Thursday, June 22, 2017

06-22-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday June 22nd. 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!
Thanks to the generous support of 223 WESU listeners like you, we met our pledge goal of $20,000 in the nick of time to wrap up our fiscal year.

On behalf of all WESU listeners, thanks those of you who help us pay the bills and keep the wheels turning. Your financial contributions along with the volunteer work of our DJs is what keeps community radio alive at WESU.

Here's a rundown of some of the fun stuff happening in our area this week.

Wesleyan Potters in Middletown hosts an opening for their work, Connecticut Grown, right now/Thursday at 5 pm. Details at

Tonight/Thursday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts the Middlesex Drum Circle at 7 pm, followed by the Mark Normand Comedy Show at 8 pm. On Friday, the Akron-based Gage Brothers take the Buttonwood stage. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday at 10:30 am, and in the evening jazz pianist and composer Ben Rosenblum performs with his trio. There’s a Closing Reception on Sunday for Maria Louise to celebrate her exhibition, From Bud to Bloom. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday at 10:30 am.

In New Haven at Café Nine, tonight/Thursday they headline Chris Barron (of the Spin Doctors), appearing with Shellye Valauskas, Dean Falcone, and Peter Lucibelli.  Friday’s Wind Down Happy Hour features Buzz Gordo. Friday night’s main event at Café Nine features Danny Pease and the Regulators, Dutty Windhouse, Sky Swamp Orange, and The Screw-Ups. Saturday Café Nine’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. Saturday night Sidestep Complex, Drop Kick Pop, an Sarah Golley take the stage. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Hickups and Tuesday Saints, and they finish out the weekend with a Manic Presents late show featuring The Toasters, and Slip and Fall.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, It’s a New England Blues Blast tomorrow/Friday with Neal & the Vipers, appearing with Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave.  Saturday’s event is The Ze-Conn, with Brian MacDonald and al All-Star Band celebrating the music of Warren Zevon.

Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers a Thursday Nights on the Plaza at Mortenson Riverfront Plaza, with free music and more.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight/Thursday, it’s the music of Jackson Brown with Running On Empty, appearing with Mark Daniel. On Saturday they headline Shakedown, playing the music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond, Great Blue, O’K and the Night Crew, and Klams Kasino.

This evening/ Thursday, Manic presents has mewithoutYou, and Big Jesus  at College Street Music Hall hin New Haven.  Tonorrow/ Friday manic is at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden with The Sea The Sea, and Kacy & Clayton.

Tonight Russell Library offers Self-Defense for Teens with Cromwell Martial Arts on Thursday. Cultural Connections, a group for immigrant women, meets on Friday at 3:30. There’s Yoga in the Courtyard on Saturday at 11 am.

In Hartford, there’s free music at on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Sarah Golley this week.

There’s Celtic music in Hartford at noon this Friday with The Jolly Beggars at the Old State House on Main Street. Details at

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts a Fundraiser Show for Crossing the Rubicon Bus on Friday. On Saturday it’s the All Day Summer Punk on the outdoor stage.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can indulge in folk, rock, and funk on Friday with the Adam Ezra Group, appearing with special guest Atlas Gray. On Saturday they bring you Tusk – the Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Details at

The Greater Hartford Latino Fest happens this Saturday from noon to 9 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy music, vendors and more in the multicultural celebration.

The 3rd annual “Blackbird” Benefit Concert is back this Saturday at 6 pm at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. This year an all-star band performs The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Proceeds benefit the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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. More to come as the season unfolds. Info at

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

Tonight Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends their run of “Chuck,” about resilience in the boxing world. Also ending it’s run tonight is “Their Finest,” about propaganda movies in WWII Britain. Opening Friday is “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” rare silent films from the early 20th century about a Canadian Gold Rush town. Also opening is “Radio Dreams,” about a Farsi-language radio station in San Francisco, and “The Book of Henry,” about a suburban family with a secret. Both run through the weekend. Details & screening times at

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford ends thier run of “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” a documentary of the storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his family. They screen National Theatre Live’s new production of “Salome” this week and On Friday they open “A Woman’s Life,” based on Guy de Maupaussant’s novel of a young girl’s journey from the convent to aging motherhood.

Now here's what's on the air tonight.

Right after The Jive at Five stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  

from 6:30-8pm Imagine with Karen Stein offering peace through music from around the world and around the block!
From 8-10 stick and stay for Evening Jazz with Bill Denert.

From 10-11pm From the Archives with Sundermunich presents a mostly random selection of records from the studio and not-so-random from my personal archives.

At 11 going until midnight, David Whitehouse fills in for the Feminist Bloc w

And from Midnight-4am its Franco’s Studio 54 Disco Mix with 4 hours of disco and dance music from 70s and 80s.  

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. On behalf of all WESU listeners, thanks those of you who help us pay the bills and keep the wheels turning. Your financial contributions along with the volunteer work of our DJs is what keeps community radio alive at WESU.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa.

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