Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's,  Thursday March 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. 
Let’s look at some of what’s happening throughout our community this week:

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree Friday evening, it’s Pat Braxton's Jazz at the Buttonwood. On 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 afternoon brings Susan Peak’s Stupendously Wonderful Music Show to the Buttonwood Tree; it’s an interactive extravaganza of silliness and song with audience members becoming part of the show as they dance, clap, play percussion and even bark along to the music – a cure for the winter blues.Saturday evening, it’s Matthew Terrell with music and poetry by performers “to be announced.” 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

Tonight in Hartford:  A.J. Sansen, a singer-songwriter who divides her time between Connecticut and Nashville takes the  Black Eyed Sally’s Stage. Friday, the “Jamband” Jackleg Preachers takes the stage. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s Sarah & the Tall Boys, a nationally touring band that has shared bills with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert Mclinton, Steve Earle and Richard Thompson. More can be found at

On the Third Thursday of each month Creative minds come together at Real Art Ways in Hartford for the monthly Creative cocktail hour from 6 to 10 p.m Tonight’s event features DJs Connie C and Ian Urgo, and a visit from Hartford Prints!  More can be found at

At Best video tonight in Hamden on  Whitney Ave, Ghost of Chance,  Doors open at 8 and there is a $5 cover!!!  

Down in New Haven tonight Cafe' Nine  is The Benders, “classic rockin’ blues with a whole lotta soul.” Friday’s happy hour with Byl Cote is followed by The Mountain Movers; w/ Landing; and Human Pontiac. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker. That’s followed by MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Mount Moriah; w/ Blessed Feathers; and Daphne Lee Martin.  Sunday afternoon brings the Bluegrass Jam, hosted by Stacy Phillips, to Café Nine. That’s followed by the Sunday After Supper Jam with the Café Nine All-Stars.  More can be found at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight is a local punk rock showcase, with Fourth & Goal, Hookie, The Hulls, Portland, and Real Life Parody. The Grateful Dead cover band Shakedown, takes the Main stage on Friday night with Dizzyfish and Nutopia opening the show. You can access this and more at

This Friday evening and Saturday morning, Art Farm will host auditions for their 2013 Shakespeare in the Grove production of “Much Ado about Nothing.”  The auditions will be held in Founders Hall at Middlesex Community College. Auditioners must register for one of the two dates, dress to move, and plan to spend the entire two hours. Anyone wishing to audition as a singer should prepare a short song. Experienced men are particularly encouraged; there may be a limited number of Equity contracts available. Ages 18 and over only, please. A small stipend is available for actors. For more information, email

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

Through tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford is showing “The House I Live in,” capturing heart-wrenching stories of individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs. 

Friday begins a run of the film “Like Someone In Love,” in which a Tokyo student moonlighting as a call girl is dispatched to an elderly new client interested in more than having sex. Details about all events can be found at

Also in Hartford at Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema, tonight continues a special weeklong screening of Werner Herzog’s “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga.” In 2010, Herzog discovered hours of film by Russian director Dmitry Vasyukov, shot in an isolated Siberian taiga, documenting four seasons in a small community of Yet people and their faithful dogs. Thursday and Sunday afternoon, National Theater Live presents “People,” a satire in which Frances de la Tour plays an aging aristocrat pining for the past.
Then Sunday night, it’s “56 Up.” In 1964, Michael Apted was a researcher for the acclaimed documentary “Seven Up!,” that filmed fourteen British kids from the working, middle, and upper classes. Each seven years, the now-director Apted returns with his camera to revisit the same group, and the resulting series is an intimate document of personality, class, and change. Details about all shows can be found at

Now let's look at what's on tap here at WESU tonight.

Right after the jive at Five, stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, featuring The best crop of Connecticut-connected music, presented for a global audience.

At 6 pm each week day Free Speech Radio News from the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting in the service of peace and social justice.

At 6:30 it’s time for Total Praise with Minister Latrecia Presenting A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit! for your Your Thursday night Gospel music connection!

From 8- 10:30  Bill Denert presents an extended spring break edition of Evening Jazz, where hearing is the best experience. Bill presents a broad range of Jazz from swing and be-bop to avant garde and a sprinkling of new releases.

From 10:30-11:30pm Avery is back in the air chair for a special edition of Record Roulette, offering an hour of risky records from the WESU library.

At 11:30pm it’s  Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik-1-Fam, Featuring local hip hop artists across the region alongside tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on radio.

From 12:30-2:30am stay tuned for an extended 2 hr edition of  Rock Fatale with DJ Stella, Featuring the first ladies of rock, from The Marvelettes to Metric.

DJ Otto Nation is Back in the house for a 60 minute set of eclectic music at 2:30 and from 3:30-4am Sunspot Loops offers 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 "Sam Coins" 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

Stay tuned for an hour of CT’s best Hoe grown Music with Rob DeRosa.

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