Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday 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 April 4th, 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. 

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

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

Tonight, 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 Tonight,  "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!

In New Haven tonight at Caf√© Nine 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  "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

Tonight 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

The Michael Cleary Band will be in Manchester Friday night at The Main Pub. Show starts at 10. For more information call The Main Pub at (860) 647-1551

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 in Simsbury from 2-9 PM at the Maple Tree Cafe, a benefit concert for the Southern New England Musicians Fund. There will be music all day for. All money raised goes to help musicians in need of help with healthcare and life challenges.for more information 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, tonight, 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."  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 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.

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