Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursdays Jive

Good evening! It’s Thursday, Nov. 7th 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.

In Middletown tonight at 7:30, the Buttonwood Tree tonight at 7 it's open mic night with Bob Gotta. 
Friday at evening brings the Humble Tripe  Album Release Party. Saturday morning, there’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga at The Buttonwood. 

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 also happens at 1pm.  Sunday afternoon at 3, it’s Piano & Stories with Robin Spielberg.

Also in town tonight at 7 p.m., at the Russell Library, it's the Artists Creating Artists book discussion series with Hedda Kopf, focusing on Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta. Friday and Saturday, it's the Friends of the Russell Library's book sale.  More can be found at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight  Drinkdeeply presents Rusty Things and An Historic. Friday at 5 is the Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour with Dan Greene of Mountain Movers. That’s followed at 9 by Paper Hill Casket Company, 1974, and Them Damn Hamiltons. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night at 9, it’s Duece Bug and Hip Hop Haven. Sunday afternoon at 4 is the return of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School. Sunday at 8 brings The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday at 9 is Brant Taylor's All Star Jam. Saturday, blues man Dave Keller takes the Sally’s stage. www.blackeyedsally’ .

Manic Productions presents several shows across the state this week. Sunday at 8, Empty Flowers, with F-ing Invincible and Stone Titan play the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Friday at 8, Manic Productions presents Diarrhea Planet, with Lovely Bad Things, Chris Cappello, and Furness (formerly The Ferns). Sunday, NV Concepts brings GRiZ: The Rebel Era Tour, with Pegboard Nerds and The Floozies.

Back in Middletown, Wesleyan University’s Olin Library has a new exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination: “Retracing President Kennedy’s Final Journey: Selections from William Manchester’s Research Files.” The exhibition, located outside the Special Collections & Archives in Olin Library, includes selections from the thousands of items amassed by Manchester, author of The Death of a President. It includes private notes and correspondence, sketches, government documents, newspapers, souvenirs, and more. 

Also at Wesleyan, on Saturday, at 8 p.m., it's the Connecticut premiere of The Center for the Arts Juice Vocal Ensemble at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllis Ave. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 by Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce. And Sunday at 3 p.m., the Center for the Arts presents Mazz Swift's Solo MazzMuse at Russell House, 350 High Street.

Here in Middletown on Friday night, Scatz Restaurant and lounge on Main St Extension features live music with soul singer Nekita Waller.  For more info call 860 347 2289 or check out their website at

Now here's a rundown of some cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Opening Friday and running through next week is Jonathan Demme’s Enzo Avitabile: Music Life, about the Neapolitan multi-musician and composer but also about the city of Naples, with all of its treasures and contradictions. 

Also opening Friday and running through next week is After Tiller, which intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. On Saturday, for one showing only, Real Art Ways presents a free screening of A Girl Like Her, director Ann Fessler’s haunting group portrait of women who surrendered their children for adoption in the 1950s and '60s due to enormous social pressure at a time when "nice girls" didn't get pregnant.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Fill the Void, described as the first feature film written and directed by an Orthodox Jewish woman in Israel , is a complex, emotion-suffused portrait of a young woman and her community. 

Tonight, “Out Film CT First Thursday Cinema” brings a one-time screening of the Irish film Goldfish Memory, a comedy about a group of Irish singles for whom changing partners seems as natural as breathing the Dublin air. 
Friday and Saturday at Cinestudio, “Prisoners”, described as a mystery with brains as well as jolts to the nervous system, tells the tale of a Thanksgiving afternoon when two children disappear, with the only salient clue being an abandoned RV. Opening on Sunday afternoon at Cinestudio is,  “In a World”, an offbeat comedy about a young woman aspiring to do movie-trailer voiceovers in a field dominated by deep-voiced men, where her own father is the reigning king.

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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