Wednesday, January 15, 2014

01-15-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, January 15th 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 listener supported station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends.  I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday nights Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!


And I'm Donna Denert.  Thanks for joining us today.

Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, Jazz Haven presents the Tony Purrone Trio at Cafe 9!!

Thursday night, the Councious hip hoppers, Political Animals headline a show at The Nine with Zak G, Apollo Suns and more opening the show. 

Friday night you can catch a Record Release Show for Goodnight Blue Moon with special guests “Oh Cassius” and  “Milksop:Unsung”.

Cafe Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the George Baker BAnd this week. 

Saturday night there’s a St Patricks Day Parade Fundraiser at Café nine with Jovial Crew and Ample. 

Sunday afternoon at 4pm Drink Deeply presents: Saxtet & Andrew Beals to be followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Langley Brothers Band.


In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the long running weekly Blues Jam tonight, hosted by Ed Bradley.

Friday Night, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops take the Sally’s stage for a night of authentic Blues. Shawn Holt is the son of legendary Blues Legend Magic Slim, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band. Ct blues group Bad Rooster takes the Sally’s Stage Saturday night.


The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers gather at The Library this evening at 7pm.  Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursday night in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library.

Also, here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight is Film night and they will be showing “Heart of the Country" at 7pm.  Friday night Firecracker – Nathan Day & JD Williams make for a night of Americana and folk music. 

Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and a self empowerment workshop.  Saturday night Charter Oak Bluegrass returns to the Buttonwood.  

On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday evening brings the Monthly Poetry Pot-Luck to the Buttonwood. You can find out more about these events at


Manic Productions Presents: Black Taxi and Violent Mae at Bar In NewHaven tonight. Friday Manic presents a bill headlined by Saintseneca at The Space in Hamden. LVL UP, I Kill Giants, Circle//Circle, & For Everest open that show.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Thursday night there’s LOCAL ROCK SHOWCASE with,  Agenda 21, Civil Pilots, Cold Pizza, Common Ground, Haris Shah, House Silbor, Royal Din, and  Walking Contradiction. Friday night blues rock legend JOHNNY WINTER returns to the Toads Place Stage.  Murray The Wheel and JW Jones open that show.  Sunday brings the Toad’s Place Annual  MLK FUNKFEST…IN LILLY’S PAD featuring  Dave Kardas Band, Greg Sherrod, High Gear, 6 Train Soldier, and T.E.A.P.

On the third Thursday of every month, creative people come together for conversation, art and music at Real Art Ways Creative Coktail hour in Hartford.  This month DJ Mal provides the music. Saturday night Real Art Wasy presents “Speak Up”, an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. All stories are 5-10 minutes long. The storytellers include: Chris Hall, Andrew Mayo, Matthew Dicks, Christina O'Sullivan, Jennifer Stanish, Cara Paiuk, Nathaniel Bates, John Leahy. More online at


Dave Mason returns to Infinity Hall in Norfolk tomorrow night. Tracy Walton and Eddie Seville make their way back to Infinity Hall for their rescheduled date, this Friday.  Saturday night Country Rocker Junior Brown takes the Infinity Hall stage.  Sunday night at 7:30pm, Singer & songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Infinity Hall!

Alice in Wonderland goes to the Circus in “Circophony's Circus in Wonderland at Oddfellows Playhouse this weekend  in a fast-paced, all ages 45 minute show presented by the talented teen performers of Circophony under the Direction of Dic Wheeler.  Performances are Friday at 7:30 pm & Saturday at 2 pm & 7:30 pm.

Friday night, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext presents Jocelyn Pleasant with Corey Hutchins. That's "Scatz" with a "Z". For more information you can check out their website at

in Hartford on SATURDAY, The Arch Street Tavern presents: a PLEASUREDOME PARTY featuring  Shag Frenzy, Post-Modern Panic, Garage Flower, and Jennifer Hill. More info at


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

Showing through tomorrow At Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch "Bettie Page Reveals All", an intimate look at the rise, and fall, and rise again of one of the world's most recognized and controversial sex symbols. With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang Bettie Page emerges from decades of seclusion to reveal her secret past and narrate her own life story. 

Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of the new documentary,  More than honey, an informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis.


At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, this week, you can experience the film, "The Great Beauty", which has been both hugely popular and sharply dividing audiences with its overarching question, Is Italy in Decline? Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of the 1986 critically acclaimed French film, Mauvais Sang, in which Small-time crook Denis Lavant gets pulled into a superheist to break into a high tech lab to steal the cure to a fatal disease that strikes people who “make love but do not love.” More can be found at


And now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for: Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, Inviting you to  Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.

At 6pm, experience to 30 minutes of commentary from the World Socialist news Website.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live.

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring  underground house music.

From 9:30 to 11 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. The Vault presents listeners with the very latest in techno, house, idm, and ambient as it was intended to be heard, in mixed form. Anton regularly features exclusive sets from international producers and DJs. Visit for the latest schedule and show information

And after a few hours of automation, the Late Night Concert Series comes on at 2am bringing you a wide variety of concerts throughout the years.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5am.


And 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

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at 

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