Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursdays Jive

Today's Jive was recorded and produced by: 
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'
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Good evening, it's Thursday, Dec. 6th, 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, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community  programming week nights and weekends. We ask you to give the gift of community radio as we kick off our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! You can make a donation right now by calling 860-685-7700 or online at www.wesufm.orgI'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.Thanks for tuning in.

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU's own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited. It's an eclectic selection of subjects that includes musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more. Tonight and every first Thursday, it's Open Mic night with Bob Gotta.
Saturday brings Isra-Alien's CD Release Tour to the Buttonwood Tree. With two guitars and a second-nature connection, Isra-Alien finds the deep ties that bind rock and jazz, Israeli music and global sounds.
Then Sunday, and every Sunday in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares food.  You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. you can always find out more about buttonwood tree events at
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Center for the Arts presents Javanese Gamelan and Dance at World Music Hall.
Also Thursday, at Patricelli '92 Theater, at 213 High Street, the Center for the Arts presents The Tempest, a Senior Thesis production of Nicholas Orvis, class of ’13, as well as a Graduate Composer Concert, at CFA Hall,  .
Friday, as part of Wesleyan's Music & Public Life Series, Richard Kostelanetz, noted literary artist and author of the first biography of John Cage, will discuss the social dimension of Cage's work.

That will be followed by The Wesleyan University Orchestra's performance, in the Crowell Concert Hall, of John Cage's 1973 work "Etcetera,"  which was commissioned by Wesleyan for the inauguration of the Center for the Arts. The piece calls for three conductors to stand before stations of two, three, and four chairs, as orchestra members, seated around these stations and gently playing cardboard boxes, may elect to move to a station and submit to the direction of one of the conductors. This will be followed by a performance of "HPSCHD" by the Wesleyan New Music Alliance in Fayerweather Beckham Hall.

In conjunction with the centennial of Cage's birth, the university's Special Collections & Archives at Olin Library has put up "John Cage Writes," an exhibit of notebooks, manuscripts and photographs from the John Cage Papers, focusing on his literary works. The show also features artists' books influenced by Cage.
On Friday night at the CFA Theater, there will be a performance of the Winter Dance Concert: Impulse.
Saturday at 8 p.m., at Crowell Concert Hall, the celebration of John Cage continues with a performance of his "Song Books," sponsored by the university's Music & Public Life series.
For more information on any of these Wesleyan events, go to

At the First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street in Middletown, the Diversion presents two comedy improv shows, Hartford's Sea Tea Improv, and Middletown's Ben Topher and Friends, performing at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Go to for details.

On Friday, at Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop on South Main St. in Middletown, Kaia Pazdersky, the guitarist and lead female vocalist for the gorup Little Ugly, voted CT's Best Group, will perform at the pottery's Cafe Night.
Also on Friday, the Greater Middletown Concert Association celebrates its 45th anniversary year with a musical gala at the Wadsworth Mansion at the Long Hill Estate  in Middletown.

This fund-raising occasion will feature live musical entertainment, a buffet dinner and a silent auction. For details, call Marcia at 860-347-2035 or Gerry at 860-347-5360.

Saturday, at Central Connecticut State University, an event titled "An Injury to One is an Injury to All: A Conference in Defense of Civil Liberties and to End Indefinite Detention" will be presented. Featuring journalists, activists and scholars from throughout the region, the conference is meant to be a step toward building a movement to defend those targeted for their speech, political activity, race, religion or nation of origin, and to protect basic civil freedoms.
For information, contact Dan by calling 860-985-4576 or emailing him Or go to

Now let's look at what's going on in New Haven.

At Café Nine in New Haven, tonight MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Pearl and the Beard; w/ Lucius; and You Won't. Friday, UNITED RIOT RECORDS and CHANNEL HATE PRODUCTIONS Present: the NY/CT Hardcore Compilation CD Release Party featuring Hooks & Sinkers; Blastmat; and Progress.
Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends, and is followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse and Your 33 Black Angels. The SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM at Cafe Nine is hosted by Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at
Over at Toad's Place, Friday night the Cosmic Dust Bunnies to Toad's, with The Alchemystics; Lucid; and Mandrake Mechanism; with Blinding Yellow spinning between sets. That's followed by Aspen Powers Presents: A HOLIDAY CONCERT SOIREE, with Rohn Lawrence & Friends; Ricky Alan Draughn; Jenna Welch; E.L.E.I.; Timmy Maia; and Trever Somerville. More information about all Toad’s shows can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight John Mayock & the Homesteaders, as well as The Country Trio to Sally's. Then Friday, it's the Rich Badowski Blues Band. And Saturday brings Gina Sicilia to Sally's. More can be found at

Now let's take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight, GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS continues through tonight
Also through tonight, the Loneliest Planet continues. Then Friday opens with The Flat, and the Valtari Film Experiment. Saturday, the late show brings a return of The Room. This and lots more can be found at

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema, starting tonight and running through Saturday, it's "The Perks of being a Wallflower". Friday also brings The Dark Crystal. On Sunday, "Different from the Others", with live musical accompaniment, is the matinee. The evening show is  Roman Polanski's TESS in 4K. More can be found at
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5,Thursday, 5:05-6pm
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.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The soundtrack  behind today’s jive at five is called “Tap Dancing Hens” and is a featured sound of MiddletownRemix <> , a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Greater Middletown, and to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city. You can find this sound as well as many more and learn how to participate yourself, online at

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