Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it'sThursday, September 20th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends.I'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY now airing in our new timeslot,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.Thanks for tuning in. Thanks for tuning in!!

Tonight, the Center for the Arts’s “Performance Now” Film Series, featuring French conceptual dance, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Film Studies 190, the Powell Family Cinema.

On Saturday, from 8 to 10 p.m., the Center for the Arts brings the Anonymous Ensemble’s “Liebe Love Amour!” to the CFA Theater.  The ensemble’s  latest interactive work is a raw, theatricalized "live film" of a search for an understanding of the phenomenon of love, inspired by the iconography of actress and singer Marlene Dietrich and director Erich von Stroheim. The audience's stories become part of the fabric of the piece as they help guide the spontaneous "choose-your-own-adventure" narrative.

Tonight, at the Buttonwood, Friday at 8PM it's a Double Bill Duos: Daphne Lee Martin, Jim Carpenter and Frank Critelli, Saturday at 1PM Chinese Bamboo Brush Painting Workshop, cost is $45, Saturday night it's Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies, Sunday evenings Improv Sunday Workshop with  Topher on Sunday evening.  Come for rehearsals to perform and engage in improvised scenes and sketches.Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 pm Sundays in front of The Buttonwood Tree. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at

On Saturday at the Russell Library, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And all through September drawings, paintings and sculpture by inmates of Connecticut prisons will be displayed at the Russell Library. The exhibit is sponsored by Community Partners in Action, which operates on the belief that the arts are an important tool for inmates to develop life skills while also providing  the general public a window into an often-unseen part of our community. For more information you can access the library's website at

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Then Sunday it’s ASAP Rocky, with three packages of tickets to choose from.
Go to for details.

Over at Café Nine in New Haven, Tonight Manic Productions presents Raymond Raposa with his musical project Castanets, part of the freak-folk movement; also on Thursday, Alameda; and The Mountain.
Friday’s Café Nine happy hour features Robin Banks and Bingo for Booby Prizes, followed Rohn Lawrence and Friends.Saturday, the Afternoon Jazz Jam from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. is hosted by Morris Trent Trio, followed by  CT.COM and ADVOCATE’s WEEKLY GRAND BAND SLAM WINNERS SHOWCASE: Hannah Fair; Dan Soto; GraveRobbers; and Elison Jackson.Then the weekend is rounded out with the Sunday After-Supper Jam starting at 8 p.m., with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More can be found at

Tonight up in Hartford  Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s Advocate’s Grand Band Slam, with Bad Rooster, Forgotten By Friday, and Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent. Friday at Sally’s, just back from Europe, it’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood taking the stage at 9 with a high-energy mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul and funky Texas Blues. Saturday, it’s the Tom Sanders Band, with former Blues Society President Tom and the boys laying down some tough blues rock.More information can be found at

Tonight Manic Productions and the Arc Agency Presents a whole slew of great musicians: Misser, Diamond Youth, Young Statues, Alad Day, Wolves at bay and Baby Grand will be playing the Space in Hamden at 6pm. Admission is 10 dollars and open to all ages. Then on Friday, Dry the River , listend as one of the "100 Best Things in the World Right Now" by British Magazine GQ, will be playing at  the the Space from 7pm, and with a cover charge of 12 dollars.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Friday  it’s Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, with Scotty Don’t and The Green Line, followed by Afton Presents, with a wide array of bands.
Saturday night at Red Rock Tavern in Hartford, it's the Michael Cleary Band. Show starts at 9PM with a 5.00 cover for more information call 860-246-4527
On Sunday the Antlers are playing at the Center Church on the Green in New Haven at 7pm, with a charge of 18 dollars. This show sold out fast last year, so get your tickets soon!

On Monday September 24, Skeletonwitch along with Havok, Early Graves, Pristina, and Shallow Ground will be playing at Cherry Street Station in Wallingford at 7pm. 21 and up, this costs 12 dollars.

Now let’s take a look at cinema – as well as a bit of public art – off the beaten path:
At Real Art Ways, Sleepwalk with Me continues through tonight.
tonight at 5:30 p.m., Real Art Ways presents the unveiling of Adam Niklewicz’s “The Charter Oak,”  a water mural located at 215 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford, on the exterior wall of a long-vacant deconsecrated synagogue. The mural, while barely visible when the wall is dry, blossoms into full detail when water saturates the piece, a symbol of Connecticut’s revolutionary spirit. The iconic image, which appears and disappears from view, is based on Charles DeWolf Brownell’s painting of 1857 in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum. After a brief reception, all are invited back to Real Art Ways for Creative Cocktail Hour. After the initial reception, the mural will be "watered" every day at 3PM until the beginning of November.

A companion piece, “Walking Around a Tree,” will debut on Saturday.  The projection, which animates a young tree that revolves 360 degrees, will be displayed at night, high on the exterior of the AT&T building adjacent to the synagogue. On Friday and continuing into next week, the films “Mahler on the Couch” and “You’ve Been Trumped” will be screened. Information about all events can be found at

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema,  it’s the Woody Allen film “To Rome with Love,” four intertwined stories of Americans and Italians bewitched by the Eternal City.
Then Sunday begins “Farewell, My Queen,” set during the French Revolution and focusing on the emotional lives of four women living at Versailles. Tickets and times can be found at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU right after the jive 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
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!

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 Jesse Brent
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.

Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze
An anti-genre, request-based melting pot. Each episode, we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter. A wild romp through the annals of WESU's music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.

Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex G
We play positivistic, afrocentric and jazz influenced hip-hop/rap that's mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. Basically good food to eat while you listen to good hip-hop.

UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
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.

Rock Fatale with DJ Stella
Featuring the first ladies of rock, from The Marvelettes to Metric.

Sunspot Loops
A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.

Corporate Radio Talk Show Live Superstar 9000 with \.com
The talk show that has the FCC raving! We never cease to disappoint.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. 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
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