Thursday, May 2, 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, May 2nd, 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. 

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Here in Middletown from 5 to 7 tonight, at the Buttonwood, brings the weekly Open Mic night with Bob Gotta to the Buttonwood. Friday night at 8, students from the guitar dept of the Hartt School of Music will perform solo and chamber works for classical guitar, including a guitar quartet arrangement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3;  trios for flute, viola, and guitar by Sergio Assad and Astor Piazzola; and solo works by Villa-Lobos and other major guitar composers. Saturday morning at 7:30, come to the Buttonwood for Qigong (Chi Kung) and Tai Chi, followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates, starting at 8:45 p.m.  At 10:30 Saturday morning, the Free Poets Collective Presents Faith Vicinanza and Mar Walker reading poetry from their collections. That's followed at 1 by Alon Nechushtan's Words Beyond jazz trio. 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. Sunday evening at 7 brings The Great Make Believe Society to the Buttonwood, with different styles of improv comedy based on your suggestions. Details about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Tonight at 7 brings "Celebrating Four Decades of Javanese Dance: A Retirement Celebration" to World Music Hall. Honored will be Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny. Also on tonight  at 8 p.m. in the Davison Art Center's Alsop House, there will be a senior music recital, "The Entropy of Dynamic Structures" by David Preddy. Then at 10 p.m, it's the annual Organ Romp, with Wesleyan student organists performing new music, silly music, rock, pop, Bach and slop, at Memorial Chapel, where else?

On Friday at 2 p.m., at the World Music Hall, the Center for the Arts presents Decades of Javanese Dance.  Then at 8 p.m. on Friday, there will be thunderous and exhilarating Japanese Taiko drumming at Crowell Concert Hall. 

On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. , student choreographers will present works created during a year of dance composition studies. The venue is the Patricelli '92 Theater, 213 High Street. The Friends of the Wesleyan LIbrary host their Special Spring Book Sale starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Olin Library on Church Street. 

Also on Saturday, at 7 p.m., Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Huan Li, will perform a variety of Chinese instrumental music—traditional, modern and hybrid. That's at Crowell Concert Hall. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a senior music recital by Madeline Holland at World Music Hall.  

Sunday at 2 p.m., it's Wesleyan's World of Dance Concert, with dance students performing various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance) and Javanese dance. Also on Sunday, at 4 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers meet at Downey House, at the corner of High and Court Streets.

Information about all Wesleyan events can be found at

At the Russell Library on Saturday, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; bring your projects.
On Sunday at 2 p.m., take a musical journey to the roots of Israeli music. Presented by Congregation Adath Israel in its large social hall on Broad Street.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight brings Beenie Man to Toad's. Friday, it's Move and ELECTRO/DUBSTEP/HOUSE/HARDSTYLE/TRAP/DNB, with DJ's spinning in three rooms. Saturday, it's the ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY. And Sunday, Manic Productions presents, Restorations, with
Call It Arson and Dagwood. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight, it's the Larry Mitchell Trio. And Thursday, it's Todd Kramer; w/ Josh Taylor; and Magee Makes Three. Friday's happy hour features Shellye Valauskas and Dean Falcone. 
Then the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola, followed at 9 by blues with Debbie Davies. Sunday, Drink Deeply presents the Summer Surf Series with Commercial Interruption. 
Sunday's After Supper Jam is hosted by theLegendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. Go to for details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight is the CT Blues Challenge, one of the best “Blues Competitions in the country!  Friday, the Allegra Levy Band featuring Sean Clapis plays Sally's stage. and Saturday, it's Johnny Rawls. Go to for more.

Now let's look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, A Place at the Table and Lore play through tonight. Then begins a run of The Angels Share. Go to for more.

CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema, shows tonight My Brother the Devil. Friday brings Academy Award Nominated short films of 2012, live action, then animated. And Sunday, it's War Witch. 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.

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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