Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursdays Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday July 26th, 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 J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

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

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, 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,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

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. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven,  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.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight 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.  

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

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 

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

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 “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. 

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  

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.

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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