Thursday, September 1, 2016

09-01-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, September 1st. 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us!

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

Right now from 5-8 pm, you’re invited to Art Walk at City Hall in Middletown, featuring the exhibit “Middletown: Landscapes, History, People.” Tour guides from the Middletown Commission on the Arts will be available to answer questions.  Ninety-four works by seventy-four artists are part of the collection, celebrating thirty-nine years of expressions created by Middletown’s vibrant arts community.  Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight the Veterans Writing Group which meets every Thursday at 7. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages.  
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight it’s the long running monthly Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Tomorrow/Friday, G2 (G Squared) from across the river in Portland offer bluegrass and folk at The Buttonwood. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. At 2 pm there’s Kerouac Café, a Free Poets Collective celebrating the legacy of the Beat Generation of poets. The August art exhibit features works by Sicilian native Sal Italia.  Full details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, The Revelers take to the Café Nine stage. Friday’s Happy Hour artist is the Blasphemy Boys.  Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus, PUS, and The Abductors are on board for the Friday night late show. Café Nine’s Saturday Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. Saturday night,  Sarah Golley, Smillz, and more for the evening show. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Ebin-Rose Trio and Tommy Cosmo & Bobo. Manic Productions and Premier Concerts bring you The Helium Brothers and Frank Critelli later Sunday night to round out your weekend.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, the Balkun Brothers host a Rock-N-Roll Residency, with with invited special guests. Friday, you can hear blues standards and originals by the Salty Dog Blues Band. On Saturday, singer/songwriter Lazer Lloyd takes the stage to bring you blues/rock.

On Saturday, Manic presents Willie Nelson & Family at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Full details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, they presentElectric University and the EDM College Dance Party. On Friday, they headline Basement, appearing with Hotelier and OVLOV.

On Thursday, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Toxic Holocaust with Cemetery Piss, Xenosis, and Orcumentary.  On Saturday, you can catch Pus, The Abductors, Blastmat, Bragging Rights, and Horns of Ormus. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

The Connecticut Historical Society brings you a free “Growing Up With Grandparents” workshop this Saturday at 10 am in Hartford.  Design garden pots and pick seeds to plant together.  Details at  

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

With the end of summer on the horizon, Connecticut’s Agricultural fair season is in full swing! This Labor Day weekend brings The 105th Haddam Neck Fair, opening tomorrowFriday night and continuing through Monday, offering, agricultural displays and competitions, plus stock and modified truck and tractor pulls, a carnival midway, live music, and much more. Music performers include, Basically Blues and Rock Landing Friday night. Saturday’s lineup includes Alpaca Gnomes, Chaser Eight, Run Jenny, Phono synthesis and more. Sunday’s featured music includes The Balkan Brothers, Fountainhead, Someone You Can X-ray, Parson field, and Belle of the Fall.  CT Old Time Fiddlers also take the stage Sunday.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends their run of “Nuts!,” a Sundance Award-winning documentary about an eccentric genius who built an empire during Depression-era America.  Also ending it’s run tonight at RAW is, “Summertime,” a French film about two young women who fall in love in France’s 1971 early feminist era. Opening tomorrow/Friday is “My King (Mon Roi)”, a film about a woman who examines a turbulent relationship after a skiing accident. This weekend Real Art Ways begins a run of “Life, Animated,” a true story about a family discovery that Disney animated films will help them communicate with their troubled son. This weekend also brings a run of Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. 

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends their run of a new 25th anniversary 4K restoration of “Howards End,” starring Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Hopkins, a saga of class relations in Edwardian England. On Friday and Saturday they’re screening “Captain Fantastic,” starring Viggo Mortenson as a parent bringing up six kids off the grid in an Oregon forest.  It runs through the weekend. Sunday opens the run of ‘Heironymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil,” a Dutch film that explores the depth of this artist’s legacy as they celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death. Details and screening times at 

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series brings you the Academy Award-nominated “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, Friday evening at Riverfront Park. Details at www.riverfront/org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive, Stay tuned Home Grown with Rob DeRosa.

At 6:30, Stay tuned for Imagine Radio with Karen Stein, who seeks to increase the peace, through music!

At 8pm, Stick around for Evening Jazz with Bill Denert for a dose of classic and straight forward and far out Jazz!

At 9:30, Stay tuned for Hometown Browns with DJ Ja-Free and the Nan. Wo explore the south indian diaspora through music and talk!

Following that, at 10:30 tonight, it’s time for Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G. who offers a mellow mix of music with indie and green themes.

At Midnight, stay tuned for 4 hours of old school soul and RNB with Sir Bruce on The Greatest Sounds under The Sun.

The BBC world report comes your way at 4am Before Morning edition from NPR comes your way each weekday 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 Home Grown, With Psychedelic Rick.

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