Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thurs., 7-27 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, July 27th. 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. On Tuesday, playwright Jacques Lamarr and punk rock caterer Rossi, the woman who inspired Jacques's latest play "Raging Skillet, will be in the studio to talk about this deep, funny production, up now at TheaterWorks in Hartford. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

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

The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at The Buttonwood tonight at 7 pm. Tomorrow (Fri), 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 The Rubinoos along with the Shellye Valauskas Experience. Tomorrow’s (Fri’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 tonight, it’s Liviu’s Invitational. Tomorrow (Fri) 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.
Tonight Manic Presents  The New Pornographers and Cloud Nothing to the College Street Music Hall. On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got Moose Blood, Choir Vandals, and McCafferty.
Tomorrow (Fri), Cherry St. Station in Wallingford presents 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.
At Toad’s Place in New Haven tomorrow (Fri) it’s another Bright Night Glow

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. Tonight, there's Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and

At the Russell Library in Middletown this evening at 6:30, it's Fitness for Teens with Cromwell Martial Arts. 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

In Hartford, on Constitution Plaza tomorrow (Fri), you can enjoy the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring To The Power this week.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tomorrow (Fri) brings folk rock as part of 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

The Sounds of Summer free concert series is back at the Great River Park in East Hartford starting this evening at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is Full Crew, with oldies and classic rock. Details

It’s the last weekend of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival tonight through Sunday on the grounds of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Enjoy the Capital Classics’ production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”  Details

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music tomorrow (Fri) and 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” tomorrow (Fri) at 5 pm at Spencer Elementary School. Enjoy circus acts, clowning, puppets and more. Details

There’s free Music Among the Memorials tomorrow (Fri) 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

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

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

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 wraps up its run of “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary about the British spy and explorer Gertrude Bell, and “The Women’s Balcony,” an Israeli film about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. "Lost in Paris" continues through Aug. 2nd. Tomorrow (Fri) 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 tomorrow (Fri) through Aug. 1st will be Sofia Copolla’s remake of “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Details &screening times

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford wraps up its run of “ “Endless Poetry,” an autobiographical tale from Chilean Renaissance director Alejandro Jodorowsky. Tomorrow (Fri) 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.”

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Beauty and the Beast” tomorrow (Fri) at Bushnell Park at 8 pm.

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
Right after The Jive at Five
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Imagine with Karen Stein
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
From the Archives with Sundermunich
Feminist Bloc (2,4) with Vicky
Franco’s Studio 54 Disco Mix with Francaccio Di Roma
BBC World News
Morning Edition from National Public Radio with NPR
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. 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.
If you missed any of today’s Jive, you can find the audio archived at

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

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