Wednesday, February 22, 2012

02-22-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 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. 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.

All this month, Bill Revill, Meriden artist and host of  WESU’s Acoustic Blender, is showing over 50 of his seascape, landscape and other types of paintings at the Sandman Gallery, 14 West Main Street, Meriden. For info, call 203-686-0000.

Tonight at 9, Richard Buckner performs with The Backyard Committee at Bar in New Haven.  This concert is free of charge to ages 21 and over. Check out for more details.

Celebrated author Robert Sullivan will read from his recent work tonight at 8:00 P.M. at Wesleyan University’s Russell House, on High Street, in Middletown.

Robert Sullivan is the author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures on the Edge of a City, How Not To Get Rich, and The Thoreau You Don’t Know and has written for  The New Yorker and Vogue, where he is a contributing editor. This event is free and opened to the public.
For more information, you can call 860.685.3448.

Thursday at 8, Spoken word/slam poet Javon Johnson merges the sharp criticism of critical race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism and hip-hop rhyme schemes to discuss the power of words, communication and performance in Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall.

Also here in in Middletown at Wesleyan Thursday night at 7pm you can catch Black history month keynote speaker, Touré, who is a journalist, novelist, and TV host on FUSE. He will be discussing topics from his recent book, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? This happens at the Daniel Family Commons at 45 Wyllys Ave.

Saturday, two wesleyan students and an art instructor will lead students in a glass cutting workshop where they will learn how to work with glass. Join us as we create Stained Glass from 4:30 to 6:30 in Arbritton 311

Saturday at 8pm, Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio in Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall.  There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.

Saturday at 7 in Fayerweather, room 202 in Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall, you can experience “SPILL” a new play and installation that explores the true human and environmental cost of oil. "SPILL" is based in part on interviews with people from the Gulf Coast of southern Louisiana in the wake of the "Deepwater Horizon" oil spill of April 2010. The performances at Wesleyan are the first public showing of the art installation along with a choral reading of the play. You can learn more online about all of these events at  or by calling 860-685-3355

Saturday at 6:30pm, The Buttonwood Tree Arts Space on Main Street Middletown  presents The Riverwood Poetry Series. The event features Ngoma, a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and paradigm shifter. Every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome.   Sunday at 4 brings the monthly Poetry Potluck series continues at the Buttonwood Tree. This is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. More online at

The Alturas Duo performs South American and classical in Concert at the Russell Library in Middletown this Saturday at 2 in the Hubbard Room.

Saturday night herein Middletown, WESU's own host of  "Voice of the City" J-Cherry and the Strawberries
perform original music in a in a double bill with the band "2 Virgins"  at Iguanas Ranas Mexican eatery on Main Street. The show starts at 8pm. More online at 

This week, see Tracy Walter Ferry's exhibit, "genetically modified organisms" In the Niche at
Middlesex Community College through Mar. 2 in Pegasus Gallery.
For more information please contact: Matthew Weber, Art Curator 860.343.5806

Now here's some of what's happening in the world of cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:

Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford, presents this year's animated and live-action Oscar-nominated shorts. Also running through Thursday at Real Art Ways, is “Sing Your Song”, which unearths Harry Belafonte's significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally. Friday and Saturday you can catch Tomboy, a story of a young French girl who lives as a boy. Friday, night Real Art Ways presents a screening of “Herman and Shelly”:  A tragicomic romance about two quirky, creative and ambitious children who grow up to be quirky, creative and disillusioned adults.   Tickets, trailers and more online at

Through tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, presents a 40th Anniversary screening of the newly restored director’s cut of “The Last Picture Show”, in which two Texas high school seniors' lives are changed by their first love aaffairs, tragedy, the shadow of the Korean War, and their own dawning maturities. Starring Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, Randy Quaid, and more.

Thursday, Cinestudio is offering a special viewing of The Yacoubian Building. this epic film is a revealing look at life in Egypt before last year’s demands for change in Tahrir Square, Hidden behind the closed doors of a single Cairo art deco apartment building. Friday andSaturday, Cinestudio presents Haywire, a new action packed martial arts flic starring Ewan McGregor and  Antonio Banderas. Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of “Shame”  a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.  more Online at

Thursday at 8pm here in Middletown you can catch the film “Resotration” at Wesleyan’s Goldsmith Family Cinema, which has been nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards. For more information, contact

Now stay tuned, for tonight’s lineup here on WESU in our new spring 2012 line-up:

Right after the Jive at Five, it's the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm, it's Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Beginning at 6:30 and running to 8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

The Warehouse with Mike Nyce starts at 8 with the best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

At 9:30 til 11pm, it's Smorgasbord with DJ Maneki Neko;
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance..

From 11pm-1230am, it's 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.

1230-2am, it's "Beats" with Dylan Bostick
Hip-hop. Electro. Techno. UK bass. Music that makes you groove.

From 2 to 3am it's "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.

From 3-4am it's "Search and Recover" with DJ Cheshire Cat
Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical stand

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at, and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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