Thursday, August 11, 2016

08-11-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, August 11th. 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 a provocative line up of talk radio from NPR, and Pacifica, as well as independent & local sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. 

I’m Ben Michael  Thanks for joining us. 

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

Tonight here in Middletown, the Russell Library offers their ongoing Veterans Writing Group at 7. Check the website for more information and summer hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages.  

Also happening tonight, here in Middletown,  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

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, where leading local, regional and national bluegrass acts convene on the Hebron Fairgrounds for four days of music and family fun. The festival and Main Stage festivities kick off on tonight at 5:30. The event features 2 music stages with 39 regional and national acts including Bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, and many more. You can learn more online at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch a bill featuring Sharkmuffin, Laundry Day, and Glambat Café Nine’s 5pm set tomorrow, Friday, features the Bronson Rock Band. Later Friday night’s main event at The 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, this week. Saturday night 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.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight (Thursday) 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.

Tomorrow (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

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Friday’s headliner is the funk/jam band Phonosynthesis.  On Saturday, the Mighty Soul Drivers bring you the classic Soul sounds of Memphis. 

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents The Virus of Ideals EP Release event with Shallow Ground, Within the Abyss and Thunderforge, tomorrow (Friday) night. Saturday Acius takes the Cherry Stree stage.  You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

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.

With the end of summer on the horizon, Connecticut is heading into Agricultural fair season! This weekend brings the Lebanon Country Fair, opening Friday night and continuing through Sunday, offering, agricultural displays and competitions, plus truck, tractor, and animal pulls, a carnival midway, live music, and much more. Headline performers include, Eight to the Bar, The Monthei Brothers, and Jeff Pitchell &Texas Flood.

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear. 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: 

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended 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, throught August 18th.  “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II, continues through August 14th. On Friday, they open “The Kind Words,” an Israeli comedy following Jewish siblings on a road trip to learn about their real father. 

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its Wim Wenders film series all week, “Paris Texas” tonight, “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” tonight 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 a

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

Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for Psychedelic Rick, sitting in to host tonight’s Edition of Home Grown for Rob DeRosa. On tonight’s show, stay tuned for an in-studio performance by  Lines West (who take the Buttonwood Stage Friday night).
At 6:30, Stay tuned for Imagine Radio with Karen Stein, who seeks to increase the peace, through music!

At 8pm, Stick around for Evening Jazz with Bill Denert for a dose of classic and straight forward and far out Jazz!

At 9:30, Stay tuned for Hometown Browns with DJ Ja-Free and the Nan. Wo explore the south indian diaspora through music and talk!

Following that, at 10:30 tonight, it’s time for Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G. who offers a mellow mix of music with indie and green themes.

At Midnight, stay tuned for 4 hours of old school soul and RNB with Sir Bruce on The Greatest Sounds under The Sun.

The BBC world report comes your way at 4am Before Morning edition from NPR comes your way each weekday 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 Home Grown, With Psychedelic Rick.

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