Wednesday, August 17, 2016

08-17-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 17th, 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 a diverse lineup of talk radio featuring NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programing.

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

On Tuesday evenings, here in Middletown at Harbor Park, you can catch the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River.  Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Rain venue is South Church. Details at

Tonight (Tuesday), at the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s a Cultural Connections Women’s Group on Wednesday at 5:30, welcoming immigrant women. English fluency not required. There’s Teen Art Bootcamp on Wednesday at 6, and at 6:30 they offer Teen Tech Help. You can bring your devices and have teens teach you how. On Thursday they have Fairy and Gnome Houses for All Ages at 6, and the 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.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch Pleasure Gap, Du Vide, Stuffed Up, and Straight to VHS.  On Thursday Fond Han takes the Café Nine stage, appearing with Pug. The 5 pm Set on Friday features Calvin Decutlass, Stephanie Harris Austin, and Paul Panamarenko, Café Nines Friday night main event features The Batture Boys, and Joe Flood. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and later on Saturday they headline Vinyl Cape, appearing with Ceschi, ZakG, and more. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with Jeff Przech & The Outfit, followed by the Manic Productions presentation of Gringo Star and Rudeyna at 9 to round out your weekend.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Gene Donaldson this week. It’s more jazz on Thursday with the West Hartford Jazz Jam led by Pete McGuiness.  Friday brings you reggae with The Equalities. Saturday’s special event is the Northeast Blues Guitar Summit, featuring nationally recognized talent including The Bruce Katz Band, Matt Stubbs, and more.

There’s free music at noon Wednesday at Constitution Plaza in Hartford presented by their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed.  Full info at

Manic Productions brings you Bent Knee, Hnry Flwr, and The Tet Offensive at Bar in New Haven this evening (Wednesday). On Sunday, they’ve got TJ Miller and The Meticulously Ridiculous Tour, along with Kate Miller and Nick Vatrerott, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

Friday, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch, singer/songwriters Kerri Powers and Eric Lichter. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at Harborpark this Saturday at 10:30 am. On Saturday night, trumpeter Nick Di Maria and Spectre take the stage, with ska, punk, jazz, and more. On Sunday at 5 there’s a reception to open the August art exhibit of works by Sicilian native Sal Italia.  Full details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday, they headline Trina. Saturday’s show is the Summer Slamfest 2016.

The Hartford Steel Symphony, a Caribbean steel band, performs this Thursday at 6 pm at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford. This event is free to the public.
Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you The Main Event this Friday.  On Saturday, it’s a Benefit for Ray & Allison. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

The fifth annual Trinidad-style Caribbean Carnival happens this Saturday in Middletown at Harbor Park from 1-9 pm, brought to you by the Trinbago American Cultural Explorers. The event features Headline music acts include Baba Shanter and Lava Rebel with many others in performance throughout the day. Plus Vendors on-site, limbo contests, and live steel drumming ensembles. 860.818.0678 for more Information and find Details at

The sixteenth annual Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival happens on Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford from 8 am to 4 pm. Celebrate Asian culture with music and dance, food, a martial arts expo, dragon boat races, 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 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. Also continuing is “The Kind Words,” an Israeli comedy following Jewish siblings on a road trip to learn about their real father. Both run through Thursday.  On Friday they open “Life, Animated,” the story of how a challenged young boy and his family discover a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in classic animated Disney films. Also opening is “Little Men,” a contemporary story of life-defining friendships that develop in the midst of familial turmoil. Both run through the weekend.

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

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this Friday at Bushnell Park. 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  Your Mind Matters with Dr. Helen Evrard, MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.
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 .

From 9:30-11pm it's the vault with DJ Anton Banks, presenting listeners withthe latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live. Featuring exclusive music from internationals artists.

At 11pm , it's The New Music Show with DJ Christ Figure. Spinning promotional copies sent into the station and my secret stash from labels.

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. Now stay tuned for Drive Time Delights with Big Bent!

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