Thursday, May 30, 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 commercia

Good evening, it's Thursday, May 30th, 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 archives 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 our community calendar:

Tonight at The Russell Library,  Author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group in Meeting Room 2. More online at

Tonight in East Hampton at Higher Grounds Coffeehouse, on Main Street, it's their monthly youth open mic from 6-8PM. Friday night it's open mic too from 8-11PM.

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New haven, ODDBALL EVENTS Presents: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen with The Hillbenders, and Five in the Chamber for some rocking roots music. Friday night brings the anticipated Duece Bug MANTIS album release show to Caf√© nine.  The weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will hosted by Mike Coppola, this week. Saturday night Nightbitch, Gasoline Therapy, Thrillhouse, and Feed the Pigs make for an all Heavy Metal lineup. DRINKDEEPLY Presents a Summer Surf Series with Ninth Wave and SPF-4 at 3pm Sunday afternoon. More can be found at

at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, Friday, The Mighty Soul Drivers bring the classic Soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and points South to the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s the blues styling of the Roberto Morbioli Band. If you want more information, go to

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight, TEA LEAF GREEN and The Spring Standards Take the Toad’s Main stage.  Friday brings COSMIC DUST BUNNIES, The Manhattan Project, Full Spectrum, and Blessed & Gifted with ConnetiCON .DJing set breaks.  Saturday brings the annual Toad’s Place MEMORIAL DAY FUNKFEST FT. REARVIEW & SISTER FUNK, Mr. Council, Soul Circus, and  Funkinachea.  Go to for details. 

Hear What's In the Heart: A Shoemaker's Tale is written and performed by Middletown native Steven Scionti (Shon - tee), who journeys through the post funeral events of his grandfather Angello Morello, painting a theatrical family portrait in a series of humorous and poignant vignettes. The one man show is on stage Thursday evenings at 7:30 through June 20.  Information and tickets are available by calling 860-347-6143 or visiting  

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street Friday night you can catch a singer songwriter Double Bill featuring Marci Geller and Kristen Graves. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Chi kung and yoga to Self empowerment workshops. This Saturday  night the buttonwood tree presents another double bill, this time with Singer Songwriter, Frank Critelli and the banjo, trumpet, cello, violin, and upright bass wielding ensemble, Goodnight Blue Moon.

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it before hand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Sunday afternoon at 3pm at The Buttonwood, Canadian performance artist Jonathon Ellison will share his experiences of clowning to prevent Cholera, clowning for kids with HIV, clowning for the elderly, joining a theatre company in Sri Lanka to tackle heroin-use and young girls being sold into marriage, clowning in a Mumbai slum, and his most recent experience of being kidnapped and married off by a large group of African women.

Sunday night at 7pm, The Great Make Believe Society performs different kinds of improv comedy at The Buttonwood offering an opportunity to experience improvised scenes created right before your eyes, based on your suggestions! 

During June there will be a new mixed media exhibit on display in the buttonwood gallery by Carole Dubiell.Her show Forest, Form and Fantasy features works on brown paper, copper, paint and more on canvas with a Reception TBA. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at .

On Sunday afternoon, here in Middletown, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at Wesleyan’s Downey House gallery on High Street. A Potluck follows the singing. Bring a dish to share. Contact Neely Bruce at  for further information or directions.

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

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford this week, you can catch  “Molly's Theory of Relativity,” a sexy, funny, surreal, and devastating portrait of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer who, having unexpectedly lost her job, is poised to make perhaps the first reckless decision of her life.

Also showing tonight  is the film, “Gimme the Loot,” in which Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teenage graffiti writers from the Bronx, hatch a plan to get revenge on their rivals by tagging an iconic NYC landmark.  This weekend brings Room 237, a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining plus a screening of the original Thriller, The Shining. for details.

Through tonight Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, continues their run of  "Safety Last", the Harold Lloyd classic where he hangs perilously from a large skyscraper clock.  You can find all show times at

We’ve already slipped into our new Summer program schedule, here at WESU. Here’s a rundown of tonight’s  line up:5:05-6pm

-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.

Underdogs Edge with DJ-1-Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on radio.

Sunspot Loops

A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.
 DJ Otto Nation mixing up hot music from the WESU archives.

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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