Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thursday's 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, February 21st 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. 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. 

Here’s a run sown of some of what’s scheduled to happen in the community this week.

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight Alex Vans and the Hide Away performs indie rock at 8. Friday at 8, it’s Ari and Mia Friedman, a sister duet harmonizing as they explore the traditions of Southern Appalachia and Northeastern fiddle music. On Saturday, community yoga is offered at the Buttonwood Tree beginning at 8:45. Also on Saturday at the Buttonwood, it’s An Afternoon with Liela Marie Fuller, a poet whose first collection has been called an emotional roller coaster ride from joy and happiness to sadness and pain.  Then Saturday night at 8, enjoy Federico Ughi’s music at the Buttonwood. His music infuses the New York avant garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome. 

Then Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal. And, you can help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit their website at

At Cafe' Nine, in New Haven, tonight at 8, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys play at Café Nine. Friday from 5 to 7, it’s the Friday Happy Hour , with Byl Cote, followed by TACO HUT RECORDS & PROMOTION Presents Jose's 25th Birthday Bash featuring Party Horse; Milksop:Unsung; and You Scream, I Scream. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam, with host George Baker at Café Nine, followed at 8 by Royal Thunder; with Ancient Wisdom; Bedroom Rehab Corporation; and Stone Titan. Sunday, from 4 to 7, it’s the Bluegrass Jam at Café Nine, hosted by Stacy Phillips. That’s followed at 7 by the Sunday After Supper Jam, with host Dom Zullo and the Café Nine All Stars. Details can be found at

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight  Friday at Toad’s, it’s the award-winning Shakedown, playing the Dead and beyond. Also playing are Down-Stairs Sally and Eggy & the Delegates. Then Friday, Afton Presents in Lilly’s Pad: Paragon; Molly Maine; Boltcutter; Fortune’s Gale; and Bob Raymond and Guests. Details can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight,  8 brings Little Ugly with Paper Hill Casket Company to Blackeyed Sally’s. Then Friday, John Fries is back, this time with his trio The Heat and special guest Matt Zeiner. Saturday night, it’s Milo Z, a New York institution. For info on all acts, go to

At Wesleyan University tonight at 7 p.m. in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, a senior music recital—“Music of the Night Chorus”—will be presented by Brian Goodell. Go to for details about all of these events.

Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., over at Russell Library, a program on Starting Your Vegetable Garden from Seeds will be offered. More information can be found at

On Saturday at 7:30, the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents “Maria de Buenos Aires,” an opera by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, including tango dance pieces, at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane (off Newfield Street) in Middletown. For information, contact Barbara Arafeh at

Now here's a rundown of cinema – plus an event AT a cinema-- off the beaten track, here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the schedule through tonight.  Tomorrow, and every third Thursday, it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 10 p.m., when creative people come together for conversation, art and music. The music will be by DJ Occult 69. Friday through next Thursday brings the film “Searching for Sugar Man,” nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, to Real Art Ways. Also on Friday: Michelle Ellsworth’s “Preparations for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome.” More can be found online at

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight through Saturday, it’s “Skyfall,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Then Sunday brings “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” another Oscar nominee. The film was made by Wesleyan film grads. Times and other details at

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


The Jive At Five

A daily community calendar and rundown of WESU’s evening programming.

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.

(1,3,5) The Middletown Weavers with DJ Ping and DJ Zing

(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
Blues sounds great. But it sounds best on vinyl after midnight. Listen to DJ Sick Nelden as he takes you through the many stories and sub-cultures of the Blues.

(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.

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