Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thursdays Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'
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Good evening. It's Thursday, March 7th 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. 

Let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight it’s  and every first Thursday, it’s Bob Gotta's longstanding acoustic Open Mic at the Buttonwood,  Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. On Friday,  award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen comes to the Buttonwood. She  joins voices with acclaimed musicians Mara Levine and Gail Wade for a sound that’s described as both intensely dynamic and uniquely beautiful.Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30.And on 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

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Middlesex Historical Society brings Trinity College Prof. Christopher Hager to the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room for a talk titled,  “Shock and Awe in 1862: American Writers and the Meaning of the Civil War.” This program is being held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s exhibit, “Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War,”  on display at the Society’s headquarters, the General Joseph Mansfield House on Main Street in Middletown. For more information, call the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.

Also at the Russell Library, from Friday to Sunday, the Friends of Russell Library host their monthly Book Sale to help raise funds for library projects and services. Go to www. for details. 
And on Saturday at 2 at the Russell Library, former Congressman Bob Steele will discuss and sign his new novel, “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction Of A Small New England Town.” The novel comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling.

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight at 7:30, Fistful of Jokes Presents: Myq Kaplan; w/ Josh Gondelman; Andrew Morgan; Jerry Morgan, Derek Toombs; Craig Taylor; and Mike Finoia for a special night of comedy! 
The Friday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. features Sal Paradise. That’s followed at 9 by  Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 at Café nine, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and friends, followed at 9 by The Manchurians; w/ Party Horse; and The Radiation. Sunday, at 4 p.m., it’s the St. Patrick's Day Party w/ The Butcher Boys and Bold Ruckus. That’s followed at 8 by the Sunday After Supper Jam: w/ the Cafe Nine All Stars. Learn more at

Also in New Haven, over at Toad’s Place Friday brings Talib Kweli to Toad’s, as well as Cory Mo and Mr. Council and the Dwight Street Players, featuring Sotorios of Political Animals. Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, it’s Just One More, playing U2 and other Irish favorites, presented by New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and Youth Gaelic Sports Club. On Saturday afternoon at 4, it’s the New Haven Battle of the Bands in Lilly’s Pad, presented by Gorilla Music. Competing will be: Factors; Delayed Awakening; Stamps the Goat; Hot Chaos; Lion's Teeth; Destination Dimension; Kudra; Bellow; Dead and Gone; Skratch Happy; and Everybody Hates Me.  Later on Saturday, Riders on the Storm plays a Tribute to the Doors. Also performing: The Bonesmen; Eightfold; Agenda 21; Trag; and The Hell Catz. Then Sunday at Toad’s, it’s Every Time I Die, with The Acacia Strain; Vanna; Hundredth; and No Bragging Rights. For more information, go to

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s The Skatalites plays ska at Sally’s. Also playing: The Excitement Gang. And Friday at 9, it’s Studebaker John & the Hawks playing blues. Saturday at 9 brings Avenue Groove, a Connecticut-based R&B, funk and dance band, to Blackeyed Sally’s.   More can be found online at

On Saturday and Sunday at Wesleyan, it’s the 14th annual Dancemasters weekend master classes, one of the most-anticipated dance events in the Northeast. The two-day dance immersion combines inspiring performances by premier companies with master classes by expert instructors. Go for details.

Now let’s check out cinema off the beaten track here in central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight brings “Caesar Must Die,” about inmates in a Roman prison who are preparing to stage Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.  Then Friday and Saturday bring “Crispin Hellion Glover Night One,” a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different illustrated books, projected behind Glover during his performance. Different slides will be shown each evening.Friday also brings a screening of “It is Fine! Everything is Fine,” a semi-autobiographical, psychosexual tale of a man with cerebral palsy fantasizing about a life in which society not only understands him, but finds him physically intimidating and sexually attractive. 
Then Sunday begins a five-day run of “Knife Fight,” an inside look at American politics with Rob Lowe playing a savvy strategist. Details about all events at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight brings the Oscar-nominated “How to Survive a Plague” to Cinestudio for one showing. It’s a documentary set during the 1980s AIDS crisis in New York City. Then Friday and Saturday, it’s Life of Pi, winner of the Oscar for best director, original score, cinematography and visual effects. Sunday begins a three-day run of “John Dies at the End,” with Paul Giamatti. It’s described as “deeply amusing, in the sickest possible way.” Details can be found at

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

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.

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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