Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursdays 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, June 13th, 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! 

Thanks to all of the WESU supporters who contributed to our Spring Pledge Drive. With your help we are able to keep our unique brand of community radio going strong. Here’s our community calendar for this week.

Tonight Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale, is set against the backdrop of a post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of Scionti's grandfather, Angelo Morello (who owned Angleo's Shoe Repair on Main Street in Middletown) is Playing Thursday nights through June 20, at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. 860-347-6143

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree, is Writers Out Loud Talented prose writers of every ilk come to Writers Out Loud! Writers Out Loud!, a literary prose open mic w/host Cocomo Rock & co-host Al Bower, Jr.

Friday night The Buttonwood Tree presents a singer songwriter Double Bill featuring An Evening with Joy Ike & Hannah Christianson. Joy Ike has been compared to the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, and Regina Spektor.   On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Qigong (sounds like > Chee gung) and yoga to Self empowerment workshops. Saturday  night the buttonwood tree presents  George Cole and his band for an Evening of  Gypsy Jazz & Uptown Swing.

Sunday, is a busy day at the  Buttonwood.  With a worship service at 10am. Then 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 them before hand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Sunday afternoon at 1pm brings Rumpus, a platform for others to explore their own music. At 4pm The monthly Poetry Potluck is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike. Sunday night at you are invited to Celebrate James Joyce by sharing his works with others.  Music TBA. Irish breads provided by O’Rourke’s Diner. The event is hosted by hosted by Abby Reynolds. Costumes are optional. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at .

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturday, June 15, 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3. Mustard’s Retreat, the classic folk duo with David Tamulevich and Michael Hough, will perform on Saturday, June 15 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room. More can be found online at

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New haven, there’s a BURLESQUE-A-PADES BEACH PARTY. 
Friday night brings The Joiner Inners, Fiesta Brava, and Back From Earth to Caf√© nine.  
The weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends this week. Then, Saturday night Elison Jackson, Ports of Spain, and Head with Wings  take the stage. Sunday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Ivan & Alyosha; w Neulore  at the Nine. Details about these and other events can be found at

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight it's Thursday VADO & TROY AVE Take the Toad’s Main stage.  Friday SHAKEDOWN returns to Toad’s to play music of the Grateful DEAD & BEYOND with Off The Dome and The Big Takeover opening.  Saturday night LESS THAN JAKE Hostage Calm, Pentimento, and Wolves at Bay play the Toad’s main stage while Afton presents 8 bands on upstairs on the Lily pad Stage.  More can be found at 

at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, Friday Atlanta Singer Songwriter Chris Massey and his Band take the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s the blues stylings Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. More can be found at

This Saturday in East Hampton is the Strawberry Festival! Celebrating local music and Main Street. There will be vendors and local music all day. WESU's own J-Cherry and Tim Sparks are playing at Highergrounds from 8-10PM. J-Cherry and the Strawberries play original music with a flare for poetry and americana roots rock, with percusive backup from gigglejuice. Gigglejuic is playing at 4:30 at Highergrounds. Also The acoustic duet, Rusted Keys,  plays this Sunday morning  beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, 70 Main Street, East Hampton, , (860-467-6643).

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, this week you can catch  Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, the world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences.  You can get more information at for details.

Cinestudio reopens with The new Italian Film, "Reality" which runs through next Tuesday.  tonight and Sunday, National Theatre Live’s newest production staring Helen Mirren reprising her role of Queen Elizabeth II  in a new play by Peter Morgan broadcast from London’s Gielgud Theatre at Cinestudio. HBO and Cox invite you to a special screening of the first episode of Season 6 of True Blood on the big screen at Cinestudio on Friday, June 14 at 7 pm.   You can find show times and more info at

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

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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