Wednesday, August 3, 2016

08-03-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 3rd, 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.

I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! 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 Rain location is South Congregational Church.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Thursday, they’ve the ongoing Veterans Writing Group. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages.  

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© , 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.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday you can catch a night of heavy metal featuring Carcass, Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight 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.

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 at 

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

Manic Productions brings you Big Thief, Cantina, and Adult Mom at Bar in New Haven this evening.  This Sunday, its Boris and Earth, appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details at 

Also tonight is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series in Hartford, which features Beatles Forever, this week.  Rain date is Thursday.  Information at
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

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

 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 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

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. 

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 

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for Drive Time Delights with Big Bent Presenting a free form mix of musical treats, new and old, across a wide range of genres.

From 6-6:30pmstay tuned for  Think Twice Radio working to  to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - for a 90 minute live techno mix.
At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .

9:30-11pm WESU keeps the Electronic Dance music going with DJ Berk’s  N.E. Tempo featuring Dubstep, Drum n Bass, techno, ragga jungle, and breakbeats mixed live.

At 11pm Jack Sullivan is in the house for 2 hours bringing you a free form mix of music.
From 1-3am, stay tuned for Back Down the Bayou a Louisiana and roots music show featuring Baton Rouge Blues, New Orleans funk, indigenous jazz and a whole lot more.

At 3 am it’s time for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry
The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.
At 4am you can cath the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program 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.
Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Drive Time Delights with Big Bent!

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