Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday September, 3rd 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

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.

Also in Middletown it's ArtWalk in the north end starting at 5:30, with a fee music concert in the garden with SoulStyce at 6:30 on the corner of Main and Green Street.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, 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.

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

In New Haven, at Café Nine, 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.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s 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.

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 MartinPonybirdHanging 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.

 Trinity College’s Cinestudio there is 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

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!             

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, with Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.                                         

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
Featuring local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists not normally played on the radio. 

(2,4) Experience The Experiement (ETEShow) with DJ Marquis
Album Cuts of main and non mainstream artists. The show does interviews from all backgrounds of music.

Metal on Metal!! with the Metal Messenger
Welcome to Metal on Metal!! Traditional heavy metal, progressive metal, death metal, power metal, black metal...any kind of metal as long as it's shreddin'!
Mentaltown with El Vee
Ill vill for the unsigned artist, small biz, and non profit with different guest hosts plus dj's

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald

Democracy Now

Morning edition from NPR  starts tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am.
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.

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