Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday 07-17-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday July 17th. 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, host of Reasonably Catholic, heard every Tuesdayt at 4pm in the WESU summer schedule.

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. On Tuesday there’s yoga in the afternoon, and the evening starts with Laughter Yoga with Felix at 6 pm, followed by a Crystal Ball Sound Healing with Lou Sorrentino at 7:30. The jazz quartet BadSlax takes the stage on Friday, and on Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop. East meets West Saturday night when new singer/songwriters Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch join forces to entertain you. And that’s when the winners of the three-day passes to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, NY, will be drawn.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight, Dylan Connor and Jim Wolf perform. On Tuesday, it’s Hidden Hospitals, The Refectory, Ourselves, and Alone. Wednesday’s bill includes Crunk Witch, Ceschi, and more. Thursday’s headliners include Mechanical Peaches, Mount Pocono, and Hard Luxury. Friday’s Happy Hour is with DW Ditty, followed by the night show with Crown Colony, Dutty Winehouse, Dangerous Animals, and Flight of Silence. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the late show featuring Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan, and Five in the Chamber. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Porter Block and Lines West, and they round out the weekend with Las Cafeteras, Fernandito Ferrer, and Jose Oyola 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 Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday it’s Friend Zone bringing you world music and a jam session with dancing. On Friday they’ve got the bluesman from Italy, Roberto Morbioli. Saturday’s headliner is Duppy Conquerors, the Bob Marley tribute band.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Friday it’s the Masquerade Glow Party with two rooms of music and free Glow goods. Saturday’s bill has Shakedown, The Dead and Beyond, Just Winging It, and more.

On Tuesday, Manic Presents brings Ghost and Astronoid to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. On Friday, it’s Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, they’re back at College Street with Felly, Byyps & The Mermaid Gang, Trip Carter, and Sol Was DJ.

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, on Tuesday night it’s the Jobs and Career Summer Boot Camp 5.0 Workshop: Networking and Social Media, with Jan Melnik. Origami happens that evening, too. They’re screening “Hidden Figures“ on Wednesday in their And The Oscar Goes To. . . series. Connecticut’s Kid Governor visits the library on Thursday afternoon, and they hold a Job Group and Public Speaking for Teens as well. Cultural Connections, a women’s networking group for immigrants, meets on Friday afternoon.  On 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

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan hosts playwright, poet, and hip-hop educator Goldie Patrick at noon on Tuesday at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall.  

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 Tuesday Saints. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Lys Guillorn this week.

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

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

The Shaking the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation will be held at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St in Middletown this Wednesday at 7 pm. Details at

The Connecticut Historical Society Outdoor Concert series presents the work of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, and brings you the music and dance of Peru this Thursday at 6 pm with Negrura Peruana at their Hartford Location. Details at

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Hollow Earth, Hang Your Cross and city of Iron this Thursday. On Friday, the bill’s got 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.

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 Al Fenton Big Band, bringing you big band versions of jazz and blues. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy alternative rock and jazz fusion on Thursday with The Werks, appearing with special guest The Juicy Grapes. On Friday, it’s Tim Currie’s Motown Review. On Saturday, The Jon Kadlecik Band brings more jazz fusion and blues rock to the stage. Details at

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Mass-Conn Fusion Duo, bringing you Motown, R&B, Jazz, and more. 

There’s an Opening Reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this Friday at 5 pm for their new Tribal Jewelry Show. Meet the jewelers and view the works that express the artistic diversity of the world.

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 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 “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 Hero,” about an aging Western icon facing a life-changing event. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Food Evolution,” a documentary about the controversy surrounding GMO’s and food. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Kind of Loving,” a working-class person’s love story starring Alan Bates, through Thursday. Their National Theatre Live series presents Pulitzer Prize-winner “Angels in America Part One; Millennium Approaches,” on Thursday and Sunday. On Friday they open “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. It runs through the weekend.

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Hidden Figures. ”

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” this Friday at 8 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.

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 The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of contemporary and vintage funk and soul, Reggae, and afro and Latin dance floor grooves.  

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.

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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