Thursday, June 6, 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
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Good evening, it's Thursday, June 6th, 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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Now, here’s our community calendar for this week.

Tonight brings The “Art for Haiti” art exhibition to Middletown. This Gallery show features the work of 12 visual artists in support of “Movin' With The Spirit", a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Haiti’s poorest communities. WESU is proud to sponsor  Art For Haiti’s exhibit at Wesleyan’s  Zilkha Gallery in Middletown on display June 6-15  with an opening reception, This Thursday, June 6, from  5-7pm featuring – wine, hors d'oeuvres, an opportunity to meet the artists and a global mix of music by our own Ben Michael aka DJ Big Bent. Among the artists is WESU's own Bauer Hour host David Bauer, along with Andria Alex, Paul Baldassini, Catherine Epright, William Lawson, Ralph Levesque, Connie Nichols, Leif Nilsson, Tina McCurdy, Joyce Senesac and Balam Soto. The curator is our good friend Pierre Sylvain. We hope you will join us to celebrate fine art and artist supporting a worthy cause.  Art For Haiti will be held in Wesleyan’s Zilka Gallery 283 Washington Terrace. Call (860) 685-2695 for all of the details.

Also in Middletown on Thursday, Oddfellows Playhouse presents “Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale,” a theatrical family portrait celebrating the life of an Italian grandfather from Middletown. The show’s creator, Stephen Scionti, plays all eight characters, including some Middletown fixtures whom longtime local residents may recognize. The show will be performed every Thursday through June 20.

Here in Middletown, tonight at 7, it’s the long running acoustic open mic night with Bob Gotta. Friday at 8, the Eight Mile River Band plays bluegrass. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Gung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday at 8 brings a co-bill of country-soul and folk pop with Emily Hurd and Stephanie Lynn. And, of course, on Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree at 11am. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Also, all month, the Buttonwood will be exhibiting “Forest, Form and Fantasy,” a show of mixed-media works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Next Monday night from 6:30 to 8:00 there will be a meeting of the Middletown Medical Reserve Corps at the Cromwell West Street firehouse. Anyone, both medical and nonmedical, is welcome to attend.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight brings Funk Master Flex & Uncle Murda. Saturday, youc an catch the bands are Austin Diogo, DJ Blink, A-Ron & Kapsoul, Greddy, Diatonic, Jimmy Fingaz, Tango, Psylar, Larry Luck, CarmyFresh, and e|roc. Also on Saturday in Lilly’s Pad, Gorilla Music presents New Haven’s Battle of the Bands, with Chaser Eight, Friends Without Benefits, The Ultra Violets, Grinning Dog, Victory Am I, Kamikaze Fighter Pilots, Set In Motion, Great Blue, Funk You Up, and This Was A Tragedy. Go to for all the details.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight at 8 it’s the Peter Herger Band with The Mudd Band. Friday’s happy hour features Monster Eats Pilot, with Bowen Arrow Three and The New Dirty. On exhibit  will be musically-inspired art by Dan Greene. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo. Saturday night, Oddball Events presents Bluegrass Hoedown #5, featuring 10 String Symphony; w/ the Rosenthals; and Cricket Tells the Weather. Sunday’s Bluegrass jam is hosted by Stacy Phillips. And the Sunday After Supper Jam is hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. Go to for more information on all of these events.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight it’s blues guitarist Chris Tofield, Live from Las Vegas,with Ray Morant, Matt Zeiner, Eddie Corvo and John Peckman. Friday starting at 5 p.m. brings the Black-eyed and Bluesfest, the 14th annual blues festival in the park, with four great bands: the Rich Badowski Blues Band; Barrence Whitfield & the Savages; Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez; and Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. The Rich Badowski Blues Band will also play at 9 at Sally’s. Saturday at 9, it’s blues chanteuse Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, channeling the sound of Delta guys who got electric in that transitional period in the '40s and '50s on their way north. Go to for details.

On Saturday, it’s Much Ado About Something: The Shakespeare Series, part 1. Middlesex Community College and the Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM are collaborating to offer a three class series focusing on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday mornings in June. The classes are offered in preparation for ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove production of Much Ado, which will be presented on the College campus July 18 – 21 and 25 – 28.

Also on Saturday in Middletown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Middlesex County Historical Society Participates in Connecticut Open House Day by participating with dozens of other museums around the state by offering free admission. The museum is at the Society’s headquarters, the General Joseph Mansfield House, 151 Main St. Current exhibits are award winning Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War and Within These Walls: One House, One Family, Two Centuries, the story of the Mansfield house and the family who occupied it. Of particular interest is a display of items owned by General Mansfield who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam, and personal equipment used at the First Battle of Bull Run by Charles Pelton, the founder of Pelton’s Drug Store.

On Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at the MAC650 gallery on Main Street. Potluck follows the singing. Bring a dish to share. Contact Neely Bruce for information.

And at 7 p.m. on Sunday, as well as at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society will hold auditions for The Yeomen of the Guard at Congregation Adath Israel, 8 Broad Street, Middletown. For more details, call 1.800.866.1606 or visit the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society online.

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford continues screenings of Room 237, a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining plus screenings of the original thriller itself.

Tonight only brings Burn to Real Art Ways; it’s an action-packed documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters. Also continuing this week, courtesy of Real Art Ways and Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema, is the 26th CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.  Opening Friday is Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,the world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor, a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. Saturday marks the return of The Room; the best terrible movie ever is booked for monthly late shows at Real Art Ways. Visit  and  for details and links to trailers.

And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air tonight 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.

10pm - Midnight
Underdogs Edge with DJ1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on radio.

Midnight 1:30am
The Block Party with DJ Storm
A nostalgic throwback with an eclectic mix of 80's-90's music from all genres, pop, hip hop, dancehall, reggae, punk rock or r&b. Come take a journey through this historic 20 year period and fall in love with music again.
1:30 – 2:30 am
Dub Revolution (Archives) with big bent
Presenting archive episodes of this popular WESU radio series, exploring the evolution of Dub Reggae and related music.

2:30 – 4am
The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation
An eclectic mix of music from the WESU library. 
The Graveyard Shift With DJ Otto Nation

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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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