Thursday, June 29, 2017

Good evening, it's Thursday June 29th. 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.

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

I'm JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

On Friday The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts singer/songwriter Kerri Powers. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday at 10:30 am. On Sunday it’s comedy with Cloud 9 Improv & Friends. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday at 10:30 am. Visit the website to learn about free camping passes to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival featuring the Slambovian Circus of Dreams happening this weekend in Hillsdale, NY.

At Russell Library On Friday at 9 am there’s a Summer Meals Blitz Day Meetup for volunteers and partners to coordinate the free summer meals program in Middletown. Registration is recommended.

In New Haven at Café Nine, tonight Alash, and Sam Moth take the Café stage. Friday’s Wind Down Happy Hour features Lynn Malavolte, followed by a concert to benefit The International Institute of Connecticut which serves refugees and immigrants. Artists include Witch Hair, Sam Carlson, Bilge Rat, and more. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and the late show headlines Lea and Swamp Yankee. The Sunday Buzz Matinee theme is Songbirds and Songwriters and includes Lara Herscovitch, Kate Callahan, and Caroline Doctorow. They finish out the weekend with the late show bringing you Thelma and The Sleaze, and Nightbloom.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, It’s a record release party on Thursday for the new album from Cruz Machine. There’s funk, soul, rock and more on Friday with Liviu Pop & Friends. On Saturday, enjoy Blue Devil Bluez.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday, it’s The Z3 playing the music of Frank Zappa, along with Not Ween, a Ween tribute band.

Tonight, Manic Presents at College Street on Friday headlining An Evening with Gillian Welch.

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.

On Friday, Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you  a CD Release Party for Joey Concepcion. On Saturday it’s a Memorial Benefit Show for Ezra Langston, featuring BLASTMAT, PUS, Vacant Eyes, and more.

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

Also in Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Jeff Przech. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Among The Acres this week.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy Americana and pop on Friday with Josh Ritter Works in Progress. On Saturday they bring you Kiss the Sky – the Definitive Jimi Hendrix Tribute. On Sunday it’s The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Terry Barber. The Outlaws, Beatlemania, and Amy Helm perform at Infinity Hall Norfolk this weekend.  Details at

You can Enjoy the City of Middletown’s Fireworks Festival this Saturday starting at 6 pm from 2 locations, the Municipal Building on DeKoven Drive and Harbor Park along the river. There’s music, food, ice cream vendors, and children’s activities. Live entertainment includes the The Cuban Salsa sounds of Los Sugar Kings, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze with Jaimoe of the Allman Bros. Band, and the Middletown Symphonic Band.

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. More to come as the season unfolds. Info at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” rare silent films from the early 20th century about a Canadian Gold Rush town. Also continuing is “Radio Dreams,” about a Farsi-language radio station in San Francisco, and “The Lost City of Z,” about a British explorer who discovers a lost civilization in the Amazon. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Monterey Pop,” a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic Summer of Love concert, and “The Book of Henry,” about a suburban family with a dangerous secret. Both run through the weekend. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Woman’s Life,” based on the 1883 novel of a young girl’s journey from the convent to aging motherhood. On Friday they open “Moka,” a psychological thriller.

Hartford’s Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Trolls” this Friday in Riverside Park. 

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 6:30-10pm Imagine with Karen Stein offering peace through music from around the world and around the block!

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.

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

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