Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday July 20th. 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.

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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the jazz quartet BadSlax takes the stage Friday evening, and on Saturday morning it’s the weekly Aligned With Source Workshop. East meets West Saturday night when new singer/songwriters Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch join forces.  The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight, 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 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.
Friday, Manic Presents brings 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.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday it’s the Masquerade Glow Party with two rooms of music and free Glow goods. Saturday’s bill has Shakedown plating The music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond, Just Winging It, and more.

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 the Russell Library this week,  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

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.

Artfarm of Middletown continues its summer Shakespeare in the Grove series this evening/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 evening/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 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 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.

Right after the Jive stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music until 6:30pm.

After that until 8pm, Imagine with Karen Stein, offers peace through music! With uplifting music from around the world and around the block!

From  8-8:30pm tonight, The Radical Radio with Oracle offers a weekly update on progressive news, that combines interviews, reporting, and discussion to look at the current state of the American left.

At 8:30 its back to the music on Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where "Hearing is the best experience" offering a broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. 

At 10om Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks offers an hour of
Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.

From 11-midnight The American Empire with, Tootse Mutant explores the effects of American Cultural Imperialism on the world's soundscape. From Peruvian Punk to Japanese Jazz we'll take a look at how other countries have adopted American music styles.

At midnight The Audible Underground with Joshinvents invites listeners to explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media.

From 1-2am Festival Files with DJ Frita takes a look back at legendary folk and rock concerts from around the country and the music idols that dominated the stages throughout the years.

From 2-4am DJ coroner's last will & testimony Haunts the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

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