Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thursday's Jive

Good evening! It’s Thursday Jan. 9th 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 J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for joining us! 

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

Tonight in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree hosts Writers out Loud with Cocomo Rock and Al Bowler Jr. At 8 p.m. on Friday, the Buttonwood Tree presents music by singer/songwriter Ellen Bukstel. Opening for Ellen will be an old friend of the Buttonwood,  Eric Kuhn, who has been on the Middletown music scene since the early 1980s.  Saturday morning, it’s Qui Gong, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. At 8 p.m. Saturday, it’s Noise in the Key of Bliss with trumpeter Saskia Laroo and pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd.

Also in Middletown, tonight evening at 7 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a demonstration by sculptor Wendy Swain, who works in clay. Information can be found by

Author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead "We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences" at the Russell Library tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm. Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz team up for a classically-rooted, dance-inspired program. Friday, The Friends of Russell Library will hold a book sale on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Fiction and non-fiction in many categories as well as children's books priced to sell.  Purchases support library programs that benefit the community. The Book sale continues on Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 1-4pm.  Also on Saturday  at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library in Middletown Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz team up for a classically-rooted, dance-inspired. The two offer music by Paganini, Piazzolla & Paquito D’Rivera and original arrangements of traditional folksongs from their native cultures—Korea and Brazil.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight DrinkDeeply Kindred Queer, with Sam Perduta. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge. That’s followed at 9 by Sarah Borges and  Girls, Guns, and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends. At 9, The Iguanas bring New Orleans roots rock to the Café Nine stage. Sunday afternoon at 4, there’ll be a free pre-release listening party for the original cast recording of The Devil Plays Poker.  That’s followed at 8 by The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. .

Tonight in New Haven, at Toad’s Place brings a local rock showcase to Toad’s, including featuring 10 band. 
Friday at Toad’s, Riders on the Storm, pay a musical tribute to The Doors on a long bill featuring with Action Potential and Annie Nirschel, Circadian Rhythm, Eightfold, INK, the Nate Moore Band, Stephen Gonza, Terra Firma and Trag. Saturday, it’s Keeping Company, with Aye-Jay, Metasine, J Crow, Dr. Ink, Scats and Ysanne & Guests. For more information and times you can check .

Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues this week. Tonight, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust play The Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden. And Friday, David Dondero and Jay Prince play The Outer Space in

Friday night in East Hampton, Old Bank Flowers & Greenery on Main St hosts an opening reception for their new gallery installation including recent work from featured Middletown artist, Pierre Slyvain. WESU’s own David Bauer will also have some of his photography on display as well.   The event is open to the public and features light refreshments and live jazz from 6:30-8:30 Friday night. for info.

Speaking of WESU connected visual Artists, You can see the water color painting Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, on display at The Infinity gallery at Infinity Hall in Farmington through April.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s  Friday, the Bruce Gregori Trio takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s the Alexis P. Suter Band, playing roots, blues and soul.

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

Through tonight at RealArtWays in Hartford, you can catch “Go for Sisters”, a film about a mother’s search for her son who went missing along the Mexican border. Also running through tonight is "Bastards", a French thriller about a man’s determination to exact revenge for the violence done to his family. Opening Friday is "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 life story. .

Opening through Saturday at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema,  is “All is Lost”, starring Robert Redford, alone in the ocean. Sunday at Cinestudio brings a special week-long premiere of "The Great Beauty", which has been both hugely popular and sharply dividing audiences with its overarching question, Is Italy in Decline? More can be found .

And now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU, which includes a new addition and also some pinch-hitters because Wesleyan dj's are on their winter break

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.

10:30  this week, there will be an encore broadcast of the 1st episode of “75 years of…”  with DJ Cheshire Cat exploring socially conscious music featuring listener and staff suggestions that reflect both socially conscious music and WESU's 75 year old commitment to free form radio.

After that at Midnight, DJ Otto Nation takes over with a free form mix until BBC .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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