Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thurs., 8-3-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, Aug. 3rd. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU  iddletown. 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, an encore broadcast of Tuesday's visit by playwright Jacques Lamarr who first appeared on the show two years ago to talk about his year and a half studying for the priesthood in Rome. Jacques ultimately changed his mind about being a priest, but he's doing inspired work for the theater. He's be joined on the show by NYC chef Rossi, the subject of his latest play, Raging Skillet, a deep, funny play about her youthful rebellion against her strict Jewish upbringing. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow evening at

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

In New Haven at Cafe Nine, tonight's bill’s got Rudeyna and Sub-Urban. Friday’s Happy Hour is with Frank Critelli, followed by the night show headlining The Lively, and Zero Years. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. The late show’s got an all-star band performing Cars Candy-O. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Michael Hunton and Brad Byrd, and they round out the weekend with the blues guitar legend Junior Watson, appearing with Dean Shot & The Solid Senders on Sunday night.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s Sally’s house band, The Po’ Boys. On Friday bring your dancing shoes for blues, jazz, rock and swing with the Ric Mysterie Band. Saturday’s headliner is Diane Blue & Friends.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta tonight. On Friday, Story City Troupe brings you storytellers. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and the evening brings you alternative and folk with Driving Route 9, appearing along with The Terri and Rob Duo. On Sunday at 7 pm it’s comedy with Cloud 9 Improv &  Friends. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30.

Tonight, Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza.

Also in Hartford, tomorrow, you can enjoy the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Ben Mikula this week.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford,it’s blues and rock tomorrow with The Magpie Salute, featuring Rich Robinson and members of the Black Crowes. If you’re a fan of Tool, you can catch the tribute band Schism on Saturday. Details at

Manic Presents Neurosis, Converge, and Amenra to the College Street Music Hall tonight. Ditto on Friday with Tower of Power, appearing with Chritine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Friday, they bring you Slaughter Beach, Dog, Shannen Moser, and Short Month. They’re back at College Street on Saturday with Michelle Branch and Haerts. On Sunday they return to The Ballroom with Rozwell Kid, Chris Farren, Great Grandpa, and Fightsong.

Save Our Water CT and the MAC 650 Gallery in Middletown host a free screening of the documentary, “Tapped,” tonight at the gallery location in Middletown at 6 pm. Learn about the environmental and health issues surrounding the water-bottling

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight you can catch Good Charlotte, 3OH!3, and Chapel.

The First Thursday jazz series at Lan Chi Vietnamese Restaurant in Middletown continues this week, bringing you Jazz Affair at the Main St. location tonight at 6:30 pm. Details at

The Sounds of Summer free concert series continues at the Great River Park in East Hartford tonight at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is Badlands, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Details at

The Old State House in Hartford brings you free music every Friday at noon, this week featuring Judy Handler & Mark Levesque with Brazilian, Latin American, Celtic and folk

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford holds a CD release party  tomorrow for The Shape’s latest production, “The World Away.” It’s a devilmusic shindig on Saturday with music by NightBitch. The Sunday punk matinee starts at 5 pm with Cry Havoc, The Lost Riots, Marko and the Bruisers, and more.

WESU’s own J Cherry invites you to the annual Middletown Music Festival this weekend from tomorrow at 6 pm through Sunday at 7 pm on the grounds of Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Enjoy the music of local and regional performers, a vendor village, beer tasting, bagpipes and more. For the full event schedule,

The annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival happens this Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford starting at 1 pm. Enjoy costumes, dance, and music, authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, children’s activities, food and more.

The Middletown Recreation Division sponsors a nature walk on Saturday at 10 am on the Mattabesset River Trail. or call 860-262-2788 for registration and details.

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:

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways has a free public screening of students’ video projects from their youth filmmaking program, Eye on Video. A director Q & A and pizza reception follow. “Marie Curie,” a biopic of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, opens Friday. Also opening is “Pop Aye,” a Thai movie about the reunion of a Bangkok architect and elephant. Both run through the weekend. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “Maurice,” a 4K restoration of the 1987 classic about British aristocracy. It runs through tonight. On Friday they open “Il Boom,” an HD restoration of a 1963 Vittorio De Sica surreal comedy about Italy’s post-WWII economic boom.


Middletown Youth Services and Wesleyan University invite you to view “The Princess Bride” this Saturday at 7 pm as part of the ongoing Films on Foss series. Location is Foss Hilll on the Wesleyan

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in 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 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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