Thursday, May 9, 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
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Good evening, it's Thursday May 9th, 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! Thank you for voting WESU number 1 College Radio in the HArtford Advocate Readers Poll! 

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Here in Middletown this week

Tonight  through Saturday, Oddfellows Playhouse’s Teen Repertory Company presents Nightmares & Streetscapes: An Evening of One Act Plays.The evening features comedies and dramas by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Eric Lane and Peter. Tickets are available online at Oddfellows Playhouse or by calling 860-347-6143.

Tonight at the Buttonwood at 7 is, Writers Out Loud open mic night. 
Friday at 8 is folk musician Arlon Bennett’s CD release concert, celebrating “World of Possibility.” 
Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chi Kung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. 
Saturday evening, there will be a double bill of folk music with Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine & The Levins. And, of course, on Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Also on Saturday evening, at 7, it’s ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash, featuring interesting and unorthodox performances of Shakespeare, live music, costumed characters, celebrity host Chion Wolf of WNPR, food and drink, all in a festive Elizabethan atmosphere where masked adults have fun in a children's museum. Perform! Imbibe! Enjoy! It all happens at Kidcity in Middletown. Contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390 or email

Tonight, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Javanese Gamelan and Dance. That’s at 7 p.m. in World Music Hall.Friday afternoon at 3, the Center for the Arts presents West African Drumming & Dance. Choreographer Iddi Saaka and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will perform with their students in West African Dance courses, as well as guest artists and drummers.That’s in the CFA Courtyard (rain site: Crowell Concert Hall), Washington Terrace. Friday at 8, the Toneburst laptop & electronic arts ensemble, directed by Assistant Professsor of Music Paula Matthusen, begins with a series of works for live electronics, including premieres of new works written for the group by Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila and Carl Testa '06. That’s at World Music Hall. 

On Saturday afternoon, at 2 at World Music Hall, the Center for the Arts presents Middletown Remix, a festival of art and sound.  After a year of exploring, sharing, and remixing the sounds of Middletown on the Wesleyan University's MiddletownRemix website, celebrate the city's acoustic identity at a festival featuring four world premieres of works commissioned for the festival, three live DJ sets, two art/sound installations, a laptop orchestra, food trucks, graffiti art, improv sketches, and a gallery walk. Master of ceremonies is DJ Arun Ranganathan (pr: Rang a Nathan) and there will be a flash mob dance at 2:30 p.m. MiddletownRemix is a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables people to develop and express the acoustic identity of greater Middletown. details online at

Photographic scenes of Middletown by experienced and up-and-coming local artists are featured in the "Hear More, See More" exhibition, which accompanies Wesleyan University's Middletown Remix "Hear More, See More" festival on May 11 from 2-5 p.m.The free opening reception is May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at MAC 650 Gallery, 650 Main Street, Middletown. The show, originally called "Angles of Middletown," is curated by Carolyn Reeves, president of the MAC 650 Artist Co-op, as part of the North End Gallery Walk. The photographic tribute to Middletown features images from novices to professionals, and shows a variety of shots of the city.
Details at the CFA website and Middletown Remix. Finally, on Sunday, at 4 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers meet at Wesleyan University’s Downey House, at the corner of High and Court Streets. Information about all Wesleyan events can be found at

Friday and Saturday, The Friends of Russell Library hosts its Book Sale. Learn the times Also on Saturday, at 2 at Russell Library, is Roger Ceresi’s All Starz Concert , featuring an eight-piece horn band.

The Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library will sponsor a program by Connecticut Gravestone Network founder Ruth Shapleigh-Brown on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, in Middletown. The mission of the Connecticut Gravestone Network is “to educate the public on the importance of old graveyards and cemeteries in our history.” Shapleigh-Brown will give a talk on how to preserve and study our cemeteries as a way of connecting with the past. For more information, please call Ray L’Heureux at 203-237-3614.

On Saturday evening at 7:30, the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the new MHS Performing Arts Auditorium at Middletown High School. The center is at 200 La Rosa Lane. E-mail for info or call (860) 347-4887 or (860) 346-3369
Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight is a local rock extravaganza with Action Potential, The Alpaca Gnomes, Broadcast Hearts, Disable Time, Funk You Up, Great Blue, Red December, Samsara, and Vienna. Friday brings Ghostface Killah’s 12-Reasons-to-Die-Tour, with Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn, Debo, and Rowdy City. That’s followed by Gorilla Music Presents Black Heart Heros’ Birthday Suit Bash, with Victim of Innocense; Esrede; Simple Machinery; Runamuk; Lightsbane; Raven Down; Kudra; and Mind over Master. Saturday, it’s Project/Object, the Music of Zappa & More, with five Zappa alumni: Ike Willis; Ray White; Ed Mann; Tom Fowler; and Denny Walley. That’s followed by Electron, featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner from the Disco Biscuits, Tommy Hamilton from Brothers Past, and Mike Greenfield from Lotus on drums.  More can be found at

Also in New Haven, tonight Cafe Nine, it’s Moving Broklyn, with Chaser Eight and Chris Gallo. Friday’s happy hour features Solin. Friday, Manic Productions Presents: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper; w/ Xenia Rubinos; and Double King • Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Gary Grippo and friends. That’s followed at 9 p.m. by Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys; w/ Girls, Guns, and Glory • Sunday’s After Supper Jam is  hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. for details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight is the CT Blues Challenge and Friday brings the Chris O’Leary Band to Sally’s. Then Saturday, it’s the legendary Roomful of Blues. Go to for more.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.

Through tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues its run of "Lore" which follows 5 German children at the end of World War II, who undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. 

Real Art Ways is also showing the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winning comic fable "The Angels Share" through tonight. There will be no films shown on Thursday. Friday night RAW opens a run of the new film from renowned filmmaker Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, The New World), "To the Wonder." Friday, Real Art Ways also opens a run of "Hava Nagila," a documentary that makes the case that the film's namesake song  is much more than Jewish kitsch  and that it embodies an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. More can be found at

Tonight, CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, begins a run of Pablo Berger's distinctive new silent film version of Snow White that pays tribute to the original Gothic dark romanticism of the Brothers'
Grimm. Details 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 Five:

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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The soundtrack  behind today’s jive at five is called “Tap Dancing Hens” and is a featured sound of MiddletownRemix <> , a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Greater Middletown, and to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city. You can find this sound as well as many more and learn how to participate yourself, online

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