Monday, September 7, 2015

09-07-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, September 7, 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.


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 Wednesday the Connecticut Songwriters Association presents a workshop with Bill Pere at 7:30.  On Thursday they’re screening “Josh and Todd:  The Story of a Man and his Puppet,” by Elmwood Productions.  For a discounted seat, bring dry or canned goods for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. On Friday at 7 they headline singer/songwriter Dave Kopperman with an LP release party and concert for his album “Island Off the Coast of America.”  On Saturday it’s jazz and hip-hop artist Orice Jenkins at 8.  Visit for details. The Buttonwood’s redesigned website will be back soon.

In New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, tonight it’s Chris Arnott’s Get To The Point with an All Star Band.  On Tuesday you can hear Christina Harris, Jessy Griz, and Sarah Lemieux.  On Wednesday they feature Crunk Witch and more for a 9:00 show.  Thursday you can catch Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, along with The 509ers.  On Friday, Manic Productions hosts And the Kids, Ports of Spain, and Olive Tiger. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed at 9 by Mission O, The Excitement Gang, and The Screw-Ups.  On Sunday at 9 they’ve got Lucas Brode, The Forest Room, and ILya Gitelman.

Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford opens on Tuesday with Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra bringing you new material.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam features Ray Morant.  On Thursday it’s Bridgeport jazz trumpeter Emmanual Rivera, making a live recording on Sally’s stage.  On Friday they bring you vocalist Jen Durkin & The Business.  you can hear more blues with Kosher Kid & The Amplifires.  On Saturday they headline SNL Band vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, they’ve got Waka Flocka Flame, DJ Whoo Kid, and more on Tuesday.  On Thursday you can hear Caked Up, Bass L.A.W., and Chice.  There’s a Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party on Friday with DJ’s spinning in two rooms.  There’s a 9:00 show on Sunday featuring Gyptian, and Kreeshha.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Readers meet this Tuesday at 7 to discuss “Mario and the Magician,” by Thomas Mann.  The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  The library book sale happens this Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday at 2 you’re invited to Jazz Up Close: Performance and Discussion with Victor Lewis, performing along with Noah Baerman and Henry Lugo.  Full details of this and more at

Manic Productions brings the Funky Dawgs Brass Band and Broca’s Area to Bar in New Haven this Wednesday.  On Thursday, it’s Melanie Martinez, Handsome Ghost, and Sarah Barrios at the College Street Music Hall.  And it’s Cat Power (solo) and Willy Mason at the College St reet Music Hall on Friday.  On Saturday you can catch Mercury Rev at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

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

The Art Guild of Middletown kicks off its 2015-2016 season with a demonstration by acrylic artist Bill Colrus this Thursday at 7 at Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.  Details at

The Sierra Club hosts a Fracked Gas Pipeline Educational Forum this Thursday at Westmoor Park, 199 Flagg Road, in West Hartford at 7 p.m.  Full details at:

The Sunset Sounds Concert Series at the Butler McCook House in Hartford concludes this Thursday with a jazz performance by Richard McGhee U The Rahstet.  The event starts at 5:30 and includes a pop-up art show.  Details at

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts is back with its new season offerings, starting on Friday with its fourth annual “The Mash” at 2 p.m.  Student bands perform at three locations across campus. The sixth annual “Bach to School” organ concert also happens on Friday at 8:30 in Memorial Chapel.  The CFA sponsors a tour of the “Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions” exhibition at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City on Saturday.  On Sunday at 3, cello teacher Julie Ribchinsky presents “Bach and the Modern World,” bringing together Bach, Argentinian tango, and Yiddish music traditions at The Russell House in Middletown at 3 p.m.  Visit for full details.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got Natural Wonder: The Premier Stevie Wonder Tribute Band this Friday at 8.  On Saturday the Boston Comedy Festival presents Best of the Fest!!, with Dan Boulger, Dan Crohn, and more.  On Sunday, blues and R&B singer Lizz Wright performs at 7:30.

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. This Sunday they host the Dixieland Jazz Band and the Court Street Singers for their Sunday service at 9 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast.  Details at

The Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford offers free admission as part of their Second Saturdays program.  Details at

The 2015 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo happens this Saturday in Edgerton Park, off of Whitney Avenue near the Hamden-New Haven town line, starting at 11 a.m.  Come hear The Ebin-Rose Trio, Piedmont Bluz, John Gorka and more.  Details at

Civil War Day happens this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Mansfield House in Middletown, sponsored by the Middlesex County Historical Society.  There’s a reenactment on site, and State Troubadour Tom Callinan performs.  The featured speaker is Edward Ball, National Boo k Award winning author of “Slaves in the Family.”  Visit http://www.arts2go for full details.

Guitar Under the Stars happens this Saturday starting at 4:30 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  Enjoy children’s activities, vendors and more, with the main performance featuring Daniel Salazar and guest musicians performing flamenco and Latin melodies.

You’re invited to a Fiction Reading this Saturday at 5 at the Stonington Free Library on High Street featuring the September Merrill Fellow Sus an Steinberg reading from her work.  A book signing and reception follow.   Information 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 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:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Meru,” about three friends and their attempts to conquer the Shark’s Fin on Mt. Meru in the Himalayan Mountains of India, continues.  Also continuing is “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” an unflinching portrait of the Apple founder and his legacy.  Both run through Thursday.  Opening Friday is “Rosenwald,” a documentary of the Jewish philanthropist and President of Sears who was a silent partner in America’s 20th Century Civil rights movement.  It runs through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as an unconventional landscape gardener at King Louis XIV’s Versailles, through Wednesday.  On Thursday their OUT Film CT series brings you “Liz in September,” a Venezuelan film about a party girl lesbian who discovers she has a terminal illness.  On Friday they open a run of “Inside Out,” the animated film that explores the mind of an 11-year-old girl moving from Minnesota to the Bay Area.  It continues through Sunday.  Full details at

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we start our new fall programming schedule:
Right after the Jive, it’s The Production Report with Kiley and Allis, who report on entertainment industry news, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
From 6:30 to 8 it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks. 
From 8 to 9:30 p.m. it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.
At 9:30 it’s an hour of Scandinavian Sounds with DJ Northern Lights, with Eurovision artists, folk, and genres in between, bringing you music from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.  
From 10:30 to 11 it’s Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth, where you can hear advice on dating, love, and all of the above.  
From 11 to midnight it’s Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan, who chat about dreams, float on sounds, and poke around in the subconscious.

From 12 to 1 a.m. it’s Your Turn with Rachel Day, where a different guest each week will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are. 
Next up at 1 a.m. it’s an hour of Meet Music with DJ Rami, where you can buckle up and tune in to meet a new artist with each show! Explore that artist’s background, influences, and personal stories.
From 2 to 3 a.m. it’s Fear Factor with DJ Korean Kween, who interviews a new person every show about their fears and phobias, and plays the interviewee's music! 
From 3 to 4 a.m. it’s The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.
BBC World news comes your way from 4 to 5 a.m., followed by Morning Edition from NPR.  

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.

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