Sunday, August 2, 2015

8-3-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Aug.3rd, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, a literary episode, featuring discussion of three Catholic writers: Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, and Thomas Merton. Can’t listen live? Find the audio archived for two weeks at, and forever at

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

Tonight at 7:45 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the weekly Moments of Gratitude. Thursday at 7 at the Buttonwood Tree is host to Bob Gotta’s open mic. Also on Thursday, the Buttonwood will be one of the stops along the monthly Middletown Art Walk. Featured will be the Saratoga Soul Photo Exhibit. Then Saturday at 8, Kate Callahan performs with Donna Gentile.

In Hartford, Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park continues its 48th annual season tonight at 6, with Haneef Nelson opening for headliner the Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble. The series runs through Aug. 10. .  More at

Also in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Jazz Mondays featured artist tonight is Jovan Alexandre Group. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra is on vacation tomorrow (Tuesday). Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ray Morant. Thursday brings Pigeons Playing Ping Pong to Sally’s. Then Friday, it’s Albert Castiglia. Saturday, Shokazoba performs.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends.  Friday brings the OMG Music Fest to Toad’s, featuring Dylan Holland, Jonah Marais, the Nick Tangorra Band, Reed Deming, and Gavin Becker. Saturday at Toad’s, it’s the Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party, with DJs spinning in two rooms, including ATAU, DJ Deafstar, DJ K4DI, Jigsaw, JORCE, Justin Vade, Mex-Em, Oracle, Schoddy, Steve Lynch, v1bes, Wired-Up, and Wtchcrft. More at

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight is Chris Arnott’s Get to the Point writers’ showcase. Tomorrow (Tuesday) brings Little Country Giants and Union Rail. Then Wednesday, it’s Dan & Dan’s Comedy Open Mic. Thursday brings A Tribute to Andy Warhol to Café Nine, with Jacques Le Coque, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and DJ B the T. Friday at Café Nine, you can catch Cygnus Radio Happy Hour, with Lines West, at 5 p.m., followed at 9 by Javier & Los DishDogs, with Zombii, Thrust, and Mind Over Master. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed at 9 by the Lipgloss Crisis Summer Burlesque Cabaret. Sunday’s Soul Service is at 8 p.m.

The  Summer Sounds Series at Harbor Park, sponsored by Middletown’s City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, continues tomorrow (Tuesday) with the Nekita Waller Band playing Motown pop/soul favorites. The show begins at 7 p.m.   Information on access and parking, as well as the full summer lineup, can be found at

Also tomorrow (Tuesday), the Hartford Public Library’s World of Sounds Concerts continue at 6 pm with the Anthem Reggae Band.

Manic Productions brings concerts to area venues this week, starting Wednesday at The Space in Hamden with Such Gold, After the Fall, The Moms, Losing Season and Somewhere In Time. Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, it’s Howard, Tribe Society, and Olive Tiger. Friday at The Space in Hamden, Manic Productions brings Saintseneca, Zanders, and Orders.  

Elizabeth Park in Hartford continues its Summer Concert Series on the Rose Garden Lawn with Goza Salsa playing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Also in Hartford on Wednesday Cedar Hill Cemetery presents “Dreams & Spirit Communications” from 6 to 8 p.m. , with Elaine Kuzmeskus, nationally recognized Spiritualist medium and author of Dream Zone and The Art of Mediumship, discussing dream interpretation, psychic events and spirit communication. Following her presentation, she will provide readings for selected members of the audience (chosen by lottery). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 860-956-3311. Other details at

Getting back to Middletown’s Thursday art walk, across the street from the Buttonwood at the MAC650 Gallery, a new exhibit of comic-themed art, titled “KABOOM,” opens. Among the work on display will be panels from a non-fiction graphic novel in progress by WESU’s own Reasonably Catholic host Maria Johnson. It tells the story of  Dr. Nancy Cappello, who brought awareness to the risk of mammography’s missing cancer in “dense breasts.” The opening for the exhibit is from 5 to 8, followed by a home brew and open mic celebration of the gallery's first anniversary.

There’ll be an opening reception on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. for another nearby exhibit, at the Green Street Center for Teaching and Learning. Featured is Matt Low’s show, “Persistence,” featuring powerful and poetic photographs of beach debris. Also on display will be “The Little Things,” a photo exhibit by Hannah Vecchitto, a Middletown High School leukemia survivor.

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

Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum’s First Thursday Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. is themed “One Love” and takes place between the museum and City Hall. Featured will be live Caribbean music, body art by Amazing Face Art, complimentary snacks, Reggae dance lessons, and more! Music for the evening includes the De Four Ah Wee Steel Drum Band, the Hartford Hot Several, and a special appearance by the latest sensation, boy band NK5, presented by Maurice Starr and Joe Young Studios. has details.

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

Up in Hartford, Ricki Lee Jones comes to Infinity Hall. Then Saturday brings Little Texas.

On Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1 p.m., Middlesex Community College hosts an expanded Middletown Music Festival, celebrating local musicians. This year the festival includes 13 bands: Jennifer Hill, gigglejuice, JCherry & The Strawberries, Someone You Can Xray, Joey Batts & Them, SuperTrance, Straddle, Daddy Kalimur, Randomizer, The Terry Rand Band, Hannah’s Field, The Balkun Brothers, and The Michael Cleary Band, along with six acoustic acts: Robert C. Fullert  on, Julia Autumn Ford, Erica Lynn, Joe Paresi, Rust’d Keys and Seat Of Our Pants. The festival also includes local artisans and food vendors, along with yoga, belly dancing, hula hooping, outdoor games and dancing. This family festival is open to everyone and the suggested donation of $10 includes entry in a drawing for music CDs, vendor gifts and other items. In the event of rain, the festival will take place inside MxCC’s Chapman Hall. Festival info is available at and 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 farmers market is on Friday from 10 to 2. 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, in Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long-running market on the South Green runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. The oldest market in the state is at the Old State House in Hartford. It was established in 1643. It runs through Oct. 31. You can learn more about it at 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 Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of "LEGO Movie," the 2014 animated adventure about an intrepid little LEGO figure, in Sigourney Park.

The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series on Wed. and Fri. with the Turkish film “K & Ali,” about a friendship between an aging collector and his doorman, an unusual exploration of class and privilege in modern Istanbul.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Tangerine” opens on Friday for a run through Aug. 13. It was shot on an iPhone 5 for practically no money. Also opening on Friday and running through the 13th is “Court,” winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals. It’s described as a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. Closing Thursday are runs of “Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary” and “A Borrowed Identity.”

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of the 1949 Cold War masterpiece “The Third Man,” starring Orson Welles.     The film runs through Thursday, then “Far from the Madding Crowd” opens.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we work our way through our summer program line up:

Right after the Jive stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6 p.m.
From 6 – 8:00, it's 75% Folk with Michael Benson then up next at 8, stay tuned for 90 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 who’ll provide 2 hours of  loud music including stoner and cosmic rock to doom and avant-garde and more!
From 11:30 to 1 DIY Haircut with  DJ Tim Daltrey, celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal.
From 1-2am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio keeps the loud rock music pumping.
At 2am its “in other words” from Pacifica.
At 3am, we’ll rebroadcast today’s noontime edition of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman before switching over to the BBC world news at 4am. Morning Edition comes your way at 5am 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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