Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thurs., 7-27 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, July 27th. 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, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which this summer airs every Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. On Tuesday, playwright Jacques Lamarr and punk rock caterer Rossi, the woman who inspired Jacques's latest play "Raging Skillet, will be in the studio to talk about this deep, funny production, up now at TheaterWorks in Hartford. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at www.reasonablycatholic.com

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

The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at The Buttonwood tonight at 7 pm. Tomorrow (Fri), enjoy West-African jazz fusion with singer/dancer Lorens Chuno. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and the evening brings you jazz with the Rosemary Minkler Trio. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org  

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight it’s The Rubinoos along with the Shellye Valauskas Experience. Tomorrow’s (Fri’s) Happy Hour is with The Buttondowns, followed by the night show headlining The Hymans. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. The late show’s got The Zambonis, The Stents, and Dust Hat. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Sez Zion, and they round out the weekend with the George Lesiw Band on Sunday night.http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight, it’s Liviu’s Invitational. Tomorrow (Fri) they bring you Brooklyn Swamp music with the Michael Louis Band from New York City. Saturday’s headliner is the Liza Colby Sound with good old rock ‘n’ roll.http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/
Tonight Manic Presents  The New Pornographers and Cloud Nothing to the College Street Music Hall. On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got Moose Blood, Choir Vandals, and McCafferty. http://www.manicpresents.com/
Tomorrow (Fri), Cherry St. Station in Wallingford presents Half Dragon, Pinto Graham, Holding On To Nothing, and ThunderPhunk. On Saturday it’s Part 2 of their 20th Anniversary Celebration, with a fundraiser for a new roof.https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
At Toad’s Place in New Haven tomorrow (Fri) it’s another Bright Night Glow Party.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. Tonight, there's Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more.www.riverfront.org

At the Russell Library in Middletown this evening at 6:30, it's Fitness for Teens with Cromwell Martial Arts. On Saturday morning there’s Yoga in the Courtyard, and 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

In Hartford, on Constitution Plaza tomorrow (Fri), you can enjoy the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring To The Power this week.  www.hartford.com/events/


At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tomorrow (Fri) brings folk rock as part of their Backyard Music Series, with The Penniless Wild, The Girls from Ruby Falls, and Belle of the Fall. Enter the Haggis comes your way on Saturday with folk and world music. Details atwww.infinityhall.com


The Sounds of Summer free concert series is back at the Great River Park in East Hartford starting this evening at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is Full Crew, with oldies and classic rock. Details atwww.riverfront.org

It’s the last weekend of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival tonight through Sunday on the grounds of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Enjoy the Capital Classics’ production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”  Details atwww.capitalclassics.org

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music tomorrow (Fri) and every Friday at noon, this week featuring the Klezmer Big Band Nu Haven Kapelye. www.hartford.com/event/

The Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater presents “Another Circus History of Middletown” tomorrow (Fri) at 5 pm at Spencer Elementary School. Enjoy circus acts, clowning, puppets and more. Details atwww.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

There’s free Music Among the Memorials tomorrow (Fri) at 6 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Enjoy the bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Rain date is Saturday, same time. www.cedarhillfoundation.org

The Middletown Commission on the Arts and Price Chopper sponsor a free Summer Dance Performance this Saturday at Middlesex Community College by the Connecticut Ballet at 7:30 pm. Stay for a talk-back with performers afterward. Details atwww.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts an all-day hands-on history workshop for teens this Saturday, Introduction to Photography with professional photographer Marc-Yves Regis, at their Hartford location. Details at www.chs.org

Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford brings you the Hartford Steel Symphony, a steel drum/West Indies music group, as part of their free Summer Courtyard Series this Saturday at 1:30 pm.www.charteroakcenter.org

Toivo is sponsoring an intimate evening with actress Jessica Pimentel from the hit show “Orange Is The New Black” on Saturday at 7 pm at the Lyceum Resource and Conference Center in Hartford. RSVP is required. Call 860-296-2338 X 113.

Artists for World Peace presents their 5th Annual Dance for Peace this Sunday at 5 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  World-class local and regional dancers will perform.www.artistsforworldpeace.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 wraps up its run of “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell, and “The Women’s Balcony,” an Israeli film about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. "Lost in Paris" continues through Aug. 2nd. Tomorrow (Fri) they open “Marie Curie,” a biopic of the Nobel-winning scientist. They also open “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” a movie celebrating her thirty-five year career. Their Afternoon Movie tomorrow (Fri) through Aug. 1st will be Sofia Copolla’s remake of “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Details &screening times atwww.realartways.org

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford wraps up its run of “ “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. Tomorrow (Fri) they open “Maurice,” a 4K restoration of the 1987 classic about British aristocracy. It runs through the weekend. Their National Theatre Live screening, happening Thursday and Sunday, is “Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika.” http://www.cinestudio.org/

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Beauty and the Beast” tomorrow (Fri) at Bushnell Park at 8 pm.  www.bushnellpark.org

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
Right after The Jive at Five
        5:056:30pm
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
6:308pm     
Imagine with Karen Stein
810pm 
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
1011pm      
From the Archives with Sundermunich
11pm12am 
Feminist Bloc (2,4) with Vicky
124am 
Franco’s Studio 54 Disco Mix with Francaccio Di Roma
45am   
BBC World News
59am   
Morning Edition from National Public Radio with 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.
If you missed any of today’s Jive, you can find the audio archived at www.wesufm.org/jive.

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

Weds 7-26-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday July 26th. 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.

The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at The Buttonwood this Thursday at 7 pm. On Friday, enjoy West-African jazz fusion with singer/dancer Lorens Chuno. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and the evening brings you jazz with the Rosemary Minkler Trio. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org  

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight/Wednesday, they’ve got Curses, Unwill, In Search of Solace, and more. On Thursday it’s The Rubinoos along with the Shellye Valauskas Experience. Friday’s Happy Hour is with The Buttondowns, followed by the night show headlining The Hymans. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. The late show’s got The Zambonis, The Stents, and Dust Hat. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Sez Zion, and they round out the weekend with the George Lesiw Band on Sunday night.http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday Community Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday it’s Liviu’s Invitational. On Friday they bring you Brooklyn Swamp music with the Michael Louis Band from New York City. Saturday’s headliner is the Liza Colby Sound with good old rock ‘n’ roll.http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/
Tonight/Wednesday Manic Presents brings The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack, and Rebuilder at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. And on Thursday it’s The New Pornographers and Cloud Nothing. On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got Moose Blood, Choir Vandals, and McCafferty. http://www.manicpresents.com/
Tonight/Wednesday, Cherry St. Station in Wallingford presents singer/songwriter Chuck Mosley (original Faith no more vocalist) appears. On Friday they’ve got Half Dragon, Pinto Graham, Holding On To Nothing, and ThunderPhunk. On Saturday it’s Part 2 of their 20th Anniversary Celebration, with a fundraiser for a new roof.https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
At Toad’s Place in New Haven this evening/ Wednesday it’s Samatha Fish and Remember September. Friday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party.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.www.riverfront.org

Tonight/Wednesday, the Russell Library is  screening “Fences” during their And The Oscar Goes To. . . film series. Also, the Connecticut Poetry Society meets this evening/Wednesday at 6 pm. Fitness for Teens with Cromwell Martial Arts happens Thursday at 6:30. On Saturday morning there’s Yoga in the Courtyard, and 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 atwww.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org

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

The Music at the Mansion series ends the season this evening/Wednesday at 6:30 at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, with the performance by the multi-genre band Sugar. The grounds open for picnicking at 5:30, and they’ve added food trucks this year.www.facebook.com/WadsworthMansion/

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, there’s rock ‘n’ roll on Wednesday with the Drive-By Truckers, appearing with special guest The Seratones. On Friday it’s folk rock in their Backyard Music Series, with The Penniless Wild, The Girls from Ruby Falls, and Belle of the Fall. Enter the Haggis comes your way on Saturday with folk and world music. Details atwww.infinityhall.com

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County invites you to a Girl’s Night Out with Sara MacSorley, author of “Super Cool Scientists,” this evening/Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Community Health Center on Main St., Middletown. Hear how she chose the scientists for her coloring book, and learn about women in science. Info at www.middlesexcountycf.org

The Wesleyan/RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown invites you to welcome award-winning sportswriter Steve Rushin this evening/Wednesday at their Middletown location where he’ll be signing his new book, “Sting-Ray Afternoons,” a memoir of a ‘70’s childhood.  Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

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 Full Crew, with oldies and classic rock. Details atwww.riverfront.org

It’s the last weekend of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival this Thursday through Sunday happening on the grounds of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Enjoy the Capital Classics’ production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” every evening. Details atwww.capitalclassics.org

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring the Klezmer Big Band Nu Haven Kapelye. www.hartford.com/event/

The Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater presents “Another Circus History of Middletown” this Friday at 5 pm at Spencer Elementary School. Enjoy circus acts, clowning, puppets and more. Details atwww.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

There’s free Music Among the Memorials this Friday at 6 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Enjoy the bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Rain date is Saturday, same time. www.cedarhillfoundation.org

The Middletown Commission on the Arts and Price Chopper sponsor a free Summer Dance Performance this Saturday at Middlesex Community College by the Connecticut Ballet at 7:30 pm. Stay for a talk-back with performers afterward. Details atwww.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts an all-day hands-on history workshop for teens this Saturday, Introduction to Photography with professional photographer Marc-Yves Regis, at their Hartford location. Details at www.chs.org

Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford brings you the Hartford Steel Symphony, a steel drum/West Indies music group, as part of their free Summer Courtyard Series this Saturday at 1:30 pm.www.charteroakcenter.org

Toivo is sponsoring an intimate evening with actress Jessica Pimentel from the hit show “Orange Is The New Black” on Saturday at 7 pm at the Lyceum Resource and Conference Center in Hartford. RSVP is required. Call 860-296-2338 X 113.

Artists for World Peace presents their 5th Annual Dance for Peace this Sunday at 5 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  World-class local and regional dancers will perform.www.artistsforworldpeace.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 Women’s Balcony,” an Israeli film about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. On Friday they open “Marie Curie,” a biopic of the Nobel-winning scientist. They also open “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” a movie celebrating her thirty-five year career. Their Afternoon Movie will be Sofia Copolla’s remake of “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Details &screening times atwww.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “ “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky, through Thursday. On Friday they open “Maurice,” a 4K restoration of the 1987 classic about British aristocracy. It runs through the weekend. Their National Theatre Live screening, happening Thursday and Sunday, is “Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika.” http://www.cinestudio.org/

Wesleyan University’s Center for Film Studies summer series ends this week with a screening of “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the screening rooms on Washington Terrace in Middletown. There’s a post-film discussion.www.wesleyna.edu/filmstudies/

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Beauty and the Beast” this Frida at Bushnell Park at 8 pm.  www.bushnellpark.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 25, 2017

Tues 7-25-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday July 25th. 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 Helthcare.

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

In a short while, The Big Reveal for The Buttonwood happens at the Spencer School in Middletown at 5:30 pm. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at The Buttonwood this Thursday at 7 pm. On Friday, enjoy West-African jazz fusion with singer/dancer Lorens Chuno. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and the evening brings you jazz with the Rosemary Minkler Trio. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30. http://buttonwood.org   

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, they’ve got Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends, appearing with The Outer Side. Wednesday’s bill has Curses, Unwill, In Search of Solace, and more. On Thursday it’s The Rubinoos along with the Shellye Valauskas Experience. Friday’s Happy Hour is with The Buttondowns, followed by the night show headlining The Hymans. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. The late show’s got The Zambonis, The Stents, and Dust Hat. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Sez Zion, and they round out the weekend with the George Lesiw Band on Sunday night.http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday it’s Liviu’s Invitational. On Friday they bring you Brooklyn Swamp music with the Michael Louis Band from New York City. Saturday’s headliner is the Liza Colby Sound with good old rock ‘n’ roll.http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/
Tonight (Tuesday), Manic Presents brings Phantogram &Tycho, appearing with Heathered Pearls, to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. They’re at the Music Hall again on Wednesday with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack, and Rebuilder. And on Thursday it’s The New Pornographers and Cloud Nothing. On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got Moose Blood, Choir Vandals, and McCafferty. http://www.manicpresents.com/
Cherry St. Station in Wallingford has a Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll Show tonight with Spymptom, Zombii, and Wolf Harbor. On Wednesday singer/songwriter Chuck Mosley (original Faith no more vocalist) appears. On Friday they’ve got Half Dragon, Pinto Graham, Holding On To Nothing, and ThunderPhunk. On Saturday it’s Part 2 of their 20th Anniversary Celebration, with a fundraiser for a new roof.https://www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/  

At Toad’s Place in New Haven on Wednesday it’s Samatha Fish and Remember September. Friday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party.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.www.riverfront.org

At Russell Library this week,  The Jobs and Careers Summer Boot Camp continues at 6 pm this eve with a workshop on effective job search and interviewing, with Jan Melnik. They’re screening “Fences” on Wednesday on their And The Oscar Goes To. . . film series. The Connecticut Poetry Society meets Wednesday at 6 pm. Fitness for Teens with Cromwell Martial Arts happens Thursday at 6:30. On Saturday morning there’s Yoga in the Courtyard, and 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 atwww.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org

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

The Music at the Mansion series ends the season this Wednesday at 6:30 at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, with the performance by the multi-genre band Sugar. The grounds open for picnicking at 5:30, and they’ve added food trucks this year.www.facebook.com/WadsworthMansion/

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, there’s rock ‘n’ roll on Wednesday with the Drive-By Truckers, appearing with special guest The Seratones. On Friday it’s folk rock in their Backyard Music Series, with The Penniless Wild, The Girls from Ruby Falls, and Belle of the Fall. Enter the Haggis comes your way on Saturday with folk and world music. Details atwww.infinityhall.com

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County invites you to a Girl’s Night Out with Sara MacSorley, author of “Super Cool Scientists,” this Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Community Health Center on Main St., Middletown. Hear how she chose the scientists for her coloring book, and learn about women in science. Info at www.middlesexcountycf.org

The Wesleyan/RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown invites you to welcome award-winning sportswriter Steve Rushin this Wednesday at their Middletown location where he’ll be signing his new book, “Sting-Ray Afternoons,” a memoir of a ‘70’s childhood.  Details atwww.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

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 Full Crew, with oldies and classic rock. Details atwww.riverfront.org

It’s the last weekend of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival this Thursday through Sunday happening on the grounds of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Enjoy the Capital Classics’ production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” every evening. Details atwww.capitalclassics.org


The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring the Klezmer Big Band Nu Haven Kapelye.www.hartford.com/event/ 

The Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater presents “Another Circus History of Middletown” this Friday at 5 pm at Spencer Elementary School. Enjoy circus acts, clowning, puppets and more. Details atwww.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

There’s free Music Among the Memorials this Friday at 6 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Enjoy the bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Rain date is Saturday, same time. www.cedarhillfoundation.org

The Middletown Commission on the Arts and Price Chopper sponsor a free Summer Dance Performance this Saturday at Middlesex Community College by the Connecticut Ballet at 7:30 pm. Stay for a talk-back with performers afterward. Details atwww.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts an all-day hands-on history workshop for teens this Saturday, Introduction to Photography with professional photographer Marc-Yves Regis, at their Hartford location. Details at www.chs.org

Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford brings you the Hartford Steel Symphony, a steel drum/West Indies music group, as part of their free Summer Courtyard Series this Saturday at 1:30 pm.www.charteroakcenter.org

Toivo is sponsoring an intimate evening with actress Jessica Pimentel from the hit show “Orange Is The New Black” on Saturday at 7 pm at the Lyceum Resource and Conference Center in Hartford. RSVP is required. Call 860-296-2338 X 113.

Artists for World Peace presents their 5th Annual Dance for Peace this Sunday at 5 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  World-class local and regional dancers will perform.www.artistsforworldpeace.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 Women’s Balcony,” an Israeli film about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. On Friday they open “Marie Curie,” a biopic of the Nobel-winning scientist. They also open “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” a movie celebrating her thirty-five year career. Their Afternoon Movie will be Sofia Copolla’s remake of “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Details &screening times atwww.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “ “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky, through Thursday. On Friday they open “Maurice,” a 4K restoration of the 1987 classic about British aristocracy. It runs through the weekend. Their National Theatre Live screening, happening Thursday and Sunday, is “Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika.” http://www.cinestudio.org/

Wesleyan University’s Center for Film Studies summer series ends this week with a screening of “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the screening rooms on Washington Terrace in Middletown. There’s a post-film discussion.www.wesleyna.edu/filmstudies/

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

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Beauty and the Beast” this Frida at Bushnell Park at 8 pm.  www.bushnellpark.org

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!