Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Jive 07-24-17

Good evening, it's Monday July 24th. 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. Tomorrow's episode is an encore airing of last week's, when BBC religion reporter and producer Rosie Dawson sat down with me and Andrew Walsh, associate director of th e Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford. The episode -- and all previous ones -- are archived 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 Chris Allen Quartet and the Joanne Brackeen Trio.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts its Night Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. On Tuesday there’s yoga in the afternoon. The Big Reveal for The Buttonwood happens at the Spencer School in Middletown at 5:30 pm. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets 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.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight, it’s Sharkmuffin, The Off White, Haunting Titans, and more. On Tuesday 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays today with the Alex Snydman Trio and the Mike Camancho Quartet. 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.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Wednesday it’s Samatha Fish and Remember September. Friday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party.

On 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.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford has a Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll Show This Tuesday. On Wednesday singer/songwriter Chuck Mosley 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.

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.

At Russell Library this week, there’s Adult Coloring on Tuesday at 4 pm. The Jobs and Careers Summer Boot Camp continues at 6 pm 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

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 Becky Kessler. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring To The Power this week.

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.

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 at

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

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 at

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 at

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 at

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

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 at

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.

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 at

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

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.

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.

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. 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 at

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.”

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.

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

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

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 Americana 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.

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 afternoon Jazz, up next!

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