Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday 8-7-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday August 7th. 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 will be an encore broadcast of a visit with playwright Jacques Lamarre and the subject of his new play, Chef Rossi. The play, Raging Skillet, up now at TheaterWorks in Hartford, chronicles Rossi's youthful rebellion against her strict Jewish upbringing. She and Jacques, who was raised Catholic and at one point studied for the priesthood, have a great rapport and lots of stories. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at
Now here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

Tonight from 7 - 9pm – you can catch "the little Big Band" in a free outdoor show in Manchester at The Bandshell, on the campus of Manchester Community College. (860) 432-7728 for details
The Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series features Trombonist, Clifton Anderson tonight from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford., offers more details on these events and many more including a comprehensive list chock full of weekly events featuring jazz.    

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford it’s JAZZ MONDAYS W/ NATHAN EDWARDS QUINTE. On Tuesdays Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Black-eyed Sally’s stage. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam is hosted by GENE DONALDSON, this week. On Thursday at Sally’s, it’s Liviu Pop’s invitational series with special guests. On Friday Vitamin B-3, brings classic R&B to Southern Soul, and deep Blues, with a little Jazz and Funk to the Sally’s stage. Saturday’s headliner is Blues and Soul Singer Toni Lynn Washington.

New Haven at Café Nine tonight, there’s a five band bill featuring THE HOOCH, STEPH SERENITA, MIKE GRIFFIN, MARGENE WITHOUT BORDERS, and LUCY ISABEL. On Tuesday at Café Nine you can catch STRAWBERRY CHEESESTEAK, WOLF HARBOR and SELLER. On Wednesday, you can catch a night of open mic comedy hosted by Dan Rice.  Thursday at Café nine you can catch WESTERN ESTATES, THE RIGHT OFFS, FATAL FILM, and STAMPETER. Friday’s Happy Hour is with Burning Sensations at 5pm. Later Friday night at Café Nine, Fernando Pinto Presents: WILLIE NILE, AMY RIGBY, and No Line North. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo, this week. Saturday night, Café Nine presents:  FICTION, BLACK RIVER UNION, and MOJO DOJO.  Café nine’s Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you SETH ADAM, TUESDAY SAINTS, and RIVERS at 4pm.  Sunday night at 9 it’s New Haven's Only Rock & Roll Dance Party, “SEX BEAT” W/ DJ KID CONGO POWERS

Tonight in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree’s Anything Goes Open Mic & Moments of Gratitude starts at 7pm and will be hosted by Rob & Terry. On Tuesday at the buttonwood there’s yoga in the afternoon. Tomorrow/Tues night AnnMarie and Mike McEwen offer the workshop “Step into the Vortex”. Thursday night, it’s comedy at The Buttonwood Tree with Corey Rodrigues, Pat Oates and Kristine Blinn. Friday night The Ebin-Rose Trio & Kristin Rebecca make for a night of Americana. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and Saturday evening brings the Franco/American duo, The Whispering Tree to The Buttonwood Tree. On Sunday at 5pm at The Buttonwood it’s NEAR and Far Storytellers (Hosted by Jim Harriman and Carolyn Stearns) ft. Sara deBeer. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.

At Russell Library tomorrow (Tues) eve at 5:45, in the Hubbard Room, The Job & Career Program offers the Workshop: 'From the Interview to Working Again: How to Make a Smooth Transition Back to Work' with Marcia LaReau, Ph.D..  On Wednesday, in the Great War on the Big Screen series, they’re showing “Testament of Youth”. Wed eve at 6pm, there’s a cartooning workshop for kids grades 1-6 with Christopher Brown. The hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club continues on Saturday. Full details of these activities and more at

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. This Thursday Night on the Plaza you can catch, Soul Sound Revue.  Sea tea improveoffers Pop Up Improv on the plaza Friday at 12:30pm.

Mindfulness After Work happens Wednesdays at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register

Also in Hartford, Audio Feed presents free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Krizta Moon You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Joey Batts & Them this week.  

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, this Thursday, you can catch New Orleans music icon Aaron Neville .Friday night Infinity Hartford presents: The Jelly Jam featuring Ty Tabor (king’s X), John Myung (Dream Theater), and Rod Morgenstein (Winger).  Blues man Robert Cray takes the infinity Hall Hartford stage Saturday night. At Infinity Norflk, youc an catch Poor Man’s Whiskey and Whitherward Thursday night, The Joshua Radin Duo on Friday night, and The Led Zeppelin Tribute band Kashmir on Saturday. Renowned Acoustic Guitarist Andy McKee plays Infinity Norfolk, Sunday . Details at

Tuesday night, Manic Presents brings The Districts, Sam Evian, and Soccer Mommy To The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Wednesday Manic presents has Social Distortion and Jade Jackson at the  College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Also on Wednesday in New Haven, You can catch Mo Lowda & the Humble, Joon, & Phat A$tronaut at Bar.  Thursday night Manic is back at the Ballroom at The Outer Space with Poptone (feat. Daniel Ash & Kevin Haskins) and POW! Friday, its Rebirth Brass Band and Funky Dawgz Brass Band at The Ballroom with Surfer Blood Katie Von Schleicher at The Ballroom on Sat night.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight on the Lilypad Stage you can catch a weekly dose of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and friends. Thursday night you can catch living legend of Reggae Freddie McGregor and The Bigship Band, alongside Bojangles Muzik, and Neily Benz. Friday at Toads there’s a brightnight glow party 10 DJs in two rooms. Saturday Fluent Fest brings another night of DJs to Toads.

The Sounds of Summer free concert series continues at the Great River Park in East Hartford this Thursday at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is Soul Sound Revue. Details at

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Dixieland

Wednesday night at Cherry St. Station in Wallingford, there’s a 4 band bill featuring Hashgrinder, TheMoneys, Standing Southward in a Westerly Wind, and more. Thursday night at Cherry St, you can catch InAeona, Entierro, Abrams, and Subutai. Friday night its, Shallow Ground, Kaos Reign, and Crossing Rubicon. Saturday afternoon’s bill features 9 bands and kicks off at 4pm. Bands include Beat The Doll, Disease party, Soul Conversion, Shots Fired and more.

At Connecticut’s Farmers Markets you can enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Middletown offers two Markets: The North End Farmers Market on Main St, Middletown, runs on Fridays from 10-2, July through October.  The Long Running Farmer’s Market in Middletown’s South Green is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 27th  from 8am-1pm. for many more listings

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Through Aug 10th Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Lost in Paris,” . Also continuing at RAW is, Beatriz At Dinner, a film starring John Lithgow and Selma Hayek who collide in this dark comedy.  The Midwife opens on Friday. Details & screening times

Tonight and tomorrow, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Il Boom,” an HD restoration of a 1963 Vittorio De Sica surreal comedy about Italy’s post-WWII economic boom. Thursday night  Out Film CT’s Second Thursdays presents Heartland. Friday, Cinestudio opens their series: 7 Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller. Details at

In Middletown, the Russell Library opens its Great War on the Big Screen series two screenings of “Testament of Youth” on Wednesday.

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “The Boss Baby” this Wednesday at 8 pm at Dunkin Donuts

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 The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of contemporary and vintage funk and soul, Reggae, and afro and Latin dance floor grooves. 

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.

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