Good evening, it's Monday, August 23rd. 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 from NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming.
I’m Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on HealthCare. Thanks for joining us.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
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 Tommy Whalen, this week. Friday, you can hear all your favorite rock and roll at The 60’s Explosion Show. On Saturday Blue Devil Bluez takes the stage to bring you dance blues, Motown, funk and more. www.blackeyedsallys.com
On Tuesday nights, at Middletown’s Harbor Park, the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features Elite Syncopation, playing ragtime and early jazz. The Summer Sounds concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at www.arts2go.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, they’ve got royGbiv, Do It For Your Heroes, Grawlix, and August On Sunday. On Wednesday, Manic Productions brings Bob Log III, The Kevin Dowling Fitness Hour, and Dr. Martino to the Café stage. On Thursday the headliner is The Cobalt Rhythm Kings, appearing with Mark Zaretsky & “Magic Mike” Bloomer. Friday’s Happy Hour artist is DW Ditty, with Yarn and Wise Old Moon on stage for the late show. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by The Lost Riots, Two-Fisted Law, Pus, and The Cuts. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent. Group Chat and Underwear come along later Sunday night to round out your weekend. www.cafenine.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight. Reggae Dance Hall’s King Yellowman and Lucid Empire take the stage. On Thursday, Paper Route Empire presents the Young Dolph Royalty Tour. On Friday, they bring you Reggae Riddims Live featuring Mr. Vegas, Khato, and Ayo Jay. On Saturday, it’s another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. www.toadsplace.com
On Wednesday and Thursday, at the Russell Library in Middletown, teens can drop in for a DIY school supply workshop at 2. Teen Art Boot Camp happens Wednesday night, registration is required. The Veterans Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. There’s an End of Summer Scavenger Hunt and party on Friday for teens at 3. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages. www.russelllibrary.org
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 Heather Fay. Full info atwww.hartford.com
On Wednesday there’s a free lecture and discussion on Caribbean Carnival traditions at the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford, presented by Dr. Milla Riggio of Trininty College. Details atwww.chs.org
Manic Productions brings you UB40 (with original members Astro & Mickey) and The Wailers to The College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Wednesday. At Bar in New Haven on Wednesday night Manic presents The PigPen Theatre Co., Morningsiders, and Kindred Queer. On Saturday, they’ve got The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and Jjuujjuu at the College Street Music Hall. On Sunday, Manic productions presents legendary stoner rockers, The Melvins, appearing with Helms Alee, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. http://www.manicproductions.org/
Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Wess Meets West, Mars Red Sky, and Warm this Wednesday. On Friday, they feature Thirty Silver, Goat Herder, Reptilian Race, and Sperm Donor. On Saturday, it’s the Falling Further Fest 2016, hosted by Mike DeLucia. Saturday’s lineup includes Casting Shadows, Absence of Despair, and Whiskey and the Martyr. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info. www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
On Thursday, Middletown poet laureate Susan Allison holds office hours at Brewbakers North End on Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. Details at www.arts2go.org
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on Thursday, the Middlesex Drum Circle comes your way. On Friday, it’s Zydelicious, with high energy Zydeco offerings. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at Harborpark this Saturday at 10:30 am. On Saturday night, they bring you The Painters, with jazz, rock, classical, funk, and more. The August art exhibit features works by Sicilian native Sal Italia. Full details at http://buttonwood.org
There’s an educational mushroom walk this Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford from 10 am – noon. www.cedarhillfoundation.org
The Hartt School Community Division is hosting a Dance Open House this Saturday from 10 am – noon with free sample classes for kids 3 to 14 years of age. Details at www.harttweb.hartford.edu
The annual Wadsworth Mansion Open Air Market and Festival happens this Sunday starting at 10 am at the Mansion in Middletown. Enjoy local vendors, food, music and more. Historical tours will be given throughout the day. The Middletown Symphonic Band performs at 10, followed by Jazz Affair at noon, with Legacy Coverage closing out in the afternoon. Shuttle service parking is available. Full details at www.wadsworthmansion.com
Firehouse 12 in New Haven presents their monthly DJ-curated event, WAX, this Sunday at 9 pm. It’s an all-45 record party featuring Middletown’s own “DJ NEB” alongside Dooley-O on the turntables. Details at www.firehouse12.com
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 Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “The Kind Words,” an Israeli comedy following Jewish siblings on a road trip to learn about their real father. Also continuing is “Little Men,” a contemporary story of life-defining friendships that develop in the midst of familial turmoil. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Nuts!,” a Sundance Award-winning documentary about an eccentric genius who build an empire during Depression-era America. It runs through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its Wim Wenders film series this week, screening “Paris Texas” tonight (Tuesday), “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick” on Wednesday, and “Wrong Movie” on Thursday. On Friday they open a new 4K restoration of “Howards End,” a saga of class relations in Edwardian England. There’s a matinee screening Sunday in their Globe On Screen series of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.” Details and screening times at www.cinestudio.org
At Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, it’s Movie Night this Thursday as they screen “Holiday,” with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. www.cedarhillfoundation.org
The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Big” starring Tom Hanks, at 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 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 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.
Stay tuned, now, for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill.