Thursday, June 30, 2016

06-30-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, June 30th. 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 a diverse program of talk radio featuring NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Week nights and weekends, WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us. I'm Ben Michael.

Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Here in Middletown, tonight, the Veteran’s writing group meets Thursday nights at 7pm at The Russell Library.

Also happening tonight here in Middletown, Tonight at 7pm, Wesleyan’s Center For The Arts invites you to Dance to northeast Brazilian grooves and New Orleans funk of the Brooklyn-based collective, Nation Beat, who returns to the CFA Courtyard for a free show.  Rain Location is Crowell Concert Hall.  For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Tonight, down in New Haven, Café Nine presents the SONNY VINCENT FAMILY BENEFIT - to benefit the family of one of the legends of Punk Rock, who were left in critical condition from a recent gas explosion.  All proceeds benefit the family with performances donated by New York Junk, Poetry by Puma Pearl, Matt and The Marauders, Do It For Your Heros, & Susan Said. Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features The Tommys. Later on Friday night, Fernando Pinto Presents: PETER ASHER & ALBERT LEE with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights opening.   Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Copolla & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening at Café Nine, it’s the Jeffery Thunders FREE Punk Rock Grill & Spill July 4th Party! Featuring THE RATZ, FLAPJACK ATTACK, and WEST ROCKERS.  “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee at Cafe 9 features The George Baker Band, this week.  Sunday evening, at Café 9, "C-Site Recordings Presents" ALTO!, WORN LEATHER, and ROMAN WOLFE

Tonight MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: We Were Promised Jetpacks alongside Prism Tats at The Ball Room at the Outer Space in Hamden. Tomorrow (Friday) night, Manic Presents The Tallest Man On Earth and Lady Lamb at The College St Music Hall.   

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight you can catch Straight to VHS, The Prozacs, The Tatz and more.  Saturday night Cherry Street presents Problem With Dragons. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Tomorrow night (Friday) EasyBaby take the stage for a night of blues.  Eliot Lewis of Live From Daryl’s House and Hall & Oates takes his solo show to the Sally’s stagen Saturday night.    

Friday night in New Haven, Toad’s Place, presents Hip Hop crew, "The Lox". Saturday, Toad’s Place presents RIDERS ON THE STORM, American Trash, Chasing Cooper, Double the Dial, Electric Lady Band, INK, Mount Pocono and more. Toad’s Place.

The City of Middletown Fireworks Festival has been postponed from  this Friday to Saturday due to weather concerns. Beginning at 5 p.m. this Saturday, performing live on stage for the festival, this year, are the City's Music Ambassadors. Starting things off at 5 p.m. will be The Rust'd Keys featuring Music Ambassador Dave Downs. Next up at 6:15 p.m. will be Music Ambassador Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem. Then, at 7:30 p.m. the band is the Jay Hoggard Quartet featuring Music Ambassador Jay Hoggard. The Middletown Symphonic Band will be providing patriotic music from approximately 8:30 p.m. through the fireworks.  The Middletown High Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the early crowd on the riverfront in Harbor Park beginning around 6:30 p.m. Come early for a good seat to view the fireworks and enjoy the activities. Seating sites are along the riverfront in Harbor Park and in front of City Hall at 245 DeKoven Drive, and there will be plenty of food vendors at both locations. For more information, please contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510.

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are back at it! Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local farmers 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.  Details, including times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, at

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends their run of 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. Real Art Ways has extended their run of “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” through July 7th.  The 2016 SUNDANCE SHORT FILMS open Tomorrow (Friday) at Real Art Ways as well as “The Fits” an inspiring coming of age story of a girl who and her dance troupe who are affected by unexplainable “fits” that become a part of their work.  

Tonight (Thursday), Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends their run of “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!. Opening tomorrow (Friday), is Fireworks Wednesday, in the US premiere of a 2006 film (just released in the States) by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.    for details.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Right after the Jive, Stay tuned For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience until 6:30.

Then, stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
Up next at 8 it’s Bill Denert Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.
From 10:30-12am it’s the The American Empire with Tootse Mutant who explores the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.
At midnight it’s time for 4 hours of “The Greatest Sounds Under the Sun” with Sir Bruce laying down some serious old school R&B music.
The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at 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.
Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa

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