Good evening, it's Tuesday, July 19th, 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 Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters, the show that addresses the brain health issues we call mental illness. Join me this Wednesday at 6 pm for Part II of my conversation with Dr. Matt Genuchi of Boise State University. We’ll be talking about masculine depression. Your Mind Matters airs the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of the month at 6 pm here on WESU 88.1 FM, or you can listen live at www.wesufm.org.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Lines West, Silas Lowe, and Professor Leedy take the stage. On Wednesday it’s Hiss the Villian, Jeremy Zombii, Honch, and The Oddbodies. Thursday Arc Iris and Olive Tiger share a bill for a night of genre-bending music. Friday’s early set at 5 features Gary Heriot & Mike Damico. Later Friday night Manic Productions Presents Alex Calder, Freak Heat Wave, and Furnsss at Café Nine. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with The George Baker Band. Sat night brings the Lipgloss Crisis Summer Burlesque Cabaret to the stage, featuring Dot Mitzvah, Vivienne LaFlamme, Fruitonthebottom, and Adam Parisi. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee Featuring Bronson Rock Banc and La Tunda to finish out your weekend. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out their new material tonight. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Gene Donaldson this week. On Thursday it’s the West Hartford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci, featuring artists from the greater Hartford area. Friday’s headliner is Cousin Earth, a progressive rock ukulele band from Brooklyn. The Franklin Brothers take the stage Saturday night. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight, in Middletown Harbor Park, the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features Trio 149 for an evening of jazz. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at www.arts2go.org
Tonight, Manic Productions and Premier Concerts presents The Record Company and Lyle Brewer at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Wednesday, it’s Jounce (featuring Danny Tamberelli of The Adventures of Pete & Pete), The Zambonis, and Chaser Eight at Bar in New Haven. Thursday Manic presents Lucy Dacus, Quiet Giant, and Mom Pop + Co at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday they’ve got Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh at the Simsbury Meadows. http://www.manicproductions.org/
At the Russell Library in Middletown, Adult Coloring is offered this Wednesday at 2pm. If you’re looking for a job, WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters, speaks at the Job Group meeting Thursday morning about dealing with depression when you’re unemployed. 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, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages. www.russelllibrary.org
There’s free music at noon tomorrow at Constitution Plaza in Hartford presented by their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed.” This week’s featured performer is Sarah Golley. Full info at www.hartford.com
The Music at the Mansion Summer Series continues 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 musical guest is DooWop Deville. www.wadsworthmansion.com
Another option for Wednesday in Hartford is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series, featuring Latanya Farrell this week. Rain date is Thursday. Information at www.elizabethpark.org
The Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM presents their second (and final) week of Carlo Goldoni's Comedia Classic, “The Servant of 2 Masters.” at Middlesex Community College, Wednesday through Sunday., A live music act is featured at 6pm, before the nightly 7 pm performance. On Wednesday July 20th, you can catch Andrew Biagiarelli; Thursday night Kritza Moon is the featured musical guest. Friday night Nancy Tucker takes pre-show stage, Saturday's featured musical guest is Anitra Brooks. Sunday Kate Callahan is on before the final performance of The Servant of Two Masters. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. www.art-farm.org
Also in Middletown, the Buttonwood Tree holds a benefit dinner at Denny’s this Thursday, featuring John Fong and his cast of musicians and poets. On Friday, Eric Kuhn, Noah Baerman, and Dave Kopperman take the place by storm for a night of solo sets of mostly original songs, along with a few collaborative jams and quite possibly a stump speech by Eric for his presidential campaign. On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am. Saturday night’s performance by the Alex Snydman Trio has been cancelled. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys. Full details at http://buttonwood.org
Toad’s Place in New Haven brings you Cardi B on Friday. On Saturday, the “Ran Off on the Plug Tour” with Plies stops by Toads Place. Details at www.toadsplace.com
This week brings more music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Friday Jimmy Junk Bird and the Stiffs are releasing their first full length album at Cherry St. Kali Ma, Composing The Apocalypse, Our Own Destruction, and Kaos Reign share the bill. Saturday’s lineup, starting at 2 pm, features ten bands, including She Walks Without Legs, Fear The Masses, The Aberration, Stone Thrower and more. Sunday at 5 Cherry Street presents Shallow Ground, Epicenter, Thrashole and more. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
There’s Music Among the Memorials this Friday in Hartford, with free music at the Cedar Hill Cemetery. This week’s artists are The Professors of Sweet Music, featuring covers from Johnny Cash to The Grateful Dead and more. www.cedarhillfoundation.org
Bovano Cheshire is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to host an open-air artisan fest at Bartlem Park in Cheshire this Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 to 4. Enjoy offerings from more than eighty local artisans and gourmet specialty food vendors, as well as the music of Greg Sherrod. Admission is free, and a silent auction benefits Make-A-Wish. Details at www.facebook.com/bovanofest
Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford offers free Jazz on the Lawn this Sunday at 4 pm, featuring Conga Boop, an Afro-Cuban group playing originals along with the standards. Kid-friendly activities are also offered. www.asylumhill.org
Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers 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 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 “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Also continuing 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. Two films open Friday at RAW. First it’s “The Innocents,” a film set in post WWII France that explores nuns whose faith is pushed to the limits. They’re also opening “Tickled,” a documentary into an under-the-radar industry serving those with a fetish for tickling. www.realartways.org
Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Sing Street,” an Irish film about the ups and downs of a group of young musicians hoping to be heard. Opening Friday is “Sunset Song” an adaptation of the Scottish classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon about a young woman in Scotland dreaming to escape her tyrannical father. Details at www.cinestudio.org
The free Movies in Riverside Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “The Martian” starring Matt Damon happening Friday beginning at sunset. www.riverfront.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for three hours of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, for an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music that has a roots influence with a concert listing at 7pm and frequent concert and festival ticket giveaways.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry is a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-10:30pm its time for Radio Obscura, whose hosts claim your eyes won’t believe what you hear on their show.
At 10:30 it’s an hour of underground hip hop with DJ Malik-1Fam (sounds like Muh-leek – One – Fam) on Underdog’s Edge.
At 11:30 Upfront Soul with Sanguine Fromage offers Funk, soul, and jazz, plus sprinklings of R&B, gospel, and hip-hop for two hours until.
RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard, from 1:30-2:30am.
At 2:30 stay tuned for All Mixed Up with Peter Bochan from Pacifica Presenting a collage of great music and current events soundbites.
BBC World report comes your way at 4 am and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.