Good evening, it's Monday, July 25th, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which this summer airs every Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a special treat. Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, explains why, in middle age and after a lifetime of spiritual seeking, he's decided to start attending church, an evangelical Baptist church led by an inspiring pastor who's made his soul something of her special project. And if he's not the best Christian, well, he says he at least gets the prize for most improved. The conversation was rolling along so well, we just kept going. Part two will be next week. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at www.reasonablycatholic.com.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, The Buttondowns, Dittymack, Rope, and The Sawtelles take the stage. On Tuesday they offer The Frustrations, Stefan Christensen & Friends, and Pieces of Fruit. On Wednesday you can catch this week’s version of their ongoing Words & Music series. On Wednesday, Café Nine and Manic Productions headline Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, appearing with Frank Critelli. Friday’s early set at 5 features the Snake Hill Blues. Later Friday night, it’s Mobley, The Peach Kings, and Rudeyna. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances, and on Saturday night Drinkdeeply presents Bjork Night with hosts Mission Zero and many more performers. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Furors and The Foresters, followed by Drag Bingo with Dixie Normous! later to finish out your weekend.
Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Anything Goes Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude. On Thursday, the Middlesex Drum Circle comes your way. On Friday, alternative/folk songwriter Kalie takes the stage, working material from his new album, “Laugh, Love, Live.” On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am. Saturday, the Sweet As Sugar trio takes the stage with jazz-based and fusion offerings. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys. Full details at http://buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features the Alex Snydman Trio. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings you high-energy psychedelic funk. Friday’s headliner is Good Lord the Liftin’, with blues, jazz, and funk covers. On Saturday, award-winning blues and soul performer Diane Blue takes the stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Wednesday, Marianas Trench and Skylar Stecker take the stage. Thursday’s headliner is Mobb Deep. On Friday, it’s DJ Craig G’s official birthday bash, featuring Cam’ron. They’ve also got A.V.B., Globe Hollow, Nigel Stephens and more in Lilly’s Pad at Toad’s on Friday night. On Saturday you can catch the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. www.toadsplace.com
On Tuesday, in Middletown Harbor Park, the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features Connecticut rock legends Random Concept. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at www.arts2go.org
At the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s the Job Search Bootcamp Part II workshop this Tuesday at 6, on Networking and Social Media. The Teen Chocolate Olympics happens Thursday at 3; the website has registration info. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday night at 7. Check 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 Joey Batts. 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 the Michael Cleary Band, with groove, funk and rock. www.wadsworthmansion.com
Manic Productions brings Spirit Animal, Marvelous Liars, and Wayward City to Bar in New Haven this Wednesday. Details at http://www.manicproductions.org/
Another option for Wednesday is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series in Hartford, featuring Massconnfusion this week. Rain date is Thursday. Information at www.elizabethpark.org
You can bring your poems, ideas, and questions to Brewbaker’s-North End this Thursday morning at 10 to share with Middletown Poet Laureate Susan Allison. Details at www.arts2go.org
This week brings more music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Thursday you can catch Ditch Wizard, Backwoods Payback, Pussywolf, and more. On Friday they’ve got the Enemy of Reason CD Release Show. On Saturday, it’s the Cry Havoc! 10 Year Anniversary Show Part 2. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
Hartford’s Hartbeat Ensemble Youth Play Institute presents “A Bullet’s Conscience,” a one-act play this Friday through Sunday. It’s about gun violence and the way forward, and is presented at the Ensemble’s Farmington Avenue location. Details at www.hartbeatensemble.org
Connecticut Ballet’s annual Summer Dance Caravan comes to Middlesex Community College this Saturday at 6 at Chapman Hall. Admission is free, and the program offers contemporary premier works as well as the classics. Details at www.arts2go.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 “Tickled,” a documentary about an under-the-radar industry serving those with a fetish for tickling. Both run through Thursday. Opening Friday is “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II. www.realartways.org
Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “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. Opening Friday is “Love & Friendship,” a romantic comedy about a manipulative widow, based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen.Details at www.cinestudio.org
The Connecticut Historical Society presents “A Bug’s Life” this Tuesday at 1. The movie is free with museum admission, and they’ll provide the popcorn. www.chs.org
The free Movies in the Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “Zootopia” happening on Friday at sunset in Bushnell Park. www.hardford.com
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, with folk, blues, jazz, and more.
At 8 pm, we bring you Chip Austen’s Unfocused Folk with Americana from Nashville and beyond.
From 9:30-10:30 pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950-1960’s, along with the music and news of that era.
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 wesufm.org/jive. 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.