Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday"s Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday September 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 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.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown this evening. Bob Gotta hosts his monthly acoustic Open Mic on Thursday. It’s folk, roots, and blues on Friday night with Davey O. and Stan Sullivan. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop. It’s a full bill the rest of the day as the Buttonwood celebrates the Main Street Stroll in Middletown. They host Jess Best with a songwriting workshop at 12:30 pm, and there’s a Drum Circle with Andrew Prue at 2 pm. Noah Baerman leads a Jazz Jam session at 2:30 pm, and from 4 pm on it’s Frank Varela with his 2ManJazzTrio concert, and art show. On Sunday, the NEAR and Far Storytellers is on deck at 2 pm. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday at 10:30 am.

At Middletown’s Russell Library The Friends (of the Library) Book Sale happens on Friday and Saturday. Also on Saturday , Russell Library open the 7th annual Prison Arts Program exhibit in collaboration with Community Partners in Action. This year’s theme is Out Of Prison Making Art. September is no-fee month and you can bring in all your overdue items without penalty.

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight  features Sunday Morning, Scooped Up, and The Benedicks. There’s a Record Release Show on Friday for Rivener, appearing with Human Flourishing, Tick Hive, and Headroom. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Later Saturday night, it’s Dada, and The Trews. The Café Nine Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Live Ones, and The Begotten.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Friday, you can enjoy blues with Kosher Kid & The Incredible Amplifires. On Saturday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to Sally’s. There’s a special early show on Sunday with Rockin’ Johnny Burgin performing traditional Chicago blues.

Manic Presents on tonight, it’s Diet Cig, Ratboys, and Quiet Giant at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. They’re at The Ballroom again on Sunday with Four Year Strong, Seaway, Like Pacific, and more.

The Middletown North End Action Team hosts its 17th annual Garden Party and Fundraiser this Thursday at 5:30 at the Erin Street Community Garden. There are door prizes, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Details at

The Mac 650 Gallery in Middletown invites you to the opening night of Studio:116, a new artist collective, this Thursday at 6 pm at their Main Street location. On Sunday, they bring you live music by Remo Drive, Small Circle, and Cheem at 7 pm. Details at

The Green Street Teaching and Learning Center of Wesleyan University invites you to the opening reception for their new exhibit, Illuminating Science, this Thursday at 5 pm. Enjoy medical and scientific artwork by artist Dena Matthews. The exhibit runs through the month.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday they headline Cardi B. On Friday, it’s Badfish, paying tribute to Sublime, appearing with Ian Biggs & the Ruckus, On the Fritz, and Chaser Eight.

The free Pratt Street Music Series continues in Hartford this Friday at noon with music by The Balkun Brothers. There are two nights of free salsa dancind as well this Friday and Saturday from 5 to 7 pm, brought to you in conjunction with the Arthur Murray Dance Centers.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, 10,000 Maniacs take the stage this Friday at 8:30 pm. On Saturday, they host a Glow Pridefest Afterparty.

Wesleyan Center for the Arts sponsors the annual Bach to School concert Friday at 8 pm at Memorial Chapel.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Glass Divide, One Part Human, and more on Friday for the Dark Arts & Draughts celebration. On Saturday it’s the annual Warcockapalooza with 11 bands on 2 stages. It’s heavy rock on Sunday with The Midnight Ghost Train, appearing with Insano Vision and Subutai.

The Oddfellows Playhouse hosts its annual Open House this Saturday at 10 am as part of the Main Street Stroll. Meet the fall teaching team and explore all the opportunities the Playhouse offers for you and your family.

The Middlesex County Historical Society hosts its Company G Volunteer Infantry Preservation March this Saturday starting at 10 am at the General Joseph Mansfield House on Main St. Donations benefit the Mansfield House and Civil War battlefield preservation. Details at

The City of Middletown and Wesleyan University cosponsor the Main Street Stroll this Saturday starting at 10 am. There’s music, street performers, specialty workshops, free admission to the Kidcity Children’s Museum, and more, including an open house at WESU. Inspired by Fete de la Musique, sixth annual music festival, The Mash, highlights Wesleyan’s student music scene with multiple stages on campus this Saturday starting at 2 pm in conjunction with Stroll festivities.  A full schedule of the day’s events, including demos, open houses, and exhibits, is available at

It’s Second Saturdays for Families this week at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford with free admission, story-telling, music, and more.

The Middletown Recreation Division sponsors a morning hike at the Spiderweed Preserve this Saturday at 10 am. The E-mail address for information, or to register for the walk, is:

The North Haven Fair celebrates its 75th year this week with a full schedule of events Thursday through Sunday. Entertainment this year includes the Randy Kemp Trio on Thursday, Bad Mannerz and Grooveside on Friday, Pocket Full of Soul on Saturday, and the Cole Morson Band on Sunday. Full details at

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are still going strong and offer an opportunity to pick up home-grown goods and support local growers. Middletown’s long running market on the South Green is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm and Middletown’s North End Farmers Market is on Friday’s from 10am to 2pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham is Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury’s market happens Wednesdays 4-7pm,find more at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues “Whose Streets?” a documentary about the Ferguson uprising, along with “Tales of an Immoral Couple,” a Spanish film about a couple who reconnect 25 years after their romance in a Catholic high school. The afternoon movie at Real Art Ways is “Lady Macbeth,” an erotic thriller that takes place in 19th century England. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Marjorie Prime,” about an aged widow using artificial intelligence to revisit her deceased husband. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “The Teacher,” a Czech film about a power-hungry middle school teacher in 1980’s, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Wonder Woman,” which runs through Saturday. On Sunday it’s “Maudie,” a film about the Canadian outsider artist Maud Lewis. Check the website for full schedule and screening times.

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series is screening “Sing” at Dunkin Donuts Park this Saturday at 8 pm.

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

Right after The Jive at Five, Stick around for 90 minutes of CT connected music on Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

From 6:308pm stay tuned for Imagine with Karen Stein offering peace through music as she explores music from around the world as well as around the block!

From 810pm its Evening Jazz with Bill Denert

At 10stay tuned for From the Archives with Sundermunich for a wide range of indie, lofi, and experimental rock and roll from the WESU archives!

From 11pm midnight DJ Marshal fills in for the Feminist Bloc.

From Midnight to 4am    stay tuned for Franco’s Studio 54 Disco Mix.

At 45am We bring you the BBC World Report and we kick of weekdays with Morning Edition from NPR From 59am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Thanks for joining us and Stay tuned for a stiff does of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, up next.

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