Thursday, October 18, 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
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Good evening, it's Thursday Oct.18th 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 weeknights 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 what else is happening in our area:

Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,”  in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie. Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues,  accompanied by Steve Wade, also on for guitar. Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at

The 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002 is now being held at the University.  A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan's students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death. (The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at

On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.

This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies' 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to

On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.

Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World -- A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna. The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.

This Saturday, from 10am-4pm, friends of the Wesleyan Library will be having a book sale at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street. There will be over 5,000 academic and popular books, priced from $1-$5. if you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please email

Now through November 27, "Saved from Europe: the Kallir family Collection of Austrian and German Literature" showing the book collection of Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir who fled war torn Europe and emigrated to New York in 1939. This will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the Smith Reading Room in Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, and runs until November 27.

The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.

Saturday at the Canoe Club, at Habor Park, the Graham's Quakers, a quasi-unplugged group with 2 guitars, bass,  vocals, and no drums, will be playing.
Then on Sunday from 5-8pm its Joey Pass and the Three of Us featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ramsey Lewis.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum. Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests. More information can be found online at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas,  Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella's Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found online at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More can be found at

Now here's what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. tonight  being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.

And on Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit. Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt's “It's Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan,  a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets. Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s). More can be found online at

Tonight at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.

Tonight, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City. Details can be found at

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

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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