Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday, February 16th, Jive at Five

Good evening, it's Thursday February 16th ,and this is the Jive at Five, your daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. I'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local publicaffairs and free-form community radio.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, go to – the City’s new website that features the arts/entertainment options available on any given day along with much more for anyone interested in what’s going on and what’s to do in Middletown.

Pilobolus, the award-winning and world-renown modern dance troupe based in Washington Depot, Connecticut is currently holding auditions BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. E-mail or call 860-868-0538 x 16. Callbacks are in early march in NYC.
Check out for more about the company..

Matt and Shannon HeatonThe Mattabessett Canoe Club 80 Harbor Drive Husband-and-wife duo Matt & Shannon Heaton offer updated and traditional Irish music with stirring traditional-style singing accompanied by flute, guitar, and bouzouki, and a fresh, appealing stage show.


Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine Friday night Woollen Kits; w/ Medication; the Mountain Movers • Woollen Kits are the latest in a string of exciting Australian bands. Fusing equal parts kiwi style pop, with Modern Lovers-type swagger, and '60s garage sentiment. New LP out on RIP Society Records for this, their first US tour. They will be joined by HoZac records Medication and local heroes the Mountain Movers. Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends • featuring bassist Chris Deangelis and John Rispoli on drums. Bring your ax and play, or sing. PA, amps, drums provided. Saturday at 9 pm INDEPENDISC Presents: Hannah Cranna (CD release party for "A Real Nice Parade"); w/ The Manchurians; Age of Reason • jangle-alt-power popsters Hannah Cranna return with a CD that's big, bold, rootsy, and ballsy, with grand, majestic, sweeping soundscapes. The Manchurians are currently in the studio recording their follow up to "5X4/The Minster ep," and are dying to get their ya-ya's out and play. Age Of Reason 3rd release "Origins" was named the 2011 "IndepenDisc of the Year." Sunday open music jam with Roxy Perry Signup starts at 7. ROXY PERRY'S TRAVELING ROADHOUSE JAM • National recording artist ROXY PERRY, a.k.a. NEW YORK BLUES QUEEN, will be joined in hosting the high-energy jam by different players every week. Roxy's band welcomes and serves blues and R&B players primarily, but will also back classic rock, jazz players and others, as well. Musicians, signing up in advance is a good idea: email Roxy at But you can also sign up on the spot starting at 7 pm. Full bands are welcome and can have a featured spot by reserving in advance via Roxy's e-mail. for more information about these events visit

Friday, Maxwell Tfirn presents his graduate recital, "Pieces from Nature", in Crowell Concert Hall at 7.
"Pieces from Nature" is an experimental graduate music recital that explores how plants grow throughout music. Music will include works for the piano, cello, computer and video.
Free of charge.

This Friday night and every Friday night at Higer Grounds Coffee House on 70 Main Street in East Hampton is a weekly open mic. Show starts at 8PM.

Also on Friday, Shinbone Alley plays Irish-american folk at the buttonwood tree at 8. Saturday at the Buttonwood, bassist Avery Sharp & saxophonist Charles Neville play a set entitled “From New Orleans to New England”

And Sunday at the Buttonwood, like every week, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.check out Sunday at 4:30, the Buttonwood hosts their poetry potluck series. Poetry Potluck is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike. Almost like a salon, it’s a gathering for discussion and literary conversation using poetry as the focal point.

Aces High, a local high school robotics team consisting of students from Windsor Locks and Suffield high schools, is hosting their annual FIRST robotics scrimmage for over thirty local robotics teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire.  The Suffield Shakedown will be held on February 18, 2012 at Suffield High School, 1060 Sheldon Street in Suffield, CT beginning at 9 AM with qualification rounds.  Opening ceremonies and elimination rounds will begin about 12:00 PM.  This event is free to the public.

Also on Sunday, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are coming to Toad's Place in New Haven. Tickets are online at

Also, currently on display at wesleyan's zilkha gallery is the exhibit Passing Time, now through march 4th.
The multiple and converging meanings of the phrase "passing time"--spending time, time to die--are explored in the evocative imagery of recent art by fourteen international artists working in video, photography, sculpture and works on paper. This exhibition explores the relationship between the time of our life and the time of the eons.go to for gallery hours and more

Now, here's what's showing in the world of central Connecticut cinema:

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford,  Sunday, Cinestudio presents a run of the 40th Anniversary screening of the newly restored director’s cut of The Last Picture Show. for more information visit

At Real Art Ways in Hartford,  This weekend, you can catch showings of both "Outrage" and "Sing Your Song". for more information visit

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

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa – The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network - An 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.

Total Praise with Minister Latrecia - A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary Christian gospel music to uplift your spirit! Get your Praise on!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert – Where hearing is the best experience.  A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

Bridging the Gap with JBrent - Exploring how music has changed forms through the years, and the links that tie together seemingly disparate genres such as blues and rap, or funk and Krautrock.

10:30-11:30pm [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze- An anti-genre, request-based show where we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter.

10:30-11:30pm [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
The Slap-Happy Hour with Rachel Silton - A modern mix of indie pop and singer-songwriter material, with an emphasis on the acoustic and the up-and-coming

11:30pm-1am [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
Flight 881 with Captain Q - Not your Grandma's World Music Show! Strap in your seatbelts, put out that cigarette, and open up that small packet of honey roasted peanuts! Flight 881 every week is going to a new country to check out what music scenes are happening in the country with a focus on contemporary world music, including Bhagra from India, Afro-Beat, and Brazillian funk.

11:30pm-1am [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
Tokyo Sonata with Dangerous Dan - Covering Japanese music, new and old, from a wide variety of genres.

Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder  - An eclectic assortment of instrumental music from all genres and generations.

Undercover with DJ Becca - The best covers take original tracks and transform them into their own creations. Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Sometimes they surpass the original, sometimes they miss the mark - it's your call.

Itso-ezee with DJ Otto Nation providing an eclectic mix of new releases from the WESU music library

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