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.
I'm Marianne Johnson, producer of Conversations on Healthcare.
Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
In New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight 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. http://www.cafenine.com
On Tuesday nights at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra (an 18 piece big band) works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam features Ray Morant. On Thursday its 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. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight (Tuesday), they’ve got Waka Flocka Flame, DJ Whoo Kid, and more on. 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 9pm reggae show on Sunday featuring Gyptian, and Kreeshha. http://www.toadsplace.com
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 http://www.russelllibrary.org
Tomorrow / Wednesday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 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 http://www.arts2go.org for details. The Buttonwood’s redesigned website will be back soon.
Manic Productions brings the Funky Dawgs Brass Band and Broca’s Area to Bar in New Haven tomorrow / Wednesday. On Thursday, Manic presents Melanie Martinez, Handsome Ghost, and Sarah Barrios at the College Street Music Hall. On Friday Manic presents Cat Power (solo) and Willy Mason at the College Street Music Hall. Saturday you can catch Mercury Rev at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. http://www.manicproductions.com
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 http://www.arts2go.org
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 & The Rahstet. The event starts at 5:30 and includes a pop-up art show. Details at http://www.ctlandmarks.org
The Wesleyan Center for the Arts is back with its new season offerings, starting on Friday with The sixth annual “Bach to School” organ concert also happens at 8:30 in Wesleyan’s 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 http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa for full details.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got Natural Wonder: A 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. http://www.infinityhall.com
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 http://www.firstchurchmiddletown.org
The Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford offers free admission as part of their Second Saturdays program. Details at http://www.thewadsworth.org
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 http://ctfolk.com/
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. http://www.riverfront.org
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: http://www.jamesmerrillhouse.org
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 “Meru,” about three friends and their attempts to conquer the Shark’s Fin on Mt. Meru in the Himalayan Mountains of India, continues through Thursday. Also continuing through Thursday, is “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” an unflinching portrait of the Apple founder and his legacy. Opening Friday at Real Art Ways 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. http://www.realartways.org
Tonight and tomorrow, 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. On Thursday Cinestudio’s 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 www.cinestudio.org.
Now here's what programming schedule is on the air tonight on WESU, as we start our new fall program season:
Right after the Jive stick around for Word on the Hill with DJ Breej until 6pm. This weekly show provides a platform for silenced minorities on campus to discuss a specific struggle and how it relates to them at Wesleyan and beyond it.
From 6-6:30pm stay tuned for Your English is Good with Mizael Robledo, an exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.
From 6:30-8pm its Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill offering an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music that has a roots influence.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry is a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
At 9:00pm Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox who suggest that “you won't believe your eyes”, when you listen to their show.
From 10:30-11:30pm stay tuned for Oblique Strategies with Biscuit inviting you to twist and turn through an hour of constrained musical drifting.
The at 11:30pm Food Court Friends with Sierra Mist and Orange Julius who offer a sweet weekly pop-punk soundtrack.
From 12:30-1:30am Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean present The Chillin Factory offering hip hop analysis.
At 1:30 DJ Henny presents Sleep Walk Radio From 2:30-4am which is followed by Brass & Sass with DJ Thrasher. Orbiting the NOLA music scene, Brass & Sass features a wide range of jazz, big band jazz, blues and R&B artists from the 1920’s to the present.
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 www.wesufm.org/jive. 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.