Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday 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, Sept. 5th and this is the Jive at Five - our daily community calendar and run-down 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, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, Shubalananda Saraswati brings Kirtan, yoga with a musical aspect. Tonight
 is Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta.  Friday evening, The Buttonwood hosts an artist’s reception for Middletown yoga teacher, Divya Jyoti, who will discuss her book, Living Yoga.  All profits from the sale of the book go to support orphaned children and destitute elderly in India.  Saturday morning, there’s Qui Gong (Chee Gung) practice, followed by community yoga and "The Aligned with the Source" empowerment workshop. 
On Saturday and Sunday, The Free Poets Collective presents the MuseFest Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree and various, nearby venues. Among the featured performers will be poet Lori Desrosiers, musician Ian Cloudy,  and the Meeting House Poets with Sandy Sergio.  

On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm.  All are welcome.  You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, happens during Food Not Bombs.  Sunday evening, in a performance described as Itzhak Perlman-meets-Ravi Shankhar, the Om Shalom Trio, combines traditional Jewish music with Classical Indian music. Go to for details about all events.

Also here in Middletown, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club, Harbor Park, tonight, brings the weekly jazz series to the Canoe Club; then Friday, it’s Blues Night. For details, go to

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight, Supersuckers and Hellbound Glory.
Friday at 5 p.m., the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features The Shellye Valauskas Experience to Caf√© Nine, followed at 9 by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages. On Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam with Mike Coppola and Friends.  Saturday night, Uber Levels Up! Version 31 presents Goat Herder, Circus Delecti, and the Moron brothers, a benefit for The Wounded Warrior Project in honor of PFC Scott Ganz. The Sunday After Supper Jam will be with the George Baker Band. Go to for details.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight, brings Sully’s First Thursday Comedy Series. Friday at Sully’s it's the Shag Frenzy Tiki.  Saturday, "1974," voted CT’s Best New Artist in 2012, performs. And Sunday brings the Electric Open Mic night. Go for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, it's the weekly EDM Night. Friday brings DRK Takeover to Toad’s, with Cosmic Jokers, DJ Eludis, DJ Daft b2b SKM, DJ Elation, Slipcell, and Stegga. Sunday, Manic Productions presents S-T-R-F-K-R, with Small Black and Feelings. More info

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday celebrates blues/rock CD release by the Hartford-born Balkun Bros. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s more blues with JR Krauss & the Shakes. Go to for details.

On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s the 1st Friday, Middletown Gallery Walk. Take a leisurely stroll downtown on Friday evening to view the latest art exhibitions. Conveniently located within a 3-block area of the City, you can speak with the gallery owners, the artists, visit bars and restaurants offering specials to gallery walkers, and check out kindred shops offering unusual items of interest. Be a pioneer of this growing arts district. Go to  for more.

In conjunction with the Gallery Walk, the Green Street Arts Center will host an opening reception for artist Barbara Alden DiOrio’s exhibit "Flesh and Bones," featuring pastel and charcoal drawings, relief prints, and mixed media works. Go to for details.

Also this Friday, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan Potters, at 350 South Main Street in Middletown, an exhibition entitled "Tea Time" opens. It features teaparty-themed work in clay, fiber and jewelry crafted by Wesleyan Potter members. Visit for more.

Up in Hartford from Friday through Sunday, it’s the CT Hart & Soul Weekend, a Motown and Soul dance weekend focused on blending quality instruction and music while showcasing the cultural assets of the Hartford area. Go to

Wesleyan University is back in session and on Friday night at 8, the Center for the Arts will present Bach to School, major works composed for the organ in various styles by Brahms, Liszt and Mendelssohn, performed by Wesleyan students and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht. Go for details.

Saturday, from 10-3, the Middlesex County Historical Society marks "Civil War Day,"at The Mansfield House, 151 Main St., Middletown.  This event will focus on the contributions of Connecticut’s Irish community.   Activities include enactments, music by Black Swamp at 11 am and a talk by Cheshire historian, Robert Larkin at 1 p.m.  Call 860-346-0746 for details.

On Saturday, 6-9 p.m., the Middlesex Community College Foundation holds the 2nd annual Red Moon Fest, featuring locally-produced food, wine, beer and art. The event includes both live and silent auctions to raise funds for new and continuing student scholarships. Go to the Middlesex Community College website for details.

This Saturday brings the Many Colors of a Woman Jazz music Festival to The Artists Collective in Hartford on Albany Ave. For over 25 years this Free event has celebrated the passionate, melodious sounds of jazz with a feminine flair. The festival kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and features many performers, Including Nicki Mathis’ Afrikan Amerikan Jazz New Millennium All Stars,  Antoinette Montague, The Women of the Cross, and more. 860.527.3205 for info

As students head back to school and the leaves start to turn, we head into Agricultural Fair season here in CT. Among those starting at the end of this week are fairs in Hebron, North Haven, Wapping, Bethlehem, Granby, Ledyard and Meriden. Go to for the full schedule.

Several farmers' markets in our area are still in full swing. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Halloween, there's a longstanding farmer’s market on the South Green. Through October 25th, on Fridays, in Middletown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The North End Farmers Market happens in the parking lot of It's Only Natural Market on Main St., near the intersection of Liberty St. from

In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green through September 12. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village through September 26 with live entertainment weekly from 4-5pm.  Through October 25th, 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 through October 2nd. 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:

Real Art Ways in Hartford has extended its run of the documentary, Free the Mind, in which Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness to offer new hope for soldiers suffering from PTSD and kids with ADHD. Also continuing through tomorrow it's "Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm". Directed by Jacob Hatley, this intimate documentary finds the late, four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his 2007 acclaimed comeback album, Dirt Farmer. Friday begins runs of Ain’t them Bodies Saints, and The Harder They Come. starring Reaggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Go to for details.

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford is showing Hairspray to Cinestudio. Friday and Saturday, it’s The Heat. And Sunday brings Mud. Go to for more.

Now here’s a run-down of what's on the air tonight in this final week of the summer season, 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.

At midnight, Clarence Scott presents Overdrive for more contemporary gospel music and Christian comedy.

Dub Revolution takes over at 1:30 offering archived episodes of this popular WESU Radio show exploring the world of dub reggae as well as it’s offshoots and influences.

At 2:30 DJ Otto Nation presents The Graveyard with an eclectic mix of music from the WESU vaults until 4am when the BBC World News Service kicks on.

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. Stay tuned for Rob Derosa. 

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