Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursdays Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday July 26th, and 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 programs featuring NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local public affairs broadcasts. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us.  

 I’m J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Friday’s early set at 5 features the Snake Hill Blues. Later Friday night, it’s Mobley, The Peach Kings, and Rudeyna. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances, and on Saturday night Drinkdeeply presents Bjork Night with hosts Mission Zero and many more performers. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Furors and The Foresters, followed by Drag Bingo with Dixie Normous! later to finish out your weekend.  

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,the Middlesex Drum Circle comes your way. On Friday, alternative/folk songwriter Kalie takes the stage, working material from his new album, “Laugh, Love, Live.” On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am.  Saturday, the Sweet As Sugar trio takes the stage with jazz-based and fusion offerings. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys.  Full details at http://buttonwood.org

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features the Alex Snydman Trio. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings you high-energy psychedelic funk. Friday’s headliner is Good Lord the Liftin’, with blues, jazz, and funk covers. On Saturday, award-winning blues and soul performer Diane Blue takes the stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven,  is Mobb Deep. On Friday, it’s DJ Craig G’s official birthday bash, featuring Cam’ron. They’ve also got A.V.B., Globe Hollow, Nigel Stephens and more in Lilly’s Pad at Toad’s on Friday night.  On Saturday you can catch the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular.  www.toadsplace.com


At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday night at 7. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages.  www.russelllibrary.org  


This week brings more music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Thursday you can catch Ditch Wizard, Backwoods Payback, Pussywolf, and more. On Friday they’ve got the Enemy of Reason CD Release Show.  On Saturday, it’s the Cry Havoc! 10 Year Anniversary Show Part 2. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info  www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation

Hartford’s Hartbeat Ensemble Youth Play Institute presents “A Bullet’s Conscience,” a one-act play this Friday through Sunday. It’s about gun violence and the way forward, and is presented at the Ensemble’s Farmington Avenue location.  Details at www.hartbeatensemble.org 

Connecticut Ballet’s annual Summer Dance Caravan comes to Middlesex Community College this Saturday at 6 at Chapman Hall.  Admission is free, and the program offers contemporary premier works as well as the classics.  Details at www.arts2go.org

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit www.ctnofa.org

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Also continuing is “Tickled,” a documentary about an under-the-radar industry serving those with a fetish for tickling. Both run through Thursday. Opening Friday is “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II. www.realartways.org 

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Sunset Song” an adaptation of the Scottish classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon about a young woman in Scotland dreaming to escape her tyrannical father. Opening Friday is “Love & Friendship,” a romantic comedy about a manipulative widow, based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen.Details at www.cinestudio.org  

The free Movies in the Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “Zootopia” happening on Friday at sunset in Bushnell Park.  www.hardford.com

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 5:05-6:30pm For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
Up next at 8 it’s Bill Denert Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.

From 9:30-10:30pm enjoy hometown browns with dj jaFREE and the nan who offer South Asian diasporic meditations on: music, talk and live art. Half-music, half-music workshop. 
From 10:30-12am it’s the The American Empire with Tootse Mutant who explores the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

At midnight it’s time for 4 hours of “The Greatest Sounds Under the Sun” with Sir Bruce laying down some serious old school R&B music.
The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at wesufm.org/jive. And tune in 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.
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Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

Monday, July 25, 2016

7-25-16 Jive



Good evening, it's Monday, July 25th, and 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 programs featuring NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local public affairs broadcasts. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us.  

I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which this summer airs every Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a special treat. Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, explains why, in middle age and after a lifetime of spiritual seeking, he's decided to start attending church, an evangelical Baptist church led by an inspiring pastor who's made his soul something of her special project. And if he's not the best Christian,  well, he says he at least gets the prize for most improved. The conversation was rolling along so well, we just kept going. Part two will be next week. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at www.reasonablycatholic.com.


Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, The Buttondowns, Dittymack, Rope, and The Sawtelles take the stage. On Tuesday they offer The Frustrations, Stefan Christensen & Friends, and Pieces of Fruit. On Wednesday you can catch this week’s version of their ongoing Words & Music series. On Wednesday, Café Nine and Manic Productions headline Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, appearing with Frank Critelli. Friday’s early set at 5 features the Snake Hill Blues. Later Friday night, it’s Mobley, The Peach Kings, and Rudeyna. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances, and on Saturday night Drinkdeeply presents Bjork Night with hosts Mission Zero and many more performers. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Furors and The Foresters, followed by Drag Bingo with Dixie Normous! later to finish out your weekend. 

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Anything Goes Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude.  On Thursday, the Middlesex Drum Circle comes your way. On Friday, alternative/folk songwriter Kalie takes the stage, working material from his new album, “Laugh, Love, Live.” On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am.  Saturday, the Sweet As Sugar trio takes the stage with jazz-based and fusion offerings. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys.  Full details at http://buttonwood.org

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features the Alex Snydman Trio. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings you high-energy psychedelic funk. Friday’s headliner is Good Lord the Liftin’, with blues, jazz, and funk covers. On Saturday, award-winning blues and soul performer Diane Blue takes the stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Wednesday, Marianas Trench and Skylar Stecker take the stage.  Thursday’s headliner is Mobb Deep. On Friday, it’s DJ Craig G’s official birthday bash, featuring Cam’ron. They’ve also got A.V.B., Globe Hollow, Nigel Stephens and more in Lilly’s Pad at Toad’s on Friday night.  On Saturday you can catch the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular.  www.toadsplace.com

On Tuesday, in Middletown Harbor Park, the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features Connecticut rock legends Random Concept. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at www.arts2go.org

At the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s the Job Search Bootcamp Part II workshop this Tuesday at 6, on Networking and Social Media. The Teen Chocolate Olympics happens Thursday at 3; the website has registration info. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday night at 7. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages.  www.russelllibrary.org  

There’s free music at noon tomorrow at Constitution Plaza in Hartford presented by their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed.” This week’s featured performer is Joey Batts.  Full info at www.hartford.com

The Music at the Mansion Summer Series continues Wednesday at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown.  Grounds open at 5:30, with the concert at 6:30, and this year they’re adding food trucks. This week’s musical guest is the Michael Cleary Band, with groove, funk and rock.  www.wadsworthmansion.com

Manic Productions brings Spirit Animal, Marvelous Liars, and Wayward City to Bar in New Haven this Wednesday. Details at http://www.manicproductions.org/





Another option for Wednesday is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series in Hartford, featuring Massconnfusion this week.  Rain date is Thursday.  Information at www.elizabethpark.org

You can bring your poems, ideas, and questions to Brewbaker’s-North End this Thursday morning at 10 to share with Middletown Poet Laureate Susan Allison.  Details at www.arts2go.org

This week brings more music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Thursday you can catch Ditch Wizard, Backwoods Payback, Pussywolf, and more. On Friday they’ve got the Enemy of Reason CD Release Show.  On Saturday, it’s the Cry Havoc! 10 Year Anniversary Show Part 2. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info  www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation

Hartford’s Hartbeat Ensemble Youth Play Institute presents “A Bullet’s Conscience,” a one-act play this Friday through Sunday. It’s about gun violence and the way forward, and is presented at the Ensemble’s Farmington Avenue location.  Details at www.hartbeatensemble.org 

Connecticut Ballet’s annual Summer Dance Caravan comes to Middlesex Community College this Saturday at 6 at Chapman Hall.  Admission is free, and the program offers contemporary premier works as well as the classics.  Details at www.arts2go.org

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit www.ctnofa.org

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Also continuing is “Tickled,” a documentary about an under-the-radar industry serving those with a fetish for tickling. Both run through Thursday. Opening Friday is “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II. www.realartways.org 

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Sunset Song” an adaptation of the Scottish classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon about a young woman in Scotland dreaming to escape her tyrannical father. Opening Friday is “Love & Friendship,” a romantic comedy about a manipulative widow, based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen.Details at www.cinestudio.org 

The Connecticut Historical Society presents “A Bug’s Life” this Tuesday at 1.  The movie is free with museum admission, and they’ll provide the popcorn.  www.chs.org

The free Movies in the Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “Zootopia” happening on Friday at sunset in Bushnell Park.  www.hardford.com

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00 pm, it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, with folk, blues, jazz, and more. 

At 8 pm, we bring you Chip Austen’s Unfocused Folk with Americana from Nashville and beyond.

From 9:30-10:30 pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950-1960’s, along with the music and news of that era.

At 10:30 it’s an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.

From midnight to 3 am Franco’s Studio 54 with Francaccio di Roma provides three hours of Disco and dance music of the 70’s and 80’s.

We switch it up big time at 3 am when Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes alive to offer the best DIY punk, garage, and hardcore Rock and Roll.  

BBC World news comes your way at 4, with tomorrow’s broadcast day starting with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version online at wesufm.org/jive. And tune in 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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday's Jive 07-22-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 22nd, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

In Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree tonight
Eric Kuhn, Noah Baerman, and Dave Kopperman bring a night of solo sets of mostly original songs, along with a few collaborative jams and quite possibly a stump speech by Eric for his presidential campaign.  On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am in Harbor Park. Saturday night’s performance by the Alex Snydman Trio has been cancelled. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys. Details at buttonwood.org

The Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM presents their second (and final) week of Carlo Goldoni's Comedia Classic, “The Servant of 2 Masters.” at Middlesex Community College, tonight through Sunday., A live music act is featured at 6pm, before the nightly 7 pm performance.  Tonight Nancy Tucker brings the music, Saturday's featured musical guest is Anitra Brooks. And, Sunday Kate Callahan is on before the final performance of The Servant of Two Masters. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. Details at 
art-farm.org

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Gary Heriot & Mike Damico. Later Manic Productions presents Alex Calder, Freak Heat Wave, and Furnsss. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with The George Baker Band. Sat night brings the Lipgloss Crisis Summer Burlesque Cabaret to the stage, featuring Dot Mitzvah, Vivienne LaFlamme, Fruitonthebottom, and Adam Parisi.  Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee featuring Bronson Rock Banc and La Tunda to finish out their weekend. Details at cafenine.com

Manic Productions and Premier Concerts present Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh at the Simsbury Meadows. Details at manicproductions.org

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening Cardi B performs. On Saturday, the “Ran Off on the Plug Tour” with Plies stops by Toads. Details at toadsplace.com

This weekend brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight Jimmy Junk Bird and the Stiffs are releasing their first full length album. Kali Ma, Composing The Apocalypse, Our Own Destruction, and Kaos Reign share the bill. Saturday’s lineup, starting at 2 pm, features ten bands, including She Walks Without Legs, Fear The Masses, The Aberration, Stone Thrower and more. Sunday at 5 Cherry Street presents Shallow Ground, Epicenter, Thrashole and more.  Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight's headliner is Cousin Earth, a progressive rock ukulele band from Brooklyn. The Franklin Brothers take the stage Saturday night. Details at blackeyedsallys.com

There’s Music Among the Memorials this Friday in Hartford, with free music at the Cedar Hill Cemetery.  This week’s artists are The Professors of Sweet Music, featuring covers from Johnny Cash to The Grateful Dead. Details at cedarhillfoundation.org 

Bovano Cheshire is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to host an open-air artisan fest at Bartlem Park in Cheshire this Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 to 4. Enjoy offerings from more than eighty local artisans and gourmet specialty food vendors, as well as the music of Greg Sherrod.  Admission is free, and a silent auction benefits Make-A-Wish. Details at
facebook/bovanofest

Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford offers free Jazz on the Lawn this Sunday at 4 pm, featuring Conga Boop, an Afro-Cuban group playing originals along with the standards. Kid-friendly activities are also offered. Details at 
asylumhill.org

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more markets in our area you can visit 
www.ctnofa.org

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

Hartford's Real Art Ways continues their run of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Opening tonight is Tickled, a documentary on an under-the-radar industry serving those with a fetish for tickling. Saturday and Sunday afternoons they offer The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Details at realartways.org

Meanwhile tonight, Trinity College's Cinestudio opens a run of Sunset Song, an adaptation of the Scottish classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon about a young woman in Scotland dreaming to escape her tyrannical father. Details at cinestudio.org

The free Movies in Riverside Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “The Martian” starring Matt Damon happening today beginning at sunset. Details at riverfront.org

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's arts2GO.org
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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU and to be safe, it's best to check the WESU website for the up-to-date schedule.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6 pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live with Chris for some live studio treats and other sonic events.

From 6 to 7pm, Audio Autonomy explores a  new topic and with a different host each week - covering  a mix of culture, politics, music and the arts - brought to you by Wesleyan students from the "Radio Production and the Politics of Independent Media" course.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - offering listeners a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
                                                        
Then from 10 to 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist blends R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

And then, from 3 until 5am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has
a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

After that from 8-10am you can catch Weekend Edition, Saturday from NPR.

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.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is the title track from Talking Drums' Some Day Catch Some Day Down, re-issued and re-mastered as a cd on the innova label in 2011. The original vinyl was released in 1987.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive

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