Thursday, July 25, 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, July 25th and this is the Jive at Five - our 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! 
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown 

Tonight kicks off the second week of ArtFarm’s  “Much Ado About Nothing,” at the the Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, with live musical headliners each night at 6:00. Thursday Night’s musical guest is Lorena Garay. Friday you can catch the piano jazz of Noah Baerman. Saturday, Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard open the show.  Sunday’s musical guest is Rani Arbo. for details.

Through July and August, from 10 am–2 pm, the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown offers  Arts and Crafts activities for kids & adults. Every Monday at 8pm J-Cherry presents the Anything Goes open mic. Wednesday brings a night of Karoke with Deni.  This Friday night, you can catch the Shannon Whitworth Jazz Quintet at the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday afternoon at 1:30 there’s a "Creative Painting With Pastels" Workshop with artist Jason Alster who is the author of the book “Creative Painting for the Young Artist.”

Also, Saturday evening, a new, local bluegrass band, Hesitant Squirrel, plays a mix of traditional bluegrass music and fiddle tunes, songs from other genres played in the bluegrass style, as well as some original tunes at The Buttonwood. 

On Sundays, 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. for details about all events.
The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights.  Wednesdays is a weekly Irish music session. Thursday, there’s a new Jazz Series. Friday brings live Blues to The Canoe Club.  More details can be found  at .

Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, you can catch Manic Productions Presents Night Moves,and  Big Tusk (Featuring WESU Alumni and past Student President, Sam Long, formerly of The Appledaughters).  Olive Tiger opens that show. Then on Friday, Café Nine presents The Mike Weed Benefit featuring M.T., Bearington,  Ponybird, and Violent Mae.

Saturday’s "Afternoon Jazz Jam' will be hosted by George Baker this week. Saturday night, Elison Jackson, Lake Superior,and Kindred Queer share the bill at Café Nine.

Sunday afternoon at 4pm, there’s a Bluegrass Jam w/ Stacy Phillips and Sunday night at 7, Chris Hicks of the Marshall Tucker Band takes the Café Nine stage. Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos open the show.  More can be found at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, Friday, The Matt Zeiner Band takes the stage. Saturday night brings the "X Y Eli" CD Release Party to Sally’s. Go towww.blackeyedsally’ for details.

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is in full swing at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.  This evening from 5:00-6:00pm, poet and columnist Bessy Reyna will present a "Prelude on Richard Blanco" followed by music with master Irish fiddler Martin Hayes.  The evening culminates with a reading by the President Obama's 2013 Inaugural poet Richard Blanco. Details online

The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet, play on the last Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 9:00 a.m.- at BrewBakers, on  Main Street, in Middletown.  860-852-0034

'Tis the season for farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing.  In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's North End at 575 Main Street, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village.  In Higganum there’s a market  on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street. Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Real Art Ways in Hartford, has extended their run of “Hannah Arendt,” a biopic documentary  about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist who’s known for her controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of the Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker and her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil.".  Through tonight, Real Art ways is also showing “Byzantium", in which two mysterious vampire women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Tonight at Real Art Ways its  RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: This weekend brings "Sundance Film Festival Shorts" and the continuation of The New York International Children's Film Festival: Kidflix Mix.  for details.

Tonight [Tuesday] Cinestudio [SIN-EH-STUDIO] The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, wraps up their run of RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER:  Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of "What Masie Knew" starring Julianne Moore. You can find show times and info at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

right after the jive sty tuned for 

-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. 
Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Tonight's music for the Jive, Elusive Dawn, from the album NightWalk, by Joseph FireCrow. Stay tuned for Rob Derosa. 

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