Thursday, August 8, 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 commercial radio!

Good evening, it's Wednesday, Aug. 7th, 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, at the Buttonwood Tree, arts and crafts for kids and adults are offered free every weekday through August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get happy with arts and crafts all summer long! 

Thursday evening at 6:45 brings Writers Out Loud!, a literary prose open mic, to the Buttonwood Tree. Friday, the Taubl Family Singers & SOUND Proof Vocal Ensemble play the Buttonwood at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Barone-Keene Piano and Guitar Duo perform an evening of Italian and central European music. 

On Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You may help prepare the food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Rumpus, which usually plays during Food Not Bombs, will instead be at Middletown’s Music Festival at Middlesex Community College, from 12-8pm. There's more about the festival later in the Jive. For more about Buttonwood Tree events, go to

Also in Middletown tonight, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Yard, it's Irish Session Night; Thursday brings the weekly jazz series to the canoe club; then Friday, it’s Friday Night Blues. For details, go to

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, it’s Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, and The Old Ceremony. Thursday brings The Please, Please Me and Brandon Patton to Café Nine. Then Friday at 5, the weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Tom Hearn, followed at 9 by Eddie Clendening & the Blue Ribbon Boys, and The Barley Hoppers. 

The Saturday Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30. That’s followed at 8 by a benefit for Dave Lamb of Brown Bird, featuring Joe Fletcher And The Wrong Reasons, Proud Flesh, Elison Jackson, and Amanda Bloom. The Sunday after-Supper-Jam is with the George Baker Band. You can go to for details about all of these events and more.

Also in New Haven on Friday, it’s Explosions in the Sky, with José Oyola & the Astronauts. Saturday is the EDM/DUBSTEP Glow Party. 

Saturday, Gorilla Music presents the New Haven Battle of the Bands. Sunday at Toad’s, Del the Funky Homosapien plays, along with Full Blast Movement and Debo. Go to for more details.

Up at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s the Blues Jam at 8 hosted by Brandt Taylor. 

Tonight brings Southern Hospitality to Sally’s. Then Friday, Jen Lowe performs lovelorn poetic verses and catchy choruses that will remain in your head like fireflies in a mason jar. 

Saturday, River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs bring exuberant southwestern Louisiana sounds to the Sally’s stage. Go to www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

On Saturday at 6 p.m. there will be Summer Jazz on the Lawn at Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street, Middletown, featuring Middletown-born Mike Augeri and his Mike Augeri Jazz Project. The performance benefits the historical society.

Also on Saturday evening, beginning at 7 p.m., the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform a free concert  as part of a Riverfront Recapture Concert. That’s at Great River , 301 East River Drive, East Hartford. The rain date is Sunday. For more information about the band and its complete concert schedule, visit

On Sunday, WESU's own DJ J Cherry and the Middletown Commission on the Arts present the 2nd annual Middletown Music Festival. It takes place rain or shine from noon to 8 p.m. at Middlesex Community College. This year's lineup features the Michael Cleary Band, The Mighty Soul Drivers, Two Virgins, Super Trance, Gigglejuice, and J-Cherry and the Strawberries. Learn more

Several farmers' markets in our area are in full swing. Here are two: 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. Go to 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, Blackfish continues through tomorrow. It’s the story of a performing killer whale that killed several people. The film combines shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. 

The 2013 Sundance Shorts continue through tonight. Also this evening, Real Board Games are played at RealArtWays. 

Tonight at 6 p.m., Neighborhood Studios brings Eye on Video! to RealArtWays. Neighborhood Studios is a nationally recognized education program that provides students with a hands-on arts intensive learning experience. 

Friday begins a run of the film Crystal Fairy: on a trip through Chile a boorish American expat and three Chilean brothers set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations and wind up with more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for. 

Friday’s late-show screening is of Jaws, keeping swimmers out of oceans since 1975. Then the weekend brings matinee screenings of the New York International Children's Film Festival: Party Mix. Go to for more information.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, the digitally restored 1969 classic Hello Dolly opens in glorious 4K ultra-high-definition. Directed by Gene Kelly and starring a young Barbra Streisand, it’s the story of a widowed Yonkers matchmaker who has a way of bringing light into everyone’s lives. You can find show times and info at

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

-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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