Monday, July 31, 2017

Mon., 7-31 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday July 31st. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU  iddletown. 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. Tomorrow, a return visit by playwright Jacques Lamarr who first appeared on the show two years ago to talk about his year and a half studying for the priesthood in Rome. Jacques ultimately changed his mind about being a priest, but he's doing inspired work for the theater. He'll be joined on the show by NYC chef Rossi, the subject of his latest play, Raging Skillet, a deep, funny play about her youthful rebellion against her strict Jewish upbringing. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow evening at

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

The free Monday Night Jazz series continues tonight in Bushnell Park in Hartford at 6 pm with the Maxine Martin Quartet and drummer Sylvia Cuenca. Rain location is Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight, it’s David Nance and Headroom. On Tuesday, Manic Presents brings you Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Pinact, and Death Black Birds. On Wednesday, you can catch Aurelio Voltaire, Bella Morte, and DJ Richard Cadavid. Thursday’s bill’s got Rudeyna and Sub-Urban. Friday’s Happy Hour is with Frank Critelli, followed by the night show headlining The Lively, and Zero Years. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. The late show’s got an all-star band performing Cars Candy-O. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Michael Hunton and Brad Byrd, and they round out the weekend with the blues guitar legend Junior Watson, appearing with Dean Shot & The Solid Senders on Sunday night.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays today with the Nathan Edwards Quintet. On Tuesday Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Ed Bradley this week. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band, The Po’ Boys. On Friday bring your dancing shoes for blues, jazz, rock and swing with the Ric Mysterie Band. Saturday’s headliner is Diane Blue & Friends.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts yoga on Tuesday afternoon, and Laughter Yoga follows in the evening at 6 pm. On Thursday at 7 pm, it’s an Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. On Friday, Story City Troupe brings you storytellers. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and the evening brings you alternative and folk with Driving Route 9, appearing along with The Terri and Rob Duo. On Sunday at 7 pm it’s comedy with Cloud 9 Improv &  Friends. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30.

At Russell Library this week, the Job & Career Program offers you a Career in Healthcare workshop on Tuesday morning, and Create Balance and Relieve Anxiety in the evening with Diane Lang. You can fold an origami peace crane on Tuesday at noon. On Wednesday, in the Great War on the Big Screen series, they’re showing “War Horse.” The hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club continues on Saturda. Full details of these activities and more at

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.

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 Legalized. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Ben Mikula this week.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got The Highwaymen Live – A Musical Tribute on Wednesday. It’s blues and rock on Friday with The Magpie Salute, featuring Rich Robinson and members of the Black Crowes. If you’re a fan of Tool, you can catch the tribute band Schism on Saturday. Details at

On Wednesday, Manic Presents brings Glass Animals, Lo Moon, and LPX to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. It’s College Street again on Thursday with Neurosis, Converge, and Amenra. Ditto on Friday with Tower of Power, appearing with Chritine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Friday, they bring you Slaughter Beach, Dog, Shannen Moser, and Short Month. They’re back at College Street on Saturday with Michelle Branch and Haerts. On Sunday they return to The Ballroom with Rozwell Kid, Chris Farren, Great Grandpa, and Fightsong.

Save Our Water CT and the MAC 650 Gallery in Middletown host a free screening of the documentary, “Tapped,” this Thursday at the gallery location in Middletown at 6 pm. Learn about the environmental and health issues surrounding the water-bottling industry.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday you can catch Good Charlotte, 3OH!3, and Chapel.

The First Thursday jazz series at Lan Chi Vietnamese Restaurant in Middletown continues this week, bringing you Jazz Affair at the Main St. location at 6:30 pm. Details at

The Sounds of Summer free concert series continues at the Great River Park in East Hartford this Thursday at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is Badlands, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Details at

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Judy Handler & Mark Levesque with Brazilian, Latin American, Celtic and folk offerings.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford holds a CD release part this Friday for The Shape’s latest production, “The World Away.” It’s a devilmusic shindig on Saturday with music by NightBitch. The Sunday punk matinee starts at 5 pm with Cry Havoc, The Lost Riots, Marko and the Bruisers, and more.

WESU’s own J Cherry invites you to the annual Middletown Music Festival this weekend from Friday at 6 pm through Sunday at 7 pm on the grounds of Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Enjoy the music of local and regional performers, a vendor village, beer tasting, bagpipes and more. For the full event schedule, visit

The annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival happens this Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford starting at 1 pm. Enjoy costumes, dance, and music, authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, children’s activities, food and more.

The Middletown Recreation Division sponsors a nature walk on Saturday at 10 am on the Mattabesset River Trail. E-mail or call 860-262-2788 for registration and details.

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 “Lost in Paris,” a hilarious story of finding love in the City of Lights. Also continuing is “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” a movie celebrating her thirty-five year career. Their Afternoon Movie is Sofia Copolla’s remake of “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell.  On Thursday there’s a free public screening of students’ video projects from their youth filmmaking program, Eye on Video. A director Q & A and pizza reception follow. “Marie Curie,” a biopic of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, opens Friday. Also opening is “Pop Aye,” a Thai movie about the reunion of a Bangkok architect and elephant. Both run through the weekend. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “Maurice,” a 4K restoration of the 1987 classic about British aristocracy. It runs through Thursday. On Friday they open “Il Boom,” an HD restoration of a 1963 Vittorio De Sica surreal comedy about Italy’s post-WWII economic boom.

In Middletown, the Russell Library opens its Great War on the Big Screen series two screenings of “War Horse” on Wednesday.

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Guardians of the Galaxy” this Wednesday at 8 pm at Dunkin Donuts Park.

Middletown Youth Services and Wesleyan University invite you to view “The Princess Bride” this Saturday at 7 pm as part of the ongoing Films on Foss series. Location is Foss Hilll on the Wesleyan campus.

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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