Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, August 25th. 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 J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight, 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
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on 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 CafĂ© Nine, 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  at the Russell Library in Middletown,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 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.

At the Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents 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,tonight, 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.

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 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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