Thursday, August 4, 2016

8/4/16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, August 4th, 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  Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters, the show that brings you information about the brain health issues we call mental illness. Join me every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. On our next show, we'll be continuing the conversation with Beth Robins Roth about Somatic Experiencing, a modality focused on healing trauma. Thanks for joining us. 

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

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, Fernando Pinto Presents The Spiritual Bat, November Party, and more. Friday’s early set at 5 features Victor Roland. Later Friday night, Go Kat Go presents Rockaway Bitch, and Blaire Alise & the Bombshells. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and on Saturday you can catch The New Dirty and Ian Biggs. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with the Greg Sherrod Band, followed by Christina Harris and Ponybird later to finish out your weekend.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight it’s the West Hartford Jazz Jam lead by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner, up from New Orleans, is Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind, with art blues, crack rock funk, and more. On Saturday, you can hear blues with Glastonbury’s Jake Kulak & The 
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s an Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  Friday night they bring you the Norm Gage/Kenny Reed Quintet, with jazz trumpet and more. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at Middletown’s Harbor Park at 10:30 am, with the theme of “Willingness.”  Saturday night, it’s Story City, a troupe of storytellers who – using techniques from NPR’s The Moth series – will entertain you with this week’s theme, “Heat.”  On Sunday, enjoy comedy with the Great Make  Believe Society Improv Show. Full details at 

At the Russell Library in Middletown tonight, they’ve the ongoing Veterans Writing Group. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages.  

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents City of Iron, Goblet, Cazador, Godeater, and Subutai on Friday.  On Saturday, they’ve got the Punx and Drunx say Oi Fest! starting at 5 pm.  Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

At Toad's Place in New Haven on Friday you can catch a night of heavy metal featuring Carcass, Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon. 

The fifth annual Middletown Music Festival produced by WESU’s J Cherry happens this weekend at Middlesex Community College.  Enjoy music, craft beers, local vendors, hula hoops and more starting at 6 pm Friday, From 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 7:30 pm.  Info at

 WESU is a proud supporter of the 11th Annual Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival,  a free family celebration of Caribbean culture at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza happening this Saturday, August 6,2016, from 1-11:00 pm. (Rain Date- Sunday August 7, 2016). Music Headliners this year are: Grammy- nominated reggae singer, Luciano from Jamaica;  Barbadian saxophonist Elan Trotman; Saga Dee from Trinidad;
Gospel sensation J. CEE ,;Los Calientes; and more. The event also features an annual Carnival Parade, an Open Mic at the Children's village, and  lots of Caribbean food.   For more information you can visit or find the event on Facebook.

On Sunday, Manic Productions brings you Boris and Earth, appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details at 

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 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. 

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Love & Friendship,” a romantic comedy about a manipulative widow, based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen. On Friday they open a Wim Wenders’ series, starting with “Wings of Desire” on Friday, “Until the End of the World” on Saturday, and “Buena Vista Social Club” on Sunday.  There’s also a Sunday matinee screening in their Globe On Screen series of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Details 

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays Connecticut-connected music for a global audience.  It's Homegrown. . . want some?.

At 6:30 stick around for Imaging, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
Up next at 8 it's Bell Denert's Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop, and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.  He'll be playing tonight until 10:30.

From 10:30-12 am it's Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G, playing coffee house-style music with acoustic themes, as well as folk and soft indie, all paired with "green" environment news tidbits.

At midnight it's time for four hours of The Greatest Sounds Under the Sun with Sir Bruc, bringing you old school rhythm & blues.
At 4 am you can catch the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program 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 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.
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