Thursday, July 18, 2013

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 Wednesday, July 17th 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! 

Here in Middletown
tonight, the much-anticipated ArtFarm performance of “Much Ado About Nothing,” opens at the Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Marcella Trowbridge and Brian Jennings team up as Beatrice and Benedick. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, this week and next. Each performance starts with live music at 6pm. Opening night is a pay what you can preview and kicks off with a performance by  Layah Jane and Oliver Johnson. Friday night's music headliner is  Kate Callahan,  Phil Rosenthal takes the stage Saturday, and Sunday you can catch the South Indian music of Balu Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson. Lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, are welcome. Much Ado is directed by ARTFARM Executive Director Dic Wheeler and will be accompanied live by the Irregular Orchestra. For information please contact or call (860) 346-4390.

 the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, Mr. Ho’s Orches-tro-tica, a vibraphone quartet voted “Boston’s 2012 Best World Music Act,” performing global jazz and exotic chamber music with world-music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. 
Friday brings Rabbit in the Rye, a progressive folk rock trio to the Buttonwood, at 8 p.m. Saturday morning at 7:30 it’s weekly Quigong (Chi Kung), followed by community yoga.
Saturday night at 8  Jann Klose and Jeffrey Gaines, present a songwriters-in-the-round evening of pop.
On Sunday, there is a worship service at 10 am. From 1-2pm, you can express your rhythmic self with Rumpus.   Also, from 1-2pm. 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. Later on Sunday, at 4, there will be a Poetry Potluck, an opportunity to share and discuss your favorite authors.
Tonight at 8pm, Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts presents hip hop artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and "Word Becomes Flesh." The play documents letters from a young single father to his unborn son using spoken word, dance, and live music. It features an ensemble cast of six emerging poet-performers, who fuse deep honesty, tender stories, playful wit, purposeful rage, and raw physicality to examine the legacy of patriarchy and male privilege, the continuum between fathers and sons, and the relationships between women and men. For more information, please visit the CFA website.

Tonight, the Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park presents Karen Frisk & Co. Friday it’s the Burt Teague Trio. Saturday, All Good performs. And Sunday, it’s Nekita Waller. Go to for more.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, Oddball Events Honky Tonk Throwdown presents New Country Rehab, with The Silks. Friday, The Tragically Said performs. At 4:30, the Saturday Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends. The Sunday-After-Supper Jam begins at 8. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place,tonight is a local showcase featuring Grinning Dog, Ice Brothers, Insano Vision, Kamikaze Fighter Pilots, Kim Torrance Fusion Band, Kings Of Nothing and The Raw Revival. Friday at 8:30 brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and Beyond, with Relative Souls and Full Spectrum. Upstairs at Lily Pad's, at 8, it's Blake Schwarzenbach, (of Jawbreakers and Jets to Brazil) along with Wolves at Bay and New Year’s Resolution. Saturday, the B. Willie Smith Band with Bobby T plays Toad’s, along with Washboard Slim & the Blue Lights. Go for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, Friday, B. Willie Smith plays Sally’s. And Saturday night brings Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling w/ the Jewel Tones. Go for details.

This week is the annual Giant Tag Sale benefiting Tabor House in Hartford, which serves formerly homeless men with HIV and AIDS. The sale takes place at the Sisters of St. Joseph convent on Thursday at 5 p.m. with wine and hors d'ouvres, then on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will feature a large silent auction of autographed sports items and tickets for many attractions, performances and services. For information or to volunteer, contact David or call Loretta at 860-563-9217.

This Saturday join MCB at the Red House in Deep River for some great food, music and fun show starts at 9 .158 Main St Deep River Ct 06417(860) 526-2600

The 22nd annual Greater Hartford Festival Jazz happens in Bushnell Park this weekend and features top notch regional and International Performers for four nights of free jazz in Bushnell Park - next to the State Capitol.. The festival kicks off Thursday, July 18th with “Jazz Scramble at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, at  6:30 p.m. with  music provided by the Liviu Pop Group, a funk & groove jazz ensemble. The rest of the events occur at Bushnell Park. Friday’s headliners are Ed Byrne’s Latin Jazz Evolution and Living legend Arturo Sandoval.  Other highlights include The New Urban Jazz Jam featuring Bob Baldwin, Walter Beasley, Tom Browne, Eric Darius,  a Motown Dance Party featuring Jus Us Band, Ross Tucker's Hot Cat Dixieland Jazz Band, and The Steve Davis Group. The festival will go on Rain or Shine! You can find all of the details online and make a donation to support at

'Tis the season for farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. Here are some: 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, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the town green on Rte. 17.

In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road.

In Higganum Village, on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the market is on the town green, at the intersection of Rtes. 81 & 154. Go to 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 to

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, this week is your final chance to see “Hannah Arendt,” about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist.
 “Byzantium opens friday,” in which two mysterious vampire women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort.  The Friday and Saturday late show is V/H/S/2:  On the weekend, you can catch the New York International Children's Film Festival’s Kidflix Mix, the best short films and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6. Go for details about all events.

At Cinestudio, [Si-Neh-studio] The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is a run of director Roberto Rossellini’s rediscovered and restored 1955 film “A Voyage to Italy,” starring Ingrid Bergman. You can find show times and info

Now here’s a run-down of what's on the air tonight here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:

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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