Wednesday, September 2, 2015

09-02-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, September 2nd, 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 Ben Michael, Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Their weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam is will be hosted 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.

In New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight 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.

Manic Productions presents Off & On, Hey Anna, and Golden Bloom at Bar in New Haven tomorrow tonight /  Wednesday.

The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford celebrates the 40th anniversary of its MATRIX gallery with a conversation and reception tonight/ Wednesday at 6 p.m.  Featured artists are Ruben Ochoa and Mark Branford. for details.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Thursday at 7pm it’s brings their long running acoustic 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.

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.

At the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center on Main Street in Middletown, there’s an opening reception tomorrow / 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

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow night/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.

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

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can hear blues, jump, rock ‘n’ roll, and more by Roomful of Blues on Friday at 8.

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, draft animal shows, vendors and more. There’s live musical entertainment offered throughout the Fair from Friday through Monday.  Highlights include Saturday’s lineup featuring CT talent by Daphne Lee MartinPonybird, Hanging HillsMountain Movers , and West End Blend. Sunday’s lineup spotlights bluegrass with Stacey Phillips and Paul Howard, Last Fair Deal, and Goodnight Blue Moon.

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 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.

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio begins a run of “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

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

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU as we start to wrap up the final week of our Summer Program

 Dub Revolution follows the Jive, with an international exploration of new and old roots, dub, reggae 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. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Dub Revolution 

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