Thursday, July 14, 2016

Good evening, it's Thursday, July 14th 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 J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

Tonight The Veteran’s Writing Group meets 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 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,  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.
Saturday Manic Productions presents 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.

Tonight in New Haven 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:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 5:05-6:30pm For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
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 9:30-10:30pm enjoy hometown browns with dj jaFREE and the nan who offer South Asian diasporic meditations on: music, talk and live art. Half-music, half-music workshop. 
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.
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