Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was recorded and produced by: 
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'
 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local... This ain't no commercial radio!

Good afternoon, it's Thursday September 27th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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!!

Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

Over at the Wesleyan Potters gallery shop, from now through Nov. 2, “Fibers,” a show of baskets and weavings, will be on display. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 on Friday.

Tonight at the Center for the Arts presents The Musical Singularity, in which Wesleyan composers premiere organ works to be played by the Memorial Chapel pipe organ's computerized systems. There will also be a performance of a work for all three of the Chapel's organs. See for details about all events.

Friday night at the Buttonwood here in Middletown, check out The Lost Acres String Band, serving up a rich stew of songs and instrumentals from a wide variety of musical traditions with the added spice of some exotic originals. Saturday morning brings the last of three installments of the “Aligned with Source” Workshop for Empowerment, helping us to deal with life’s challenges through understanding. This interactive workshop’s leader Annaita is a Spiritual & Holistic Healer who moved to Connecticut from India and is experienced in applying varied healing modalities to a wide range of issues that may be keeping you stuck.Saturday night at the Buttonwood, check out the Michael Coppola, Barry Ries Jazz Duo, just two players forming the groove, the harmonies, the entire feel all from what they are hearing from one another.Barry Ries plays both trumpet and drums and has performed in every major jazz club in the US,  with many jazz legends. Michael Coppola invented the 9 string guitar on which he exclusively performs. At a show at NYC’s Iridium, Les Paul himself once told Michael “you are really on to something, you’re a real innovator.” He has recently played at The Blue Note and the Montreal Jazz festival On Sunday, in front of the Buttonwood Tree, Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 p.m. 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 through the rest of 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.

This Friday, Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents “The Voice of Kabul,” part of the Music & Public Life: Voices of Afghanistan Colloquium. Ustad Farida Mahwash will discuss her music and life as a female vocalist in Afghanistan. Rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi and members of The Sakhi Ensemble will talk about the group’s instrumentation and performance practice. The event starts at 4:15 at the university’s CFA Hall, and is free.

At Toad's Place in New Haven, on Friday, it’s Snoop Dogg! More details can be found at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven  tonight, it’s Xenosis; w/ Gates of Ivory; Lyra; and Open Denile.
Friday night, it’s the George Lesiw CD Release Show; with special guests M.O.B., the Matt Oestreicher Band. Saturday, the Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by the George Baker Experience, followed by TACO HUT MUSIC Presents: Elison Jackson, a  CD release party featuring special guests. Sunday, MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Bob Log III; w/ Cheap Time; and Milksop:Unsung. More information can be found online at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday night, it’s Royal Sons, and Saturday it’s Entrain.
More can be found at

The Eric Kuhn Group performs at the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown this Sunday. The lineup includes an eight piece band featuring a full horn section, plus Anitra Brooks on vocals alongside Eric Kuhn. festivities begin somewhat promptly at 3 in the afternoon. For info call  860-347-9999

With the arrival of fall, farmers’ markets have given way to country fairs, including these:
Running through Sunday in West Springfield, Mass., it’s the Eastern States Exhibition, or the Big E.  Go to  for the full schedule.The Durham Fair kicks off on Thursday afternoon and also runs through Sunday. Coming up in October are the Berlin Fair and the Portland Fair. 

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

Now let’s take a look at cinema – as well as a bit of public art – off the beaten path:

Last week, Real Art Ways in Hartford unveiled 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. The mural will be "watered" every day at 3PM until the beginning of November. A companion piece, “Walking Around a Tree,” a projection which animates a young tree that revolves 360 degrees, is displayed at night, high on the exterior of the AT&T building adjacent to the synagogue.

Continuing into this week, the films “Mahler on the Couch” and “You’ve Been Trumped” are being screened. Information about all events can be found at

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, begins screenings of “Samsara,” a long-anticipated follow-up to “Baraka,” one of the Cinestudio audience’s most loved films! Samsara - a Sanskrit word meaning the ever turning wheel of life - is a nonverbal movie that was made, according to director Ron Fricke, to “delve deeper into my favorite theme: humanity’s relationship to the eternal.” Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, the images of our planet are simply stunning.

On Thursday, for one showing only, it’s “Windhorse.” Windhorses are the prayer flags and scraps of papers hung in remote mountain passes, on whose backs Tibetans send prayers to the spirits who look after them. The film (set to traditional Tibetan music) was shot secretly under the eyes of the Chinese authorities.Tickets and times can be found at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU’s new fall schedule. 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.

Bach Party with Canyon Girl
Bach Party will feature a unique theme each week showcasing work from a grand pool of classical composers and compositions. Tune in, remain composed, and keep it classy.

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.

Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder
Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.

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.

Jack's Jazz and Jam with DJ Jack
I will be playing music that features that blends styles, genres, and interesting melodic and harmonic arrangements. I would focus specifically on jazz and jazz influenced music, rock n' roll, jam bands, bluegrass, funk, and any blending of the above genres.

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 If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

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