Thursday, February 6, 2014

02-05-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Feb. 5th 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!

Here's what’s happening in our area this week.

At the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, the February art show is "The Middle Towner," featuring stick-figure cartoons by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling. Drawn exclusively with a Pilot pen on recycled paper, this show is a “snapshot” style depiction of day to day life in the “The Big M." . Tonight at 7:30 the Buttonwood brings Kirtan with Shubalanandal (pr SHU BA LA LAN DAL) to the Buttonwood. Thursday’s it’s acoustic open mic night with Bob Gotta.

Friday brings Oberon Rose, playing psych folk/rock, to the Buttonwood, and  Saturday, there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Saturday at 8 p.m., the Tekalli Duo, a brother and sister with Japanese and Libyan roots, presents “Reimagine," a performance of original and classical works on violin and piano. 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 afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Buttonwood, there will be an artist's reception for "The Middle Towner" exhibit of drawings, also featuring  “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club. More at 

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday Blues Jam with Gene Donaldson. Friday, Damon Fowler takes the Sally’s stage, playing a hybrid of roots-rock and blues. Saturday, it’s the Australian vocalist and blues guitarist Anni Piper, along with guitarist Brent Johnson.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight it's karaoke. Thursday brings the First Thursday Comedy Series to Sully’s. And Shag Frenzy is at Suly’s. Saturday brings Snuffbox. And Sunday is the electric open mic night.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings Space Orphans and Light Upon Blight to Café Nine; Thursday night’s show with Sam Fermin, and The Teaspoons is sold out. Friday it’s Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys; Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 8 by a Benefit for JDRF Walk to Cure diabetes, with The Vultures, the Clams, and the Hulls. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at Café Nine is with the George Baker Band.

Also tonight at 7, at Wesleyan's CFA Hall, there will be an opening reception at the Zilkha Gallery on campus for artist Evan Roth, whose work occupies the irregular zone at the intersection of free culture with popular culture. That's at CFA hall, 287 Washington Terrace.

Also on the CFA schedule, on Sunday at 3 p.m., is the inaugural concert by the Wesleyan Consort, an instrumental and vocal ensemble composed of Wesleyan faculty and invited guests. The works range from early classics to contemporary compositions More info at the website.

Tonight at 8, Writing at Wesleyan presents authors Alan Gilbert and Porochista Khakpour, reading as part of the Russell House Series of Prose and Poetry.

Tomorrow, at 5 at the CFA Hall, The Davison Art Center presents a talk by Wesleyan French professor Stephanie Ponsavady. Titled “Driven by Desire: French Automotive Designs and Greater France," it focuses on French car culture and its relationship to the colonies throughout the 20th century.

Info about all Wesleyan events can be found at

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Friday, it’s the Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Jimkata, the Mantras, Balkun Brothers and Father Time. Sunday brings Emancipator Ensemble , featuring a live band and a new large-scale video show, as well as Odesza and Real Magic.

On Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the Wesleyan Potters' gallery shop’s show, “Hartford Art School: Dirty for a Reason," an exhibit of work by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors.

 The Middletown Art Academy will host its 2014 spring Free Open Door and Open Studio on Saturday, between 10:30  a.m. and 5 p.m., with the various time slots devoted to participants’ age groups.  Light healthy snacks, organic teas and beverages will be offered.  has the schedule.

Also on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will present a rescheduled showing of the film "Camille Claudel," in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. The film recounts the troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin.

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continue through the end of February; Saturday, it’s "Psychedelic Cinema," in which Super 8 films that were shot between 1967 and 1969 – basically, a swirl of colors, lights, and images – are projected in the style of the live light shows that were a fixture of concerts in the 1960s.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, starts a run of "Blue is the Warmest Color," winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. Sunday, a run of "Philomena," nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, begins.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU, as we launch this season's new schedule.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Wild, Wild, Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

That's followed by 30minutes Mind Matters with Doctor E. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and storis of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. One the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

at 11pm It’s 75 Years of...  For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's Space Music for Space with Cadet Q, bringing to the airwaves an exploration of the final frontier through listening to experimental dance, future beat and out there garage tunes. Join Space Cadet Q as we travel to spaces unknown.

At 1:30 am it's Proof of Concept with DJ JR and DJ Kevin, examining the history of concept albums in popular music and how this type of musical expression influences contemporary artists.

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for Galactic Thematics with Tess and Rohan. Each show's cosmic vision will transgress "genre" itself by focusing around a specific theme. Space facts will be interspersed throughout our intergalactic voyage.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR 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

We also hope you will vote for WESU as the Best College radio station in the CT Now / Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readers Poll. Look for our DJs in the Brest Radio show category too!   You can find a link to the poll on our website or at . The polls are only open through February 5th, so please help us out and spread the word!

Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill.

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