Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was 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 evening, it's Thursdy, March 14th 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! Thanks for tuning in. 
Here's a rundown of some of what's happening in the area this week.

Here in Middletown:

At the Buttonwood Tree tonight it’s 7:00 brings the "Writers Out Loud" open mic to the buttonwood stage featuring prose writers of every ilk come hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower JR.  Sign up is at 6:45.  Friday at Cotton Hollow Rising brings you songs of love, songs of war & peace, of hearth & home, and of the people from the American West to the Celtic Isles. Saturday mornings starting at 7: 30 the Buttonwood offers, Qigong (Chi Kung), yoga, and self empowerment workshops.   This Saturday, at 2:00pm there’s Stop Smoking through Hypnosis workshop.  Saturday night Award-Winning Composer Joshua Kwassman brings his mini jazz orchestra to The buttonwood  to release Songs of the Brother Spirit for an evening of Contemporary Jazz. Every 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 for information on all of these happenings.

In Middletown, The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park opens for the season this Friday March 15th, Featuring live music with Danny Quinn at 5:30 and on Sunday at 4pm The Canoe Club features fiddle  player Jeanne Freeman alongside accordion player Loretta Egan Murphy. At 7pm  there’s also an Irish music session. Visit for more information
Tonight at 6:30pm at The Russell Library in Meeting Room 2 is the "We Were There" Veterans Writing Group. Also Thursday evening at 7pm The Library presents a viewing and discussion of the documentary The King of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters spotlighting the world of competitive video gamers.   

Friday at 9:30am in the Hubbard Room is an Introduction to Image Editing with the free computer graphics program, GIMP where you can learn to crop, resize, color correct, add text and fix scratches and blemishes to yoru digital images.  Saturday at 11am in Meeting Room 3, The Russel Knitters invite you to bring your knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.  

Tonight at 8pm  at Café Nine down in New Haven ,ODDBALL ENTERTAINMENT Presents: Alt-country singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier; alongside Scott and Joanna.  Friday night at Cafe Nine it's JEFFREY THUNDER'S BIRTHDAY BASH featuring: The Vultures, Fatal Film, The Lost Riots and The Hempsteadys with DJ Live Mike spining between sets. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 at Café nine, it’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ this week’s host, Tony Dioguardi and friends.  Later Saturday night Steve Broderick , best known for playing with Trans Siberian Orchestra for the past 10 years takes the stage. Sunday night at Cafe Nine, its the SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM open mic with host The Cafe Nine all Stars.  More can be found at

This Saturday,  The Michael Cleary Band will be at the Red House
in Deep River. This is a great club with yummy food so come on out and get
your groove on!

Over at Toad’s Place, Friday at 7pm at Toads The Cosmic Dust Bunnies take the main stage with Viral and Brass Tax opening.  Saturday night at Toads UPCROWN NEON & TRUE CREW PRESENT: DANK including Trap, Dubstep, Electro, House, and EDM. For more information, you can go to for more details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it's  starting at 6:30pm is the Hole In the Wall Fundraiser w/ Sundance Kidz.  Friday at 9pm The Lance Lopez Band w/Sal Iacobucci and Dreaming the Blues perform at Sally’s.  Saturday at 9pm Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood perform their  mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul and funky Texas Blues.  More can be found at

Now, here’s a rundown cinema offerings off the beaten track here in central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through tonight, you can catch the award winning Documentary Searching for Sugarman about the all but forgotten American musician Rodriguez who was un beknonst to him a superstar in South Africa. Also showing through tonight is: “Knife Fight,” an inside look at American politics with Rob Lowe playing a savvy strategist. Friday night you can catch "The House I Live In" a documentary examining the real effects of the War on Drugs.  Details about all events can be found at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight begins a run of Steven Spielberg's, Lincoln. More can be found online at

now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive at Five it's

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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