Thursday, July 14, 2016

7-13-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 13th 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 radio programs from NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. 

I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanks for joining us.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Family Game night happens this Wednesday, with board games and more at the Russell Library. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday night at 7.  Summer hours are now in effect at The Russell library. Tthey are now 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.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch The Muffs and Jacques LeCoque.  Thursday Café Nine pre sents Fiction alongside Mother Tongue. Friday’s early set brings you Lynn Malavolte & Friends at 5pm. Milton takes the stage at 7. They’ll finish out the night with a third show on the Café 9 stage this Friday, featuring We Can All Be Sorry and Spillway. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, this week. Richie Ramone takes the Cafe Nine main stage later at 8pm Sat night.   The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Naomi Star, followed by an evening show featuring Ourselves, Alone, and Spokecard.

Up in Hartford Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Gene Donaldson, this week. On Thursday, at Black Eyed Sally’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 Café Nine stage.

This evening, Manic Productions presents 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.

There’s free music at noon in Hartford every Wednesday at Constitution Plaza through September. This week the “Audio Feed,” Lunchtime Music Series features performer is Orice Jenkins.  Full info at

On Wednesday nights in Hartford you can enjoy The Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series, which features The Zydeco Hogs this week.  Rain date is Thursday.  Information at

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.

In New Haven, the Thursday night hip Hop show featuring DESIIGNER / DROOP POP has been cancelled. Refunds are being offered. This Friday, Toad’s presents Shakedown, playing “The Dead and beyond”, The Kazoo Crew Family Band, and more. On Saturday, it’s Big Jim’s Birthday Bash, with a whole list of performers including The Craft Band, Indoor Living, Karmic Justice, Reality Bomb, the Siksay Band, Tetra and more!  Check the website for details at

The 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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree Friday night, you can catch some jazz with The Sean Clapis Trio.  On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop theme, this week, 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.

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:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” through Sunday. Through Thursday, you can catch “Therapy for a Vampire,” a lite tale of romance, psychobabble, vanity, and the pursuit of plasma set in 1932 Vienna. 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 on Friday 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. 

Now on Screen at Trinity College’s Cinestudio is “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. This month’s First Thursday screening at Cinestudio features the new French Film, "PARIS 05:59 (THEO AND HUGO DANS LE MÊME BATEAU)"   where a couple falls in love at first sight at a party and spend the night together in Paris. 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:

 Drive Time Delights with Big Bent Presenting a free form mix of musical treats, new and old, across a wide range of genres.

From 6-6:30pmstay tuned for  Think Twice Radio working to  to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - for a 90 minute live techno mix.
At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .

9:30-11pm WESU keeps the Electronic Dance music going with DJ Berk’s  N.E. Tempo featuring Dubstep, Drum n Bass, techno, ragga jungle, and breakbeats mixed live.

At 11pm Jack Sullivan is in the house for 2 hours bringing you a free form mix of music.
From 1-3am, stay tuned for Back Down the Bayou a Louisiana and roots music show featuring Baton Rouge Blues, New Orleans funk, indigenous jazz and a whole lot more.

At 3 am it’s time for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry
The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

At 4am you can cath the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program 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! Now stay tuned with Drive Time Delights with Big Bent!

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