Monday, July 11, 2016

07-11-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 11th, 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 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 Ben Michael.

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Here in Middletown, the Buttonwood Tree hosts an Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. On Friday they bring you jazz with The Sean Clapis Trio.  On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop theme is Willingness.  Saturday night, Mary Ellen Lonergan brings her jazz vocals to the Buttonwood stage.  The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys.

The Hartford Jazz Society starts their 49th consecutive Monday Night Jazz series this week with a free concert featuring the Yosvany Terry Quartet, appearing along with the Damian Curtis Septet.  All concerts are in Bushnell Park; the opener starts at  6 p.m.  Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch Jacket Thor, Glambat, and S.G. Carlson.  On Tuesday Curtis McMurtry, Pat Dalton, and Jeff Przech take the stage. On Wednesday it’s The Muffs, along with Jacques LeCoque.  On Thursday they headline Fiction, appearing with Mother Tongue. Friday’s Wind Down Happy Hour brings you Lynn Malavolte & Friends at 5, with an early show featuring Milton at 7. They’ll finish out the night with We Can All Be Sorry, along with Spillway. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Richie Ramone takes the Cafe Nine main stage later at 8pm Sat night.   The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Naomi Star, followed by the evening show with Ourselves, Alone and Spokecard.

Up in Hartford Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the usual Jazz Mondays, featuring the Paul Brown Memorial Jam tonight. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out their new material. On Wednesday it’s the weekly Community Blues Jam, hosted by Gene Donaldson, this week. On Thursday it’s the West Hartford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci, features artists from the greater Hartford area. Friday’s headliner is the Marks Brothers Band, with dance-able and inspired rock-n-roll. On Saturday Texas song man Darrell Nulisch takes the stage.

In New Haven, Toad’s Place has their usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.  On Fridanym Shakedown, The Dead and Beyond, the Kazoo Crew Family Band, and more take the stage. On Saturday, it’s Big Jim’s Birthday Bash, with a whole list of performers.  Check the website for details at

The Middletown Harbor Park Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the Ct River features, Moto this week, bringing you reggae and Caribbean favorites. Full details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Adult Coloring is offered this Tuesday, as well as a meeting of the Russell Readers, whose summer theme is 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Family Game night happens this Wednesday, with board games and more. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday night 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 ages.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Syrian artist Mohamad Hafez this Tuesday at noon at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall.  He’ll discuss his work and creative process, which reflect current Middle East political turmoil. Details at

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Tuesday they bring you Fever Dreams, The Oddbodies, Honch, and Ultra City. On Friday you can catch Sirius Fades, Fiction, Whiskey and the Martyr,  A Mirror's Embrace and The Callouts . Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

There’s free music at noon in Hartford this Wednesday in their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed,” on Constitution Plaza.  This week the featured performer is Orice Jenkins.  Full info at

On Wednesday night in Hartford you can enjoy the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series, featuring Zydeco Hogs this week.  Rain date is Thursday.  Information at

 This Wednesday Manic Productions brings you Guided by Voices and Miracle Legion to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it’s Sonny &The Sunsets, Fred Thomas, and Zero Years at Bar in New Haven.  Saturday they bring Miracle Legion and Winterpills to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

The Music at the Mansion Summer Series continues this Wednesday at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown.  Grounds open at 5:30, with the concert at 6:30, and this year they’re adding food trucks. This week’s they feature the Hartford Jazz Orchestra.

The free Greater Hartford Jazz Festival marks its 25th year this week, returning to Bushnell Park on Friday with performances by The Bronx Conexión, Jonathan Butler, and Gerald Albright. Saturday’s artists include Jeff Bradshaw, Marcus Anderson, and more, and they finish out Sunday with Marcus Young, Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin, and the Hartford Legacy Jazz Orchestra.  Full details at

You can research your Civil War ancestors on line this Saturday with the Internet Geneology Research Group, meeting at 9:30 at the Godfrey Memorial Library on Newfield St. in Middletown.  Preregistration is requested.  Details at

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 Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “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 continuing is “Therapy for a Vampire,” a lite tale of romance, psychobabble, vanity, and the pursuit of plasma set in 1932 Vienna. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Also opening is “My Love Don’t Cross That River,” a Korean film about the twilight days of a centenarian couple and the love they shared for a lifetime. It runs through the weekend. 

Continuing through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening “A Bigger Splash,” an Italian psychological thriller about the intrigue that ensues when an injured rock star meets her former manager on a volcanic island. On Friday they open “Sing Street,” an Irish film about the ups and downs of a group of young musicians hoping to be heard.  It runs through the weekend. Details at 

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, Sir Bruce steps in for 2 hours of old school soul music, to cover for Michael Benson. 

At 8 pm, we bring you Chip Austen’s Unfocused Folk.

From 9:30-10:30 pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950-1960’s, giving you the music and news of that era.

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 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.

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