Wednesday, August 24, 2016

08-24-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 24th. 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us:

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Wednesday it’s their long running 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.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, 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.

Tonight and tomorrow (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.  

Manic Productions presents UB40 (with original members Astro & Mickey) and The Wailers at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven on tonight (weds). At Bar in New Haven on tonight, 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.

Tonight (Weds) Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Wess Meets West, Mars Red Sky, and Warm.  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.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/Thursday night, 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.

Tomorrow/ Thursday, Middletown poet laureate Susan Allison holds office hours at Brewbakers North End on Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. Details at

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on tomorrow (Thursday) night, 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

There’s an educational mushroom walk this Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford from 10 am – noon.

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

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

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

With the end of summer on the horizon, Connecticut’s Agricultural fair season has already begun! This weekend brings the Chester Fair (to Chester CT), 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, UHF, Goodnight Blue Moon, GALVANIZED JAZZ BAND,  ALL FUNKED UP, Chester Fife and Drum Corps, and BRAIDEN SUNSHINE (as heard on The Voice)  

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 “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. 

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 

At Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, it’s Movie Night this Thursday as they screen “Holiday,” with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Big” starring Tom Hanks, Friday night 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 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 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 

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