Monday, July 10, 2017

Good evening, it's Monday July 10th. 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," a progressive-minded show about faith and action, which this summer airs every week, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow's episode will be an encore airing of July 4th's, when an expert mediator offered his thoughts on how this polarized country might be mended. Next Tuesday, we'll talk to a BBC religion reporter who visited the Wesleyan campus during the spring semester. She and a guest from Trinity College' in Hartford's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life will compare notes about the Catholic Church, among other topics. Can't listen live? All the episodes are archived at

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

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts its Night Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight, hosted by Ashley Hamel. On Tuesday there’s yoga in the afternoon, and Step Into the Vortex in the evening with Anne-Marie and Mike McEwen, exploring mind/body harmony with tai chi and more. It’s comedy on Thursday night when Corey Rodrigues takes the stage. On Friday the Julian Gerstin Sextet is on board with drum rhythms and jazz from many cultures. The Aligned With Source Workshop is on Saturday morning at 10:30 am, and the first ever Open Mic for Teens, inviting youth ages 12-18 to perform, happens at 3 pm. The evening brings you the Israeli jazz duo Sissy Castrogiovanni and Ehud Ettun.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30.

In New Haven at Café Nine, tonight it’s Words and Music featuring DrinkDeeply. On Tuesday they headline Western Centuries, appearing with Tuesday Saints. On Wednesday The Howlin Brothers and Jeff Blaney take the Café stage. Thursday’s bill includes Nick Dimaria Wired, Badslax, and the Rosemary Minkler Trio. Friday night’s show brings you The Manimals and This Criminal Soul. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed by the late show with Grammy nominee Robbie Fulks, appearing with Phil Rosenthal. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Love Songs, I Within I, and 1-2 Punch, and they round out the weekend with Sex Beat with Kid Congo, and Powers, on Sunday night.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays today. On Tuesday Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Brant Taylor this week. On Thursday it’s Liviu Pop & Friends with funky soul, rock, and more. It’s two bands for the price of one on Friday when The Jason Gisser Band and the Tom Forst Band take the stage. Enjoy blues and roots on Saturday with Bad News Barnes.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Tuesday they headline Beres Hammond and the Harmony House Singers, appearing with DJ Inferno and Bojangles Muzik. On Friday it’s a Fired Up Fridays Dance Party. Saturday they feature Rock This Wild World, with Gray Haven, Haddam Neck, Kyle Flynn & the Vespers, and much more.

The Middletown Commission on the Arts Summer Sounds 2017 kicks off this Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Harbor Park along the river. Enjoy Motown, pop, soul and more with Nekita Waller.

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.

At Russell Library this week, they’re screening Charlie Chan in “The Black Camel” on Tuesday as part of their Classic Mystery Series. On Tuesday night, it’s the Jobs and Career Summer Boot Camp 5.0 Workshop 1: The Tools, with Jan Melnik. The Russell Readers also meet to discuss “Friend of My Youth” by Alice Munro. They’re screening “Hell or High Water!“ on Wednesday in their And The Oscar Goes To. . . series. On Saturday morning they start a six-week hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Registration and violin experience required.  Full details of these activities and more at

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan hosts street artist Cedric Douglas at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday at noon. The theater production “Beyond Sacred – Voices of Muslim Identity” with Ping Chong and Company premiers at the CFA Theater on Thursday. On Sunday at 3 pm in Crowell Concert Hall they present This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XII.  

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

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Gracie Day. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Canyon this week.

The Hartford Public Library hosts an acoustic Open Mic this Wednesday at 5:45 at the downtown location. Details at

The Music at the Mansion series continues this Wednesday at 6:30 at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, with this week’s featured artists, Doo-Wop Deville. The grounds open for picnicking at 5:30, and they’ve added food trucks this year.

Artfarm of Middletown opens its summer Shakespeare in the Grove series this Wednesday at the Middlesex Community College, with performances through Sunday at 8 pm. Sunday’s event is the first-ever family night. This year’s offering is “Hamlet.” Details at

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts a free presentation by historian Rebecca Edwards, “200 Years of Innovation: The Legacy of the American School for the Deaf,” this Thursday at 5:30 at Hartford location. RSVP is requested.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford holds a book release party celebrating 666 Days of Metal, with performances by Continuum and Owl Maker, on Thursday. On Friday it’s a kickoff party for the Writing in the Skies Tour, featuring Fall of the Albatross, Valence, and more. Apostasy is in the house on Saturday to celebrate the release of their new album, “Ghosts.” On Sunday, it’s the #RandyAwards2017.

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 the On Call Band, bringing you classic covers of today’s hits. Details at

You can hear exciting music and dance rhythms from Latin America, Brazil, and Spain at noon this Friday at the Old State House in Hartford, performed by Goza.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy alternative rock on Friday with Puddle of Mud. On Saturday, it’s classic rock when The Zombies take the stage along with Don DiLego and The Touristas. Sunday is country day at Infinity as they bring you Robert Earl Keen and Ruston Kelly. Details at

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this weekend starting on Friday at 5pm, at Bushnell Park in Hartford. Enjoy food, arts and crafts vendors, and more.  A full list of performers and times can be found at

On Sunday, Manic Presents brings Tank and The Bangas and Sweet Crude to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

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. 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 “Monterey Pop,” a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic Summer of Love concert, as well as “Logan: Noir,” a comic book-inspired movie about mutants in Mexico. Also continuing is “Band Aid,” about a couple using music to save their marriage.  All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell. Also opening is “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. Details & screening times for weekend offerings at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “Norman,” starring Richard Gere as the ultimate New York schmoozer, through Wednesday. On Thursday they screen “Pushing Dead” in their OUT Film CT Second Thursdays series. On Friday they open a restored version of the 1962 classic, “A Kind of Loving,” a working-class person’s love story starring AlanBates.

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Hell or High Water! ”

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, for an hour of straight jazz and classic bop.

From 6-6:30 pm it’s The Big Controversy with Eric Kuhn, an amusing review of political events and public affairs from local to national.

At 6:30 stay tuned for, 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, movie soundtracks, and more.

From 8-9:30 it’s Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, bringing you Americcana from Nashville and around the world.

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan runs from 9:30 to midnight, when Hits of the 60’s and 70’s with Jimmy Z takes over.

From 1:30-2:30 am it’s The Future of What with Portia Sabin about music and the recording industry for insiders, outsiders, and outliers.

Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes your way from 2:30-3:30 am, with punk, rock, and hardcore from the Maximum record collection, followed by Fun with DJ Otto Nation from 3:30-4 am.

At 5 am stay tuned for NPR’s Morning Edition.

At 9 am on weekdays join us for Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica
followed by NPR’s 1A with Joshua Johnson.

At 11 am (Monday Through Thursday) WESU is proud to presents Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod from Pacifica, and every weekday at noon it’s Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

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.

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