Monday, August 8, 2016

08-09-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday, August 9th, 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 Marianne O’Hare, Producer of Conversations on Healthcare.  

Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

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

Also tonight here in Middletown, at 6:30 pm, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Readers will discuss “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.  

Manic Productions presents Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on tonight (Tuesday). Manic is also offering Best Coast and Field Mouse at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, tonight as well.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) they’ve got TTNG, Giraffes? Giraffes!, and The Refectory at The Space in Hamden and The Britanys, Bilge Rat, and Witch Hair at Bar in New Haven. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch, Stove, Solids, and Peaer take the stage, brought to you by Manic Productions. On Wednesday, at Café Nine, they headline The Dusk Whales.  Dangerous Animals open that show. On Thursday, it’s Sharkmuffin, Laundry Day, and Glambat at The Nine. The 5pm set on Friday, features the Bronson Rock Band. Later Friday night’s main event at Café Nine features The Jigsaw Seen, The 3 Pack, and Happy Ending. Café Nine’s Weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night you can catch The Crown Street Orchestra at The Nine. 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Tuesday nights. 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, Thursday, night Lil Bibby & Lil Herb take the stage for a night of Hip Hop. On Saturday, you can catch Shakedown playing the music of The Grateful Dead and beyond. Off the Dome and Voodoo open that show.

On Friday, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch 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

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:

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for three hours of roots and Americana music on Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill.

From 8-9pm its time for J-Cherry’s Voice of the City, spotlighting local arts and culture.

From 9-10:30pm Radio Obscura will do their best to melt your brain with their experimental radio antics and shticks.

At 10:30 its an hour of underground hip hip with DJ Malik1Fam on Underdogs Edge

at 11:30, every Tuesday night this summer, Upfront Soul with Sanguine Fromage offers  Funk, soul, and jazz, plus sprinklings of R&B, gospel, and hip-hop.

From 1:30-2:30am 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 2:30-3:30am All Mixed Up with Peter Bochan from Pacifica Presents 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 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.

Stay tuned, now, for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill.

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