Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday May 16th and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down 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! And Thank you for voting WESU Number One College Radio in the Hartford Advocate Readers Poll! Thanks for tuning in. 

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Here’s a rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining event happening in our region this week.

Right here in Middletown 

On Thursdays, beginning tomorrow through June 20, Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown presents, "Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale"; a one man show by Steven Scionti, set against the backdrop of a post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of his grandfather, Angelo Morello (who owned Angleo's Shoe Repair on Main Street in Middletown). This event and more can be found at

At The Buttonwood Tree Friday night Pesky J. Nixon stops at the Buttonwood for an evening of compelling harmonies and narratives drawing on Zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood Tree presents Qigong (chee gung), Tai-chi, yoga and self empowerment workshops starting at 7:30am. Saturday night bassist and jazz composer Joe Fonda returns to the Buttonwood stage with two of Italy’s greatest jazz musicians: Carlo Morena on Piano and Michele Salgarello on Drums.for an evening of hard swing jazz with a pinch of European romanticism. Sunday brings the Monthly Poetry pot luck gathering to the buttonwood. Sunday evening at 7pm you can catch Klezwoods at the buttonwood tree. Klezwoods is an amalgam of strings, horns and percussion that melds the spirit of traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and original repertoire. More details can be found at

The Russell knitters gather at 11am Saturday morning and invite knitter novices and accomplished to join them to share tips n' tricks. 

The Vermont based Michele Fay Band, an acoustic quartet that features original and roots music, will perform on Saturday, May 18, 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library. More online

The Shaped Note Singers Meet at MAC650 galley on Main ST in Middletown each Sundays from 4:00p to 6:00pm with a potluck follows the singing for participants. Email; nbruce@wesleyan.eduforinfo.

Sunday evening here in Middletown at 6pm The Eric Kuhn Group performs at the Mattabassett Canoe Club at Harbor Park here in Middletown.

At Cafe 9 in New Haven tonight modern-day blues troubadour "Brownbird Rudy Relic;" plays with Orb Mellon and Jason Prince. Friday at Cafe 9 "Paper Hill Casket Company, Castle, and Milksop: Unsung make for an evening of alternative Americana music. This Saturday CafĂ© Nine’s "SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM," will be hosted Tony Dioguardi and Friends. Later on Saturday at 9 pm, "FAKE FOUR Presents: A Benefit Concert for A Probable Koz," in memory of Rob Koziura, featuring Ceschi & Anonymous Inc. I CON the Mic King; Passage (of Anticon) & Ordeal. Sunday May from 3 to 7pm, there will be a benefit for "TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS" featuring Life On the Sideline; Those Guys; Skyline for A day of music and community. Sunday at 8pm "MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Coliseum, w/ California X, and 2 Ton Bug." For a night of loud rock. More can be found at

At Toad's Place in New Haven tonight Juicy J, featuring A$AP Ferg takes the Toads Main stage.This Friday you can catch "AFTON PRESENTS…IN Toad’s LILLY’S PAD." featuring over 10 bands. Also on Friday Toad's present "Shakedown playing The Dead and Beyond," on the Main stage with "String Band" and "Father Time." Opening the show. Saturday afternoon at 4pm, New Haven's Battle of the Bands takes the Toad Place Lilly Pad stage, featuring Red River Soul, Temporarily Famous, Low Key Confusion, Nova Paradox, The Hail, The Planets, Fading Tides, JellyFace, and Credible Evidence.
Saturday night "New Found Glory," brings thier "STICKS AND STONES" 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR to toads featuring Cartel and Living with Lions. These and other events can be found at

The City Singers of Hartford will perform “A Chorus of Peace” at the Wesleyan University Chapel, 221 High Street in Middletown, on Saturday, May 18 at 7pm. This is a benefit event for Artists for World Peace. As part of the evening, Artists for World Peace will host an art show and sale adjacent to the chapel, in the Zelnick Pavilion. More online at

The acoustic duet Rusted Keys, play on the third Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, on Main Street, over the river and through the woods in East Hampton. For info you can call (860)344-8297.

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

Through tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford presents "Hava Nagila", which reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. Opening Friday, at Real Art Ways is "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death. More info can be found at

at CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema kicks off a run of "Place Beyond The Pines," starring Ryan Gosling as a stunt motorcycle rider who turns to crime to support his young son. Saturday at Cinestudio " NT Live Presents THIS House." It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation. More can be found online at

Now here's what's cookin' tonight on WESU, 88.1 FM:

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.

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 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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