Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday's 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 Thursday, April 11th 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 though out our communities this week:
Tonight at 6:30 pm at the Russell Library author Elisabeth Petry continues The “Veterans' Writing Group” in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library. Also tonight, at 7pm in the Hubbard Room, Specialty physician and author Dr. Helen Evrard will focus on novel ways of dealing with depression in “Positive Tools for Managing Depression.”On Friday at 9am in the “Russell Library Friends’ Book sale kicks off and continues through the weekend.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree on Main St in Middletown, its Writers out Loud, a literary prose open mic w/host Cocomo Rock & co-host Al Bower, Jr. Friday night catch a double at the buttonwood you can catch the Double Bill: Frank Varela & Upstream / Avi Wisnia following Frank’s gallery show opening reception. Saturday mornings you can catch Chi kung (Chee Gung), yoga and empowerment workshops at the Buttonwood. Saturday evening its Ladies Night at The Buttonwood Tree featuring Julie and Jan. Sundays at 1pm Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome to share a meal and help prepare a vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am.

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 recital, and stage productions. For a full rundown, you can check out the Wesleyan Center for the arts website

Today at 4:30 P.M, at Wesleyan’s Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center, the “Music and Public Life series begins with a presentation of "Seth and May". The show will be on Exhibit Tuesdays-Sundays, noon-4:00 pm, through May 26.  More can be found online about events at Wesleyan at

Friday night The WESU Spring Concert series presents a free outdoor hip hop show featuring Boldy James and Gifted Higgs. This is free and open to the public and will happen outside in Wesleyan’s Westco Café Courtyard near “Foss Hill”. The concert will move inside if the weather is not good. To access this and other events, please check the station website at

Connecticut Heritage Productions (CHP) announces the winning plays in the third annual "Connecticut Stories on Stage" playwriting competition. The new works will receive a public staged reading on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Oddfellows Playhouse, on Washington Street in Middletown at 7:00 P.M. There will be a reception following the readings. For reservations or more information contact Peter Loffredo, CHP Artistic Director  @ 860-347-7771 or

The Wesleyan Humanity Festival will take place on April 13th, 2013 on the bottom of Foss hill and intends to bring all members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community together through music, art, and spoken word. The festival will encourage dialogue about—and action against—the existing class, racial, and social rifts that exist within the community. The Wesleyan Humanity Festival seeks to bring passionate, politically aware, and socially conscious artists who have united audiences in the face of difference. Through this day, we hope to inspire an open attitude and to continue the growing movement towards understanding how to create an inclusive community. 

In New Haven  tonight  at Café Nine, Milksop: Unsung with Your 33 Black Angels.  Milksop: Unsung is a psycho-folk band from New Haven and Your 33 Black Angels is a rock band from Brooklyn, NY. Friday at 9pm MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: METZ; w/ Odonis OdonisEternal Summers
On Saturday, April 13th, at 4:30pm, its "Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam," w/ host Mike Coppola Group.  followed at 9pm by: " ODDBALL EVENTS Presents: Bella Morte; w/ Inertia
And then Sunday at Cafe Nine, starting at 8pm, its MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: David Wax Museum; w/ Kingsley FloodPlume Giant 
Learn more all events at

Also in New Haven at Toads Place, tonight 8:00pm at Toad's its "Jammin’ Thursdays: Viral Sound,"  also featuring "Dirty Bunny, Blessed N Gifted, and G.A.S.."  This Friday at Toad's starting at 8:30pm, it’s  “WYBC PRESENTS: BOOLAPALOOZA.”  Saturday at 9:3o pm at Toad's is "THE ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY."

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 8pm its "Jazz Mondays.". Tomorrow at 8 p.m. it's "Michael Palin's Other Orchestra."  Wednesday at 8pm its "Blues Jam/Brandt Taylor."  And thursday starting at 8pm is " Breast Cancer Awareness Night featuring The Beat City Beauties.”More information about these events can be found at
Wednesday night at Café Nine doors open at 7:30pm for the 8pm show featuring  Lloyd Jones with

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

 At Real Art Ways in Hartford “Edgings and Inchings” Opening Friday is “Beyond The Hills,” This visually stunning film was inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, and unfolds in and around a remote monastery. If you want to know more, you can go to

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford is presenting their annual “April in Paris Film Festival” this week. Tonight Cinestudio presents  SANS SOLEIL.”  Thursday night: UNFORGIVABLE  and  Friday might  Cinestudio  presents the French film CACHE” (Hidden)  For more information please go to

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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