Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday's Blog

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, Oct. 17th, 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 weeknights 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. 

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree this evening  brings the monthly Writers Out Loud poetry and prose open mic event. Friday at 8, the Trio, Cotton Hollow Rising, performs an acoustic mix of Americana folk, ballads, Celtic, blues & more. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chee Gung) and community yoga. Saturday at 8 p.m., the Karen Frisk Jazz Group plays. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm while Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, happens inside. You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian Food Not Bombs meal earlier at 11am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Also, this Sunday, at 4, there will be a poetry potluck, where patrons share poetry – not food . Information about all of these events can be found on their website at

Tonight at 7 p.m. brings the Artists Creating Artists Book Discussion Series with Hedda Kopf to Russell Library. She will lead a discussion of Regeneration by Pat Barker . This book discussion series explores the way writers/artists represent the creative process in their novels and memoirs. On Friday morning, from 9 to noon,  the library offers a program on improving your digital

Also on  tonight at 7 p.m., the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents Films by Liz Magic Laser, class of ’03. It’s a screening of her three short films—Distressed, Mine, and Flight. More info can be found at

And at 8, the Center for the Arts presents “Sonic Introductions”— featuring an evening of works and performances by graduate Student Composers at Wesleyan.

Tonight at the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park, it’s the weekly jazz series. On Friday, former Middletown resident and Wesleyan alumnus, Jay Vernali, class of ’77, a keyboardist and producer for 30 years in Nashville, puts together a reunion gig at the Canoe Club at Harbor Park. Saturday, it's classic rock. And Sunday, you can catch vocalist Nikita Waller. More can be found at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, it’s Daphne Lee Martin and the Grahams, with Viking Jesus. 
Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 6 p.m. features Mark Daniel, followed at 9 by a record release show with Elison Jackson, with M.T. Bearington, Milksop: Unsung, and Hanging Hills. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4 p.m. is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed at 7:30 by Milton, and at 9:30 by the Velcro Lewis Group and Estrogen Highs. Sunday at Café Nine, from 2 to 6 p.m., there will be a celebration of Tom Hosier, with Disturbance, The Furors, Dj Bill Beckett, and more. Sunday, at Café Nine, it’s the Original Sunday Night Jam, with The Langley Project. Want more? You can access their website at

At Sully’s Pub in Hartford tonight it’s the Birdcall Trip Hop Showcase performing. Friday you can catch the Aerolites. Saturday brings DeadBeat to Sully’s, and Sunday is the weekly Electric Open Mic. You can look up for more details.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday brings Candye Kane to Sally’s and Saturday’s it’s Danny Draher. More can be found at  

Back Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight, Soja and Aer perform. Thursday brings the Hounds of Hell Tour, with Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy, along with Bass Kleph and Charlie Darker. More can be found at

 a free show with The Ice Choir and The Deer Tracks at Bar in New Haven tonight.  

Sat night Manic Productions Presents: The Wild Rovers Tour at The Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden featuring: Cory Chisel, The Candles, Invisibleman, Adriel Denae, and Special Guests! You can look for these and other events.

Several farmers' markets in our area are still open for business. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Halloween, you can still catch the 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. more about that market online at Through October 25th, in Higganum, there’s a market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green.

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

Tonight at Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch  Blue Caprice and Una Noche. Thursday brings the monthly Creative Cocktail Hour event. Friday begins runs of the films Rebels with a Cause and Good Ol’ Freda. Sunday features both those films, plus a one time showing of Gasland 2. You can access their website at for more details.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, through tonight, you can see, I’m So Excited. Thursday through Saturday, NT LIVE presents MACBETH. And Sunday, there’s an exhibition Vermeer and Music, with The Servant. Visit for further details.

Now here’s what's on the air tonight on WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:

Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

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. Stay tuned for Home Grown with Rob DeRosa

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