Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Joseph Firecrow RIP 

Good evening, it's Thursday July 13th. 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

Today's Jive is dedicated to local artist, Joseph Firecrow, his music has been part of the Thursday Jive for five years. He will be dearly missed. 

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight 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,  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,  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,  On Friday it’s a Fired Up Fridays Dance Party. Saturday Toad’s feature Rock This Wild World, with Gray Haven, Haddam Neck, Kyle Flynn & the Vespers, and much

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. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza.

At Russell Library 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 premiers the theater production, “Beyond Sacred – Voices of Muslim Identity” with Ping Chong and Company at the CFA Theater Thursday evening. Sunday at 3 pm in Crowell Concert Hall they present This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part  

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.

Middletown’s ARTFARM presents the Shakespeare in the Grove 2017 production of Hamlet. July 12 – 16 & 19 – 23  outdoors on the campus of Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT. Performances begin at 8 pm each evening. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are encouraged. Opening Night, Wednesday, July 12: is a Pay-What-You-Can PREVIEW,  Friday, July 14th;’s FIRST FRIDAY FESTIVAL includes with LIVE MUSIC by Rani Arbo and Noah Baerman with Music starting at 7 pm.  Sunday’s performance offers family activities and a discount for kids.  

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:

Now here's what's on the air tonight. 

Right after The Jive at Five stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  

from 6:30-10pm Imagine with Karen Stein offering peace through music from around the world and around the block!

From 10-11pm From the Archives with Sundermunich presents a mostly random selection of records from the studio and not-so-random from my personal archives.

At 11 going until midnight, David Whitehouse fills in for the Feminist Bloc w

And from Midnight-4am its Franco’s Studio 54 Disco Mix with 4 hours of disco and dance music from 70s and 80s.  

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.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa. And while you're grooving to Rob, how about helping out WESU by by donating to the station's spring pledge drive at ? Thanks!

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