Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 10th, 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.
Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Also tonight here in Middletown, at the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s Teen Art Bootcamp; 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. www.russelllibrary.org
Manic Productions 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 http://www.manicproductions.org/
Tonight, down in New Haven 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. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the long running 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. www.blackeyedsallys.com
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. www.toadsplace.com
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 http://buttonwood.org
There’s free music at noon every 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 www.hartford.com
Another option for tonight is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series in Hartford, featuring Locomotion this week. Rain date is Thursday. Information at www.elizabethpark.org
Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Nervosa, Suspended, NilExistence and more this evening. 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 http://podunkbluegrass.com/
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 www.wesleyanpotters.com
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 www.breakfastxlunchxdinner.com
Wadsworth Atheneum offers Second Saturdays for Families this week, with free admission for all, and programs including art, story-telling, and music. www.wadsworth.org
The 54th annual West Indian Independence Celebration happens this Saturday at Bushnell Park. Enjoy food, vendors, a parade, a free concert, and more. www.wiichartford.org
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 www.ctnofa.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through tomorrow, 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. www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its Wim Wenders film series all week, screening “The American Friend” this evening, “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 www.cinestudio.org
The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Bee Movie” this Friday in Riverside park. Details at www.riverfront.org
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 wesufm.org/jive. 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!