Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Thursday,March 28th 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  at 7:30 is "The Campus Slammer" open mic where College students from Connecticut vie for honors in this inter-collegiate battle of words.

Tonight in Granby
is your food affecting your health? 
Join us in learning more about what genetically modified organisms (GMO) are, and what you can do to limit your exposure.  A brief discussion led by leaders from GMO Free CT, will follow the film.Seating is limited. Please call or email to reserve your or 860-844-8616 This event is co-sponsored by Holcomb Farm

Also tonight at Real Art Ways GMO foods have been on our local grocery stores shelves for over ten years without our consent or knowledge. The good news is that the Connecticut legislature has the chance to pass HB6519 this spring and give us all our right to know. Tonight the panel will be moderated by Tara Cook-Littman, founder of GMO Free CT. You can hear what these leaders have to say and have your questions answered about one of the leading issues of our time. Sponsored by GMO Free CT, GMO Free Hartford, Food and Water Watch Hartford, NOFA, Sierra Club, Willimantic Food Cooperative, Billings Forge Farmers Market and Unitarian Universalist Society East

In New Haven tonight  at Café Nine it's Ports of Spain; w/ Ghost of Chance • "Ports of Spain present the listener with a sound on the cutting edge.The Friday happy hour at Cafe Nine is from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Rob Obie. Later at 9pm it's Rizzo's Dilemma; w/ The Mushroom Cloud • Rizzo's Dilemma is a hard-hitting improvisational rock band from southern CT.
Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 at Café nine, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Billy Cofrances.,followed at 9 by Wayne "The Train" Hancock; w/ Sean W Spellman (Quiet Life).
And then Sunday at Cafe Nine, starting at 8pm it's: Glen Matlock; Sylvain Sylvain.Later on Sunday at 8pm its Glen Matlock; Sylvain Sylvain • In a career spanning over 30 years, Glen Matlock has made indelible contributions to music; first as the original bass player and founding member of The Sex Pistols, to forming the underrated but much heralded Rich Kids. Learn more all events at

Also in New Haven, over at Toad’s Place, on Saturday at 6:30 pm it's BIG JIM’S EGGSCELLENT EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA, with performances by: Rubber Fist, High Octane, Nasty Disaster,Redline,Vengeance, and Evil Eyes.Later Saturday night at Toads at 12pm is THE ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY, students recieve discount pricing upon showing their student id's. For more information, you can go online to

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s "The Blind Owl Band," with Seth Adams.Then friday at 9pm its Mike Crandall Band.Saturday at 9pmitsChristine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. More information about these events can be found at

Wesleyan returns to life following their Spring Break and has a ton of events on the calendar as we enter the season of Senior Thesis presentations: This week, you can view the talents of the graduating seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History. Also on view this week is the work of Allison Kalt, Ally Bernstein, Tiffany Gerdes, Zoe Mueller, Ilyana Schwartz, and Anna Shimshak at Wesleyan’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, on Washington Terrace here in Middletown. Admission is FREE!

You can also catch “Arts - Fire and Bone” this week. This senior thesis production by Lily Haje '13 is an immersive theater experience that allows the audience to explore the physical and mental space of a halfway house for religious martyrs as they interact, reflect, and await judgment. There are two performances per night this Thursday, Fri, and Saturday evenings at 7 and 9. The venue is located at 329 Mount Vernon Street in Middletown. Admission is FREE,  but tickets are required. Contact the Wesleyan CFA box office

Tonight night at 8pm, there will be a senior music recital by Tobias Butler performed at 200 Church, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Admission is free!

Friday at 4pm you can catch Alex Lough’s senior music recital —“Reshaping Traditions”— Performed in the CFA Hall, on Washington Terrace

Friday night at 8pm, Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Stanton presents the “Threshold Sites: The Ultimate Meal” project, a moving exploration of the relationships between body/self, home/community, and environment/ecosystem through the lens of food. This production feautres Wesleyan faculty, alumni, and artists from Connecticut and New York, and features live music and lively dancing, in addition to a communal feast to be shared with the audience at Wesleyan’s Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown, CT.

Saturday night at 7pm, Zachary Sulsky’s senior music recital “Words & Music: The Songs of Cole Porter & Zack Sulsky”will be performed at Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall. admission: FREE!

Also on Saturday night you can catch “The Melting Pot: A Practice in Variation”— another senior music recital at Wesleyan by Robert Burvant. For more information about any of these events, you can visit

Tonight at 6:30at Russel Library @ 6:30 pm, in Meeting Room 2, is "We Were There: Veterans' Writing Group.", inviting veterans to share their stories in their own voices. All veterans are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. For more information about any of these programs, you can access

And now let's take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight and tomorrow brings "The House I live In:";As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans.

Also showing at RealArtways, through tomorrow it's, " Like Someone In Love."

Opening this Friday at Real Artways, is "A Fierce Green Fire;" the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Details about all of these events and more can be found at

From tonight through Saturday Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, is showing "The Silver Linings Playbook," Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence give outstanding, breakthrough performances in a screwball comedy shot through with darkness and uncertainty.
More details can be found at

This Saturday night, don’t miss the next event in the WESU Spring Concert Series: Zammuto, Snow Blink live on stage at Wesleyan’s Eclectic House located at 200 High St in Middletown.Zammuto is an album by The Books member Nick Zammuto. Snow Blink is an indie pop band, currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.All events in The WESU Spring Concert Series are free and open to the public! Learn more online at

And now let's take a look at what's on the air here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown: 
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.
Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you.  

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 to 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.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at Every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Thanx for listening and stay tuned for The Needle Drop.

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