Thursday, July 7, 2016

07-07-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, July 7th, and 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 from NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. 

I'm Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday nights at 7.  The library has new hours starting this month, opening daily at 10 except for Wednesdays, when they open at 1 p.m. Visit the website for more information on the new hours, and on additional programs and activities for all.

At the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, it’s Bob Gotta’s long running, monthly, acoustic open mic. On Friday the Ebin-Rose Trio takes the stage along with songwriter Frank Critelli.  Saturday, it’s the Laszlo Gardony-Marco Pignataro Duo with piano/saxophone favorites at The Buttonwood.  Sunday, there’s a reception at 5 to open Buttonwood’s July art exhibit “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys.  You can view the exhibit throughout the month.

Also here in Middletown, tonight, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings the Grammy-nominated Jimmy Greene Quartet at Crowell Concert Hall for a night of contemporary Jazz. Saturday at Crowell Concert Hall, you can enjoy This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IX. More at

Down in New Haven tonight, The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show takes the CafĂ© Nine stage. Friday’s early show features Rob Carlson & Benefit Street, along with Kate Callahan; the late show at 9 brings you Treadwell and Terra Luna. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by the evening show with The Soaks, The Excitement Gang, The Screw-Ups, and Cometa. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Lys Guillorn and The Shellye Valauskas Experience. Cafe Nine's Sunday night show features  Valient Thorr, Black Wizard, and Warm.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally's tonight, you can catch the West Hartford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci. Tomorrow (Friday’s) headliner is Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution, with New Orleans funk, soul, and rock, with a gospel influence. Saturday, Bad News Barnes takes the stage with blues

In New Haven, Toad’s Place presents Hip Hop crew, The Lox on Friday. On Saturday they headline the Riders On the Storm show with A Tribute to the Doors, along with American Trash, Chasing Cooper, and more.

On Saturday, Manic Productions presents Never Shout Never, Hundred Handed, Me Like Bees, Kalimur, and Sarah Barrios at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

On Saturday, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Caught in a Trap, The Breaking Sounds, The Muggs, M-13, At Wits End, and more. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

This weekend brings Soupstock 2016 to SHelton CT, for 2 Days of Art, Food and Music in this annual fundraising event for the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund. This family oriented event features many fun-filled sights, sounds and tastes to entertain the whole family.

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are going into full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local famers and get nutritious home-grown goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit

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

Through Sunday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of run of “The Fits,” a film about a Cincinnati girl who joins a dance team that encounters problems with fits of shaking that they ultimately incorporate into their work. The run of “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” has been extended through July 14th.  Opening Friday is “Therapy for a Vampire,” a lite tale of romance, psychobabble, vanity, and the pursuit of plasma set in 1932 Vienna. It runs through the weekend.

Ending it’s run tonight, at Trinity College’s Cinestudio is “Fireworks Wednesday,” by Academy Award-winner Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian film about marital infidelity and traditional/secular discord.  Tomorrow (Friday), Cinestudio begins a run of  “A Bigger Splash,” an Italian psychological thriller about the intrigue that results when an injured rock star meets her former manager on a volcanic island. It runs through the weekend. Details at

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

Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for

Right after the Jive, Stay tuned For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.
At 6pm it’s a special edition of Dub Meditation with Big Bent.

Then, stick around for Karen Stein’s program Imagine, offering peace through radio. Tonight Deni will be filling in for Karen.

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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