Monday, August 8, 2016

08-08-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, August 8th, 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 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: in light of Pope Francis' keeping his promise to establish a commission to study the role of women as deacons in the church,   we bring you an encore broadcast from mid-May when he first promised it. Our two experts are Sr. Christine Schenk, of the church reform organization Future Church, and the mother of the female diaconate movement, Hofstra University professor Phyllis Zagano. Can't listen live? Find the audio posted at

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

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they bring you Brad Byrd, Michael Hunton, and Canyon. On Tuesday, Stove, Solids, and Peaer take the stage, brought to you by Manic Productions. On Wednesday, they headline The Dusk Whales, appearing with Dangerous Animals. On Thursday, it’s Sharkmuffin, Laundry Day, and Glambat. The Happy Hour on Friday features the Bronson Rock Band, followed by the late show with The Jigsaw Seen, The 3 Pack, and Happy Ending. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and later on Saturday you can catch The Crown Street Orchestra. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Shari Puorto Band, followed by Black Space Odyssey, Hidefinition, and others at 9 to round out your weekend.

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Anything Goes Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude.  On Friday, they bring you Bridgeport’s Lines West, a post-american, indie/pop band. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Saturday night, Phil E Brown and the Top Notch Ensemble take the stage, with jazz, R & B, standards, Gospel, reggae, and more. Full details at

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays with the Jay Williams Quintet. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Tuesday. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Peter Byron this week. Friday’s headliner is the funk/jam band Phonosynthesis.  On Saturday, the Mighty Soul Drivers bring you the classic Soul sounds of Memphis. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Thursday, they headline Lil Bibby & Lil Herb – Part 2. On Saturday, the bill includes Shakedown, The Dead and Beyond, Off the Dome, and Voodoo.

On Tuesday, in Middletown Harbor Park, the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features the Afro-Semitic Experience, with spiritual jazz, klezmer, and swing. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at

Manic Productions brings you Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Tuesday. Or, you can hear Best Coast and Field Mouse at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.  On Wednesday they’ve got TTNG, Giraffes? Giraffes!, and The Refectory at The Space in Hamden. Or catch The Britanys, Bilge Rat, and Witch Hair at Bar in New Haven. Details at

On Tuesday, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Readers present “Displacement” by David Wong Louie in their 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories series.  They’ve also got Oragami for adults. There’s Teen Art Bootcamp on Wednesday; check the website for registration details. 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.

There’s free music at noon Wednesday at Constitution Plaza in Hartford presented by their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed.” This week’s featured performer is singer/songwriter Bruce Gregori.  Full info at

Another option for Wednesday is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series in Hartford, featuring Locomotion this week.  Rain date is Thursday.  Information at

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Nervosa, Suspended, NilExistence and more this Wednesday. On Friday they’ve got the Virus of Ideals EP Release event with Shallow Ground, Thunderforge, and Within the Abyss. On Saturday, Posidemic ‘Ntertainment Presents “Marrissa’s Birthday Bash.” You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.
This summer leading local, regional and national bluegrass acts convene on the Hebron Fairgrounds for the Podunk Bluegrass Festival. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival and Main Stage festivities kick off on Thursday at 5:30. The festival features 2 stages and 39 regional and national acts including Bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, and many more. Plus the grounds open Wednesday, for early bird campers.  The festival offers plenty of activities for the whole family. You can learn more online at

This Thursday evening, Wesleyan Potters presents an opening reception for their new gallery Show, featuring the hand built ceramic art of Hayne Bayless alongside the thrown work of Sam Taylor on display August 10th through September 16th. Both artists offer unique functional pottery meant to be used and enjoyed. 350 S Main St

The KNOW GOOD Market happens this Thursday in Hartford on Bartholomew Street, celebrating the collective culture of Hartford with food trucks, fresh produce, music and more.  Details at

Wadsworth Atheneum offers Second Saturdays for Families this week, with free admission for all, and programs including art, story-telling, and music. 

The 54th annual West Indian Independence Celebration happens this Saturday at Bushnell Park.  Enjoy food, vendors, a parade, a free concert, and more.

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 Kentucky brothers whose relationship splinters when the war approaches.  Both run through the weekend. 

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its Wim Wenders film series all week, screening “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick” tonight, “Wrong Move” on Tuesday, “The American Friend” on Wednesday, “Paris Texas” on Thursday, “Buena Vista Social Club” on Friday, “Wings of Desire” on Saturday, and a Director’s Cut version of “Until the End of the World” on Sunday. There’s also a screening of “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” on Thursday as part of their ongoing CT Outfilm Second Thursdays series. Details and screening times at 

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Bee Movie” this Friday in Riverside park. Details at

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

From 6-8:00 pm, it’s 75% folk, featuring folk, blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks.

At 8 pm, stay tuned for Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, for American music from Nashville and round the world, including folk, acoustic country, and roots rock from emerging and veteran artists. 

From 9:30-10:30 pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 – 1960’s that provides the news of that era along with the music.

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 5 am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version 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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