Monday, July 4, 2016

7-4-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 4th, Independence Day, and we’re celebrating the nation’s 240th birthday. 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 4:55. Tomorrow: an episode about contemplation, with retreat leader and spiritual director Mike Smoolca, who gave up his technology career to follow his heart. Can't listen live, find the audio archived at

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

The Middletown Harbor Park Summer Sounds Series begins this Tuesday with The Angelo Sapia band bringing you Italian favorites.  Rain location is South Church on Main Street. Full details at

On Tuesday, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch Bondurant, Seth Adam, and Chris Kiley. On Wednesday they’ve got The Dustbowl Revival with Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. On Thursday The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show takes the Café stage. Friday’s early show at 7 features Rob Carlson & Benefit Street, along with Kate Callahan; the late show at 9 brings you Treadwell and Terra Luna. Saturday’s 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, Shellye Valauskas, and Experience, and at the evening show you can catch Valient Thorr, Back Wizard, and Warm.

Up in Hartford Black-Eyed Sally’s starts their week tomorrow with Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra working out their new material. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted this week by Ed Bradley. On Thursday it’s the West Hartford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner is Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution, with New Orleans funk, soul, and rock, along with feel-good gospel music. On Saturday Bad News Barnes takes the stage with blues offerings.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they offer Origami for kids this Tuesday at 7.  Their 4th annual Fairy and Gnome Workshop happens Thursday afternoon, registration is required.  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.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings singer/songwriter Ani Cordero to the former CFA Hall, renamed the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, this Wednesday. She’ll perform Latin American songs of love and protest.  On Thursday, they’ve got the Grammy-nominated Jimmy Greene Quartet at Crowell Concert Hall featuring jazz saxophone. On Saturday at Crowell Concert Hall, you can enjoy This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IX. More at

Manic Productions brings you The Avett Brothers on Tuesday at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  On Wednesday, it’s David Bazan and Laura Gibson at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Or you can catch Nite Jewel and The/Moon at Bar in New Haven.  On Saturday, it’s Never Shout Never, Hundred Handed, Me Like Bees, Kalimur, and Sarah Barrios at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Wednesday they bring you the Fortress to Vans Warped Tour Kick-off Party with Metal Fortress. On Saturday, it’s 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.

The Middletown Symphonic Band plays at Pierson Park in Cromwell this Wednesday as part of their summer Outdoor Concert Series. Details at

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, they bring you the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta on Thursday. On Friday the Ebin-Rose Trio takes the stage along with songwriter Frank Critelli.  On Saturday night, it’s the Laszlo Gardony-Marco Pignataro Duo with piano/saxophone favorites.  On 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.

In New Haven, Toad’s Place has a light schedule this week, bringing you 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.

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are going into full gear now. Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local famers 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. For times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, 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 Fits,” a film about a Cincinnati girl who joins a dance team that encounters problems with fits of shaking. Also continuing is “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. Both run through Thursday.  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. 

Continuing through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening “Fireworks Wednesday,” by Academy Award-winner Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian film about marital infidelity and traditional/secular discord.  It runs through Thursday. On Friday they open “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 at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00 pm, it’s 75% folk with Michael Benson, featuring folk, blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks.

At 8 pm, stay tuned for the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for some vintage and contemporary funk, soul, reggae, and other dance floor treats.

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

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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