Good evening, it's Tuesday, August 2nd, 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.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
On Tuesday evenings, here in Middletown at Harbor Park, The Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features the Nekita Waller Band with Motown pop & soul favorites. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at www.arts2go.org Rain location is South Congregational Church.
At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight, they’ve got Oragami at 6:30, and the ongoing Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday 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
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine Teake & Mooncha present Open Mic Night. Tomorrow, Wednesday, you can catch the Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice. On Thursday, Fernando Pinto Presents The Spiritual Bat, November Party, and more. Friday’s early set at 5 features Victor Roland. Later Friday night, Go Kat Go presents Rockaway Bitch, and Blaire Alise & the Bombshells. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and on Saturday you can catch The New Dirty and Ian Biggs. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with the Greg Sherrod Band, followed by Christina Harris and Ponybird later to finish out your weekend. www.cafenine.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, Riff Raff headlines the Peach Panther Tour, appearing with Trill Sammy & Dice Soho, and Dollabill Gates. On Friday you can catch Carcass, Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon. www.toadsplace.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Ed Bradley this week. On Thursday they continue the West Hartford Jazz Jam lead by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner, up from New Orleans, is Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind, with art blues, crack rock funk, and more. On Saturday, you can hear blues with Glastonbury’s Jake Kulak & The Lowdown.www.blackeyedsallys.com
On Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s an Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Friday night they bring you the Norm Gage/Kenny Reed Quintet, with jazz trumpet and more. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at Middletown’s Harbor Park at 10:30 am, with the theme of “Willingness.” Saturday night, it’s Story City, a troupe of storytellers who – using techniques from NPR’s The Moth series – will entertain you with this week’s theme, “Heat.” On Sunday, enjoy comedy with the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show. Full details athttp://buttonwood.org
There’s free music at noon Wednesdays through September 14th, at Constitution Plaza in Hartford, as part of the Lunchtime “Audio Feed.” Music Series. This week’s featured performer is the Hartford Opera Theater. Full info at www.hartford.com
Manic Productions brings you Big Thief, Cantina, and Adult Mom at Bar in New Haven tomorrow, Wednesday eve. This Sunday, its Boris and Earth, appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details athttp://www.manicproductions.org/
Also tomorrow, Wednesday, is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series in Hartford, which features Beatles Forever, this week. Rain date is Thursday. Information at www.elizabethpark.org
The Green Street Teaching and Learning Center in Middletown hosts an opening reception this Thursday at 5 pm for artist Beth Klingher’s exhibit “Art in Pieces.” Her work explores the connections between art and math. Full details at www.arts2go.org
Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents City of Iron, Goblet, Cazador, Godeater, and Subutai on Friday. On Saturday, they’ve got the Punx and Drunx say Oi Fest! starting at 5 pm. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.
The fifth annual Middletown Music Festival produced by WESU’s J Cherry happens this weekend at Middlesex Community College. Enjoy music, craft beers, local vendors, hula hoops and more starting at 6 pm Friday, From 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 7:30 pm. Info at http://jcherrypresents.blogspot.com/
WESU is a proud supporter of the 11th Annual Grace Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival, a FREE family celebration of Caribbean Culture at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, This years event happens this Saturday, August 6,2016, from 1-11:00 pm. (Rain Date- Sunday August 7, 2016). Music Headliners this year are: Grammy Nominated reggae singer, Luciano from Jamaica; Barbadian Saxophonist Elan Trotman, Saga Dee from Trinidad, Gospel sensation J. CEE , Los Calientes and more....
The event also features an annual Carnival Parade, an Open Mic at the Children's village & lots of Caribbean food. For more information you can visit www.tastect.org. or find the event on Facebook.
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 “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II. On Friday they open “The Kind Words,” an Israeli comedy following Jewish siblings on a road trip to learn about their real father. Also opening is “Men Go To Battle,” a Civil War story about two Kenturky brothers whose relationship splinters when the war approaches. Both run through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Love & Friendship,” a romantic comedy about a manipulative widow, based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen. On Friday they open a Wim Wenders’ series, starting with “Wings of Desire” on Friday, “Until the End of the World” on Saturday, and “Buena Vista Social Club” on Sunday. There’s also a Sunday matinee screening in their Globe On Screen series of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Details at www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for three hours of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, for an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music that has a roots influence with a concert listing at 7pm and frequent concert and festival ticket giveaways.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry is a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-10:30pm its time for Radio Obscura, whose hosts claim your eyes won’t believe what you hear on their show.
At 10:30 it’s an hour of underground hip hop with DJ Malik-1Fam (sounds like Muh-leek – One – Fam) on Underdog’s Edge.
At 11:30 Upfront Soul with Sanguine Fromage offers Funk, soul, and jazz, plus sprinklings of R&B, gospel, and hip-hop for two hours until.
RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard, from 1:30-2:30am.
At 2:30 stay tuned for All Mixed Up with Peter Bochan from Pacifica Presenting a collage of great music and current events soundbites.
BBC World report comes your way at 4 am and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day 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 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.