Wednesday, April 3, 2013

04-03-13 Jive

Good evening, it's April 3rd, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! 


And hello everyone! I'm Donna Denert! Thanx for tuning in!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in the community this week:

We are in the midst of Thesis season for Wesleyan’s graduating seniors. This means lots of opportunities to catch free visual art openings, music recitals, and stage productions. For a full rundown, you can check out the Wesleyan Center for the arts website at

Tonight at 8 P.M, Writing at Wesleyan presents a reading by Award-winning Author Colum McCann at Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT. who will read from his recent book, "Let The Great World Spin", which has been described by Esquire as the first major post-9/11 novel.

WESU is a sponsor of "Music & Public Life", a year long exploration presented by Wesleyan University, featuring Time Stands Still, a festival/conference dedicated to musical notation today through Saturday, April 6, featuring the U.S. premiere of the London based choir The Vocal Constructivists performing the U.S. premieres of works by Wesleyan's own music professors Ronald Kuivila and Paula Matthusen. More information is available at

Thursday, from 5:00-7:00 pm, Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center presents an exhibition opening: "Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today" and gallery talk at 5:30 pm by Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies. The show will be on Exhibit Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 4:00 pm, April 5 through May 26. More can be found online about events at Wesleyan at

Over at the Buttonwood Tree tomorrow evening it's "Open Mic with Rob Gotta". Sign Ups start at 6:30. Come play and be heard. Friday at 7:30pm is "The 8th Annual CT Jazz Composers and Improvisers Festival presented by Joe Fonda. Saturday at 7:30am is "Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung)" Later on Saturday morning at 8:45am is "Community Yoga and Tai Chi." Followed by At 10:30 am by the "Aligned with Source Workshop for Empowerment." And Sunday at 1pm at the Buttonwood is "Food Not Bombs," plus “Cooking for Peace and Social Justice.” Food Not Bombs shares food about 2 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. And Sunday at 3pm is "Tipples" – International Improvised Music. And Sunday at 7pm is the "Great Make Believe Improv Show." Watch The Great Make Believe Society perform different kinds of improv comedy!


Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s,Thursday starting at 8pm is "The Truck Stop Troubadors."
More information about this event can be found at

In New Haven tonight at Café Nine at 8pm is "The Gosh Darn (note: don’t say this word on air for FCC violations) Gallows" and "American Speedway". On Thursday at 8pm MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Spirit Family Reunion; w/ Christopher Paul Stelling; and Goodnight Blue Moon.

Friday at 5 p.m. at Cafe nine you can catch "We Dat Brass Band." Followed at 9pm by: Barmaids (members of The Eventide); w/ Progress. On Saturday, April 6th, at 4:30pm, its "Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam," w/ host the Mike Coppola Group. followed at 9 by: "CIRCUS DELECTI , 11-YEAR ANNIVERSARY MASQUERADE BALL." And then Sunday, starting at 2pm, it's LIPGLOSS CRISIS BURLESQUE & CABARET FUNDRAISER!! Come help Lipgloss Crisis raise funds to start a storefront studio in New Haven to host arts shows, events, and mentor inner city children with art.

Learn more all these events and more at

Also in New Haven, over at Toad’s Place, tonight at 7:30 pm is "CONSPIRATOR," along with "The Cosmic Dust Bunnies." Later on tonight at 10pm is "EDM Night" . On Thursday at Toad's its "UP TO NO GOOD TOUR w/HEADLINER MIKE STUD," also featuring "OCD (Moosh & Twist)," "Huey Mack," and "Jitta On the Track." This Friday at Toad's starting at 7pm, MINDSNAP MUSIC PRESENTS: “CHAINED BY SABBATH” Featuring "Sludge Factory (Alice In Chains Tribute)," "Earth (Black Sabbath Tribute)," "Lightsbane," "Goat Herder," "Fear Apparent," "Risk All in Life," and more to be announced. Saturday at 9:3o pm at Toad's is "THE ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY."

For more information, you can go online to

Thursday evening at 6:30pm Author Elisabeth Petry continues The Veterans' Writing Group in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library on Broad St in Middletown. American pop, country and folk singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Johnson will perform on Thursday, at 7pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library.

The Russell Knitters will meet on from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 You are encouraged to bring your knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. More can be found online at

This Saturday April 6, at 2:00p at The First Church of Christ, Middletown, you can catch a concert with "Diamond" Dave Somerville and Marshall Lytle (founding member of Bill Haley's Comets) For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday April 7th brings WESU’s Annual Spring Record Fair and Sale to Wesleyan’s Fayerweather Beckham Hall on Wyllys Avenue in Middletown from 11am-4pm. WESU Record Fairs feature dozens of vendors selling thousand of records, cds and music of all genres in all formats plus WESU gear, Prizes food and WESU DJs spinning vinyl Live. Admission is Free and the event is open to the public. More can be found online at


And now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, is "Monday Matinée: Jour de Fête" with 1pm refreshments, and a 1:30pm screening followed by a discussion after. And tonight through thursday, at 5pm and 7:30pm Real Art Ways presents "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."

Tonight at 6pm at Real Artways is "Real Board (games)" They provide the games! Bring your friends and, if you want, a game or two that you don't think they'll have. Opening Friday at RealArtways is a showing of "On The Road," Based on Jack Kerouc's beloved American novel. Details about all of these events and more can be found at

Tonight at 7:30 at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, there is a showing of "Casablanca -For The Thinking Through Film Series.".More details can be found at


And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:

Right after the Jive at 5, it's the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30 it's
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

From 8-9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Then from 9:30-11pm it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
On the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

From 11pm-12:30am it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk
Serious Turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, Ragga Jungle, and Breakbeats mixed live since 1998.

From 12:30-2am it's Midnite Munchiez with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Then in the wee hours from 2-3am it's Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.

From 3-4am it's Motion Picture Soundtracks with $pace Cadet, DJ Shoelace and DJ Sandwich. Tune in to soundtracks of movies that don't exist

The BBC World News begins at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s programming at 5am with Morning Edition from National Public Radio.


That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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