Thursday, July 21, 2016


Good evening, it's Thursday July 21st, 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. 

’m J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s 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. 

Tonight, Manic Productions and Premier Concerts  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.

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  at the Russell Library 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.  

The Music at the Mansion Summer Series continues Wednesday at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown.  Grounds open at 5:30,

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.

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

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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. 

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 

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.
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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Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

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