Good evening, it's Tuesday, September 1st, 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 Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Health Care.
Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Here in Middletown, The Summer Sounds Series at Harbor Park, sponsored by the City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, holds its closing concert on tonight with The Middletown Symphonic Band. The concert will begin at 7pm. Information on access and parking can be found at www.arts2go.org.
Tonight at 7:45 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, they’ve got Laughter Yoga and a vegetarian potluck at 6. On Thursday at 7 it’s Open Mic with Bob Gotta. On Friday at 4, singer/songwriter and psychologist Steve Pracinos brings the Dr. Steve Band to the stage. The Great Make Believe Improv Show with comedy fit for the family comes to the Buttonwood on Sunday at 7. Call the Buttonwood at 860-347-4957 for details. The redesigned website will be back soon.
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece big band, comes your way every Tuesday. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley. On Friday you can hear more blues with Kosher Kid & The Amplifires. On Saturday it’s modern jazz, with the Grammy-nominated Brian Charette Trio.http://www.blackeyedsallys.com
In New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight they you can catch NBC’s “The Voice” vocalist Sarah Patenza, appearing with Jom Oblon and Friends. On Wednesday there’s a Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice. On Thursday, The Dustbowl Revival and Wise Old Moon take the Café Nine stage. On Friday at 5 there’s an Artist in Residence Opening Reception with The Tommy’s, to open “First Three Songs,” an exhibit of the concert photography of Audra Napolitano. At 9 they headline The Birdmen. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Mike Coppola and Friends, followed at 9 by City Streets Country Roads, All Riot, and King Bongo. http://www.cafenine.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight they headline Lil Durk. On Thursday, it’s the College Blackout Dance Party. On Friday, It’s Badfish, with a Tribute to Sublime, and more. On Sunday Earl Sweatshirt presents the 2015 tour “Ready to Leave Now,” with Remy Banks and more. http://www.toadsplace.com
Manic Productions is bringing Off & On, Hey Anna, and Golden Bloom to Bar in New Haven tomorrow / Wednesday. http://www.manicproductions.com
The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford celebrates the 40th anniversary of its MATRIX gallery with a conversation and reception tomorrow / Wednesday at 6 p.m. Featured artists are Ruben Ochoa and Mark Branford. http://www.thewadsworth.org for details.
You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown every Wednesday at 2 p.m., with tea available every second Wednesday of the month.http://www.wadsworthmansion.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Visit their website for information on learning events, children’s activities, and more. http://www.russelllibrary.org
At the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center on Main Street in Middletown, there’s an opening reception on Thursday at 5 for the “Memory and Harbinger” [note: soft g] exhibit by Kathi Packer. Explore paintings and drawings based on the wildlife she photographed in Africa. Details at http://www.arts2go.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can hear blues, jump, rock ‘n’ roll, and more by Roomful of Blues on Friday at 8. 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
Here in CT, as summer winds down and kids head back to school, we enter agricultural fair season. This Weekend brings the 104th Haddam Neck fair offering a carnival midway with rides and games, agricultural displays, and contests, as well as truck and tractor pulls, animal shows, vendors and more. There’s live musical entertainment offered throughout the duration of Fair From Friday through Monday. Highlights include Saturday’s lineup featuring CT talent with Daphne Lee Martin, Ponybird, Hanging Hills, Mountain Movers , and West End Blend. Sunday’s lineup spotlights bluegrass with Stacey Phillips and Paul Howard, Last Fair Deal, and Goodnight Blue Moon. www.haddamneckfair.com
The Woodstock fair also happens this weekend.
Here’s a rundown of Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets. 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:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” which celebrates Gibran’s elegant text as an animated musical adventure, continues through Thursday. Also continuing is “Meru,” about three friends and their attempts to conquer the Shark’s Fin on Mt. Meru in the Himalayan Mountains of India. On Friday they open “Call Me Lucky,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s film about comedian Barry Crimmins’ use of comedy to transform rage from childhood abuse. Also opening is “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s laser-sharp and balanced assessment of the Apple mogul. Both run through the weekend. http://www.realartways.org
onight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends thier run of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” an Israeli film about a teacher who discovers that her kindergarten student has a rare facility for poetry. On Tomorrow / Wednesday they open “Amy,” the documentary about Amy Winehouse that exposes how her fame was prized over her fragile mental health. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they open “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as an unconventional landscape gardener at King Louis XIV’s Versailles. Full details at www.cinestudio.org.
Middletown’s first ever Mayoral Film Series concludes this Saturday at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, with a screening of “The Usual Suspects” at 7:30. The series features classic gangster movies. Proceeds benefit the Buttonwood Tree. Details at http://www.arts2go.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we wrap up our summer programming schedule this week:
Right after the Jive, stay tuned for Bill Revill’s final 3 hour summer edition of Acoustic Blender offering acoustic and roots music.
From 8-9pm it’s The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, A weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
After that at 9pm it’s Radio Obscura, whose hosts describe the show as “a gasoline powered cat purring its way through the highways and byways of the week’s 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
From: 11:30-12:30am its #tbt: summer throwbacks with Frau Miau Tune in to listen to all your favorite summer throwbacks! #tbt: summer throwbacks will have you bouncing and bumping to pop hits from summers past.
12:30-1:30am Coming to America with DJ Korean Kween Coming to America" will explore music people associate with new beginnings in their lives. Featuring interviews with people who will bring in songs they fell in love with in a new environment.
From 1:30-3am Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. Who says he’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
At 3am, we will rebroadcast today’s noontime broadcast of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.
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.