Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday April 26th, 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 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 tuning in.

All this week the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street, displays Art by animals at the Bearsdley Zoo, and tonight the Buttonwood hosts a Benefit Concert For Brighter Dawns featuring euphoric reggae group “Men With Bad Manners” at 7. Friday, Joe Fonda’s “Step in Trio” with Thomas Heberer and George Schuller takes the stage at the Buttonwood, and Sunday afternoon, John Basinger will perform Book 3 from Paradise Lost. John Milton’s epic poem comes to life when John offers his perspective and unique understanding. Go to to find out more about john and for more about all Buttonwood events.

Professor of Economics Richard Adelstein will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Wesleyan Library annual meeting Tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Develin Room of Olin Library, 252 Church St., Middletown.  Professor Adelstein will speak about the history of corporate power as detailed in his new book, The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information email

Also tonight at 9, a Wesleyan senior music recital by Abaye Steinmetz-Silber entitled "Musical Adventures" plays in the Wesleyan Memorial Chapel, and  through Saturday, Wesleyan University center for the arts presents Gertrude Stein's "Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights" from1938, which redirects the legend of the scholar who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for infinite knowledge. The show starts at 8pm each night in the CFA Theater.

Tonight it's 'the premier Poetry Jazz Night' at Tools Bar and Grill, (Connecticut's Newest Jazz and dining venue in) Downtown New Britain. Produced & Hosted by (one of WESU's interns) C.C. Arshagra. Poets include, Multi-media pioneer and poet Aldo Tambellini, the America Book Award winner Askia Toure, and a 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative (Knee I Ell) Neiel Israel. Backed by Hartt School of Music alumni and educators' on sax, keys, drums and bass respectively here: Peter Greenfogal, Chris Casey, Jonathan Barber and Steven KingPorter (who will sound the back bone of the word). No cover and the show start at 8:30 PM

The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman, perform an exciting program of classic jazz compositions free of charge, Friday at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall.

Saturday afternoon, the Amstel Quartet Concert plays everything from Bach to Michael Nyman’s theme for the film The Piano, with four saxophones at the Russell Library. More details can be found at

Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard's quartet performs on Saturday at 8pm at the Crowell Concert Hall.
David Barach performs a piano recital for his senior thesis, Saturday at 7 in the Wesleyan Memorical Chapel. For tickets and more about these events at wesleyan university, visit

At oddfellows playhouse on Washington Street, it's Snow Angel, which tells how fifteen teenagers must brave stormy weather to help a mysterious girl in her puzzling search for a mystery that unites, divides, and perplexes the group of teens. Performances are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, at 7:30. More details can be found at

Friday, its a lindy hop bash at vinnie's jump and jive on Main street. The Lindy Hop Bash will have a special focus on Lindy-hop swing. There is a beginner Lindy lesson at 8, come learn the swing out in just one hour! Then dancing of any and all swing styles till 11. We'll end with a late-night blues from 11-12.

Morten Lauridsen’s transcendent Lux Aeterna is an introspective, serene work sung by the Greater Middletown Chorale, in their debut concert on the Sacred Sounds Concert Series. This will be performed at 8pm at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph 140 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT. Admission is free and open to the public.

Go out for dinner Thursday night to support the fight against AIDS!
In Connecticut 28 restaurants in Branford, Hamden, New Haven, Orange and
Milford will be participating. Dining Out for Life in Connecticut benefits
AIDS Project New Haven, the oldest AIDS services organization in Connecticut
Find a participating restaurant near you at or text DOFLNH to 30364

Unite Women CT has organized a Rally on Saturday April 28, 2012 from 10am-2pm at Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT.  It is part of a nationwide, nonpartisan grassroots effort to gather people who support women’s rights and speak out against the spate of bills and laws targeting women’s healthcare and basic rights. go to

Connecticut Vegetarian and Healthy LIving Festival is this Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 4, featuring performers,  nutritionists, naturopaths, osteopaths, holistic practitioners, life and health coaches, Yoga and Reiki instructors. Learn about the newest developments in eco-friendly home energy, cruelty-free personal care, supplements and more. Entrance is FREE, but each attendee should bring a non-perishable vegan/vegetarian food item to donate to food banks and shelters. At the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Check out

Encuentro: For Community, For Humanity
An Encuentro (or “encounter”) is a space for people to come together openly and peacefully. It is a place where we will speak, listen, and share our common struggles. Everyone’s voice will be taken into account equally. An Encuentro fights the exploitation of our communities, and features speakers from the community. If you or your organization are interested in being a part of this event, please contact (412) 860-5264 or
this Saturday from 11am-4pm at the First Congregational Church, 190 Court St, Middletown.

Now here's what showing in theaters in Central Conntecticut.

Wesleyan's South Asian film series continues this week with "Eyes of Stone" at the Wesleyan Center for Film Studies at 301 Washington Terrace. Showing Saturday at 2, EYES OF STONE, is a documentary about demonic possession and goddess temples, will be introduced by the film's director.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, catch the Secret World of Arietty, an Anime retelling of the classic story The Borrowers this Friday and Saturday.

At Real ARt Ways in Hartford this week through tonight, catch El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, documenting renowned Spanish chef Ferran AdriĆ  as he works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. Over the weekend, Real ARt Ways shows the documentary Gerhard Richter, about one of the world's greatest living painters.

Now here's what's playing tonight on WESU 88.1FM in Middletown,

Right after the Jive at Five it's 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

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