Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday 6-9-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, June 9th. 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, General Manager. Thanks for joining us!   With a little more than a week to wrap up our pledge drive before our fiscal year-end, we could really use your help to raise the remaining $5,000 we need to balance our budget. The amount you give is not the most important factor here. What’s critical is getting our listeners on board at whatever level is appropriate for them. So, think about how much you tune in to WESU and if you haven’t already done so, make a donation to support the programs you value at WESU. Every Dollar makes a difference. Please, give what you can, donate online at . Thanks!

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

In New Haven at Café Nine, right now, Their Friday Happy Hour set at 5pm features The Sulls. Later this evening Pleasure Beach and Reduction Plan take the stage. Saturday Café Nine’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Café Nine’s Saturday night main event features Dangerous Animals, Flight of Silence, and The Right Offs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Diane Cluck and An Historic, and they finish out the weekend with a jazz jam brought to you by the George Lesiw Band.
At 6:15 pm this evening at Russell Library in Middletown, Children’s author Minh Le shares his book, “Let Me Finish!”. There’s a Friends of the Library Book Sale this weekend as well.  Also The Library invites you to register for the Adult Summer Reading program, with a chance to win gift cards to local venues. The exhibit of photographs celebrating the Middletown Summer Hoopfest is also on display.
Tonight at 7pm, The Art Guild of Middletown hosts an opening reception for their annual Juried Exhibit and awards at the Zilkha Art Gallery on the Wesleyan campus. Full details at
Also, here in Middletown tonight (Friday), The Buttonwood Tree presents an evening concert with guitarist Sinan Bakir and his new trio. The Aligned with Source Workshop and Meditation happens Saturday morning, and in the evening it’s the World of Women Voices with singer/songwriters Sharon Goldman, Bev Grant, and Villa Palagonia featuring Allison Scola.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, you can enjoy funky blues and soul with Ray Morant’s Soul Tsunami. Tomorrow/Saturday, SNL band vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to the stage at Sally’s. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight/Friday it’s a Local Showcase Summer Spectacular with a variety of performers on two stages including The Radio Dawgs, Freighthopper, Gray Haven, Just a Pipe Dream, On the Fritz, Reality Bomb and many more! Tomorrow/Saturday the Rick Derringer Band takes the stage for a seated event along with Remember September.   Info at
Tonight Manic Presents offers City and Colour and Noah Gundersen  at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Additionally Manic presents comedian, Demetri Martin’s and the Let’s Get Awkward Tour at College St and Sunday they’ve got Trombone Shorty &Orleans Avenue, appearing with the New Breed Brass Band at College St. At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Saturday, Manic Presents has Twin Peaks, Ron Gallo, and Dirt Devil.  Sunday They’ve got Elvis Depressedly and more at The Ballroom.

Tonight in Wallingford, Cherry St. Station in begins their Three Days of Riffs Weekend with Bone Storm, Gritter, and more. There’s a CD release party on Saturday featuring Sworn Enemy, No Honor Among Thieves, and others. for details

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight, you can enjoy An Evening with Pat Metheny, appearing with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Man, and more. On Saturday it’s blues with Grammy nominee Tab Benoit. On Sunday, Indivisible Connecticut presents Songs of Despair & Hope with a live performance by The Shinolas, appearing along with other performers. A portion of sales will be donated to local action groups. the Divas. Details at

Connecticut celebrates its 13th annual Open House Day tomorrow/Saturday with a variety of free offerings across the state at diverse venues. Check out what’s happening at

At the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, its Second Saturdays for Families this week with free admission, along with Juneteenth Family Day, celebrating African American history with a variety of activities.

The Brownstone Quorum and Town of Portland are co-sponsoring The Portland Riverfront Park Music and Arts Festival tomorrow/Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Portland Riverfront Park. Rain date is June 11th. Enjoy continuous music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. The line-up includes Deep Ellum at noon, Seat of Our Pants at 1:00 pm, We Got Rhythm at 2:15 pm, The Mighty Soul Drivers at 4:15 pm, and Plywood Cowboy at 6:15 pm. Riverfront Park is located at 284 Brownstone Avenue, near the Brownstone Quarries. Full details at

Sunday, Hands On Drumming – CT sponsors a River Vibes Waterfront Drum Circle at 4 pm at Waterfront Park in Middletown. Bring your own or use one of theirs. The Circle will meet every second Sunday through the summer.

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:

Through Sunday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Tonight they open “Sacred,” a documentary about religious practices and rituals from around the globe. Also opening tonight is “The Lost City of Z,” the true story of a British explorer who discovers an unknown civilization in the Amazon. Both run through the weekend. On Sunday they screen “Before Homosexuals,” a documentary on same-sex desire, as part of the 30th CT LBGT Film Festival.  Details & screening times at

This weekend, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues screenings of selections for the 30th annual CT LGBT Film Festival, offering men’s shorts, women’s shorts, and more. On Sunday their National Theatre Live series brings you “Peter Pan. Next week Cinestudio will be closed for their summer break.

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

Right after The Jive at Five, Stick around for Free Talk Radio with Deni Young and Al Robinson until 7pm.

At 7 until 8:30pm The Universal Sound Wave with Sista Queen T offers a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

From 8:30-10pm it’s From The Otherside with Rok-A-Dee for lovers Rock and Dancehall reggae, R&B and more featuring CT artists alongside the hit makers.

Strickly Off the Head with DJ Cocomotion the Music Mixologist comes your way from 10-11:30 for a
A live mixshow done on the fly or freestyle, no pre planned playlist mixes or blends. R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30-2am Clarence and Shantay Scott present OVERDRIVE with the contemporary christian, hip hop, RnB and traditional gospel music.

Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat  from 2-4am has something for everyone from  krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.

From 4-5am stay tuned for some mental flossing on The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry.

At 5am, The BBC World Report comes your way.
At 6am, Stay tuned for Celtic Café followed by Caffe Italia with Franceso Fiumara every saturday morning at 7.

That’s all for today’s jive at five.  Thanks for joining us.

We still need to raise roughly $5,000 in listener support to balance our budget in the next week. If you value the work we do here and come back each day to hear new perspectives from your own community and beyond or to hear new and old music you can’t find elsewhere, then we are depending on you. Please help a station out. Make a donation today. Don’t assume we can continue to do this without your help. Every Donation every dollar counts! PLease Donate online at Thanks and have a great weekend. Stay tuned for Free Talk with Deni and Al, up next!

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