Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Thursday, January 24th 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.I'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit to hear VOICE of the CITY, and other great shows recorded here on WESU! Thanks for tuning in.

On Saturday afternoon at 1pm, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts the Free Poets Collective, featuring The Meeting House Poets, with the Piano-Bass Duo of David Sergio and Walter Mayo augmenting the poetry with jazz and American Songbook standards.

At 8pm Saturday evening, Jazz Trumpeter Nick Di Maria and his ensemble will be playing original compositions from their upcoming studio release that was recorded at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 Studio.Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it beforehand at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information you can check out online

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight JAZZ HAVEN Presents: The Tony Purrone Trio. Friday, Rizzo's Dilemma makes for a night of hard-hitting improvisational rock. Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday night The Spampinato Brothers take the stage w/ the Ivory Bills . SUNDAY there’s a special show to gather together to celebrate the life of the late, great Sam Velecca with an afternoon of Grateful Dead music. More can be found online at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight,y brings Girls Guns & Glory w/Elison Jackson. Rhett Tyler & Early Warning make for an evening of MondernBlues at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday Night. Saturday night THE ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND brings their roots, blues and soul to Sally’s. More can be found online at

Tonight Russell Library, The Middlesex County Historical Society presents quilt expert, Sue Reich, at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard Room of Russell Library. The title of her talk is “Quiltmaking 1941 to 1945 – The War Years.” Saturday morning the Russell knitters meet and invite you to join them for knitting tips and tricks. All levels of experience are welcome. More can be found at

Friday evening at 8pm Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Music at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello” in Crowell Concert Hall: featuring what might have been heard after-hours in the Charlottesville, Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson, as well as in the slaves' quarters. Featuring performances by singer, guitarist and banjo player Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Dennis James on glass harmonica, singer Jennifer Hope Wills, violinists Robert Mealy and Mazz Swift, cellist Katie Rietman, Christopher Layer on bagpipes and flutes, and Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce on harpsichord.

This Sunday Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Violin & Piano: Dramatic Partners” Featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Erika Schroth alongside Violinist Netta Hadari. At The Russell House on High Street, here in Middletown. Admission: FREE! Sunday also brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to Wesleyan’s Downey House at the corner of High and Court Sts in Middletown from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. More online at

At 8:00 pm this Friday in Hartford, Canadian Brass Trombonist, Achilles Liarmakopoulos and Maestro Edward Cumming with Hartt Sinfonia join Ezequiel Menéndez for Concert to Benefit Jubilee House at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. More information can be found at

Saturday Night in Hartford at 7:30Pm at Real Art Ways, The Taylor Ho Bynum Ensemble presents: The Prince Project World Premiere which pays tribute the work of Pop Icon and songwriter, Prince. More can be found at

Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through tonight Real Art Ways presents 2 screenings of Dave Grohl’s Documentary film, Sound City about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City. More information can be found at .

Tonight, Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, tonight and running through Saturday Wreck It Ralph, an amusing animated movie about 80s-era video game characters who come to life. More at can be found at .

Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5, 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.

Thursday /Friday, 10:30- 2:30am DJ Otto Nation playing an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library

Friday, 2:30-3:30am
Sunspot Loops
A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.

Friday, 3:30-4am
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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