Thursday, February 7, 2013

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, its Thursday,  February 5th, the third day of WESU’s new spring program season, 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 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! 

Now let's take a look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Tonight at the Buttonwood True, and every first Thursday, it’s Bob Gotta's longstanding acoustic Open Mic. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. Friday brings the Alon Nechushtan ‘Words Beyond’ Jazz Trio, a hard-swinging and inventive piano trio.Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30. Saturday night at the Buttonwood, it’s the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band. Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church at on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit

At the Russell Library tonight, it’s “The Beatles: Band of the Sixties,” a 90-minute presentation , supplemented by audio clips of music and interviews with the band. To learn more, visit for more info.

Tonight brings the opening reception of “(Re)viewing Bodies - Selected American Photographs” to Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center . The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by student curators at 5:30. The show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.
Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s Anonymous, Inc. Friday’s happy hour features Dan Green, followed by Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos.Saturday, it’s the SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed by Broken. Sunday’s SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM will be hosted by Dom Zullo and the Cafe Nine All Stars. More can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it's  Heather Maloney and Them Damn Hamiltons, along with Rum Glass Serenade, to Sally’s as part of the Roots Music Series. And Friday, it’s Soul Tsunami. Saturday brings singer/songwriter/guitarist Debbie Davies to Blackeyed Sally’s. More can be found online at

Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. brings a performance of work by Emily Faulkner ,  class of  ’86, to the Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio at 247 Pine Street. Schonberg is on the faculty of Movement Research and her choreography has been seen at venues in New York and Edinburgh.

On Friday and Saturday evening at 8, Gallim Dance comes to the CFA Theater to perform the New England premiere of "Mama Call", a contemporary tale of border-crossing, and "Pupil Suite", set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box with a pre-performance talk at 7:30 on Friday by Debra Cash.  For more information about the events, go to   
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Greater Middletown Chorale sponsors McKay Jenkins, author of “The Last Ridge,” in a free illustrated talk about the 10th Mountain Division, its beginnings in World War II, its epic assault on Hitler's troops in Italy, its impact on America's ski industry and its service today in the Near East. The presentation will be in Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, and a discussion will follow. The Greater Middletown Chorale presents the talk in connection with the world premiere of its newly commissioned work, Letter from Italy, 1944, scheduled for April 28.

Also on Friday, at 8 p.m., at the gallery MAC650, 650 Main St., there will be a fundraiser and dance party to raise money for an animation/video project, “Projected.”,  a pilot project to serve as an example for an after school program and  equipment to be used for movie and video game night at MAC 650. The event features  music from 8pm until 10 p.m. followed by dance music til midnight.

This Sunday At the MHS Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, THE GREATER MIDDLETOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents the high-energy Chamber ensemble, “Fireworks” in a program that moves from the bluegrass to Sacred Harp, Zydeco to Chicago Blues, plus rock and hip hop.  For info call (860) 347-4887or visit

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

At Real Art Ways, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the week’s schedule. Go to for all the details.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, “The Central Park Five,” a documentary about the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino teens in New York City, continues through tonight. Thursday brings one showing of “Bound,” in which a female ex-con moves in next door to a low-level mafioso and his hot wife. As they devise a scheme to rip off a Mafia don, the two women’s friendship begins to heat up. Friday and Saturday bring “ARGO” to Cinestudio, and Sunday through Tuesday, it’s “Chasing Ice,” about the effects of global warming. More can be found at

Now let's look at what's on tap here at WESU tonight with our new spring schedule
+Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

+Free Speech Radio News
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

+Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
Your Thursday night Gospel music connection! 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.


+(2,4) 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.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on radio.

(2,4) Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder
Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.
(1,3,5) UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

+(2,4) The Art Of Improvisation with DJ Jack
I will be playing music 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.

(1,3,5) Rock Fatale with DJ Stella
Featuring the first ladies of rock, from The Marvelettes to Metric.

(2,4) Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice. Step outside the Dr. Luke degeneration into the magnificent streets of the city where the ravings of mad poets and mods dissipate into a smoky rain spilling down on an ocean of umbrellas. The promenade continues, submerging in all dimensions of lyric-centric pop: rock, soul, reggae, folk, R&B, punk, funk, post-punk, new-wave, jazz and wherever else the street winds, from the 1950s to the present. Pop music interspersed with spoken word tracks and poetry readings.

+(1,3,5) Blues After Midnight with DJ Sick Nelden

(2,4) Road Trips with Nina G
Fill up your tank, grab your snacks and let's hit the road. Each week we will travel to a different destination passing the time with some entertaining stories and music to match. DJ Nina G's at the wheel for a trip full of tunes, tales and lots of fun.

Sunspot Loops
A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.

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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The sound bed for Today's Jive at Five features the sound "Irish Step Dancing" from the MiddletownRemix project, 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 learn more online at

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