Friday, September 11, 2015

09-11-15 jive

Good evening, it's Friday, September 11th, 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

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this weekend.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 7 they headline 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.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts is back with its new season offerings, starting on tonight with The sixth annual “Bach to School” organ concert 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 for full details.

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

Tonight Manic Productions brings 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.

In New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, tonight Manic Productions presents “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.

At Blackeyed Sally's you can catch vocalist Jen Durkin & The Business.  On Saturday they headline SNL Band vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven on tonight there’s a Bright Night Electro-Glow Party with DJ’s spinning in two rooms.  There’s a 9pm reggae show on Sunday featuring Gyptian, and Kreeshha.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got Natural Wonder: A Stevie Wonder Tribute Band tonight 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.

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 tomorrow / 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 tomorrow / 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 Book Award winning author of “Slaves in the Family.”  Visit http://www.arts2go for full details.

Guitar Under the Stars happens tomorrow / 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 Susan Steinberg reading from her work.  A book signing and reception follow.   Information at:

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, tonight they open “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.

Tonight, Trinity College’s opens 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 programming schedule is on the air tonight on WESU, as we start our new fall program season:
Wild Wild Live with Ethan and Rachel
A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

Progress for the Planet with Eric Hagen
Environmental news program with pro-green stance, including some environmentalist music from a variety of genres.

Middletown Youth Radio Project
A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

Universal Sound Wave with Sista Queen T
A wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

From The Otherside with Rok-A-Dee
Sixty percent of my show is love songs of different genre and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.

In The Master Bedroom, Under The Bed with Dope Dave
Downtempo poets and acrobatic emcees weave lyricism through various soundscapes.

OVERDRIVE with Clarence and Shantay Scott
Praising God with the best urban contemporary, hip hop, and traditional gospel music on the planet!

Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat
I've got a song in my heart, a chemical imbalance in my head and a musical library at my fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller
A weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

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