Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday May 3rd, 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.

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This year's thesis students in Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program are invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for a year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. The Thesis art show is on display today through Saturday, May 26 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, open Thru-Sunday, noon-4pm

You can experience the culture of Java with students of Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan and Dance, Thursday at 7pm in the World Music Hall. Also  tonight, catch the annual Organ Romp, which features Wesleyan student organists, pianists and percussionists performing new music and non-standard organ repertoire. Check the CFA website for the costume theme, as well as updated performer and program information.

Tonight at 10pm at the Wesleyan Memorial Chapel, Introductory and Advanced students perform the thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming. Several dynamic styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire. At 7pm this Friday in Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday at 9pm in the Memorial Chapel, the Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum performs Funeral Music from Tudor and Stuart England under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.

The Wesleyan Korean Drumming Ensemble showcases the dynamic mixture of traditional drumming and dance, Sunday night at 7 in the World Music Hall.

The Wesleyan Chinese Music Ensemble, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Orchestra and Chorus, will present works associated with the classic Chinese novel "Dream of the Red Chamber", and music in various regional style in Crowell Concert Hall on Sunday at 8.

As part of Wesleyan's Annual "Spring Dance" show, Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies, Friday and Saturday night at 8 at the Patricelli '92 Theater. They are featuring new works by Eleonore Bayles, Kim Ladd, Naya Samuel, Jiovani Robles, Emily Weitzman, and Sally Williams.

You can find more information about all arts events at Wesleyan University online at

Here in Middletown, tonight, The Buttonwood Tree, The long standing Acoustic Open mic with Bob Gotta occurs every First Thursday at the Buttonwood with 6:30 sign ups and a 7:00 start time.
Friday at 8, Drummer Art Lillard leads his jazz trio who will play jazz standards, show tunes, swing tunes, bossa nova, and blues, as well as some originals.
Saturday afternoon at the Buttonwood, the piano students of Joe Riff's music perform a recital at 2:30. Through the month of May, Telephone Portraits will be on display. A photograpy exhibit  by Michael Arafeh of Coffeehouse Recording Studio will be on display. Sunday, the Buttonwood Tree presents religious services with "Solid Rock Ministries",  and Rev. Ronnie Bantum from 10am – 11am and then Worship with Pastor Sandra Steele from 11am to noon. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. all welcome, and consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food beforehand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, go to

This Saturday, from 11am to 1, The Russell Knitters gather to share ideas and expertise at Russell Library in Middletown. You are invited to bring your knitting projects, questions, and expertise. No registration is required.  for information about other classes and clubs the library has to offer.

Impart Leadership and ARF Worldwide Leadership host a training event for community and business leaders this Friday at First Cathedral in Hartford, with scholarship funds available for college students to attend. Interested students should immediately contact Dr. Barbara Headley at 860 922-0571 to have tickets reserved.

The Sanctuary at Shepherds Field in East Haddam hosts its third Annual Karmic Relief fund raising event, featuring Comic Hypnotist Dan Larosa, live jazz music, and a silent auction of special works of art by well-known artists and holistic practitioners, as well as food and drink. To buy tickets or to find out more, you can call the Sanctuary at (860) 319-1134 or visit their website at

Bridge Street Live in Collinsville presents comedian Pete Lee on Friday night, a show of guitar music on Saturday night, and a jazz performance by the Noah Preminger Quartet on Sunday night. Check out for more or call (860)693-9762

Now, here's a brief rundown of cinema off the beaten path in central CT this week.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford is showing "JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME" which chronicles a day of unexpected adventures for a 30-year-old slacker, who only intended to pick up some wood glue for his mother (Susan Sarandon). More online at

Real Art Ways in Hartford offers screenings of two documentaries this week. "EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS" follows the renowned Spanish chef Ferran AdriĆ  as he works with his culinary team to develop a new menu for his restaurant. Friday's showing will be preceded by a special molecular bar and food demonstration with local restaurants at 6 PM.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is an intimate portrait of performance artist and musician Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, as they undergo a series of plastic surgeries for their "Pandrogyne" project. More info can be found online at

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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