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.

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  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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