Thursday, September 12, 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 Thursday, September 12th.  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. Afterwards I will let you know what to expect on air tonight on WESU, as we kick off day 3 of our Fall program season!

Tonight and Friday eveningDoug Varone and Dancers: will perform "Stripped/Dressed" featuring "Rise" and "Carrugi" at Wesleyan’s CFA Hall at 08:00 PM. There will be a Pre-Performance at 7:30 prior to the Thursday evening performance.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown, it's  Writers Out Loud literary prose open mic at the Buttonwood is hosted Cocomo Rock & Al Bower, Jr. Saturday morning at the Buttonwood starts at 7:30 with Tai Chi and Qigong followed by community Yoga, and self empowerment workshops.     Saturday evening, the Jazz group Nilsson/Fonda/Nilsson celebrates the release of their new CD, “Powers”
. The group features composer, bassist, and recording artist, Joe Fonda alongside Swedish brothers – Anders and Peter Nilsson. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree all are welcome for the meal and to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christon Court Street. for more info. 

Tonight, the Mattabesset Canoe presents a weekly jazz series. Then Friday, you can catch some live blues. for details.

Wesleyan Professor Sarah K. Croucher will talk about Middletown’s Beman Triangle archaeology project on Tonight at 7pm at Russell Library. The Veterans writing group will also meet at 7pm at the library. The monthly Friends of Russell Library Book Sale happens at noon on Friday and The Russell Writers gather this Saturday at

Saturday morning from 10 - 11:00 AM, Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall. Sunday, afternoon   at 3:00 PM, Music at The Russell House: features Chai-lun Yueh, the baritone vocalist, performing 17th and 18th century Italian songs and arias with piano 

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight, Run Boy Run and The Seth AdamTrio share a bill.    Then on Friday, Manic Productions Presents “Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion” plus “The Melodic” and “Frank Critelli”. Café Nine’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends and Saturday night The Manchurians,The Downbeat 5, and Big Fat Combo make for a night of CT rocking rhythm and blues on the Café nine Stage.  Drink Deeply invites you to Swap vinyl with friends and strangers at Café Nine during their Record Swap from 11am-5pm!

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford Friday, Biscuit Miller & the Mix take the Sally’s stage for a night of funk soudl and Rock and Roll. Saturday brings an evening of blues and roots rock and roll with John Fries & The Heat . www.blackeyedsally’s for details. 

Tonigjt Manic Productions presents Pinback and Death fix at the Spaceland Ballroom with a pre show featuring Ovlov in The Outerspace at 7:30. Friday night Manic presents “The Stepkids” and “Mad Satta” in the Spaceland Ballroom as well as a bill featuring O’brother, Native, Daylight, and Old Gray Saturday night at the Space.

The Riverwood Poetry Series, continues on the Second Thursdays each month through November
in The Music Room @ Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. Tomorrow’s program featuresSean Thomas Dougherty from Pennsylvania.
This Saturday, Middletown Gospel Fest! features local Gospel groups and a special appearance by “The Believers” plus food, a community resource booth, and free “gently-used” clothing on Middletown’s South Green / Union Park.  Free Admission - All are Welcome! Noon to 6 p.m.

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:

Through tonight,  Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm. Also on the Real Art Ways screen through Tonight  is: Ain’t them Bodies Saints, a romantic American story set in 1970s Texas Hill country. Opening Friday is: Computer Chess, about a group of software programmers who organize a chess tournament and lay the groundwork for artificial intelligence in the early days of personal computing.  The late night shows this weekend feature:  Rob Reiner’s Mocumentary, This is Spinal Tap. for details.

At  Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues a run of (Wesleyan Alumn) Joss Whedon’s film adaptation of the Shakespeare Classic Much Ado About Nothing. for for information

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming as we kick off day 3 of our new Fall Program Season on WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for:  

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Voted #2 Radio Show – Hartford Advocate “Best Of” Poll 2013
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.

(1,3,5) UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

(2,4) The Turnup and Other Roots with DJ Zing and DJ Ping
Carrots, songs, beets, poems, beats, stories and yams

(1,3,5) The Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex and Jake
Welcome to hip hop kitchen where you’ll hear african, jazzy, soulful, upbeat hip hop and rap mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. basically food to eat while you listen.

(2,4) Public Affairs with DJ Vegetable
Each episode DJ Vegetable sits down with a pair to talk about their relationship, how they know each other and what they are doing in Middletown. We might even listen to some of their favorite music, or have them pick out a new release.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.

(2,4) Live From The Paris Hotel with Atomizer Blue
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice. Step outside the Dr. Luke degeneration into the magnificent streets of the city where the ravings of mad poets and mods dissipate into a smoky rain spilling down on an ocean of umbrellas.

(1,3,5) Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome? with Ethan
Gram Parsons, the fast-living godfather of country rock n' roll, had a radical vision of the music that originated in the country of his roots. Country, soul, fuzzed-out rock; to him it didn't matter, it was all the music of cosmic America. This show will explore the music Parsons made, loved, listened to, and influenced, from the Louvin Brothers to Natural Child.

(2,4) Coachillin’ with DJ Anabeezy
The best of the bands that have played at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

(1,3,5) The British are Coming with DJ Babelfish
Featuring music from the British Invasion to the present, each show will focus on one British city or region, mixing genre and time period.

(2,4) Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian
Sad pop songs with a different title-based theme every show, with a focus on experimental pop, chamber pop, and Kate Bush.

(1,3,5) The Menagerie with Omardaslayer and Tree Paths
Chaos Based weekly genre generation. Also, fun hosts.

(2,4) Diecast with DJ DatAnark and Ser Platypus
Diecast features an element of spontaneity. Your favorite DJs, Ser Platypus and DJ Dat Anark, have compiled playlists from a variety of different genres. On air, we'll conduct a die-toss, and let fate decide what we'll be sonically entertaining you with each show. Special focus will be brought to skating and anti-authoritarian culture.

BBC World News
International news coverage from the famous British news network.

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. Music, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Music for today's Jive, The Cantina, by J-cherry and the Strawberries Recorded live at Coffeehouse Recording Studio. Stay tuned for Rob Derosa

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