Thursday, September 1, 2016

8-31-16 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 31st 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals Fan! Thanks for joining us!
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

At the Russell Library in Middletown, it’s 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. 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine,  you can catch The Big Easy, appearing with Ourselves, Alone, The Right-Offs, and S.G. Carlson. Thursday, brings The Revelers to the Café stage. Friday’s Happy Hour artist is the Blasphemy Boys, with Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus, PUS, and The Abductors on board for the Friday night late show. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, followed by 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, it’s the Community Blues Jam tonight hosted by Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday, the Balkun Brothers host a Rock-N-Roll Residency, with special guests each week. 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.

Through September 14th, there’s free music at noon Wednesdays at Constitution Plaza in Hartford presented by their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed.” This week’s featured performer is Daniel Salazar III. Full info at

Manic Productions brings you Pavo Pavo, Uni Ika Ai, and Ports of Spain to Bar in New Haven tonight (Wednesday). On Saturday, Manic presents Willie Nelson & Family at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Full details at

On Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the long running monthly Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. On 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

This Thursday 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 Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday they bring you Electric 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
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 Friday 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:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Nuts!,” a Sundance Award-winning documentary about an eccentric genius who built an empire during Depression-era America.  Also continuing is “Summertime,” a French film about two young women who fall in love in France’s 1971 early feminist era.  Both run through the weekend. Opening Friday is “My King (Mon Roi)”, a film about a woman who examines a turbulent relationship after a skiing accident. They also bring back a run of “Life, Animated,” a true story about a family discovery that Disney animated films will help them communicate with their troubled son. Both run through the weekend. 

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the 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, on Friday 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 for
Drive Time Delights with Big Bent Presenting a free form mix of musical treats, new and old, across a wide range of genres.

From 6-6:30pmstay tuned for  Your Mind Matters with Dr. Helen Evrard, MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - for a 90 minute live techno mix.
At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .

From 9:30-11pm it's the vault with DJ Anton Banks, presenting listeners withthe latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live. Featuring exclusive music from internationals artists.

At 11pm , it's The New Music Show with DJ Christ Figure. Spinning promotional copies sent into the station and my secret stash from labels.

From 1-3am, stay tuned for Back Down the Bayou a Louisiana and roots music show featuring Baton Rouge Blues, New Orleans funk, indigenous jazz and a whole lot more.

At 3 am it’s time for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry
The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

At 4am you can catch the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program 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.

Thanks for listening. Now stay tuned for Drive Time Delights with Big Bent!

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