Thursday, September 8, 2016

Good evening, it's Thursday, September 8th, 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 J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

Here’s a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine,Bim Skala Bim, The Hempteadys, and Rude Boy George to the Café Nine stage. Friday’s Happy Hour artist is Snake Hill Blues. Later Friday night, Café Nine presents Sun Dagger, Rudeyna, and Head With Wings. Café Nine’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, this week. Saturday night’s line up at the Nine features Craig Bell & His Band, Stefan Christensen & Friends, Worn Leather, and Consolidated Plastics. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee headlines The Bandidos, along with The Tommy and Travis Moody. Gary Burr and Mark Mirando come your way later Sunday night to round out the weekend.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, 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, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez take the stage with rock n 

Tonight, Manic Productions brings this weekend, with Twiddle headlining the Friday and Saturday shows, and of Montreal and Ruby the Rabbitfoot appearing Sunday evening. Full details at

On Friday, in Middletown, it’s the eleventh annual Composers and Improvisers Festival at The Buttonwood Tree, 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 The Kennedys, play roots, folk rock, and more at The Buttonwood. 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

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight 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.

tonight 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.  

Tonight, 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

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

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

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.

The second annual Hartford Pridefest and parade happens this Saturday from noon to 5 pm in Bushnell Park. Details

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.

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.  

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.

This weekend also brings The Hebron Harvest Fair, to Hebron CT - Thursday through Sunday (September 8-11).  This major agricultural fair is packed with fun and entertainment including livestock shows, a midway, exhibits, a small-animal barn, arts and crafts, food booths, a demolition derby and continuous stage entertainment.

The North Haven Fair also happens this weekend from Thursday through Sunday, (September 8-11) for more family fun.

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 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. 

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends their 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 tomorrow/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 

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series brings you “Bee Movie” starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger this 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 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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