Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good evening, it's Thursday, August 18th, 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 a diverse lineup of talk radio featuring NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programing.

 I’m J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

On Tuesday evenings, here in Middletown at Harbor Park, you can catch the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River.  Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Rain venue is South Church. Details at

Tonight at the Russell Library in Middletown,  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.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Fond Han takes the Café Nine stage, appearing with Pug. The 5 pm Set on Friday features Calvin Decutlass, Stephanie Harris Austin, and Paul Panamarenko, Café Nines Friday night main event features 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, 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.

Manic Productions on  Sunday, brings 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.

Friday, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch, 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

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday, they headline Trina. Saturday’s show is the Summer Slamfest 2016.

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. The event features Headline music acts include Baba Shanter and Lava Rebel with many others in performance throughout the day. Plus Vendors on-site, limbo contests, and live steel drumming ensembles. 860.818.0678 for more Information and find 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 has extended 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  “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 5:05-6:30pm For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
Up next at 8 it’s Bill Denert Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.

From 9:30-10:30pm enjoy hometown browns with dj jaFREE and the nan who offer South Asian diasporic meditations on: music, talk and live art. Half-music, half-music workshop. 
From 10:30-12am it’s the The American Empire with Tootse Mutant who explores the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

At midnight it’s time for 4 hours of “The Greatest Sounds Under the Sun” with Sir Bruce laying down some serious old school R&B music.
The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early 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.
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Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

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