Wednesday, February 13, 2013

02-13-13 jive

Good afternoon, its Wednesday,  February 13th 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. Thanks for tuning in. I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!


And I'm Donna Denert. Thanx for tuning in!

We hope life is getting back to normal following the disarray following the historic Blizzard of 2013, and its aftermath. Many thanks to all of the public works employees, contractors, volunteers, good neighbors and first responders who have worked tirelessly and at times without thanks for the best interest of others during this challenging time. 

Here’s a run sown of some of what’s scheduled to happen in the community this week. Keep in mind that many venues and business were set back by the unprecedented weather we experienced this week and as such may not be back up and running yet. We suggest you check with venues directly to make sure they are open for business and are back on schedule.

Down  at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight, is still listed as TBA on their website but Thursday brings the Lip Gloss Crisis 3rd Annual Valentines Day Show where’ New Haven’s own Dot Mitzvah will be the ringleader at this romantic circus-themed burlesque cabaret!  Friday night The Greg Sherrod Band and The New Dirty make for a night of Rock and Roll at Café nine. Saturday at 4pm it’s the weekly SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM w/ this week’s host Tony Dioguardi and Friends. Saturday night brings Daphne Lee Martin celebrating her new release, "Moxie" alongside Ellison Jackson.   Sunday’s SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM will be hosted by Dom Zullo and the Cafe Nine All Stars. You can get more information at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight it’s the longstanding weekly Blues Jam, hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. Thursday brings Jazz Vocalist Dana Lauren, to the Sally’s stage. Friday, Shaka and the Soul Shakers perform their Louisiana sound along with Two Virgins. Saturday brings Paul Gabriel Blues Band to Blackeyed Sally’s.   For more information, you can check out


Middletown Scottish Country Dancers  meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at First Church on Court Street. For info you can Call 860-347-0278

Wed night at BAR in New Haven, Manic Productions Presents Retribution Gospel Choir (featuring Alan Sparhawk of Low) and Tomorrow Tomorrow for a free show for those 21 and over.

George Clinton and parliament Funkadellic return to the Toads Place stage on Thursday night down in New Haven. Friday night THE BLACK SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE AT YALE  presents a performance by the Hip Hop Collective, PHONY PPL at Toads Place.  Sunday at Toad’s GORILLA MUSIC presents the NEW HAVEN BATTLE OF THE BANDS. More can be found online at

On Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Russell library, Author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group, We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences.  The Russell Knitters meet on from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 and invite you to bring your knitting projects. You can access for more info.

Thursday at 4:15 pm, Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: presents the Panel Discussion – “Tennessee Williams after Iguana” at the CFA Hall. This is free and open to the public. Friday at 1:30pm The Wesleyan University Center for the Arts:  presents a Choreography Studio Showing by Emily Faulkner Wesleyan class of 1986 at  Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, on Pine Street.

Saturday night the CFA Wesleyan University Center for the Arts: “Glass Guignol: The Brother/Sister Play” directed by Lee Breuer, who explores the life and work of Tennessee Williams in this production.

Saturday evening The Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: The Graduate Recital of Brian Parks at Memorial Chapel, on High Street at 8pm. this event is free and open to the public. more online at


Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown each Second Thursday (of the month) brings Writers Out Loud! , a literary prose open mic w/host Cocomo Rock & co-host Al Bower, Jr. Doors open at 6:45 for sign-up, presentations begin at 7:15. Friday night Shawn Taylor’s Wandering Roots Trio & the Brian Dolzani Duo play “Fresh new songs, Deep Ol’ Roots” at the Buttonwood.

Saturday Mornings at the Buttonwood Tree bring Chi Quong (Chee Gwong), Yoga, and spiritual alignment workshops. Saturday afternoon at 3 brings an opening reception for this month’s Art Gallery show celebrating the work of Peruvian born visual artist, Juan Carlos Bautista’s “Poetic Art”. Saturday night at 7pm, at The Buttonwood Tree Steven and Resa Ferreira present Streetlight Stories: “Endings and Beginnings” for an evening of stories about healing and transformation, for adults.

Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal. You can help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. Sunday afternoon  at 4pm brings the monthly gathering, Poetry Potluck, which is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track, here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways inHartford, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the  schedule through next Wednesday.  More can be found online at

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight you can catch the new Thinking through Film series presenting “The Lives of Others”, a film that has been called the best film made on living under a police state. Set in 1984 in the German Democratic Republic. Thursday, Cinestudio kicks off a three day run of the 1942 black and white classic Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Sunday Cinestudio kicks off a run of the newest film by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, This must be the Place” details online at

Now here's what's on tap on air at WESU tonight, as we make our way through week 2 our new spring schedule.

Right after the Jive at Five it's The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm, it, Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

From 6:30-8pm it'sFusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Beginning at 8 and running until 9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Next, from 9:30 to 11pm it's Missteps with Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall
Missteps is a club night, record label, and radio show run by Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall that seeks to bring attention to the latest in underground club music from around the world. Missteps focuses on forward-thinking dance music including juke, global bass music, uk-garage, underground house/techno, and wonky beats.

And from  11pm to midnight DJ Quandry presents Shelf Life, an electronic music show consisting of random cds plucked from the shelves of the electronic music section minutes before the start of the show. It's a guaranteed way to discover new, different, and surprising artists in the electronic genre.

From midnight til 1:30am it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Right after Midnight Munchies, from 1:30 to 2:30am it's Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian McCarthy
(Primarily) Sad pop music with a different title-based theme every show; experimental, ambient, riot grrrl, synthpop, baroque pop all somewhat represented, plus more.

And from 2:30 to 3:30am it's Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

From 3:30-4am DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.


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 to 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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