Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, September 10th, 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.

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

At the Russell Library in Middletown, 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

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight 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.

Tonight Manic Productions brings 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.

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 & The Rahstet.  The event starts at 5:30 and includes a pop-up art show.  Details at
In New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it's 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.

At Blackeyed Sally's tonight its Bridgeport jazz trumpeter Emmanual Rivera, making a live recording on Sally’s stage.  On Friday they bring you 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 Book 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 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, 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 tomorrow.  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.

Tonight, 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

Now here's what programming schedule is on the air tonight on WESU, as we start our new fall program season:

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
13 years of Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience. Gig related setlist, live performances by Connecticut artists and a bagful of trivia on local bands spanning decades of Connecticut Music fandom. Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. "Hearing is the best experience"

UnderCover with Ali and Ben
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
Featuring local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) The Late Night Format with Adi Slepack
New media madness with a TV talk show base. The show includes a topical monologue and entertainment segments, such as interviews, games, movie club discussions, and more. Video version of the program is available at Like us on Facebook and keep up on Twitter! #TheLateNightFormat

The British Are Coming with DJ Babelfish
Explore British music, one region at a time. With music from the British invasion to today, this show is not limited to a specific time or genre.

High Tide with DJ Johnny Tsunami
The tide is high and you know what that means... new waves! Wax down your board and ride the tide along the best post-punk/new wave jams from the 1970s and 1980s.

The Weirding Way with DJ Atreides
The expression of thoughts through sound: a cross-genre exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus. New soundscapes each show.

(1,3,5) Evolution of Soul with DJ XAN
Everything from Al Greene to D'Angelo, Nao and even house music with a soul-like sound.
(2,4) People, Places and Things with jackalope
Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings an exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

The 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

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