Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday, February 9th

Good evening, it's Thursday February 9th,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.

Tonight Oddfellows Playhouse & Hygienic Theater works presents “The King," starring John Bassinger, 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

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven Amelia White; w/ Rob Morsberger; Nashville's left of center songstress Amelia White's new record is brimming with ebullient choruses and complicated moods, literate verse and ravaged guitars. Friday at the Nine THE GREAT NEW HAVEN CD MIX-UP! The Cavemen Go; w/ Dialogue from a Silent Film; Farewood • Bring a homemade mix CD, get a homemade mix CD plus $1 off admission! Local indie-pop favorites The Cavemen Go host along with Brooklyn's Dialogue From A Silent Film (feat. members of The Tyler Trudeau Attempt). Saturday at Cafe Nine  MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Howlin Rain (members of Comets On Fire); w/ D. Charles Speer & The Helix; The Voodoo Fix • San Francisco Bay Area-based power quintet Howlin Rain's third album "The Russian Wilds" passionately protests the currently popular notion that heroically conceived and executed rock music is a thing of golden ages passed. Sunday at Cafe Nine 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. For more information visit

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.

Friday night at Toads Place in New Haven OPUS’ BLIZZARD BASH ALCOHOLICA (Playing the best of classic Metallica!) Dead By Wednesday Kali Ma As Everything Ends Kings & Liars (EP Release Party) Nasty Disaster
Big Ed The Curse of Her Flesh. Saturday night it's THE ORIGINAL NIGHT DANCE PARTY. For more information visit

Friday night in East Hampton at Higher Grounds Coffee House at 70 Main Street it's their weekly open mic all are welcome for more information visit Higher Grounds Coffee House on Face Book.

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, 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 at

Through tonight 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:

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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