Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7 2012 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, March 7th, 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 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street, the Emile Deleon group has a jazz jam, with warm and accomplished veterans of improvisational musical art and scions of the Jazz tradition. They invite you to come out and be part of the “process” at 7pm.

Thursday at 7pm, its writers out loud at the buttonwood tree, when six phenomenal storytellers sign up seeking constructive critique of their latest works in progress. Come launch your literary craft to the next level and with ongoing, peer-to-peer critique and networking opportunities.

Friday at the Buttonwood, Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard will perform their grammy Award-winning Neo Urban Traditional music at at 8PM.

Saturday at 8 The John Funkhouser Trio will be playing all original music and on Sunday at 4 it's an afternoon Double Bill featuring EMILY HURD and ORICE JENKINS. Chicago-based songwriter and pianist, Emily Hurd, plays folk-pop songs that tell stories of old-fashioned love and its bittersweet triumph, and the Hartford jazz pianist ORICE JENKINS premiers his never-before-seen folk side. For more information about all of these Buttonwood events, call 860.347.4957 or go to

Every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. More can be found

Tonight from 7 to 8:30, the Russel Library hosts a Book Discussion in the Hubbard Room with Hedda Kopf about 'Old Filth', by Jane Gardam.

Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard Room, the Middlesex County Historical Society presents Rick Spencer, who will perform “Songs of the War of 1812”
For more information about Russell LIbrary events and classes, log on to

On Thursday there will be two performances on the Wesleyan campus of "The Bill of Rights: Ten Amendments in Eight Motets",sung by Festival Harmony and Wesleyan Singers, with assisting instrumentalists, and conducted by the composer Neely Bruce. at the Wesleyan Memorial Chapel at 3:15 and at 4:15 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia will be in attendance at the earlier performance. For more information, go to

The 13th annual DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance will feature dancers and choreography from three outstanding companies: Garth Fagan Dance, Pilobolus, and Camille A. Brown. This Saturday at 8 in Wesleyan university's CFA theater. check out details.

At Toad's Place in New Haven tonight it's Dubstep night, featuring  DJ HighLife & DJ JiggaWompz. Thursday at Toad's, Manic Productions presents Cheap Girls, with The Sidekicks, New Year's Revolution, and Dagwood. Thursday, Toad's hosts a local rock with eight bands, and Friday The Kooks take the Toad's stage. For tickets, band info, show age restrictions, and more, head to

Thursday Dex Romweber Duo plays psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk with guests ORBO & The Longshots, a rock&roll/americana band from Norway.

Friday at Happy Hour, Christina Santore plays cover songs on banjo and at 9 pm, Connecticut's premiere women's flat track roller derby league comes to the Cafe, and Bands and DJs will entertain. All proceeds go directly to the Ct roller girls league expenses.

Now Here's what's going on in the world of cinema in central connecticut:

at Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, tonight and thursday is Pina, a Wim Wenders documentary of Pina Bausch’s dance company perform her works on the stage, and then follow as they dance on city streets, on trams, and in fields, mixing their glorious art with the pulse of everyday life.

Friday through the weekend, catch the academy award winner Hugo, an animated film about is a 12-year-old orphan who secretly lives in a Paris  railway station and befriends a mysterious toymaker, who turns out to be a forgotten pioneer of filmmaking, Georges Méliès.

If your Francophilia doesn't stop at Hugo, at Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight and tomorrow, you can see Crazy Horse, a documentary that goes behind the scenes of Paris' notorious Crazy Horse cabaret. This weekend at Real Art Ways, catch animated film Chico and Rita, about two talented musicians who venture from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas to unite in music and love.

Now stay tuned, here's what's playing on WESU tonight in our new spring 2012 line-up:

From 5:05-6pm, 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.

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.

From 6:30-8pm, it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Starting at 8 and running until 9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm, it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

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.

Thursday morning from 1230-2am it's 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.

In the wee hours from 2-3am 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 standards!

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, and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them

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