Good evening, it's Monday, June 20th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk programs featuring NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local public affairs broadcasts. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us. I'm Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters, the show about the brain health issues we call mental illness, which airs each 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday at 6 p.m. Listen in next Wednesday when my guest and I have a discussion about childhood anxiety.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight brings their weekly Anything Goes open mic. Tomorrow they’ve got Laughter Yoga and vegetarian potluck, followed by Crystal Bowl Sound Healing with Lou Sorrentino. This Thursday the Middlesex Drum Circle meets, and on Friday you can catch Medusa, a Hartford-based jazz quartet playing standards, R&B, and original compositions. Saturday morning there’s transitional Tai Chi class, and on Saturday night it’s a record release show for singer/songwriter Allysen Callery, with special guests Lys Guillorn, Paul Belbusti & American Elm. Through the month you can view the photography of Curt Tota’s exhibit, “Joy”. http://buttonwood.org/
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch Bobby Meader, Glambat, and Sloof. On Tuesday The Carleans take the stage, along with Five in the Chamber and The Wild Sun. On Wednesday it’s Words & Music, a monthly event featuring local musicians, writers, poets and comedians. Thursday’s show brings you Woodhead, and Sperm Donor. Friday’s Happy Hour features Ed Peccerillo’s Flamenco, followed by Dangerous Animals, Lea, Off Days, and The Right Offs. Saturday’s Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the evening show with Savak, Hamish Kilgour, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kath Bloom and Linda Draper, with the evening show bringing you Western Estates, Zulynette Morales, White Savages, and Zak G.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Wednesday they bring you A$AP Ferg & Tony Lanez with The Level Up Tour, along with Madeintyo, Dreezy, and MarBar. On Thursday they headline Maino and Uncle Murda. Friday’s show is the One Love, One Life Tour with Beres Hammond. On Saturday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party with a variety of performers. www.toadsplace.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the usual Jazz Mondays tonight with the David “Goya” Gonzalez Quartet. On Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Sally’s stage. Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted this week by Tommy Whalen. On Thursday it’s the West Hardford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner is Roots of Creation, with reggae pop and electronic improvisation. On Saturday the Eric Ducoff Band takes the stage with vintage blues and more. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Reader’s Theater presents “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord,” at 7. On Tuesday their Chasing Justice Through the Ruins Film Series, hosted by Richard Alleva, presents the 1948 Italian masterpiece, “The Bicycle Thieves.” There’s Adult Coloring on Wednesday, and on Thursday the Veteran’s Writing Group holds their usual meeting at 7. Visit the website for more information on programs and activities for all. www.russelllibrary.org
The Middletown Symphonic Band plays at the Mystic River Park this Tuesday as part of their Outdoor Concert Series. Details at www.arts2go.org
Here in Middletown this Wednesday, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers an Open Mic and Jam hosted by the 4th Wednesday Band. On Saturday they feature The Redliners 8 pm. http://www.cypressgrill.com/
This Wednesday Manic Productions brings you The So So Glos, Big Ups, and Honduras at Bar in New Haven. On Friday, it’s Rodrigo y Gabriela and Ryan Sheridan at the College Street Music Hall.
This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Wednesday they bring you DRI & Sonic Plague. On Friday, you can catch Necroptic Engorgement, Physics of Demise, and more. On Saturday it’s the CRY HAVOC! 10 Year Anniversary Show. Nasty Disaster take the stage Friday night for more loud music! Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
The fourth annual Dance for Peace performance, a signature event of the non-profit Artists for World Peace, takes place this Saturday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. An opening reception and performance by Melissa Craig starts at 7, followed by performances by acclaimed dancers and dance companies. will perform. www.arts2go.org
Today’s the summer solstice, and the first day of summer, and that means Connecticut’s Famers Markets are going into full gear. Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local famers and get nutritious home-grown goods too: On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester. For times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, visit www.ctnofa.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “Chevalier,” a Greek film about six men playing a sinister game on a luxury yacht. Also continuing is “Weiner,” a Sundance Prize-winner about the political meltdown of Anthony Weiner. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians who performing at various locations across the globe. Also opening is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. Both run through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Continuing through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening “Belladonna of Sadness,” a restored version of a 1973 Japanese animated film about a young woman who makes a pact of revenge with the devil. On Friday they open “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater! Details at www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.
From 6-8:00 pm, it’s 75% folk with Michael Benson, featuring folk, blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks.
At 8 pm, stay tuned for the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for some vintage and contemporary funk, soul, reggae, and other dance floor treats.
From 9:30-10:30 pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 – 1960’s that provides the news of that era along with the music.
At 10:30 it’s an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.
From midnight to 3 am Franco’s Studio 54 with Francaccio di Roma provides three hours of Disco and dance music of the 70’s and 80’s.
We switch it up big time at 3 am when Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes alive to offer the best DIY punk, garage, and hardcore Rock and Roll.
BBC World news comes your way at 4, with tomorrow’s broadcast day starting with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version online at 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.