Wednesday, May 9, 2012

05-09-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 9th, 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." Thanx for tuning in!

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree on main street presents “Evening Oasis”, a belly dance presentation at 8pm, with beautiful dancers, traditional dress and music.

Talented prose writers of every ilk come to Writers Out Loud to present up & coming works-in-progress, directly from their own pens. Join host, Cocomo Rock, and co-host, Al Bower, Jr. as six phenomenal storytellers sign up seeking constructive critique of their latest works in progress. Signups are at 6:30. Singer/songwriter Sean Ashby plays Guitar on Friday night on the Buttonwood stage, with opener Derek Knott.

Saturday night at 8, Karen Frisk & All-Star Trio play a jazz set called “Springtime groovin" and on Sunday,
"Food Not Bombs" shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. Consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Later on Sunday at 7:30, “Coming to the mic” is an open mic that will be filmed in its entirety and later aired on Comcast TV. Only those who agree to be viewed on TV should perform. All are welcome to participate as a performer or as an audience. "Coming to the mic" is produced and hosted by Ty Mapp. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at or by calling 860.347.4957.

A new sound installation by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen called “work divided by time” reflects on how the scientific definition of energy resonates and clashes with cultural and historical concepts. "Work divided by time" will be on display through Sunday at the Van Vleck Observatory on the Wesleyan campus.

Choreographer Iddi Saaka, World Dance Artist in Residence, and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will be performing with their students West African dance and drumming in a free outdoor concert this Friday at 3pm in the Center for the Arts Courtyard.

More information about all Wesleyan Arts events can be found at

Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington Street in Middletown presents "Our Town" this weekend and next.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in the early twentieth century, "Our Town" is famed for daring both the actors and audience to interact in order to weave the themes of family, marriage, death, and eternity into the story of what was daily life.Tickets are available online at

The Greater Middletown Chorale returns this season for another performance in the Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin  this Saturday. Choral works will include works by these three ‘B's’: Bernstein, Britten, and Brahms
For more information or to purchase tickets call 860 316 4854.

Phoolan Devi, a new raw untouchable opera, will have its world premier on Saturday at 8pm in South Church in Middletown, CT. The composer is Gayathri Khemadasa, from Sri Lanka, currently a Fulbright scholar at Wesleyan University.

For more information, please visit the Opera website at

10 Bartholomew Av. Hartford CT. Take a lesson & receive a free drink, socialize, and practice your dance moves. More can be found at

In New Haven, SOUND HALL will present a rare discussion and performance by celebrated jazz collective the Chicago Underground Duo on Frida at 8PM at INTERCAMBIO, located at 756 Chapel Street. More can be found at

Hedda Kopf, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Quinnipiac University, leads a book discussion on Tom Rachman’s  'The Imperfectionists' tonight at 7 in the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room. More events can be found online at

Tonight through Saturday at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, catch "SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN", the tale of a Yemeni sheikh  who’s fallen under the spell of fly-fishing in Scotland and dreams up a crazy plan: to stock his own (very dry) country with 10,000 North Atlantic salmon. Tickets and more can be found at

Through tomorrow at Real Art Ways in Hartford, see  the documentary "Gerhard Richter Painting", which is about one of the world's greatest living painters. Opening Friday "We Have A Pope" tells the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope.

Saturday, Real Art ways hosts a special late-night showing of "The ROOM", The best terrible movie ever, chock-full of communal rituals.  Also, catch one of only  three showings of "How to Grow a Band" this Friday, a documentary that follows Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile’s attempt to start a new band. Tickets, times, and more can be found at

Now stick around, here's what's playing on WESU tonight:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 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.

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

From 8 to 9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 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.

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

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 kicks on at 4 and we begin tomorrow's programing 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 (the five is the number five), and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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