Monday, August 15, 2016

8-15-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, August 15th, 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.Thanks for joining us.

I’m Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which this summer airs every Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, an amazing story of spirit and resilience. We talk to the Rev. Alexandra Dyer, who happens to be a member of the Roman Catholic Woman Priest movement, but what she endured turns out to be related to her day job. Alexandra headed a non-profit arts organization in New York City, and, not long after taking the position, she uncovered serious financial malfeasance. The embezzler reacted by hiring someone to approach Alexandra as she was walking to her car on a city street and throw industrial drain cleaner in her face. That was last August. Both criminals are now serving time on Rikers Island and Alexandra has been busy healing. It's a riveting story you won't want to miss. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, the headliner is Prompt: Cabinet of Curiosities. On Tuesday they’ve got The Institution, Catalina Shortwave, and Band of Druthers. On Wednesday you can catch Pleasure Gap, Du Vide, Stuffed Up, and Straight to VHS.  On Thursday Fond Han takes the stage, appearing with Pug. The Happy Hour on Friday features Calvin Decutlass, Stephanie Harris Austin, and Paul Panamarenko, followed by the late show with 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.

Monday Night Jazz happens tonight at Bushnell Park in Hartford.  This week’s featured group is the Doug Wimbish Quintet. Details at

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Anything Goes Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude.  On Friday, they bring you, 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

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays with the Hartford Jazz Composers Collective. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Tuesday. On Wednesday 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. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Friday, they headline Trina. Saturday’s show is the Summer Slamfest 2016.

On Tuesday, in Middletown Harbor Park, the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features Bootstrap, with rock and soul favorites. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at

On Tuesday, at the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s Adult Coloring at 2, and Origami at 6:30. 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.

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 Canyon.  Full info at

Manic Productions brings you Bent Knee, Hnry Flwr, and The Tet Offensive at Bar in New Haven on 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.

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.  Enjoy music and more. 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 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 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 at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00 pm, it’s 75% folk with Michael Benson, featuring folk, blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks.

At 8 pm, stay tuned for the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for vintage and contemporary funk, soul, reggae, and other dance floor treats.

From 9:30-10:30 pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 – 1960’s that provides the news of that era along with the music.

At 10:30 it’s an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.

From midnight to 3 am Franco’s Studio 54 with Francaccio di Roma provides three hours of Disco and dance music of the 70’s and 80’s.

We switch it up big time at 3 am when Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes alive to offer the best DIY punk, garage, and hardcore Rock and Roll.

BBC World news comes your way at 4, with tomorrow’s broadcast day starting with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version 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.

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