Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday 7-21-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday July 21st. 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!

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this weekend.
There’s an Opening Reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown starting in just a few minutes at 5 pm for their new Tribal Jewelry Show in the Gallery Shop. Meet the jewelers and view the works that express the artistic diversity of the world. www.wesleyanpotters.com

Artfarm of Middletown presents their final weekend of their Shakespeare in the Grove performance of Hamlet, at the Middlesex Community College, with performances at 8 pm nightly, through Sunday. Details at www.art-farm.org  

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the jazz quartet BadSlax takes the stage tonight (Friday). Tomorrow (Saturday) morning it’s the weekly Aligned With Source Workshop. East meets West Saturday night when new singer/songwriters Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch join forces.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org/

In New Haven at Café Nine right about now, DW Ditty plays the Happy hour set, and tonight’s main event at The Nine features Crown Colony, Dutty Winehouse, Dangerous Animals, and Flight of Silence. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band this week. Later Saturday night Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings play the The Music of Bob Dylan and share a bill with Five in the Chamber. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Porter Block and Lines West, and Café Nine rounds out the weekend with Las Cafeteras, Fernandito Ferrer, and Jose Oyola on Sunday night. http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,  tonight you can catch the bluesman from Italy, Roberto Morbioli. Saturday’s headliner is Duppy Conquerors, the Bob Marley tribute band.  http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/

Tonight (Fri), Manic Presents brings Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge to the The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Tomorrow/Saturday,  at College Street Manic presents offers Felly, Byyps & The Mermaid Gang, Trip Carter, and Sol Was DJ. http://www.manicpresents.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight/Friday it’s a Masquerade Glow Party with two rooms of music and free Glow stuff. Tomorrow (Saturday) night Shakedown plays the music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond alongside Just Winging It, and more. www.toadsplace.com


At the Russell Library tomorrow/Saturday morning they continue the hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Full details of these activities and more at www.russelllibrary.org
Tonight’s bill at Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Rozamov, HUSH, Blood Sun Circle, and Burrows.  It’s a two-day, indoor/outdoor special event on Saturday and Sunday with the Posidemic ‘Ntertainment Anniversary Show 2017 bringing you more than twenty bands including The Greeninvaders, physics of Demise, Kaos Reign, My Hamartia, Lament,   Kaotic, Where we once stood, Left Hand Backwards and much more.  https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/


At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tongiht, it’s Tim Currie’s Motown Review. On Saturday, The Jon Kadlecik Band brings more jazz fusion and blues rock to the stage.At infinity Hall Norfolk, tonight you can catch the Aztec Two-Step - ‘Naked’ CD Release! Saturday you can catch Kal David, Lauri Bono & the Real Deal at Infinity Norfolk.  Details at www.infinityhall.com


The state’s professional ballet company brings you free classical, contemporary, and jazz ballets this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. A talk-back with dancers and the artistic director follow the performance. Rain date is Sunday. Details at www.connecticutballet.org

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets offer an opportunity to enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Middletown’s North End Farmers Market on Friday’s from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, as well as Middletown’s long running market on the south green on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Info at www.ctnofa.org

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell. Also continuing is “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. Tonight/Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “Food Evolution,” a documentary about the controversy surrounding GMO’s and food. Details & screening times at www.realartways.org

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The National Theatre Live series presents Pulitzer Prize-winner “Angels in America Part One; Millennium Approaches,” Sunday. http://www.cinestudio.org/

This Saturday in Middletown, The Mayoral Youth Cabinet in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University present The Incredibles as their third showing of the summer Films on Foss series. The film will begin at 8:30pm (or shortly after depending on the time of the sunset) but will be preceded by a community picnic that starts at 7:00pm with games and food trucks available.
As the name states, the films are shown on Wesleyan’s campus at Foss Hill, just off Wyllys Ave (for GPS purposes you can enter 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459).

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Princess  Bride” tonight/Friday at 8 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. www.riverfront.org

Now, here’s arun down of tonight’s lineup here on WESU Middletown.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 7pm, it'll be Free Talk Radio with Deni and Al Robinson addressing news, politics, entertainment & weather and featuring listeners’ call-ins.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - offering listeners a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.   
                                                       
Then from 10 to 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist provides a live mixshow done on the fly or freestyle, with no pre-planned mixes or blends - R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm until 2am Saturday we go into serious OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

From 2 until 4am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry covers the hour from 4 to 5am with a 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.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with theBBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Pacifica

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6 to 7am it’sthe Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s Jive is online at wesufm.org/jive



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday July 20th. 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the jazz quartet BadSlax takes the stage Friday evening, and on Saturday morning it’s the weekly Aligned With Source Workshop. East meets West Saturday night when new singer/songwriters Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch join forces.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org/

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, headliners include Mechanical Peaches, Mount Pocono, and Hard Luxury. Friday’s Happy Hour is with DW Ditty, followed by the night show with Crown Colony, Dutty Winehouse, Dangerous Animals, and Flight of Silence. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the late show featuring Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan, and Five in the Chamber. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Porter Block and Lines West, and they round out the weekend with Las Cafeteras, Fernandito Ferrer, and Jose Oyola on Sunday night. http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,  it’s Friend Zone bringing you world music and a jam session with dancing. On Friday they’ve got the bluesman from Italy, Roberto Morbioli. Saturday’s headliner is Duppy Conquerors, the Bob Marley tribute band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/
Friday, Manic Presents brings Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, they’re back at College Street with Felly, Byyps & The Mermaid Gang, Trip Carter, and Sol Was DJ. http://www.manicpresents.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday it’s the Masquerade Glow Party with two rooms of music and free Glow goods. Saturday’s bill has Shakedown plating The music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond, Just Winging It, and more. www.toadsplace.com

Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers a free fitness class at Mortenson Plaza in Hartford every Tuesday at 6 pm. There’s also free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza. www.riverfront.org

At the Russell Library this week,  Cultural Connections, a women’s networking group for immigrants, meets on Friday afternoon.  On Saturday morning they continue the hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Full details of these activities and more at www.russelllibrary.org

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Tuesday Saints. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Lys Guillorn this week.  www.hartford.com/events/


Artfarm of Middletown continues its summer Shakespeare in the Grove series this evening/Wednesday at the Middlesex Community College, with performances through Sunday at 8 pm. This year’s offering is “Hamlet.” Details at www.artfarm.org

The Shaking the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation will be held at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St in Middletown this evening/Wednesday at 7 pm. Details at www.buttonwood.org

The Connecticut Historical Society Outdoor Concert series presents the work of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, and brings you the music and dance of Peru this Thursday at 6 pm with Negrura Peruana at their Hartford Location. Details at www.chs.org

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Hollow Earth, Hang Your Cross and city of Iron this Thursday. On Friday, the bill’s got Rozamov, HUSH, Blood Sun Circle, and Burrows.  It’s a two-day, indoor/outdoor special event on Saturday and Sunday with the Posidemic ‘Ntertainment Anniversary Show 2017 bringing you more than twenty bands. https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

The Sounds of Summer free concert series is back at the Great River Park in East Hartford starting this Thursday at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is the Al Fenton Big Band, bringing you big band versions of jazz and blues. Details at www.riverfront.org

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy alternative rock and jazz fusion on Thursday with The Werks, appearing with special guest The Juicy Grapes. On Friday, it’s Tim Currie’s Motown Review. On Saturday, The Jon Kadlecik Band brings more jazz fusion and blues rock to the stage. Details at www.infinityhall.com

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Mass-Conn Fusion Duo, bringing you Motown, R&B, Jazz, and more. www.hartford.com/event/ 

There’s an Opening Reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this Friday at 5 pm for their new Tribal Jewelry Show. Meet the jewelers and view the works that express the artistic diversity of the world. www.wesleyanpotters.com

The state’s professional ballet company brings you free classical, contemporary, and jazz ballets this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. A talk-back with dancers and the artistic director follow the performance. Rain date is Sunday. Details at www.connecticutballet.org

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets offer an opportunity to enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Middletown’s North End Farmers Market on Friday’s from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, as well as Middletown’s long running market on the south green on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Info at www.ctnofa.org

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell. Also continuing is “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. Their Afternoon Movie series offering is “The Hero,” about an aging Western icon facing a life-changing event. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Food Evolution,” a documentary about the controversy surrounding GMO’s and food. Details & screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Kind of Loving,” a working-class person’s love story starring Alan Bates, through Thursday. Their National Theatre Live series presents Pulitzer Prize-winner “Angels in America Part One; Millennium Approaches,” on Thursday and Sunday. On Friday they open “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. It runs through the weekend. http://www.cinestudio.org/

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Hidden Figures. ” www.russelllibrary.org

This Saturday in Middletown, The Mayoral Youth Cabinet in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University present The Incredibles as their third showing of the summer Films on Foss series. The film will begin at 8:30pm (or shortly after depending on the time of the sunset) but will be preceded by a community picnic that starts at 7:00pm with games and food trucks available.
As the name states, the films are shown on Wesleyan’s campus at Foss Hill, just off Wyllys Ave (for GPS purposes you can enter 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459). 

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Princess  Bride” this Friday at 8 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. www.riverfront.org


Right after the Jive stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music until 6:30pm.

After that until 8pm, Imagine with Karen Stein, offers peace through music! With uplifting music from around the world and around the block!

From  8-8:30pm tonight, The Radical Radio with Oracle offers a weekly update on progressive news, that combines interviews, reporting, and discussion to look at the current state of the American left.

At 8:30 its back to the music on Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where "Hearing is the best experience" offering a broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. 

At 10om Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks offers an hour of
Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.

From 11-midnight The American Empire with, Tootse Mutant explores the effects of American Cultural Imperialism on the world's soundscape. From Peruvian Punk to Japanese Jazz we'll take a look at how other countries have adopted American music styles.

At midnight The Audible Underground with Joshinvents invites listeners to explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media.

From 1-2am Festival Files with DJ Frita takes a look back at legendary folk and rock concerts from around the country and the music idols that dominated the stages throughout the years.

From 2-4am DJ coroner's last will & testimony Haunts the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weds 07-19-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday July 19th. 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 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! Thanx for joining us.

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the jazz quartet BadSlax takes the stage Friday evening, and on Saturday morning it’s the weekly Aligned With Source Workshop. East meets West Saturday night when new singer/songwriters Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch join forces.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org/

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight,  you can catch Crunk Witch, Ceschi, and more. Thursday’s headliners include Mechanical Peaches, Mount Pocono, and Hard Luxury. Friday’s Happy Hour is with DW Ditty, followed by the night show with Crown Colony, Dutty Winehouse, Dangerous Animals, and Flight of Silence. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the late show featuring Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan, and Five in the Chamber. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Porter Block and Lines West, and they round out the weekend with Las Cafeteras, Fernandito Ferrer, and Jose Oyola on Sunday night. http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the  Wednesday Community Blues Jam hosts Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday it’s Friend Zone bringing you world music and a jam session with dancing. On Friday they’ve got the bluesman from Italy, Roberto Morbioli. Saturday’s headliner is Duppy Conquerors, the Bob Marley tribute band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/
Friday, Manic Presents brings Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, they’re back at College Street with Felly, Byyps & The Mermaid Gang, Trip Carter, and Sol Was DJ. http://www.manicpresents.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday it’s the Masquerade Glow Party with two rooms of music and free Glow goods. Saturday’s bill has Shakedown plating The music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond, Just Winging It, and more. www.toadsplace.com


Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers a free fitness class at Mortenson Plaza in Hartford every Tuesday at 6 pm. There’s also free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza. www.riverfront.org

At the Russell Library this week,  they’re screening “Hidden Figures“ this evening/Wednesday in their And The Oscar Goes To. . . series. Connecticut’s Kid Governor visits the library on Thursday afternoon, and they hold a Job Group and Public Speaking for Teens as well. Cultural Connections, a women’s networking group for immigrants, meets on Friday afternoon.  On Saturday morning they continue the hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Full details of these activities and more at www.russelllibrary.org

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Tuesday Saints. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Lys Guillorn this week.  www.hartford.com/events/

The Music at the Mansion series continues this evening/Wednesday at 6:30 at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, with this week’s featured artists, the club and dance band Locomotion. The grounds open for picnicking at 5:30, and they’ve added food trucks this year. www.facebook.com/WadsworthMansion/

Artfarm of Middletown continues its summer Shakespeare in the Grove series this evening/Wednesday at the Middlesex Community College, with performances through Sunday at 8 pm. This year’s offering is “Hamlet.” Details at www.artfarm.org

The Shaking the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation will be held at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St in Middletown this evening/Wednesday at 7 pm. Details at www.buttonwood.org

The Connecticut Historical Society Outdoor Concert series presents the work of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, and brings you the music and dance of Peru this Thursday at 6 pm with Negrura Peruana at their Hartford Location. Details at www.chs.org

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Hollow Earth, Hang Your Cross and city of Iron this Thursday. On Friday, the bill’s got Rozamov, HUSH, Blood Sun Circle, and Burrows.  It’s a two-day, indoor/outdoor special event on Saturday and Sunday with the Posidemic ‘Ntertainment Anniversary Show 2017 bringing you more than twenty bands. https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

The Sounds of Summer free concert series is back at the Great River Park in East Hartford starting this Thursday at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is the Al Fenton Big Band, bringing you big band versions of jazz and blues. Details at www.riverfront.org

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy alternative rock and jazz fusion on Thursday with The Werks, appearing with special guest The Juicy Grapes. On Friday, it’s Tim Currie’s Motown Review. On Saturday, The Jon Kadlecik Band brings more jazz fusion and blues rock to the stage. Details at www.infinityhall.com

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Mass-Conn Fusion Duo, bringing you Motown, R&B, Jazz, and more. www.hartford.com/event/

There’s an Opening Reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this Friday at 5 pm for their new Tribal Jewelry Show. Meet the jewelers and view the works that express the artistic diversity of the world. www.wesleyanpotters.com

The state’s professional ballet company brings you free classical, contemporary, and jazz ballets this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. A talk-back with dancers and the artistic director follow the performance. Rain date is Sunday. Details at www.connecticutballet.org

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets offer an opportunity to enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Middletown’s North End Farmers Market on Friday’s from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, as well as Middletown’s long running market on the south green on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Info at www.ctnofa.org

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell. Also continuing is “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. Their Afternoon Movie series offering is “The Hero,” about an aging Western icon facing a life-changing event. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Food Evolution,” a documentary about the controversy surrounding GMO’s and food. Details & screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Kind of Loving,” a working-class person’s love story starring Alan Bates, through Thursday. Their National Theatre Live series presents Pulitzer Prize-winner “Angels in America Part One; Millennium Approaches,” on Thursday and Sunday. On Friday they open “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. It runs through the weekend. http://www.cinestudio.org/

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Hidden Figures. ” www.russelllibrary.org

This Saturday in Middletown, The Mayoral Youth Cabinet in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University present The Incredibles as their third showing of the summer Films on Foss series. The film will begin at 8:30pm (or shortly after depending on the time of the sunset) but will be preceded by a community picnic that starts at 7:00pm with games and food trucks available.
As the name states, the films are shown on Wesleyan’s campus at Foss Hill, just off Wyllys Ave (for GPS purposes you can enter 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459).

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Princess  Bride” this Friday at 8 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. 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 Latin music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's, starring Isabel.
6-6:30pm it's Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD. We explore the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

And from 6:30-8pm, stay tuned for Fusion Radio with James Fusion. The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

Starting at 8 and running until 9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm, it's  The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. Presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live.

From 11 to 4am it's Studio 54, starring Franco, playing all of those disco hits from the 1970's!
The BBC World News comes on board at 4am followed at 5 with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU 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.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for The Latin Music Hour!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday 7-18-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday July 18th. 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 Marianne O’Hare producer of Conversations on Healthcare heard Wednesdays at 4:30 right before the jive at five.

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

This evening The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts Laughter Yoga with Felix at 6 pm, followed by a Crystal Ball Sound Healing with Lou Sorrentino at 7:30. The jazz quartet BadSlax takes the Buttonwood stage Friday evening, and on Saturday morning it’s the weekly Aligned With Source Workshop. East meets West Saturday night when new singer/songwriters Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch join forces.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org/

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight,  you can catch Hidden Hospitals, The Refectory, Ourselves, and Alone. Wednesday’s bill includes Crunk Witch, Ceschi, and more. Thursday’s headliners include Mechanical Peaches, Mount Pocono, and Hard Luxury. Friday’s Happy Hour is with DW Ditty, followed by the night show with Crown Colony, Dutty Winehouse, Dangerous Animals, and Flight of Silence. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the late show featuring Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan, and Five in the Chamber. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Porter Block and Lines West, and they round out the weekend with Las Cafeteras, Fernandito Ferrer, and Jose Oyola on Sunday night. http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday it’s Friend Zone bringing you world music and a jam session with dancing. On Friday they’ve got the bluesman from Italy, Roberto Morbioli. Saturday’s headliner is Duppy Conquerors, the Bob Marley tribute band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/
Tonight Tuesday, Manic Presents brings Ghost and Astronoid to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. On Friday, it’s Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, they’re back at College Street with Felly, Byyps & The Mermaid Gang, Trip Carter, and Sol Was DJ. http://www.manicpresents.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday it’s the Masquerade Glow Party with two rooms of music and free Glow goods. Saturday’s bill has Shakedown plating The music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond, Just Winging It, and more. www.toadsplace.com


Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers a free fitness class at Mortenson Plaza in Hartford every Tuesday at 6 pm. There’s also free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza. www.riverfront.org

At Russell Library this week,  tonight it’s the Jobs and Career Summer Boot Camp 5.0 Workshop: Networking and Social Media, with Jan Melnik. Origami happens this evening, too. They’re screening “Hidden Figures“ on Wednesday in their And The Oscar Goes To. . . series. Connecticut’s Kid Governor visits the library on Thursday afternoon, and they hold a Job Group and Public Speaking for Teens as well. Cultural Connections, a women’s networking group for immigrants, meets on Friday afternoon.  On Saturday morning they continue the hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Full details of these activities and more at www.russelllibrary.org

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Tuesday Saints. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Lys Guillorn this week.  www.hartford.com/events/

The Music at the Mansion series continues this Wednesday at 6:30 at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, with this week’s featured artists, the club and dance band Locomotion. The grounds open for picnicking at 5:30, and they’ve added food trucks this year. www.facebook.com/WadsworthMansion/

Artfarm of Middletown continues its summer Shakespeare in the Grove series this Wednesday at the Middlesex Community College, with performances through Sunday at 8 pm. This year’s offering is “Hamlet.” Details at www.artfarm.org

The Shaking the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation will be held at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St in Middletown this We dnesday at 7 pm. Details at www.buttonwood.org

The Connecticut Historical Society Outdoor Concert series presents the work of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, and brings you the music and dance of Peru this Thursday at 6 pm with Negrura Peruana at their Hartford Location. Details at www.chs.org

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Hollow Earth, Hang Your Cross and city of Iron this Thursday. On Friday, the bill’s got Rozamov, HUSH, Blood Sun Circle, and Burrows.  It’s a two-day, indoor/outdoor special event on Saturday and Sunday with the Posidemic ‘Ntertainment Anniversary Show 2017 bringing you more than twenty bands. https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

The Sounds of Summer free concert series is back at the Great River Park in East Hartford starting this Thursday at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is the Al Fenton Big Band, bringing you big band versions of jazz and blues. Details at www.riverfront.org

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy alternative rock and jazz fusion on Thursday with The Werks, appearing with special guest The Juicy Grapes. On Friday, it’s Tim Currie’s Motown Review. On Saturday, The Jon Kadlecik Band brings more jazz fusion and blues rock to the stage. Details at www.infinityhall.com

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Mass-Conn Fusion Duo, bringing you Motown, R&B, Jazz, and more. www.hartford.com/event/ 

There’s an Opening Reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this Friday at 5 pm for their new Tribal Jewelry Show. Meet the jewelers and view the works that express the artistic diversity of the world. www.wesleyanpotters.com

The state’s professional ballet company brings you free classical, contemporary, and jazz ballets this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. A talk-back with dancers and the artistic director follow the performance. Rain date is Sunday. Details at www.connecticutballet.org

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets offer an opportunity to enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Middletown’s North End Farmers Market on Friday’s from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, as well as Middletown’s long running market on the south green on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Info at www.ctnofa.org

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell. Also continuing is “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. Their Afternoon Movie series offering is “The Hero,” about an aging Western icon facing a life-changing event. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Food Evolution,” a documentary about the controversy surrounding GMO’s and food. Details & screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Kind of Loving,” a working-class person’s love story starring Alan Bates, through Thursday. Their National Theatre Live series presents Pulitzer Prize-winner “Angels in America Part One; Millennium Approaches,” on Thursday and Sunday. On Friday they open “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. It runs through the weekend. http://www.cinestudio.org/

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Hidden Figures. ” www.russelllibrary.org

This Saturday in Middletown, The Mayoral Youth Cabinet in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University present The Incredibles as their third showing of the summer Films on Foss series. The film will begin at 8:30pm (or shortly after depending on the time of the sunset) but will be preceded by a community picnic that starts at 7:00pm with games and food trucks available.
As the name states, the films are shown on Wesleyan’s campus at Foss Hill, just off Wyllys Ave (for GPS purposes you can enter 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459). 

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Princess  Bride” this Friday at 8 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. www.riverfront.org

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

Right after the jive, stay tuned for 3 hours of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill.

From 8-9pm stay tuned for J-Cherry’s The Voice of the CITY.

At 9pm it’s WesSports and Beyond… with DJ Steve

From 9:30-10:30pm it’s The Test Patterns Show with Chaim O'Brien-Blumenthal

From 10:30-3am it’s a whole lot of old school soul, funk, and RnB for grown folks on The Greatest Sounds Under The Sun with Sir Bruce

At 3am stay tuned for RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald, which takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU each and every weekday at 4:55 pm 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.


Stay Tuned for Acoustic Blender, up next!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday 07-17-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday July 17th. 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 Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic, heard every Tuesdayt at 4pm in the WESU summer schedule.

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts its Night Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. On Tuesday there’s yoga in the afternoon, and the evening starts with Laughter Yoga with Felix at 6 pm, followed by a Crystal Ball Sound Healing with Lou Sorrentino at 7:30. The jazz quartet BadSlax takes the stage on Friday, and on Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop. East meets West Saturday night when new singer/songwriters Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch join forces to entertain you. And that’s when the winners of the three-day passes to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, NY, will be drawn.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org/

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, Dylan Connor and Jim Wolf perform. On Tuesday, it’s Hidden Hospitals, The Refectory, Ourselves, and Alone. Wednesday’s bill includes Crunk Witch, Ceschi, and more. Thursday’s headliners include Mechanical Peaches, Mount Pocono, and Hard Luxury. Friday’s Happy Hour is with DW Ditty, followed by the night show with Crown Colony, Dutty Winehouse, Dangerous Animals, and Flight of Silence. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the late show featuring Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan, and Five in the Chamber. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Porter Block and Lines West, and they round out the weekend with Las Cafeteras, Fernandito Ferrer, and Jose Oyola on Sunday night. http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays today. On Tuesday Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday it’s Friend Zone bringing you world music and a jam session with dancing. On Friday they’ve got the bluesman from Italy, Roberto Morbioli. Saturday’s headliner is Duppy Conquerors, the Bob Marley tribute band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Friday it’s the Masquerade Glow Party with two rooms of music and free Glow goods. Saturday’s bill has Shakedown, The Dead and Beyond, Just Winging It, and more. www.toadsplace.com

On Tuesday, Manic Presents brings Ghost and Astronoid to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. On Friday, it’s Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, they’re back at College Street with Felly, Byyps & The Mermaid Gang, Trip Carter, and Sol Was DJ. http://www.manicpresents.com/

Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers a free fitness class at Mortenson Plaza in Hartford every Tuesday at 6 pm. There’s also free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza. www.riverfront.org

At Russell Library this week, on Tuesday night it’s the Jobs and Career Summer Boot Camp 5.0 Workshop: Networking and Social Media, with Jan Melnik. Origami happens that evening, too. They’re screening “Hidden Figures“ on Wednesday in their And The Oscar Goes To. . . series. Connecticut’s Kid Governor visits the library on Thursday afternoon, and they hold a Job Group and Public Speaking for Teens as well. Cultural Connections, a women’s networking group for immigrants, meets on Friday afternoon.  On Saturday morning they continue the hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Full details of these activities and more at www.russelllibrary.org

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan hosts playwright, poet, and hip-hop educator Goldie Patrick at noon on Tuesday at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/  

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Tuesday Saints. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Lys Guillorn this week.  www.hartford.com/events/

The Music at the Mansion series continues this Wednesday at 6:30 at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, with this week’s featured artists, the club and dance band Locomotion. The grounds open for picnicking at 5:30, and they’ve added food trucks this year. www.facebook.com/WadsworthMansion/

Artfarm of Middletown continues its summer Shakespeare in the Grove series this Wednesday at the Middlesex Community College, with performances through Sunday at 8 pm. This year’s offering is “Hamlet.” Details at www.artfarm.org

The Shaking the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation will be held at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St in Middletown this Wednesday at 7 pm. Details at www.buttonwood.org

The Connecticut Historical Society Outdoor Concert series presents the work of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, and brings you the music and dance of Peru this Thursday at 6 pm with Negrura Peruana at their Hartford Location. Details at www.chs.org

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Hollow Earth, Hang Your Cross and city of Iron this Thursday. On Friday, the bill’s got Rozamov, HUSH, Blood Sun Circle, and Burrows.  It’s a two-day, indoor/outdoor special event on Saturday and Sunday with the Posidemic ‘Ntertainment Anniversary Show 2017 bringing you more than twenty bands. https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

The Sounds of Summer free concert series is back at the Great River Park in East Hartford starting this Thursday at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is the Al Fenton Big Band, bringing you big band versions of jazz and blues. Details at www.riverfront.org

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy alternative rock and jazz fusion on Thursday with The Werks, appearing with special guest The Juicy Grapes. On Friday, it’s Tim Currie’s Motown Review. On Saturday, The Jon Kadlecik Band brings more jazz fusion and blues rock to the stage. Details at www.infinityhall.com

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Mass-Conn Fusion Duo, bringing you Motown, R&B, Jazz, and more. www.hartford.com/event/ 

There’s an Opening Reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this Friday at 5 pm for their new Tribal Jewelry Show. Meet the jewelers and view the works that express the artistic diversity of the world. www.wesleyanpotters.com

The state’s professional ballet company brings you free classical, contemporary, and jazz ballets this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. A talk-back with dancers and the artistic director follow the performance. Rain date is Sunday. Details at www.connecticutballet.org

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are opening the 2017 season again. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Cromwell, Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Info at www.ctnofa.org

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell. Also continuing is “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. Their Afternoon Movie series offering is “The Hero,” about an aging Western icon facing a life-changing event. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Food Evolution,” a documentary about the controversy surrounding GMO’s and food. Details & screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Kind of Loving,” a working-class person’s love story starring Alan Bates, through Thursday. Their National Theatre Live series presents Pulitzer Prize-winner “Angels in America Part One; Millennium Approaches,” on Thursday and Sunday. On Friday they open “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. It runs through the weekend. http://www.cinestudio.org/

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Hidden Figures. ” www.russelllibrary.org

This Saturday in Middletown, The Mayoral Youth Cabinet in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University present The Incredibles as their third showing of the summer Films on Foss series. The film will begin at 8:30pm (or shortly after depending on the time of the sunset) but will be preceded by a community picnic that starts at 7:00pm with games and food trucks available.
As the name states, the films are shown on Wesleyan’s campus at Foss Hill, just off Wyllys Ave (for GPS purposes you can enter 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459). 

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Princess  Bride” this Friday at 8 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. www.riverfront.org

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, for an hour of straight jazz and classic bop.

From 6-6:30 pm it’s The Big Controversy with Eric Kuhn, an amusing review of political events and public affairs from local to national.

At 6:30 stay tuned for, 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, movie soundtracks, and more.

From 8-9:30 it’s The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of contemporary and vintage funk and soul, Reggae, and afro and Latin dance floor grooves.  

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan runs from 9:30 to midnight, when Hits of the 60’s and 70’s with Jimmy Z takes over.

From 1:30-2:30 am it’s The Future of What with Portia Sabin about music and the recording industry for insiders, outsiders, and outliers.

Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes your way from 2:30-3:30 am, with punk, rock, and hardcore from the Maximum record collection, followed by Fun with DJ Otto Nation from 3:30-4 am.

At 5 am stay tuned for NPR’s Morning Edition.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU each and every weekday at 4:55 pm 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.

You’ll find a secure donation link our program schedule, audio archives, and much more at our website, http://www.wesufm.org/






Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday's Jive 07-14-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 14th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.


Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in the community this weekend.
The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight hosts the Julian Gerstin Sextet focused on drum rhythms and jazz from world cultures. The Aligned with Source Workshop is on Saturday morning at 10:30 am, and the first ever Open Mic for Teens, inviting youth ages 12-18 to perform, happens at 3 pm. Saturday evening features the jazz of Sissy Castrogiovanni and Ehud Ettun in a pre-release show of their new duo project. Details @ buttonwood.org

The Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has Broken Lonely tonight with classic rock at 8pm. Details @ facebook.com/canoeclubct

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, they bring you The Manimals and This Criminal Soul. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed by the late show with Grammy nominee Robbie Fulks, appearing with Phil Rosenthal. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Love Songs, I Within I, and 1-2 Punch, and they round out the weekend with Sex Beat with Kid Congo, and Powers on Sunday night Details @ cafenine.com

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s two bands for the price of one tonight when The Jason Gisser Band and the Tom Forst Band take the stage. Enjoy blues and roots on Saturday with Bad News Barnes. Details @ blackeyedsallys.com

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s a Fired Up Fridays Dance Party. Saturday Toad’s feature Rock This Wild World, with Gray Haven, Haddam Neck, Kyle Flynn & the Vespers, and much more. Details @ 
toadsplace.com

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford tonight hosts a kickoff party for the Writing in the Skies Tour, featuring Fall of the Albatross, Valence, and more. Apostasy is in the house on Saturday to celebrate the release of their new album, “Ghosts.” On Sunday, it’s the #RandyAwards2017. Details @ facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy alternative rock tonight with Puddle of Mud. On Saturday, it’s classic rock when The Zombies take the stage along with Don DiLego and The Touristas. Sunday is country day at Infinity as they bring you Robert Earl Keen and Ruston Kelly. Details @ infinityhall.com
Middletown’s ARTFARM presents their summer Shakespeare in the Grove series at the Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd, with performances of “Hamlet” at 8 pm through Sunday. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are encouraged. Tonight’s show includes live music by Rani Arbo and Noah Baerman starting at 7 pm.  Sunday’s performance offers family activities and a discount for kids.  Details @ art-farm.org

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan presents Sunday at 3 pm in Crowell Concert Hall This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XII. Details @
wesleyan.edu/cfa/  

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this weekend starting on today at 5pm, at Bushnell Park in Hartford. Enjoy food, arts and crafts vendors, and more.  A full list of performers and times can be found at hartfordjazz.org

On Sunday, Manic Presents brings Tank and The Bangas and Sweet Crude to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details @ manicpresents.com/

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are open. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Cromwell, Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm; Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. The Middletown North End Farmers Market opened today, their hours are 10 to 2. More to come as the season unfolds. Details @ ctnofa.org

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Today Hartford’s Real Art Ways opens “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell. Also opening is “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. The daily afternoon movie is “The Hero”, starring Sam Ellliott. Details & screening times at realartways.org

Today Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford opens a restored version of the 1962 classic, “A Kind of Loving,” a working-class person’s love story starring Alan Bates. Details and screening times at cinestudio.org 

If you are looking for more information on the arts in Middletown, please visit the City's Facebook page at facebook.com/CityArtsOffice


And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU and to be safe, it's best to check the WESU website for the up-to-date schedule.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 7pm, it'll be Free Talk Radio with Deni and Al Robinson addressing news, politics, entertainment & weather and featuring listeners’ call-ins.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - offering listeners a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
                                                        
Then from 10 to 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist provides a live mixshow done on the fly or freestyle, with no pre-planned mixes or blends - R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm until 2am Saturday we go into serious OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

From 2 until 4am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has
a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry covers the hour from 4 to 5am with a 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.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with theBBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Pacifica

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6 to 7am it’sthe Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is the title track from Talking Drums' Some Day Catch Some Day Down, re-issued and re-mastered as a cd on the innova label in 2011. The original vinyl was released in 1987.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s Jive is online at wesufm.org/jive

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