Good evening, it's Monday, September 5th, 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 Thanks for joining us. I'm Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters heard on Wednesdays at 6pm.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, they headline Lil Yachty and The Boat Show Tour tonight, appearing with Sailing Team, Jayaire Woods, and DJ Oreo. There’s also the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. Thursday’s featured artist is Sammy Adams, appearing with Huey Mack, Indy, and Millyz. On Friday it’s Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime, along with Ian Biggs & the Ruckus, Inosoul, and On the Fritz. On Sunday they headline August Burns Red, appearing with Erra, Silent Planet, and Make Them Suffer. www.toadsplace.com
Manic Productions brings John Mulaney and David Angelo to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven tonight. On Wednesday, it’s Dinosaur Jr and Cloud Nothings, also at the College Street Music Hall. Or you can catch The Felice Brothers and Jake Xerxes Fussell at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. A third option is Cymbals Eat Guitars, Field Mouse, and Spectral Fangs at Bar in New Haven. They’ve got more at the College Street Music Hall this weekend, with Twiddle headlining the Friday and Saturday shows, and of Montreal and Ruby the Rabbitfoot appearing Sunday evening. Full details at http://www.manicproductions.org/
Tomorrow, down in New Haven at Café Nine, they headline Agent Orange, appearing with FEA and Damn Broads. On Wednesday, It’s a Double Record Release Tour with two headliners, Arc Iris, and Superhuman Happiness. Thursday brings Bim Skala Bim, The Hempteadys, and Rude Boy George to the Café stage. Friday’s Happy Hour artist is Snake Hill Blues, followed by a Record Release Show with Sun Dagger on board for the late show, appearing with Rudeyna and Head With Wings. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by another Record Release Party featuring Craig Bell & His Band, Stefan Christensen & Friends, Worn Leather, and Consolidated Plastics in the evening show. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee headlines The Bandidos, along with The Tommy’s, and Travis Moody. Gary Burr and Mark Mirando come your way later Sunday night to round out the weekend. www.cafenine.com
The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown brings you Laughter Yoga this Tuesday at 6 pm. On Friday, it’s the eleventh annual Composers and Improvisers Festival, featuring composer Joe Fonda and guitarist Mike Musillami, pianist Paul Arslanian, and jazz tap dancer Brenda Bufalino. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Saturday night it’s The Kennedys, bringing you roots, folk rock, and more. On Sunday, fiddler/stepper April Verch brings North American roots music and stories to the Buttonwood at 3, followed by a reading of Book 5 of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” at 7 by John Basinger. Full details at http://buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Tuesday. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Ed Bradley this week. On Thursday, the Balkun Brothers host a Rock-N-Roll Residency, with special guests each week. Friday, you can hear hip hop, reggae, and more with The Alchemistics. On Saturday, SNL Live Band vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez take the stage with rock n’soul and more. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veterans Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. On Saturday, they’ve got their Jazz Up Close series at 2, featuring saxophonist Steve Wilson and his trio. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages. www.russelllibrary.org
The Art Guild of Middletown presents an Oil Painting Demonstration by award-winning artist Shauna Shane this Thursday at 7 at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell. Full details at www.arts2go.org
On Saturday, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Warcockapalooza II, featuring nine hours of music starting at 3:30. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info. www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
You’re invited to a night of music and poetry to benefit Love146, a nonprofit dedicated to ending child trafficking, this Friday at Sarah’s Coffee House in Hartford. Call 860-402-2393 for details.
On Friday at 8, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts opens the concert season with the annual Bach to School organ concert at Memorial Hall, featuring the work of Maurice Duruflé. You’re invited to register your child for the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble, with classes starting this Saturday at 10 am in World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/
Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown holds its annual fall Open House this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet the teaching artists, enjoy arts activities like puppet making and mural design, and learn more about their full array of fall programs. Details at www.oddfellows.org
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford has its monthly Second Saturdays for Families this week from 10 am – 1 pm. Free admission includes story-telling, music, and more. www.thewadsworth.org
The second annual Hartford Pridefest and parade happens this Saturday from noon to 5 pm in Bushnell Park. Details at www.hartfordpride.com
The free Sunset Sounds Concert Series concludes this Saturday starting at 5:30 at the Butler-McCook House in Hartford. Enjoy a PopUp Art Show sponsored by Artists Supporting Artists, and jazz music by featured artist Richard McGhee & The Rahstet. www.ctlandmarks.org
The Middletown Symphonic Band closes out its summer series this Saturday with a concert at 7 pm at Great River Park in East Hartford. Rain date is Sunday. www.arts2go.org
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 www.ctnofa.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “My King (Mon Roi)”, a film about a woman who examines a turbulent relationship after a skiing accident. Also continuing is “Life, Animated,” a true story about a family discovery that Disney animated films will help them communicate with their troubled son. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Unlocking the Cage,” a documentary about the animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he seeks to transform animals from “things” to “persons” with legal protections. www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues 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. Opening Thursday is a run of “Little Men,” a story of the family drama that surrounds two teenagers in contemporary Brooklyn. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they open “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell in a dystopian comedy about singles who turn into animals if they don’t find a mate by a deadline. Details and screening times at www.cinestudio.org
The Hartford Free Summer Movies series brings you “Bee Movie” starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger this Friday at Riverfront 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 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 wesufm.org/jive. 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.