Thursday, February 9, 2012

02-08-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 8th, 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. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio. I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience." Thanks for tuning in.

Tonight, the greater Middletown chorale continues to hold rehearsals for its May 12 concert of Music by Three B's: Bernstein, Brahms, and Britten. Rehearsals are open to new singers and will be held on Feb. 14 at First Congregational Church, Court Street Middletown. All vocal parts welcome. To schedule an audition, experienced singers may call Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio at (203)288-3021.

Tonight, MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner Edwidge Danticat reads her latest work at Wesleyan university memorial chapel at 8:00 P.M. This reading is free and open to the public and a book signing will follow. The event is co-sponsored by Wesleyan’s English and African American Studies Program.

The first meeting for volunteers and planners for the Connecticut Vegetarian and Healthy Living is tonight at 6pm at the The Holiday Inn Express on Brainard Rd in Hartford. Find out more at

Oddfellows Playhouse & Hygienic Theater works presents “The King," starring John Bassinger, opening this Thursday, with additional showings Friday and Saturday at 7:30. "The King", conceived and adapted by Basinger, is the story of King Lear, from one man’s perspective – Lear’s. The performances will benefit Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater. and can be purchased by calling the box office at (860) 347-6143 more online at

Friday, The Modern Riffs bring an evening of jazz, classic rock and swing to the Buttonwood Tree. The high-energy nine-piece group of experienced musicians and talented high school performers takes the stage at 8. Saturday night the Buttonwood presents Songwriters Showcase with Diane Solomon, Paul Lombardo and Jim Paradis.  Every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood. All are welcome.  Sunday evening from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The buttonwood kicks off a new  event,  Coming to the Mic,  hosted by Ty Mapp and Chandra Williams that will be filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV.  All are welcome to participate as a performer or as audience.

All month you can enjoy “A Woman’s Work” A collection of art quilts and photographs by Lynn C Fisher on display in the buttonwood gallery during February.  Moore online at  (860) 347-4957

Friday, at 7 and at 10, the Wesleyan university Center for the Arts presents "Risk!" at the Crowell Concert Hall. Creator Kevin Allison will host two performances of "RISK" featuring a special guest headliner to be announced, as well as members of the Wesleyan community, dropping their "act" and telling their amazing true tales, showing sides of themselves that they never thought they'd dare to share in public.

Friday kicks off Wesleyan’s February organ fete: a mini-festival of organ music featuring some of the top players at Wesleyan. Performances are Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 4pm in Memorial Chapel. Admission is free.

Sunday in Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall, Flutists Helene Rosenblatt and Peter Standaart, and pianist Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, will perform a program that includes premieres by Mr. Bruce and composer Martin Bresnick. this concert, at 3pm, is free and open to the public. More can be found online at

Friday from noon to six, the Friends of the Russell Library are holding their monthly book sale in the Library’s Activity Room.  The Alturas Duo performs South American chamber music featuring the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar in the Russell Library's Hubbard Room at 2 on Saturday. More information can be found at

This Friday at 7:30 you can experience The Devotional call and response chanting of Kirtan Yoga at Yoga in Middletown on Main Street with a live ensemble, including Shubalananda, Joesph Getter, and Ashley Flagg. For info call 860.347.YOGA, or email

Center Church, in Hartford, invites you to an evening of Bossa Nova and Poetry, this Friday at 7:00 p.m., in the second floor parlor of the Center Church House on Gold Street.  This free program will be given by singer Anna Borges, guitarist Bill Ward, and poets Gretchen Skelley and Van Parker. More information can be accessed at

The 16-piece New England Jazz Ensemble will appear on the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School on Sunday afternoon at 3. The Concert will feature two guest artists, Giacomo Gates - a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, and Ali Ryerson - internationally recognized for her jazz flute. More can be found online at,  or by  calling 860 347-4887, 

Now, here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this week.

Tonight at Cinestudio, Trinity College's theater in Hartford, you can catch "A Dangerous Method", a film about a tormented young Russian being treated in Carl Jung’s Swiss clinic for an experimental “talking cure” invented by Sigmund Freud.  Thursday, Cinestudio has a special showing of the Black Power Mixtape, and through the weekend it's Jason Reitman's new film Young Adult, featuring Charlize Theron. You can get more information

Through Thursday Real Art Ways continues their run of the french film "Woman on the 6th Floor".

Also playing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is "Urbanized", a documentary which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers. Over the Weekend, Real Art Ways showcases this year's Academy Award-nominated short

Now here's a rundown of what's playing tonight on WESU in our new spring 2012 line-up:

The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano - A
n hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network - A
n independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN is collectively run by its workers and reporter.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

The Warehouse with Mike Nyce - The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

9:30-11pm [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
The Vault with DJ Anton Banks - Presenting the very latest in underground electronica in vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

9:30-11pm [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
Smorgasbord with DJ Maneki Neko  & Higge Li- A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.

Word…Life Radio with H Biz & B Fiz - Early 90's hip-hop is the focus here, with the occasional touch of punk, funk, reggae and soul.

12:30-2am [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
Missteps with Guy Fridge -
A chance to hear the most idiosyncratic and eccentric brands of left-field electronic dance music around today. Featuring club-centric genres such as footwork, bass, UK funky, tribal guarachero, UK garage, vogue house, kuduru, and more.

12:30-2am [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
Beats with Dylan Bostick -
Hip-hop. Electro. Techno. UK bass. Music that makes you groove.

The Postman Express Hour with DJ JD, DJ MacChillin, & DJ Jack -
3 DJs give their take on a specific "post" genre, be it post-folk jangling, post-psychedelic, post-rock, post-punk, any other post. Exploring jarring, weird and stimulating new music, and placing it in a historical context.

3-4 am
Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

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