Wednesday, April 24, 2013

04/24/13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 24th, 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!

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Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on though out our communities this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight it's Karaoke with Deni. Friday at 10 p.m. brings Turkish-born guitarist Sinan Bakir and his trio play the Buttonwood. Saturday morning at 7:30, wake up with tai chi and quigong at the Buttonwood Tree, followed from 8:45 to 10 .m. by free Community Yoga. Saturday night at 8, the Celtic duo Lilt, playing the flute, Irish tin whistle, bouzouki and banjo, performs. On Sundays at 1pm Food not bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree. Are all are welcome to share a meal and help prepare the vegetarian far at the First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. More information about all Buttonwood Tree events can be found at

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine, tonight at, The Woggles play at 9 w/ The 509ers; DJ Dave Coon and Fast Eddy.

Thursday, it's Richard Barone; w/ The Mendition of the Quay • Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since his beginnings on radio at age seven as “The Littlest DJ” and later fronting indie-pop icons The Bongos, Barone has produced countless studio recordings and has collaborated with artists in every musical genre -- from Lou Reed and Moby to Liza Minnelli, Tiny Tim and most recently, Pete Seeger.

Friday's happy hour brings Lonesome Billy and Friends to Cafe Nine, followed at 9 by The Proud Flesh, celebrating the release of a new album; along w/ Hanging Hills and Johnny Mainstream.

The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker this week, followed at 9 by Deni Bonet, who has recorded & performed with Cyndi Lauper, REM, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Richard Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock and many others. Sunday's Bluegrass Jam from 4 to 7 is hosted by Stacy Phillips, and the Sunday After Supper jam is hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. You can go to their website at for more information.

Tonight over at Toad's Place in New Haven, brings Trinidad James, followed by the weekly EDM Night with DJ JiggaWompz & Joey Fedz.

Thursday, it's Stalley of MMG and Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond; also playing is Weird Beards; and Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights. Saturday, the Brave Enough Tour comes to Toad's with a special solo performance by Sara Bareilles; this show is sold out. Sunday at Toad's Place, it's the Dillinger Escape Plan, with The Faceless; Royal Thunder; and Xenosis. You can access for more details about these events and more.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight at 8, it's the Blues Jam with Tim McDonald. Then Thursday at 8, the CT Blues Challenge comes to the Sally's stage; it's one of the best blues competitions in the country. Friday at 9, troubadour Peter Karp and blues-and-roots artist Sue Foley come to Blackeyed Sally's. Then Saturday at 9, it's blues artist Roxy Perry's All Star Revue. More details can be found at

Tonight at 6, the Connecticut Poetry Society holds its monthly meeting in Meeting Room 3 of the Russell Library. The meeting is open to the public. Also at the library, on Thursday at 7 p.m., David Fitzpatrick, the author of Sharp: A Memoir, speaks at Russell Library about his 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder and self-injury. This program is cosponsored with River Valley Services, a community mental health center serving Middlesex County. For more information about these events and upcoming ones you can access

Over at Wesleyan's Davison Art Center, this evening at 5 p.m., an artists' panel made up of Meredith Stern, Marshall Weber and Josh McPhee will discuss "Art and Social Justice." The talk is in conjunction with the Davison exhibition: "Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today."

Also at Wesleyan, at 8 p.m. tonight, Eileen Myles reads from her recent work at the university's Russell House, 350 High Street. She has produced more than 20 collections of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, and libretti. A reception and book-signing will follow the reading. For more information, call 860.685.3448 or visit Writing Events at

On Thursday at 8 p.m., the Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings "Peony Pavilio," by Tang Xianzu, mixing opera, dance and stylization with contemporary American performance practice, to the CFA Theater.

On Thursday  at 7 p.m. at Wesleyan's World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, the Indonesian Performing Arts & Public Life Symposium opens with an Indonesian puppetry lecture demonstration. Sundanese three-dimensional rod-puppet plays (“wayang golek”) and two-dimensional Javanese shadow-puppet plays (“wayang kulit”) are two of the well-known cultural performances in Indonesia. Kathy Foley, Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Institute of Sacred Music Fellow at Yale University, and Wesleyan University Professor of Music Sumarsam will talk about performance technique and musical accompaniment of the plays. The lecture demonstration will be followed by a wayang and gamelan rehearsal by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito. A related event on Friday at 4 at World Music Hall is a talk by Kathy Foley about the presence of Southeast Asian puppetry in the West, and a talk by Sumarsam about electricity in contemporary Javanese wayang performance. The Indonesian Performing Arts & Public Life Symposium is part of “Music & Public Life,” a year-long campus and community-wide exploration, celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines.

Thursday night at 7:00 p.m The public is invited to a forum, "Hot Topics in
Higher Education" presented by the Greater Middletown branch of the American
Association of University Women. The 3-member panel will lead the discussion
"Hot Issues in Higher Education,"  at Wesleyan's  Wasch Center on Lawn Ave
in Middletown. Panelists include  Sousan Arafeh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor,
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department, Southern Connecticut
State University in New Haven, Sonia Manjon - Ph.D  Wesleyan University's
Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer,.,
and Anna Wasescha, Ph.D  former Deputy Director of the National Center for
Technology Innovation.   For any further information about the forum, or the
AAUW branch in Middletown call 860 346-0862 or 860 347-4887.

The Meriden Daffodil fest celebrates 35 years this Saturday and Sunday. The
fee annual music festival in Meriden's Hubbard Park celebrates a return or
spring with "food, flowers, fireworks and fun." Amidst the 650,000 blooming
daffodils in Hubbard Park, visitors can enjoy an  arts and crafts sale; the
crowning of Little Miss Daffodil; a carnival with Ferris wheel,
merry-go-round, giant slide, pony rides, miniature train; and "Meriden's
Silver Fork," the food tent that houses 50 food vendors all from community
non-profit agencies, each selling at least one unique food item. Saturday
night is capped by a spectacular fireworks display, The event attracts over
100,000 spectators annually. Rob DeRosa, host of WESU's Home grown local
music show on Thursday afternoons, has put together another diverse line up
of entertainment for this year's festival featuring  over 30 bands on three
stages. Some of the acts you can find are Frank Critelli, Mark Mulcahy, The
Alternate Routes, The Ivory Bills, Poor old Shine, Orchestra Afinke, River
city Slim, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Dan Stevens, and PBS kids songs Steve
Songs plus much more. Details online at

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, "A Place at the Table," a look at food insecurity in America, continues through Tomorrow. Also featured tomorrow through Sunday will be a special exhibition and benefit sale, The Animal Sculptures of Elbert Weinberg. Proceeds will support Real Art Ways Visual Arts programming and the Elbert Weinberg Trust. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Then Friday begins a run of the film "Lore": Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. The late show on Friday and Saturday is "Upstream Color." Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. is React/Interact, an interdisciplinary brainstorming experience in which participants from all backgrounds -- tech savvy, artistic, science-minded, or simply curious – become part of the creative process. Registration is limited to just 20 participants; you can register for free by email or phone. Details about that and the rest of the schedule are available at

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema, tonight through Saturday, it's "Spring Breakers," featuring a wannabe rapper played by James Franco. Then Sunday begins a run of the Israeli documentary "The Gatekeepers," radically honest conversations with six retired members of Israel's top secret security force.

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

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

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

From 6:30-8pm it'sFusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Beginning at 8 and running until 9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Next, from 9:30 to 11pm it's Missteps with Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall
Missteps is a club night, record label, and radio show run by Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall that seeks to bring attention to the latest in underground club music from around the world. Missteps focuses on forward-thinking dance music including juke, global bass music, uk-garage, underground house/techno, and wonky beats.

And from  11pm to 12:30  DJ Quandry presents Shelf Life, an electronic music show consisting of random cds plucked from the shelves of the electronic music section minutes before the start of the show. It's a guaranteed way to discover new, different, and surprising artists in the electronic genre.

From 12:30 til 2:00am it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for.

Right after Midnight Munchies, from 2:00 to 3am it's Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian McCarthy
(Primarily) Sad pop music with a different title-based theme every show; experimental, ambient, riot grrrl, synthpop, baroque pop all somewhat represented, plus more.

And from 3:00 to 4am it's Tracking Transcience..

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 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.

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