Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, September 20th 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 radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends, our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us. 

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

Here in Middletown, tonight at 8, the Russell House Series Prose and Poetry at Wesleyan University hosts a reading by Matthew Burnside and Danielle Vogel. Both are experimental writers who explore genres and media., or call 860-685-3613 for details.

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts there’s an Opening Reception tomorrow/Thursday at 5 at the Davison Art Center celebrating William Earle Williams: A Stirring Song Sung Heroic African Americans. On Sunday at 3, in Crowell Concert Hall you can enjoy This Is It!  The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part X.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Cultural Connections Women’s Group for immigrant women meets this evening at 5:30 The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. On Saturday at 1:30 they present the Great American Folk Song Revival with the Caroline Doctorow Duo. 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Gina Sicilia takes the Café stage. Thursday’s there’s an early show at 4:30 with The New Haven Jazz Band. Later Thursday night, Baka Fana, Ashley Hamel, Fit to Fly, and Off the Trolley take the Café Nine stage. Friday’s weekly 5 pm set features Lynn Malavolte & Friends. Later Friday night they bring you Orquesta Afinke. Saturday afternoon there’s a Playing for Change Foundation event, featuring George Baker, Gary Heriot, and Mike Damico, with the 4 pm show bringing more of George Baker your way. Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Ages & Ages, Cereus Bright, and The Sea The Sea. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 Present The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 pm with John D’Amato, and they round out the weekend Sunday night at 7 with Box Set Duo Trio and The Alpaca Gnomes.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday Community Blues Jam hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. Friday night it’s One Love – a tribute to Bob Marley. On Saturday it’s award-winning guitarist Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood bringing you R & B, blues, and

Tonight, Manic Productions presents The Bronx, Crowbar, and Dead Heavens at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. There’s another Manic show featuring Ian Sweet, Stove, and Yohuna at Bar in New Haven, tonight. Tomorrow/Thursday night, they headline Ben Folds and Gracie Folds at the College Street Music Hall. Friday night Manic presents St. Lucia, Sofi Tukker, and DL is OK, also at the College Street venue in New Haven.

Tonight Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Sperm Donor, Husbandry, Migrant, and huo. Thursday’s lineup includes Isenmor, Vacant Eyes, The Green Invader, and Matt Danger. On Friday it’s Bang Your Head at Cherry Street Station with local favorites. On Saturday they’ve got FN Fest 10, Scotty Anarchy’s Birthday Banger. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/Thursday it’s the Electric University EDM College Dance Party. On Friday they’ve got Denzel Curry, Boogie, and Yoshi Thompkins.

Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, every Wednesday from 7-9:30p.   Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278

The Connecticut Historical Society holds a cross-generational conversation in Hartford tomorrow/Thursday at 5:30 on Generations of Struggle: Connecticut and Civil Rights. Registration is requested.

Also tomorrow/Thursday in Hartford, the Charter Oak Cultural Center holds an opening reception for Traversing Traditions: India, a month-long visual arts exhibition of Indian arts, music, film, and more.

On Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Grammy Award-winning flutist Rhonda Larsen performs at 8 pm. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Connecticut’s Doug White Quintet takes the stage Saturday night at 8 with jazz offerings and more. On Sunday at 5 there’s an opening reception for this month’s featured artist, Lindsay Behrens. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.  Details at

This Saturday at 4 pm Wesleyan Potters in Middletown hosts the exhibit, Comforts from Our Past: Gary and Kyle O’Neill, at their Middletown gallery location. The series celebrates the artists’ blended Native American and African American heritage.

This Saturday also brings the thirtieth annual Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival to The Unitarian Society of Hartford at 7pm.  This is the longest running jass festival showcasing the music and women of jazz. With Featured acts Mathis’ AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ,  New Millennium All Stars, and  The Bertha Hope Trio.   The event is free. Call 860-951-7694 for details.

The 97th Annual Durham Fair happens this week, starting on Thursday, offering a Farm Museum, Kids Place, Discovery Center, and more. Thursday’s music includes performances by Coginchaug High School musicians and the Rising Tide Band. Friday’s events include a tractor pull and motorized demolition derby, with performances by The Kerry Boys, Kara and Zach, CJ West and the Downtown Train, the Carrie Ashton Band, Mixed Signals, and more, with the headliner appearance of Old Dominion. The fun continues on Saturday with animals and food galore, along with music by the Brown Paper Sax Band, Salt Island Seanotes, Kings of Karma, The Meadows Brothers, Sister Funk, the Truckstop Troubadors, and headliner Foreigner. Sunday’s schedule includes a monster truck show, draft horse pull, and music by Bourbon Chaser, Jackson Hill, and the Rob Glassman Band.  They cap things off with Martha Reeves& The Vandellas Sunday night.  Full schedule at

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still going strong. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods at two farmers markets through October. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8 am-1 pm.  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: 

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. "Hearing is the best experience"

Your English is good with Mizael Robledo
An exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.

UnderCover with Ali & Ben
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

The American Empire
Join our Lady, Dj Tootse Mutant on an exploration of the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

The Greatest Sounds Under The Sun with Sir Bruce
Old School R&B.

DJ coroner's last will & testimony
Haunting the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

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