Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it'sThursday, August 20th 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
On Thursday, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 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.

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.

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 the Hartford Public Library, on tonight at 6 their World of Sounds Concerts series continues with a performance by the Smoke and Mirrors Trio at the Albany Branch.
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.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, 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 Café Nine, 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 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.

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 transgender 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.

Through August 26, 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
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!             

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, with Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.                                         

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
Featuring local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists not normally played on the radio. 

(2,4) Experience The Experiement (ETEShow) with DJ Marquis
Album Cuts of main and non mainstream artists. The show does interviews from all backgrounds of music.

Metal on Metal!! with the Metal Messenger
Welcome to Metal on Metal!! Traditional heavy metal, progressive metal, death metal, power metal, black metal...any kind of metal as long as it's shreddin'!
Mentaltown with El Vee
Ill vill for the unsigned artist, small biz, and non profit with different guest hosts plus dj's

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald

Democracy Now

Morning edition from NPR  starts tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am.
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.

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