Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Weds 7-26-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday July 26th. 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for joining us!

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

The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at The Buttonwood this 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/Wednesday, they’ve got 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 the Wednesday Community Blues Jam hosted by 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.
Tonight/Wednesday Manic Presents brings The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack, and Rebuilder at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. 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.
Tonight/Wednesday, Cherry St. Station in Wallingford presents singer/songwriter Chuck Mosley (original Faith no more vocalist) 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.
At Toad’s Place in New Haven this evening/ Wednesday it’s Samatha Fish and Remember September. Friday 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. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and

Tonight/Wednesday, the Russell Library is  screening “Fences” during their And The Oscar Goes To. . . film series. Also, the Connecticut Poetry Society meets this evening/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

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 evening/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

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

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County invites you to a Girl’s Night Out with Sara MacSorley, author of “Super Cool Scientists,” this evening/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 evening/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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 at Five stay tuned for an hour of Latin music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's, starring Isabel.
6-6:30pm it's Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD. We explore the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

And from 6:30-8pm, stay tuned for Fusion Radio with James Fusion. The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

Starting at 8 and running until 9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm, it's  The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. Presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live.

From 11 to 4am it's Studio 54, starring Franco, playing all of those disco hits from the 1970's!
The BBC World News comes on board at 4am followed at 5 with Morning Edition from 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.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for The Latin Music Hour!

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