown, appearing with Frank Viele.  On Thursday, it’s Eric Sommer and Joe Flood.  Friday’s Happy Hour feature is Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge at 5 p.m., followed at 9 by Ceschi, Smokee B, Ricky Swift, Kiddead, and DJ Taco. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the Record Release Show for The Mountain Movers, who appear along with Dead Leaf Echo, and Landing. Sunday’s matinee show headlines Oberon Rose, followed by the Soul Service at 8 p.m.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, there’s the Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight in Lilly’s Pad. On Friday, it’s the Local Rock Showcase, with a variety of performers.  There’s another Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party on Saturday, with DJs spinning in two rooms.

At the Hartford Public Library, they’ve got Salsa Socials this Tuesday at 6.  Dancers of all skill levels are welcome.  On Thursday at 6 their World of Sounds Concerts series continues with a performance by the Smoke and Mirrors Trio at the Albany Branch.

The Summer Sounds Series at Harbor Park, sponsored by Middletown’s City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, continues Tuesday with the Ken Morr Band, bringing you Americana folk/rock.  The show begins at 7 p.m.   Information on access and parking, can be found at

Manic Productions brings concerts to area venues this week, starting with Every Time I Die and others at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Wednesday.  Also on Wednesday, they’re bringing Elison Jackson, Odysseus Finn, and Henry Flower to Bar in New Haven.

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

There’s an opening reception this Thursday at 5 at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown for the exhibit “Fibrations,” by Carol Ingram.  Her fiber art was inspired by the land and people of India.

There’s a Riverfront Scramble happening this Thursday at 6:30 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  There are awards for best costumes, and every Scramble course is different.  Details at

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 on Thursday, they bring you Galactic with Erica Falls playing New Orleans jazz and funk, along with a live CPTV taping.  On Friday it’s the Best of CT Music Awards for local singer/songwriters.  On Saturday they present Moody Blues’ founding member Justin Hayward, with special guest Mike Dawes.

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

Slide the City happens this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in Hartford, bringing you 1000 feet of water slides, music, and food at Bushnell Park.  Discount tickets are available.

Middletown’s Jonah Center for Earth & Art is sponsoring a Sunset Paddle in the Floating Meadows this Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for canoeists and kayakers.  The outing starts at the new Phil Salafia launch on Johnson Street, and explores the 1000-acre marshland along the Mattabesset River.  Call John Hall at 860-398-3371 for details, or visit

On Sunday you can attend the 62nd All Natural Food Summer Picnic, sponsored by the CT chapter of Natural Food Associates.  Share a potluck organic meal starting at 1:30 at Marcus Cooke Park in Wallingford.  The guest speaker, Dr. Yuriy May, a holistic dentist, will discuss controversies about root canals, alkaline balance, and more.  Call 203-269-9091 for details. 

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 “Spongebob Squarepants 2.” Information on times and dates at

The Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of “The Cannonball Run,” about eccentric competitors in an illegal cross-country car race, in Bushnell Park.

The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series with “The Pardon,” a Rwandan film about the consequences to be faced after a man murders his best friend’s family.

The Cedar Hill Movie Series brings you the 1952 classic “Pat and Mike,” with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, this Friday at 7:30 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Details at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Tangerine” about transgenders dealing with the various subcultures in Los Angeles, and shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, continues through Thursday.  Also continuing is  “The Tribe,” a Ukranian film about a high school for the deaf, presented without subtitles or voice-overs.  On Wednesday the New York Film Critics Series brings you a one night only screening of “Digging For Fire,” about parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  A live broadcast Q&A follows the film with director Joe Swanberg and star Jake Johnson, moderated by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers.  Starting on Friday, they’ve got three films running through the weekend.  You can see “Listen To Me Marlon,” an inner look into Marlon Brandon’s mind using archival personal material.  Or choose “Best of Enemies,” which chronicles the 1968 television news debate between William F Buckley and Gore Vidal.  Your third option is “Call Me Lucky,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s film about comic Barry Crimmins’ use of comedy to transform the rage that arose from childhood abuse.  Check the website for times.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its screening of restored films from “The Apu Trilogy,” by Satyajit Ray, considered the greatest Indian director of his generation. Offerings include “Apur Sansar,” “Pather Panchali,” and “Aparajito.”  Full details at

Middletown’s first ever Mayoral Film Series premiers this Saturday at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, with a showing of “The Maltese Falcon” 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:

Right after the Jive stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m. it's 75% Folk with Michael Benson.

Up next at 8, we’ve got ninety minutes of new and vintage funk and soul with Lord Lewis on the Rumpus Room.

At 9:30 we switch (audio) gears for Aargh!!! with Tom Gatzen, featuring two hours of  loud music including stoner and cosmic rock, avant-garde, and more!

From 11:30 to 1 a.m. DIY Haircut with DJ Tim Daltrey celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal.

From 1 to 2 a.m. Maximum Rock and Roll Radio keeps the loud rock music pumping.

At 2 a.m. its In Other Words from Pacifica.

Following at 3, we’ll rebroadcast today’s noontime edition of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, before switching over to the BBC World News at 4 a.m.  Morning Edition comes your way at 5 each weekday morning 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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